By Nicole Di Tomasso
Located in Innisfil, Ont., Friday Harbour, an all-seasons resort surrounded by the woodlands and wetlands of Lake Simcoe region. The resort features a golf course, marina and beach, and offers various land and water activities, retailers and food-and-beverage concepts.
A plan for a new marina-front hotel is in the works. “The marina-front hotel is an exciting addition to Friday Harbour,” says Hani Roustom, CEO of Friday Harbour. “Currently, we’re mapping out the vision, positioning and size of the hotel. It will be a milestone in our development and will complement and elevate the visitor experience.” More details about the development will be announced in the coming months.
Currently, Friday Harbour features two proprietary restaurants, The Beach Club and The Lake Club, helmed by executive chef Jason Oszoli, which can accommodate up to about 150 guests. The Beach Club, which is open to the public, offers seafood items such as the Seafood Tower, Chili Fennel Tuna and Calamares Fritos, as well as Harissa Spiced Eggplant, Chicken Supreme, Steak Frites and Alberta Lamb Shank. The Beach Club Window is slated to open soon to provide takeout to passersby. The recently completed Lake Club, designed by Graziani + Corazza Architects Inc. and available for members only, takes a seasonal approach to its culinary offerings. Other food-and-beverage concepts on the resort include Avenue Cibi E Vini, Essence, Fishbone Kitchen & Wine bar, Marine Room Gastropub, Nest Clubhouse, Pier Bar and more.
“The location of The Beach Club is so unique. It’s the only restaurant on the property that overlooks Lake Simcoe and boasts a Mediterranean flair on the new menu. The Lake Club, on the other hand, offers a private dining experience for our members only, with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients,” says Roustom. “We strive to be known as the number-1 food-and-beverage destination in the region through the extraordinary variety and quality of our offerings.”
Friday Harbour has a number of sustainable initiatives in place to maintain its surrounding environment. The Edge Management Areas, where buffers were built between the Marina Village and the Nature Preserve, have been planted with native trees and shrubs to protect existing plants and wildlife. In addition, new wetlands have been created, as well as reforestation areas. To improve the overall water quality, runoff from the marina is collected and pumped to a storm water management pond located within the golf course. More recently, Friday Habour has made progress to partner with the Troy Scott Community Fridge program to provide surplus food from FH Fine Foods, The Beach Club and The Lake Club to local families in need.
“Friday Harbour is an all-season lifestyle resort that offers world-class experiences. We are a number of things all at once, and we offer a unique blend of urban energy and natural tranquillity.”