Sunday, December 23, 2012

Weekend Festival of Lights, Santafest, Santa Claus Celebrations, Ski Hills Open Dec. 21-23, 2012 North of Toronto

Weekend December 21-23, 2012

Ontario weekend getaways to attractions, Christmas Tree Lighting, Santafest, Christmas Arts and Craft Shows, Alpine Skiing and romantic road trips to lakeside sunsets. 

Your source for last-minute weekend getaways and day trips for December 2012

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FEATURED SANTA CLAUS CELEBRATION --December 21-23, 2012


Celebrate SantaFest at Santa’s Village


11:00am until 4:00pm
Come celebrate winter and the joy of the season with Santa and his Elves!
Admission is $7.50/person and children under 2 are free
Enjoy Santa’s winter activities, all included in the price of admission:
  • Horse drawn sleigh rides
  • Seasonal Kids Activities
  • Face Painting
  • Gingerbread Cookie Decorating for the kids
  • Craft Making
  • Colouring & Letter Writing
  • Petting Farm
  • Marshmallow Roasting
  • Story Time
  • And of course visits with Santa
2013 Season Pass at an incredible price of just $59.95*


A Portage Flyer Christmas - Evening train ride to Santa
at Muskoka Heritage Place
Huntsville, ON
Sunday, December 22, 2012
5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. (last train leaves at 7:30 pm)
$5.00 per person (child or adult) tax included
$5.00 per person
An evening of magic with all the joy & hope, sparkle, twinkle & dazzle of the festive season Last chance to tell Santa your side of the story!
stay at resorts, inns, hotels Huntsville, ON, Huntsville hotels on-line 

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EATURED FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AND CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONIES  -December 21-23, 2012 

Christmas Lights Across Canada
Ottawa, ON
December 6, 2012 to January 7, 2013
In Canada’s Capital, the winter landscape glows with over 300,000 multicoloured lights during the holiday season. The festivities begin with an illumination ceremony in early December and continue until early January. Throughout Christmas Lights Across Canada, the lights in Ottawa–Gatineau glow each evening from 4:30 pm to 2 am.

Stay at resorts, inns, hotels near Ottawa, ON      Book Ottawa hotels. on-line


Festival of Northern Lights Catch The Magic
Owen Sound, ON
Owen Sound & Area Accommodation
November 16, 2012 to January 6, 2013

Stay at resorts, inns, hotels in Owen Sound, ON

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BARRIE, Ontario

Horseshoe Resort
Horseshoe Resort is open for Day Alpine Skiing.

 2012/2013 Alpine Season Passes Now on Sale
The best way to enjoy a snowy Ontario Winter is on the Slopes of Horseshoe Resort. Help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary this season! Come and enjoy our 26 runs, 6 lifts and magic carpet childrens area, ranging from beginner to advanced terrain. Experience the great winter conditions from 9am-10pm daily.  We have the Seasons Pass to get you out there.

MacLaren Art Centre


Barrie, ON
Cool Yule and New Year's camps for children run from December 27 until January 4
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Barrie, ON
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BLUE MOUNTAINS - COLLINGWOOD, Ontario



Blue Mountain Village
December is Frost Frenzy: Fireworks every Saturday during December at 8pm!  
The Holiday spirit is very much alive in the Blue Mountain Village during FROST FRENZY starting with so many FREE activities including FIREWORKS every Saturday at 8pm all month long plus we look forward to the return of Santa, Carollers and Horse & Wagon rides – here every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-4pm all month long.
Blue Mountain Village-Shop! (20 stores to discover)  Holiday Shopping is a family sport here in the Village – stores are open 7 days a week and we keep kids busy so parents can shop!  Holidays Hours Dec 1-December 20th: Daily 10am-7pm, open late till 9pm Friday & Saturday – Dec 21st – Dec 23rd 10am – 9pm!




Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Nordic Season Passes Now On Sale
BOOK for Early Season Pass Prices
Pre-season discounts on your Scenic Caves Nature Adventures Season’s Pass until December 31, 2012.

SPECIAL: 
 3 Days of Crossing Country Skiing or Snowshoeing at Scenic Caves Nordic Centre.-$49.99
 

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Blue Mountains / Collingwood
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ORO STATION, Ontario

Hardwood Ski & Bike
There are a number of options for memberships which include:
7-Day Season Pass – ski/snowshoe every day
5-Day Season Pass – ski Monday to Friday (except holidays)
With your membership or seasons pass you will also receive coupons for various discounts at Hardwood for you to enjoy and to share with your friends.
 
