Friday, August 23, 2013

Discovery Harbour on Georgian Bay Welcomes Tall Ships This Weekend (August 24,25)

Weekend of Tall Ships (Tall Ships 1812 Tour Tickets ) Coincides with opening of H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre at Discovery Harbour. 


Peace Flag Between Canada and U.S. 

Celebrate Peace Flag-200 Years of Peace
Jan Gray, General Manager of Huronia Historical Parks, holds the special “Celebrate Peace” flag that will be raised by Assistant Deputy Minister, Tourism, Culture and Sport Morah Fenning at Discovery Harbour on Saturday August 24 at 9:30 a.m.  

The Opening Ceremony will celebrate 200 Years of Peace as part of the War of 1812 Bicentennial. TALL SHIPS® 1812 Tour the weekend of August 24-25.



Opening of H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre

The dynamic H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre is now open to the public  at Discovery Harbour, offering visitors a world-class facility that showcases the original 1815 hull of H.M.S. Tecumseth.

Visitors will find dynamic themed exhibits surrounding the history of the Penetanguishene Naval Establishment including its relationship to the War of 1812.


Road Trip Midland to Penetanguishene and Discovery Harbour

Tall Ships 1812 Tour Tickets
From Highway 400, take Highway 12 or  Highway 93 to Midland and Penetanguishene.  As you drive into Penetanquishene notice the road changes to Main Street and Highway 93 ends.

Continue driving into Penetanguishene to the waterfront area. Keep to your right and watch for signs directing you to Discovery Harbour. As you proceed toward Discovery Harbour watch for the Ecological Garden (Parc Ecologique) on your left, on the edge of Georgian Bay.

This garden is made up of native Canadian plants and species. Enjoy spectacular views of Penetanguishene Harbour and Georgian Bay.

Consider following the Huronia Food Trail for a combined site-seeing and culinary road trip.

Places to Stay: Midland and Penetanguishene

Best Western Plus Highland Inn & Conference Centre, Comfort Inn, Little Lake Inn Bed & Breakfast, Midland Inn and Suites, Sugar Ridge Retreat

Places to Visit in the Midland and Penetanguishene area:  

Discovery Harbour - Penetanguishene, Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, Midland Tours Inc., Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, King’s Wharf Theatre, Awenda Provincial Park, Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Downtown Midland Shops and Docks,  Tourism Midland

Places to stay close to Midland and Penetanguishene
Port Severn: Muskey's Landing, Rawley Resort and Marina Inc, Severn Lodge, Sunnylea Resort, Christies Mill Inn and Spa

More Georgian Bay Area Resources

Township of Georgian Bay
Tay Township 
Severn Township
Midland Tourism 
Midland BIA 
Trent-Severn Historic Waterway 
Highway 12 Day Trips 
Find more on Georgian Bay the largest bay on Lake Huron.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Ontario Camping Resort Style: Pod Camping in a bed!!

Campers who want to enjoy North America's great outdoors but want a more comfortable camping experience should check the new installation of the pod™ by Algonquin Pod Company of Barry's Bay, Ontario.

 Hard Wall Tent--Keeps you dry

The very first installation of the pod™ occurred at Chippawa Cottage & Camping Beach Front Resort on beautiful Kamaniskeg Lake.  This new “glamping” experience will add more rental capacity at the resort and respond to several requests for a covered camping option.  Algonquin Pod Company owner Craig Kelley was proud to exclaim, “Chippawa Cottage Resort was the perfect location to showcase the pod to the camping world.

New Generation of Campers

With recent investments in the resort, our units fit in perfectly with the next generation of camping experiences.  Chippawa owners, the Dunn family have been very supportive of our company from the beginning and we look forward to years of pod camping together.”
Custom manufactured in Ontario, with nearly 100 percent Ontario wood products from nearby sustainable forests, the pod™ provides a host of camping benefits;
  • a tent-like structure that’s already set up when you arrive on site,
  • the avoidance ofrain and weather changes, 
  • privacy (lockable doors),
  • an insulated structure that allows for spring and fall  season camping, 
  • no need to collapse a tent and dry it out after the vacation is over.  

