A first in Ontario: a cannabis-friendly resort – RCI


Sir Sam’s Inn and Spa resort, in the heart of Ontario’s cottage country, has announced it will allow cannabis use. (Sir Sam’s Inn and Spa)

One wonders what Sir Sam Hughes would think of that. One hundred years ago this year, this highly controversial former Minister of the Militia completed his luxury vacation home in the Haliburton Highlands, Ontario.

Long a popular vacation spot in Ontario cottage country, the adults-only Sir Sam’s Inn and Spa has announced that it is now “cannabis friendly”.

Perhaps a first in Canada, and possibly a first in Ontario, the announcement comes a year after the Trudeau government legalized the recreational use of cannabis.

This summer, guests can relax in an iconic Muskoka chair and light a doobie as they gaze out at Eagle Lake in the Haliburton Highlands (Sir Sam’s-Twitter)

Only registered guests will be permitted to smoke, but only on balconies and other designated areas, not inside rooms.

This is a tricky decision as the small resort caters to an upscale clientele, some of whom may not be okay with consuming cannabis.

Jon Massey, Director of Business Development for the resort, shares his perspective: “At Sir Sam’s, we strive to provide our guests with premium experiences that are unique to our region, our history and our culture. It is important to be proactive in our industry to ensure an inclusive experience for all customers staying with us, whether or not they use cannabis.

Massey however also said: “We’re not looking to become a branded hotel to smoke weed or anything like that,” adding: “” It’s more about acknowledging that it’s legal now, we’re a complex for adults and couples and we have professionals who like to go up and relax in the environment that we provide ”.

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