Click here for Trail conditions

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels  Barrie, ON   Orillia, ON
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HALIBURTON, Ontario 

Sir Sam's Ski & Bike
Sir Sam's Ski & Bike
Haliburton
Book ahead for great Family deals on lift tickets and rentals


CASH IN ON INCREDIBLE PRE-CHRISTMAS SAVINGS!!!
Daily lift tickets, rental equipment and lesson programs will be 50% off the regular price on the following dates:
Weekend of December 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 21, 22 & 23, 2012
(can not be used in conjunction with any other discounts)

And Great Accommodation Rates:
50% off cottage rental at Buttermilk Falls Resort for all skiers/boarders riding at Sir Sam's on any of the above weekends.
Weekend Deals at the Bonnie View Inn -Room Only Stays from $80/night -same dates apply.

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ONTARIO HIGHLANDS DESTINATION

Art Sale
Smith Falls, ON
Heritage House Museum
November 3 - December 19, 2012
Original works by over 25 local artists. Whether your personal taste leans towards landscapes, still life studies, impressionism or sculpture, you will be surprised and pleased by the wide variety of works available. Come find the perfect Christmas gift for family, friends or yourself! Open daily 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Heritage House Museum.

Christmas comes to Heritage House

Smith Falls, ON
Heritage House Museum
November 5 – December 23, 2012
Enjoy the festive Victorian surroundings and discover the origins of our Christmas traditions. 


Festival of Light Gala
Grail Springs
Bancroft

North Hastings 
December 21-23, 2012Be transported to a New World for 3-days and 2-nights as we celebrate the completion of the Mayan calendar and usher in the New Era of Light.  

More information on Ontario Highland’s Destination
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OTTAWA & OTTAWA VALLEY, Ontario

Vaudeville Variety ShowAlmonte Old Town Hall
December 22, 2012

Classically trained local musicians

More Information on Ottawa Valley Destination
 Pembroke hotels on-line,
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TOWNSHIP OF ALGONQUIN HIGHLANDS TRAILS DEPARTMENT

Frost Centre Ski & Snowshoe Trail

Algonquin Highlands
20130 Hwy 35
2012-2013 Season's passes available.
Cross country Ski on 26km of groomed and trackset trails for the morning, take a break or eat lunch by the woodstove in the historic towermans cabin and then head out for an afternoon of snowshoeing on 11km of backcountry snowshoe trails overlooking beautiful St. Nora Lake.

~ $30/person+tx includes skis, boots, poles, snowshoes and trail passes for the day (A $53 value!).
~ Incredible restaurants and accommodations are available nearby.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Minden, ON   Haliburton, ON 
More information on the Township of Algonquin Highlands Trails Department
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Ontario Winter Getaways December Christmas and New Years

WINTER GETAWAYS NORTH OF TORONTO

Ontario Winter Travel December Featured Weekend Getaways.  Plan now for the winter holiday season for the best getaways for cross-country skiing, downhill boarding and skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Questions Contact Us


Romantic Ontario Getaway Pick

The Irwin Inn - Lakefield, ON

The Irwin InnThe Irwin Inn - Hauntingly beautiful, prestigious Stoney Lake is natural, rugged beauty to perfection. Perched on the south shore, the Irwin Inn offers an escape from life's pressures, a place to unwind, in any season. Experience the country ambience of a starlit sky and outstanding lake views from a luxury suite or cottage with fireplace, and whirlpool, private hot tub or pool. Housed in the main inn is the warm and inviting dining room where a gorgeous, panoramic lake view complements appealing, culinary creations. Fine wine, candlelight dining and beautiful sunsets, are delightful to the senses! Explore nature trails, visit our horses, enjoy a massage, or simply relax.

Couples Romantic Getaways north of Toronto 

Spa in Ontario Pick

Horseshoe Resort - Barrie, ON 

Horseshoe ResortHorseshoe Resort Spa Your Way Need to get away for a night?  Come stay with us to relax and escape from the craziness of everyday life.  Enjoy a relaxing treatment - or two - at the Spa, lounging by the pool, taking a fitness class and exploring the beautiful Copeland Forest.  For a little more excitement try some attractions at our Adventure Park. Top off a busy day with a great meal at one of our fabulous restaurants

Spa Getaways north of Toronto

Family Vacation Getaway Pick

Blue Mountain Village - Blue Mountains, ON

Blue Mountain VilllageBlue Mountain Village DECEMBER IS FROST FRENZY IN THE VILLAGE! FREE Family Fireworks every Saturday at 8pm all month long! The Blue Mountain Village is located in the Town of the Blue Mountains, nestled between the charming communities of Collingwood and Thornbury, at the foot of Ontario’s largest mountain resort, Blue Mountain.  The Village offers a vibrant social and cultural scene combining unique attractions, dining and shopping experiences.

