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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.


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!


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 Youth and Juniors.

*Early Dining for Children runs from late June to the end of Labour Day Weekend. 


All your meals are served in the beautiful Heritage Dining Room located in the Main Inn. During our summer packages, pool side BBQ lunch is offered in addition to a sit-down lunch in the dining room. Guests will have the luxury and convenience of having the same dining table for the duration of their stay. No reservations are needed as guests can arrive for meals within the posted times on your program.

For large families and groups, we are happy to accommodate up to 10 guests per table. Families and groups larger than 10 will have the comfort and convenience of 2 or more tables.

Heritage Dining Room


We strive to make our guests with allergies feel as comfortable as possible. Please identify allergies at the 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 ensure 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. Each evening head to Bergwen’s Theatre where a range of professional entertainers will have the entire family laughing, entertained and amazed.


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, an abundance of activities for all ages, and the atmosphere to make your time with us fulfilling, no matter how you define it.

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