Thursday, February 25, 2010

Winter Getaways & Winterfests in Ontario

Cross Country SkiingBarrie Winterfest
March Break kids camps and day trips are available north of Toronto. March break overnight getaways & maple syrup festivals are only weeks away. February continues to be one of the busiest Ontario Winter travel months for Winter Carnivals festivals and events. Winter fest fun can be mixed to include, ice slides, ice sculptures, Snow tubing, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, outdoor skating and dog sledding. Ministry of Tourism Ski Report road, ski, snow, and weather conditions. The March break period is a good chance to plan the annual Summer Vacation Getaway.

Ontario Resort Travel Destination-Association Picks of the Week

Featured Ontario Destinations & Travel Tourism Associations

Haliburton Highlands Tourism RegionHaliburton Highlands Tourism Region http://www.haliburtonholidays.com
The Haliburton Highlands is just two hours north of Toronto, but it’s
also a world away. Unforgettable countryside sculpted by towering rock formations, majestic forests, postcard-perfect vistas, and scenic, rolling hills. Whether you want to tube down a lazy river or shoot white water in a kayak, this is
the place. With more than 600 lakes and miles of picturesque rivers connecting
them, a person could explore our waters for a lifetime and never see the same
shoreline twice. The natural environment of the Haliburton Highlands inspires
the vibrant arts community that continues to flourish – with artist studios,
theatre, outdoor concerts, opera and the Haliburton School of the Arts.


Romantic Getaway of the Week

The Cranberry Resort - Collingwood, Ontario

The Cranberry Resort The Cranberry Resort
- 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 strawberriesdelievered to your room. Breakfast each morning. Cranberry Activity Dollars (Value of over $330)
Collingwood, Ontario, Information


Family Getaway of the Week

Algonquin Lakeside Inn - Algonquin Park, Ontario

Algonquin Lakeside Inn Algonquin Lakeside Inn
- is a great place for your winter holidays. Our
snowmobiling trail system starts right from your door out onto trail # 74. You can head West to Dwight, Huntsville, Parry Sound, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst etc., South to Dorset or North to Kearney and North Bay, or for the big ride the R.A.P. (ride Around Algonquin Park.) Our cross country ski trail is straight out the back door. Ski onto the lake for a warm up and then 5mins away are the trail systems of Algonquin Park, which are rack and set .
Algonquin Park, Ontario, Information
 

Town, Village & City Getaway of the Week

Bondi Village Resort - Dwight, Ontario

Bondi Village Cottage ResortBondi Village Resort
- Don't give up on winter too early, March has some of the nicest weather for outdoor activities, including Maple Syrup activities.We offer comfortable housekeeping cottages with fireplaces. Ski or snowshoe our 20 km of groomed trails from your door. Snowmobile trail access is easy and we have fuel on site. 20 minutes to all the trails and activities at both Arrowhead and Algonquin Prov. Parks.Dwight, Ontario , Information


Spa Getaway of the Week

Loralea Country Inn Resort - Minden, Ontario

Loralea Country Inn Resort Loralea Country Inn Resort - A quiet resort with seven rentals for your
all seasons vacation or a relaxing weekend getaway on Halls Lake. Plenty of activities on site for the family Come and enjoy a romantic spa getaway in the country; Relax by a crackling fire in one of our studio cabins. Quiet and cozy atmosphere to spend time with a loved one. Scenic hiking trails close by to enjoy mother nature. Resturants within a 10 minute drive for fine dining. 40 minutes gets you to Algonquin Park.
Minden, Ontario, Information


Attraction of the Week

MacLaren Art Centre - Barrie, Ontario

MacLaren Art CentreThe MacLarenArtCentre is Simcoe County's regional public art gallery providing innovative, relevant and accessible programming. The award winning building houses four galleries, an education centre, gallery shop and licensed café with a secluded patio. The MacLaren is centrally located with ample parking making it a must see year round destination. The MacLaren is open seven days a week, Mon to Fri, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday noon to 4:00 pm. Closed statutory holidays. Admission is voluntary. Suggested donation $5. Barrie, Ontario, Information



