THE DEAKINS ON MOUNTAINVIEW BED & BREAKFAST, 22 Dec 2018 10:44:42 -0700en-us<![CDATA[MAKING MAPLE SYRUP - A FOREST'S STORY]]>, 22 Dec 2018 10:44:42 -0700"Note: This experience may be enjoyed in spring, summer and fall and thus is the only experience of its kind in the world. It has been developed with great care and detail to ensure the proper preservation of our prime maple forest.

Live the story of maple syrup time in a turn-of-the-century hardwood forest. Hear the stories of a forest with a glorious past and a challenging present as it contends with fickle nature and intractable man. Make your own maple syrup and take a memory home with you.

The setting for your half-day tour and workshop will be the Deakins maple forest and a rebuilt 1910 style sugar shack where you’ll immerse yourself in the life of a Canadian maple syrup farmer and engage in hands-on activities ending with the production of your own maple syrup.

Taste the crystal clear sweet sap. Savour the buttery maple aroma of boiling sap and watch with fascination as a myriad of tiny, hot, golden bubbles suddenly gush to the top of the pot signaling the end of the evaporation process. 

Relish the taste and feel of the time-honoured magic that is maple syrup.

Full Package Information:

The full experience includes a welcome activity featuring an interpretive maple products tasting; discount coupons for dinner at The Wilno Tavern restaurant; accommodations at the acclaimed Deakins on Mountainview Bed and Breakfast; a fabulous breakfast featuring local food and maple syrup and the half-day guided forest tour and maple syrup- making workshop.

"In the 1910 styled Sugar Shack we went for the next stage of the experience where we boiled the sap, tested, filtered and bottled our syrup." - Sharon Mandelaoui 2015    Dream Travel Magazine

Dates: May 1st - November 1st

Duration: one night/one day; two experiences

Itinerary:  click here

Level of Difficulty: easy 

Rates: from $194 per person, based on a group of six and double occupancy. 

Mini Experience Information:

The mini package consists of the interpretive maple products tasting event and the half-day guided forest tour and maple syrup- making workshop.

"The entire experience resulting in a beautiful bottle of Maple Syrup of my very own making for me to enjoy back home with my family." - Mary Chong 2016    Calculated Traveller Magazine

Rates begin at $113 per person based on a group of 6.

  • For the full or mini package ask for a quotation for groups of fewer or more than 6 persons.
  • Ontario Footprints accepts a cheque or online credit card payment via PayPal.

Booking: Contact Ontario Footprints for a quote:

Custom Itineraries: Contact Ontario Footprints for a customized package.

<![CDATA[Home]]>, 22 Dec 2018 10:26:40 -0700

~ Home of the internationally popular Maple Experience GETAWAY ~

Enjoy the beauty of the Ottawa Valley, country hospitality and Authentic Canadian Experiences.

THE DEAKINS ON MOUNTAINVIEW BED & BREAKFASTOur new home offers a truly unique bed and breakfast experience just minutes away from Canada's world renowned Algonquin Park.

Enjoy a peaceful sleep, a hearty breakfast featuring local food and refreshing country air.

Each room is spacious and tastefully appointed with antique furnishings. Bedrooms comprise private bathrooms and include bedding with fine cotton sheets, wool duvets and comfortable mattresses. Travelling companions or families can enjoy our suite that consists of two bedrooms, a bathroom and sitting room.

Whether passing through or just looking to have a refreshing time away The Deakins Bed & Breakfast offers opportunities to enjoy vegetable and floral gardens, heritage landscaping, a quiet patio overlooking the wild apple orchard, sublime views of our bucolic setting from our two porches and golf two minutes away. 

Make The Deakins Your Destination With Packaged Experiences

The Deakins Maple Experience GETAWAY:

Making Maple Syrup - A Forest's Story

Live the magic that is maple syrup time - year round! Stay at The Deakins overnight, walk in the footsteps of a maple farmer for a half-day and make your own maple syrup.

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Or spend a couple of days with us and explore the Ontario Highlands. Steep yourself in unique and memorable experiences:

Ottawa Valley Maple Adventures

Immerse yourself in our country’s rich maple culture. Participate in interpretive forest walks, culinary delights, hands-on explorations and local stories.

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Authentic Canadian Experiences

Explore other Authentic Canadian Experiences on your own - all available within a fifty-minute drive of our bed and breakfast.These include indoor and outdoor activities for people of all ages including interactive experiences, interpretive centers and museums. Some of these are free and others are donation or fee based.

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For bed and breakfast guests The Deakins own Authentic Canadian Experience includes - at no extra charge - a self-guided tour of a Class A Ontario Managed Forest and a sugarhouse rebuilt with a touch of the past on the original 1910 site; a guided tour of the organic vegetable and flower gardens and maple tree nursery; a breakfast featuring our own maple syrup.

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Stay two nights with us at The Deakins on Mountainview Bed and Breakfast and participate in a number of these intriguing experiences.

<![CDATA[ TERMS AND CONDITIONS]]>, 18 Dec 2018 11:05:00 -0700

Our policies reflect The Deakins on Mountainview’s commitment to offering our guests a comfortable, efficient and hassle free stay in a family home environment.


Third party bookings are not accepted. Only prospective guests may book accommodations.

When booking details are complete, we will email guests a confirmation letter and at the same time provide any additional pertinent information.

Bookings on weekends are for a minimum of 2 nights (Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun). 


We require that guests cancel their reservation personally by email or telephone at least 48 hours in advance of their stay.


