Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Ontario Maple Syrup Festivals, Events and Sweet Maple Fun North of Toronto

Those with a sweet tooth will want to hit areas 'north' of Toronto over the coming weeks.

That’s when the region pays homage to maple syrup, the one Canadian icon those in other parts of the world can only dream of tasting.

The annual sweet nectar harvest and all things related to it highlight a number of special events throughout the region.

“Everyone loves a little taste of taffy on the snow or syrup on their pancakes,” says Jennifer Whitley, marketing manager for Ontario’s Lake Country, which kicked off its three-month Tap into Maple event March 1 - May 31.


“It is something to do in the spring when there are not many other activities happening.”
Now in its second year, Tap into Maple gives those visiting the Lake Country region (Orillia and neighbouring townships) a chance to “experience all things maple,” according to Whitley.

Visitors can grab a map and travel along a scenic self-guided route with participating businesses and organizations offering a variety of fun options from hands-on experiences and delicious treats to giftware and stay-and-play packages at locations such as Bayview Wildwood Resort and Casino Rama.

“You can do it all in one day or multiple days depending on how many stops you wanted to make,” Whitley says, pointing out last year’s event attracted not only visitors from across the province, but also from other countries as foreign guests sought the “real Canadian” experience.

“Pick up a passport, explore and experience the sweetest route in Ontario’s Lake Country and Springwater,” Whitley says, adding those collecting three stamps at participating businesses along the route can submit the passport and have a chance to win one of three maple prize packages.


Besides enjoying a variety of shops, restaurants and accommodations, there are also museums and farmers’ markets across the region incorporating maple into their products.

Worldwide, maple syrup is only produced in certain parts of Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and the northeastern United States due to a climate comprised of below freezing nights and higher daytime temperatures that allows the sap to run.

Near Midland, the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre hosts one of Ontario’s longest running maple syrup festivals with the 23rd annual Sweetwater Harvest Festival slated for March 28 and 29.
Running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, the festival celebrates the history of maple syrup and the role it plays in the nation’s cultural and natural heritage.


Wye Marsh marketing and development coordinator Laura Thomas says Sweetwater is not your average maple syrup festival due to its setting and emphasis on nature.

“We have an educational component,” Thomas says, noting the wildlife centre is also home to many birds and mammals that use maple sap as an important food source in the spring before trees and plants blossom and insects reappear.


“We’re bringing the natural element back into play. The biggest feedback we get is ‘don’t change a thing.’”

While there are sugar-shack tours, pancakes and taffy tasting, visitors can also check out the centre’s birds of prey and enjoy reptile/amphibian talks along with wilderness survival, cooking and woodcarving demonstrations.


Tickets cost $10 each with families (two adults, the children) paying $30. There’s also an all-day pancake breakfast for $5.

A little further east near Lakefield, McLean Berry Farm’s Maplefest runs on consecutive weekends in March beginning on the 14th (9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Now in its 22nd year, the family-friendly event features hayrides, live music, the chance to meet farm animals and, of course, enjoy and learn more about spring’s sweet tonic with tree tappings, tastings and other demonstrations.

Entrance fees are $7 per person with families of four getting in for $25.

A little later in the spring, the Orillia Farmers’ Market holds its annual maple syrup market festival on May 9th. Featuring live music, the friendly market offers the chance to take home a variety of maple products with visitors also able bring along their aforementioned Tap into Maple passport for a complimentary maple treat.

These are just a few of maple festivals featured in the blog, our website has a full list of festivals, events and special maple promotions happening north of Toronto spring 2015.

Events and maple celebrations are taking place at resorts, restaurants, sugar shacks and fun places and destinations and are a welcome spring tradition for all. 

Visit our website and plan your perfect day trip or getaway north of Toronto, today!
 
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Article written by: A Phillips for 400eleven.com
Photo Credits: 400 Eleven Inc., Ontario's Lake Country
Wye Marsh & McLean Berry Farm


Friday, February 27, 2015

Events Happening This March, North of Toronto

We've made it to March! Longer sunny days, blue skies and warmer temps are bringing folks out of their homes and doing fun activities.

Areas north of Toronto are perfect for day tripping and taking that winter getaway you've been putting off, before the winter is gone.

Full Event information, details and link can found on our website Events Calendar.