Family Getaways in resort destinations

Ontario Resorts Pick

Taboo Resort, Golf and Spa- Sundridge, Ontario

Taboo Resort, Golf and SpaTaboo Resort, Golf and Spa Planning your dream family vacation, romantic getaway or just a few days of rest and relaxation? Taboo offers several getaways including luxury accommodations, superb meals, seasonal activities and entertainment.

December Getaways north in Ontario

Ontario Cross Country Skiing Getaway Weekend Pick

The Couples Resort - Algonquin Park-Whitney, Ontario

Couples Resort - Algonquin Park - WhitneyThe Couples Resort, Algonquin Park and 100 km of Spectacular Trails, Ontario’s most Scenic WINTER MASSIVE SALE, 69% OFF, rates from $69 per person ALL-INCLUSIVE  Intimate, Romance, Just for 2, Connect! Take a romantic escape to connect to each other while being in the surroundings of natural Algonquin Park, it is a very refreshing experience. Winter in Algonquin Park is a one of a kind experience, track set or wilderness skiing, and from Horseback to Dogsledding, from snow shoeing to ice skating.



Cross Country Skiing Getaways north of Toronto

Fall in Ontario Pick

Tally - Ho Inn - Huntsville, Ontario

Tally - Ho InnTally - Ho Inn Getaway from the city for a relaxing weekend in one of our Pet Friendly rooms, suites and cottages. Most with wood burning fireplaces and firewood is supplied daily. Enjoy a game of billiards, ping pong and air hockey or explore Huntsville for the last minute Christmas shopping.

Fall Getaways north ofToronto



Attractions Ontario Pick

Hardwood Ski and Bike - Oro Station, Ontario

Hardwood Hills LogoHardwood Ski and Bike - Torino, Vancouver, Nagano… all great trails at Hardwood Ski & Bike. Book your stay with Carriage Ridge Resort and get the best pass rates at Hardwood this season! Hardwood Ski & Bike offers the ultimate Nordic skiing experience Ontario. Trail loops range from 6km to 88km and built for ALL levels. Rentals available on site with a 25% discount. Located only 1 hour north of Toronto, Hardwood Ski and Bike and Carriage Ridge Resort offer the best deal this season! Getaway includes accommodation in a resort suite at Carriage Ridge Resort day pass at Hardwood Ski and Bike

Ontario Attractions north of Toronto



Ontario Tourism Destination of the Week

Township of Algonquin Highlands Trails DepartmentTownship of Algonquin Highlands Trails Department (http://www.algonquinhighlands.ca/)
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.The Haliburton Highlands Water Trails is dedicated to the protection and improvement of the canoe route and camping environment throughout the Haliburton Highlands. Winter Trails are ready and ski and snowshoe rentals are available.

Ontario Resort Destinations north of Toronto



Ontario Cottage Resort Pick


Buttermilk Falls Resort - Algonquin Highlands, Ontario

Buttermilk Falls Resort Located on a quiet bay on Boshkung Lake, adjacent to spectacular Buttermilk Falls. Our pine 2 & 3 Bedroom house keeping log cabins and cottages are fully equipped with electric heat and fireplaces, deck with gas BBQ. Safe sandy beach, children's playground, hot tubs, volleyball court, shuffleboard, horse shoes, swimming, excellent golf courses, cycling, hiking trails nearby, great fishing, canoes, kayaks, paddle boat, water trampoline on site. Enjoy spectacular fall colours, on site ice fishing and ice-skating. ATV trails, Cross country skiing, downhill skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling are near by. Check our website for exciting vacation packages!

Ontario Cottage Resorts north of Toronto

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Christmas and winter feature getaways and packages north of Toronto

VACATION GETAWAYS NORTH OF TORONTO

The late fall winter  vacations featured resorts, inns, spas, cottages and resort destination accommodation changes each week. We offer our visitors a range of experiences and package getaways for all budgets and tastes when vacationing in Ontario north of the Toronto GTA. If visitors have any questions regarding a vacation north of Toronto, please contact us and we will get back to you within 24 hours. See Contact Us

Romantic Ontario Getaway Pick

Pretty River Valley Country Inn - Blue Mountain/Osprey T/L Nottawa, Ont.