Only persons who are registered may stay in the rooms.


Our bedroom and bathroom facilities are equipped to accommodate no more than two adults per room. Occasionally a provision may be made for a cot for a child.


Guests may check in after 4 p.m. or earlier by prior arrangement.

Guests planning to check in after 9 p.m. must advise us as soon as they can.


Check out time is 10 a.m.


We accept cash, travellers cheques or email transfers only as payment.

For bookings of extended stays we require a 25% non refundable deposit in advance paid by bank draft

in Canadian funds or email transfer


Please inquire about children under 5 years of age before booking.


We are not able to accept pets as part of any stay.


There is no curfew. Quiet time at the B & B begins at 10 p.m.


Our home is smoke and fragrance free.


Breakfast is served at 8 a.m. daily. Special arrangements may be made upon request.


We do not have kitchen facilities available for guests.

Take away meals or bag lunches and drinks may be consumed in dining room table or on the patio.

We have limited facilities for food storage.


At their leisure guests may walk the Maple Syrup Trail at no extra charge.

<![CDATA[AUTHENTIC CANADIAN EXPERIENCES]]>, 18 Dec 2018 8:39:35 -0700

In addition to The Deakins Authentic Canadian Experience, our visitors can explore other Canadian experiences on their own. These additional experiences have been chosen to complement the types of activities experiential travellers have told us they enjoy … and they are all within fifty minutes drive of The Deakins B & B. Some involve leisurely walks through historical and cultural exhibits and museums; others include guided tours; and, still others provide a range of participatory activities suitable for people of all ages such as hiking, canoeing, and camping. With the exception of Algonquin Park all sites are easily explored within a morning or afternoon. Some of these activities are free; others are fee based or donation based.

<![CDATA[TERMS AND CONDITIONS]]>, 01 Aug 2018 10:54:34 -0700Booking

 The Deakins overnight stay and/or experiential packages are based on a minimum booking of 4 persons and double occupancy. Contact us for a quote on groups of fewer or more than 4 personsmfor both the B & B overnight stay and/or for the experiential packages we offer. We require advance reservations within 90 - 30 days notice of the proposed arrival date. This allows us to accommodate as best possible clients’ room and/or experiential packages requests.

To register, we require completion of The Deakins on Mountainview Bed & Breakfast Registration & Waiver Forms (senr upon request).  Upon receipt we will issue an invoice for a 25% non-refundable deposit to confirm the specific booking request. This invoice is payable upon receipt.  A final invoice will be issued for balance of payment to be made no later than 7 days prior to client’s arrival date. 

We will finalize requested package details via e-mail with an itinerary for the package requested, a list of what to bring, directions, and a code of conduct for clients during their stay with us.


Upon issuance of invoice, we require all payments to be made in Canadian dollars via:

  1. Wire transfer to our bank account.

  1. Online with credit card payment. Payment by credit card can be made through our PayPal button on the website.

Full payment for both overnight stay and experiential packages is due 7 days in advance of the arrival date.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation of overnight stay and/or experiential packages are required via email by the person who made the booking.  If a penalty is incurred, The Deakins on Mountainview B&B will retain 25% non-refundable deposit and/or issue an additional invoice accordingly.

Our cancellation terms and fees are as follows:

  • 30 - 7 days prior to arrival date – an additional 25% of the full cost
  • 7 - 1 days prior to arrival date – no refund

<![CDATA[OTTAWA VALLEY MAPLE ADVENTURES]]>, 18 Apr 2018 7:22:19 -0700Ontario Footprints is excited to collaborate with local tourism partners to deliver exclusive Ottawa Valley Maple Adventures.

 ONE DAY or TWO DAY group packages and customized itineraries will satisfy participants’ curiosity and desire for profoundly engaging experiences consisting of first-rate personal encounters, hands-on explorations and moments that forge unforgettable memories.

Two full tours are described here. Your group (of 4 - 8 persons)  plan their own tour and contact us for assistance with booking a one-of-a-kind adventure.

Email:                                              Phone: 613 757 3209

Please note that 30 days advanced notice is usually required in order to guarantee reservations at the various venues. 

“The best part of the tour was the people we visited with.” – Trevor McGarry


Day 1

Your two nights/two days adventure begins at The Deakins B & B with a welcome activity consisting of delicious samplings of maple syrup followed by a three-course scrumptious dinner at the award-winning Wilno Tavern restaurant.

Day 2

After a restful sleep and The Deakins’ hearty signature maple breakfast you’ll travel the scenic route to Algonquin Park, Canada’s oldest provincial park, to spend the day wandering the trails, touring exhibits, discovering breathtaking views and just maybe spotting a bull moose feeding on the tall grasses along the roadside. After leaving the Park you’ll drop in to Spectacle Lake Lodge where Sharon and her staff will either serve you a maple-inspired dinner or, if you choose, coach you as you prepare your own maple delight.

Day 3

The next day at The Deakins after breakfast you’ll spend the morning on a forest orientation tour, listening to Don’s stories full of local colour and history and making your own maple syrup in a rebuilt 1910 sugar shack. At Shaw Woods you’ll enjoy a leisurely self guided walk and marvel at the oldest sugar maple trees in Canada.  Next, you’ll be greeted by Carol and Ray Bonenberg of Mapleside Sugar Bush where you’ll learn about the perfect blend of traditional and modern syrup production methods and taste a wide range of their award winning maple syrup products.  With shovel and compost you’ll help the Bonenbergs grow their forest with a ceremonial tree planting. Lastly, you will be greeted by Chris Thompson, a Whitewater Brewery owner who will conduct a tour of his facilities and a tasting of some quality brews – yes, maple beer included! A delicious, relaxing sit down pub style dinner will cap off a busy and satisfying tour.

