Monday, March 30, 2009

Spring getaways: Easter, Golfing, Fishing, Spa

New spring getaways from our members

Easter Getaways Best Western Highland Inn & Conference Centre
Golf Getaways Buttermilk Falls Resort
Spa Getaways Deerhurst Resort
Easter Getaways Trillium Resort & Spa
Fishing Getaways Quiet Bay Log Motel
Spring Getaways Echo Falls Cottage
Spring Getaways Cedar Point Cottage, South Bay

Friday, March 27, 2009

Cottage Rentals Spring and Summer

Cottage rentals in the spring, summer, fall and winter offer the perfect getaway time north of Toronto in cottage country. Families or couples can choose their cottage rental accommodation from a variety of categories. Many cottages today vary in terms of the romantic cottage with fireplace, hot tub and jacuzzi for two or a Honeymoon couple, up to to multi-levels of bedrooms for accommodation of 10 or more guests with several bedrooms for large families or groups for their summer vacation holiday or extended summer family cottage vacation. Check out one of the spring getaway packages or summer getaway packages at a resort destination north of Toronto.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Early Spring in Barrie On Lake Simcoe

Be a Snowfer, Ice sailer, Ice Kiter, winter sailer, winter kiter,
Entertainment for those who watch, and adventure for those who participate. Who new there were so many names, Winter sailing. Come out and watch the fun, or bring your own.
Stay in Barrie, and experience the fun. Reserve Barrie and area Hotel and Resort Rooms

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Ontario Easter, Spring, Summer, Fishing Family and Golf Getaways

Easter, Spring, Summer, Fishing, Family and Golf Getaway updates from our members.

Family Getaways Chalets at Blue
ATV Getaways Birch Lodge
Easter Getaways Ste. Anne's Country Inn Spa
Easter Getaways West Nipissing Resort
Golf Getaways Barry's Bay Golf Resort
Fishing Getaways Black Lake Cabins
Summer Getaways Sir Sam's Inn and WaterSpa

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ontario Resort Destinations Maple Syrup Report

Maple Syrup Report for Week of March 23, 2009-North of Toronto

Central, northern and eastern maple producing regions should see some ideal sap flow conditions with consecutive freezing nights and thawing days predicted. Weather forecasts for the upcoming week in later areas predict that sap flow may be very good early in the week, again late in the week and continue into next weekend.
See maple syrup fesitvals and related maple activities.

See the entire report from the Ministry of Agriculture at

Monday, March 23, 2009

Easter, Romantic, Family, Nature Adventure, Spring Summer Getaways

We have received more updates for Easter, family, romantic, nature adventure, Hiking, Canoeing & Kayaking, ATV getaways, spring getaways from our members.

Hiking Getaways and Canoeing & Kayaking Getaways -Ansaku B & B + More
ATV Getaways -Marten River Lodge
Spring Getaways -Pretty River Valley Inn
Spring Getaways -Bondi Village Resort
Spring Getaways -Willow Beach Cottages
Romantic Getaways - Hummingbird Hill Spa -Country Retreat
Spring Getaways -At Cooper Lake Cottages
SummerGetaways -Sandy Lane Resort
Easter Getaways -Eganridge Inn & Spa
Spring Getaways -Ruby's Cottage Resort
Nature Adventure Getaway -Northridge Inn and Resort

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Ontario Spa Spring Travel and Getaways North

Learn about the latest spa trends and plan your spring summer spa holiday or getaway vacation north of Toronto. Combine the best of fresh air walks, spring summer hikes, soothing spa treatments in the very relaxed atmosphere of a health friendly environment. A resort lakeside vacation or country inn setting is ideal with the rural Ontario landscapes. Possible locations are as diverse as Muskoka, Bancroft, Barrie, Wasaga Beach, or Haliburton, and Georgian Bay. Reflection, relaxation and sensual awareness are enhanced north of Toronto. A spa treatment, followed by a glass of wine sitting on your balcony or deck watching a sunset over the lake will leave you relaxed and refreshed. See Ontario Spa Getaways

Friday, March 20, 2009

Ontario Spring Skiing-End of March Break

Ministry of Tourism is reporting a great start to Spring and Spring Skiing north of Toronto

"It’s the first official day of spring and it is going to be a beautiful sunny, early spring type day with temperatures edging up to around the +4 degrees Celsius mark across ski country. Snow surfaces will start off the day as machine groomed granular snow and turn soft later this afternoon. We can expect a great spring ski weekend on the slopes and trails with temperatures reaching the +4 to +6 degrees Celsius range along with lots of sunshine. We still have a few cross country opportunities available as well; however they are limited to the snow belt areas of central and northern Ontario."

