The History of Clyffe House – Five Generations of Muskoka Hospitality is a unique story about the oldest resort in Muskoka run continuously by the same family. The story, as told by the current owner, David Scott, is a powerful testimony to the value of tradition, family, and friendship.
In 1869, David’s great-grandparents, James and Fanny Jenner, newly married in Gloucester, England, crossed the Atlantic for Canada on the maiden voyage of the steamship Prussian. They carved a homestead out of the virgin Muskoka forest and raised seven children. Tourism to the area became a viable option when the railway arrived in 1885, and the couple established Clyffe House, one of the first hotels in Muskoka.
The captivating beauty of Muskoka and the warm resort atmosphere resonate through the memories shared by the author, and those contributed by former and current guests and staff. After reading the story about this 131 year-old resort, it’s no wonder that many guests returned year after year, decade after decade, and even generation after generation.