**ALL THINGS MARCH BREAK**


We have full March Break pages on our website

March Break Events, Day Trips & Activities

March Break Getaway Vacations


EVENTS NORTH OF TORONTO BY AREA

ONTARIO

Farmers's Markets
Enjoy farmers and artisans markets all year long!
Click to here to find a great winter market.

Maple Festivals
It's time to celebrate the sure sign of spring in Ontario with a great number of maple festivals taking place in March. Click here to find a weekend maple festival.

BARRIE

Family Sunday Art Workshop
MacLaren Art Centre
Every Sunday is Family Sunday at the MacLaren. Regional artists Meghan Thorpe and Annie Aspden will lead creative projects that families complete together.

Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century
MacLaren Art Centre
Join MacLaren Wednesday evenings for special screenings of season seven of Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century!

The Horseshoe Open & Elan Demos
Horseshoe Resort
This March break festival will host some of North America’s best skiers, snowboarders, DJ’s, concerts, Junior riders, and the coolest pro rider after parties of the year.

Polar Rush
Horseshoe Resort
Polar Rush features 12+ obstacles, a bonfire after party and the ultimate kick-off to spring - paired with the already awesome amenities you know and love at Horseshoe Resort. 

Spring Fling & Salomon Races
Hardwood Ski & Bike
This is a fun day of activities to wrap up the ski season. Skiers of all ages and abilities can participate. The morning consists of more serious events (only slightly serious), but the afternoon is dedicated to just having a good time. The Salomon mixed relay is 3 x 3km; the first leg of the relay is classic skiing, the second and third may be skate or classic. One team member must be female. Costume Content & Poker Ski in the afternoon!

Milky Way Intergalactic Fat Bike Championships
Hardwood Ski & Bike
The LARGEST Fat Bike Championships in the WORLD! Hardwood and The Bike Zone presents the MILKY WAY INTERGALACTIC FAT BIKE CHAMPIONSHIPS! With a sci-fi spin, Hardwood is adding a costume contest on to this as well. Let’s see what Star Wars or Superhero costumes you can come up with! Amazing prizes and a ton of fun! Save the date.

Ladies Day
Snow Valley Resort
Mardi Gras! On the Hills!

COLLINGWOOD | BLUE MOUNTAINS

Saturday Night Guided Snowshoe Hikes

Scenic Caves Nordic Centre
Strap on your snowshoes for a night-time hike, where stars and shadows create a dramatic setting for adventure.

Skate Ski Loppet
Scenic Caves Nordic Centre
Scenic Caves Nordic Centre proudly launches its first Cross-Country Ski Loppet.

Freestyle Ontario Sapling Tour
Blue Mountain Village
Sapling Sessions are held over a two day weekend and will focus on building freestyle skills in park, pipe & mogels.

Molson Canadian Men's Week
Blue Mountain Village
Take advantage of speciality $46 day/night lift tickets rates. Enjoy Apres specials at Jozo’s Bar and week-long excitement in participating Village locations.

HALIBURTON

Fat Bike Festival
Sir Sam's Ski & Bike
Fat Biking Fun!

Spring Splash
Sir Sam's Ski & Bike
Ski over open water, après dinner and dance, Prizes for best costumes.

Area Tourism Information: Haliburton Highlands
Area Tourism Information: Ontario's Highlands


HUNTSVILLE

Decades Show
Deerhurst Resort
With a more current vibe, brilliant time-travelling medleys, and a new home in the elegant Waterhouse Show Room under the same roof as dining, lounges, accommodation and conference facilities, this year's show is truly bigger and better than ever!

LAKEFIELD

Maplefest
McLean Berry Farm
At Maplefest, there are a tons of fun activities for the entire family. Whether it's going for a wagon ride, eating pancakes with fresh maple syrup or seeing how the sweet stuff is made, there is something to do for everyone! Kids and kids at heart love tapping their toes and swinging their hips to live music, trying their hand at tapping a maple tree and testing their toffee on snow twirling skills to get a taste of the sweet stuff!

MAGNETAWAN

Drag at the Mag

A 2-Day Amateur Snow Drag Racing the weekend of February 28 to March 1, 2015. All amateurs racers welcome, kids included.
Click here for more information.

Area Tourism Information: Municipality of Magnetawan

MIDLAND

Live Music & Shows at the Midland Cultural Centre
The Bombadils, A Day in the Life Series, Winter Blues Concert Series, Midland Wedding Showcase

Moonlight Ski & Snowshoe
Wye Marsh
Explore the Marsh under the full moon. Ski and snowshoe trails will be open late, with last admission at 7:30pm. Visitors are welcome to come early and stay late. Our doors will be open from 9am. Cost is general admission or free with membership. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available.

