Monday, April 21, 2014

Weekend Ahead April 25-27: Maple Syrup Festivals, Perch Festival, Springlicious, Spring Art Workshop, Girls Weekend, Rock You Spring with April Wine, Home & Cottage Shows, Farmers' Markets, Spring Deals

FAMILY SPRING ADVENTURE GETAWAYS


Algonquin Highlands Trails
Where Adventure Awaits!
~ Haliburton Highlands Water Trails – Frost Centre and Poker Lakes
~ Backcountry Camping, Canoeing and Kayaking
~ 38kms of Hiking Trails, Hundreds of kms of ATV trails
~ Canoe rentals
~ Excellent fishing for Trout, Bass and Whitefish
~ Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower – Best view of Fall colors in the highlands!
~ Ontario’s only full size historic Log chute

Backcountry waterfront campsites $12 per night/adult. 
Brand new super lightweight Swift Kevlar Canoes from $34 per day
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Blue Mountain Village
April is Springlicious at Blue Mountain VillageCelebrate Spring at the Blue Mountain Village with mid-week dining specials you cannot afford to ignore! Sunday through Thursday from April 1st to May 16th you can save up to 25% at six participating restaurants located in the Blue Mountain Village.  Open every weekend are Plunge! Aquatic Centre, the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster and Crock-a-Doddle Pottery.  Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Blue Mountain / Collingwood


Hardwood Ski and Bike
Trek Wednesday Night Race Series starts on April 30th.

Buy Your Season Pass for NEXT Winter before April 30th and SAVE!
Take advantage of the lowest prices of the year for you to ski at the Nordic resort voted the best in Eastern Canada for the past 5 years! 40 km of great groomed trails that have something for everyone in the family.   


Radical Riders Registration NOW OPEN! 
This is a four week learn-to-ride program for kids 6-15 years. Radical Riders, through activities and games, will learn riding techniques such as climbing, descending, obstacles, braking
and gearing, how to properly adjust their bike to fit themselves and how to care for and maintain their bike. Radical Riders (6-12 years of age) and Radical Rider Teens (13-15 years of age).
 
Register for Camp Hardwood

Your Place for Summer Fun and Lasting Friendships!  With seven trail systems and over 80km of double track and single track every camper will be challenged to take their riding to the next level.

























Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
Monday to Friday, April 7 to May 1.  Seven days per week May 17 to October 12.
This world-renowned reconstruction illustrates the interaction of the French and Wendat nations. Visitors get a unique opportunity to see the earliest Canadian pioneer life, through guided or self-guided visits.
Getaway Package:  Package for a family of four per night, based on 2 adults and 2 children. Price includes one day admission to Sainte-Marie among the Hurons for 2 adults and 2 children and one night accommodation at Super 8 Midland. Free “Super-Start” breakfast included. Accommodations at the Super 8 Midland are subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. All applicable taxes are extra.   From: $146.50 CAD / $146.50 USD
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Midland

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Experience Treetop Canopy Walking and Ziplining at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures.
April Limited Time Offer!  SAVE $40-off Eco Adventure Tours booked between April 1 – 30 for tours scheduled SundayFriday, between April 27 – June 22, 2014 (excluding May 18-19). 
Experience the thrill of treetop canopy walking and adrenaline-pumping zip cable gliding on a 3-hour guided tour exploring the flora/fauna at the highest point of the Niagara escarpment, as well as the history and geology of the mysterious caves/caverns below.  Height/ weight restrictions and terms/conditions apply. 
Only available by phone: (705) 444-8230
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Blue Mountain / Collingwood


Sir Sam's Ski & Bike
Mountain Bike Season officially open: Saturday, May 17, 2014.
Register for Skills Camp
These 3 day camps are a great way to learn the basics of X-country, Downhill,  and bike park riding as well as learning how to care and tune your bike and proper rider etiquette. What a great way to spend summer hours meeting new friends, learning new things and building the skills for years of biking pleasure.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Haliburton


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MAPLE SYRUP SEASON



Maple Syrup Festivals and Sugar Bush Tours

Tap into Maple  – Ontario’s Lake Country
The Tap into Maple route was created to support and showcase local maple syrup, maple products and events. Filled with a variety of different stops throughout the region, the Tap into Maple route will get your senses flowing and your mouth watering.

Featured Accommodation in Orillia:  Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre, Comfort Inn


Powassan Maple Syrup Festival  Powassan, ON   (North of Huntsville-South of North Bay) April 26, 2014
Events and attractions t include sheep shearing, Scottish heavy events, horse-drawn wagon rides, sugar bush tours, a full-day of musical entertainment, craft and food vendors on Main Street, cooking with Maple Syrup demonstrations as well as events specifically for children.
Discover the Lake Nippissing area via Highway 11 North. For accommodations see featured resorts, inns, hotels b&b's in Powassan, Callander, and North Bay

Festival of the Maples
Perth
 
April 26, 2014

You’ll discover fantastic shops, vendors offering award-winning maple products, displays, stage entertainment, lots of kids’ activities and more.
More information on the Ottawa Valley Destination

Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival 
April 26, 2014
The Sweet Taste of Spring Every year the sleepy town of Elmvale (between Wasaga Beach and Midland) explodes in a celebration of Nature's rites of Spring - the running of liquid gold - Ontario Pure Maple Syrup. The town transforms into a shoppers' mall with offerings of maple syrup, food galore, book sales and more The Sugar Shack provides directions & tickets to the sugarbush tours. Lots of great maple syrup recipes here!! Pancakes and sausages seved to all. Travel Highway 400 to Highway 26 & Simcoe Road 27 (formerly Highway 27) 
Recommended Accommodation in Midland area: Best Western Plus Highland Inn& Conference CentreLittle Lake Inn Bed & Breakfast, Midland Inn & Suites
Recommended Accommodation in Wasaga Beach area: Alton Lodges


More Information on Maple Syrup Festivals and Sugar Bush Tours

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 SPRING FISHING FESTIVAL

Orillia Perch Festival
One of Canada's Largest Registered Fishing Derbies! Over Sixty Tagged Perch worth $500 Each! Plus ... Thousands of Dollars in Daily, Weekly and Grand Prize Draws!

Comfort Inn Orillia
Orillia Perch Festival Package
April 19 - May 10, 2014

North America’s Largest Family Fishing Derby
Package Includes:
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast 
  • One night accommodations
  • Discounts at local restaurants when you show your room key
  • Fish cleaning hut on site
Total Package Price for 2 people is $83.64 per night, plus tax



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SPRING ART WORKSHOP
David Beckett Studio/Gallery
Spring Weekend Workshop
April 26, 27
Workshops for groups and private sessions in the art of pastels.
Beginners and intermediates will find the workshop an opportunity to learn steps to develop your own paintings.  Join Dave for this enjoyable 2 days. Weather permitting there will be a field trip!  Here is your opportunity to visit one of Ontario's award winning artist's studio and gallery.   Located in the heritage village of Marchmont, central Ontario, Dave Beckett's art gallery and studio is ideally located for visitors and art collectors.
Featured Accommodation in Orillia:  Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre, Comfort Inn

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GIRLS WEEKEND

Girls Gone Wildwood -“Las Vegas Weekend”
Bayview Wildwood Resort
April 25-27, 2014
This event is held in conjunction with KICX FM to raise funds for the Radio for Radiation campaign at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre. Last year, this successful event was attended by over 70 women and raised close to $5,000 for the Radio for Radiation campaign. Get out your show girl and gambling apparel and join us for Bayview’s “Las Vegas Weekend” will include meals, spa services, specialty classes, nightly entertainment, lots of prizes, and of course the “What Happens at Las Bayview, Stays at Las Bayview” Night.

-$280.00 plus tax and gratuity per person, for double occupancy and $354 plus tax and gratuity for single occupancy.  Bayview Wildwood Resort will donate $50 from every package booked to the fundraiser.

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 ROCK YOUR SPRING GETAWAY



Deerhurst Resort -Huntsville

Myles Goodwin & April Wine Return!
April 25-27, 2014
Rock your spring with the return of one of Canada’s most popular and enduring rock bands.


2 Night Package includes: accommodation, one complimentary round of golf for two at Deerhurst Lakeside Golf Course, pre-concert wine tasting, 3-course dinner at 7pm, concert at 9pm.
Rate: from $199*/person, per weekend based on double occupancy


1 Night Package includes: accommodation, pre-concert wine tasting, 3-course dinner at 7pm, concert at 9pm.
Rate: from $299*/person, per night based on double occupancy




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SPRING FLAVOURS CULINARY GETAWAYS

Blue Mountain Village
Springlicious 
April 1st-May 16th
It’s the most delicious time of the year – SPRINGLICIOUS returns to the Village starting Tuesday, April 1st running Sundays through Thursday only until May 16th. It’s a dining tour de force at prices you cannot afford to ignore!

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Blue Mountain / Collingwood

Savour the Flavours Show
Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club -Barrie
April 25-27, 2014
Savour the Flavours Show. Sip, savour, sample and shop your way through forty five carefully selected company's showcasing the latest in decadent gourmet pleasures.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Barrie

Flavours of Lake Country 201

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 SPRING FARMERS' MARKETS


All Year Long, Saturdays 8 am - 1 pm
4500 Fairgrounds Road just off of Hwy 12 W
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Over 50 local farmers, food producers, bakers and artisans. Fresh fruit, meat and vegetables, baked goods, cheese, honey, prepared foods, sausages, maple syrup, and live music! FREE PARKING for everyone! COME TO THE FAIR
!






Orillia Public Library
All Year Long¸  Saturdays 7:30 am - 12:30 pm

Get your Boots to the Roots - est. 1842.
The market happens every Saturday morning at the Orillia Public Library, which is located downtown by the Opera House.  The Farmers' Market continues to boast of its range of locally produced foods, handmade crafts from around the county and regularly scheduled special events for the family.
Bring your family, meet your friends, get to know the vendors, enjoy the local musicians in the Market Cafe. Treat yourself to one of the tasty lunch menu items
.

SEE YOU AT THE ORILLIA FARMERS' MARKET ---- WHERE SHOPPING IS FUN!!