Pretty River ValleyPretty River Valley Country Inn Scandinave Spa, Blue Mountains: Relax in your Studio in front of your wood burning fireplace with complimentary sparkling wine. Sleep well on a Pine Cannonball bed with a Queen Tempur-Pedic Sleep system that helps lull you off to sleep. Enjoy a full country breakfast and then off to the Spa that was voted one of the top 50 Spas in America. Rates from: Midweek Sun. – Thur. $121.50 per person, dbl occupancy. Weekend Specials available. Upgrades for massages available. Single rates available.
Couples Romantic Getaways north of Toronto 

Spa in Ontario Pick

Taboo Resort, Golf and Spa - Gravenhurst, Ontario

Taboo Resort, Golf and SpaTaboo Resort, Golf and Spa The delicate sounds of trickling water and a feeling of warmth flowing throughout the room. The peaceful and serene tone set the mood. Immersed in an Oasis of the faint smell of organic oils and the gentle touch of warm stones, your mind wanders off. Tranquility and calmness take over, energy levels are being restored. This is your time to enjoy and revel in the lap of luxury. Invigorated and replenished, your skin shimmers and your body says thank you. We invite you to experience some well deserved indulgence. With 9 treatment rooms including one for two, his and her steam rooms and a pre or post treatment relaxation area, you may never want to leave.

Spa Getaways north of Toronto

Family Vacation Getaway Pick

Moonlight Inn &  Suites - Sudbury, Ontario

Moonlight Inn & SuitesThe Moonlight Inn & Suites offers you the best value in Sudbury hotel accommodations. Locally owned and operated, our staff is committed to making your stay a relaxed and enjoyable one. All 20 Guestrooms feature: Individually controlled heating and air conditioning. Fridge. Microwave. In room coffee maker. Hair Dryer. 27” Colour T.V. with Premium Cable. Free High Speed Wireless or Wired Internet Access. Free Local Calling. Guestrooms are available with kitchenettes which is perfect for short or long term stays
Family Getaways in resort destinations

Ontario Resorts Pick

Northridge Inn and Resort - Sundridge, Ontario

Northridge Inn and ResortNorthridge Inn and Resort Intimate ~ Northern ~ Lakeside ~ Inspired. Come touch the tail of the wolf in comfortable intimacy at Northridge Inn and Resort. Nestled into a ridge overlooking Lake Bernard just 21/2 hours north of Toronto in north Muskoka, our Inn offers knotty pine and white linens, trails at your doorstep, expansive sand beaches, cognac in the Oak Room and fireplaces in every accommodation. At your discretion, you choose the perfect balance of activity, arts and history, natural beauty, personal indulgence and seasonal activities. Our fireside, lakeview dining room, features the smell of homemade bread from our cookstove mingling with our chef's finest offerings. Fire grilled game, mingles with the sweetness of maple. Chocolate is experienced in ways too sinful to imagine! Chalets, lodge accommodations, housekeeping or MAP, exceptional dining. Jacuzzis, fireplaces, hot tub, sauna, tennis, beach, pool, boats, and much more! Snowmobiling, dogsledding. Specializing in conferences, weddings and receptions.
December Getaways north in Ontario

Ontario Cross Country Skiing Getaway Weekend Pick

Auld Reekie Lodge - Gowganda, Ontario

Auld Reekie LodgeAuld Reekie Lodge offers warm hospitality, superior four star accommodation, bar, dining room with a roaring fire place, hot tub, free video's, ice fishing and a host of local 'off trail' scenic sites to visit and photograph.  We have access to cross country skiing and untamed "Adventure". Trails are not groomed for cross country skiing however, there are hundreds of paths created by the snow machines. Local snowmobilers often break their own seldom used trails through the forests and across the ponds, marshes and lakes.
Cross Country Skiing Getaways north of Toronto

Fall in Ontario Pick

Sandhaven Cottage - Haliburton, Ontario

Sandhaven CottageSandhaven Cottage - Sandhaven Cottage is located on beautiful Lake Kashagawigamog, in the Haliburton Highlands. This newly renovated 1,900 sq. ft. vacation home has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and new 1,200 sq. ft. cedar deck with Hot Tub for your relaxation. Excellent swimming, boating and fishing on this 5 lake chain. Loads of activities in area including 6 golf courses, miles of hiking/biking trails, skiing, snowmobiling, ATV trails and more. Visit www.sandhaven.ca for additional cottage info and photos.

