- Muskoka Ontario Waterfront All Inclusive Beach Resort
- Port Carling lodge accommodations with casual fine dining
- Family vacations & weekend getaways
- Conferences, Weddings and Group Retreats
- Year round traditional Muskoka style resort
Our Muskoka Resort has it all! Shamrock Lodge is a full-service all inclusive four-season resort and conference facility located on the pristine shores of Lake Rosseau in Port Carling just 2 hours north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Owned and operated by the Bryant Family for the past 30 years, Shamrock Lodge offers unrivalled personal service, spectacular lakeside dining, meeting and wedding facilities, and traditional Muskoka waterfront style accommodations.
Our all-inclusive packages include: 3 meals daily, deluxe lakeside accommodations and all on-site activities. Shamrock Lodge has an oasis of activity. In summer our all-inclusive packages include scenic boat tours, fully supervised children's program, safe sandy beach, daily waterskiing and tubing, water trampoline, canoeing, kayaking and paddleboats, tennis, indoor pool, nightly entertainment, wild life shows and much more. We have access to Muskoka’s finest championship golf courses too! In winter, you will enjoy a snow lover's paradise including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and skating on our Lake Rosseau rink. Unwind by a cozy fire or relax in our indoor pool, hot tub and sauna.
At Shamrock Lodge, we have been careful to retain all the old-time charm of our traditional Muskoka lodge's storied past. Yet, keeping up with the times, we offer our resort guests all the contemporary amenities that they would expect to find at a premier Ontario lakefront resort offering the latest in upscale resort living. We pride ourselves in extending to our guests the kind of warm, old-fashioned hospitality that is not commonly found. Combining the best of the past with the best of the present, our Muskoka Lodge is the ideal Ontario family resort for a fabulous Ontario resort vacation, couples retreat or a relaxing Muskoka getaway.
Enjoy cozy lakeside accommodation, full country breakfast and delectable candlelight dinners. Whether you are planning a family getaway, a corporate retreat or a wedding, give us a call! We'll make your stay as action packed or relaxed as you like it.
Shamrock has it all.
Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Award
Shamrock Lodge has been awarded the Travellers Choice Award. Less than 1% of accommodations listed on Trip Advisor receive this prestigious award. The Travelers Choice Award is your assurance that Shamrock Lodge understands the value of quality lodging and exceptional vacations that we provide for our guests. We strive to make sure that your stay with us will be one that you will always remember ... and like most of our guests, we hope to see you back at the resort year after year.
A Muskoka Legend
Shamrock Lodge has one of the oldest histories in the long tradition of Muskoka Resorts. Legend claims the original owner, Benjamin Hardcastle Johnston left Ireland and secured his holdings by giving a beautiful white steed to the proud Anishnabi Natives and paying the government $25.00.
Like many Muskoka resorts, the main lodge began as a farmhouse in the late 1800's and to this day remains at the heart of Shamrock activities. Recognizing the potential for tourism development in this age of steam navigation, grandson Alfred Johnston took over in 1934 and turned the farmhouse into a lodge. Guests were met at the train stations of Gravenhurst and Bala and invited to step aboard the Shamrock launch for the final leg of their journey to Shamrock Lodge. In later years, Mr. and Mrs. Clinch further enhanced the property and eventually Muriel and Dennis Bryant took over continuing to modernize and update the resort.
The Bryants now work together to make your stay very special and memorable. Sons Tim and Gary have families of their own and all have joined Muriel and Dennis continuing a long, proud tradition of family ownership. Each year new services are added and the facilities are upgraded to ensure that every guest leaves with fond memories.
For a traditional Muskoka family vacation, choose Shamrock Lodge on beautiful Lake Rosseau. Our American Plan resort offers everything for vacationing families, and for romantic couples and seniors getaways. Making vacations fun is what we do. We also make it affordable too because most everything during your summer resort stay is included with the cost of your accommodations, including three delicious meals a day, a wide range of recreational activities and amenities, our extensive kid’s Fun Club, as well as entertainment for the whole family. We have been hosting memorable Muskoka family vacations for decades and we are proud that many of our customers think of Shamrock Lodge as their Ontario cottage country resort and return year after year again.
