Thursday, September 18, 2014

Last-Minute Getaways and packages in resort destinations in cottage country


Get ready for fall colours...the season is changing to fall fair activities and festivals. Outdoor sports continue with fishing, golfing, hiking, canoeing and kaying, boating, road tripping,  Plan fall getaway vacation time north of Toronto.  Questions  Contact Us

Romantic Ontario Getaway Pick

Sunbeam Bungalows - Callander, Ontario

Sunbeam Bungalows Family & Fishing ResortSunbeam Bungalows Family & Fishing Resort  - is sheltered amongst tall pines on the shores of beautiful Callander Bay, Lake Nipissing, with an unequalled panoramic view of the western horizon and possibly the world’s best sunsets - a photographer’s dream! If you are in the mood to relax, enjoy quiet times together, and also appreciate the natural beauty around you, this is the place! You’ll enjoy the comfort and privacy of staying in one of our clean, fully-furnished, fully equipped, spacious housekeeping cottages– they include digital cable, 32” flat screen TV/DVD, Wi-Fi, BBQ with propane, picnic table and fire bowl for a cozy outdoor camp fire. Relax on our long white sandy beach; enjoy great swimming, kayaking or canoeing; stretch out on lounge chairs on our lakeside deck, or spend the day out on the lake in one of our reliable 18 ft boats. If there are other outdoor activities you like to enjoy together, we can supply details on golf courses, horseback riding, scenic trails, lake cruises and more. We can also recommend nearby restaurants for a fine dining experience at the end of the day. For more details on the resort and location, please check out our website:

Couples Romantic Getaways north of Toronto 

Spa Getaways in Ontario Pick

Nottawasaga Inn Resort - Alliston, Ontario

Nottawasaga Inn ResortNottawasaga Inn Resort - Escape the everyday stresses and experience the ultimate relaxation for the body, mind, and soul with our TGIF Getaway Package.  Choose from aromatherapy massage, therapeutic massage, hot stone massage, and Thai Body Work. Our TGIF package is perfect for those looking for a weekend of relaxation and includes accommodation, country buffet breakfast each morning, gourmet 4-course dinner* one evening, one hour RMT massage one day, complimentary cocktail and appetizer in the Starlite Lounge and gratuities. If you are joining us over the weekend consider using your package breakfast vouchers for a partial credit towards our delicious Sunday Brunch. Served every Sunday from 10:30am to 1:30pm in the Riverview Dining Room, our famous Sunday brunch features a gourmet selection of breakfast favourites including made to order omelettes, fresh Belgium waffles, an exceptional selection of hot items and more!

Spa Getaways north of Toronto

Family Vacation Getaway Pick

Chippawa Cottage Resort - Barry's Bay, Ontario

Chippawa Cottage ResortChippawa Cottage Resort -Easy Living Camping and RV Park is located in the splendor of the Madawaska Valley. This exceptional 200 acre facility includes boating, kayaking,swimming, fishing, basketball and tennis.How about just plain lazing around in the sun on our 3000 foot sand beach, absorbing the calm beauty all around you.. Visitor's Comments & Photos. Discover Ontario's Beautiful Beach Cottage Resort Setting in the Heart of The Ottawa Valley & Madawaska Valley near Algonquin Provincial Park.  Chippawa Cottage Resort provides one of the best family vacation experiences in Ontario. Our facility has a total of 20 one, two, and three bedroom cottages, including eight self-contained cottages which are available with full kitchen facilities.

Autumn Ontario Pick 

Georgian Bay Airways - Parry Sound, Ontario

Georgian Bay Airways - Scenic Adventures with Georgian Bay Airways Ltd. Looking for the best way to see the fall colours? Georgian Bay Airways has a unique view of the area and every colour Georgian Bay has to offer. Your options this fall include: Sightseeing Air Tours – Parry Island Tour, 30,000 Island Tour, Sunset Champagne Tour. Fly & Dine – Rocky Crest, The Ridge at Manitou, H&H Resort, North Landing or The Rosseau. Flying Adventure - Fly & Ride ATV, Fly-in Fishing, Fly & Hike, Fly & Golf, Toronto Express – Enjoy the luxury of a private one hour flight from Toronto’s downtown Island Airport to the greater Parry Sound area.

September Getaways north of Toronto

Ontario Golf Weekend Getaways

Deerhurst Resort - Haliburton, Ontario

Deerhurst Resort - FREE GOLF WITH ROOM Head to Muskoka's original golf masterpiece midweek through October 19th and enjoy accommodation and golf for less than you’d expect to pay for green fees alone! Shared accommodation One round of golf at Deerhurst Highlands with power cart. One complimentary ticket per room reservation to the Decades live stage show (when performing). Select stay dates Sunday - Thursday nights with golf Monday – Thursday. A nightly resort fee provides benefits & services. Tee times required at time of booking; based on availability. Taxes extra; conditions apply.