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SPRING HOME & COTTAGE SHOWS

Midland Spring Home Show
North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Cetnre
April 25-27, 2014 
This Annual show is in Support of the Midland and District Shrine Club. Booths available for all businesses to Showcase their Services, Wares and Professions. From Home Care to Health Care, we welcome you all. FREE Admission to attendees, Vendor Booths at reasonable rates.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Midland
Home and Cottage ShowBracebridge Memorial Arena
April 25-27, 2014
Get a good start to the home, cottage building and renovation season.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Bracebridge
 
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DANCE FESTIVAL

Orillia Opera House Dance Festival
April 24-27, 2014
Friendly dance competition.
dance competition
Featured Accommodation in Orillia:  Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre, Comfort Inn



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 EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
Greater Sudbury Earth Day Festival
April 26, 2014
Think Green to celebrate Earth Day and kick off a month of celebrations including live entertainment, workshops, art exhibits, children's activities and more.
Featured Accommodation in Sudbury:  Moonlight Inn & Suites
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 BOOK AHEAD FOR A SUMMER THEATRE GETAWAY

King's Wharf Theatre -Penetanguishene
 2014 Season Tickets On Sale

2014 Season at King's Wharf Theatre
Peter Pan   June 4 to June 21
Run For Your Wife  June 25 to July 12
I'll Be Back Before Midnight   July 16 to August 2
Twist and Shout: The British Invasion   August 7 to August 30

Accommodation and Theatre Package:
  • 1 theatre ticket at your choice of venue
  • 1 night accommodation at your choice of hotel, inn or B&B
  • Dinner at one of the restaurant partners
From $160.00 per person (based on double occupancy)

Call the Box Office to coordinate all the details: 1-855-drayton (372-9866).

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Featured Resort Destinations and Events




HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS DESTINATION

Yours Outdoors -Haliburton. Check out upcoming adventures in April.   
Gone to Pot Adventures in Clay -April 25, 2014





The Haliburton Highlands include a unique topography of rolling hills, rock cuts, crystal clear waterways and exceptional woodlands.  You will not want to miss all of excitement between amazing outdoor adventures, arts & culture experiences and spectacular delights for foodies.  Located a short 2 ½ drive north of the GTA, we invite you to discover the natural beauty of the Haliburton Highlands.   

Dorset Pitch In Community Spring Clean Up
Dorset Recreation Centre
April 26, 2014

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Haliburton,  Minden
More information on the
Haliburton Highlands Destination
 


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LAND O' LAKES DESTINATION



5,000 Lakes  5,000 Adventures.  You can enjoy fishing, camping, canoeing, kayaking, boating, hiking, cycling, snowmobiling, skiing, ATVing, motorcycling, or just plain relaxing in some of the most beautiful scenery.

Click here for events and more information on the Land O' Lakes Destination



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 MUNICIPALITY OF MAGNETAWAN

 
The Municipality of Magnetawan is located in the District of Parry Sound between Parry Sound and Burk's Falls. With a population of approximately 1300, Magnetawan is a beautiful, natural area boasting the Magnetawan River and many scenic lakes. From its headwaters in Algonquin Park, the Magnetawan River flows through lakes, rapids and waterfalls as it winds its way to Georgian Bay.  

Magnetawan Lions Annual Smelt Fry
Magnetawan Lions Pavilion
April 25-26, 2014
Fun for the whole family.


Stay at Resorts in Parry Sound and  the Magnetawan area.
More Information on the Municipality of Magnetawan

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MIDLAND and nd TOURISM MIDLAND DESTINATION

Downtown Shops and Docks  
Beautiful downtown Midland has more than 100 shops, boutiques and services located in a beautiful waterfront setting.


Midland Cultural Centre
The Midland Cultural Centre (MCC) is a self-sustaining, inspiring and exciting year-round facility for arts and culture in Huronia. The MCC has an active calendar of programs and events for enthusiasts of art, culture, music and theatre. Drop in to see what's going on.










Tourism Midland
The Town of Midland is situated at the gateway to Georgian Bay's picturesque 30,000 Islands and hosts many events throughout the year. 

Midland Spring Home ShowNorth Simcoe Sports and Recreation Cetnre
April 25-27, 2014

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Midland, ON
here for events and more information on Tourism Midland

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RESORTS OF NORTH MUSKOKA


There are plenty of exciting things to do in North Muskoka, all within close proximity.  Resorts of North Muskoka features private and family owned accommodations offering:
  • Accommodations only minutes from Algonquin Park, Huntsville and Lake of Bays
  • Family vacation packages and couples getaways
  • Weddings and conference venues
  • Casual restaurants and fine dining
Spring is a great time for a hike or a bike ride either from your host resort or over at nearby Algonquin Provincial Park. The Golf courses in the area begin to open up before the May 24th weekend and there is no waiting to tee off. Many resort members offer packages at very attractive rates that include outdoor activities in the spring.

Click her for activities and more information on Resorts of North Muskoka.