Fall Getaways north of Toronto



Attractions Ontario Pick


Sainte Marie Among The Hurons  - Midland, Ontario


Sainte Marie Among The Hurons - “First Light Evenings November 29-30,



Ontario Tourism Destination of the Week

Ottawa ValleyThe Ottawa Valley – Ontario’s Adventure Playground
(http://www.OttawaValley.travel)
Cradled between the Ottawa River and Algonquin Park, the Ottawa Valley is famous for its stunning outdoors and cultural and heritage riches. Known as Ontario’s Adventure Playground and Whitewater Capital of Canada, the area is surrounded by woodlands, over 900 pristine lakes, four major river systems and dozens of other clean, warm and safe whitewater rivers. Located only 3 hours northeast of Toronto and 45 minutes west of the Nation’s Capital, the Ottawa Valley consists of a unique blend of towns, villages and municipalities. There is plenty of variety, from the urban centres to the rural areas, where beautiful artistry, seasonal agriculture and lush wilderness abound. For a romantic getaway, family holiday, a day’s shopping, the great outdoors, or whatever you choose, let your sense of adventure guide to the Ottawa Valley.
Ontario Resort Destinations north of Toronto



Ontario Cottage Resort Pick


Sandy Lane Resort - Algonquin Highlands, Ontario

Welcome to Sandy Lane Resort, a deluxe year round cottage resort located on Halls Lake in the rugged beauty of the Haliburton Highlands, just 2.5 hours drive north of Toronto. Fifteen individual cottages, four different styles, all of them equipped with basically all the amenities of home. Each cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, full size bathroom, 1,2, or 3 bedrooms featuring queen, double or single beds. All cottages have wood burning fireplaces (we supply the wood), satellite T.V., BBQ’s on the sun decks, electric baseboard heat and modern large wall mount air conditioners.

Ontario Cottage Resorts north of Toronto

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ontario Getaways for late fall, Christmas and New Years

VACATION GETAWAYS NORTH OF TORONTO

Plan now for the winter holiday season for the best getaways for cross-country skiing, downhill boarding and skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.  Questions?  Contact Us

Romantic Ontario Getaway Pick

Sherwood Inn - Port Carling, Ontario

Delta Sherwood InnSherwood Inn - Romance Package - With Sherwood Inn's quaint, rustic, Muskoka charm it is the perfect place to bring that special someone for a romantic getaway. Should it be for a special occasion or just to say I love you, there is no better way to say it than at Sherwood Inn with our Romance Package. All the elements for a getaway to be cherished and remembered for years to come.

Couples Romantic Getaways north of Toronto 

Spa in Ontario Pick

Touchstone on Lake Muskoka - Bracebridge, Ontario

Touchstone on Lake MuskokaTouchstone on Lake Muskoka - Rediscover Tranquility Begin your Journey towards Ultimate Relaxation. October 20-December 31,2012 From the moment you step through the door into Touch Spa, you will be swept away from the chaotic world. You will begin your journey toward ultimate relaxation accompanied by a nurturing oasis for your mind, body and soul. Nurture your body, soul and mind at Touch Spa today! Starting from $419/per couple.

Spa Getaways north of Toronto

Family Vacation Getaway Pick

Sandhaven Cottage - Haliburton, Ontario

Sandhaven CottageSandhaven Cottage is located on beautiful Lake Kashagawigamog, in the Haliburton Highlands. This newly renovated 1,900 sq. ft. vacation home has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and new 1,200 sq. ft. cedar deck with Hot Tub for your relaxation. Excellent swimming, boating and fishing on this 5 lake chain. Loads of activities in area including 6 golf courses, miles of hiking/biking trails, skiing, snowmobiling, ATV trails and more. Visit www.sandhaven.ca for additional cottage info and photos.

Family Getaways in resort destinations

Ontario Resorts Pick

Oakview Lodge - Algonquin Highlands, Ontario

Oakview LodgeOakview Lodge - Romantic country inn and cottage resort on Little Hawk Lake, Haliburton Highlands, Ontario. Offering four season getaway packages with superior accommodations and fine gourmet dining including spa services, boat cruises, snowmobiling, dogsledding, golf, hiking, canoeing, fishing, studio tours & cooking clases. Perfectly situated between Muskoka & Haliburton in the Haliburton Highlands lake district just 2 1/2 hrs. north of Toronto. Whether you prefer a romantic private suite overlooking the lake or a luxury two bedroom cottage, we will surpass your expectations and provide a perfect vacation getaway.
October November north in Ontario

Ontario Hiking Getaway Weekend Pick

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. Cottages starting from $100/night. Start your adventure here!

