Among the 30,000 Islands of Georgian Bay
Overlooking beautiful Georgian Bay, Glenn Burney Lodge is an ideal destination for weekend getaways, lake excursions, country weddings, and special occasions. Noted for its gourmet food and wine, attentive service, and welcoming ambience, it offers catering services, bespoke cooking classes, a cozy fine dining room and a shaded waterfront terrace, alongside a handful of rustically charming guestrooms, all scattered throughout twelve acres of lushly forested grounds.
Appreciation for excellent service, warm personality and privately imported wines have made Glenn Burney Lodge a much loved lake district dining institution.
While maintaining the integrity of a property that dates back to the 1930s was central for owner Wesley Thuro (who purchased it in 2007), having restored the main building and surrounding cabins, he gave the dining program and décor a distinctive twist. Looking to include a serious food and wine program in the Lodge’s revitalization, Thuro partnered with Lois Barron-Ralph, a Toronto sommelier with vast experience in the city’s high end restaurants, George, The Spoke Club, Nyood and Kultura, among them. As co-owner, Barron-Ralph’s expertise, appreciation for excellent service, warm personality, and selection of sophisticated, yet affordable, privately imported wines have made Glenn Burney Lodge a much loved lake district dining institution.
Unrivalled on the culinary front in the Parry Sound, Muskoka, Georgian Bay region, guests will find Lodge interiors just as original as it’s menus. Art collector Murray Ball curated the artwork, hiring artist Jim McKee to craft colourful West Coast First Nation’s masks and a floor-to-ceiling Totem Pole for the Main Lodge along with a backdrop of artist Sydney Martin’s striking, outsized reproductions of iconic Canadian paintings by Fred Varley, Charles Pachter and Norville Morisseau. Designer Brenda Bent—known for the striking interiors of celebrated chef Susur Lee’s Toronto dining establishments and her appearances on HGTV’s Restaurant Makeover—then added an eclectic mix of Mid Century pieces and traditional country accents to a dining room that features beamed, sixteen foot ceilings, panoramic lake views, a large stone fireplace, Thuro’s extensive, ever tuned, collection of vintage guitars, and a stylishly rough-hewn wood bar and harvest tables handcrafted by Executive Chef Ron Cherry.