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ONTARIO'S HIGHLANDS DESTINATION  



You’ll discover an abundance of outdoor adventure, combined with original offering of arts, culture and heritage experiences, all set against a picture perfect backdrop of unspoiled wilderness and the small town charm of friendly communities. 

 More information on Ontario's Highlands Destination



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ONTARIO'S LAKE COUNTRY

Orillia & Area’s four season outdoor playground!

Ontario’s Lake Country is one of Ontario’s most picturesque regions with radiant lakes and rivers and an array of activities for all to enjoy year round, located just one hour north of Toronto, on the shores of Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching.

Lake Country encompasses five distinctive districts: Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Rama, Ramara, and Severn. Each offers a unique experience with an abundance of activities, attractions, cultural experiences, events and recreational adventure, every day of the year.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Orillia.

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OTTAWA and OTTAWA VALLEY DESTINATION 

 
Kiwanis Music Festival National Capital Region
March 31-May 3, 2014
various locations -National Capital Region

The festival welcomes over 8,000 competitors from Ontario, Quebec, and all over Canada.

Ottawa International Writers' Festival
Knox Presbyterian Church
April 25-30, 2014


The Writers Festival celebrates the world’s best writing from home and abroad with a diverse program that presents interactions with leaders in the worlds of science, history, poetry, politics, spoken word, economics, drama, fiction, biography, music and more.

Ottawa Grassroots Festival
Royal Canadian Legion
April 25-27, 2014
Unique three-day multi-disciplinary community-focused arts event

Petawawa Showcase
Petawawa Civic Centre

April 25-28, 2014
Largest Family Event in the Valley.
This annual showcase is a FREE public exhibition of local vendors in all industries from the homegrown to the larger area businesses. There is always some special activities for the kids. 

Stay at Resorts in the Ottawa and Ottawa Valley area
More Information on the Ottawa Valley Destination



Last-Minute-April adult and family resort country getaways and packages

FEATURED EARLY SPRING VACATION GETAWAYS NORTH OF TORONTO

April is a great time for fun activities, enjoying a maple syrup festival and sugar bush tour with Easter around the corner.  Questions Contact Us.


Romantic Ontario Getaway Pick

Westwind Inn On The Lake - Buckhorn, Ontario

Westwind Inn On The Lake Couples ResortWestwind Inn On The Lake - Enjoy the Wildlife! One night Jet tub Room with Breakfast. Package Price $225 per couple. available to Dec. 14, 2014. 1 night accommodation in our private lodge room with fireplace and heart shaped jet tub for two. Includes full country breakfast for two.  Call 800-387-8100 to reserve your wild hot deal! Restrictions apply: Sunday thru Thursday only.  Based on availability. Dining: On Site facilities

Couples Romantic Getaways north of Toronto 

Spa Getaways in Ontario Pick

Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre - Orillia, Ontario

Best Western Mariposa Inn & Conference CentreBest Western Plus Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre - Spa package includes: One Night Accommodation in a Traditional Room (Upgraded Suite if Available) Dinner in the Grape & Olive Wine & Martini Bistro and a $75.00 Voucher for the Caravan Inn & Spa. ackage Starting at $169.50 per person per night Price per room; subject to availability; based on double occupancy; applicable taxes and gratuities not included

Spa Getaways north of Toronto

Family Vacation Getaway Pick

Pine VistaPine Vista Resort - Douro-Dummer, Ontario
Pine Vista Resort Hop into Spring with an affordable Getaway great for families and couples! Couples & Families will enjoy… 2 nights accommodation in cottage or resort townhouse with full kitchen,, satellite TV, deck with BBQ and many with a/c and whirlpool bath. Horse Drawn Wagon Ride. Gift Basket with wine, resort movies and treats! Use of the resort facilities- indoor and outdoor hot tubs, games/fitness rooms, trails and more! An affordable getaway for both Couples and Families. $380.00/Family of four and $325/Couple.




Early Spring Ontario Pick 

Clear Lake Village Resort - Torrance, Ontario

Clear Lake Village ResortClear Lake Village Resort - Spring is a fantastic time of year to spend in Muskoka.  Enjoy one of our two or three bedroom cottages with full kitchen, living room, dining area, full bath, TV & DVD. We are located just minutes to Bala, Port Carling and gravenhurst for fantastic shopping, dining, attractions and spas. There's lots to do in Muskoka.but sometimes the best thing to do is nothing at all. Weekend rates start at $125 per night; $100 per night Sunday to Thursday nights; $500 per week.