“Food was amazing at every venue. The foodie in me was elated!” – Stephanie Park

This tour includes:

  • 3  dinners (2 with maple menus) (supplemental charge for cooking a maple dinner under the direction of a chef)
  • 2 nights Bed & Breakfast accommodations based on double occupancy, maple products tasting, signature maple breakfast
  • forest tour and making your own maple syrup workshop
  • tour of a modern maple syrup production facility, maple products tasting, tree planting
  • brewery tour, beer tasting (maple in season), pub dinner
  • a day of discovery in Algonquin Park  (suggested itinerary)
  • old growth forest wandering, picnic lunch

DATES: May 1st - November 1st

DURATION: 2 nights/2 days

ITINERARY:  Click Here


RATES: From $410 per person based on a group of six (6) persons.


The one day/one night tour features the same venues as the broader tour  (see 2 nights/2 days tour above) with the exception of the day of discovery in Algonquin Park and the option of having participants cook their own maple meal.

This tour includes:

DATES: May 1st - November 1st

DURATION: 1 night/1 day

Start time is optional  - 13:00 or 16:00 on the day of arrival. Itineraries will vary slightly depending on start time.

ITINERARY:  Click Here


RATES: From $305 per person based on a group of six (6) persons.

<![CDATA[WHAT'S NEW]]>, 15 Mar 2018 12:00:51 -0700<![CDATA[RATES]]>, 15 Jan 2018 11:23:14 -0700As of January 1, 2018 bookings are for a minimum of two nights on weekends (Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun).

No Additional Taxes

Room Bath Rate per Room
Double Occupancy Ensuite $130
Double Occupancy Private $130
Two Bedroom Suite Private $210

Amenities and Facilities

Number of Rooms: 2 private rooms; 1 suite (with 2 bedrooms and sitting room)
Breakfast Service: Full, Vegetarian, Organic Food, Gluten free
Beds Available: Twin, Double, Queen, Cot
Bathrooms Available: Private

  • No Smoking
  • Fragrance free
  • Private Bath Available
  • Owner has no indoor pets
  • No pets allowed
  • Inquire first before bringing children
  • Car and motorcycle parking
  • Bicycle storage
  • Climate controlled home
  • Wireless Internet 
  • French and English spoken

Payment Methods and Discounts

We accept:

  • Cash
  • Travellers cheques
  • Canadian cheques only
  • Email transfer

**Ask about our discounts for long stays. 

<![CDATA[THE ROSE OF SHARON]]>, 03 Jan 2018 9:52:30 -0700This room, which includes a sitting room, may be rented with a private bath or as part of a two-bedroom suite, ideal for a family or four travelling companions.

  • Queen bed
  • Climate controlled home
  • Wireless Internet
  • Television
  • Private or shared bathroom
<![CDATA[THE CANADIAN]]>, 03 Jan 2018 9:51:35 -0700This room may be rented with private bath and access to its own sitting room or as part of a two-bedroom suite, ideal for a family or four travelling companions.

  • Twin beds
  • Climate controlled home
  • Wireless Internet 
  • Private or shared bathroom
<![CDATA[THE GARDENVIEW]]>, 03 Jan 2018 9:51:03 -0700Overlooks the raised bed garden, pastures and the sugar maple forest.

  • Queen bed
  • Climate controlled home
  • Wireless Internet 
  • Shared sitting area with television
  • Private bathroom
<![CDATA[THE EASTVIEW]]>, 03 Jan 2018 9:50:22 -0700Overlooks a ten-acre pasture and a refurbished country schoolhouse.

  • Queen bed
  • Climate controlled home
  • Wireless Internet 
  • Shared sitting area with television
  • Ensuite bathroom
<![CDATA[PAYMENT OPTIONS]]>, 01 Aug 2017 3:12:44 -0700We have 2 options for you to make your payment.

1.) PayPal - Pay with PayPal, No PayPal account required.

2.) Wire Transfer. Contact us for bank co-ordinates:  

After Payment is Received, We will notify and confirm your booking by phone or email.

Thank You Very Much - We look forward to meeting you all!


Step 1

Contact Ontario Footprints for a quote:

Step 2

Ontario Footprints will first make sure the dates requested are available.  We will then send you an invoice quoting the full package price

Step 3

Make your payment online by clicking on the PAYMENT OPTIONS button above.

Ontario Footprints will confirm booking and payment by phone or email.

<![CDATA[EXPERIENCE PACKAGES]]>, 25 Jul 2017 9:39:50 -0700Explore Ontario’s Highlands

Enjoy the grandeur of nature and follow in the steps of the indigenous peoples and the first Ottawa Valley settlers. Meet the people who make this land of towering forests, pristine lakes and tranquil moments their home today. Hands-on and interactive explorations lead visitors to novel, authentic and memorable experiences.

Ontario Footprints experiences are ideally designed for groups of 4 – 8 participants. Full programs include accommodations at The Deakins on Mountainview (Award Winning Bed and Breakfast). Contact us for a quote of fewer or more than 6 persons.

Participants provide their own transportation. All experiences are easily accessed along the Highway 60 corridor from Douglas to Algonquin Park with The Deakins Bed and Breakfast located conveniently between experience venues.

