Friday, September 30, 2011

Culture Days | 2011 Activities | Muskoka Heritage Place "Puzzling-Together Great Nations"

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Huntsville Ontario Welcome

Huntsville is celebrating Culture Days with a variety of activities. Check out more activities taking place in Huntsville Ontario during Culture Days. Follow Highway 11 north from Barrie. More information on Huntsville Ontario.

Culture Days | 2011 Activities | Meaford Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival

Culture Days | 2011 Activities | Meaford Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival: Meaford Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival
Watch out for Scarecrows this weekend

The Meaford Scarecrow Invasion & Family Festival is a completely volunteer driven community event, whose purpose is to foster community spirit, by involving and including all residents, businesses and organizations in planning and implementing the event. The Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival begins with the decorating of the town of Meaford with Scarecrows. Travel to Meaford via Highway 26 from Barrie More on Meaford Ontario

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

FREE Admission and Walking Tours in Barrie Ontario

Spirit Catcher on Barrie Waterfront

Barrie Walking Tours

Barrie, Ontario is one of the featured Ontario destinations and is hosting “Doors Open Barrie” in conjunction with Carnegie Days and the MacLaren Art Centre.  The contributions of Andrew Carnegie and the Carnegie Library built in l917 are being celebrated from September 29-October 2.  Participants  will be able to explore heritage buildings, natural spaces, architectural showpieces and community landmarks at community events including walking tours of Downtown Barrie on Saturday October 1, Old Allandale (new site of Go Train Station), and Barrie’s Union Cemetery  See information on Barrie Walking Tours

Barrie Waterfront Recreation  

Barrie, Ontario is one of the featured Ontario destinations and is hosting “Doors Open Barrie” in conjunction with Carnegie Days and the MacLaren Art Centre.  The contributions of Andrew Carnegie and the Carnegie Library built in l917 are being celebrated from September 29-October 2.

Barrie Farmers' Market

Carnegie Days
Carnegie Days offers visitors a variety of events that explore the role language plays in contemporary art.  Exhibitions, art projects, performances, author readings, artist talks, film and video screenings, guided tours and hands-on workshops take place at the MacLaren and across the City of Barrie.  See more details on Carnegie Days in Barrie. Visitors can access Barrie via Highway 400 north from Toronto.

Tours at New Mady Centre

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Ontario Fall Colour Events: Featured Festivals Fairs Studio Tours September 30-October 2, 2011

Fall Studio Tours

Annual Haliburton County Studio Tour 2011
Haliburton County
October 1-2, 2011 Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Visit the studios of Haliburton County's artists and craftspeople while enjoying the autumn colours of the Highlands. Visit each studio and experience the creative process. Talk to the artist or watch demonstrations. An abundance of hand.
Haliburton County Studio Tour Web Site
Area information and accommodation at Haliburton resorts, inns, cottages, hotels

The 21st Annual Sudbury Arts Tour will be held throughout the city of Greater Sudbury.
October 1-2, 2011
See Sudbury Hotels, Resorts, Inns,

Victoria County 25th Annual Studio Tour
Artists in the beautiful City of Kawartha Lakes

October 1-2, 2011
Come by car or bus to the City of Kawartha Lakes or by boat along the scenic Trent-Severn Waterway during the Fall season and experience the changing colours first hand – and our Artistic interpretation on site with practising and professional artists
Victoria County Studio Tour
Area Information and accommodation in the Kawarthas

Bancroft and Area Autumn Studio Tour
October 1-2, 2011
 Enjoy the rugged landscape and spectacular autumn colors while driving to visit the artists and artisans on our tour!  15 fascinating artists at 11 stops featuring pottery, bath products, ink pointillism, ornamental ironwork, jewelery, oil, acrylic, digital & water colour paintings, wood furniture, photography, stone sculpture, stained glass and leather goods.
Bancroft Studio Tour Website
more information on accommodation in Bancroft

Ottawa Valley Rural Ramble 2011
The annual Rural Ramble - a free self-guided driving tour featuring four weekends during the fall months for  of Adventure & Exploration Agriculture & Food weekend History & Heritage weekend and Arts & Culture  (October 1–2).
Book your hotel and resort accommodation in Barry's BayPembroke and Petawawa