April Getaways north of Toronto

Ontario Easter Getaways Pick

Taboo Resort - Gravenhurst, Ontario
Taboo Resort, Golf and SpaEaster Weekend Escape - from $199 per night with brunch. Come out of your shell and celebrate the return of Spring with Taboo Muskoka’s Easter Escape.  Includes our Golden Dozen Contest with a chance to find 12 cool prizes.  Learn more www.tabooresort.com/Easter_2014.php. *Per room, per night based on required 2-night minimum and quad occupancy (2 adults & 2 children 12 and under.)  Subject to availability.  Package breakfast/brunch credit has no cash value.  Resort fee and HST additional.
Ontario Easter Getaways north of Toronto


Attractions Ontario Pick

Blue Mountain VilllageBlue Mountain Village - Blue Mountain, Ontario

Blue Mountain Village - Easter Long Weekend at Blue (April 18-21) If Mother Nature cooperates we’ll all be doing our last runs of the year this Easter.  We’ll have lots on the schedule to keep everyone hopping!  Join us for kids fun at Crock-a-Doodle PotteryRidge Runner Mountain Coaster, DIVE for EGGS at Plunge! Aquatic Centre and enjoy family style dinners throughout the Village.  Check back often for updated details! Take a Plunge with the Easter Bunny! Try your searching skills for Easter Eggs at Plunge!Aquatic Centre.
Friday – Sunday  Doors open at 10AM and EGG DIVE starts at 11AM Regular admission rates apply. Gather your family and friends, meet outside M.J. Byrne’s and tour the Village. with our Horse & Wagon.  You may spot a bunny or two hopping around!
Ontario Attractions north of Toronto



Ontario Tourism Destination of the Week

Ontario's Lake CountryOntario's Lake Country  (www.ontarioslakecountry.com)
Orillia & Area’s four season outdoor playground! Ontario’s Lake Country is one of Ontario’s most picturesque regions with radiant lakes and rivers and an array of activities for all to enjoy year round, located just one hour north of Toronto, on the shores of Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching. Though Lake Country's assets are plentiful, none are more perfect than its shimmering lakes, rivers, and streams. In fact, some of the best boating and water sports in Canada can be found here, as Lake Country is located on the Trent-Severn Waterway. Lake Country encompasses five distinctive districts: Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Rama, Ramara, and Severn. Each offers a unique experience with an abundance of activities, attractions, cultural experiences, events and recreational adventure, every day of the year. You need to visit Ontario’s Lake Country, in every season, to truly understand the special attributes it has to offer you. Come and visit us! Call Toll Free 1-866-329-5959
Ontario Resort Destinations north of Toronto

Celebrating Tour of 10 @ The Briars on Lake Simcoe

Spring at the Briars offers a lakeside setting like no other on Lake Simcoe
We salute The Briars at Jackson's Point on Lake Simcoe.

Open year-round and close to the Historic Trent Severn Waterway, The Briars continues to operate as a Sibbald family run property with fine hospitality and tradition. The Ontario heritage property has evolved over 170 years and features a Scottish woodlands golf course.
 
Pick a spring getaway and discover the Jackson's Point area and Sibbald Point Provincial Park.


10 Year Members

We will be featuring members as part of the 10th anniversary for Ontario Travel North of Toronto and will be recognising our original members who have provided exceptional hospitality to guests and visitors travelling to Ontario's resort destinations.

Ontario Beach Resort Getaways: Getting Ready for summer fun?

Summer Beach Fun-Chippawa Cottage Resort
 Ontario Beach Resorts

Ontario beach resorts are plentiful in resort destinations north, northeast and northwest of Toronto. Beach activities at Ontario resorts are private for registered guests and offer boating and water based activities.  Favourite destinations can be found on Ontario Lakes such as Lake Ontario, Lake Simcoe, Georgian Bay, Muskoka Lakes, and Algonquin area lakes.

Ontario Beaches Public and Private

Ontario beach directory has more than 60 public beach locations for day trips as well as beach locations in both Provincial and National Parks north of Toronto. Visitors often explore to find their own favourite Ontario Beach.  Beach resort destinations often surprise first time visitors with Ontario's fresh clean waters, and open beach space.

Ontario Beach Sunsets 

 

There are often delightful surprises while watching a Beach Sunset

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Weekend Ahead April 18-21: Easter Egg Hunts, Brunches and Getaways. Maple Syrup Festivals, Springlicious, Perch Festival, Spring Art Workshop, Spring Specials

EASTER WEEKEND FAMILY FUN

Blue Mountain Village

Easter Long Weekend at Blue
April 18-21
If Mother Nature cooperates we’ll all be doing our last runs of the year this Easter.  We’ll have lots on the schedule to keep everyone hopping!  Join us for kids fun at Crock-a-Doodle Pottery, Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, DIVE for EGGS at Plunge! Aquatic Centre and enjoy family style dinners throughout the Village.  Check back often for updated details!
Take a Plunge with the Easter Bunny!  Try your searching skills for Easter Eggs at Plunge!Aquatic Centre.
Friday –Sunday  Doors open at 10AM and EGG DIVE starts at 11AM
Regular admission rates apply
Gather your family and friends, meet outside M.J. Byrne’s and tour the Village with our Horse & Wagon.  You may spot a bunny or two hopping around!
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Blue Mountain / Collingwood



Cranberry Resort -Collingwood
Check out a variety of Easter themed family activities at the recreation centre! Themed crafts such as sticker making, Easter cards, egg painting and bunny puppets. Special guest making balloon animals and toys Sunday afternoon. Events include a morning Easter egg hunt along with other family activities. Easter Brunch. Come experience a perfect family meal for Easter at the Cranberry Golf Resort. Enjoy six excellent food stations for $22.95. Only $11.95 for children 12 and under, and kid's 4 and under eat free!  Sunday April 20, 2014 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Call 705-445-6600 for reservations.  Call the recreation centre (705-445-5796) for more information.

