Our Group Venues ...

The central location of the Lodge and the size of its common areas make it an ideal focal point for groups occupying additional cottages at the resort. Guests renting the Lodge and three other cottages at any time during the season receive a 10% discount on the Lodge portion of their rental.

Spring and fall group reservations also take advantage of our discount of 15% that applies to all shoulder-season rentals with the exception of Labour Day and Thanksgiving weekends.

During spring and fall, groups may have complimentary, exclusive use of one of our heritage recreational buildings – the Rec Hall, formerly the camp’s dining room, a few steps from the Lodge lakeside door; or the Court House, a former log barn and square dance venue beside our sports field.

The Rec Hall ...

Built in the 1920s – although part of it may date earlier – our squared-log Rec Hall served as a dining room for Camp Billie Bear until meal service ended in 1978. Guests will soon enjoy gracious comfort in an atmosphere that harkens back to that earlier era, as work proceeds to upgrade the building while preserving its important historical and architectural features.

Today, the Rec Hall is still a gathering spot for games and impromptu dances, talent shows and parties, with a ping-pong table, screened porch, WiFi, and a shuffleboard court just outside the main door. The bell that once called guests to meals now announces the start of daily activities – or those of your group during spring or fall.

Rec Hall and Lodge Rec Hall porch Rec Hall Dance in the Rec Hall

The Court House ...

Our Court House, at the edge of the sports field, began as a barn but was renovated for recreational use in the 1930s. This log building hosted square dances and other activities through the 1940s. A rehabilitation of the Court House in 2006 earned Billie Bear a Built Heritage Award from the Muskoka Heritage Foundation (now the Muskoka Conservancy). Today, the Court House is our venue for evening movies during July and August. A popular site for parties, it is available for guests to reserve for activities during the day and for groups’ exclusive use in spring and fall.

Inside the Court House Court House dance in the Court House

 

     

The other seasons ...

Autumn view over the lake Sports field and Court House in the fall

Fall has been a favoured time for art and photography workshops taking advantage of the vivid beauty of Muskoka. As well, the Muskoka Artists’ Studio Tour, in which several of our local Artists of the Limberlost participate, takes place on two weekends in September.

Irises at the Rec Hall Trilliums a common sight at Billie Bear

Spring, a great time for nature groups, is the only time to see the trilliums, violets, jack-in-the-pulpit, and other early wildflowers that bloom in our woods and on our hillside. It can be a good time to see animals, too – but remember that, in Muskoka, you’ll want to bring bug spray for your outdoor walks. Check with the Huntsville and Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce for spring sports events and Muskoka’s Doors Open dates.