Attraction of the Week

Timmins Underground Gold Mine Tour

Timmins Underground Gold Mine Tour - Timmins, Ontario

Timmins Underground Gold Mine Tour, Journey under the earth and experience the workings
of a mine, pan for gold and learn about the area's mining history at the Timmins
Gold Mine Tour.
Timmins, Ontario, Information



March Break & Family Winter Getaways North of Toronto

March Break & Family Winter Getaways North of Toronto

Photo:  Fortune's Madawaska Valley Inn

Family March Break Getaways
Blue Water Acres
Blue Mountain Lodges
Cranberry Resort
Fortune's Madawaska Valley Inn
Loralea Country Inn Resort
Maple Manor

Cross Country Skiing Getaways
Hardwood Ski & Bike

Snowmobiling Getaways
Norsemen-Walker Lake Resort

Friday, February 19, 2010

Winter Getaways & Winterfests in Ontario

Cross Country SkiingBarrie Winterfest
March break getaways & maple syrup festivals are only weeks away. February continues to be one of the busiest Ontario Winter travel months for Winter Carnivals festivals and events. Winter fest fun can be mixed to include, ice slides, ice sculptures, Snow tubing, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, outdoor skating and dog sledding. Visitors heading north should check the Ministry of Tourism Ski Report road, ski, snow, and weather conditions. February is a winter month where a recreation activity
can become a winning Olympic
winter sports activity.



Ontario Resort Travel Destination-Association Picks of the Week



Featured Ontario Destinations & Travel Tourism Associations

Georgian Bay Tourism
Georgian Bay Tourism www.georgianbaytourism.on.ca
Georgian Bay Tourism represents Ontario's Historic resort and boating destination with attractions, resorts, hotels, inns, marinas, winter recreation, summer beaches and cruise ships. The towns of Midland, Penetanguishene (Penetang), Honey Harbour, and Port Severn and the townships of Tay and Tiny make up the area of Southern Georgian Bay. The Trent-Severn Historic Waterway links to Georgian Bay-Lake Huron in the town of Port Severn. 90 minutes north of Toronto.




Romantic Getaway of the Week

Sir Sam's Inn and WaterSpa - Eagle Lake, Ontario

Sir Sam's Inn and SpaSir Sam's Inn and WaterSpa
Eagle Lake, Ontario, Information - A COUPLES WARM UP, January 3 - March 29, 2010, This romantic getaway includes two night's accommodation with whirlpool bath and fireplace, two hearty breakfasts each day, a sparkling toast and keepsake, plus use of all facilities including the WaterSpa. Two nights Midweek (Sun-Thurs) from $390 per couple, per package. March Break – March 10-19, 2010 Enjoy the first hints of the warmer weather to come. Spring skiing, maple syrup, and aprèsski are all on the agenda. All-inclusive daily packages available from $285 per couple per night.
 



Family Getaway of the Week

Shamrock Lodge - Port Carling, Ontario

Shamrock Lodge Shamrock Lodge
- Snowmobling - For the sledder, Shamrock
Lodge is a virtual paradise. Easy access to the O.F.S.C. trail and miles of
interconnecting Lakes make for an adventure every time you go out! Snowmobile rentals available. Please call for details. Cross Country Skiing - Explore the woodlands on our groomed and track set trails (15 kms) or out on your own along the shores of beautiful Lake Rosseau. Winter Recreation and Facilities - Cozy Lakeside Accomodation, Homecooked Country Breakfasts & Delectable Candlelight
Dining, Floodlit Skating Rink, Hot Stove Lounge, Indoor Swimming Pool, Hot Tub & Suana, Games Room with Billiards and Ping Pong, Ice Fishing & Snowshoeing.
Port Carling, Ontario, Information
 