A minimum of thirty days notice is required for some experiences.

<![CDATA[TESTIMONIALS]]>, 15 Jun 2017 6:03:42 -0700

Making Maple Syrup - A Forest's Story
Ottawa Valley Maple Adventures

I really enjoyed the accommodation, the hospitality, our group and our shared experiences.
Barrie Martin 2016

Don and Mary Helen Deakin truly make you feel at home from the moment you walk in the door. ...
Don Deakin has figured out a way to bring the entire maple experience to his visitors any time of year.  …
The entire experience resulted in a beautiful bottle of Maple Syrup of my very own making for me to enjoy back home with my family.
Mary Chong Calculated Traveller Magazine 2016

In the 1910 style Sugar Shack we went for the next stage of the experience where we boiled the sap, tested, filtered and bottled our syrup.
Sharon Mandelaoui  Dream Travel Magazine 2015

Making actual syrup at Don's was an amazing experience that most people don't get to try.  Don's hands on activity was well set up, great to complete it in pairs instead of as a small group.  Really awesome. …
I loved my meal at the Wilno tavern! Everything was so delicious …
Loved Chris's entertainment, engaging explanation, amazing food [at Whitewater]  Loved it.    
Melissa Lindsay                                                               

Dining and conversing at the Deakins with the hosts – afternoon snack and maple syrup tasting set the tone well and was delicious. Breakfast was delicious and the Deakins are so hospitable and warm …
I loved the interaction component during the guided forest tour with Don – identifying trees, holding the pieces of logs, trying our hand at ‘tapping trees’, the surprise sap, etc. Don was an approachable guide and I thought he did a great job of storytelling rather than look/see through the woods – as in, how these pieces of wood tie into the maple syrup story. Great job!   …
Mapleside tour, sampling and walking around grounds. It was great to get some fresh air and a walk in after lunch and I loved the surprise planting a tree to give back, really ties in in a lovely way. Ray was a very engaging and charismatic guide. The maple sampling was amazing and I loved going through the various varieties and comparing with Don’s. …Whitewater Brewery – excellent quality and surpassed expectations. Great environment and low key, laid back tour of brewery and beer sampling. After a long day of tours, this was the appropriate amount of “tour” and I was truly wowed by the quality of the meal. Great service.              
Stephanie Hessel 2016

The best part of the tour was the people we visited with  …
Ray’s charisma and knowledgeable tour of his forest was mesmerizing …
The gentlemen at Shaw Woods were so humble and willing to share their hard work with us, top notch.
Trevor McGarry 2016 

Food was amazing at every venue. The foodie in me was elated …
The tour of The Deakin’s sugar bush: I loved all the hands-on activities and sugar making at the shack. Don’s teaching ability definitely shines through …
It was really neat that every place talked about the importance of sustainability of the trees and the various forest management practices in place.
Stephanie Park 2016

Making maple syrup with Don is a truly hands-on experience that I believe every visitor (especially the int’l market) would love to try. Not to mention the back and forth banter between Don and Mary Helen and Mary Helen’s hilarious sense of humour! Don and Mary Helen ARE the Deakins’ experience!  …
Ray did an excellent job with his presentation and explanation of his business with Mapleside Sugar Bush. The tasting of the various products was great, and tree planting at the end was a fantastic idea!  …
Having the group create a meal and then dine together [at Spectacle Lake Lodge] fostered that sense of community and friendship.
Melissa Marquardt 2016 



<![CDATA[PHOTO GALLERY]]>, 15 May 2017 7:50:02 -0700<![CDATA[MENU]]>, 15 May 2017 7:44:57 -0700DELICIOUS BEGINNINGS!

Wake up to the aroma of fresh brewed coffee and tea.

Join us in our sunny formal and comfortable dining room where the table is set with crystal, silver and fine china. From the cold buffet select from a colourful assortment of fresh fruit, yogurt, breads, jams, honey, apple butter and cereals including Mary Helen’s organic granola. Enjoy a hot entrée such as apple pancakes with Don’s home made maple syrup, bacon and eggs, omelets with ham or French toast with orange zest and sausages. We use fresh herbs and tomatoes from our garden in season.

We also offer a gluten free and vegetarian menu. Please advise us of any allergies and menu restrictions at the time of booking.

<![CDATA[GALLERY]]>, 18 Apr 2017 6:10:57 -0700<![CDATA[MAPLE FOREST]]>, 29 Mar 2017 7:58:12 -0700

Parks Canada Designation of Maple Syrup as a Historical Event

Known and valued by Aboriginal peoples long before the arrival of European settlers, products from sugar maple trees have a rich history in Canada. Their production and trade have played an important role in the economy of the Maple Belt, notably by providing supplementary income that helped ensure the survival of many family farms. After breaking into the international market in 1929, Canada became the world's leading maple products producer and exporter. With the tradition of sugaring-off in the spring, maple syrup symbolizes the end of winter and is associated with Canada's national identity and way of life at home and abroad.

Since purchasing the property in 1999 Don and Mary Helen Deakin have embarked on the mission of restoring their over 100 year-old maple forest to its state of former glory. The tapping of maple trees for syrup production resumed in 2007 after a forty-year hiatus. To date the flow of sap has been modest compared to that produced by 1900 taps in 1906. Though many of the over 100 year-old trees no longer produce great quantities of sap, they have reseeded the 76 acre forest and the moderately aged trees are beginning to yield sap of excellent quality.

