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Three meals are served daily in the Heritage Dining Room, which boasts fast, friendly service and great food. Make selections from rotating dinner menus, our bistro lunch menu, and the all-encompassing breakfast menu. You will dine surrounded by the pictorial history and heritage of five generations of the Downing family and 120 years of hospitality.


Steps 1 and 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen allow for outdoor dining only.

Step 1 allows for tables of four people or one table per room. Step 2 expands to six people or one table per room.

Breakfast and Dinner during Steps 1 and 2 will be served in the Dining Tent with menu service. For each Breakfast and Dinner, guests will be seated at the same table for the duration of their stay.

*Early dining for children will be available in the Dining Tent each night starting at 5:30 pm. This will allow children to eat and be on time for evening activity programs.

Lunch will be served from the BBQ Gazebo located on the Pool Deck. The seating is unassigned.

Once the province reaches Step 3, we’re hopeful that we’ll be able to offer indoor dining. As guidelines for Step 3 have not been provided by the Government thus far, we unfortunately aren’t able to confirm any details.

Last year when dining was allowed indoors, meals were offered in the Heritage Dining Room, as well as lunch service from the BBQ Gazebo.

As soon as guidelines are provided to us, we’ll be in a position to update this information.


Full-service dining is the basis of Fern’s dining experience. Enjoy four-course dinners, choosing from numerous enticing entrées that include meat, vegetarian and vegan options from multiple rotating menus. Our breakfast is country fresh with cook-to-order eggs, breakfast meats, fruits, hot and cold cereals and much more. Our lunch is also a table-service meal offering salad or a special soup of the day, plus many hot and cold entrée choices. And…desserts at Fern become an anticipated finale to your mid-day and evening meals!


For our younger guests who just can’t wait, we have our Kids Buffet, with child-appropriate and healthful food. The Kids Buffet is open early, from 5:30 to 6:45 pm. This service is offered in the summer and for many family packages throughout the year.


During the summer season and for many family packages throughout the year, we offer early dining for children at dinnertime. This service to parents of young children is offered 1/2 hour before the scheduled dinner hour, in conjunction with Playvillage supervision of the youngsters from 6:00 to 7:45 pm. The children have a great time while the parents enjoy a quieter meal.

In the summer, when the longer days and warmer weather are calling kids outdoors, we also offer after dinner supervision for the Youth and Juniors. They can choose their favourite meals from the Kids Buffet (5:30–6:45 pm) and then join their Sports Directors for more fun.


You may order a Continental Breakfast to your room once dining room service is over, between 9:30 and 11:00 am. This cold breakfast includes a basket of muffins and your choices of juice, coffee or tea, fruit, cereal and bread. There is a delivery charge of $5 per person.


We strive to make our guests with allergies feel as comfortable as possible. Please identify allergies at time of booking. To help you make your dining choices we will provide you with menus specific to your allergy. Please be aware that you are the expert when it comes to your allergy. This is a team approach and we expect you will analyze each menu to insure items are suitable for your diet. It is our pleasure to have our Dining Room Managers and Executive Chef available to you if you wish to speak to them.


In 1918, master baker Jim Pettapiece and his wife Mimi, first generation of our family, purchased Fern Cottage (Resort) and brought with them, along with their three children, a secret roll recipe that earmarked Fern’s tradition of great food as a key experience. The rolls paired perfectly with Crerar’s Honey, from an apiary in the Ottawa valley, and the two family businesses have partnered for four generations. The tradition continues: rolls are baked fresh each day from Jim’s original recipe and are served with Crerar’s Honey, creating a taste with such distinction that Fern Resort became known as “The Home of Rolls and Honey,” celebrating a tradition 99 years young.

view of dining room


The hallmark of any stay at Fern is the dining experience—fabulous food served in a comfortable and family-friendly atmosphere. Menus change on a rotating basis, offering plenty of choice for every palate. Accommodation can also be made for a range of dietary requirements. Choose from distinguished and creative entrées as well as from the simpler fare generally preferred by our younger guests.


Join our recreation staff daily in one of several age-appropriate activity programs. Our sports directors are experts in having fun and will lead you through a range of activities, fun tournaments and crafts. And we don’t stop there. Each evening head to Bergwen’s Theatre where a range of professional entertainers will have the entire family laughing, entertained and amazed. See our entire weekly line-up.


What is it you find rewarding when you get away? Is it pushing yourself in an activity, getting in touch with nature, sharing a laugh with a friend or simply taking time for yourself? We have the facilities and atmosphere to make your time with us fulfilling, no matter how you define it.







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