Town, Village & City Getaway of the Week

Tyrolean Village Resorts - Collingwood, Ontario

Tyrolean Village ResortsTyrolean Village Resorts
- PERFECT for families and groups! 4 to 9 bedroom Swiss or Executive-Style Chalets located 90min north of Toronto at the base of Blue Mountain, Ontario’s largest mountain resort. An area renowned for its winter recreation: downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, skating and much more! Our pet friendly chalets have full kitchen, sauna or jacuzzi or hot tub, fireplace, cable TV and spacious living/dining areas. Within walking distance to the new Village at Blue featuring entertainment, dining, shopping, events & festivals! Ask us about discounted ski lift tickets. Collingwood, Ontario , Information




Spa Getaway of the Week

The Village Inn - Lakefield, Ontario

The Village Inn The Village Inn - Re-connect and get caught up with the “Village Inn
Girl's Getaway”. Accommodations for each person for one night in one of
the Village Inn's Classic rooms. Wine and cheese welcome in your room upon arrival.Ten Dollar gift certificate each for Cassis Bistro of Lakefield, (or Cassis 211 of Peterborough). A Village Inn tote bag for each with area information on galleries, wineries and natural sights. A gift of chocolate and candy from some of our local shops.Spa services can be purchased separately through Descanzo Spa.
Lakefield, Ontario, Information




Attraction of the Week

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre - Midland, Ontario

Wye Marsh Wildlife CentreWye Marsh Wildlife Centre - Explore the Wye Marsh on your own or join the Outdoor Educators for an interpretive walk, feed the chickadees, stroll the boardwalk, search for animal tracks in the snow or learn about nature in the Exhibit Hall. During all seasons the Wye Marsh offers interesting activities and programs for everyone and can design programs to fit your needs. Contact the Wye Marsh for more details.Midland, Ontario, Information




Attraction of the Week

Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve Ltd. - Haliburton, Ontario

Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve Ltd. - The Outdoor Education Programs at Haliburton Forest are designed to fully engage participants in the Outdoor Experience. Our teaching philosophy is simple: people learn best by doing. In addition, taking the time to reflect on the experience is a very important component of the learning process. Our programs are developed under 3 broad categories: 1) Adventure Based Leadership Programs, 2) Outdoor Skills and Pursuits and 3) Environmental
Education. Each of these categories can be overlapped to suit the specific needs
and desired learning outcomes. After consultation with your teacher/leader of
visiting group, we tailor your programs to suit your needs.
Haliburton, Ontario, Information



Saturday, February 13, 2010

Miss Canada International 2010 will be in the Haliburton

For Immediate Release Family Day 2010
 
(February 12, 2010, Haliburton, ON)  The County of Haliburton is excited to announce that Bridget Nickerson, Miss Canada International 2010 will be in the Haliburton Highlands this Family Day Weekend
 
 
 
A native of Nova Scotia, Miss Nickerson is currently touring across Canada.  A strong supporter of giving back to her community, she is the Canadian Ambassador to the Teddy Bears of Hope Campaign, an initiative that began with Miss Teen Canada International. The Teddy Bears of Hope bring smiles and hope to children in unfortunate circumstances all over the globe.
Miss Canada International will attend the Haliburton Highlands Dog Sled Derby at the Pinestone Resort & Conference Centre on Sunday, February 14 where she will be available for media interviews and photos between 10 am and noon.

She will also attend the Blue Line Charity Auction at McKeck's on Sunday from 4 to 6pm.
On Monday, she will enjoy some of the great winter activities the Haliburton Highlands has to offer before continuing her journey across Canada.
About the Haliburton Highlands Dosgsled Derby
The Haliburton Highlands Dogsled Derby is an annual event hosted by Winterdance Dogsled Tours.  If you have never watched a dogsled race it is definitely a sight to behold and hear!! With the dogs lunging, howling and barking to get the races started, flying out of the start gate at speeds reaching up to 30km/hr and racing for the richest purse in Ontario, there is lots of action going on.
 