Madawaska Valley Annual Madawaska Studio Tour
October 1-2, 2011
Discover the Artists, towns and villages of Combermere, Barry's Bay, Brudenell, Rockingham, Wilno, Purdy 
Madawaska Valley Studio Tour Web Site
Accommodation in Barry's Bay-Commbermere resorts, inns, cottages, cottage resorts

Fall Festivals & Fairs

MacLarenArtCentre Barrie

From September 29 through October 2, the MacLaren Art Centre in downtown Barrie presents Carnegie Days 2011, an annual festival of art and language that celebrates the building’s origins as Barrie’s public library with great events for visitors of all ages.
More Information & Accommodation in the Barrie area

ColourFest 2011
Haliburton Highlands, Haliburton Village
October 1, 2011

Packed with FUN & ART in the Haliburton Highlands
Vibrant street displays, headliner entertainment, square dance in the park, OPP golden helmets, vintage car show & parade, colourfest pet contest, spectacular colours bus ride to Skyline Park, giant pumpkin  guess-the-weight contest & prizes, "meet the animals" petting zoo, kids' colour splash art attack. incredible inflatables, clowns, buskers, youth unlimited corn roast, BBQ and so much more.
More Information & Accommodation in the Haliburton Area

A TRIBUTE TO PATSY CLINE, with the Wayward Wind
Saturday, October 1st | 7:00 pm
Erin Fairgrounds | Erin Ontario

An evening of music and performance featuring the legendary music of Patsy Cline.  Join us for this intimate evening under the stars.  The evening will include food samplings with some of the areas finest beers and wines.  Book accommodation at Millcroft Inn  or Hockley Valley Resort.  See more details on Patsy Cline Tribute

with Margaret Atwood and other top Canadian authors
September 30 - October 2, 2011

Make Deerhurst Resort your home base for the weekend with our special two-night package including both of the main evening events. Package includes:  Two nights' shared accommodation; Two tickets to see Margaret Atwood at the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville and Two tickets to attend The Stories Behind the Books at Deerhurst Resort RATE: From $249* per person, based on double occupancy 
call 1-800-461-4393 Or Visit

Apple Harvest Craft Show
Meaford, Ontario
Date: October 1, 2011
Web Site:
Accommodation can be found along Georgian Bay in Meaford, Owen Sound, Collingwood

The Port Elgin—Lake Huron Pumpkin Route -Oct 1-2, 2011
The 2011 pumpkin season is in full swing north of Toronto. The Port Elgin Pumpkin fest takes place on October 1-2, 2011. This route is a spectacular fall route covering the Grey Bruce Counties, the Blue Mountains, Beaver Valley, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Saugeen Shores, the Niagara Escarpement and the Ontario Farmlands. The Port Elgin Pumpkin Festival is a fun family event and may see a world record pumpkin on display. This year see the largest Watermelon weigh-in.
Accommodation can be found in Owen Sound

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Weather Forecast Excellent for October and Fall Colours--Environment Canada

According to Canadian Press Canadians should have ideal viewing weather in October to take in the splendor of the changing colours of the leaves, says the country's leading climatologist.
Environment Canada's David Phillips says warm days and cool crisp nights are ahead for people who want to snap pictures or just take in a feast for the eyes.
Fall Season Brings Spectacular Fall Colours

Fall Colours North of Toronto Road Trips
With such a positive forecast visitors planning a fall colour road trips should book accommodation in advance. See more than 50 October getaway packages and see all the options for fall road trips h ttp://

Thanksgiving getaway packages can be found at

Barrie Ontario Great Canadian Beaver Festival

Start to the Second Annual Barrie Beaver Festival-Sept. 24, 2011
Find more information on Barrie Ontario   

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Ontario Fall Festivals: Featured Festivals September 23-25, 2011

Fall Festivals Ontario

Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival
September 17 – 25, 2011
Cinefest Sudbury has developed into a 9-day event, evolving into a major cultural tourism event.
More information & Accommodations in Sudbury, ON

Ottawa International Animation Festival
September 21-25, 2011

The Ottawa International Animation Festival is the largest event of its kind in North America, offering the latest in animated films, panels, parties and free workshops for kids and teens.

More information & Accommodations in Ottawa, ON

Ottawa Valley Rural Ramble 2011
The annual Rural Ramble - a free self-guided driving tour: History & Heritage weekend (September 24-25) and Arts & Culture  (October 1–2).
Book your hotel and resort accommodation in Barry's BayPembroke and Petawawa

9th Annual Hike Haliburton Festival
September 23-25, 2011
With a variety of hikes to choose from there is truly something to suit all interests, ages and abilities.
Explore the natural and cultural heritage of the Highlands or just come for a good workout. Register for themed hikes lead by knowledgeable and engaging leaders and personalities or venture out on one or more our scenic public trails with friends and family

Pinestone Resort, Conference Centre, Spa & Golf Course is offering a 10% discount on accommodation for Hike Haliburtion participants.
More information & Accommodation in Minden, ON
More information & Accommodation in Haliburton, ON

Annual Great Canadian Beaver Race & Festival
Barrie, On

September 23-24, 2011
The 2nd Annual Great Canadian Beaver Race & Festival will be held on September 23rd and 24th at Heritage Park in Barrie, Ontario. Hosted by the Kempenfelt Rotary Club, the Great Canadian Beaver Race & Festival is a celebration of being Canadian with a focus on the iconic beaver. All proceeds from this event are donated to deserving groups and charities.  The Great Canadian Beaver Race and Festival will welcome two of Canada’s best-known acts Teenage Head and Platinum Blonde.
Accommodations in the Barrie area

Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
Midland, ON
Franco-Ontarian Day:
September 25, 2011
A celebration of French culture in Ontario with special exhibits and activities.
Info: 705 526-7838
Web: Web Site Click Here

Recommended Accommodation in Midland area

Ontario Fall Colour Events: Featured Festivals Fairs Studio Tours September 23-25, 2011

Fall Fairs Ontario
Huntsville Fall Fair
Date: September 23-25, 2011
Information on Huntsville Area Hotels,
Inn, Resorts, Cottages

Find more Fall Fairs in Ontario 

Fall Studio Tours Ontario

Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour
September 24 & 25, 2011
The Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour is proud to continue its rich legacy of the arts in 2011, our 33rd year of presenting scores of diversely talented artists. The Muskoka landscape and the artists who draw their inspiration from it extend a special welcome to visitors on this glorious weekend in Autumn.  Find Muskoka Romantic Getaways 

Find links to more Studio Tours in Ontario

Fall Colours..Studio Tours..Fall Fairs Ontario

Studio Tours Ontario FallOntario Fall Colours

Ontario fall colours in resorts and resort destinations north of Toronto offer the best  leaf changes for fun and romance. Studio tours and fall fairs offer great day trips to see the changing leaves.   Discover autumn fall road trips in cottage country north of Toronto with a weekend mini-vacation or pick your last minute getaways  for a quick road trip north at a country inn, cottage, b&b, chalet or  hotel.  Ontario has many overnight family fun getaway packages and romantic getaway packages  for couples during the fall color season.   Plan your  September getaways for  preferred accommodation.  Colour weekends are being planned along with the Thanksgiving long holiday weekend.

Ontario Resort Travel Destination-Association Picks of the Week

Featured Ontario Destinations & Travel Tourism Associations

Haliburton Highlands Tourism RegionHaliburton Highlands Tourism Region (
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

Ruby's Cottage Resort & B&B - Algonquin Highlands, Ontario

Ruby's Cottage Resort & B&BRuby's Cottage Resort & B&B - Small, friendly lakeside Cottage Resort & B&B on beautiful Boshkung Lake in Haliburton County. Seven lakeside housekeeping cottages (one with personal hot tub), some with woodstoves. The B&B Suite has a personal hot tub. On site games room with satellite TV, ping-pong table; central hot tub room, wireless high speed internet. Complimentary use of canoes, kayaks,paddleboat, sailboards, snowshoes, cross-country skis. Walk, bike, ATV, snowmobile, cross-country and downhill ski, dogsledding nearby. Ice fishing on premises. In summer months, we have a beautiful sandy beach, docks, sunning deck and gazebo. Algonquin Park is only 45 mins drive.

Family Getaway of the Week

Terrawoods on Muskoka Shores Cottage - Parry Sound, Ontario

Terrawoods Cottage and RV ResortTerrawoods on Muskoka Shores Cottage - Come and enjoy the peace and serenity of Horseshoe Lake. The cottages are heated
with fireplaces or wall heaters and if you don’t want to enjoy a camp
fire outside you can always curl up and enjoy the propane fire inside
and the cable TV.. The canoes, kayaks and paddle-boats are all included
and boat & motor rentals are available. The ATV trail is practically
at our door-step.

Hiking Getaways of the Week

Shamrock Lodge - Port Carling, Ontario

Shamrock LodgeShamrock Lodge - Cozy lakeside accommodations, Home cooked country breakfasts & Delectable candlelight dining, close to many hiking trails, indoor swimming pool, hot tub & sauna, games rooms with billiards and ping pong. Golfing: Shamrock Lodge is located within minutes of Muskoka’s finest private and public golf courses. Hiking: Explore the woodlands by planning a hike on one or more of many hiking trails, offering breathtaking views of Lake Rosseau and the surrounding rocky landscape

Town, Village & City Getaway of the Week

Travelodge - North Bay, Ontario

Travelodge Airport North Bay (Hwy 11 & 17)Travelodge. -From starting your day with a refreshing morning swim in
our INDOOR POOL or HOT TUB and COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST, to curling up in your COMFORTABLE bed, we make it happen. Our hotel offers FREE HIGH SPEED internet access and PETS are always welcome and stay FREE. Our TRAVELODGE has a variety of room types in smoking and non-smoking, including KING-SIZED Executive rooms with a fridge and microwave. We offer FREE PARKING and can accommodate busess and transports. Our hotel is within walking distance of the area's largest shopping complex and a few minutes car ride to beautiful
parks and our spectacular waterfront. Thousands of km's of freshly groomed
snowmobile trails are accessible from our back door. TEMPTED?

Spa Getaway of the Week

Ste. Anne's Country Inn Spa - Grafton, Ontario

Ste. Anne's Country Inn SpaSte. Anne's Country Inn Spa - Renewal Day Spa From $149 per person, for the whole day. Enjoy a relaxing day in the country at Canada's Favourite Spa this summer - not only will you receive $100 towards the spa treatment(s) of your choosing, the rest of your day will be preoccupied with calming your mind and body. Linger over a delicious 3-course lunch and choose from a variety of group wellness classes including yoga, meditation, BOSU ball, hiking, walking and stretch class. Your day doesn't have to end after lunch either; take advantage of our pools, steam rooms, walking trails and more, which are all available to you. Don't forget to save room for afternoon tea! Reserve your Summer Renewal Day Spa soon, as there are only 10 available each day on a first-come first-served basis.

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

Muskoka Wildlife Centre - Severn Bridge, Ontario

Muskoka Wildlife CentreMuskoka Wildlife Centre
- Take a walk through the forest and explore our trails which feature the largest collection of native wildlife in the province.  Our exhibits of live animals include moose, wolves, eagles, bears, beavers, lynx, owls, wolverines, falcons, various reptiles and amphibians and much more.  Enjoy daily park programming like our "Meet the Creature" sessions and our "Beast Feasts". Located 20 minutes north of Orillia or 10 minutes south of Gravenhurst, right on Highway 11 North.  OPEN WEEKENDS ALL YEAR!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fall Fishing Tournaments 2011-Win Big Prizes

Early Morning September on  Lake Simcoe
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The Barrie Fall Fishing Festival--Win Prizes

September 23-October 3, 2011. A catch & release perch fishing tournament.  Enjoy fishing along with the beautiful fall weather and the spectacular fall colours of Kempenfelt Bay.  Put on by the Rotary Club of Barrie Huronia, the event is anticipated to be the largest of its kind on Lake Simcoe.  An estimated prize pool in excess of $50,000 is expected to attract more than 5000 anglers over the 10-day period. Grand Prizes and 100-tagged cash prize fish.  Each tagged fish is sponsored by a business – when you bring us the live-tagged fish - you win the corresponding prize for that tag, valued between $500 and $2500!  
More information on the Barrie Fishing Festival.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fall Colour Road Trip-Train Trip to Agawa Canyon

The Toronto Star featured the famous Agawa Canyon this week  Fall Colours: Train ride to inspiring Northern Ontario.The Fall Colour Road trip took us to St. Joseph's island before we hit Sault Ste. Marie Ontario.  A delightful side trip and as we found out one of Canada's top Maple Syrup Producing Areas.
St. Joseph's Island Side Trip
Lower Level Platform View of Fall Colours

Higher Platform View of Fall Colours

Back to the Train in Agawa Canyon

Agawa Canyon Park Welcome

If you are unable to make the Agawa Canyon trip this year, there is always next year.  Check the suggested road trips for fall colours suggested here at Ontario Fall Colour Road Trips

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Ontario Farmers' Markets for best produce and Canadian products.

Farmers' markets are bursting with fall produce, baked goods, and a variety of  homemade crafts and creams and lotions.  See additional farmers' market photo gallery

Fresh Fall Produce

Cheeky Treats Cupcakes

Natural Creams and Lotions

Market Tunes by the Lake at  Barrie Farmers' Market
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Ontario Fall ColoursStudio Tours Ontario Fall

Ontario Resorts and resort destinations north of Toronto fall fun and romance. Studio tours and fall fairs offer great day trips to see leaf color changes.   Discover autumn Ontario hiking getaways in cottage country north of Toronto with a weekend mini-vacation or pick your last minute getaways  for a quick road trip north at a country inn, cottage, b&b, chalet or  hotel.  Ontario has many overnight family fun getaway packages and romantic getaway packages  for couples during the fall color season.   Plan your  September getaways for  preferred accommodation.  Autumn colours fall road trips are being planned along with the Thanksgiving long holiday weekend.

Ontario Resort Travel Destination-Association Picks of the Week

Featured Ontario Destinations & Travel Tourism Associations

Georgian Bay Waters Virtual Eco MuseumGeorgian Bay Waters Virtual Eco Museum(
The waters of Georgian Bay flow from many of the freshest rivers, streams, and fresh water springs in the world. Much of Georgian Bay's water starts flowing from the watershedd surrounding the Bay (a bay that is so immense that Samuel Chaplain called it a "Sweet Sea" en francais, "La Mer Douce" . Many say Georgian Bay is the sixth Great Lake. Georgian Bay Eco Museum attempts to present an overview of Georgian Bay as a tourist destination, and  the importance of the watersheds that flow into Georgian Bay...providing a wealth of recreation opportunities that include beach locations, hiking trails, canoe & kayaking routes, water falls, agricultural communities, waterfront resorts, restaurants & cafes, and farmers'  markets; The area includes significant United Nations Biosphere Reserves, National and Provincial Parks, and numerous Ontario Conservation areas. See
Georgian Bay Eco Museum or check Georgian Bay Quick Links.

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 Gate Nor'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.

Family Getaway of the Week

The Briars Resort & Spa - Jacksons Point, Ontario

The Briars Resort & SpaThe Briars Resort & Spa - Late Summer Escapes: September 5 to October 7 Your package includes accommodation, use of indoor and outdoor pools, fitness and games rooms, tennis courts, walking trails and bicycles. Fall Weekend Programs include guided walks dancing and more.  Rates are from $159 to $259 per person, per night including accommodation and all meals. From $109 per person per night with room and breakfast

Hiking Getaways of the Week

Algonuin Woods - Emsdale, Ontario

Algonquin WoodsAlgonquin Woods - Make Algonquin Woods your base for some of the best hiking in Ontario. We are 45 minutes to the West Gate of Algonquin Park and only 10 minutes to Arrowhead. Besides that, Muskoka is full of trails. We are happy to assist you with any of your planning. We have 10 clean, cozy cottages with great views of pristine Clear lake. P.S. Our fall colours are magnificent.

Town, Village & City Getaway of the Week

Tornado's Canadian Resorts Inc. - Port Loring, Ontario

Tornado's Canadian Resorts Inc.Tornado's Canadian Resorts Inc. - Weekend cottage rentals. Waterfront 2, 3 and 5 bedroom housekeeping cottages on the Pickerel River water system. Featuring fully equipped kitchens, propane BBQs, 3 piece bath, sitting area, covered porch, sand beach, swimming, boat, canoe and kayak rentals, boat dockage. Starting at 2 bedroom/2 nights
for $315.00 for up to 4 people after Sept. 6.