At Shamrock Lodge, guests can choose the style of Ontario resort accommodations that is just for them. We offer a wide selection of resort accommodations to suit every taste and every budget. Most of our Muskoka resort’s rooms and cottages offer spectacular views of Lake Rosseau and have either a deck or balcony sitting area. From traditional Muskoka lodge accommodations, such as the rooms in our historic lodge or our cozy one room cabins, to four-star resort accommodations, like our spacious and luxurious premier cabins and units with Jacuzzis, Shamrock Lodge has the ideal Muskoka lodgings for your next cottage country getaway, Muskoka vacation or Ontario conference.
A four-season Muskoka resort, Shamrock Lodge has many terrific value-added Ontario vacation and Muskoka getaway rates and corporate retreat packages available throughout the year. For family fun in Muskoka, Ontario fall colour tours, spring Muskoka golf getaways or Muskoka winter escapes, Shamrock Lodge has the accommodations, the facilities and the service, along with special seasonal rates to suit most anyone's Muskoka accommodation requirements. As well, all of our lodge rates include either two or three delicious meals daily, depending on the time of year. Consult the Shamrock Specials and Rates page for full details on our Muskoka lodge rates, or you are invited to call or email us your inquiries.
Shamrock Lodge is an Ontario resort well-known for its outstanding customer service. In 2012, we won the Traveler's Choice Award and a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor. At Shamrock Lodge, we pride ourselves on delivering an enjoyable vacation experience and excellent service to all of our guests. We have worked hard to be one of Ontario's top family resorts. Shamrock Lodge is a family business and hospitality is our life. We care about the resort, and about the guests who come to stay with us. This is why we will always put our best efforts into ensuring that every guest at our Muskoka resort is 100 percent satisfied with their stay and leaves looking forward to their next visit.
While summer time in Muskoka is just about as close to paradise as you can get, a Muskoka winter getaway has a charm all its own. Crisp clean air, fresh fallen snow and ice covered lakes create a world that is almost magical. A winter resort getaway at Shamrock Lodge offers guests the chance to experience Canadian winter at its best, away from the gray slush, noise and hustle of the city. Winter sports, winter based activities, winter festivals and events abound in Muskoka. At our four-season Muskoka resort, guests have been enjoying all that winter has to offer for generations. For many, it is their favorite time of year to vacation in Muskoka.
There is no end to the things you can do this winter in Muskoka. Ice fishing, skating, tobogganing, dog sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides are just some of the fun wintertime activities available. Shamrock Lodge is close to great downhill skiing, and if snowmobiling or cross country skiing are what you like to do, Shamrock Lodge is the Muskoka winter resort you. Shamrock offers easy access to hundreds of kilometres of O.F.S.C. snowmobile trails and has snowmobile rentals available. For the Nordic skiing enthusiast, our Ontario winter resort has 15 km of groomed and track set woodland trails. As well, Lake Rosseau provides miles of shoreline for cross country skiers and lake trails for snowmobilers. Let us help you plan your Muskoka winter escape at Shamrock Lodge. Be sure to enquire about our affordable Winter Getaway Weekend Packages, as well as our Corporate Winter Packages.
At Shamrock Lodge, we take great pride in our executive chef and the food which we serve our guests. All of our meals are prepared using fresh, organic produce, and it is all locally grown. By using local, organic produce at our on-site restaurant, we can provide visitors and guests with delicious and healthy meals. This is just one more example where we go above and beyond to help ensure that our guests are enjoying their Ontario vacation at our resort. We take tremendous pride in how we run our resort, and we continuously win travel awards recognizing the effort we put into making sure that all of our guests are treated to the best Ontario accommodations and fine dining experiences that make a vacation worthwhile.
Ontario's premier resort and cottage country area, Muskoka is officially known as The District Municipality of Muskoka, but is also sometimes called the District of Muskoka. It is a regional municipality located in central Ontario. The Muskoka area extends all the way from Georgian Bay in the west, to the northern tip of Lake Couchiching in the south, and to the western border of Algonquin Provincial Park in the east. Muskoka covers approximately 2,500 square miles (6,475 km²) and is home to more than 1,600 lakes. Muskoka is an extremely popular resort destination due to its stunning scenery and its close proximity to the major urban centres of Ontario's southern Golden Horseshoe region. Muskoka is just two hours north of Metropolitan Toronto, via major highways, Highway 400 and Highway 11.