The races are held at the Pinestone Resort & Conference Centre, located 5 minutes south of the village of Haliburton on County Road #21 (formerly #121). Races will be going on all day Saturday and Sunday with teams going out at 2 minute intervals.   We anticipate hosting over 70 teams from across Ontario, Quebec and the Northern United States. The most popular race every year is the Kid & Mutt race, and also unique to watch is the Skijoring class, with mushers on cross country skis, being pulled by 1 or 2 dogs. The large 8 dog race class also offers lots of excitement.
The races are free for spectators to attend, and there are several vantage points for watching the action, both at the start/finish and out on the trail. Programs will be available at the races.
NOTE: PLEASE LEAVE PET DOGS AT HOME AS THEY CAN DISTRACT THE RACING TEAMS!!!!
Meet the Iditarod Team
A select group of the more than 140 purebred Siberian huskies are in training for the Iditarod, also called "the Last Great Race" an 1150 mile race across Alaska.  The raceteam will be at the trail this Sunday so come by for a chance to meet them as they prepare for their Alaskan adventure!  See
www.winterdance.com/raceteam to virtually meet the team and follow the journey through their blog.

About WinterdanceWinterdance is an Ontario dogsledding tours company that operates out of the Haliburton Highlands, alongside Algonquin park, and is owned and operated by husband and wife team Hank DeBruin and Tanya McCready-DeBruin, with "help" from their 4 young dogsledding children, Logan 9, Dustyn 7, Michaela 2 and baby Jessica. "By sharing our passion for sled dogs & the sport, we aim to give people a true feel & love for the sport of dogsledding and the amazing wilderness around us"!

 
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Friday, February 12, 2010

Winter Getaways & Winterfests in Ontario

Cross Country SkiingSonwtubing Fun
Last Minute Ontario Getaways February Valentines Day and Family Day Last Minute ideas events and activities all occur over the same holiday time period of February 12-15. February continues to be one of the busiest Ontario Winter travel months for Winter Carnivals including Orillia, Haliburton, & Thunder Bay. Winter fest fun includes, ice slides, ice sculptures, Snow tubing, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and outdoor skating. Visitors heading north should check road, snow, and weather conditions. February is a winter month where a recreation activity can become a winning Olympic winter sports activity. Consider planning now for your spring break as March break getaways as maple syrup festivals are on the horizon.

Ontario Resort Travel Destination-Association Picks of the Week

Featured Ontario Destinations & Travel Tourism Associations

Township of Algonquin Highlands Trails DepartmentTownship of Algonquin Highlands Trails Department http://www.algonquinhighlands.ca/water/index.html
The Haliburton Highlands Water Trails (HHWT) consists of approximately 28,000 + hectares of provincial and municipal public lands comprised of countless lakes, rivers, trails and continuous forest. Specifically, the HHWT manages two areas for interior camping known as the Frost Centre and the Poker Lakes as well at 38 km of hiking trails. These areas serve as year round destinations for thousands of canoeists, campers, hikers, day trippers, fisherman, hunters, cottagers snowmobilers, skiers and snowshoers providing significant backcountry recreational and conservation values.

Romantic Getaway of the Week

Nor'Loch Lodge Resort - Dwight, Ontario

Nor'Loch Lodge ResortNor'Loch Lodge Resort
- Nor'Loch Lodge Resort is a beautiful all season Lodge Resort with tall pines exclusively located on the northern shore of Lake of Bays. The Resort is located in Muskoka, Ontario about 2½ hours north of Toronto, and 18 minutes between Huntsville and Algonquin Park in the village of Dwight.Dwight, Ontario, Information


Family Getaway of the Week

Halimar Resort - Haliburton, Ontario

Halimar ResortHalimar Resort
- SKI FOR FREE ...It's coming! Plan your winter getaway now and ski for free... Fantastic cross-country skiing, splendid down hill skiing, snow shoeing, with trails on site. 1 day FREE lift ticket for down hill skiing at the fabulous SIR SAMS ski hill, 1 day free cross-country trail pass and 1 day FREE snow shoeing. Starts January 10th, free downhill valid Wednesday - Friday, x-country and snow shoeing valid anytime.
Call for more details.