Restoration activities have included the establishment of a maple tree plantation and the transplanting of saplings to more suitable locations in the forest. In 2000 Don completed a new sugar house, built on the same site as a replica of the original 1910 shack.

<![CDATA[THE ALGONQUIN WAY]]>, 29 Mar 2017 7:54:49 -0700On the shores of Golden Lake, 10 minutes from The Deakins B & B, lies the first nation community of Pikwakanagan. The first nation Algonquins are proud of their origins and strive not only to protect their culture, language and heritage but to also share the Algonquin community with their many visitors who learn about their rich history at the Spirit of the Canoe museum which is open year-round. The most spectacular display of Algonquin culture is the annual pow wow, a spiritual ceremonial celebration and social event, which attracts countless visitors the world-over during August.

<![CDATA[THE WILNO HERITAGE PARK]]>, 29 Mar 2017 7:54:07 -0700Wilno, the site of the first Polish settlement in Canada, is located 10 minutes from The Deakins. Descendants of the original emigrants from the Kaszuby region of Poland have built their Heritage Park and Museum to share their story with all. Numerous artist studios and shops are located in and near downtown Wilno including a new bakery that serves delicious lunches and the world famous Wilno Tavern with its weekly Blues Night and fabulous local menu.

<![CDATA[CHAMPLAIN TRAIL MUSEUM]]>, 29 Mar 2017 7:53:38 -0700In the main gallery of The Champlain Trail Museum visitors view one of the largest collections of Ottawa Valley artifacts including a replica of Samuel de Champlain’s astrolabe found in the area many years ago. Visitors wander through a Victorian home, take a peek into a doctor’s office, view the Bickle Fire station exhibit, stroll past a general store and a 1930's barber shop, a Corliss steam engine and one of the few remaining Cockburn pointer boats.

Outside in the pioneer village, they learn about life through the eyes of a pioneer as a guide tours them through a number of restored historically significant buildings including the former Lowertown schoolhouse, pioneer church and log home. As they stroll the grounds they view "The Pioneers of Pembroke" mural on the side of the main Museum building and discover a blacksmith shop, a woodworking shop and various farm equipment buildings. Plan a half day for this experience. The Museum is located in Pembroke, a fifty minutes drive from The Deakins B & B.


<![CDATA[THE BONNECHERE CAVES]]>, 29 Mar 2017 7:53:13 -0700A natural underground wonder that has fascinated visitors the world-over for over 55 years, the Bonnechere Caves are located 40 minutes from the Deakins B & B near the town of Eganville. The caves feature fossilized remains of prehistoric invertebrates preserved in the massive limestone formations that run underground along the Bonnechere River. Enthusiastic guides tour amateur and professional geologists through the marvels of the stalactite-studded beauty of the Caves.

The Bonnechere Caves is a Canada Provincial Gold Medal Winner for Top Natural Outdoor Site. A perfect half-day stopover for travellers en route to Ottawa.

Learn more: The Bonnechere Caves.

<![CDATA[MADONNA HOUSE PIONEER MUSEUM]]>, 29 Mar 2017 7:52:46 -0700Built in 1965 from hundred-year-old hand hewn logs by experts in the Madawaska Valley. The museum is located in Combermere just 30 minutes from The Deakins Bed and Breakfast.

The pioneer museum is filled to the brim with artifacts and the ingenious inventions which enabled this area’s pioneering forefathers to survive in a tough rural environment. Its hundreds of donated artifacts from local homes and farms are representative of life in this country’s early days.  Enjoy seeing a cobbler’s shop, a blacksmithing display, and farming, carpentry and bush work implements. Glimpse the home life of these pioneers as you pass by kitchen, parlour and bedroom exhibits. Included is a player piano that works. 

<![CDATA[ALGONQUIN PARK]]>, 29 Mar 2017 7:52:10 -0700Algonquin is the oldest and one of the largest parks in Canada. Its unique mixture of forest types and variety of environments allows it to support an uncommon diversity of plant and animal life. For this reason hiking and wildlife viewing are among travellers’ favourite activities. Other popular attractions and activities include:

  • The Visitor Centre featuring exhibits about the natural and cultural history of the park
  • The Logging Museum with a 1.3 km trail and a recreated logging camp giving visitors a glimpse of the pioneers’ way of life
  • Hiking with 19 interpretive trails
  • Canoeing
  • Camping
  • The Weekly Wolf Howl (in season)
  • Fishing

The Deakins on Mountainview Bed and Breakfast is located equidistant from the park’s East Gate and the also popular Sand Lake Gate where canoeing on the scenic Barron River Canyon and camping are the preferred activities. Allow a full day or more to explore Algonquin Park.

Learn more at Algonquin Park and The Friends of Algonquin Park.

<![CDATA[THE DEAKINS AUTHENTIC CANADIAN EXPERIENCE]]>, 29 Mar 2017 7:51:08 -0700Don and Mary Helen strive to create an Authentic Canadian experience for travelers who seek to understand the history of the places they visit and to immerse themselves in engaging ways in the culture, people and settings of the Ontario Highlands.

Guests can enjoy - free of charge:

  • a self guided tour of a Class A Ontario Managed Maple Forest
  • a sugarhouse rebuilt with a touch of the past on the original 1910 site
  • a guided tour of the organic vegetable and flower gardens and the maple tree nursery
  • a breakfast featuring our own maple syrup

We also sell a souvenir line of maple products.