Golf Getaways north of Toronto

Ontario Fishing Getaways Pick

Barry's Bay Cottage Resort - Barry's Bay, Ontario

Barry's Bay Cottage ResortBarry's Bay Cottage Resort - Fishing is certainly another popular pastime on Carson Lake. In addition to bass, the lake is a renowned lake trout destination. Lakers are best caught through the ice in winter, but can also create a dynamic fishery in the spring and fall. As the waters warm up, the bass fishing begins to heat up and by late June this fishery is quite active. Bass make up the bulk of the action in summer and surprisingly can be caught off of our docks from time to time. Early September is another prime time to try for the hard fighting lake trout. Since there is no public boat launch onto the lake, motor boat rentals are available for those that pre-book. During winter, ice fishing huts are available

Ontario Fishing Getaways north of Toronto

Attractions Ontario Pick

Midland Tours Inc. - Penetang, Ontario

Midland Tours Inc. - Miss MidlandMidland 30,000 Islands Boat Cruise - Muskoka-Georgian Bay's 30,000 islands May 17-October 17, 2014. Experience the sparkling water, the windswept pines and rocky grandeur of Muskoka / Georgian Bay's 30,000 Islands on a cruise aboard the 300-passenger Miss Midland. Click here for 2014 Rates & Schedule for Sighseeing Cruises and Sighseeing Cruises with Meals Family Rate of $67 for 2 adults and 3 children.  Rates include applicable taxes. 
Fall Big Chute Cruise
September 20-October 11, 2014
Midland Tours Inc. offers 2 1/2 hour Fall Colour Tours on the Muskoka Trent-Severn Waterway departing from Lock 45 in Port Severn, Ontario. Click here for 2014 Rates & Schedule Family Rate of $75 for 2 adults and 3 children. Rates include applicable taxes  Children under 5 are free.
Ontario Attractions north of Toronto

Ontario Tourism Destination of the Week

Township of Algonquin Highlands Trails DepartmentAlgonquin Highlands Trails (
Where Adventure Awaits! ~ Haliburton Highlands Water Trails – Frost Centre and Poker Lakes. ~ Frost Centre Ski and Snowshoe Trails. ~ Backcountry Camping, Canoeing and Kayaking. ~ Canoe, Ski and Snowshoe Rentals. ~ 38kms of Hiking Trails, Hundreds of kms of Snowmobile and ATV trails. ~ 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. ~ Group of Seven Outdoor Murals. ~ Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival. Just 2.5hrs from Toronto, in the heart of the Haliburton Highlands. Visit Call 705-766-9033 for info

Ontario Resort Destinations north of Toronto

Friday, September 05, 2014

Savour local foods at featured farmers' markets in cottage country

Celebrate Harvest Season With Good Things That Grow In Ontario

Ontario Farm Fresh Food
Fresh Crepes at Ontario Farmers' Markets
The best ways to enjoy fall harvest season is among friends and family over a meal made from Ontario ingredients.  Spotting Foodland Ontario's logo, while shopping at your neighbourhood grocery store or farmer's market north in resort destinations, is an easy way to find fresh local food. 

Many Ontario resorts specialise in culinary getaways with menus featuring Ontario recipes served with Ontario wines, ciders and beers.

Visit a local farm such as McLean Berry Farm in the Kawartha Lakes

Here are some other helpful ways for making locally grown goods a part of your summer months:

  • Look for delicious fresh fruits and vegetables available now.
  • Find some great barbecue tips using fresh local ingredients.
  • Meet the people who produce your food and discover the wide variety of local food products available, including world-class Ontario VQA wine. Visit a local farmer's market or find a local on-farm market.
  • Choose Ontario-brewed craft beer and cider to complement your next outdoor party
  • Sunflower Oil from Huronia
    Fresh Virgin Sunflower Oil from Simcoe County Farms
Supporting local food is part of the government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure, and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.





  • Ontario’s agri-food industry contributes more than $34 billion to the province’s GDP and supports more than 740,000 jobs.
  • There are over 200 farmers’ markets in Ontario some of which are featuring VQA wines from local wineries.
  • Ontario’s flower and vegetable greenhouse industry accounts for approximately $1.34 billion of revenue.
  • The province’s Local Food Act allows Ontario to work with sector partners to set targets and goals to increase awareness, access and sales of local food in markets, schools, cafeterias, grocery stores and restaurants throughout the province.
  • Since 2003, the province has invested more than $116 million to support sales of Ontario foods.

