Friday, October 17, 2014

This Weekend Featured Events & Festivals North of Toronto - October 17-19

A promising forecast opens up a world of endless events and activities to consider when touring the colourful fall areas in resort destination cities and towns 'north' of Toronto this holiday long weekend.

Festivals and Events are a great focal point to any day trip or getaway. If you're in these areas this weekend, we consider you check out the following events.

To date most colour change has already happened and most of the leaves are all still on the trees. Now's your chance to an anything-but-green forest! Well, except for the everygreens.

* Don't  forget your camera *

in Cottage Country and resorts towns 'north' of TO! 

BARRIE

Hardwood SingleTrack Challenge
Hardwood Ski and Bike
Oct. 18
New for 2014 - The Hardwood SingleTrack Challenge will be a dedicated and "secret" 25km loop using the famously popular trails at Hardwood Ski and Bike.


BLUE MOUNTAINS | COLLINGWOOD
FALLicious Shop & Dine
Blue Mountain Village
Oct. 14 - Dec. 4 * Sunday to Thursday only *

There’s no better way to enjoy Thanksgiving weekend and the fall colours at Blue Mountain, Clarksburg and Thornbury. Free family activities, live music, Apple Pie Trail, adventures, stilt walkers, hiking, biking and fall driving tours.

ALL WEEKEND LONG – Plunge! Ridge Runner Coaster, Dockside Boat Rentals, Rock Climbing, Woodlot & Timber Challenge Ropes Course, Cascade Putting Course, Triple Zip Line, Mountain Top Segway Tours, Gondola…..


ELMVALE


Pumpkin Mania
Rounds Ranch
It's PUMPKIN MANIA Season at Rounds Ranch so saddle up and get down here for some serious fun and farm adventures. Enjoy Pumpkin Bowling, Pumpkin Catapult, Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, Pumpkin Hockey and much more.

  
HALIBURTON
Experience Haliburton
Find out what's happening in #MyHaliburtonHighlands. Lots to do and see in one of the most scenic and beautiful places in Ontario! Events this weekend include farmers markets, heritage happenings at the museum and a ghost walk in Minden. Events include art exhibites, scenic chair lift rides, farmers' market and more.


LAKEFIELD


Pumpkin Festival
McLean Berry Farm
As the season continues, the harvest becomes even more bountiful. Starting Thanksgiving weekend, the McLean’s again welcome the community to their farm for another festival. This festival takes place at their Buckhorn Berry Farm location Pumpkin festival runs the last weekends of October, starting Thanksgiving weekend.



MIDLAND & AREA


Carnival - A Night in Rio
The evening will include food stations, live entertainment and a live auction. Proceeds from the event support the Georgian Bay General Hospital.

Sept. 13 & 20
Midland Cultural Centre
Open Mic at the MCC's Cafe Roxy. Saturdays from 1pm - 4pm. Free Admission.

7 Nights in Havana
Midland Cultural Centre
A new photographic exhibition of the UNESCO designated World Heritage city Havana, Cuba will be on display at the Midland Cultural Centre from September 26 until October 31. Entitled Seven Nights in Havana, the exhibit is a collaboration of three local photographers and a joint presentation of Quest Art and the MCC. Admission price for the evening is $15 with all proceeds from the exhibition donated to the Midland Cultural Centre.

Live Animal Shows: Birds of Prey and Reptiles
Wye Marsh
You will be brought face to face with the grace, majest, power and intelligence of birds of prey. OR Discover Ontario's native reptile species. Participants will learn plenty of fun facts and identification tips, as well as discover the importance of environmental stewardship and the role that individuals can play in helping Ontario's Species at Risk. 

Saturday 8 am - 1 pm
Town Dock - Main Street

Saturdays 8 am - 1 pm
Across from the Town Dock

Link to: Midland Tourism



ONTARIO'S HIGHLANDS
Find great events and activities on their website.

ONTARIO'S LAKE COUNTRY

Saturdays 8 am - 1 pm
4500 Fairgrounds Road just off of Hwy 12 W.
Saturdays 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
Orillia Public Library

Concerts at Casino Rama
This weekend catch Ligabue.