Spa Getaway of the Week

Moulin Wakefield Mill - Wakefield, (Greater Ottawa Area), Ontario

Wakefield Mill Inn & SpaMoulin Wakefield Mill - Benefit from ultimate relaxation with this spa package. Package includes: 1 night stay. Table d'hôte dinner & full country breakfast. Luncheon. Gratuities on the meals. 2 spa treatments of 60 minutes of your choice (per person). Use of outdoor hot tub. From $349.00 per person, based on double occupancy

Attraction of the Week

Hardwood Ski and Bike - Oro Station, Ontario

Hardwood Ski and Bike - Located only 7 minutes from Carriage Ridge Resort, Hardwood Ski & Bike offers over 80km of mountain bike trails rates as "Fun", "Gnarly", "Serious" and "Radical". This
season's new "Crank'd" trail will be a favourite for all ages. Getaways include passes at Hardwood Ski & Bike and
accommodation at Carriage Ridge Resort
From only $89

Attraction of the Week

Huronia Museum & Huron/Ouendat Village - Midland, Ontario

Huronia Museum & Huron/Ouendat VillageHuronia Museum &  Huron/Ouendat Village - The Historic Art of Huronia Gallery in the museum building opened and displays art by David Milne, Homer Watson, Manly MacDonald, Franklin Arbuckle, Hilton Hassell, Mary Hallen (Victorian era watercolours), William J. Wood, Thor Hansen, Ted Lord, Group of Seven artists (A.Y. Jackson, Franz Johnston, J. E. H. MacDonald) along with contemporary art, native art and archaelogical collections of Ouendat and Ojibway First Nations. Other exhibits are about Georgian Bay lighthouses, shipwrecks, maritime and military heritage. There is also an extensive photographic collection of the work of Midland’s long-time professional photographer, John W. Bald.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Fall Colours, Camera and Action--Fall Travel Tips Ontario

Fall Colour Photo's-Many Memories in color!
Today's Globe and Mail identified 3 items that are essential for a fall hiking getaway. 
Actually there are more than 3 items you should not forget to consider on a fall colour hike...and I have counted up to a dozen. Perhaps the most important is a pair of binoculars for wildlife spotting. When the sun is out and you are sweaty and you happen upon a nearby beach, a pair of swim trunks and one of those waters absorbing small towels will come in handy. See more of Taylor's fall tips.  
See items from Globe and Mail, Hiking in the fall colours?.  Photo by R.Taylor

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Ontario Events: Featured Events, Festivals Fairs September 9-11, 2011

Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre POW WOW
Sainte-Marie Park, Midland, ON  September 10-11, 2011

This annual POW WOW, presented by the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre at Sainte-Marie Park, is open to the public. It features Native dancing, traditional crafts and foods, and much more.
Info: 705 526-5589
Accommodation in the Midland Area

Doors Open Kawartha Lakes 2011
September 11, 2011
For a complete list of participating sites and local maps, contact the Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce.
Accommodation in the Kawarthas Area

Owen Sound Fair
Date: September 8-10, 2011
Accommodation in the Owen Sound Area

Orillia Fair
Date: September 9-11, 2011
Accommodation in the Orillia Area

Renfrew Fall Fair
Date: September 7-11, 2011

Bruce Mines Fair
Date: September 9-11, 2011

Severn Bridge Fair
Date: September 10, 2011
Accommodations in the Severn Bridge Area

Taste of Blue
September 10th. 2011
Blue Mountain Village-Blue Mountain, Ontario
A culinary experience of local proportions! Tasting kits for food, local cider, wine, beer & all things APPLE. Plus live music, fashion show, cooking demontrations, guided hiking & gondola rides. Tasting Kits - $20
Web Site Click Here
Accommodation in the Collingwood-Blue Mountain

Smiths Falls
September 10, 2011
Pancake breakfast, crafters & vendors, face painting, petting zoo, 50's-60's music, farming tools, hit & miss engines, pickle & salsa judging.

