About the Portage Inn (1889)

Share your vacation or retreat with friends, family or co-workers, hold a wedding or have a party--but enjoy the privacy and comfort of an inn on 3 acres (with a dock and beach) that you get all to yourselves--with its authentic old Muskoka charm but modern updated amenities and lots of room both inside and out.


  • All the charm and fun of an original Muskoka cottage but none of the inconveniences when hosting a large group.

  • A perfect place for families, friends or coworkers to spend real quality time together in a way that one rarely gets to do these days.

  • And yet, at our 3-acre, 7,000-square-foot private colonial inn with 10 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, there is more than enough room when you need a little time or space to yourselves.




  • Hang out on the dock or at the beach in the daytime
  • Swim, canoe, kayak or just sit, read and breathe in the spectacular Muskoka air.
  • Get the gang together and play basketball, volleyball, croquet or even baseball, soccer or frisbee in our large open field.
  • Take the 4-minute walk through our forest down to the waterfront, stroll down our pretty tree-lined dead-end country road, or hike up Wolf Mountain.
  • Relax on our 1500 square foot terrace that looks down over the lake with more than enough tables and chairs.
  • Perfect for picnics or a BBQ or put a tent over it for a wedding or large party.
  • 30 minutes to the west gate of world-famous Algonquin Park where there are spectacular hikes and sights.
  • Or take a 15-minute trip into town (Huntsville or Dwight) for ice cream, shopping, to see the sites, or go to the theater or the movies.
  • Just a short distance to one of several golf courses and
  • To two nearby lakes to rent a boat if you feel so inclined (and don’t have your own).
  • The short distance to hiking, horse-back riding, zip-lining, river canoeing, steamship rides and much more.




  • Roast marshmallows around the campfire and
  • Star Gaze—on a clear night you will see a sky filled with MILLIONS of stars.
  • Play pool, read, play games or build jigsaw puzzle in the 1000 square-foot Great Room (which seats up to 30 for meals or games)
  • Hold court from behind the bar.
  • Or catch that important game or watch a movie in the adjacent 400-square foot lounge with Satellite TV and a good old-fashioned DVD player (Yes we have DVDs!)

The inn also provides satellite INTERNET for those who need to stay connected.

BEDROOMS: There are ten bedrooms and ten bathrooms--most bathrooms are en-suite and only two bedrooms share a bathroom—some of them have Jacuzzi tubs. No more standing in line! Some rooms have lovely lake views and one has its own private 3rd floor deck. Each room is uniquely decorated. Check out the photos page to see the rooms and bed configurations.

MEALS AND INDOOR RECREATION: In the 1000 square foot Great Room there is seating for meals and games of up to 30 people (no more taking shifts or eating off your lap!) as well as a long bar and a pool table that will see a LOT of action. The adjacent 400 square foot lounge is great for hanging out and chatting, reading, watching TV or sharing a movie. Check out the Photos page to see pics of the Great Room and Lounge.

MEAL PREPARATION: There are two kitchens—the main kitchen houses lots of counter space, a large gas Garland stove with 2 ovens and 6 burners, 2 fridges and a commercial dishwasher (washes dishes in 3 minutes). Throughout the inn there are 4 fridges in total, several mini-fridges and a deep freezer. There is a second kitchen on the 3rd floor. You do the cooking or bring in a chef. We can offer a list of chefs who are familiar with our kitchens.

AMENITIES: Wireless satellite internet, satellite TV, DVD player and an ipod/CD player, laundry room, large parking lot, large commercial kitchen.

AVAILABILITY: In 2019 there are a few October weekends still available. Come up and see the colours!! In 2020 we have a few August weeks still open and lots of weekends in late May and June, the Labour Day weekend in September, and the last two weekends in October. We can put a courtesy hold on dates for groups who need a little time to coordinate.

SCHEDULE and MINIMUMS: In spring and fall we have a 2-night minimum (3 for long weekends). In summer there is usually a 7-night minimum unless you wish to take weeknights, then a 3-night minimum. In summer we go Mondays to Mondays, so that those guests who hold events such as a wedding, are not having to depart the following day.


LINENS: We provide sheets and towels (you bring your own beach towels) but you do your own laundry and cleaning during your stay (For an added fee, housekeepers may be available during your stay.)

OUTSIDE: PATIO: The 1500 square foot patio, just off the great room and with fantastic views of the lake has tables/chairs for up to 60 and a propane Weber BBQ. This is where most wedding parties have their reception under a big tent.

ENGLISH GARDEN: There is a pretty front English garden

FIRE-PIT: A large fire-pit and great supply of firewood. You collect the kindling!

LAWNS: We have a few open lawn areas perfect for games of every sort. One of them is large enough for frisbee, soccer or baseball.

AT THE LAKE: The lake is a 4-minute walk down the hill where there is a sandy walk-in beach and our private dock. The lake is great for swimming, fishing and boating. We provide some canoes, a kayak and paddle boat for your use.

PARKING: Lots and lots of parking for cars and boat trailers, if you want to bring your own boat. (Please be sure to check with us first.)
Perfect for extended family gatherings or small business retreats. It is also perfect for weddings--there have been many stunning weddings at the Portage Inn. Please visit our wedding page for more pictures and information!

$1500 per night for the first 2 nights (or 3 nights if a long weekend).
$1000 per night for additional nights.
$450 Cleaning (upon your departure--covers up to 16 hours of cleaning)
$200 Linens (you bring your own beach towels)

Plus HST on all of the above. 
Refundable security/damage deposit: $1600 (refunded within 1 week of your departure)

$7500 per week (averages $1072 per night)
Cleaning (upon your departure): $450 (covers up to 16 hours of cleaning)
Linens: $200 (you bring your own beach towels)

Plus HST on all of the above.
Refundable security/damage deposit: $1600 (refunded within 1 week of your departure)

Our weddings and events are DO-IT-YOURSELF. We provide the venue and a variety of supplies and lists of resources, and you do the rest. We do not get between you and your vendors. No corkage fees or anything of that sort. The venue fee varies depending on the size of your group. Please look for pics and information on our Wedding Page

RESERVATIONS: We offer COURTESY HOLDS on dates to give you a chance to check with your group. Please email or phone to find out dates available and/or to put a courtesy hold on dates that you know are available.

25% to make the reservation.
25% at the 9 month mark
25% at the 6 month mark
25% at the 3 month mark
$1600 Security Deposit at the 1 month mark (Assuming we don’t need to use it—we rarely do--it is returned within 7 days of your departure.)

CONTACT: Please do contact us with any questions or if you are ready to book!



Book the Entire Inn for your Family Vacation, Reunion, Wedding/Event or Work Retreat


Our Inn sleeps up to 30 people with 10 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms.  Rent the entire private Inn for your family vacation or celebration.