<![CDATA[NEWS]]>, 29 Mar 2017 7:43:23 -0700


Maple Tasting

There is some mystery and a good deal of fascination in the production and tasting of light, medium and amber maple syrups. We offer guests an opportunity to taste these syrups and to hear Don’s informative commentary on the various syrup grades. This activity is available for groups participating in the all-inclusive Making Maple Syrup - A Forest's Story experience.

This event takes place usually at the time of our guests’ arrival, at around 4:15 each day. 

Maple Forest Tour

We also offer a complementary self-guided tour of our 75 acre Ontario Managed maple Forest. The tour includes a glimpse into the life of a Canadian hardwood forest, a walk by forest maple plantations and a visit to the traditional sugar house and production facilities. Guests should inform us of their interest in the tour on the day of their arrival at The Deakins. Tours begin at 8:45 am following breakfast and are approximately an hour’s duration. Walking on the forest trail is easy and the pace is leisurely.

Schools Educational Program

Every spring and fall school children are invited to visit The Deakins sugar bush where they learn about the production of maple syrup and the life of a maple forest. Teachers contact the Deakins directly (613 757 3209) to reserve a time. Bookings should be made well in advance as there is a limit on the number of tours that can be accommodated.

<![CDATA[OUR MISSION]]>, 21 Jul 2016 4:11:46 -0700Our Mission                                                

An immediate curiosity captures us when we come across footprints. They suggest that one or more people have taken a walk and experienced their environment and consequently the sight of these imprints propels us to ask questions, “Where do they lead – to discovery or to more mystery?

At Ontario Footprints we seek to satisfy this curiosity in our travellers by leading them to encounters, interactions and moments that forge unforgettable memories. Our commitment begins at our bed and breakfast and our heritage forest and extends beyond our doors. Through our several itineraries we connect our experiential travellers to the special people, places and cultures of our region.

Our explorations are engaging, active, hands-on, unique, authentic, sometimes pleasantly unexpected and always memorable!

Follow Ontario Footprints on a journey of discovery.

Our Vision

We envision a place in our lives where hospitality, love of nature, traditional values, a commitment to excellence and an abiding respect for our environment guide the daily operations of our destination Bed & Breakfast.

Our Values

We embrace a wholesome lifestyle, a profound appreciation for our heritage property and the cultural and historical fabric of our region. We delight in helping our visitors enjoy memorable experiences. We especially value the commitment and participation of our associates and partners.

<![CDATA[ROOMS]]>, 24 Mar 2016 4:11:53 -0700Each room is spacious and tastefully appointed with antique furnishings. The bedding includes line-dried fine cotton sheets, wool duvets, and top quality ultra-comfortable mattresses. The view from your window will lend  charm to this cosy bucolic setting.

All bedrooms and the entire house are smoke and fragrance free.

<![CDATA[FAQ]]>, 03 Feb 2016 1:28:01 -0700All questions are important to us.  If you have further queries, please contact us.

Are experience packages available without accommodations?

Our mini package Making Maple Syrup – A Forest’s Story  is a half day experience.

Does Ontario Footprints design customized packages?

Yes. Ontario Footprints will customize a package that includes one or more experiences and accommodations for one or more nights.

Are there discounts for groups?

Discounts are available for groups of more than 6 people. 

How do we make payment for a package?

In order to secure your reservation(s) in advance Ontario Footprints accepts a cheque or online credit card payment via PayPal. Once you receive an invoice you can proceed to our website to make payment by clicking on the PayPal button.

Occasionally, when space becomes available on short notice cash payment is accepted.

How challenging are your packages?

Ontario Footprints experiences are intended for active adults with a reasonable level of fitness. Each package described in our information section is rated according to the Algonquin Park scale of difficulty – easy, moderate, difficult. For your reference, an easy trail may have a moderate incline.

Can children participate in the experiences?

Some experiences such as our Making Maple Syrup – A Forest’s Story are designed for adults only. Children over 14 years of age may participate at the discretion of Ontario Footprints.

What about environmental nuisances like rain, cold weather, and insects?

Sometimes these nuisances lend a great deal of ‘authenticity’ to an experience. Seriously, however, all experiences go on as scheduled rain or shine. Some experiences take place indoors. In extreme conditions outdoor experiences can be modified to move indoors to a degree. Participants are advised to be prepared to dress for poor weather. A number of effective insect repellants exist on the market. Generally, mosquito and black fly populations are greatly reduced by mid July.

What training and experience do Ontario Footprints leaders have?

All tourism venues are compliant with Ontario health and safety regulations relevant to their areas of enterprise. Fee based activities at The Deakins are guided by appropriate risk management plans and experience leaders have certified training in first aid.

Do I need special equipment to participate in the packages?

Except when otherwise stated, all equipment and materials are provided.

<![CDATA[ABOUT US]]>, 03 Feb 2016 12:51:34 -0700The Deakins on Mountainview Bed and Breakfast is newly built and hosted by Don and Mary Helen Deakin.The Deakins on Mountainview  Bed and Breakfast is newly built and hosted by Don and Mary Helen Deakin. Long time residents of the area, with time out for travel and work in four countries including Singapore and Ireland, they returned home to build their dream home. Mary Helen is a natural hostess and a creative breakfast chef. Don, a maple syrup producer, is restoring a historic sugar bush and likes nothing better than to take guests for a guided walk through the woods. Trixie, the herding dog, tags along for the fun.

Don worked his entire career in the field of education as an English and French Immersion teacher, an administrator and finally as an international consultant. Mary Helen, after a stint in the biochemistry field owned a Victorian nightwear and gift line manufacturing business that sold in high end Ontario shops.