Sweetwater Harvest Festival
Wye Marsh
Celebrate an uniquely Canadian tradition in a distinctively Canadian landscape. Escape to a time when maple syrup was made over an open fire, experience our history and explore nature at its best.

Books2Eat
Midland Public Library
Books 2 Eat Midland is a fun and popular annual event (now in its third year) that challenges local chefs to transform any book of choice into a spectacular edible creation. Click here for a chance to win 2 tickets (draw is March 18).

Area Tourism Information: Midland Tourism 

NORTH BAY

North Bay Outdoor Show
Clarion Resort Pinewood Park
Whether you’re new to powersports or a seasoned adventurer, the second annual North Bay Outdoor Show has something for everyone.

ONTARIO'S LAKE COUNTRY

Tap into Maple Tour
Starting on March 1st and running through to May 31st, the Tap into Maple route was created to support and showcase our 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. Come and experience our maple history, taste our local maple cuisine, and create your own maple products. You can even stay awhile, our local accommodators have some sweet maple packages available for you! Bring your family or getaway as a couple, Ontario’s Lake Country has something for everyone.

Live Music & Shows at Casino Rama
Gord Bamford with special guests The Boom Chucka Boys, Micheal Bolton, ZZ Top, Trace Adkins, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Click here for more information.

Area Tourism Information: Ontario's Lake Country

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Cross Country Skiing Getaways

Snowshoeing Getaways

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Click here for the Ski and Snowboard north of Toronto info page.
Find links to your favourite alpine and cross country hosts, including links to current conditions, ski schools, web cams and online ticket purchases.

Hope to see you 'north' of Toronto!


Saturday, January 31, 2015

February Events & Other Winter Happenings 'North' of Toronto

Winter is a breeze with activities and events that range from quiet fire side book reading to skiing down a mountain and being active.

Areas north of Toronto are full of snow, sunshine and starry nights perfect for day trips and getaways north of Toronto. So many Winter Carnivals, special shows and events are taking place, there's something for everyone. 

With a special February holidays like Family Day and Valentine's Day, it's time to celebrate and have some fun.



The list below are special events and other activities by area, perfect for checking out and making it easy to love winter. Links to getaway and vacation offers north of Toronto can be found at the bottom of this blog.

FEBRUARY 2015



ONTARIO

Farmers's Markets
Enjoy farmers and artisans markets all year long!
Click to here to find a great winter market.

Family Licence Free Fishing
Ontario Family Fishing Events is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card. Click here for ice-fishing getaways

ALGONQUIN HIGHLANDS

Wild In Winter
February 7
Take a walk on the wild side! Explore the ecology of winter, look for wildlife and their signs and gain insights into how they cope with cold temperatures and deep snow.
Click here for more information.

Surviving Winter
February 22
Learn some strategies and techniques for coping with cold and snow should you find yourself lost.
Click here for more information.

COLLINGWOOD | BLUE MOUNTAINS

Saturday Night Guided Snowshoe Hikes
Scenic Caves
Strap on your snowshoes for a night-time hike, where stars and shadows create a dramatic setting for adventure.
Click here for more information.

Friday Night Light It Up Rail Jam
Blue Mountain Village
Friday Night Light It Up! Series is Blue Mountain’s own NEW grassroots RAILJAM series for skiers and snowboarders!
Click here for more information.

Volcom Stone Peanut Butter & Rail Jam
Blue Mountain Village
Volcom Stone’s Peanut Butter and Rail Jam is Ontario’s largest rail jam and a staple event on the Ontario snowboard scene. 

Click here for more information.


HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS

Horsedrawn Sleigh Rides
Algonquin Highlands Trails
Free Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides at 1251 Essonville Line
Click here for more information.

Ladies' Day
Sir Sam's Ski & Bike
A great day of skiing, racing, indoor games. Cost $125.00/person includes: lift ticket , rentals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Prizes awarded at 7:00pm. Please book in advance.
Click here for more information.

Area Tourism Information: Haliburton Highlands
Area Tourism Information: Ontario's Highlands

MAGNETAWAN

Drag at the Mag
A 2-Day Amateur Snow Drag Racing the weekend of February 28 to March 1, 2015. All amateurs racers welcome, kids included.
Click here for more information.