More Tips For Fresh Ontario Food

Weekend Fairs & fall festivals in Ontario September 4,5 and 6

Food Fests, Harvest Fairs and Festivals North of Toronto 

Ontario Fall Fairs
First place award for pumpkins 

September 1 - October 31, 2014
The annual Rural Ramble - a free self-guided driving tour featuring four weekends during the fall months of Adventure and Exploration, Agriculture and Food weekend, History and Heritage weekend and Arts and Culture.  Book your hotel and resort accommodation in 
More information on the Ottawa Valley Destination

Events at Summer Fairs
Fun themes highlight events..the sheep in wolf clothing

Agricultural summer and fall fairs  in Ontario resort destinations offer family fun. Entertainment and amusement park fun are for families during the vacation and holiday season. See complete list of summer fairs over the Labour Day Weekend.

More Fall Fairs

Owen Sound Fair September 4th, 5th & 6th, 2014!Featured Accommodation:  Walter’s Falls The Falls Inn or Georgian Bluffs Evergreen Forest Resort B&B

Worm Rodeo Country Fun Fair 
Sat. Sept 6, 2014

Where the Country Meets the City at  Highway 11 & Highway 93.  'Grace United Church' and 'Seniors Wish Barrie' are bringing families a day of Worm Rodeo fun on Sept. 7 at Chappell Farms.  A fun day with the kids, with games, talent contest, raffle draw, live auction, worm charming and more.
Stay overnight in Barrie and Horseshoe Valley area resorts, hotels and inns.

Arts and Studio Tours

Highlands East Plein Air Arts Festival  
September 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th
Highlands East is a treasure trove of scenic subject matter perfect for any kind of plein air artist. We hope you will enjoy your four days here being inspired, creating and getting to know other artists who love to depict the wild and natural world!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Beach Resort weather continues in Ontario

Ontario Beach Resorts

This month features two resort destinations one for private resort guests at Bonnie View Inn in Haliburton  and the beach at  Killbear Provincial Park near Parry Sound. 

Beach watersports fun
Banana Boat Rides in Haliburton
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, Halliburton Lakes and Algonquin area lakes.



Ontario Beaches Public and Private

Georgian Bay Beach
Swimming at sunset off a Georgian Bay Beach
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
Very often beach volleyball, sailing and rowing regattas or sup races are fun activities. Find more Ontario public beaches


 Ontario Beach Sunsets 

There are often delightful surprises while watching a Beach Sunset

Autumn boat cruises on Ontario lakes north of Toronto

Ontario Boar Cruise
Barrie Boarding of the Serendipity Princess

Cruise Ontario Lakes and Waterways

Canadian waters are waiting in resort destinations north of Toronto. Discover Lake Simcoe or Georgian Bay with a Midland Tours cruise.
The Serendipity Princess cruises out of Barrie Ontario, and the Miss Midland out of Midland Ontario.
Book your Georgian Bay Cruise, OR Book your Barrie-Lake Simcoe Cruise

Resorts, Lodges and Hotels Offer Cruises during the  Fall Months

Ontario Wildlife Viewing
Merganser Ducks and fledges along Ontario shore line

Ontario resort destinations offer some of best romantic lake cruises north of Toronto. 

Many resorts offer sunset cruises in as part of their summer getaway packages

Pontoon boats offer closer views of the shorelines and provide opportunities to see local flora and fauna up close.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Celebrating Tour of 10 @ Sunbeam Bungalows in Callandar Ontario

We salute Sunbeam Bungalows in Callandar Ontario on Lake Nipissing (Callandar Bay) as one of Ontario Travel North ( original members.

Beach in Callandar Bay
Sunbeam Bungalows Private Beach
Sunbeam Bungalows

1, 2 and 3 bedroom housekeeping cottages are clean, fully furnished, fully equipped, deluxe and spacious. They have open concept kitchen & living room area, 3 or 4 piece baths, and are made up and ready for occupancy....modern conveniences, such as flat screen TV with digital cable, DVD player, and Wi-Fi internet service.  Fall Fishing season is booking now.

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.

Previously Featured Members

Westwind Inn On The Lake -Enjoy a Serene and Peaceful getaway  on the north shore of prestigious Lower Buckhorn Lake.  The Westwind Inn offers an escape from life's pressures, a place to reconnect and unwind. Experience a starlit sky on your own private balcony in our “log cabin” inspired Lodge Room or Chalet Suite

Monday, August 11, 2014

Early Morning Start in Cottage and Resort Country

Canoe and Kayak Adventures.