The Deakins have operated bed and breakfasts in two area locations for over fifteen years and they don’t show any signs of slowing down. Both enjoy hosting and sharing stories and stimulating conversation with travelers the world over. They are excited about their new initiative –  experience packages spotlighting local attractions.

The Bed and Breakfast provides a comfortable environment for up to nine guests passing through, just looking to have a refreshing time away or participating in engaging, memorable experience packages. In the words of one of their past guests, the Deakins pride themselves in being “an intricate part of the experience”.

<![CDATA[OLD TREE'S STORY PART 1]]>, 16 Dec 2015 2:07:08 -0700Don and TrixieMy name is Old Tree. I haven’t always had this name. In fact, for most of my long life I had no name at all. I first heard my name spoken about twelve years ago when I overheard Farmer Don talking to visitors while they were on a tour of the forest. Since Farmer Don bought this forest, things sure have changed around here for the better. For one thing I get more attention than I’ve had in many years. Oh, I’ve always managed to get some attention, being the oldest and the largest maple tree in this forest, but you see, for some time now, I’ve have had conferred upon me a special status. I’m a nature tree. A nature tree is a tree that is past its prime. For one thing it no longer produces much sap for making maple syrup. But it’s still useful - as a wildlife refuge among other things. The crevices formed by the several branches I’ve lost over time have housed countless red and black squirrels, porcupines, raccoons, and birds.

I get attention from people too. 

"Can you guess Old Tree’s age?" he asks. "A tree like this grows about ¼ inch in diameter every year. "

Out come the tree calipers. My diameter is measured. A flurry of mental math follows and someone blurts out, "Old Tree is 172 years old!"

Farmer Don, commends the students – old and young alike - and with an accustomed smugness announces, "Old Tree has stopped growing for a number of years now and my estimate is that he is in excess of 200 years old".

It’s all in fun, but I have the last chuckle, though no one knows it - even Farmer Don. I am much older than 200 years old for my growth has been at a standstill for decades now since even before the tragedy of 1972. 

<![CDATA[DON'S BLOG]]>, 23 Nov 2015 9:53:55 -0700<![CDATA[OLD TREE'S STORY PART 5]]>, 09 May 2015 12:55:41 -0700

Well that’s my story. As I spend my remaining years  ....

Oh dear!  I forgot to tell you about happened in 1972? And I suppose I haven’t told you about how old I really am.

I know this story well, for I lived it and I’ve heard pieces of it told and retold since farmer Don bought the farm and started the tours. In 1972 a new property owner decided to cut his choice maple trees which grew in abundance in the 75 acre sugar bush. That winter for weeks on end, from dawn until dusk the thud of axes, the whirr of chainsaws, the rattle of horse harnesses and the staccato voices of loggers invaded our accustomed winter silence. In the end half of the prime sugar maples were felled and sold to the veneer market. The forest was devastated. Over the next twenty years the mountains of brush and treetops slowly decayed and returned to the soil, but the stumps of the great trees remain to this day, blackened by fungus and pointing skyward, a testimony to the atrocity of uncontrolled logging. Trees that weren’t maple grew in to fill the newly available space and soon the forest became as dark as the tomb that it was. Without sunlight no new maple trees sprouted for thirty-six years. Sap flow in the aging trees - trees of my generation - slowed to a trickle and then tapping stopped. And the friendly voices of long ago were gone. The field trees were spared, and I among them. You see, because we grew in the sun, we had a multitude of branches that diminished our value as timber, yet protected us from the saw.

Yes, the forest was quiet for many years; but when Farmer Don created new space in the forest a few years ago by cutting down enormous hemlocks, poplars and other species, the seeds we older trees produced burst forth and saplings began to prosper over several acres. These days thousands of small sugar maples carpet the forest floor. Younger trees are being tapped again and people visit daily in the summer months to enjoy the wonders of rebirth.

Even now, I can hear Farmer Don off in the distance telling the story to a new group of fascinated tourists.

“This is my new champion tree. Notice how many branches it has …

… Over here in this clearing, I’ve planted 150 maple whips. If all goes well, thirty – five or so of them will survive and forty years from now they’ll be big enough and strong enough to be tapped. A job for my son or maybe even my grandchildren …

…Follow me over here. I want to show you Old Tree. He’s very old, you know. He’s a little tired …missing some branches … but he’s still strong …. probably will outlive me…

… Can you guess Old Tree’s age? A tree like this grows about ¼ inch in diameter every year… Here, I have some tree calipers with me. Let’s measure him up…”

As to the question of my real age, I must confess that after 200, I lost track quite some time ago.


On July 1st, 2014 Old Tree came crashing to the ground in a freak twister. Farmer Don cut a slice from the trunk of the tree for preservation and display - a testimony to one of the largest maple trees in Charlie Burke's sugar bush. 


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<![CDATA[SUBMIT A TESTIMONIAL]]>, 28 Apr 2015 9:16:45 -0700We Value Your Feedback !

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Don and Mary Helen Deakin
2459 Mountainview Road
PO Box 165
Killaloe, ON
Canada, K0J 2A0

Phone: 613 757 3209

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GPS: N. 45.31.263 W. 077.26.977

Travelling east from Algonquin Park on Highway 60, pass through Wilno and turn right at the Stone Church Road, and then turn left at the church onto Mountainview Road. We are the first driveway on the right.  You may feel free to drop in; however, it is best to contact us if possible.