Haliburton, Ontario, Information


Town, Village & City Getaway of the Week

The Norsemen Restaurant & Walker Lake Resort - Huntsville, Ontario

The Norsemen Restaurant & Walker Lake ResortThe Norsemen Restaurant & Walker Lake Resort
- An intimate and relaxing all-season resort nestled in the woods on beautiful Walker Lake in Muskoka - Lake of Bays. Located just 15 minutes from Huntsville and Algonquin Park but a million miles from it all. The Norsemen is a great choice for an intimate and cozy retreat. Relax in a secluded waterfront cottage, cuddle by the wood-burning fireplace while you gaze at the lake, then soak in the Jacuzzi. Canoe or kayak together and enjoy the haunting call of the loon and the tranquil quiet.Huntsville, Ontario , Information


Spa Getaway of the Week

The Rosseau, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa - Minett, Ontario

The Rosseau, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa The Rosseau, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa - Experience a serene spa getaway at Spa Rosseau. Choose from a variety of unique, pampering spa treatments with a $200 spa credit. Receive a special spa gift and breakfast daily. Just being at The Rosseau invokes a sense of calm and serenity. Rejuvenate your senses and your spirit at Spa Rosseau.Minett, Ontario, Information



Attraction of the Week

Founders' Museum & Pioneer Village - Thunder Bay, Ontario

Founders' Museum & Pioneer VillageFounders' Museum & Pioneer Village - Take a Walk Through the Past in this unique to Northwestern Ontario Pioneer Village. Drop in at the General Store look through the newly arrived catalogues, visit the shops and chat with the residents while they wait for the train. Spend a quiet moment in the church, recall the memories of a one room school. Whether your interest lies in antique cars, tractors, farm equipment, engines or motors it is all here for you. The pioneer home recallslife in a simpler time. The carpenter, cobbler, printer and the blacksmith welcome you to their business establishments. Enjoy great home cooking in the tea room
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Information
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Attraction of the Week

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures - Collingwood, Ontario

Scenic Caves Nature AdventuresScenic Caves Nature Adventures - Nature, history and Adventure for the whole family. Self guided tour of caves, caverns and lookouts on the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment. Ontario's Longest Suspension footbridge offers light adventure and the most spectacular views of Georgian Bay and Surrounding Countryside. Gemstone Mining, mini golf, trout pond, picnic areas, snack bar and gift shop.
Please, no pets and running or hiking shoes are necessary.
Collingwood, Ontario, Information

Friday, February 05, 2010

Winter Getaways & Winterfests in Ontario


Sonwtubing FunCross Country Skiing


Free Family Fishing Weekend, February Valentines Day and Family Day weekend all occur over the same holiday time period of February 12-15. This is the perfect time for a couples "February for Lovers" long weekend getaways or a family day getaway long weekend. February is also one of the busiest Ontario Winter travel months for Ontario Winter Carnivals including the Barrie Winterfest. Winter fest fun includes, ice slides, ice sculptures, Snow tubing, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and outdoor skating. Ski resort areas and accommodation facilities have a selection of winter getaway options during winter carnival weekends. Visitors heading north should check road, snow, and weather conditions. February is a winter month where a recreation activity can become a winning Olympic winter sports activity. Consider planning now for your spring break as March break getaways as maple syrup festivals are on the horizon.




Ontario Resort Travel Destination-Association Picks of the Week



 Featured Ontario Destinations & Travel Tourism Associations

SpaLotto.comSpaLotto.com (www.spalotto.com)
Spalotto.com is an auction website where you can bid on various getaway packages, treatments, products, gift cards and more from Canada's favourite spas and inns, below regular cost. At spalotto.com we believe that the spa experience is not a luxury, but a necessity. There are many items to bid on such as getaway packages (both date-specific and non date-specific getaways ), spa treatments, gift cards, retail items and more. You can bid on any number of items as often as you wish - new inventory will be posted on a weekly basis. So add
www.spalotto.com to your browers' bookmarks and check back often to look for new deals. Keep watching for new featured items from more inns and spas as spalotto.com grows in popularity.



