This summer, if you live in Ontario, or are visiting Ontario, I want you to do two things:
1) Book a stay at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa.
2) Make a reservation (or two, or three) with Muskoka Sports and Recreation.
Muskoka Sports and Recreation is JW Marriott’s premier partner in Muskoka, offering recreational activities, rentals and lessons to guests of the resort. And if you’re going to be spending time on the stunning Lake Rosseau, it’s only wise to make the most of the scenic natural surroundings. Included in your resort fee: bike rentals, canoeing. family lawn games, kayaking, pedal boating, stand-up paddle boarding and of course, the kid-favourite water slide. What more could you ask for?
Well, how about water skiing? Or tubing on the crisp, cool waters? Maybe you want to slow down the pace with a little fishing, or take a private boat tour of Lake Rosseau. Muskoka Sports and Recreation offers all this, and more.
You’ll find their friendly, knowledgeable staff down by the deck, and if you’ve made reservations for your water adventure, you’re just moments away from reuniting with nature. The representatives on site are mostly students and young adults, but surprisingly, they display poise and professionalism with a flawlessly courteous manner. It is evident that Daniel Arcand, General Manager of Muskoka Sports and Recreation, has been diligent in his selection of seasonal employees; it was a pleasure interacting with the staff from start to finish.
On our recent summer stay at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa, we were treated to a Tube Run and an Ice Cream Pontoon Boat Cruise. Since I can’t seem to select from the 100+ gorgeous photos I took on the boat cruise, I decided it was probably best to split my posts in two. Hence, today, I’ll chat about our Tube Run.
First and foremost, tubing on the lake is exactly as fun as it sounds! As the boys are 4 and 6, they’re at a perfect age to enjoy a thrilling ride on open water. Of course, since Ryder is always a *tad* resistant to new things (read: scared sh*tless), I’m super proud of him for making the effort. And Reid? Total beast mode, as always.
We made our way down to the deck on a partly cloudy, hot summer day. Of course, when this is your view –
You’re already winning. (Side note: I don’t believe it’s possible to not love the stunning Lake Rosseau.)
Upon arriving, we signed the necessary paperwork and went through the information for the tube run. A glance around the lake showed a flurry of activity – I could almost caption the next photo, “How many sports and recreation activities can you spot?”
Tweens and teens paddle boarding. Children fishing off the deck. Wee ones taking turns on the inflatable water slide. Families swimming in the lake. Couples kayaking. Sun worshipers relaxing in Muskoka chairs. Parents opening beach umbrellas. Friends canoeing. Kids bouncing on the aqua trampoline. Oh my!
The next photo clearly demonstrates the boys’ level of enthusiasm when asked if they were ready to go tubing. (My husband joined them on the tube run as the boys are not proficient swimmers and of course, we wanted Ryder to feel comfortable. As for me? I enjoyed a leisurely ride on the boat.)
Okay boys, group photo before the water fun begins! Information about the Tube Run: “Tubing is a fun water activity that you can do with friends and family. Enjoy a 15 minute run with up to 3 people.” You can find the full summer recreation schedule at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa here.
The tow boat maxed at about 10-15 km/hr, which felt very leisurely to me, but my husband, who had to straddle the tube, secure the boys and contend with the choppy lake waters, assured me it was quite the thrill. As we pulled away from the resort, I was offered scenic views of the hotel, which overlooks Lake Rosseau with incredible splendour. Of course, my eyes were trained on my three guys bobbing in the tube behind! The fifteen-minute run is the perfect amount of time to enjoy the wind and water. The lake temperature varies between 10°C and 18°C during the summer months, so the cool spray is welcome on hot days but can be uncomfortable if the weather is anything but unbearably warm. For all water activities with Muskoka Sports and Recreation, it is recommended that you make a reservation ahead of time. So, what did the boys think of the tube run?
Special thanks to Muskoka Sports and Recreation for suggesting a tube run – it was one of the highlights of our stay! In addition to tubing, Muskoka Sports and Recreation also offers:
Private Tow Sport Clinic: A private hour long clinic to hone your waterskiing, wakeboarding, wake-surfing, wake-skating and knee-boarding or tubing skills.
Waterski/Wakeboard Run: Get out on the water with an experienced boat driver and enjoy a single run around the lake. Prior experience is necessary.
Waterski/Wakeboard Lesson: Whether you’re a first timer or just need some pointers, skilled instructors deliver a quick lesson on the dock and pointers along your run. Young children receive special instruction for getting up!