Link to: Ontario's Lake Country Area Tourism


OTTAWA VALLEY


Rural Ramble
Now until October 31

Organized by the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA), the Rural Ramble is a free, self-guided driving tour set against a backdrop of beautiful fall colours. One of only two regions in the world with the unique combination of climate and topography that results in brilliant fall foliage, the Valley is a magnificent destination to enjoy throughout the autumn months. Glorious colours and crisp, cool weather make it an excellent season for exploring the countryside.

TWEED

Family Fun Events in Tweed and area!
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.

Find other events in Tweed and Ontario's Highlands Tourism Destination

Want to stay longer? Click here for a list of Last Minute Getaway inspirations! 
  

Fall Colour Weekend Getaways and packages in resort destinations in cottage country

FEATURED FALL VACATION GETAWAYS NORTH OF TORONTO


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


The Waring House - Picton, Ontario


The Waring HouseThe Waring House - Romance is far more than just chocolate-covered strawberries. Imagine this: Your own private hot tub underneath the stars. Bubbly. a romantic dinner, An aphrodisiac plate and more. We offer the things that really help make your romantic getaway special.


Couples Romantic Getaways north of Toronto 


Spa Getaways in Ontario Pick


Viamede - Woodview, Ontario


Viamede Conference Resort & SpaViamede -Spa Specials. Come for the Day or Spend the Night!Spa Day Package Starting From $265. Take time to relax, drop by Euphoria Wellness Spa at Viamede for a day of pampering or stay a night or two at Viamede and relax a little longer... Day Package Includes: • One 45 minute Relaxation Massage (or RMT massage as available) • Your choice of one of the following hand and foot treatments: Organic Manicure & Pedicure (2 hours) or Gentleman's Manicure & Pedicure (2 hours) • Plus your choice of one of the following facial treatments: Supreme Facial (1 hour) or Gentleman's Facial ( 1 hour) • Spa lunch will be provided • Day access to Viamede: includes onsite activities including the outdoor pool, indoor hot tub & sauna, non-motorized water equipment and hiking trails.


Spa Getaways north of Toronto

Family Vacation Getaway Pick


Sunbeam Bungalows - Callander, Ontario


Sunbeam Bungalows Family & Fishing ResortSunbeam Bungalows - There’s still time to enjoy a lakeside getaway before winter arrives in our Northern paradise!  Sunbeam Bungalows Family & Fishing Resort is located on Lake Nipissing’s south east shore, in beautiful sheltered Callander Bay, renowned for its spectacular panoramic sunsets, especially in the fall season. We offer clean, fully-furnished, spacious housekeeping cottages with fully equipped kitchens. All cottages include digital cable TV/DVD, Wi-Fi, BBQ with propane, fire bowl, private deck and picnic table. You can enjoy complete cottage comfort as you relax away from your everyday routine.



Autumn Ontario Pick 


Hay Lake Lodge and Cottages -Whitney, ON


Sugar Ridge RetreatHay Lake Lodge and Cottages Your own log cabin, fully equipped, on the waterfront. Canoes, kayaks included.  Get away for a couple of days or a week and spend time with your family.   Explore Algonquin Park.  Have a campfire on the point.  We are a small lodge, so even when we are full it is never crowded here.We enjoy giving our guests a chance to completely relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. We'll bring you breakfast each morning, and you'll have the day to spend exactly as you please. We offer “Privacy with a Personal Touch”.


October Getaways north of Toronto

Ontario Cycling & Mountain Biking Getaways


Casino Rama  - Rama, Ontario


Casino RamaCasino Rama is pleased to welcome cyclists of all levels to our entertainment property. Our hotel suites and elevators are large enough to fit two bicycles for easy access and peace of mind for overnight storage. Get out of the car this year and enjoy the brilliant fall colours by bike along specially selected routes in beautiful Lake Country: http://cyclesimcoe.ca/ Our Fall Colour Tour Package Includes: A Deluxe suite in our luxury hotel. $100 resort credit: redeem for spa or dining. Complimentary valet parking. Drop your bikes right at the door! Cycle Map that outlines the best routes for the best fall colours. Courtesy of Cycle Simcoe. $10 Free Slot Play per person for members of the Players Passport Club (membership is FREE)




Ontario Fishing Getaways Pick


The Lodge At Pine Cove - Noelville, ON


The Lodge At Pine CoveThe Lodge At Pine Cove - The French River is an angler's dream... Where anglers can fish for a wide variety of fish species such as northern pike, pickerel, sturgeon, small and large mouth bass, and muskie. Stretching from Lake Nipissing to Georgian Bay, this Provincial Waterway Park is made up of 80-miles of interconnecting rivers and lakes, falls, rapids, and tranquil pools. Because the river provides such a great diversity of natural fish habitats, including areas of fast moving water, still coves, flats, weedy bays and rocky shoals, it is home to many different fish species, French River fishing vacations just can't be beat!



