Swimming and just
playing in the water or on the beach is probably the next most
enjoyed activity. Toddlers seem to enjoy just getting wet without
having to use soap, older kids seem to prefer cannonballing each
other from the swim raft or trying their latest trick dive. The
parents usually don't seem to care whether or not they get wet
themselves, as long as the kids are having fun.
Paddle boats, a canoe,
kayak, and a 12 ft aluminum boat with 6 hp are included with
accomodation and guests are also allowed shared use of the 18
ft pontoon boat with 25 hp. Well-behaved youngsters are rewarded
with tubing rides behind a ski boat which has proven to be a
vacation highlight for many kids.
About two-thirds of
the shoreline is left natural. It is not uncommon to see a heron
strutting along the shoreline feeding on the abundant shorelife.
Loons frequent the area, as well as different species of ducks.
In the spring
and early summer, a family of otters can often be seen patrolling
the bay, disappearing now and again and usually surfacing with
a small fish in their mouth. This part of the shoreline is also
a popular area for kids to explore. Schools of minnows dart about,
and frogs challenge youngsters to try and catch them.
For the summer
of 2001, Kashaga Lodge has partnered with a professional wakeboard
and water ski school to offer ski and wakeboard instruction to
our guests. Haliburton Water Sports is a team of professioal
instructors who will meet guests at the Kashaga Lodge dock, and
give lessons to anyone from beginner to expert. They use the
latest and safest equipment and instructional methods including
a 2001 Mastercraft Tournament ski/wakeboard boat.
summer activities at the lodge include badminton, croquet, baseball,
volleyball, horseshoes, and various other outdoor games that
can be enjoyed on one of the large open areas.
There is also
a tee-off location right on the property that provides a golf
shot to a "green" 100 yards away, great for practising
the short iron game. Guests are also welcome to bring their own
boats, sailboards, kayaks, etc. There are two docks and lots
of shoreline for beaching a small boat.
Every cottage has its
own picnic table, barbecue, and firepit with firewood. There
is also large open grassy areas around each unit, so there's
plenty of space to pitch a tent. Most kids seem to prefer sleeping
in a tent to sleeping on a bed anyway, especially after a late-night
marshmellow roast. The lodge has only one loaner tent so guests
are encouraged to bring their own. And don't forget the marshmellows.