An Old-Fashioned Summer Vacation for Kids 

Once upon a time, children spent their summers exploring the wonders of nature, playing from dawn til dusk, and discovering the simple joys of life without modern distractions. At Duff’s Cottages, we offer a unique opportunity for your family to step back and experience the magic of an old-fashioned summer vacation.

Imagine arriving at our quaint lakeside retreat, where the hustle and bustle of modern life fade away, replaced by the gentle lapping of waves and the songs of birds. Here, amidst the towering trees and blooming wildflowers, your children can embark on adventures reminiscent of yesteryear—and adults can rediscover the joy of being kids again.

As the sun rises, start your day with the excitement of the great outdoors. The lake, a sparkling gem, beckons for exploration. Hand your children paddles and witness their faces light up with excitement as they glide across the water in kayaks. The thrill of discovery and the lake’s tranquillity offer an exhilarating experience and a peaceful, promising adventure.

Kids interact with the outdoors at Duff's

The thrill of discovery and the lake’s tranquility offer an exhilarating experience…

For a change of pace, embark on a nature walk. Equip your young explorers with a list of treasures to find—perhaps a particular leaf, an insect, a wildflower, or the tracks of a woodland creature. Set them loose on a scavenger hunt that sparks curiosity and wonder as they discover our natural surroundings.

Our sandy beach is a haven for endless fun. Let your kids dig their toes into the warm sand, building magnificent castles and fortresses. The joy of creating something from nothing, using only their hands and imagination, is a simple pleasure that never goes out of style. And as they play beach volleyball or splash in the clear waters, you’ll see the pure happiness that comes from unfettered outdoor play.

Sandy Haven Cottage

As the afternoon unfolds, gather for some friendly competition with a treasure trove of board games. Picture a checkered blanket spread out on the grass, the air filled with laughter as siblings challenge each other to rounds of Monopoly, Scrabble, or Connect Four. The simple joy of playing together, face-to-face, brings a sense of togetherness that is truly timeless. Or, watch your children climb, swing, and slide on our classic wooden play structure. Their imaginations transform the structure into castles, ships, and secret hideaways.

The vast green lawn at Duff’s provides ample space for various games and activities. Here, children can run freely, playing tag, flying kites, or simply enjoying the feeling of grass beneath their feet. It’s the perfect backdrop for spontaneous fun and laughter, offering a wide range of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Enjoy a family game of bocce or volleyball.

When evening falls, gather around a crackling campfire under a sky filled with twinkling stars. The warmth of the fire and the comforting glow create the perfect setting for sharing stories and singing songs. And what’s a campfire without s’mores? Watch as your little ones delight in roasting marshmallows to gooey perfection, creating sweet sandwiches of graham crackers and chocolate—a delicious tradition passed down through generations.

For those who crave a bit more adventure, the hiking trails around Duff’s Cottages offer the perfect escape. Together, you can wander through lush forests, breathe in the fresh air, and marvel at the beauty of the great outdoors. Every step is an opportunity to connect with nature and each other, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Or, get out and about! For water enthusiasts, boating and water skiing await. Take advantage of the vibrant farmers’ markets, steamship tours, and visits to local art studios and museums. Family dining options abound, and seasonal festivals build a special connection to the area. And for a whimsical adventure, a trip to Santa’s Village is a must!

At Duff’s, we believe in the magic of unplugged moments and the timeless joy of a summer well spent. By stepping back in time and embracing these simple pleasures, you’re giving your children a gift beyond measure—the chance to experience a summer of exploration, connection, and unbridled fun. So pack your bags, leave the devices behind (or tucked away), and get ready to create the kind of memories that will be cherished for generations to come. 

And who knows? You might just rediscover the kid inside you, too. For more information and to book your stay, contact us today. 


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Port Carling, Ontario P0B 1J0

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