Shamrock Lodge is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Rosseau, one of the largest lakes in the Muskoka region. Lake Rosseau is also one of the most popular lakes in Muskoka. On this lovely lake you will find distinctive Muskoka boathouses, many century old lakefront cottages, and magnificent waterfront estate homes and with many cottage retreats own by celebrities and the rich and famous. One of the most famous people to have enjoyed a Muskoka vacations on Lake Rosseau was US president Woodrow Wilson, who eventually bought Formosa Island. People are drawn to Rosseau's breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife, making it one of the most desired locations for an Ontario resort vacation.
Muskoka, Ontario, with its towering pines, crystal-clear lakes and rivers, and wealth of recreational opportunities, will instantly have you under its spell. Here in Canada's most prestigious tourist area and best known cottage country destination, you will be enthralled with the natural beauty of the Muskoka landscape, with its abundant forests, parks and wetlands, and the predominance of pink granite rock of the Canadian Shield. As well, the Muskoka region has a thriving arts community, offering many arts and cultural activities and attractions. Home to vibrant towns and many charming villages, including Huntsville, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Port Carling, Bala, Dorset, Bayville, Rosseau and Port Sydney, visitors to Muskoka have the best of both town and country.
Shamrock Lodge is located, conveniently, right next door to the village of Port Carling, Ontario. Known as the Hub of the Muskoka Lakes, due to the abundant boat traffic that flows through town, Port Carling is located on Indian River and joins Lake Muskoka to Lake Rosseau by way of a system of locks. Both Mirror Lake and Silver Lake border Port Carling as well. Watching boats navigating through the locks, and the drawbridge that frequently rises to allow larger boats access, attracts spectators to the water's edge and the adjacent park. This picturesque little Muskoka town has so much to offer, including gift shops, boutiques, antique shops, art galleries, restaurants, lovely parkland and so much more. Port Carling is a bustling place, especially during July and August when cottagers and tourist arrive in full force.
The Muskoka Lakes Museum, open from Victoria Day until Thanksgiving, is a popular Port Carling attraction that has been in operation for over 40 years. Presenting the history of the Muskoka Lakes, the Muskoka Lakes Museum focuses on Muskoka's past, with emphasis on the area's aboriginal peoples and early settlers. The museum also highlights the major factors that contributed to the growth and development of Muskoka Lakes region, including the lumber industry, boat building, water transportation and the development of the tourist industry. The design, construction and use of the wide variety of wooden pleasure boats that are synonymous Muskoka is also given great prominence at the Muskoka Museum. A major Muskoka attraction and cultural centre, the museum has many fine pioneer and marine displays that include an 1875 log cabin, old wooden boats, early gas engines and early native artifacts. It is a terrific place for families on a Muskoka vacation to bring their children to learn about the fascinating past of this beautiful region. The Muskoka Lakes Museum offers something of interest for every member of the family, including permanent and seasonal exhibits, school programs, children's summer activities and programs, adult workshops, informative lectures and many special events. Each month there is a new exhibit on display and a new art show is presented in the adjoining Catto art gallery. The Port Carling Historical Society started the Museum in 1961, and as of 1963, it was housed in the dining room of the old Algonquin Hotel on Joseph Street in Port Carling, with James Thompson as the first curator. The Museum was incorporated in October 1964 and in July of 1967, museum founder Marion Catto cut the ribbon and declared the museum officially open. Donations and loans of artifacts from descendants of the pioneers were soon pouring in and it was obvious that more space was needed to house the growing collection. Over the year, the museum has undergone several expansions and additions, bringing it to its present size and state, but still serving to preserve the region's history.