Ottawa Valley Rural Ramble 2011
The annual Rural Ramble - a free self-guided driving tour featuring four weekends of Adventure & Exploration (September 10-11), Agriculture & Food weekend (September 17-18), History & Heritage weekend (September 24-25) and Arts & Culture  (October 1–2).
Book your hotel and resort accommodation in Barry's BayPembroke and Petawawa


Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Ontario Fall Fairs-Fall Colours

Romantic Sunset GetawaysStudio Tours Ontario Fall
Ontario Resorts and resort destinations north of Toronto are providing lots of fall fun and romance.  Fall fairs and exhibitions offer great day trips.   Discover autumn Ontario hiking getaways in cottage country north of Toronto with a weekend mini-vacation or pick your last minute getaways  for a quick road trip north at a resort, inn, cottage, b&b, chalet or  or hotel.   Ontario has many overnight family fun getaway packages and romantic getaway packages  for couples during the fall color season.   Plan your studio tours and  September getaways for  preferred accommodation.  Autumn colours fall road trips are being planned along with the Thanksgiving long holiday weekend. 

Ontario Resort Travel Destination-Association Picks of the Week

Featured Ontario Destinations & Travel Tourism Associations

Ontario's Highlands Tourism OganizationOntario's Highlands
Come to know Ontario’s Highlands! You don't need to travel far from home to experience some of eastern Ontario's most thrilling outdoor activities, breathtaking landscapes and quaint country hamlets. Ontario's Highlands is a region abundant with all these attractions, and is a mere half-hour drive from downtown Ottawa—or 2.5 hours worth of singing to your favourite driving songs along our scenic highways on your way from Toronto. Ask yourself what you're looking for: High-energy adventure? Solace from the city? Time with family & friends? An unforgettable experience you'll never forget? Whatever it is, you'll find it here

Romantic Getaway of the Week

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

Family Getaway of the Week

Hay Lake Lodge & Cottages - Whitney , Ontario
Hay Lke Lodge & CottagesHay Lake Lodge & Cottages - Your own private log cabin. A deck looking out over the lake. Quiet. Welcome to Hay Lake Lodge and Cottages. Unwind and relax in a truly peaceful setting. Let us bring you breakfast each morning, so you can sit on your porch sipping coffee, enjoying the natural surroundings. Our fully-equipped kitchens allow you to prepare dinner on your schedule, not ours. Come for a getaway, come for a get-together with friends or family. Paddle a canoe or kayak across our lake into Algonquin Park. Bike the old logging roads, or relax with a book. Just 3 1/2 hours from Toronto, on Algonquin Park’s Quiet Side.

Fishing Getaways of the Week

West Nipissing Resort - Lavigne, Ontario
West Nipissing ResortWest Nipissing Resort - Get away on a 3 day, 2 night fishing trip and your nights are free. Yes Free!!! In the months of May, June, September and October, 2011 rent any fishing boat for 3 days and get a 2 night cottage rental free. Have your own Boat? No problem. We have a sale for you too. Rent any size cottage for 3 nights and receive the 4th night free. Yes Free!!!  Offer good for Weekdays and Weekends. Specials can not be used concurrently or during Holidays or Holiday Weekends. Taxes, gasoline are extra.

Town, Village & City Getaway of the Week

Westwind Inn On The Lake - Buckhorn, Ontario
Westwind Inn On The Lake Couples ResortWestwind Inn On The Lake - Peaceful, intimate & serene. Discover our spectacular wilderness setting. Cozy log cabin style rooms with fireplace and private balcony, rustic luxury suites, jet tubs for two, great foods, fine wines and genuine service. Enjoy many fun complimentary activities for every season...skis, skates, snowshoes, canoes, kayaks, row boats, pedal boats, trails, bikes, pool and beach. Outdoor hot tub, sauna, games room. So Much to explore, great area golf, snowmobile trails, galleries, trading
posts, artisans, small towns, quaint villages and so much more! Spa services
available by prior reservation

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
Shania Twain CentreWye 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

Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve - Haliburton, Ontario
Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve Ltd.Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve - Why not experience the fall colours from above the tree tops.  The Walk in the Clouds, a four hour tour runs until the end of October allowing participants to view the fall colours.  Tours run twice a day for your convenience, accompanied by a complimentary pass to the Wolf Centre. Canopy Tours are $95 per adult and $75 per youth 10-17 plus HST.  Pre-Registration is required.