Area Tourism Information: Municipality of Magnetawan

MIDLAND

Film Series
Huronia Museum
Huronia Museum Film Series brings festival calibre films to Midland movie goers.
Click here for more information.

Live Music & Shows at the Midland Cultural Centre
Devin Cuddy, Wild T and the Spirit, Alex in Wonderland, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

Moonlight Snowshoe & Fondue
Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre
Explore the Marsh under the full moon. Ski and snowshoe trails will be open late, with last admission at 7:30pm.
Click here for more information.

Area Tourism Information: Midland Tourism

ONTARIO'S LAKE COUNTRY

Classic Film Series
February 2, 3, 4
Enjoy a classic movie for $5 in a classic venue! All movies begin at 7:30 pm and are played at the Orillia Opera House.
Click here for more information.

Live Music & Shows at Casino Rama
Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Cheech & Chong, Frank Sinatra Jr., Foreigner
Click here for more information.

Area Tourism Information: Ontario's Lake Country

This are just some of the events happening - for a complete calendar list visit, 



Visit our website for fun and specific getaways offers, like...

DogSledding Getaways

Snowmobiling Getaways

Downhill Skiing Getaways

Cross Country Skiing Getaways

Snowshoeing Getaways

Ice Fishing Getaways

Culinary Getaways

Click for more Winter Getaways.

Click here for the Ski and Snowboard north of Toronto info page.
Find links to your favourite alpine and cross country hosts, including links to current conditions, ski schools, web cams and online ticket purchases.

Hope to see you 'north' of Toronto!


Thursday, January 01, 2015

Winter Vacations & Fun Activites, Events and Getaways north of Toronto


January 2015! A whole new year for adventure and Ontario Travel!


All the types of recreation that make winter fun are best in areas 'north' of Toronto. Ski hills and trails, forests and endless winter wonderlands offer anyone a perfect-for-them day trip or overnight(s) getaway. Other activities like attractions and indoor sports or activity centres also offer a lot of fun for those who just don't like the cold. A winter wonderland is just as beautiful seeing it through a window while holding a mug of hot chocolate and listening to a crackling fire, and that's ok! Whatever you like to do, these are the best places to do it!

Remember to always check the daily ski and snow report posted on our website.

A great number of events happen in January, here are a few to inspire you to  ~

Moonlight Guided Snowshoe Hikes 
Saturdays @ Scenic Caves
Click for more information.

Avalance Ontario Gay Ski Weekend
January 9-11 @ Blue Mountain Village

Ontario’s Only Winter LGBTQ Festival Join the celebration as we drape the Village in the rainbow colours to celebrate Pride here at Blue Mountain. A fun filled social weekend celebrating diversity, community and pride, Ontario Gay Ski Weekend has something for everyone, no matter your speed or interest. Click for more information.

Live Concerts & Shows @ Casino Rama
Grand Funk Railroad, Tribute to Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, Whoopi Goldberg, The Music of ABBA, Jefferson Starship, Loverboy, America and more. Click for more information.
Click for Ontario's Lake Country Tourism information.

Live Concerts & Shows @ Midland Cultural Centre
Jack De Keyzer, Billy Joel & the Piano Men, Family Scene On Screen: Magic In The Moonlight, A Day In The Life with James LaBrie, Family Scene On Screen: Free PA Day movie - Echo and more. Click for more information.
Click for Midland Tourism information.

Sir Sam's Ski Challenge
Haliburton January 18
Family Fun ski race. Runs for 6 Sundays plus final race Saturday March 7, 2015. $40.00/person entry fee. Click for more information.
Click for Haliburton Highlands Tourism information.

Ontario's Lake Country Classic Film Series
January 26 & 27
Great classic movies played in the evening at the iconic Orillia Opera House. Cost is $5 per person. Click for more information.

World Snow Day
January 18

Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships
Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville
Open Championships: January 23 – 25
Masters Championships: January 30 – February 1
Get ready to hit the rinks and celebrate hockey’s home grown roots when the Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships return to Deerhurst Resort in January 2015. For two amazing weekends, Deerhurst Resort will be transformed into “Pond Hockey Village,” with 28 rinks on the bay, parties, entertainment, games and beverage tents, all within walking distance from accommodation.
Click for more information

Midland Winterfest Carnival
January 31 - February 1
Click for more information.
Click for Midland Tourism information
Click for Winter Carnivals north of Toronto.