  Romantic Getaway of the Week

The Falls Inn - Walter's Falls, Ontario

The Briars Resort & SpaThe Falls Inn - Walter's Falls, an Ontario's Finest Inns member offers 15 falls-view rooms, spa, the Bruce trail and more all on the site of Walter's Falls historic sawmill. Our casual fine dining room features chef created menus using products from Meaford's 100 Mile Market. Getaway packages start from $89 per person per night plus tax and include falls-view accommodation, 2 $30 meal credits and 2 sawyers hot continental breakfasts. Walter's Falls, Ontario, Information



Family Getaway of the Week

Glen Echo Cottages - Callander, Ontario

Glen Echo CottagesGlen Echo Cottages - Our “Bungalows on the Ice” offer a truly unique experience. Our fully equipped four or six man housekeeping bungalows
feature a TV, BBQ, propane heat, lights & stove, a complete set of pots, pans, utensils, as well as a table and chairs. Starting from only $140.00 per person during midweek. (Based on 3 or more per hut) Time to start planning for ice fishing when the season opens January 1st.

Callander, Ontario, Information



Town, Village & City Getaway of the Week

Maple Manor - Wilberforce, Ontario

Park Cottages & Maple ManorMaple Manor - Come and enjoy a winter getaway at this fabulous, newly built four season, lakefront chalet .Conveniently located between Bancroft and Haliburton Village, east of Algonquin Park, it offers Spectacular lake views with beautiful tall pine surroundings. Relax on a Grand Walkout Deck facing the lake. With nearby access to Groomed Skidoo trails Cross Country Skiing, snow Tubing, Snow shoeing or just relax and enjoy our breathtaking view. Town just minutes away, has all amenities, including Foodland, LCBO/Beer, General Store, ATM, Gas. Sitting on the Lake Lorraine with 1400 plus sq.ft., this immaculate home is fully winterized, and beautifully furnished, with 3 Bedrooms, two Queen size beds and a bunk bed. Two four piece bathrooms. Large Living/Dining area. Satellite, 50” TV, CD/ Player/ DVD, completely equipped kitchen with dishwasher, fridge with water and ice maker. BBQ (gas supplied), Fire pit. Wilberforce, Ontario, Information




 Spa Getaway of the Week

Viamede Resort - Woodview, Ontario

Viamede Conference Resort & Spa Viamede Resort - Nestled on the shore line of Spectacular Stoney Lake in the heart of the kawarthas you will enjoy our country inspired Spa & Salon. Enjoy a girls getaway, an intimate escape and pair your stay with one of our many spa services.
Woodview, Ontario, Information





 Attraction of the Week

Haliburton School of The Arts - Haliburton

HaliburtonSchool of The Arts - With hundreds of lakes surrounded by rolling hills and breathtaking vistas, the Highlands of Haliburton are the ideal setting for an art school. The inspiring surroundings and courses within the schedule kindle a creative vigour that can be motivating and energizing or reflective and relaxing.The program spans the calendar, the ages, the skill levels, and the seemingly unrestrained range of techniques and media. With an eclectic and extensive variety of courses offered at a range of skill levels, there's something for everyone!
Just 2 1/2 hours north of Toronto and 3 1/2 hours west of Ottawa.
Haliburton, Ontario, Information





 Attraction of the Week

Sir Sam's Ski Hill & Summer Resort - Haliburton

Sir Sam’s Ski & Summer Resort Sir Sam's Ski Hill & Summer Resort - Sir Sam’s Ski and Summer Resort has been established and operated by the Bishop Family for almost 45 years. The spacious multi room chalet has 4 fireplaces and a homelike family atmosphere. Sir Sam’s hosts twelve main runs and a view from the top that is only matched by the view of the slopes from the chalets panoramic windows and outdoor sun deck. Come and enjoy a great outdoor experience in an un-crowded and family friendly atmosphere.Haliburton, Ontario, Information