Skyline International held an event at Pantages Hotel Thursday to officially announce its $10 million investment into Deerhurst Resort in Muskoka. One of Skyline’s most popular developments, Lakeside Lodge, was also showcased at the event.
The investment will be used over the next two years to improve the guest rooms, bathrooms, corridors, Legacy Hall, Compass Lobby Pub, Fitness Centre and the waterfront area at the resort. Other improvements will include new conference space, terraces, pools, hot tubs, signage and hiking trails.
In honour of the historic destination, the celebration was full of cottage-themed details like kayaks, Muskoka chairs and faux campfires. Attendees mingled with Skyline reps and munched on meats, cheeses and fresh fruit at picnic tables while they checked out the scale model and renderings of the soon-to-be revamped resort. Guests even had an opportunity to work on their golf swings with Cody McDonald, the resident golf pro at Deerhurst Resort.
Skyline also offered guests at the event incentives of one year of free maintenance fees, one year of free property taxes, a free assignment, a discounted furniture package at cost and a few specially reserved leaseback suites with their purchase of a suite at Lakeside Lodge. The development is already 95 per cent occupied, so only a lucky few will be able to join the desirable community.
Skyline CEO Michael Sneyd said that Deerhurst Resort is an iconic brand and a special place to be for families.
“Deerhurst is right beside Algonquin Park, which is a national treasure, and it’s in the heart of Muskoka with the beautiful Canadian Shield. The Group of Seven devoted their painting lives to trying to capture the beauty of the Canadian Shield and Deerhurst is right in the centre of it, yet you can get to Deerhurst [from Toronto] in just under two hours,” he said.
Founder, chairman and president of Skyline Gil Blutrich was also there to speak about the community. Blutrich spoke about Skyline’s $500 million investment into a retail village overlooking Peninsula Lake in Deerhurst, which will be implemented in future years.
“We are going to create a focal point, a place for tourists to see Muskoka and the beautiful water view and be able to enjoy a Blue Village concept but in Muskoka,” he said.
Blutrich also spoke about the rare opportunity to buy at Lakeside Lodge. He noted that while the community is highly sought after, the intimate building has limited space.
“We only have one site left that is a true waterfront property in the community and this is Lakeside Lodge. It’s all about supply and demand and in our case, the demand is growing but the supply is very limited,” he said.
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In addition to Deerhurst Resort and Lakeside Lodge, Skyline is also working on developing communities in Southern Ontario including Horseshoe Copeland House, Deerhurst Sanctuary and Deerhurst Golf Cottages.