For a full detail calendar-view of these events and more, happening in areas of Ontario 'north' of Toronto, visit



Visit our website for fun and specific getaways offers, like...

DogSledding Getaways

Snowmobiling Getaways

Downhill Skiing Getaways

Cross Country Skiing Getaways

Snowshoeing Getaways

Ice Fishing Getaways

Culinary Getaways

Click for more Winter Getaways.

Click here for the Ski and Snowboard north of Toronto info page.
Find links to your favourite alpine and cross country hosts, including links to current conditions, ski schools, web cams and online ticket purchases.

Have fun! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Events, Activities and Featured Getaways to Winter Wonderland North of Toronto December 12-19

Snow has arrived!

Activities Available: Downhill Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing

Click here for
 Friday December 12 - Ski and Snow Report


The following resorts and operator are open for business! We recommend you check directly for conditions - as they can change daily.

Blue Mountain Resort  
Hardwood Ski and Bike
Horseshoe Resort    
Scenic Caves Nordic Centre
Sir Sam's Ski & Bike   
Snow Valley Resort

**SKI GETAWAYS**



Featured Last Minute Getaways

~Editor's Picks~

Romantic Getaway

Cranberry Golf Resort (Collingwood) - Toast an anniversary, spoil that special someone or celebrate just being together with a romance package that's sure to turn up the heat!

Package includes:
Two nights hotel accommodation
$100 Dining voucher per couple
Two Le Scandinave passes
Wine and chocolate covered strawberries delievered to your room
Breakfast each morning
Cranberry Activity Dollars

Rate: $299
Price per room; subject to availability; based on double occupancy; applicable taxes and gratuities not included.

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Spa Getaway

Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn (Orillia) - 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.

Package Starting at $169.50 per person per night.
Price per room; subject to availability; based on double occupancy; applicable taxes and gratuities not included.

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Family Getaway

Sunbeam Bungalows (Callander) - Sunbeam Bungalows Family & Fishing Resort is conveniently located amongst the snow covered pines, on the shores of Callander Bay, Lake Nipissing. The beauty of the frozen lake, the clean white snow and clear blue skies, and the bracing fresh air are what make this a superb place to experience a Northern Ontario winter break. Planning your winter getaway is easy– just call us toll free at 1-877-298-9998 and ask about winter rates and features.

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Winter Getaway

Sunnylea Resort - Come and enjoy a cozy lakeside cottage with gas fireplace and skate on the rink on the lake (if available), ice fish, go skiing or snowmobiling from your doorstep. Nearby are cross-country and downhill skiing, dogsledding, horseback riding, snow tubing and Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre! Free WIFI - There are several spas in the area for that little treat while you are enjoying your time away. Our friendly staff are here to serve you and make you stay most memorable.

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Christmas Getaway

Blue Mountain Village (Blue Mountains) - Christmas Eve is a magical time at Blue. Enjoy Ontario largest pedestrian Village with free family Horse & Wagon rides from 1-3pm, shopping & dining at 40 unique locally owned shops plus 8pm fireworks over the Mill Pond area.

New Year's Eve fireworks blast off twice – once with an early family show at 9pm over the Mill Pond and later at midnight over Blue Mountain. In addition to the 40 Village shops & restaurants ringing in 2015, Blue Mountain Resort will host several New Year's Party including 19+ party and the Family party in the new Village Conference Centre. The Blue Mountain Village is located in the Town of the Blue Mountains, nestled between the charming communities of Collingwood and Thornbury, at the foot of Ontario's largest mountain resort, Blue Mountain. There is ALWAYS something to do at BLUE.

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Activity Getaway

CARRIAGE RIDGE RESORT & CARRIAGE HILLS RESORT
(Barrie)

Stay for two nights at our resorts and experience a full-service, exciting, and family-oriented cross country ski facility offering the ultimate Nordic skiing experience in Ontario. Within a 10 minute drive you will enjoy over 40 km of meticulously groomed trails for every level of ability with 11 different loops ranging from 3 km to 22 km.

Enjoy our spacious 1-bedroom condo suite or choose from our studio or 2-bedroom suite. You will receive 2 adult & 2 children trail passes per stay at the best rates this season at Hardwood! You will also receive 20% off ski rentals at Hardwood Ski and Bike.

