There's lots of things to do in Lake Simcoe at The Briars!

Year round, guests can explore the woods, grounds, gardens and historic nooks. Our sprawling property features an indoor pool and whirlpool, available for guests to use throughout their stay at The Briars. Enjoy a game of billiards or ping pong in our games room, or book a special treatment at our luxurious spa!

In the summer months, guests can make the most of our beautiful property and spend time enjoying some of the fantastic outdoor amenities available at The Briars. Enjoy a round at the Briar’s Golf Club, spend some time on one of our 4 outdoor athletic courses, or cool off in one of the outdoor pools surrounding the Inn! Our stunning location near Lake Simcoe provides an idyllic location for hiking and biking, and our close proximity to the water provides opportunities for water sports like kayaking and canoeing!

In the winter months, guests can cozy up in one of the Inn’s fireplaces, or enjoy a warm get-together at the firepit each evening. Located beside stunning cross-country ski trails, winter sports are always exciting at The Briars! Enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, tobogganing and ice fishing near the Inn, or hitch a ride to the ROC to enjoy outdoor skating, tubing and snowboarding!

On weekends and holidays, guests of The Briars can enjoy planned activities like tours, hikes, yoga, crafts and entertainment.

Water Activities

  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Pools (2 seasonal) with loungers and relaxation areas
  • Lake Simcoe shoreline and dock with kayaks, canoes, and pedal boats
  • Large Solarium with Indoor Pool, Whirlpool, and Sauna

All-Inclusive Outdoor Facilities

  • Gardens and woods with trails for hiking, biking, and skiing
  • Tennis courts, bocce, ladder/bolo ball, and sand volleyball
  • Championship Briars Golf Club (Additional Cost)
  • Seadoo

All-Inclusive Indoor Facilities

  • Briars Spa (Additional Cost)
  • Library, Drawing Room and Tower with relaxation areas/fireplace
  • Fitness Room with free weights, treadmills, elliptical, rower, weight machine, mats, and stability ball
  • Games Rooms with billiards, ping pong, table soccer, and more

Spring, Summer & Fall Getaways


Winter Getaways


Nature Activities at The Briars


Lake Simcoe: Naturally beautiful. The appreciation of natural beauty guides everything we do here at The Briars.

Every aspect of our resort seeks to respect and preserve Ontario’s natural beauty on the shores of Lake Simcoe. Learn more about our commitment to nature and how it can enhance your getaway at The Briars.

The Briars Golf Club  design and maintenance preserves large trees and leaves plenty of natural habitat for the remarkable variety of wildlife—from herons to foxes—with which we happily cohabit.

Our dining rooms  serve foods grown in our region (organic whenever possible) in order to provide the freshest "taste of the land"

Guests love to stroll through our grounds, along numerous nature trails, or sit and relax along the Lake Simcoe shoreline.

The Briars Spa  uses products based on marine ingredients to enhance our guests' natural beauty and wellbeing.

Our recreation programming includes many outdoor elements for every season, from sleigh rides to canoe treks, because our guests (and our staff) love to be out on property as much as possible.

The Briars is an excellent place to appreciate Ontario's dramatic seasonal changes. Right in the heart of Ontario cottage country, and every bit as beautiful as the Muskoka’s, Lake Simcoe offers all of the beauty and diversity for which Ontario is known.

Visit our photo gallery  to browse photos from all four glorious seasons on Lake Simcoe.

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