THE BRIARS RESORT & SPA: OUR STORY
The Briars is a heritage Ontario lakeside resort, a refuge of relaxation and genuine hospitality amidst
acres of lush lawns, gardens and towering trees. The surrounding woodlands, rivers and Lake
Simcoe shoreline provide habitat for a variety of wildlife, making it an icon of Ontario's Green Belt.
This very special property includes a championship Scottish woodlands golf course, a full spa and
excellent recreation programming. The Briars is recognized for its historic and natural significance
by the Ontario Heritage Foundation and the Arboretum at the University of Guelph.
The Briars' captivating marriage of traditional country inn warmth with extensive resort facilities
provides such a sense of a private retreat that our guests consider us "Another World", just an hour
A Contemporary Ontario Resort with a Remarkable History
With a history that dates back to 1840, The Briars blends modern amenities and vintage rooms with
Victorian Era charm. Explore its evolution as a private farm to first-class country retreat with its mix of
inn rooms, private cottages and lodges.
The Briars’ diverse history and its many secrets await discovery. From founder William Sibbald’s role
in the Upper Canada Rebellion to the picturesque Peacock House – Ontario’s only octagonal-shaped
peacock house – to the two-storey rubble stone Manor House and its Regency architecture.
Our four-star lakeside resort features something for everyone: