Sunday, July 31, 2011

Kempenfest 2011 Barrie Waterfront

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Fall Getaways and Fall Colours start in September in Ontario

Fall Family Fun
With the approach of the Civic Holiday Weekend it is time to start thinking about fall destinations for the best leaf color changes.  Cottage country and resort destinations north of Toronto will be peaking from the middle of September through to mid October.  Plan your favourite fall colour route now from a choice of more than 25 suggested fall road trips.  Get the 411 on Ontario fall vacations for family fun  and couples getaway romance.

Photo: Trying to catch butterflies as the colors start to change along the shores of Lake Simcoe Ontario

See more fall foliage and leaf change photos north of Toronto Ontario

Check back for updates on fall getaway packages.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Ontario August Long Weekend & Summer Vacations

Kids Summer FunRomantic Sunset Getaways

Ontario Resort Types and Ontario Cottage Types will help you pick your summer holiday weekend and discover Ontario's cottage country north of Toronto. Summer vacations and the Simcoe Day civic holiday long weekend are being booked now.  Summer resort getaways are for weekend fresh water swimming and cool lake day trips to attractions, events and festivals.  Resort destinations with public beaches in Ontario have created many overnight family and romantic getaway packages.

Ontario Resort Travel Destination-Association Picks of the Week

Featured Ontario Destinations & Travel Tourism Associations

Township of Georgian Bay Township of Georgian Bay
The MacTier Community Development Committee is very pleased to announce the
4th Annual MacTier Big Weekend Festival taking place beginning Friday, July 29th and running through until Sunday, July 31st in MacTier. There is something for everyone to do and the event is also very child and family focused.    

Romantic Getaway of the Week

Pine Vista Resort - Lakefield, Ontario

Pine Vista ResortPine Vista Resort - Re-connect and rekindle your romance with this amazing Couple’s Getaway. Couples will enjoy…Two nights accommodation in a one bedroom townhouse with full kitchen and deck with BBQ. Enjoy a two person whirlpool bath, wood burning fireplace and satellite TV. Complimentary bottle of wine. Treat your special someone to a therapeutic massage for pampering and relaxation. Mid-week ~ $260/couple or Weekend ~ $310/couple (Taxes are additional)

Family Getaway of the Week

Sand Lake Cottages & Inn - Kearney, Ontario

Sandy Lake Cottages & InnSand Lake Cottages & Inn - Ontario Family Getaways -Enjoy relaxing in a hot tub, watching the sun set, hiking, boating and sitting by a cozy fire in a well maintained Lakefront Cottage. Lakefront Cottage for 6 for $150/night. Lakefront Cottage for 4 for $125/night. Chalet for 2 with Hot tub & fireplace for $200/night or Chalet for 2 for $100/night. Enjoy our beautiful shallow sand beach, very clean and spacious cottages. Complimentary canoes, pedal boats and campfire wood. North of Huntsville Muskoka near Kearney and Algonquin Park.

Canoeing & Kayaking Getaways of the Week

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

Barry's Bay Cottage ResortBarry's Bay Cottage Resort - Whether you want to beetle about Carson Lake or string together a series of 4 lakes we offer excellent paddling outside our front door. We are also close to the quieter side of Algonquin Park and have the famous Madawaska River whitewater so close you can almost hear the rush of water.

Town, Village & City Getaway of the Week

Delta Grandview Resort - Huntsville, Ontario

Delta Grandview ResortDelta Grandview Resort - The ultimate Summer Family package in Muskoka. So much to do at the Resort - there's no reason to leave property. Package includes: accommodations, $50 food voucher per day for onsite F&B daily , breakfast for 2 adults & 2 children daily, one free round per adult on 9-hole golf course, complimentary kids activities daily (10am to 4pm) Complimentary: access to all on-site recreation facilities and nature programs, outdoor parking.

Spa Getaway of the Week

Taboo Resort, Golf and Spa - Gravenhurst, Ontario

Taboo Resort, Golf and SpaTaboo Resort, Golf and Spa - Muskoka Spa Package - Starting at $338/couple Pamper yourself with our Muskoka Spa Package. Experience the tranquility of Indulgence, the Spa at Taboo and enjoy a $200 spa voucher towards a spa treatment of your choice. After a long rejuvenating day, relax in a Classic Room and enjoy all the other amenities that Taboo has to offer.

Attraction of the Week

Midland Tours Inc. - Midland, Ontario

Midland Tours Inc. - Miss MidlandMidland Tours Inc. - Midland 30,000 Island Boat Cruise – Midland, Ontario Experience the sparkling water, the windswept pines and rocky grandeur of Muskoka/Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands on a cruise aboard the 300 passenger Miss Midland – Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction. Barrie Boat Cruises – Barrie, Ontario Experience the beautiful city of Barrie and it’s local landmarks from the 260-passenger Serendipity Princess as you journey Lake Simcoe’s Kempenfelt Bay. The Serendipity Princess is a unique paddle wheeler complimented by triple decks featuring a patio on the upper level.Morning, afternoon, mid-afternoon and sunset dinner cruises available at competitive prices

Attraction of the Week

King’s Wharf Theatre - Penetanguishene, Ontario
King’s Wharf TheatreKing’s Wharf Theatre - The Province of Ontario is at your fingertips with customized Drayton Entertainment getaway packages. Whatever your budget, we can help you create a truly unforgettable theatre experience. Your Theatre Package begins with: 1 theatre ticket at your choice of venue. 1 night accommodation at your choice of hotel, inn or B&B. Dinner at one of our restaurant partners. Accommodations with Theatre Packages - Best Western Highland Inn & Conference Centre -Midland, Comfort Inn -Midland

Friday, July 22, 2011

Ontario Wilderness Excitement at Lodges, Resorts, Cabins and Cottages

Featured Wilderness area resort of the week is Sportsman’s Lodge Wilderness Resort:  Location is North  of Sudbury.  A Truly Unique Ontario Vacation Destination experience sun sets that will take your breath away. To refresh yourself in waters that are clean and dance with sparkling glory. We welcome you to a place where you can hear the haunting call of the loon across a tranquil lake and at other times no sound at all.    Also see more wilderness type lodges and accommodation north of Toronto.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Breakfast TV heads north of Toronto to Georgian Bay-Lake Couchiching


Breakfast TV Heads to Georgian Bay
Breakfast Television Hits the Highway 26 corridor. Jen from Breakfast TV will be travelling north of Toronto on Wednesday and Friday this week  with stops at Craigleith Provincial Park, the Collingwood Blue Mountain area for the Elvis Festival. At the base of Collingwood's Blue Mountain Craigleith is a short trip to Wasaga Beach, the Bruce Trail and historic Huronia.
More on BT's trip north of Toronto.

BT heads to Orillia
Breakfast TV will be in Orillia on Thursday with a stop over at Fern Resort, one of Ontario's Finest family resorts.   Orillia area sits between Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching and is the major water route that is part of the Historic Trent System Waterway running to Georgian Bay.  Orillia is one of the largest cities in Simcoe County. More on BT's trip north of Toronto. Access Orillia via Highway 11 north of Barrie.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ontario Summer Fun Weekend Getaways

Kids Summer FunRomantic Sunset Getaways
Ontario Resort Types, and Ontario Cottage Types  will help you pick your summer vacation and discover Ontario's cottage country north of Toronto. Summer vacation getaways and the civic holiday long weekend are being booked now.  Summer resort getaways are for weekend fresh water swimming and cool lakes day trips to attractions, events and festivals.  Resort destinations with beaches in Ontario have created many overnight getaway packages. . 

Ontario Resort Travel Destination-Association Picks of the Week

Featured Ontario Destinations & Travel Tourism Associations
Municipality of Magnetawan 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.

Romantic Getaway of the Week

Christie's Mill Inn & Spa - Port Severn, Ontario

Inn at Christie's MillChristie's Mill Inn & Spa - Passion Package: Unleash your desire! An aphrodisiac-inspired tasting platter and a bottle of bubbly awaken the palate and start your night of romance. Add rose petals,  aromatic massage lotion, and a hot massager with suggestive massage tips on how to harness the power of touch and the scene is set for the night of your lives. Overnight suite accommodation, gourmet  dinner and breakfast complete your romantic escape.

Family Getaway of the Week

Sportsman's Lodge Wilderness Resort - Wahnapitae, Ontario
Sportsman's Lodge Wilderness ResortSportsman's Lodge Wilderness Resort - Need a break from everything and everyone? Come experience our wilderness resort. Enjoy our rustic charming atmosphere for a few days where you can just be you for a change. Relax over a bottle of wine and a good meal prepared
with the finest of ingredients, no preservatives, additives or anything
that you shouldn't be eating! Summer Activities: ATVing, Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking / Walking, Kayaking and Mountain Biking

Golf Getaways of the Week

Best Western North Bay Hotel and Conference Centre - North Bay, Ontario 

Best Western Highland Inn & Conference CentreBest Western North Bay Hotel and Conference Centre - Enjoy a beautiful and challenging 18 holes when you check into our Golf Package.  Partnered with North Bay’s finest championship course, Osprey Links, you are sure to find your stay up to “par” with your deluxe accommodations, dinner and breakfast and a relaxing swim in our indoor pool along with whirlpool and sauna. Prices: From $143.71 cnd per person, taxes extra, based on double occupancy.

Town, Village & City Getaway of the Week

Georgian Bay Airways - Parry Sound, Ontario

Georgian Bay Airways - Enjoy a great fly-in fishing adventure on one of two remote lakes.Partridge Lake is actually 3 lakes in one, all accessible to you. Northern ike to 15 lbs, lots of smallmouth bass 2-5 lbs, largemouth 4-6 lbs and walleye 2-4 lbs. One 14 foot boat and two 12 foot boats with new 3.5 hp and 4.5hp motors and gas included. Accommodates up to 8 people, minimum of two passengers. Excellent campsites on this lake.

Spa Getaway of the Week

Nottawasaga Inn Resort - Alliston, Ontario

Nottawasaga Inn ResortNottawasaga Inn Resort - Escape the everyday stresses and experience the ultimate relaxation for the body, mind, and soul with our TGIF Getaway Package.  Choose from aromatherapy massage, therapeutic massage, hot stone massage, and Thai Body Work. Our TGIF package is perfect for those looking for a weekend of relaxation and includes accommodation, country buffet breakfast each morning, gourmet 4-course dinner* one evening, one hour RMT massage one day, complimentary cocktail and appetizer in the Starlite Lounge and gratuities

Attraction of the Week

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre - Midland, Ontario

Sir Sam’s Ski & Summer ResortWye Marsh Wildlife Centre - Wye Marsh offers the opportunity to discover the secrets of a wetland with the assistance of our dynamic naturalist staff. Look for life in thewater during a guided canoe adventure or dip net from accessible boardwalks. You can enjoy the grace of the magnificent Trumpeter Swans, North America's largest waterfowl. Feed chickadees from your hand, spot wetland and woodland birds along easy-access trails and tour the interactive display hall (all handicapped accessible). There is always something fun and interactive to do in every season; maple syrup harvest in spring, family programs all summer and many special events such as Wye Marsh Rhythms Festival in September. In winter the Marsh offers cross-country skiing on more than 22 km of beautiful groomed and track-set trails. Join us for a snow shoeing trek on 10KM of picturesque hiking trails.

Attraction of the Week

Discovery Harbour - Penetanguishene, Ontario

Discovery HarbourDiscovery Harbour - One of Ontario’s most picturesque historic sites, Discovery Harbour recalls the days of the 19th-century British navy and military that safeguarded the defence of Upper Canada. In 1820 the thriving naval dockyard boasted residences and workshops, large and small vessels, and a community of officers, artisans, sailors, and soldiers. The base was eventually operated by the British military from 1834 to 1856, constructing an impressive stone Officers’ Quarters that still stands today.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Ontario Resorts offer Family Vacations With Kids Programs & Camps

Kids Supervised Water Fun at Ontario Resorts
The article  How to Select a Family Friendly Vacation Destination - wikiHow 
offers up a number of tips for planning your family vacation and provides tips on looking for "Consider how much time you'll be spending as a family—do you want a hotel that offers kids' camps so that you can spend some alone time with your partner? " Ontario resorts and resort destinations offer a variety of kids camps and programs that vary from guided nature hikes, to organized movie nights,  canoe lessons, and baby sitting services.  Ontario resorts have a long history of providing for families needs.  Parents can get their own private time with the assurance the kids are being taken care of. See family resort getaway packages.

Ontario Beaches Near Restaurants-Pre Packed Picnic Lunches

Orillia Ontario Beach Lake Couchiching
Pick Ontario Beaches Close to Restaurants
The wiki article How to Pack a Lunch for the Beach (with video) - wikiHow Packing snacks and food for the beach is certainly an important process and there are great tips here.   Many Beach Resorts in Ontario will pack you a lunch if you do not have the time to do all the shopping.  My preference is to get off the beach for a total break from the sun (even under an umbrella you pick up rays). Try to pick beach areas with restaurants nearby or at least know of beach areas where there is plenty of shade for a complete break. Ontario is blessed with lots of trees beside lakes and has plenty of shaded beach areas. See Ontario Beaches

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Last Minute Availability: Lakeside Cottage Resort

Cedars of Lake Eugenia-Cottage Resort  July 16-23
Our largest 2 bedroom Lakefront Cottage.
Accommodates up to 6 Guests.
Private Firepit, Gas BBQ, LCD TV
Great for a Family Getaway!
Special Rate - 800.00 for the week - save 250.00
Please call to reserve as this special is not available online 1.800.747.7014
Call for details - special rates for our guests!
Call for details - special rates for our guests!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer Resort Fun Weekend Getaways

Kids Summer FunRomantic Sunset Getaways
Summer resort getaways are for weekend fresh water swimming and cool lakes day trips to attractions, events and festivals.  Resort destinations with beaches in Ontario have created many overnight getaway packages. Take time to review Types of Ontario Resorts, and Types of Ontario Cottages and discover cottage country north of Toronto. Summer vacation getaways and holidays on long weekends

Ontario Resort Travel Destination-Association Picks of the Week

Featured Ontario Destinations & Travel Tourism Associations

Lake SimcoeLake Simcoe (
Lake Simcoe is Toronto's close to home resort destination. It is the first major lake north of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and has often been described as the "Sixth Great Lake". Lake Simcoe is linked to the Great Lakes through the Trent-Severn Historic Waterway to Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. The two largest cities on Lake Simcoe are Barrie, and Orillia both with substantial public marinas, beaches and waterfront parks. Simcoe County, York Region, Durham, and Kawartha Lakes all touch on Lake Simcoe. Many say Lake Simoce is the Ice Fishing Capital of North America. See Lake Simcoe Ontario

Romantic Getaway of the Week

Nor'Loch Lodge Resort - Dwight, Ontario

Nor'Loch Lodge ResortNor'Loch Lodge Resort - Located in Muskoka bordering Algonquin Park West GateNor'Loch Lodge Resort is a beautiful all season Lodge Resort bordering Algonquin Park. Set in tall pines and sparkling blue waters exclusively located on the north shore of Lake of Bays and just 2½ hours north of Toronto. Romantic adult jacuzzi suites with king bed and fireplace or cozy private cottages with woodburning fireplace and deck viewing magnificent Lake of Bays. Bed & Breakfast packages include a full hot breakfast in our fireside dining room. Summer and fall enjoy our canoes, kayaks, private beach or nearby golf, horseback riding or hiking in the Park. Winter experience nearby x-country and downhill ski, dog sled, snowshoeing or snowmobile.

Family Getaway of the Week

Severn Lodge - Port Severn, Ontairo

Severn LodgeSevern Lodge - Enjoy fun-filled yet relaxing vacation or getaway at one of Ontario’s premier lakeside resorts in the heart of the beautiful Muskoka – Georgian Bay lake country. Fully inclusive packages feature accommodation in a waterfront room/suite, all meals, use of most resort recreation facilities, supervised kids activities (ages 2-12), evening entertainment, and more!
3/4/5/7 Night Family Specials
Adults: from $539/$729/$899/$1159
Kids (ages 2-12): Special Discounts depending upon date
2 Night Value Packages
Adults: from $319 Seniors 10% OFF all packages!

Fishing Getaways of the Week

Glen Echo Cottages - Callander, Ontario 

Glen Echo CottagesGlen Echo Cottages - Serious About Fishing? So Are We!
come fish beautiful Lake Nipissing @ Glen Echo Cottages.
We are located on the south shore of Lake Nipissing in the channel to
Callander Bay. We have one of the most sheltered locations on the lake
which means if the weather is not co-operating on the Lake our guests
can frequently still get out on Callander Bay to fish.
We are committed to providing our guests with the “BEST FLEET OF BOATS ON LAKE NIPISSING”.

Town, Village & City Getaway of the Week

Auld Reekie Lodge - Gowganda, Ontario

Auld Reekie LodgeAuld Reekie Lodge - Planning a fishing trip? Our fishing is spectacular and our lakes offer Walleye, Pike, Perch Smallmouth Bass fishing and Lake Trout. For the ATV enthusiast, we have hundreds of miles of ATV trails are easily accessible from Gowganda and Auld Reekie Lodge. Guided tours are available with local experienced guides to lead you to the marked and unmarked trails. Ride to high lands with vistas that include beautiful lakes. Ride the hills and valley, explore old logging roads and survey some remaining stands of old growth forest.

Spa Getaway of the Week

Clarion Resort Pinewood Park - North Bay, Ontario

Clarion Resort Pinewood ParkClarion Resort Pinewood Park - Revive Your Senses Spa Packages Clarion Resort Pinewood Park offers a wellness experience at our Revive Your Senses Spa! Spa Services are provided by certified professionals in a tranquil setting. In addition to our spa services and treatments guests can enjoy our whirlpool, and sauna.

Attraction of the Week

Sir Sam's Ski & Bike - Haliburton, Ontario

Sir Sam’s Ski & Summer ResortSir Sam's Ski & Bike - Located 15 minutes North of Haliburton at Eagle Lake Sir Sam's offers 10 kms of Cross country and 7 kms of downhill trails including their new addition " Python" Gravity Run.  The sp
ort of mountain biking is a great way to spend time alone in nature or with friends and family. It brings us closer to the trees and dirt, tunes our reflexes and tones our bodies.  You can enjoy riding the trails up and down or use the lift to transport you and your bike to the top. 

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. See the operation of a scaling bar, a slusher, a muck machine and an operating jack-leg drill. Highlights include the colourful drilling and blasting display, an underground rail ride, a mine rescue station, glass sculptures and the largest gold nugget you will ever see!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Ontario Resorts: Types of Ontario Resorts Vacation Travel

Ontario resort types can vary depending on one's definition of a resort.  Many destinations in Ontario are resort destinations from an international travellers point of view.  This is a broader view of a geographic area.  Over time a resort industry in tourist destinations has evolved.  Often, a resort location has become associated with the name of a specific resort operation. See the many Ontario resort members of Ontario Travel North of Toronto website. Historically one can trace the resort industry back into the late 1800's with several resorts still operating today.  Most notably are the resorts north of Toronto. 

Photo:  Chippawa Cottage Beach Resort Sunset over Lake Kamaniskeg:  This is a second and third generation family resort operated by the Dunn Family. The destination is north of Bancroft, South of Barry's Bay in the Ottawa Valley. 

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Ontario Beaches Summer Fun North of Toronto

Georgian Bay Beach at Awenda Provincial Park
Featured Ontario Beach of the Day is located at Awenda Provincial Park near the town  Penetanguishene Ontario on Beautiful Georgian Bay...There are actually 3 beaches in this location including a Pet Friendly Beach. 

More information on historic Penetanguishene Ontario where you can visit Discovery Harbour, one of Ontario's premier attractions.

Ontario is renowned for fresh water beaches and spectacular lake setting...see more information on Ontario Beaches.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Book Your Summer Getaways North of Toronto

Book your Summer Getaways North of Toronto

Summer Resort Getaways, swimming at Resort Destinations with beaches, cool Lake day trips, Fishing, Canoeing & Kayaking, Camping, Hiking and Golfing are all part of a fantastic Summer holiday with the family.

Discover cottage country north of Toronto