Ontario Fishing Getaways north of Toronto

Attractions 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. Full Air Charter Service – Charter one of our aircraft to fly you to or from the cottage, your resort, or anywhere you desire. We will come to any safe body of water to pick you up or drop you off. We provide a chartered shuttle service to/from Toronto to anywhere in Cottage Country.



Ontario Attractions north of Toronto


Ontario Tourism Destination of the Week


The Municipality of TweedThe Municipality of Tweed (http://www.tweed.ca/)
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 www.tweed.ca or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Municipality-of-Tweed/363180783696260 and twitter @TweedOntario. 



Ontario Resort Destinations north of Toronto

Weekend Fall Colour Report: October Updates north of Toronto GTA

  October Fall Color Report and Updates 2014

Horseshoe Valley Area North of Toronto
Many northern areas are past the peak and have leaf fall taking place. However walks along trails are still showing lots of fall colours on lower branches.
Ministry of Tourism is reporting colour changes across the regions north in Ontario.  See the latest colour changes for these areas:

Central Ontario
Ottawa
Eastern Ontario
South Western Ontario.



Barrie lakeshore trails are inviting
Many of the valleys are still near peak with limited leaf fall.  Pick your favourite region of the Province and pick a fall colour drive for your next road trip.

    Ontario resorts, inns, lodges, cottages and hotels are waiting to welcome fall visitors.
    Combine your road trip with a walk down a country lane a fall fair, or studio tour





    Friday, October 10, 2014

    Thankful for Great Events Happening this Thanksgiving 'north' of Toronto

    A promising forecast opens up a world of endless events and activities to consider when touring the colourful fall areas in resort destination cities and towns 'north' of Toronto this holiday long weekend.

    If you're looking for Thanksgiving Weekend Getaway packages you can find them here:


    Festivals and Events are a great focal point to any day trip or getaway. If you're in these areas this weekend, we consider you check out the following events.

    Looking for a Thanksgiving Dinner? Eat-in or take out, some of the finest resorts in cottage country are offering solutions to having a turkey dinner while away from home. You'll find a list of options at the end of this events blog (bottom of page).

    * Don't  forget your camera *

    in Cottage Country and resorts towns 'north' of TO! 


    FALL FAIRS

    Find Fall Fairs in Elmvale and Norwood.


    BARRIE

    Ontario TufRack Enduro Series
    Horseshoe Resort
    Oct. 11
    The third stop of the Ontario TufRack Enduro series hits Horseshoe Resort on Saturday October 11th! The course will consist of three stages with timed descending sections. Day of registration will open at 9:00am with Pre-Ride from 10:00am-12:00pm and race start at 1:00pm.


    BLUE MOUNTAINS | COLLINGWOOD
    Apple Harvest Festival
    Blue Mountain Village
    There’s no better way to enjoy Thanksgiving weekend and the fall colours at Blue Mountain, Clarksburg and Thornbury. Free family activities, live music, Apple Pie Trail, adventures, stilt walkers, hiking, biking and fall driving tours.

    ALL WEEKEND LONG – Plunge! Ridge Runner Coaster, Dockside Boat Rentals, Rock Climbing, Woodlot & Timber Challenge Ropes Course, Cascade Putting Course, Triple Zip Line, Mountain Top Segway Tours, Gondola…..

    Blue Mountain Resort
    Blue Mountain’s Annual Turkey Tent Event is back and bigger than ever before! Save up to 75% off of skis, boards, bindings and outerwear for kids and adults. Plus, you can purchase your 2014/15 Blue Mountain Season Pass at the Early Bird Rate.

    Featuring brands such as: Eira, The North Face, Burton, Spyder, Bonfire, Jupa, Salomon, Orage, Laundromat, Hurley, Nixon, and more!
     

    BRACEBRIDGE

    Bracebridge Farmers' Market
    Saturdays 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Downtown Bracebridge



    ELMVALE


    Pumpkin Mania
    Rounds Ranch
    It's PUMPKIN MANIA Season at Rounds Ranch so saddle up and get down here for some serious fun and farm adventures. Enjoy Pumpkin Bowling, Pumpkin Catapult, Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, Pumpkin Hockey and much more.


