Monday, October 17, 2011

Ontario Ski Snowboard SwapsNorth of Toronto October 21-23

Ontario Ski Snowboard Swaps North of Toronto 2011-12 Ski Snowboard Season  

Barrie Area

Hardwood Ski and Bike

Largest Nordic Ski Swap in North America.
Annual Open House Ski Swap Oct. 22-23, 2011
More info on Hardwood Ski and Bike Ski Swap
Make a weekend of your ski swap time and stay overnight in Barrie Ontario.
See hotels, inns, resorts in Barrie, ON.

Horseshoe Valley Ski Resort
Annual Ski Swap & Job Fair October 22-23, 2011
Ski & Snowboard Equipment Sales Discounted Ski & Snow Sort Membership Sales, Ski School & Kid's Korral Program Sales. Horseshoe Valley Ski Resort Ski Swap
Make a weekend of your ski swap time and stay overnight in Barrie Ontario.
See hotels, inns, resorts in Barrie, ON.

Mount St. Louis Moonstone
Annual Ski & Snowboard Swap
October 22, 2011
Mount St. Louis Moonstone ski swap
Make a weekend of your ski swap time and stay overnight in Barrie Ontario.
See hotels, inns, resorts in Barrie, ON.

Ontario Events & Festivals: Featured Fall Festivals & Studio Tours October 21-23, 2011


Barrie Film Festival
Barrie, Ontario
October 14-23, 2011
13th annual film festival showcasing the finest Canadian Independent and World cinema, also includes special guest Q&As, parties, short film competition and Director's brunch.
More information & Accommodation in Barrie, ON

Ottawa International Writers Festival: Fall 2011 Edition
October 20-25, 2011
Come hear the latest stories, ideas, and debates! Our 15th anniversary edition features Michael Ondaatje, Adrienne Clarkson, Ian Rankin, and many more.
More information & Accommodation in Ottawa, ON  

Fall Studio Tours 

Kissing Bridge Trail Studio Tour,
October 22-23, 2011 Elmira and area.

Country Creations Artisan Tour,
October 22-23,  2011, St. Mary’s.

Scenes of Sandbanks and Beyond
October 22 -November 6, 2011
Black Prince Winery is hosting the 4th annual Scenes of Sandbanks and Beyond, original art show and sale, October 22nd to November 7th with an opening reception on October 21st from 7pm – 9pm.  This year’s show, located in the art cellar, will house over 50 local artists utilizing a wide variety of disciplines including;  fabric art, pottery, sculpture, photography, oil, watercolour, encaustic and acrylic paintings. 
Stay book hotels in Belleville or Trenton.

Halloween Happenings 

Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve
A Haunted House - October 30th
Join Haliburton Forest staff for a bone chilling night of tricks and treats. The haunted house opens at 7pm and will run until 9 pm. It features a haunted walk through a forest filled with ghosts and ghouls, ending at a spine chilling mad house. This event is suitable for all ages and admission is by donation.
More information & accommodation in Haliburton, ON

Meet the Marsh Monster
Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

Midland, On
October 29-30, 2011
Come out and hear the legend of the Marsh Monster and to celebrate Halloween. Take a haunted walk through eerie trails, illuminated by grinning jack-o-lanterns, searching for the Marsh Monster. Wear your most creative costume and please bring a flashlight
Stay at inns, resorts, hotels in Midland Ontario, more on Penetanguishene on Georgian Bay

Haunted Harbour At Discovery Harbour
October 26-28, 2011 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
“Haunted Harbour” will be a fun (and spooky!) evening at Discovery Harbour, where all manner of characters and creatures will take root at the historic site, sure to fright and delight even the most wary of traveller. Stroll the ghostly historic properties along candlelit paths, and peer into the historic buildings to see what awaits. Watch out for witches, a bag of bones, a giant spider, skeletons, a beating heart, eerie graveyard, “living” trees, and lots of wiggly critters – be careful where you step! Pirate fans will love the House o’ Loot where the bounty overflows, and little folks can try their hand at a special Hallowe’en craft. Admission’s just $5.00 per person plus a non-perishable food item (which will be donated to the local Food Bank). Children ages 5 and under are free.
Stay at inns, resorts, hotels in Midland Ontario, more on Penetanguishene on Georgian Bay.

Fall Festivals...Studio Tours.....Romantic Getaways

Ontario featured resorts and destinations for Halloween weekend getaways north of Toronto. See Halloween Tips with links to Pumpkin farms.  Studio tours and fall festivals continue and offer up early Christmas shopping ideas.  Fall leaf colours continue to be on display for road trip "day trip fun" during October.  Discover autumn fall road trips in cottage country north of Toronto with a weekend mini-vacation or pick your last minute getaway  for a quick romantic road trip north at a country inn, cottage, b&b, chalet or  hotel.  Ontario has many overnight October family fun getaway packages and featured romantic getaway packages  for couples during the fall color season.