During your stay at our Muskoka family resort on Lake Rosseau, why not book a fabulous Muskoka Lakes boat tour aboard a historic Muskoka steamship. Based in Gravenhurst Ontario, the Muskoka Steamship Lines operates from mid May until Thanksgiving. It runs two authentic and historically significant steamships; the RMS Segwun, North America's oldest operating steamship, and the beautiful Wenonah II. With several different sightseeing tours available including sunset cruises and lunch and dinner cruises, you can book tours that run from a couple of hours to full day cruises that explore Muskoka's three major lakes; Lake Rosseau, Lake Muskoka and Lake Joseph. There is even a Muskoka boat cruise called “Millionaires Row” that takes passengers on a boat cruise that passes by many of the spectacular cottage mansions that Muskoka is famous for. This outstanding Muskoka attraction, along with the adjacent Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre, is less than 40 minutes from Shamrock Lodge.
Whether you come to the Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst for a Muskoka boat tour on a historic steamship or to simply have a look at these beautifully preserved pieces of Canadian history, plan to spend some time at this vibrant Muskoka attraction. Here you will discover a day's worth of activities. While at the Muskoka Wharf, visitors can stroll the boardwalks of this “$170 million, 89 acre celebration of the unique and colourful history of Ontario's premier all-season vacation playground” Fun and educational, the new, interactive Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre is a terrific place for families on vacation with children. Nature paths, picnic areas and scenic views make the Muskoka Wharf a lovely spot to enjoy the great outdoors. Many exciting events are hosted here, like the Antique & Classic Boat Show and the Dockside Festival of the Arts. As well, the wharf has an interesting selection of shops and restaurants to explore.
When visiting the Muskoka Wharf, plan to send some time in the town of Gravenhurst, the “Gateway to Muskoka.” Referred to as “the cultural centre of Muskoka,” Gravenhurst prides itself on its historical attractions, live theatre and music. The Gravenhurst Opera House is home to theatre productions during the summer and a host of other events throughout the year. While on a Muskoka family vacation with children, often parents like to find a Muskoka tourist attraction that is educational and one that the entire family can enjoy. The Bethune Memorial House, which has been restored to the time of 1890, celebrates the life of Dr. Norman Bethune, a Canadian legend and hero in China. This Muskoka attraction offers impressive displays of Bethune's contributions to medicine and a glimpse of times past.
Muskoka is one of the largest and most popular tourist areas in Ontario. The tremendous selection of things to do, local attractions, special events and Muskoka beautiful scenery and natural wildlife have kept vacationers coming back year after year to explore everything that Port Carling and the Muskokas have to offer. Ontario resorts like Shamrock Lodge have been welcoming tourists to Muskoka for generations. We are proud of Muskoka and are always happy to help our guests find the best Muskoka attractions, and to point out when special events and Muskoka area festivals are going on.
In 2010 Muskoka was rated the best summer time vacation destination by Reader's Digest Travellers Magazine, and it has held on to this ranking over the past couple of years! A Muskoka summer vacation was ranked higher than many of the most popular summer vacation destinations in the world. We have always said that for a summer vacation, no where beats Ontario's cottage country, and now we have the proof! The next time you are looking to get away for a vacation in the summer with your family, come up to the Shamrock Lodge in Muskoka and see firsthand why we are the number one summer vacation spot in the world.
Scenically situated on the Muskoka River, the popular Ontario resort town of Bracebridge, Ontario is a bustling community that is well worth visiting. A short drive from Shamrock Lodge, Bracebridge has something to offer Muskoka visitors every month of the year. A pretty little town that has retained its old time charm, visitors will discover a well preserved main street with many interesting shops, restaurants and visitors attractions. Bracebridge also has an abundance of green space, with parks, walking trails and many scenic views, especially of the waterfalls and the Muskoka River which runs through town. Bracebridge offers a wide array of tourist attractions, art galleries and other places of interest. As well, this Muskoka town has many annual events and festivals throughout the year, including studio tours, fairs, cars shows, fall festivals, to name just a few.
