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The Birches Restaurant

Welcome to The Birches Restaurant - Muskoka hospitality and dining at its finest, overlooking Peninsula Lake Huntsville Muskoka.

The Birches Restaurant promotes local suppliers and features menu offerings that highlight local products.
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Meet our Sous Chef Matt Kropf (left) and our Executive Chef Guy Bedard (right)

Chef Guy Bedard

I grew up in in the small town of Temagami in Northern Ontario. There was always a passion for food in our house. Wild game and fresh caught fish were common place at our dinner table as well as many friends and family. At a young age, I made soups and wrote very simple recipes that I placed into my mother’s recipe holder. I always loved to cook and better yet, eat. 

I never expected to be a chef, taking computer programing in college, but you never know where the path of life is going to take you. I flipped burgers in high school and after college, I moved to Ottawa our nation’s capital. I easily found work in the restaurants of the Byward market. Looking to move up, I got a job cooking at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. After receiving employee of the month only 3 months later, the door was open to my culinary career. I completed my apprenticeship and journeyman for Cook while working at the Chateau and attending Algonquin college.

I worked at four different Canadian Pacific / Fairmont resorts including Deerhurst resort in Muskoka, Chateau Lake Louise in Banff national park and the Southampton Princess in Bermuda. On my life’s journey, I’ve worked a few different times in Ottawa, Kingston, Muskoka and Prince George for Wyndham Resorts, Sheraton, Marriott, Coast hotels and Killarney Mountain Lodge. But Muskoka called out to me. As I get older, it feels natural to be in a town like the one where I grew up. There is calmness and a way with nature that gets lost in the urban centers.

I started working at the Hidden Valley Resort in the spring of 2019. It is a very exciting and rewarding experience. With the renovations and the vibrancy of the new owners, great culinary experiences are encouraged and sought out. It’s that passion that my brigade and I bring to your table.

Bon Appétite,
Chef Guy

“I just wanted to let you know what a great time the AFA staff had on Friday evening...everyone raved about their meals and we had a good time visiting and catching up in such a relaxed atmosphere!
Thank you so much for putting this together for us!”

-Algonquin Forestry Authority, Huntsville, ON