Fall Hiking Getaways north of Toronto

Fall Vacation in Ontario Pick

Evergreen Forest Resort B&B - Georgian Bluffs, ON

Evergreen Forest Resort B&BEvergreen Forest Resort B&B - For special occasions like honeymoons, anniversaries, birthdays, or just to recharge your batteries, the Evergreen Forest Resort B&B is ready to cater to your special moments. Included in every ROMANTIC GETAWAY are: Two night's stay in one of our gorgeous, private rooms. One amazing Local Flavours Candlelight Dinner for Two. Feel free to bring your own wine. Coupon for Free Romantic Horse-Drawn Sleigh or Buggy Ride through the wilderness. Enjoy a free In-Room Movie, while nibbling on our decadent Dessert Sampler. Two special gourmet breakfasts for two, for a fantastic start to each day. This lovely ROMANTIC GETAWAY is now available from just $359 to $379 per couple in low season, from $379 to $399 in high season, plus taxes. While you're here, enjoy all that our resort has to offer.
 
Fall Getaways north ofToronto



Attractions Ontario Pick


Sainte Marie Among The Hurons  - Midland, Ontario


Sainte Marie Among The Hurons Sainte Marie Among The Hurons - “First Light Evenings November 29-30, December 1, 2012 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Now in its 13th year, Sainte-Marie’s “First Light” is a must-see event with a great line-up of family activities and performers, all amidst the spectacular glow of over 5,000 candles. The magic begins when visitors approach the candlelit historic site, as a beautiful amber glow illuminates the famous 17th-century mission. A colourful historic encampment will greet visitors, set up by the popular “Survival In The Bush” group. Visitors can then stroll the candlelit paths which lead to a variety of fun family activities. Children can try their hand at candle making, and write their own Christmas cards with historic quill pens. The cookhouse is filled with the sights and smells of delicious baked goods and cookie samples available for tasting. Historic blacksmithing will also be demonstrated, and a Nativity crèche will be on display in the stables near the Farmer’s Dwelling. Always popular with little folks, corn husk doll making will be offered in the Sainte-Marie foyer. An abundance of music will also fill the air, including Native drumming and singing, lively Franco-Ontarian folksongs, and delightful community and school choirs performing seasonal music over the three evenings. For some early holiday shopping, 20 exceptional artisans will be in the Sainte-Marie museum, and the themed Sainte-Marie gift shop will be open each night. Admission is just $8.00 per person (children 5 and under are free), with a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the local food bank.

Ontario Attractions north of Toronto



Ontario Tourism Destination of the Week


Ontario's Highlands Tourism OganizationOntario's Highlands
(http://ontarioshighlands.ca/)
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

Ontario Resort Destinations north of Toronto



Ontario Cottage Resort Pick


Agia Maria Inn and Resort - Minden, Ontario


Agia Maria Inn and ResortAgia Maria Inn and Resort - We are a year around resort on the Gull River, minutes from the Town of Minden. We offer luxury cottages and suites most with firesplaces, jacuzzis, satellite TV & WIFI. Kitchenette units for self catering or MAP is available. Summer offers fishing, kayaking, canoeing or maybe just swim and sun. Watercraft on site. Winter you can ski, snowmobile, ice fish or skate on our pond. Fully equipped rec. hall with pool table. Located just over 2 hrs from Toronto.


Ontario Cottage Resorts north of Toronto

Snowshoeing Outdoor Adventures with Tapley Nature Trails North in Ontario

Snowshoeing Outdoor Adventures in Muskoka

The world of Ontario in the winter is much more interesting on a pair of snowshoes...you actually stop to smell the pines, see animal tracks and snap a few great photos of winter scenery.

Tapley Nature Trails is organizing customized winter snowshoe adventures with and additional twist including on the trail natural history about Muskoka and the Canadian shield.  The tours are customized by for groups from two to twelve and are priced individually depending on locations and amenities. Locations include provincial parks,

Photo: Muskoka Georgian Bay Ontario by Robin Tapley

Most adventures include snow shoes, warm beverage, light snack, taxes and interpretive naturalist guide.  

Overnight accommodation can be arranged at local resorts and lodges in Muskoka.  