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<![CDATA[OLD TREE'S STORY PART 4]]>, 11 Jun 2013 2:12:48 -0700
Let me tell you about Rock. What a character he was!

I knew him well when he worked this bush in the old days. I often hear Farmer Don referring to him on guided tours. Rock was a fixture in this forest for many years during the maple syrup glory days. And I use the word fixture deliberately. If Charlie Burke was the epitome of energy, then Rock was his complete opposite as the epitome of lethargy. One day, I overheard Earl, Farmer Kuehl’s son, explaining to Farmer Don that Charlie grew so impatient with Rock because he would take an entire half day to travel the five kilometers from Killaloe to the maple farm that he finally built him a stable beside the sugar shack. He would spend his nights there for the entire maple syrup season and sometimes longer if he had to haul freshly cut firewood in preparation for the next season. But Farmer Don relates an even more famous story (told to him by a local man who worked on the maple farm as a boy) of Rock’s legendary aversion to work. It goes something like this:

It was on a January day in 1941 that Rock was footslogging his way to the farm on one of his epic treks. His load that day was relatively light – a wagon containing a couple of bales of hay (Rock’s lunch?), a piece of white birch and the driver, Elmer Burke who was Charlie’s son. When Rock reached Lisk’s hill, just a stone’s throw from the Burke farm, he stopped. Whether it was to contemplate the wonder of Reuben Lisk’s champion roadside maple tree – a tree which later produced 12 gallons of sap in a single day during the 1973 season - or to ponder the beauty of that same view that A Y Jackson captured in his 1961 painting, Country Road, Killaloe, no one will ever know.

But stop he did … and wouldn’t budge!

After numerous promptings and as many verbal threats, Elmer attempted to spur Rock into action by prodding him with the aforementioned chunk of birch, but Rock’s musings were not to be disturbed. Finally, in a moment of exasperation, Elmer set the small birch log aflame. Jolted from his reverie, Rock bolted into action, startling Elmer and thus causing the flaming birch to fly out of his grasp and land on the wagon setting the bales of hay on fire. The blazing wagon travelling at full tilt down Mountainview Road was a sight to behold!

When Farmer Don later asked how the teller came to hear of this story, apparently the teller replied, “I was on the wagon!”

<![CDATA[OLD TREE'S STORY PART 3]]>, 24 May 2013 6:54:31 -0700One early sunny day I was roused from my late winter slumber by the sound of excited voices approaching me.

“Look at this one! We can stick three buckets on this guy and they’ll all be full by nightfall.”

Apparently, my prime location accounted for the abundance of branching I possessed and so made me a good candidate as a top maple sap producer.
And produce I did!

By the time 1914 rolled around, my new owner, Farmer Burke had built a sugarhouse complete with sleeping quarters for four men. In later years he added a small stable to shelter Rock, the horse, on cold nights. Over a six -week period Farmer Burke and his crew worked 1900 taps, the most of any farmer for miles around. Farmer Burke was a progressive and ambitious farmer. He was the envy of all for being the first syrup producer to own and operate a newly developed indoor evaporator. So passionate was he about his sugarbush that at night, as he and fellow loggers were being transported home from the day’s work, Charlie Burke would jump off the still moving sleigh at the church and race home to his beloved maple trees.
In those glory years, I was privy to all manner of conversations as the forest was abuzz with human activity and thanks to these I came to know my forest home and my fellow trees most intimately.

“Elmer and I got four gallons of sap from that field tree overlooking the house.” Many years later (in farmer Don’s time) that tree overlooking the house came to be known Big Daddy.

“Yea, but that old tree down by the secret field’s still got him beat for giving sap.”

And so, through snippets of conversation, I learned about the forest and especially about the trees born in my time, most of them field trees. There was Big Daddy, Wire (so called because a strand of barbed wire was stapled to his trunk in Farmer Burke’s time and still sticks out of the middle of his large trunk to this day) and “that tree up the slope opposite the house” – still unnamed to this day.
These great trees and a few others were fortunate to have survived the slaughter of 1972 – but not so their brothers who grew in the forest interior.


<![CDATA[OLD TREE'S STORY PART 2]]>, 22 May 2013 1:45:54 -0700 I remember when the first people came to this area from Germany around 1878. Farmer Getz, the first human I ever saw, spent several years clearing the forest of trees to make fields and shelters for animals and a log house for his family. I was already a mature tree when he cleared the forest around me and, for a reason known only to him, he spared me from the axe. With that decision he inadvertently ensured that I was to live a full life, attain champion tree status and even escape the 1972 debacle. From that time on I prospered. I was now a field tree – a tree growing on preferred ground in full sunlight on the edge of a field with little competition from other trees.

I had never experienced such a flood of sounds. Chopping, sawing and trees thundering to the ground mingled with voices and hammering echoed through the decade of the 1880’s as the wave of settlers built their small log homes and cleared the land with the vision of prosperity foremost in their heads. The greatest harvest of that era was stones that were pushed aside or piled three feet high to erect fences. In the mid 1880’s river rocks were transported from Old Killaloe by stoneboat to the corner of Concession # 1 and Mountainview Road where the First Baptist church was erected to replace the previously standing log church. On clear nights I could recognize the only form that was taller than I - the church spire in the moonlight. The imposing structure accentuated the notion that the German Settlement was here to stay and with their subsistence seemingly guaranteed, the new farmers now turned their attention to making maple syrup … and to me.


<![CDATA[STORIES]]>, 06 Mar 2013 9:02:18 -0700