     
    HALIBURTON

    Sir Sam's Annual Open House

    Sir Sam's Ski and Bike
    Participate in this Downhill point series race. Food service and camping is offered for this event.
    Experience Haliburton
    Find out what's happening in #MyHaliburtonHighlands. Lots to do and see in one of the most scenic and beautiful places in Ontario! Events this weekend include farmers markets, heritage happenings at the museum and a ghost walk in Minden. Events include art exhibites, scenic chair lift rides, farmers' market and more.


    LAKEFIELD


    Pumpkin Festival
    McLean Berry Farm
    As the season continues, the harvest becomes even more bountiful. Starting Thanksgiving weekend, the McLean’s again welcome the community to their farm for another festival. This festival takes place at their Buckhorn Berry Farm location Pumpkin festival runs the last weekends of October, starting Thanksgiving weekend.


    MAGNETAWAN

    Annual Turkey DinnerSat, October 11, 5pm – 7pm

    Thanksgiving Farmers' Market
    October 11 10am - 1pm


    MIDLAND & AREA


    Thanksgiving Harvest Festival & Arts & Crafts Sale
    Sainte Marie among the Hurons

    A family favourite, this Thanksgiving event celebrates the Fall Season and features pumpkin decorating, seasonal displays, costumed staff, activities on the historic site, and over 40 exceptional artisans and crafters.

    Family Scene Presents Mad Science "Fire & Ice"
    Oct. 11
    Midland Cultural Centre
    Mad Science turns laboratory science into fun, interactive learning experiences for kids. Most appropriate for children 4 years of age and older. Get ready for some sizzlin’ excitement, just in time for Halloween. Join us for safe and scientific fun with fire and ice! Learn about the amazing properties of fire and combustion.Then, cool off with spectacular demonstrations involving dry ice! Check out the Big Burp and the famous Mad Science Shower, as we will explore the science of sublimation.  

    Singer / Songwriter Workfest & Open Mic
    Sept. 13 & 20
    Midland Cultural Centre
    Open Mic at the MCC's Cafe Roxy. Saturdays from 1pm - 4pm. Free Admission.

    7 Nights in Havana
    Midland Cultural Centre
    A new photographic exhibition of the UNESCO designated World Heritage city Havana, Cuba will be on display at the Midland Cultural Centre from September 26 until October 31. Entitled Seven Nights in Havana, the exhibit is a collaboration of three local photographers and a joint presentation of Quest Art and the MCC. Admission price for the evening is $15 with all proceeds from the exhibition donated to the Midland Cultural Centre.

    Live Animal Shows: Birds of Prey and Reptiles
    Wye Marsh
    You will be brought face to face with the grace, majest, power and intelligence of birds of prey. OR Discover Ontario's native reptile species. Participants will learn plenty of fun facts and identification tips, as well as discover the importance of environmental stewardship and the role that individuals can play in helping Ontario's Species at Risk. 

    Saturday 8 am - 1 pm
    Town Dock - Main Street

    Saturdays 8 am - 1 pm
    Across from the Town Dock

    Link to: Midland Tourism



    ONTARIO'S HIGHLANDS
    Featured event includes 2014 Canadian Whitewater Canoe & Kayak Championships, plus Heritage Perth Walking Tour, plus area award winning artisans in their studios on the Inroads Studio Tour road trip.

    ONTARIO'S LAKE COUNTRY

    Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour
    Open 10 am to 5 pm daily (Free Admission 10 am to 5 pm daily). This highly acclaimed self-guided tour takes you to the studios of some of Canada's finest artists and craftspeople. Over thirty artists and fine crafts people will exhibit their work over 4 days and 16 locations. You'll find an amazing selection of paintings, pottery, textiles, metal and glass, photography, woodcraft, jewellery, basketry, clothing and accessories – from fine art and sculpture to home décor and fashion to funky and fun! Don't miss this popular Thanksgiving tradition. You'll discover exceptional art, one-of-a-kind shopping and beautiful fall colours.


    Port Severn Fall Colours Cruise
    Midland Tours Inc. offers 2 ½ hour fall colour tours on the Trent-Severn Waterway departing from Lock 45 in Port Severn, Ontario. The Serendipity Princess cruises to the Big Chute Marine Railway – it is the only marine railway of its kind in North America still in use.