Book Online: www.CarriageRidgeResort.com or call: 866-729-7023

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Featured Attraction

Santafest at Santa's Village (Bracebridge) - Come and Thank Santa "in-person" for a wonderful Christmas and have some family fun outside! Admission is $8 per person and children under 3 are free! You can buy tickets when you arrive for the event. Enjoy Santa's winter activities, all included in the price of admission.

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Featured Destination

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. The historic lift locks, located in the Village of Magnetawan opened in 1886, making this one of the oldest colonized areas in the Parry Sound District. St. George the Martyr Anglican Church was painted in 1933 by A.J. Casson of the Group of Seven.

Happy Travels from 400eleven.com! 

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Pre-Christmas and Christmas Vacation Getaways and Packages

FEATURED LATE FALL AND CHRISTMAS VACATION GETAWAYS NORTH OF TORONTO

Get ready festivals of lights and tree lighting ceremonies...the season is changing to Christmas bazaars craft shows and the festive pre-holiday shopping time. Enjoy spa treatments and culinary delights after brisk biking and walking in resort destination trails Plan late fall getaways and vacation time north of Toronto. Questions? Please Contact Us

Romantic Ontario Getaway Pick

Taboo Muskoka Resort - Gravenhurst, Ontario

Taboo Resort, Golf and SpaTaboo Muskoka Resort - Romance Escape From $340*/night with $100 resort credit Offered April 1 - Dec. 20, 2014. Feel the love.  Taboo is turning up the heat with our Muskoka romantic getaway, perfect for passionate getaways, happy anniversaries and heavenly honeymoons.  Reconnect while enjoying beach walks and spectacular lake sunsets, exploring old growth forests and making toasts by the fire.

Couples Romantic Getaways north of Toronto 

Spa Getaways in Ontario Pick

Casino Rama - Rama, Ontario

Casino RamaCasino Rama - Balance in Life Spa Special: It's Party Season! Let us help you get ready for the festivities. Purchase a Naturally Balanced Facial for $110 (plus applicable taxes) And get one of these treatments 50% OFF: True Balance Manicure. True Balance Pedicure. ‘Up the Ante’ Eyelash Extensions. Mid-week only Mon-Thurs. Book your treatment today at 1.705.238.5933 or balanceinlifespa@casinorama.com. Offer Expires December 18, 2014


Spa Getaways north of Toronto

Family Vacation Getaway Pick

Northridge Inn and Resort - Sundridge, Ontario

Northridge Inn and ResortNorthridge Inn and Resort - Northridge offers a wonderful alternative for a passive family getaway. Our beach is especially wonderful for children: shallow and sandy, and weed free. We offer tennis, bicycles, shuffleboard, horseshoes, a heated pool, movies, canoes, kayaks, volleyball, bocce, badmington all on site and included. We also have a fun little stream full of frogs that young children love! Full service town is only a few minutes away by car, and there are all sorts of off site activities (family golf, horseback riding, shopping) and short trips nearby as well!


Winter Ontario Pick 

Sand Lake Cottages & Inn - Kearney, Ontario

Sandy Lake Cottages & InnSand Lake Cottages & Inn - Hot Tub Getaways start at $60/pp midweek @ Sand Lake Cottages & Inn Add a Wood Fireplace & Massage Therapy. Want a Dog Sled Adventure, Snowmobile Package, Massage Package, Sleigh Rides or do you just want to visit Arrowhead Provincial Park for Tubing, Cross Country, Ski Joring, Snowshoeing or skate skiing?  

December Getaways north of Toronto

Ontario Christams Getaways

The Irwin Inn - Lakefield, Ontario

The Irwin InnThe Irwin Inn- Enjoy your private celebration with a home away from home atmosphere, in your own cottage or suite. 1-4 bedroom, self-catering cottages and suites, with equipped kitchens are available to create festive meals at your leisure. Then, relax by a wood-buring fireplace or soak in your whirlpool bath or private hot tub. A garland graces your fireplace, but bring a few treasured decorations for a personal touch. Welcoming goodies - Christmas cookies, shortbread, hot chocolate, teas and coffee!

Christams Getaways north of Toronto

Ontario Cross Country Skiing Getaways Pick

Buttermilk Falls Resort - Blue Mountains,Ontario

Buttermilk Falls ResortButtermilk Falls Resort - Let's go Skiing! Nordic or Downhill, skiing, boarding or snow shoeing- Haliburton is the place to be!
We have 100's of kms of groomed trails and Sir Sam's has 17 downhill runs and our guests enjoy discounted rates. The Algonquin Highlands Trails office rents nordic ski and snowshoe equipment.  Please give us a call to book and we'll be happy to help organize your outing. 1 888 368 3147. Stay tuned to this page for excellent last minute and off peak season discounts!