Bracebridge is home to one of cottage country's most famous family friendly Muskoka tourist attractions, Santa's Village. For over 50 years, Santa's Village Bracebridge has been delighting families on vacation in Muskoka. At 45 degrees latitude, half way between the Equator and the North Pole, it was decided that Bracebridge would be the perfect summer home for Santa and his Christmas theme park. This popular family amusement park is open seasonally, from mid June to mid September. Here you can take the kids for a ride on Santa's train, see Santa's deer, paddleboat around the Lemonade Lagoon, take a cruise down the Muskoka River, enjoy Rudolf's Roller coaster, and of course, visit Santa Claus. In the pay-as-you-go Sportsland area of Santa's Village, sports buffs can enjoy go-carts, mini-golf, batting cages, laser tag and an arcade.
An old Ontario town with a great deal of history, Bracebridge has a number of historic sites that are available to Muskoka visitors. Located on Wharf Road, the Bird Mill Power Station was built in 1892 to supply Bracebridge with electricity, making Bracebridge the first municipality to own and operate a hydro-electric generating station. At 94 Manitoba Street, the Bracebridge Public library has been serving the town for over a century. The library with built after American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie promised a grant of $10,000 in 1906. Today it remains a reminder of the importance the Carnegie libraries played in public education. On King Street, the Woodchester Villa, built in 1882 by Henry Bird, is one of the finest octagonal homes in Ontario. Known locally as the “Bird Cage,” the villa has been restored and is open to the public.
Shamrock Lodge on Lake Rosseau is in the centre of the beautiful Muskoka region, but it is also close to the 30,000 Islands of Georgian Bay. Like Muskoka, Georgian Bay and the 30,000 Islands of are one of the most magnificent tourist destinations in all of Canada. In the 30,000 Islands, the scenic water channels between the islands provide the opportunity for truly unique boating tours and yacht charters. The wildlife and scenery of the area brings people from all over the world, who come to enjoy this wonderful vacation experience. Shamrock Lodge is fortunate to be able to offer their guests a delightful Ontario holiday getaway where they can experience two of the most beautiful regions in Canada.
Shamrock Lodge is an Ontario family resort that is open for your enjoyment all year round. People often ask us what time of year is the best time to visit Muskoka. Our answer is – anytime is the right time for a fabulous Muskoka resort vacation. We thoroughly enjoy all four seasons in this scenic Ontario destination area and you will too. In beautiful Muskoka, every month has much to offer for family vacations, reunions, romantic escapes and mid week getaways. No matter when you arrive in Muskoka, you will be amazed with the variety of activities and events going on in the area and will be impressed with the beauty of the landscape.
Not only is Shamrock Lodge a remarkable Muskoka resort for family vacations in Ontario, it is a great Muskoka conference resort for small conferences, business meetings and corporate retreats. We specialize in groups of up to 40 delegates and our casually elegant atmosphere, comfortable guest rooms and delicious gourmet-inspired home cooked meals are perfect for any group function. Our meeting facilities are bright and inviting, offering wonderful views of Lake Rosseau. Your group can get down to work while the staff at Shamrock takes care of every detail to ensure that your business meeting or company retreat is a great success. After your work is down, your group is sure to enjoy the wonderful amenities that our Muskoka Lodge has to offer.
Shamrock Lodge is the ideal choice for brides and grooms looking for a truly outstanding Muskoka resort wedding location. Elaborate or simple, if you are planning a wedding at a Muskoka resort venue that is casually elegant with a relaxed atmosphere, then Shamrock Lodge is the place. A popular Muskoka wedding resort for small wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions, Shamrock Lodge is well-known for its friendly and attentive service and spectacular Muskoka scenery that is second to none. What could be more special than a romantic Muskoka wedding and exchanging of vows by the lake. We want you to share your special day with us. We can help you plan the ultimate wedding in Muskoka at Shamrock Lodge
Our Muskoka resort offers a wide selection of different lakeside accommodations that are ideally suited for family vacations, business retreats, romantic couple's getaways, or fishing and golf weekends. From the comfortable rooms in our historic main lodge and the Pinewood Units' lakeside rooms with private balconies, to our secluded private cabins and large cottages by the lake, Shamrock Lodge provides superior accommodations in Muskoka. Most of the rooms at our lodge feature a spectacular view of Lake Rosseau and have either a deck or balcony sitting area. At Shamrock Lodge, we invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy everything that a traditional Muskoka vacation has to offer!