    Saturdays 8 am - 1 pm
    4500 Fairgrounds Road just off of Hwy 12 W.

    Saturdays 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Orillia Public Library

    Concerts at Casino Rama
    This weekend catch Boys II Men or Uncle Kracker.

    Link to: Ontario's Lake Country Area Tourism


    OTTAWA VALLEY


    Rural Ramble
    Now until October 31

    Organized by the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA), the Rural Ramble is a free, self-guided driving tour set against a backdrop of beautiful fall colours. One of only two regions in the world with the unique combination of climate and topography that results in brilliant fall foliage, the Valley is a magnificent destination to enjoy throughout the autumn months. Glorious colours and crisp, cool weather make it an excellent season for exploring the countryside.

    TWEED

    Family Fun Events in Tweed and area!
    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.

    Find other events in Tweed and Ontario's Highlands Tourism Destination

    TURKEY DINNERS

    Turkey Buffet at Horseshoe Resort - Barrie
    Leave the cooking to Horseshoe Resort and spend more time with your family this Thanksgiving.

    Deerhurst Resort Holiday Turkey Dinner To Go - Huntsville
    Why fuss when you can let the Deerhurst kitchens prepare your Thanksgiving or Holiday turkey feast for you to serve at home. Order by October 4 to secure a Savour Muskoka turkey for Thanksgiving.

    Cranberry Resort Thanksgiving Meals - Collingwood
    This year, Cranberry Golf Resort is excited to announce both Thanksgiving Brunch and Thanksgiving Dinner for Sunday October 12th. Enjoy a lovingly prepared buffet selection lined with traditional family favourites. Executive Chef Patrick Barton will be cooking up different items for brunch and dinner; perfect for guests looking to spend the day at the resort!
    Open to the public, reservations required to guarantee seating.

    Viamede Resort - Woodview
    Join Viamede for Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings on Sunday, October 12. $35 for adults, $19 for kids. Call 1-800-461-1946 to reserve!

    Nottawasaga Resort - Alliston
    Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet, Sunday October 12.

    Happy Thanksgiving from the 400Eleven.com Gang!
     

    Fall Colour Thanksgiving Long Weekend Getaways and packages in resort destinations in cottage country

    FEATURED FALL VACATION GETAWAYS NORTH OF TORONTO

    Thanksgiving weekend includes fall harvest festivals and events. 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


    Bartlett Lodge - Algonquin Park, Ontario


    Bartlett LodgeBartlett Lodge exudes a rugged Ontario wilderness ambiance that is uniquely upscale. Bartlett Lodge offers exceptional lakefront cottage rentals and fine dining in a pristine setting. Rustic, yet offering all the creative comforts that one would expect from a fine Algonquin lodge, we are an eco-friendly Ontario resort located within the borders of world famous Algonquin Provincial Park. Open seasonally, Bartlett Lodge is a MAP cottage resort and ideal for romantic couples, and weddings. The screened in porch of your private lakefront cabin delivers a panoramic view of Cache Lake. The rate includes a park permit, five-course dinner, breakfast, use of canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, mountain bikes, and water taxi (Bartlett Lodge is water access only). Bartlett Lodge is the smallest, most historic lodge in Algonquin Park. Click here for romance package options.

    Couples Romantic Getaways north of Toronto 

    Spa Getaways in Ontario Pick


    Taboo Muskoka Resort - Gravenhurst, Ontario


    Taboo Resort, Golf and SpaTaboo Muskoka Resort - Muskoka Spa Getaway From $219*/person with $100 spa credit. Offered April 1 - Dec. 30, 2014. Melt away the stresses of your everyday and make the most of summer, with Spa Taboo’s most popular stay-over special.  Your $100 per person/ night spa credit can be used toward massages, body treatments, facials, nail services and spa retail at sleek, stylish Spa Taboo.
    Spa Getaways north of Toronto

    Family Vacation Getaway Pick


    Pine Vista Resort - Douro-Dummer, Ontario


    Pine Vista ResortPine Vista Resort This is the perfect opportunity to reconnect and spend time with your family. Enjoy 3 nights accommodation in a cottage or resort townhouse with full kitchen, 4 pc bath, and living room with TV/DVD, wood fireplace and deck with BBQ, many with a/c and whirlpool bath. Guests will enjoy a traditional wagon ride followed by apple cider around a campfire. There will be organized recreation activities for all ages, including our Thanksgiving Festival with pumpkin carving, face painting, contests and more. Guests can also enjoy our resort facilities; sand beach, indoor hot tub, "Hot tub under the stars", canoes/kayaks, hike/bike trails, variety of recreation equipment, games room, fitness room and more. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the beautiful colours of Stoney Lake in the fall.