Attractions Ontario Pick

Blue Mountain Village  - Blue Mountains, Ontario

Blue Mountain VilllageBlue Mountain Village - Tis the time for Jingles & Joy in Ontario’s largest pedestrian Village. Join us throughout December for family Joy! As we celebrate with free family fireworks display every Saturday in December at 8pm plus visits from Santa weekends 1-4pm, Horse & Wagon rides weekends 1-3pm and strolling carollers creating a festive shopping atmosphere weekend afternoons and some evenings. All month long!

Ontario Attractions north of Toronto


Ontario Tourism Destination of the Week

Haliburton Highlands Tourism Region Haliburton Highlands
 
(www.myhaliburtonhighlands.com)
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.  Visit myhaliburtonhighlands.com or follow us on Facebook (/Haliburton.Highlands) and Twitter @VisitHaliburton.  Search #MyHaliburtonHighlands for more!


Ontario Resort Destinations north of Toronto

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Pre-Christmas and Christmas Vacation Getaways and Packages

FEATURED LATE FALL AND CHRISTMAS VACATION GETAWAYS NORTH OF TORONTO

Get ready festivals of lights and tree lighting ceremonies...the season is changing to Christmas bazaars craft shows and the festive pre-holiday shopping time. Enjoy spa treatments and culinary delights after brisk biking and walking in resort destination trails Plan late fall getaways and vacation time north of Toronto. Questions? Please Contact Us

Romantic Ontario Getaway Pick

Nottawasaga Resort - Alliston, Ontario

Nottawasaga Inn ResortNottawasaga Resort - Treat yourself to a romantic getaway for two at the Nottawasaga Resort.  Our TGIF package is perfect for couples and includes deluxe resort room accommodation, buffet breakfast, gourmet 4-course dinner one evening, one hour RMT massage or 18 holes of golf one day, complimentary cocktail and appetizer in the Starlite Lounge, two mini-golf passes 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!

Couples Romantic Getaways north of Toronto 

Spa Getaways in Ontario Pick

Millcroft Inn and Spa - Village of Alton-Caledon, Ontario
Millcroft Inn and SpaMillcroft Inn and Spa -SPA ESCAPE at MILLCROFT INN & SPA. Indulge in a getaway to the Hills of Headwaters at The Millcroft Inn & Spa. Indulge in a three course dinner, then retreat to the comfort of your guestroom. You will also receive a $100 spa credit per person to use at The Millcroft Spa, Centre for Well-Being. This relaxing getaway is sure to recharge your batteries and bring new life to your romance.


Spa Getaways north of Toronto

Family Vacation Getaway Pick

Sunbeam Bungalows - Sundridge, Ontario
Sunbeam Bungalows Family & Fishing ResortSunbeam Bungalows Sunbeam Bungalows Family & Fishing Resort is conveniently located amongst the snow covered pines, on the shores of Callander Bay, Lake Nipissing. Blue skies, clean white snow, bracing fresh air, and the beauty of the frozen lake are what we love about the winter experience in Northern Ontario. Come and relax in the comfort and privacy of one of our clean, spacious 2 or 3 bedroom housekeeping cottages– fully furnished including bed linen, with fully equipped kitchens. Cottages also include digital cable, 32” flat screen TV/DVD, Wi-Fi, BBQ with propane, and fire bowl for a crackling outdoor winter camp fire. You’re only minutes away from ice fishing, downhill and cross country skiing, tobogganing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. There are local services and amenities in the small town of Callander, and the larger centre of North Bay is just a short drive away.

Winter Ontario Pick 

Westwind Inn On The Lake - Buckhorn, Ontario
Westwind Inn On The Lake Couples ResortWestwind Inn On The Lake - A winter wonderland...So Romantic!   Serene, Intimate, Private. Scenic. For Adlults.  Mostly Couples.
A cozy all cedar lodge nestled under tall pines on pink granite rock on the shore of a scenic lake in a wilderness setting yet close to all amenities, 90 min from Toronto. Rustic. Comfy. Unpretentious...says it all ... Rustic. Relaxed, welcoming, casual... No need for jacket & tie. Comfy bedsitting room with sofa, coffee table, fireplace, ancient color tv with few stations (like new since rarely used). Rooms, basic, clean, in good repair. Many have been renovated with new bathrooms with slate floor, heart shaped jet tub for two, pedestal sink, fridge, kettle. Rustic! Lodge filled with century old antique dressers, chests, blanket boxes, flat to walls, dry sinks, cupboards,spinning wheels, oriental Persian rugs. Common Living room with books, coffee maker, tea pot & kettle, fridge. Honeymoon Suites in the “chalet”, only 4  So private. Not only for Honeymoons!  Larger... with pine floors, red cedar ceiling, huge sofa & wing chair, 4 poster bed... large balcony deck by the lake.
December Getaways north of Toronto