End of March Break--There is still time to take advantage of the many March Break Getaways at resort destinations north of Toronto.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ontario Spring Summer Travel News, Activities, Getaways

Wye Marsh March Fun Continues
Midland, Tay Township Ontario Canada………..March 19, 2009 – Wye Marsh offers fun, affordable and enjoyable activities for everyone during March. The Sweetwater Maple Syrup Harvest Festival takes place............

Algonquin Park Lakeside Inn Offers New Wildlife Experience and Birding Packages
Press release from: Algonquin Lakeside Inn - Dwight, Ontario – For over a century, Algonquin Provincial Park, located approximately two and a half hours north of Toronto, has been a favourite destination for wildlife and nature enthusiasts, as well as artists and photographers. It is a protected wilderness sanctuary of majestic forests, lakes, rivers and wetlands.

Maple Syrup report March 17, 2009- Ontario Ministry of Agriculture.
Weather forecasts for the upcoming week suggest good sap flow may occur early in the week and again by the coming weekend. Maple producers can check for new sap flow each day where temperatures warm to around plus 5 C degrees C higher, following freezing nights. Where new sap flow is forecast, try to process previously collected sap from storage tanks as soon as possible to ensure storage for additional sap is available. Maple producers can be caught off guard for sap storage where large sap flow events occur. See maple syrup fesitvals and related maple activities. See the entire report from the Ministry of Agriculture at

Inn at Christie's MillMuskoka Inn Features “Fawlty Towers “Getaway Package
Port Severn, Muskoka Ontario.................March, 2009.
Aficionados of the popular British comedy series Fawlty Towers will be in their element during the “Very Fawlty Dinner” event March 28 at The Inn at Christie’s Mill. Visitors can select from the dinner only package, or stay overnight and enjoy the fun filled evening. Overnight packages start at $309 per couple per night and include your room, a 5 course meal for 2, breakfast for 2 and of course the crazy evening.

The Norsemen Restaurant & Walker Lake ResortThe Norsemen Restaurant WINE TASTING DINNER Saturday May 2, 2009
20% off Cottage Rates for people participating in the Wine Tasting Dinner.
Internationally renowned Sommelier Alan Marginean and Chef Harvey Cross have teamed up to develop a spectacular five course dinner paired with wines selected from around the world to deliver the perfect food/wine match.

Couples Weekend Retreat April 17-19, 2009
The Briars Resort & Spa is again offering a unique “Experience” weekend this April 17-19, 2009. This Retreat is focused on Couples who want to get away and re-connect with each other, enjoy great meals, slow down life’s pace and have a little fun. The Briars is located only one hour from Toronto on beautiful Lake Simcoe.

Easter, Mother's Day, Family, Romantic & Spring Getaways

Our members have been sending us Easter Getaways, Mother's Day Getaways, Romantic Getaways and updating spring getaways.

Romantic getaways Blue Mountain Chalets & Mountain Springs Resort
Family getaways Best Western Midland
Easter getaways Tally Ho Inn
Spring getaways Ruby's Cottage Resort
Easter getaways Eganridge Inn and Spa
Mother's Day getaways Rawley Resort
Spring getaways Delta Pinestone

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ontario Spring & Summer Updates

More Spring getaways updates from our members

Fishing getaway at Marten River Lodge
Fishing getaway at Mill Lake Cottage Resort
Family getaways at Ahmic Lake Resort
Family getaways at Four Winds Cottage Resort
Family getaways at Green Wilderness Lodge
Spring getaways at the Millcroft Inn and Spa
Spring getaways at Private Muskoka Luxury Chalet

More Ontario March Break News March 18, 2009

Signs of Spring: March Break - Bradford Times - Ontario, CA
12 Mar 2009
Weekends; and daily during March Break. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for kids and Seniors, free for children under 4 at both locations. Parking is free at Bruce’s Mill, $4 at Kortright. See ...
Bradford Times -
See more information on Maple Syrup Festivals

Activities aplenty to keep kids busy March break - Belleville ...12 Mar 2009
March break hits with a thud Monday and to help parents decide how to keep children busy during the week of March 16-22, the following lists day camps and special programs in the Quinte Region. • Belleville’s recreation and community ...
Belleville Intelligencer - - References

See March Break Getaways for activities for kids and adults north of Toronto

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

March Spring Break Updates--March 17, 2009

The Barrie Examiner - Barrie,Ontario,Canada
The event features the top teams from across Ontario and select teams from
the United States playing at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. Barrie will
be in ...