    Autumn Ontario Pick 


    Blue Mountain Village - Blue Mountains, ON


    Blue Mountains Apple Pie TrailBlue Mountain Village - October is one of the best months to come to Blue for family fun! 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. Daily activities include scavenger hunts, hiking, shopping, The Plunge! Aquatic Centre, Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Crock A Doodle Pottery, 18-hole putting course plus the low and high Ropes courses! Blue Mountains Apple Harvest Festival (October 11-13). There’s no better way to enjoy Thanksgiving weekend and the fall colours at Blue Mountain, Clarksburg and Thornbury.  Free family activities, live music, Apple Pie Trail, adventures, stilt walkers, hiking, biking and fall driving tours.

    October Getaways north of Toronto

    Ontario Thanksgiving Getaways


    Sainte Marie among The Hurons   - Midland, Ontario


    Sainte Marie among The HuronsSainte Marie among The Hurons - Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale. October 11-12, 2014. Sainte-Marie’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale is a fun family event, with lots of on-site activities and over 40 outstanding artisans and crafters. Their will be a wide variety of new products and returning artists will showcase their talents. Art lovers will appreciate original paintings in watercolour and oil, art cards, and Simcoe County landscape and wildlife motifs. Food is a big part of the event, and culinary fans will appreciate the special gourmet foods such as homemade fudges and baked goods, savoury jellies, chutneys, mustards, truffles, and biscotti. Farmer’s Market vendors offering pumpkins and apples will be set up at Sainte-Marie’s front entrance. On the historic site, there will be lots of heritage activities for families to enjoy, including pumpkin decorating, traditional planting of “The Three Sisters” (corn, beans, and squash), sampling of historic foods and tea, torch-making demonstrations, corn-on-the cob, and an historic encampment. Costumed staff will share the story of the original 17th-century Jesuit mission. Restaurant Sainte-Marie will be open on both days during the event, featuring its famous “Three Sisters Soup” adapted from an award-winning Native recipe. Admission is just $8.00 per person.

    Thanksgiving Getaways north of Toronto

    Ontario Hiking Getaways Pick


    Algonquin Highlands Trails - Dorset, Ontario


    Township of Algonquin Highlands Trails DepartmentAlgonquin 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.

    Ontario Hiking Getaways north of Toronto

    Attractions Ontario Pick


    Image Studio Tours - Lake Simcoe, Ontario


    Images Studio Tour2014 Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour ORO MEDONTE, SCENIC HORSESHOE VALLEY, LAKE SIMCOE SHORES, ORILLIA October 10-13, 2014 Open 10 am to 5 pm daily (Free Admission 10 am to 5 pm daily) This highly acclaimed self-guided tour takes you to the studios of some of Canada's finest artists and craftspeople. Over thirty artists and fine crafts people will exhibit their work over 4 days and 16 locations.  You'll find an amazing selection of paintings, pottery, textiles, metal and glass, photography, woodcraft, jewellery, basketry, clothing and accessories – from fine art and sculpture to home décor and fashion to funky and fun! Don't miss this popular Thanksgiving tradition. You'll discover exceptional art, one-of-a-kind shopping and beautiful fall colours.  Stay are Resorts, Inns, Hotels in the Barrie, Horseshoe Valley,  Orillia



    Ontario Attractions north of Toronto


    Ontario Tourism Destination of the Week


    Municipality of Magnetawan Municipality of Magnetawan (http://www.magnetawan.com/)
    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.

    Ontario Resort Destinations north of Toronto

    Thursday, October 02, 2014

    Don't Put the Mountain Bikes Away!! Weekends in the fall can be colourful

    Explore Ontario trails this fall


    Fall weekends are good times to explore Ontario trails and forests. So don't put the mountain bikes away yet.  Summer may be over however there are great mountain biking adventures available for beginners or serious competitive riders.

    Mountain Biking Ontario
    The fall months are special times for a mountain biking adventure north in Ontario.  Autumn leaves are changing