 
Magnetawan Community Centre
Easter Celebrations
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Family activities:  Philip & Henry Illusionist for all ages.  Pizza for Lunch.  Jelly Bean Counting Contest.  Egg Decorating.
Stay at Resorts in Parry Sound and  the Magnetawan area.
More Information on the Municipality of Magnetawan



Midland Cultural Centre
Easter Brunch at the Midland Cultural Centre
Sunday April 20, 2014
Fabulous Buffet featuring bread table, breakfast table with eggs benedict, waffle table, salad bar, hot entrees including turkey and ham with all the trimmings, and a sweet table.
  • Easter Bunny Egg Hunt
  • Entertainment by Brian Cusson
  • Guided Tours of state of the art Centre 
Adults $20.95
Child (6 - 12 yrs.) $8.95
5 years and under complimentary


Nottawasaga Inn Resort  - Alliston
Sports & LeisureDome
Bring the Kids and Hop In for Easter Family Activities.  Over the Easter Weekend, programs promise to be a whole lot of fun for children of all ages.  Fantastic lineup of sports, crafts, high energy activities, mellow movie and bonfire nights, easter egg hunt,  skating and much more!



Rounds Ranch
Easter Egg Hunt.  Hop on the Rabbit Trail, Find all the colours in the Bunny Trail, Solve the Mystery in the "The Cotton Tail Mysteryl" & Take the Biblical Easter Journey in the "Ressurection Trail" Each trail awards candy prizes. The Easter Bunny will be hopping around the ranch all day handing our chocolate egg and hugs to all!
April 18 & 19
$10.95 + hst per person
daily from 11 am - 5 pm


Featured Accommodation in area (Wasaga Beach):  Alton Lodges

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre -Midland
Spring Fling 
Hop into Wye Marsh for an Easter Spring Fling Saturday April 19th
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There will be an easter egg hunt and the naturalists' craft


table. Cost is just general admission or included with membership.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Midland




Bradford Greenhouses Annual Easter Egg Hunt 
Barrie

Friday, April 18, 2014
Hop into Garden Gallery to find sweet treasures!

Easter Egg Hunt
Huntsville
Muskoka Heritage Place & The Nutty Chocolatier present their Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 20th, 2014 at Muskoka Heritage Place.

Admission is FREE.  Children embark upon a chocolate treasure, hunt and search for the golden eggs to win prizes. The entire event lasts one hour and admission is free.

Penetanguishene Centennial Museum
Easter Eggtravaganza
There will be an Easter egg hunt, visits with the Easter Bunny, crafts, games and more! Only $3 per child.


Easter Resort Getaway Packages With Easter Egg Hunts 

Easter Brunch at Ontario Resorts


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SPRING ADVENTURE GETAWAYS


Algonquin Highlands Trails
Where Adventure Awaits!
~ Haliburton Highlands Water Trails – Frost Centre and Poker Lakes
~ Backcountry Camping, Canoeing and Kayaking
~ 38kms of Hiking Trails, Hundreds of kms of ATV trails
~ Canoe rentals
~ Excellent fishing for Trout, Bass and Whitefish
~ Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower – Best view of Fall colors in the highlands!
~ Ontario’s only full size historic Log chute

Backcountry waterfront campsites $12 per night/adult. 
Brand new super lightweight Swift Kevlar Canoes from $34 per day
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Hardwood Ski and Bike

Trek Wednesday Night Race Series starts on April 30th. 

Buy Your Season Pass for NEXT Winter before April 30th and SAVE! Take advantage of the lowest prices of the year for you to ski at the Nordic resort voted the best in Eastern Canada for the past 5 years! 40 km of great groomed trails that have something for everyone in the family. 

Radical Riders Registration NOW OPEN! 
This is a four week learn-to-ride program for kids 6-15 years. Radical Riders, through activities and games, will learn riding techniques such as climbing, descending, obstacles, braking and gearing, how to properly adjust their bike to fit themselves and how to care for and maintain their bike.  Radical Riders (6-12 years of age) and Radical Rider Teens (13-15 years of age). 
Register for Camp Hardwood 
Your Place for Summer Fun and Lasting Friendships!  With seven trail systems and over 80km of double track and single track every camper will be challenged to take their riding to the next level.
















































Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
Monday to Friday, April 7 to May 1.  Seven days per week May 17 to October 12.
This world-renowned reconstruction illustrates the interaction of the French and Wendat nations. Visitors get a unique opportunity to see the earliest Canadian pioneer life, through guided or self-guided visits.
Getaway Package:  Package for a family of four per night, based on 2 adults and 2 children. Price includes one day admission to Sainte-Marie among the Hurons for 2 adults and 2 children and one night accommodation at Super 8 Midland. Free “Super-Start” breakfast included. Accommodations at the Super 8 Midland are subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. All applicable taxes are extra.   From: $146.50 CAD / $146.50 USD
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Midland