Introduction to Fishing: A guided fishing experience focussing on the basics of casting, fishing techniques and fish habitat. Participants 18 to 65 years old require fishing license; available online. $145 per hour includes guide, 16’ fishing boat with 9.9 hp and equipment for up to three people.
I’ll be back shortly to share some breathtaking photos from our Pontoon Boat Cruise. Until then, live a little! Try a tube run with Muskoka Sports and Recreation.
I haven’t been to Muskoka in so long. My kids would love it there. Looks like your family had a great time! the little guys are cutie pies!
Thank you so much Renee!
This looks amazing! I would love to take my family there!
I think you should plan a trip!
wow just amazing would love to go here
Please consider it if you’re up for a weekend in beautiful Muskoka!
Id love to go here! Looks fun
It is so much fun! And the team is so nice!
Chandra Christine O'Connor
looks like a stunning place.
Oh Chandra, it is breathtaking :)
We will be heading to the JW Mariott Muskoka in August. Thanks for the review, I had no idea I should reserve water sports ahead of time. Looking forward to it!!!!!
Awesome! Enjoy Carlee!!
Looks like a fabulous time. Thanks for the review on Muskoka Sports, I will keep them in mind for sure.
Please do Jenny :)
Looks wonderful. Is it a family resort or would be a good places to go for a kid free getaway?
Both! It is perfect for families, but they do have tons of recreational activities, dining and relaxation options (including a spa) for a kid-free getaway :)
We’re lucky enough to have a friend with a cottage up there… but we don’t get there often enough! This looks like a great compromise!
We had such a great time, Keri, my husband and I were even talking about going up there for the day!
What a great looking place and that tube ride looks like so much fun! We will definitely have to check it out at some point when we get up that way on holidays!
Perfect Judy! I’m so happy to introduce Muskoka Sports to you!
Simply gorgeous. Would love to go there. Thanks for sharing.
You’re very welcome Tricha!
La Cuisine d'Helene
Now I want to go. Amazing pictures!
Thanks Helene! I’m getting used to the Nikon :)
This looks like such a beautiful place to visit! I have a thing about lakes and just can’t go in them, but the ocean I have no trouble with lol
I’m not a “swimming in the lake” person either, but I don’t mind a good boat cruise or tubing adventure!
Oh what a gorgeous place.. ok I think I’d totally love the tubing thing that looks like a ton of fun! Love the pictures can’t wait for the follow up!
Would love to go there just too far away
Perhaps plan something big for next year!
Was looking at their activities brochure – they sure do have fun-packed days for the whole family ! Bonus – it is only about a 2 hour drive from me ;)
That IS a bonus! You’ll have to plan some time in Muskoka, Flora!
that looks like awesome fun
It was amazing, Mr. Disco!
Looks and sounds like you had a blast!
Oh, we did, Athena!
this looks like so much fun! i love tubing :-)
I’ve never tried, but I want to be in the tube next time!
That view is breathtaking, I remember it from your review last year.
You remember! That’s awesome :) And yes, it’s stunning.
omg this place looks amazing… my wife and kids would love it!
Please research the resort, Shane!
Oh this looks like an amazing resort!!!! I would totally take my family there.
You totally should! Your entire family will love it :)
Muskoka is always so much fun! Looks like you all enjoyed it lots!
We had a great time, Melinda :)
That looks like fun!
It was a blast! Muskoka Sports and Recreation is fabulous!
Wow, that place looks beautiful and relaxing!
It was ideal, Amelia!
the boat tour sounds fun
More photos coming up!
love those floating water activities
Such a family favourite :)
That is what I call a fun summer vacation.
Wow what a gorgeous place to vacation.
We all had such a great time :)
WOW! Looks like a stunning fun place to go with the kids. :) Glad you had a great time. Making memories is what it is all about!
Absolutely Amy! I hope you’ll have a chance to experience Muskoka!
When we lived in Ottawa we should have made the trip to the Muskokas. Reading your blog makes it sound well worth the travel time. No wonder Canada hosted the G8 Summit there what a scenic spot.
I agree :) Hope you can swig by this way again, Rob!
Looks like a Beautiful place wish i liked closer i would bring my family there for sure :)
Chandra Christine O'Connor
so nice, wish we could afford to go somewhere, alas my daughter just got engaged, getting married 2015 in sept so no mon no fun.
Debbie White Beattie
This place looks great and they have so many things for kids and adults to do. I miss summer so much !!!!!!!!