Many prefer first thing in the morning as a start to a day a on the water. Pick a canoe or kayak getaway before the summer is over! Discover one of more than 250,000 lakes in Ontario.

Kayaking early morning colours
 Early morning has the best colour reflections on the water as the sun rises

Last-Minute - August adult and family resort country getaways and package


August is a great time for summer fun in the sun. Summer activities such as fishing, golf, hiking, canoe & kaying, boating. Summer Vacation north of Toronto cant be beat. 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 - Nothing says “you’re special” to the one you love quite like a romantic lake’s edge retreat.  Enjoy your own private CHALET  suite just steps away from our sand beach.  Hold hands and watch the loons together on your private balcony.  Canoe, kayack, paddle around in our paddle boat or hydro bikes, then relax in our outdoor hot tub overlooking Lower Buckhorn Lake.  Nature trails, hammocks, in ground pool horse shoes and MORE!  Indulge in candle lit, three-course dinners, and full country breakfasts for two daily. Breakfast, Dinner and FULL use of resort amenities are all included!  

Couples Romantic Getaways north of Toronto 

Spa Getaways in Ontario Pick

Casino Rama -  Rama, Ontario

Casino Ramao Casino Rama - Sweet Cheeks and Sweet Treats. Valid July 1 - August 31, 2014. Try our new Arctic Berry Peptide Illuminating Facial at Balance in Life Spa at Casino Rama. Each facial comes with a sweet dessert and mocktail for only $115 plus tax. Mid-week appointment only - Mon. - Thurs. Some date restrictions apply.
Spa Getaways north of Toronto

Family Vacation Getaway Pick

Hay Lake Lodge and Cottages - Whitney, Ontario

Hay Lake Lodge and CottagesHay Lake Lodge and Cottages -Family Adventure: Hidden Treasures. 3-day  package,  July and August. 2 adults, 2 children   $1,358 + HST  or adult $382, child $202 + HST. Here is a special opportunity for you and your family to experience three adventures unique to this region. Our Algonquin location is great for relaxing, swimming and kayaking while you settle in to your own log cabin the first day, but there is so much more to do. The next morning, after we bring you breakfast, you’ll head off to Bancroft.  Try rockhounding, digging for minerals  and learn about Canada's Mineral Capital.  After lunch, we'll take you out on the latest trend -Geocaching -as you discover your inner sleuth. Spend a morning on a whitewater raft trip that is the ideal start for families with young children on the Madawaska River including a Riverside lunch.

Summer Ontario Pick 

Tornado's Canadian Resorts Inc. - Port Loring, Ontairo

Tornado's Canadian Resorts Inc.Tornado's Canadian Resorts Inc. -Waterfront housekeeping cottage rentals on the Pickerel River.  2 & 3 bedroom comfortable housekeeping cottages that feature fully equipped kitchens, 3 or 4 piece bath, sitting/dining area, covered porch, propane BBQ, picnic table and fire pit.  Also available a 5 bedroom lodge, perfect for large groups or families.  On the property - sand beach, swimming, badminton, beach volleyball and boat, canoe and kayak rentals.  Licensed restaurant, and lounge with wi-fi, satellite TV and pool table.  Boat launching and dockage.  Bookings by the week, or shorter stays where available.

August Getaways north of Toronto

Ontario Girls Weekend Getaways

The Briars Resort & Spa - Jacksons Point, Ontario

The Briars Resort & SpaThe Briars Resort & Spa - Soul Sisters Getaway. A spa getaway on Lake Simcoe, designed with you and your soul sisters in mind. Get a group of your friends together to relax and recharge and make new memories. Your arrival will be greeted with a delectable tray of treats, a bottle of wine, and a cozy spa robe to wear in your room. Each Soul Sister gets a ½ hour manicure! (Please book your manicure appointment well before your arrival).

Girls Weekend Getaways north of Toronto

Ontario Fishing Getaways Pick

Pine Vista Resort - Douro-Dummer, Ontario
Pine Vista ResortPine Vista Resort - Regardless of how seriously you take your fishing, Stoney Lake provides some of the best angling opportunities in the Kawarthas. Pine Vista Resort offers new modern fish cleaning and freezing facilities, rod and reel rentals as well as bait and tackle sales. Fishing licenses and gas are available at a small supply store next door. Excellent launching and docking facilities are available for your private boats.
Ontario Fishing Getaways north of Toronto

Attractions Ontario Pick

Sir Sam's Ski & Bike - Haliburton, Ontario

Sir Sam’s Ski & Summer ResortSir Sam's Ski & Bike - Located 15 minutes North of Haliburton at Eagle Lake Sir Sam's offers 13 kms of Cross country and 10 kms of downhill trails including their new addition " Python" Gravity Run. The sport of mountain biking is a great way to spend time alone in nature or with friends and family. It brings us closer to the trees and dirt, tunes our reflexes and tones our bodies.  You can enjoy riding the trails up and down or use the lift to transport you and your bike to the top.