Read more about Robin Tapley. Email Robin Tapley

See Robin on Facebook

 

About Robin Tapley

Robin Tapley has been called one of the best naturalist/astronomers in Canada. He has
developed and delivered guided naturalist and adventure expeditions throughout Canada and the
world including unique destinations like Mount Everest, the Galapagos Islands, Madagascar,
Antarctica, Mongolia, New Zealand, Patagonia and Muskoka. Robin founded Tapley Nature
Trails in 1992 a consulting company primarily involved in helping resorts, developers and
adventure companies to understand and utilize their natural surroundings as key components to
their programming and marketing campaigns. He is, currently, Head Naturalist and Astronomer
at Canada’s first JW Marriott The Rosseau Resort and Spa in Muskoka. He is developing an
adventure park and a series of nature trails with three other development projects in Muskoka
as well as consulting on the Long Point Eco Adventure Centre in Long Point Ontario, which
was designated in 2012 as Ontario’s second best adventure attraction and is currently one of the
four finalists for an award with TIAC. He has also held the position as Executive Director for
Nature Trails where he held the position of Naturalist and Astronomer for three Delta Resorts.
He was the project manager for the Echo Valley Observatory and consulted on a variety of
Environmental Sustainability projects with the Land of Lakes Tourist Association, Canadian
Wildlife Service, Algonquin Provincial Park, Peninsula Lake Cottage Association and the
Woodland Heights Development Project.

History of Snowshoeing

The Legend of the Snowshoe by Robin Tapley

Snowshoeing, an ancient form of modern technology, was once the standard mode
of snow travel in North America. Winter travel was a challenge as the cold season
progressed and a blanket of white draped across the landscape. The automobile
is to modern society today as the snowshoe of the past was to hunters, trappers,
prospectors and explorers.
Anyone living through the cold winters of Canada, owned them or made them and the
basic design has remained the same. Snowshoes were as important to taming the West
as were the axe and flint-lock rifle.
In comparison, the cross-country ski entered America in the early 1800s when the
Europeans began to arrive. They introduced the ski, which did not overtake the
snowshoe until the 1960s. Snowshoes and skis are thought to trace their origin to a
common ancestor called "shoeski". Invented in 4000 B.C. in central Asia, it was a solid
piece of wood with a crude binding. This basic invention made it possible for people
to migrate into farther reaches of the Northern Hemisphere.Those that migrated to
northern Europe and Asia eventually developed the ski, and those that crossed the
Bering (Aleutian) Land Bridge into North American developed the snowshoe. The
snowshoe, having gone through many changes, was finally brought to perfection by
the Athabascan Natives of the northwest coast and the Algonquin of the St. Lawrence
River Valley. Though many styles now exist, all follow the same traditional frame style
developed by the First Nations people.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Weekend Festival of Lights, Santa Claus Parades, Christmas Arts & Craft Shows November 23-25, 2012 North of Toronto

Weekend November 23-25, 2012

Ontario weekend getaways to to attractions  Santa Claus Parades, Christmas Tree Lightings, Christmas Arts and Craft Shows and romantic road trips to lakeside sunsets. 

Your source for last-minute weekend getaways and day trips for November 201.

 

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FEATURED FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AND CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONIES  -November 23-25, 2012

Wasaga Beach Annual Tree Lighting

November 23, 2012
The Oakview Woods Outdoor Complex hosts the tree lighting ceremony with hot chocolate, and Christmas Carols and a visit from Santa.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Wasaga Beach, ON
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FEATURED SANTA CLAUS PARADES November 23-25, 2012


Haliburton Santa Claus Parade
Haliburton, ON

November 23, 2012

The Haliburton Village Santa Claus Parade. Another night-time spectacle of lights and music. Sparkling lights, floats, marchers, horses and bands all bringing in the Festive Season. Main Street, The Village of Haliburton.
Stay at resorts, inns, hotels Haliburton, Ontario, Haliburton Hotels on-line

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FEATURED CHRISTMAS BAZAARS, CHRISTMAS ARTS AND CRAFT SHOWS -November 23-25, 2012


Magic of Christmas Arts & Craft Show
North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre
Midland, Ontario
November 25, 2012

This one day arts and crafts show is shopping at its best filled with exceptional gifts for that special person including you. Spend your Sunday at this beautiful one of a kind hand crafted show and sale of gifts from the most talented artisans in Ontario including native crafts, jewellery of all forms including vintage spoons, clothing, paintings, Xmas crafts, pottery, knitting, wreaths, soaps, honey and health products, stained glass, woodcrafts, fairy doors, teddy bears, body care products, pet clothing and accessories, gift baskets, baking and so much more. With over 70 vendors there is a wide variety of exceptional gifts of quality and originality to pick from. Make this your one stop shopping place for Christmas.  It’s a magical time of year.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels 
Midland ONMidland hotels on-line.