For a summer family resort vacation of a winter family getaway, Shamrock Lodge is the ideal Muskoka resort for a fun-filled family holiday, no matter what time of the year. Shamrock has everything to make your Muskoka family vacation one that you will remember for years to come. Our full service resort on Lake Rosseau has a selection of comfortable lakeside accommodations that are especially suited to families on holiday. Shamrock Lodge also has resort amenities and recreational facilities for all types of family vacations, including fishing holidays, golf getaways, family winter breaks, and grandparents and grandchildren's' vacations together. Even the most active family member will find more than enough to keep them entertained.
Muskoka provides the perfect getaway for a family vacation. At any time of the year, Muskoka offers beautiful scenery and plenty of fun family activities. It is often nice to get away from the hustle of the city and come north to a more relaxed atmosphere. At times, people in the city forget just how beautiful the evening stars look on a warm summer's night while sitting by the lake. These are the experiences that make great memories of family holidays in Ontario cottage country. So come up north to the Shamrock Lodge for a weekend or midweek getaway, to de-stress and enjoy the beauty of nature with your family.
Shamrock Lodge is also a popular Muskoka resort for romantic couple's escapes, anniversary getaway weekends and romantic honeymoon vacations. Our lovely lakefront location on scenic Lake Rosseau is ideal for couples wishing to spend time together in a beautiful and tranquil natural environment. Our close proximity to the charming town of Port Carling, with its various year round attractions and shops, offers many interesting things to do for couples on vacation. Our traditional Muskoka lodge has a number of private accommodations that are perfect for couples. A favorite unit at Shamrock Lodge for couple's getaways is The Court House, a cozy cabin that features a queen bed, Jacuzzi tub and private deck. We invite romantic couples to come and experience the distinctive personal touches that our small Muskoka resort offers to make your couples getaway weekend in Muskoka very special. Our cozy lakefront accommodations, delicious home-cooked country breakfasts and superb candlelight dining, are just a few of the reasons to choose Shamrock Lodge for your next Muskoka couple's vacation. When you consider all the wonderful amenities and activities that are included with your stay, like our inviting hot stove lounge, beautiful sand beach, indoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna, games room, summertime water sports and wintertime activities, why would you stay anywhere else?
Please click on our link to TripAdvisor, the world largest travel website, to see what past guests have to say about our traditional Muskoka lakefront lodge and conference resort on Lake Rosseau in Muskoka. We are extremely pleased to be consistently rated by our guests as "excellent" and "very good". We strive to ensure that every guest's stay with us is exceptional. In 2012, Shamrock Lodge received the TripAdvisor®, Travellers' Choice Award. We were selected as one of the top 25 hotels in Canada that offer excellent value for travellers. Shamrock Lodge was chosen due to the many wonderful customer reviews and large volume of very positive feedback from guests who enjoyed their stay with us in Port Carling.
Every other year, Port Carling hosts the Muskoka Lakes Association Antique Boat Show, drawing boating enthusiasts from all over the province. The Antique Boat Show started in 1971 to celebrate the rich boating history of the Muskoka Lakeland area. The show features historic, locally built boats and serves to both educate and entertain. Boat building has historically been an important industry in the Muskoka area, back in the early 1900's. Although the industry now has slowed down, with tourism taking over as the area's largest economic driver, boat building remains as a niche industry. Many tourists plan their Muskoka vacations around the Antique Boat Show. It has become an area tradition and an important Muskoka tourist attraction. The boat show features free admission, and everyone is welcome.
The area we now know as Port Carling has undergone a few names changes over the years. It was first called Obajewanung, named by the native Ojibways. Early European settlers changed the name to Indian Gardens when they arrived in the 1860's. The name was changed to Port Carling in 1871, to honour John Carling, the Ontario Minister of Public Works, who promoted the lock system between the local lakes. With the completion of the lock system, the Port Carling area experienced a huge economic boom which helped fuel local tourism. Since then, tourists and cottagers alike have travelled here for their Ontario summer. Today the area is a year-round Muskoka vacation destination, with attractive four season accommodations in Port Carling and many exciting tourist attractions.