Ontario Attractions north of Toronto

Ontario Tourism Destination of the Week

The Municipality of TweedThe Municipality of Tweed (
The Municipality of Tweed is located half-way between Toronto and Ottawa.  Known for being the gateway to both the Bay of Quinte and Land O’ Lakes Tourist region;  we have an abundance of outdoor experience right here in Our Backyard.  We invite you to come visit our area and experience world-class musky/black crappie fishing, events, culture and heritage, hiking, atving, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and so much more.  Visit our website or follow us on Facebook and twitter @TweedOntario.

Ontario Resort Destinations north of Toronto

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ontario Road Trip to Midland & Penetanguishene Via Highway 93 north from Highway 400

Mad Michael's Wyebridge
Mad Michael's in WyeBridge on Hwy 93
Experience a road trip to the shores of Georgian Bay from Lake Simcoe in Barrie to Midland, Penetanguishene via Highway 93 now recognised as the The Sarah Burke Memorial highway and discover new lake vistas and trails.

 Midland-Penetang road trip via Highway 93 from Barrie or Highway 400 to Hwy 93. After visiting Penetanguishene work your way east on Highway 12 to Victoria Harbour, Waubashene and Highway 400 or explore side roads and rolling countrysides.

Stop for lunch or dinner on the way in Wyebridge and enjoy the historic village.

Historic Towns and Lakeside Villages in Huronia

Midland Ontario Murals
Midland Murals in Downtown Midland
Discover the towns and villages:   Elmvale, Hillsdale, Midland, Minesing, Penetanguishene, Victoria Harbour, Waubashene, and Waverly, Wyebridge, Wyvale or Balm Beach 

Huronia is one of Canada's early settlements with Samuel de Champlain's arrival in the early 1600's.

Take a Cruise from Midland on Georgian Bay or Barrie
on Lake Simcoe. See cruise options.

Featured Overnight Accommodation 
Stay in Barrie at Comfort Inn Barrie off of Hart Drive. 
Enjoy  featured area accommodation in the Georgian Bay area near Midland and Georgian Bay.  For families wanting full service stay at the Best Western Plus Highland Inn and Conference Centre; for romantics stay at  Little Lake Inn Bed and Breakfast.

For a family cottage experience try
Tranquility On Georgian Bay Executive Cottage Rental (Tiny) or Beachview Cottage (Tiny -Wahnekewening Beach)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Weekend July 17-20. Featured Events: Mountain Biking Championship, Obstacle Course and Southern Georgian Bay Bike Week

Head north of Toronto this coming weekend on a road trip to enjoy beautiful lakes and beaches and family fun events in Ontario's resort destinations.

Canadian XC Mountain Bike Championships. July 17-20.

Hardwood  Ski and Bike. Oro Medonte between
Barrie and Orillia. north of GTA

Hardwood Ski and Bike -Oro/Medonte.   Races for all levels of riders. Get details on Hardwood Ski and Bike.


Warrior Dash.  World’s largest obstacle race series July 19-20.

Horseshoe Resort.  Horseshoe Valley. north of GTA
Horseshoe Resort  -Horseshoe Valley. World’s largest obstacle race series.  3-4 mile course and 12 extreme obstacles. Warriors celebrate with turkey legs, beer steins, and live music at a post-race party. Get details on Horseshoe Resort and click on event calendar. 


Southern Georgian Bay Bike Week Continues to July 20

Southern Georgian Bay Bike Week.  Midland.  north of GTA

The inaugural 2014 Southern Georgian Bay Bike Week will take place at Little Lake Park located in the town of Midland with 127 acres including camping area. Fun and memorable motorcycle gathering catered to the purity and enjoyment of motorcycle ownership. Get Details on Southern Georgian Bay Bike Week and Tourism Midland..



More exciting Events and activities July 18-20

Find a perfect Ontario beach on your getaway north
Find information on Sightseeing Air Tours, Boat Cruises, Scenic Chairlift Rides, Treetop Trekking and Zip Lining, Eco Adventures, Rafting Adventures, Mountain Biking Adventures and more by clicking on the below links:
Ontario Summer Attractions