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FEATURED SKI & SNOWBOARD SWAPS


Madawaska Mountain
Barry's Bay
November 24-25, 2012

Come and browse new and used ski and  snow board equipment for sale at great prices.  Purchase your season pass  and get your photo taken for your pass too.
Madawaska Mountain Ski Swap

Stay at Resorts, Hotels, Inns  Barry's Bay & Area

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BARRIE, Ontario

Horseshoe Resort
2012/2013 Alpine Season Passes Now on Sale
The best way to enjoy a snowy Ontario Winter is on the Slopes of Horseshoe Resort. Help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary this season! Come and enjoy our 26 runs, 6 lifts and magic carpet childrens area, ranging from beginner to advanced terrain. Experience the great winter conditions from 9am-10pm daily.  We have the Seasons Pass to get you out there.
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BLUE MOUNTAINS - COLLINGWOOD, Ontario
FALLICIOUS at Tholos & Copper Blues (Sun-Thurs Only)
Visit Copper Blues Bar & Grill for their FALLICIOUS menu starting Monday October 29th through to Thursday December 6th or try some authentic Greek specials at Tholos on now through Thursday November 22nd. Remember these special prices are only valid Sunday through Thursday.



Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Nordic Season Passes Now On Sale
BOOK in November for Early Season Pass Prices
Pre-season discounts on your Scenic Caves Nature Adventures Season’s Pass.
SPECIAL:  3 Days of Crossing Country Skiing or Snowshoeing at Scenic Caves Nordic Centre.-$49.99

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Blue Mountains / Collingwood

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HALIBURTON and MINDEN, Ontario 


 
Festival of Trees
Minden Hills Cultural Centre

Minden Accommodation, ON
November 23-25, 2012Festival of Trees is a magical event for the entire family, filled with wonderful things to see, interesting shops to visit, fun activities for children and a few surprises all with a Christmas theme. Find one of a kind decorated trees, garlands, wreaths & centrepieces in the School house, Bowron House, Logging Camp, Blacksmith Shop, Agnes Jamieson Gallery, R.D. Lawrence Place and in the Common Room.


Sir Sam's Ski & Bike
Sir Sam's Ski & Bike
Haliburton
Opening weekend on Saturday December 8th weather permitting.  Book ahead for great Family deals on lift tickets and rentals


Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels  Minden, ON, Haliburton, ON
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ONTARIO HIGHLANDS DESTINATION

Art Sale
Smith Falls, ON
Heritage House Museum
November 3 - December 19, 2012
Original works by over 25 local artists. Whether your personal taste leans towards landscapes, still life studies, impressionism or sculpture, you will be surprised and pleased by the wide variety of works available. Come find the perfect Christmas gift for family, friends or yourself! Open daily 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Heritage House Museum.
Christmas comes to Heritage House
Smith Falls, ON
Heritage House Museum
November 5 – December 23, 2012
Enjoy the festive Victorian surroundings and discover the origins of our Christmas traditions. 


Festival of Lights
Perth, ON

November 23, 2012

Perth's Christmas season officially begins tonight! A bonfire, fireworks over the Tay River, and lighting of the community Christmas trees in the Crystal Palace. Father Christmas makes his appearance.


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ORO STATION, Ontario

Hardwood Ski & Bike
Hardwood Winter Membership and Seasons Passes On-sale

Time to start thinking snow because before we know it the white stuff will be here and so will cross country skiing and snowshoeing. There are a number of options for memberships which include:
7-Day Season Pass – ski/snowshoe every day
5-Day Season Pass – ski Monday to Friday (except holidays)
With your membership or seasons pass you will also recieve coupons for various discounts at Hardwood for you to enjoy and to share with your friends.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels  Barrie, ON   Orillia, ON
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OTTAWA & OTTAWA VALLEY, Ontario

Festival of Trees

Petawawa, ON -Petawawa Civic Centre
November 24, 2012

Featuring beautifully decorated artificial Christmas trees sponsored by county businesses and organizations, the Festival will include a Snowflake Gala, silent auction, live entertainment as well as a live auction of sponsored decorated trees.

Pembroke Santa Claus Parade 
November 24, 2012 5:30pm
 
The City of Pembroke annual Santa Claus Parade of Lights

 

Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market)
Germani Club

Pembroke, ON
November 23-25, 2012
Christmas baking, arts and crafts of all kinds available for sale

Stay at resorts, inns, hotels Ottawa, ON, Pembroke hotels on-line, Petawawa hotels on-line
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