Business View Magazine | March 2018

67 F or over a century,BayviewWildwood Resort has been welcoming guests to the lakeside hamlet of Port Stanton,Ontario.Tucked into the shoreline of beau- tiful SparrowLake,this delightful four-seasonMus- koka destination offers suites,resort rooms, andwaterfront cottages,perfect for a romanticcouples’getaway,weekend wedding,corporate retreat,or the ultimate familyvacation. Recently,BusinessViewMagazine spoke withDianne (Stanton) Hounsome,fifth-generation operator of Bayview Wildwood Resort,about its fascinating heritage and evolu- tion.Here is an edited transcript of that conversation: BVM: Can you share the storyof the Stanton familylegacy that created BayviewWildwood Resort? Hounsome: “Today’s BayviewWildwood Resortwas,at one point,four separate resorts.It started in the late 1800s,when myancestor,CaptainTom,had beenworking the area as a steamboat captain and decided to start his own business on the Severn River.He built a steamship and settled in on SparrowLake about 1884.In 1898,his oldest son Burt got married andmoved into a little cottage that became Lake- shoreHouse.That’s theyear we were established as a tourist A LAKEFRONT RESORT AND COTTAGE COMMUNITY AT A GLANCE BAYVIEWWILDWOOD RESORT WHAT: Muskoka lakefront resort and cottage community WHERE: Port Stanton Pkwy, Severn Bridge, Ontario WEBSITE: Wildwood Resort