Ontario Resort Travel Destination-Association Picks of the Week

Featured Ontario Destinations & Travel Tourism Associations
North MuskokaNorth Muskoka Region (
Muskoka is widely recognized as one of Canada's most popular vacation
spots. Whether it is a romantic getaway with someone special, a
summer family vacation or special group gathering, the many choices
of cottage resorts, inns and lodges make North Muskoka an excellent
place to spend a holiday. The resorts in North Muskoka have been
greeting guests for generations and are a true reflection of the Muskoka vacation experience. The North Muskoka directory features private and family owned accommodations offering: Accommodations only minutes from Algonquin Park, Huntsville and Lake of Bays. Family vacation packages and couples getaways. Weddings and conference venues. Casual restaurants and fine dining.

Romantic Getaway of the Week
Trillium Resort and Spa - Port Sydney, Ontario
Trillium Resort and SpaTrillium Resort and Spa -Intimate and tranquil, our adult only retreat is the ideal escape.  Situated on a private lake that feeds a spirited waterfall, it is nestled amidst 86 acres of pristine forest.Specials. October - 15% discount off chalets available on some packages for a stay in October. November - For a mid-week stay rate including dinner & breakfast is $89 per person per night for a cottage and $99 per person per night for a chalet.

Family Getaway of the Week
Hall’s Housekeeping Cottages - Honey Harbour, Ontario
Hall’s Housekeeping CottagesHall’s Housekeeping Cottages - Hall’s Cottages is a Georgian Bay Ontario cottage resort offering boat rentals, docking facilities, and cottage vacation packages for families. We feature Georgian Bay fishing for Pike, Walleye, Small Mouth Bass, Muskie and Salmon. Located 1 1/2 hours North of Toronto. Fall Specials 15% discount for a weekly stay

Hiking Getaways of the Week
Cutter's Cove Cottages - Emsdale, Ontario
Cutter's Cove CottagesCutter's Cove Cottages - The hiking world is in our back yard. Arrowhead and Algonquin Provincial Parks close by or explore one of many local trails. We have nine adorable clean housekeeping cottages to relax in after a days outing. We are located on Clear Lake just north of Huntsville. Canoes, kayaks, rowboats, water slide and our own 2 km walking trail to round off your weekend.

Town, Village & City Getaway of the Week
Blue Mountain – Collingwood Vacation Rentals for all Seasons -
Blue Mountains, Ontario
Chateau Ridge CondoBlue Mountain – Collingwood Vacation Rentals for all Seasons -Autumn is a great time to enjoy the convenient walking access to the area’s golf courses, Plunge pool, biking trails, or hike to the mountain top to enjoy the incredible view. Reserve now to enjoy the brilliant fall colours! Unload your car, throw away your keys and enjoy your family/group getaway staying at one of our Blue Mountain – Collingwood vacation rentals perfect for any time of the year!  Both feature fully equipped kitchens with major and small appliances. Bedrooms are spacious. Both condominiums feature a great entertaining space with panoramic views of Blue Mountain.

Spa Getaway of the Week
Touchstone on Lake Muskoka - Bracebridge, Ontario
Touchstone on Lake MuskokaTouchstone on Lake Muskoka -A Touch of Pampering – from $570 per couple. Starting May 15th – October 31, 2011. Touchstone will invigorate your mind, spirit & body. Start your day with our healthy breakfast basket in your luxury suite. Two 60 minute massage - your choice of Swedish or Aroma; One Classic Manicure & one Classic Pedicure

Attraction of the Week

Shania Twain Centre - Timmins, Ontario
Shania Twain CentreShania Twain Centre - Built in honor of the famous hometown girl, the Shania Twain Centre enables fans from around the world to find out more about this popular superstar. The Shania Twain Centre was built to celebrate Shania, her successes and her growth from young artist in Timmins to international uperstar. The Centre includes a 4,000-square-foot exhibit space on Shania, a 1,200-square-foot traveling exhibit space and a 1,000-square-foot retail area and houses over a $1-million worth in memorabilia including awards and clothing loaned by Shania.

Attraction of the Week
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures - Collingwood, Ontario
Scenic Caves Nature AdventuresScenic Caves Nature Adventures - The self-guided walking trails through the caves, caverns and to the suspension bridge takes approx. 2 hours to complete. Please allow extra time for additional activities. Venture Deep Inside Blue Mountain. Explore a labyrinth of caves and crevices. Search near Ekarenniondi for the shadows which marked paths to the mysterious underworld. Explore the hidden natural fortress which sheltered the Petun people from their enemies. Descend into the ice cave - a crevasse so deep and cold that snow and ice often remain here through early summer.