I managed to slip away for a summer getaway from Toronto for a few days. I love swimming and I haven’t really been able to do that in the city with pandemic restrictions on Toronto public swimming pools, as well as battling crowds at local beaches such as Woodbine and Cherry Beaches.
Jackson’s Point is at most an hour north of Toronto, but it provides a relaxing summer vacation nonetheless. We stayed at Ramada Jackson’s Point on Lake Simcoe (this is our fourth time staying here) and we were pleased to find that despite COVID-19 restrictions, we enjoyed ourselves as before.
The waterfront at Ramada Jackson’s Point makes a lovely summer getaway from Toronto.
Many visitors to Jackson’s Point swim at either Sibbald Point Provincial Park or some of the municipally-run beaches such as Franklin Beach, De La Salle Beach and Willow Beach. The Town of Georgina website advised that the only beach open during our stay would be Franklin Beach. They also indicated that the number of people allowed on Franklin Beach (and the number of parking spaces!) would be restricted. You are also not allowed to bring beach chairs or umbrellas on the beach. As a result, we didn’t even bother going to Franklin Beach. The waterfront at the Ramada Jackson’s Point underwent great improvements in 2019 (which in light of the conditions this summer turned out to be a brilliant move), including the installation of a massive dock with two ladders to enter the shallow water for swimming. There is also a gorgeous new lighthouse that was completed in late 2019. It provides the perfect backdrop for Instagram selfies.
Our hotel room was spotlessly clean upon arrival, but, pursuant to Canadian hotel industry guidelines, was not cleaned during our stay (in order to reduce potential contamination for cleaning staff). We were advised, however, that if we needed fresh towels, we simply had to call the front desk and they would be delivered to our door. You can see photos of our room (a Lakeside Double Queen) in a previous blog post I wrote about Ramada Jackson’s Point.
The Lakeview restaurant at Ramada Jackson’s Point features a patio with a stunning view of Lake Simcoe. Not wanting to miss this lovely way to greet the day, we enjoyed a hot breakfast on the hibiscus-bordered patio each morning. Usually, the Ramada offers a breakfast buffet included with your room rate, but this year, due to the pandemic, we had to order breakfast from the menu. We both ordered the Classic Breakfast, $10, that comes with two eggs, bacon, sausage, toast and home fries. Our meals were perfectly cooked! Also, because we sat outside, we were not required to wear face masks.
Due to Health Unit restrictions, the Ramada Jackson’s Point was not able to open their indoor pool, hot tub, sauna or fitness room. Nevertheless, we enjoyed lounging and swimming at the Ramada waterfront. Guests were in compliance with social distancing guidelines by placing their lounge chairs several metres away from other guests. Lake Simcoe has a sandy bottom and you can walk out a fair distance without the water getting higher than your waist. And in the evening, there is nothing more pleasant than sitting on the dock and watching the sailboats return to Jackson’s Point Marina.
It was great to escape Toronto for several days and despite a few minor inconveniences, we enjoyed our stay at Ramada Jackson’s Point – a lovely summer getaway from Toronto!