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.




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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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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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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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


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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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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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
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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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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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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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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Ontario getaways: Weekends and vacations at inns, resorts, hotels, cottages


The featured resorts, inns, spas, cottages and resort destination accommodation change 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.  See Christmas New Years Getaways for specific school break holiday packages. Visitors with 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

Midland Inn & Suites - Midland, Ontario

Moonlight Inn & SuitesMidland Inn & Suites - For a Romantic vacation that provides fun all year round, look no further than Midland, Ontario! Whether you’re coming to visit the 30,000 islands in the scenic Georgian Bay, enjoying the local festivals, picturesque autumn views, or hitting the powdered slopes or riding the trails, Midland's newest hotel provides an ideal location to enjoy all the attractions. We offer 30 spacious rooms in a quiet, tranquil, relaxing, non-smoking atmosphere.  We are staffed twenty four hours a day with friendly, courteous staff and offer a licensed restaurant with twenty four hour coffee service. For your convenience, we are located near shopping, walking and biking trails, beautiful beaches and major tourist attractions.

Couples Romantic Getaways north of Toronto 

Spa in Ontario Pick

Horseshoe Resort - Barrie, Ontario

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
Starting from $279 per night
Spa Getaways north of Toronto

Family Vacation Getaway Pick

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

Best Western Highland Inn & Conference CentreBest Western North Bay Hotel and Conference Centre Winter Fun in North Bay  The newly renovated Best Western North Bay Hotel and Conference Centre invites you to enjoy some exceptional winter outdoor adventures in North Bay!  Snowmobiling, Snow Shoeing, Cross Country and Down Hill Skiing are all minutes away from the Best Western and our friendly staff will help you plan your winter adventure!  Book Two Nights and get 50% OFF your 2nd Night!   Plus Free breakfast for two  Offer available November 13th, 2012 until March 15th, 2013

Family Getaways in resort destinations

Ontario Resorts Pick

Deerhurst Resort - Huntsville, Ontario

Deerhurst ResortDeerhurst Resort - For many, Deerhurst Resort is the epitome of a classic lakeside Muskoka resort. Proud host of the 2010 G8 Summit, Deerhurst Resort boasts a wide variety of accommodations suitable for all budgets, families, and group events. Known for its scenic sights and views, the resort  has more leisure activities than any resort in Eastern Canada including: activities such as swimming, waterskiing, fishing, canoeing, tennis, hiking and horseback riding, in addition to an inflatable water park on the lake, paintball, off-road Hummer and Rock Buggy tours, golf on two courses plus new Treetop Trekking. An indoor sports complex with a rock climbing wall and amusement games room, Shizen Spa, three exceptional restaurants and an acclaimed live stage show round out your vacation. But the fun doesn’t stop in the summer at Ontario’s favourite year round resort. When the snow flies, Deerhurst turns into a winter wonderland. Walk through the beautifully lit resort on a calm winter’s night, or get out and enjoy the winter activities like downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling,  dogsled rides, and snow tubing. Visit Deerhurst Resort year round and experience Muskoka at its finest.

November Getaways north in Ontario

Ontario Hiking Getaway Weekend Pick

Couples Resort, The - Algonquin Park - Whitney

Couples Resort - Algonquin Park - WhitneyCouples Resort, The - Algonquin Park - Whitney Couples Resort, In Algonquin Park, Muskoka. Couples Only for Romance and Adventure! Pay Daily $76 per person (for 1 Couple) for the Gourmet 5 Course dinner and receive a FREE JR SUITE (Midweek). 50% OFF SPA Treatments Every Day. Hot Tub Accommodation and Cottages Extra. 1st Class Gourmet Dining. 5 Course Dinners Awarded a Top 10 Dining Experience by North American Inns.  Dinner and Breakfast Included in Prices.Wine Spectator Awarded Wine Cellar. $15 Wine Corkage Fee. Leading Spas of Canada approved Organic Algonquin Spa. Horseback riding at Algonquin Park and FREE Algonquin  Park Daily Pass.

Fall Hiking Getaways north of Toronto

Fall Family Vacation in Ontario Pick

Pickerel Lake Cottage Resort - Burk's Falls, Ontario

Pickerel Lake Cottage ResortPickerel Lake Cottage Resort - FALL GETAWAYS Warm, sunny days - cool, cozy evenings - brilliant star-lit nights! Two and three bedroom cottages available from $850.00 per week. Nightly from $150.00. Part weeks available as well. Free use of canoe, kayak, paddle boat. Fishing boats available to rent. DEER AND MOOSE HUNTING SEASON Two and three bedroom cottages available. Rates based upon occupancy.
Fall Getaways north ofToronto

Attractions Ontario Pick

MacLarenArtCentre - Barrie, Ontario

MacLaren Art CentreThe MacLarenArtCentre is Simcoe County’s regional public art gallery with a year-round programme of contemporary local, regional, national and international exhibitions. Located in downtown Barrie close to the waterfront, the MacLaren is housed in a beautiful, award-winning building that combines a renovated 1917 Carnegie library and a contemporary addition. The complex includes multiple galleries, visible storage, an education centre, an outdoor sculpture courtyard, cafĂ©, gift shop and framing department.

Ontario Attractions north of Toronto

Ontario Tourism Destination of the Week

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
Ontario Resort Destinations north of Toronto

Ontario Cottage Resort Pick

Tall Pines Cottages - Minden, Ontario

Tall Pines CottageTall Pines Cottages can be found in a secluded spot, on the shores of Twelve Mile Lake. Our cozy 2 and 3 bedroom cottages come with fully equipped kitchens, full bathrooms, screened porch, and personal BBQ. Enjoy the sandy beach with western exposure, indoor games room overlooking the water, and large sundeck. There are plenty of on-site activities; horseshoe pits, kid's play area, volleyball, badminton and shuffle board courts. We offer complimentary use of canoe, rowboat and peddle boat. Free docking is available with two boat launches close at hand. Tall Pines is open year round and is dog friendly.

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