Maple Syrup Production Updates for this week--Ministry of Agriculture

Weather forecasts for the upcoming week suggest good sap flow may occur early in the week and again by the coming weekend. Maple producers can check for new sap flow each day where temperatures warm to around plus 5 �C higher, following freezing nights. Where new sap flow is forecast, try to process previously collected sap from storage tanks as soon as possible to ensure storage for additional sap is available.
See Maple Syrup Festivals During March Break 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

Ontario Travel News Spring Updates March 2009

Spring is around the corner and several of our member properties have updated their Spring Getaway Packages.

Ste. Anne's Country Inn Spa

Inn at the Falls

Private Luxury Muskoka Chalet Rental

Mill Lake Cottage Resort

Ontario Travel March Break--Blog News

Sir Sam’s Ski Hill for March Break — fun, fun, fun!! | Featured ...
By admin
Fantastik spring skiing is now happening at Sir Sam's Ski Area in Haliburton County. Come on up and soak up some sun on one of the largest decks in ski.
Haliburton, Ontario Cottage Resort -

Tapping ceremony officially starts syrup season
The North Bay Nugget - North Bay,Ontario,Canada
Nipissing MPP Monique Smith, Nipissing-Temiskaming MP Anthony Rota and Powassan councillor George Thompson tried their hands at tapping the old fashioned ...
See all stories on this topic

Wolf Centre March Break Fun | Featured Local Events | Haliburton ...
By admin
The Wolf Centre at the Haliburton Forest is open daily during March Break 2009. If you've never been to the Wolf Centre now is a good time to go. They have a.
Haliburton, Ontario Cottage Resort -

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009

March Break Signals Time for Summer Vacation Plans

As the Spring March Break starts many families and couples will be deciding on the many Ontario resort destiantions for their annual holiday and family vacation north of Toronto. Long holiday Spring weekends offer shorter holiday times for Easter Getaways in April, the Victoria Day weekend in May. The summer vacation season starts in June and Canadians are looking forward to warmer weather, and the holiday season for their annual one or two weeks summer vacation.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Ontario Spa Getaways: Stress relief during tough times!!

The first of its kind Global Consumer Study on spa behaviour (released in February) indicates that stress is the number one reason for visiting a spa. The study was conducted by Research International in conjunction with the International Spa Association.

St. Anne's Spa Northeast of Toronto

The study compared consumer trends in 15 countries including Canada. The study claims to be the most thorough and up-to-date information on why people spa. “And hands down, in every single country, the number one reason people go to a spa is to relax and relieve or reduce stress.”

Visitors travelling north of Toronto can be assured that the level of stress reductions starts the moment you drive into the many rural and lakeside settings in the resort destinations in the many towns, villages, and communities in Ontario’s rural heartland.

Ontario Travel North of Toronto identifies a number of Ontario Spas, as well as more than 30 spa packages for day visits or a mini holiday combined with overnight accommodation. Girls spa weekends have become popular for girlfriends getaways where spa treatments create a level of bonding and friendship renewal in a relaxed atmosphere of more pristine environment away from city life and day-to-day tasks. Many of the spa locations operate on a year round basis offering spa treatments by spa professionals in a soothing lake side setting
"We've known stress relief was the primary reason why Americans (Canadians)visited spas. Now, with the ISPA 2008 Global Consumer Study we know stress is the number one reason people visit spas worldwide," said ISPA President Lynne McNees. "Stress affects more than just our lives at work and at home, it affects our health. So take time to de-stress, by getting a massage; it could end up saving your health down the road."

Other key findings from the ISPA 2008 Global Consumer Study include:

  • Worldwide, massage is the most popular treatment.
  • In North American & Europe, roughly 50% of spa-goers used a gift card.
  • The top motivators for visiting a spa are recommendations from family, friends or health care practitioners, and price incentives.

The ISPA 2008 Global Consumer Study is available at

About ISPA
ISPA is recognized worldwide as the leading professional organization and voice of the spa industry. Founded in 1991, ISPA advances the spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities, promoting the value of the spa experience and speaking as the authoritative voice to foster professionalism and growth. Spas are places devoted to enhancing overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.

About Ontario Travel North of Toronto
The Ontario Travel North of Toronto website specifically identifies rural resorts and resort destinations, inns, hotels, lodges, and accommodation properties providing access to Ontario’s outdoor environment for leisure time activities including adventure travel, family travel, romantic getaways, and spa getaways, winter outdoor sports, eco friendly travel, summer beach destinations and year round vacation opportunities