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Experience Treetop Canopy Walking and Ziplining at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures.
April Limited Time Offer!  SAVE $40-off Eco Adventure Tours booked between April 1 – 30 for tours scheduled SundayFriday, between April 27 – June 22, 2014 (excluding May 18-19). 
Experience the thrill of treetop canopy walking and adrenaline-pumping zip cable gliding on a 3-hour guided tour exploring the flora/fauna at the highest point of the Niagara escarpment, as well as the history and geology of the mysterious caves/caverns below.  Height/ weight restrictions and terms/conditions apply. 
Only available by phone: (705) 444-8230
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Blue Mountain / Collingwood


Sir Sam's Ski & Bike
Mountain Bike Season officialy open: Saturday, May 17, 2014.
Register for Skills Camp
These 3 day camps are a great way to learn the basics of X-country, Downhill,  and bike park riding as well as learning how to care and tune your bike and proper rider etiquette. What a great way to spend summer hours meeting new friends, learning new things and building the skills for years of biking pleasure.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Haliburton


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MAPLE SYRUP SEASON



Maple Syrup Festivals and Sugar Bush Tours

Tap into Maple  – Ontario’s Lake Country
The Tap into Maple route was created to support and showcase local maple syrup, maple products and events. Filled with a variety of different stops throughout the region, the Tap into Maple route will get your senses flowing and your mouth watering.

Featured Accommodation in Orillia:  Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre, Comfort Inn

Delta Maple Syrup Fest
April 19 & 20, 2014
Features pancakes with maple syrup served at the Delta Fair Grounds, visits to sugar bushes, and sales of maple products and crafts.


Purple Valley Maple Syrup Festival
April 19, 2014Enjoy live musical entertainment, a dance at night, kid's corner (face painting, games and crafts), turkey shoot, craft fair, bake table, and animal petting zoo. And of course, plenty of locally produced maple syrup served on delicious fresh made pancakes, home made sausage, home cut fries. Free bus rides to the festival from Wiarton on the hour and half hour.


More Information on Maple Syrup Festivals and Sugar Bush Tours

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SPRING FLAVOURS CULINARY GETAWAYS

Blue Mountain Village
Springlicious 
April 1st-May 16th
It’s the most delicious time of the year – SPRINGLICIOUS returns to the Village starting Tuesday, April 1st running Sundays through Thursday only until May 16th. It’s a dining tour de force at prices you cannot afford to ignore!

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Blue Mountain / Collingwood



Flavours of Lake Country 2014

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 SPRING FISHING FESTIVAL

Orillia Perch Festival
One of Canada's Largest Registered Fishing Derbies! Over Sixty Tagged Perch worth $500 Each! Plus ... Thousands of Dollars in Daily, Weekly and Grand Prize Draws!

Comfort Inn Orillia
Orillia Perch Festival Package
April 19 - May 10, 2014

North America’s Largest Family Fishing Derby
Package Includes:
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast 
  • One night accommodations
  • Discounts at local restaurants when you show your room key
  • Fish cleaning hut on site
Total Package Price for 2 people is $83.64 per night, plus tax

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 SPRING FARMERS MARKETS

All Year Long, Saturdays 8 am - 1 pm
4500 Fairgrounds Road just off of Hwy 12 W
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Over 50 local farmers, food producers, bakers and artisans. Fresh fruit, meat and vegetables, baked goods, cheese, honey, prepared foods, sausages, maple syrup, and live music! FREE PARKING for everyone! COME TO THE FAIR
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Orillia Public Library
All Year Long¸  Saturdays 7:30 am - 12:30 pm

Get your Boots to the Roots - est. 1842.
The market happens every Saturday morning at the Orillia Public Library, which is located downtown by the Opera House.  The Farmers' Market continues to boast of its range of locally produced foods, handmade crafts from around the county and regularly scheduled special events for the family.
Bring your family, meet your friends, get to know the vendors, enjoy the local musicians in the Market Cafe. Treat yourself to one of the tasty lunch menu items
.

SEE YOU AT THE ORILLIA FARMERS' MARKET ---- WHERE SHOPPING IS FUN!!

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PLAN AHEAD FOR A SPRING ART WORKSHOP

David Beckett Studio/Gallery
Spring Weekend Workshop
Workshops for groups and private sessions in the art of pastels.
April 26, 27
Beginners and intermediates will find the workshop an opportunity to learn steps to develop your own paintings.  Join Dave for this enjoyable 2 days. Weather permitting there will be a field trip!  Here is your opportunity to visit one of Ontario's award winning artist's studio and gallery.   Located in the heritage village of Marchmont, central Ontario, Dave Beckett's art gallery and studio is ideally located for visitors and art collectors.
Featured Accommodation in Orillia:  Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre, Comfort Inn

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 ROCK YOUR SPRING GETAWAY



Deerhurst Resort -Huntsville


Myles Goodwin & April Wine Return!
April 25 - 27, 2014
Rock your spring with the return of one of Canada’s most popular and enduring rock bands.