Ontario Christams Getaways

Pine Vista Resort - Douro-Dummer, Ontario
Pine Vista ResortPine Vista Resort - COUNTRY CHRISTMAS GETAWAY. Celebrate Christmas and cherish time with your family in a safe, relaxing, and fun atmosphere. Enjoy 3 nights accommodation in a cottage or resort townhouse with fully equipped kitchen, washroom with whirlpool bath, TV/DVD, wood fireplace and deck with BBQ. While the festive meal is cooking the whole family can be enjoying our "hot tub under the stars", indoor hot tub, games and fitness rooms, go cross country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, tobogganing, and hiking or treat yourself to a therapeutic massage for some pampering. Take part in our organized recreation activities, including a horse drawn sleigh ride followed by hot chocolate and cookies, winter carnival with face painting, tobogganing, maple taffy, plus crafts, movie nights, outdoor games, campfires and so much more.

Christams Getaways north of Toronto

Ontario Cross Country Skiing Getaways Pick

Moose Horn Lodge - Chapleau, Ontario
Moose Horn LodgeMoose Horn Lodge Snow comes to our area in November and doesn't leave until April, which gives us a very long winter season to enjoy. In the winter, snow blankets the area with majestic beauty. Trekking by cross country skis or snowshoes allows visitors to view the areas' breathtaking sights. You can also bring your skates and skate on the rink that is available right outside your door. For those who would like to snowmobile, the lodge is only a mile from the OFSC Trail F system. Unlike trails in southern Ontario and the Northern US that are packed with snowmobiles, we have the luxury of hundreds of miles of pristine trails right outside your door with no bumper to bumper traffic. There are also many lakes in the area with excellent ice fishing for Walleye and Trout.

Attractions Ontario Pick

Sainte Marie among The Hurons   - Midland, Ontario

Sainte Marie Among The Hurons Sainte Marie among The Hurons - First Light Special Event Evenings November 27, 28, 29, 2014 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Now in its 15th year, Sainte-Marie’s “First Light” is a must-see event with a great line-up of family activities and performers, all amidst the spectacular glow of over 5,000 candles. The magic begins when visitors approach the candlelit historic site, as a beautiful amber glow illuminates the famous 17th-century mission. A colourful historic encampment will greet visitors, set up by the popular “Survival In The Bush” group. Visitors can then stroll the candlelit paths which lead to a variety of fun family activities. The cookhouse is filled with the sights and smells of delicious baked goods and cookie samples available for tasting. Historic blacksmithing will also be demonstrated, and a Nativity crèche will be on display in the stables near the Farmer’s Dwelling. Always popular with little folks, corn husk doll making will be offered in the Sainte-Marie foyer. “First Light” has strong ties to community groups, and many will be involved in this year’s celebration, offering special “hands-on” children’s crafts and historic demonstrations. An abundance of music will also fill the air, including Native drumming and singing, lively Franco-Ontarian folksongs, and delightful community and school choirs performing seasonal music over the three evenings. For some early holiday shopping, 20 exceptional artisans will be in the Sainte-Marie museum, and the themed Sainte-Marie gift shop will be open each night. Admission is just $10.00 per person (children 5 and under are free), with a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the local food bank. Special Notes: Please be advised that with the exception of service animals, family pets are NOT allowed on the historic site for this event. Overflow parking will be available at Doral Industries, 100 Wye Valley Road. Free shuttle buses will run to Sainte-Marie throughout each evening.
Ontario Attractions north of Toronto


Ontario Tourism Destination of the Week

Township of Algonquin Highlands Trails DepartmentAlgonquin Highlands Trails
(http://www.algonquinhighlands.ca/)
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 www.algonquinhighlands.ca. Call 705-766-9033 for info
Ontario Resort Destinations north of Toronto