2 Night Package includes: accommodation, one complimentary round of golf for two at Deerhurst Lakeside Golf Course, pre-concert wine tasting, 3-course dinner at 7pm, concert at 9pm.
Rate: from $199*/person, per weekend based on double occupancy


1 Night Package includes: accommodation, pre-concert wine tasting, 3-course dinner at 7pm, concert at 9pm.
Rate: from $299*/person, per night based on double occupancy




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 BOOK AHEAD FOR A SUMMER THEATRE GETAWAY

King's Wharf Theatre -Penetanguishene
 2014 Season Tickets On Sale

2014 Season at King's Wharf Theatre
Peter Pan   June 4 to June 21
Run For Your Wife  June 25 to July 12
I'll Be Back Before Midnight   July 16 to August 2
Twist and Shout: The British Invasion   August 7 to August 30

Accommodation and Theatre Package:
  • 1 theatre ticket at your choice of venue
  • 1 night accommodation at your choice of hotel, inn or B&B
  • Dinner at one of the restaurant partners
From $160.00 per person (based on double occupancy)

Call the Box Office to coordinate all the details: 1-855-drayton (372-9866).

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Featured Resort Destinations and Events





HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS DESTINATION

Yours Outdoors -Haliburton. Check out upcoming adventures in April.   
Some Like it Hot Glassblowing -April 21, 2014
Gone to Pot Adventures in Clay -April 25, 2014


Discover the natural beauty of the Haliburton Highlands.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels
Haliburton,  Minden
More information on the
Haliburton Highlands Destination
 


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LAND O' LAKES DESTINATION



5,000 Lakes  5,000 Adventures.  You can enjoy fishing, camping, canoeing, kayaking, boating, hiking, cycling, snowmobiling, skiing, ATVing, motorcycling, or just plain relaxing in some of the most beautiful scenery.

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 MUNICIPALITY OF MAGNETAWAN


 
The Municipality of Magnetawan is located in the District of Parry Sound between Parry Sound and Burk's Falls. With a population of approximately 1300, Magnetawan is a beautiful, natural area boasting the Magnetawan River and many scenic lakes. From its headwaters in Algonquin Park, the Magnetawan River flows through lakes, rapids and waterfalls as it winds its way to Georgian Bay.  

Magnetawan Community Centre
Easter Celebrations
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Family activities:  Philip & Henry Illusionist for all ages.  Pizza for Lunch.  Jelly Bean Counting Contest.  Egg Decorating.

Stay at Resorts in Parry Sound and  the Magnetawan area.
More Information on the Municipality of Magnetawan

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MIDLAND and nd TOURISM MIDLAND DESTINATION

Downtown Shops and Docks   Beautiful downtown Midland has more than 100 shops, boutiques and services located in a beautiful waterfront setting.

Midland Cultural Centre
Easter Brunch at the Midland Cultural Centre
Sunday April 20, 2014

Fabulous Buffet featuring bread table, breakfast table with eggs benedict, waffle table, salad bar, hot entrees including turkey and ham with all the trimmings, and a sweet table.
  • Easter Bunny Egg Hunt
  • Entertainment by Brian Cusson
  • Guided Tours of our state of the art Centre 
Adults $20.95
Child (6 - 12 yrs.) $8.95
5 years and under complimentary










Tourism Midland
The Town of Midland is situated at the gateway to Georgian Bay's picturesque 30,000 Islands and hosts many events throughout the year.  

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Midland, ON
here for events and more information on Tourism Midland

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RESORTS OF NORTH MUSKOKA


There are plenty of exciting things to do in North Muskoka, all within close proximity.  Resorts of North Muskoka features private and family owned accommodations offering:
  • Accommodations only minutes from Algonquin Park, Huntsville and Lake of Bays
  • Family vacation packages and couples getaways
  • Weddings and conference venues
  • Casual restaurants and fine dining
Spring is a great time for a hike or a bike ride either from your host resort or over at nearby Algonquin Provincial Park. The Golf courses in the area begin to open up before the May 24th weekend and there is no waiting to tee off. Many resort members offer packages at very attractive rates that include outdoor activities in the spring.

Click her for activities and more information on Resorts of North Muskoka.

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ONTARIO'S HIGHLANDS DESTINATION  



You’ll discover an abundance of outdoor adventure, combined with original offering of arts, culture and heritage experiences, all set against a picture perfect backdrop of unspoiled wilderness and the small town charm of friendly communities. 

 More information on Ontario's Highlands Destination






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ONTARIO'S LAKE COUNTRY

Orillia & Area’s four season outdoor playground!

Ontario’s Lake Country is one of Ontario’s most picturesque regions with radiant lakes and rivers and an array of activities for all to enjoy year round, located just one hour north of Toronto, on the shores of Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching.

Lake Country encompasses five distinctive districts: Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Rama, Ramara, and Severn. Each offers a unique experience with an abundance of activities, attractions, cultural experiences, events and recreational adventure, every day of the year.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Orillia.

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OTTAWA and OTTAWA VALLEY DESTINATION 

 
Kiwanis Music Festival National Capital Region
March 31-May 3, 2014
various locations 

Easter Candyland at the Killaloe Recreation Centre
Saturday, April 19 2014

"Musings" and Art Exhibition at Festival Hall 
Pembroke
March 19-April 16, 2014

Stay at Resorts in the Ottawa and Ottawa Valley area
More Information on the Ottawa Valley Destination