Each Camping Pod has a deck

Camping Alternative at Ontario Resort

Chippawa Cottage Resort is renowned for being a family place, with one of Ontario's longest safe sandy beaches.  Situated beautifully on Kamaniskeg Lake and adjacent to the Madawaska River, Chippawa boasts over 225 acres of unspoiled wilderness.  Owner Donald Dunn proudly states, “We’ve always been extremely happy to provide one of the best family vacation experiences in Ontario. Serviced by a main dining hall and lodge, our facility has a fantastic mixture of cottages, luxury house rentals, RV sites and rough tenting areas.  The inclusion of the pod was a natural progression in our evolution of accommodation offerings.”
Pod Campers are invited to share their experiences online at Online booking information can be found at Chippawa Cottage Camping RV and Beach Resort

835 Chippawa Road
Township of Madawaska Valley
K0J 1B0 or by calling 1-800-267-8507.

For additional information on the the pod™, contact Craig Kelley

Algonquin Pod Company
287 Parchers Road
Barry's Bay, Ontario
K0J 1B0 or call at 613-756-7920

Monday, August 05, 2013

Summer Last-Minute Ontario resort destination getaways & packages by Ron Taylor


Summer holidays and weekend getaways are here for outdoor fun!! August and September will be time for sun on the beach.. Questions Contact Us

Romantic Ontario Getaway Pick

HighFields Country Inn & Spa - Zephyr, Ontario

HighFields Country Inn & SpaHighFields Country Inn & Spa is a very quiet and private facility. We invite you to enjoy the outdoor hot tub, tennis court, pool, 175 acres of walking trails, indoor lounges with fireplaces and TV, wet and infrared saunas and gym. Rate per couple is $840. for 1 evening + tax. or $1305. for 2 evenings + tax. Includes accommodation in our Honeymoon Suite with separate entrance. Gourmet dinners with house wines and after dinner drinks. Leisurely full breakfasts, 3 hour Couples Teaching Massage.

Couples Romantic Getaways north of Toronto 

Spa Getaways in Ontario Pick

The Briars Resort & Spa - Jacksons Point, Ontario

The Briars Resort & SpaThe Briars Resort & Spa - Wellness Spa Getaway Add $55 per person to any overnight package. Add a Wellness Spa Voucher to your overnight stay and enjoy some relaxation in our Premier Spa. Purchased for $55, this voucher gives you use of a spa robe in your room for the duration of your stay, and $65 towards your spa treatments. Please phone ahead to book treatments and avoid disappointment.

Spa Getaways north of Toronto

Family Vacation Getaway Pick

Santa's Village Family Entertainment Park  - Bracebridge, Ontario

Santa's Village Family Entertainment ParkSanta’s Village Family Entertainment Park : 2 Great Parks & 1 Great Campground - We've added a Bungee Trampoline and Spray Pad, come visit us in 2013! Whether it’s meeting Santa and getting a free elf-hat, riding Santa’s roller-coaster, or go-karting around a race track, there is something for everyone at Santa’s Village and Sportsland.  With 60 acres of towering pine trees set against the Muskoka River, it is a wondrous place with many rides and attractions throughout. And remember: Fridays are 2 for 1 and Mondays are Grandparents day!

Summer in Ontario Pick

The Irwin Inn - Lakefield, Ontario

The Irwin InnThe Irwin Inn - Its summertime at the Irwin Inn and the focus is on fun! The entire family has a great time. Everyone enjoys the many resort activities — fishing, waterskiing, wake-boarding, tubing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, island picnics and sunset cruises. A perfect summer family vacation resort destination with amenities including: a 9-hole golf course, riding stable , tennis court, outdoor pool, sandy beach, and countless fun and interesting activities. Accommodations range from traditional, cozy rooms in the Inn to luxurious lakeside cottages and suites with private hot tubs or pools. Supervised children's program youth program, and many family activities provide summer fun for the kids and relaxation for parents.
August Getaways north of Toronto

Ontario Golf Getaway Weekend Pick

Sunbeam Bungalows - Callander, Ontario

Sunbeam Bungalows Family & Fishing ResortSunbeam Bungalows Family & Fishing Resort is sheltered amongst tall pines on the shores of beautiful Callander Bay, Lake Nipissing, close to a selection of golf courses to suit all players—Osprey Links, Clear Springs and Highview are just 3. Challenge yourself at whatever level you like! Return to the comfort and privacy of staying in one of our clean, fully-furnished, spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom housekeeping cottages with fully equipped kitchens, digital cable, 32” flat screen TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, BBQ with propane, picnic table and fire bowl for a crackling outdoor wood fire. And you also have the option of relaxing on our superb sandy beach, or taking out one of our boats for fishing or leisure boating. For more details on the resort packages and location, please check out our website:

Golf Getaways north of Toronto

Ontario Fishing Getaway Weekend Pick

Beachwood Hollow Resort - Tweed, Ontario

Beachwood Hollow ResortBeachwood Hollow Resort - Stoco Lake Fishing at its best.  We are 2 hours northeast of Toronto, 2 hours southwest of Ottawa and 1 hour west of Kingston. Stoco Lake offers World Class Musky, Northern Pike, Walleye, Small and Large Mouth Bass, Brown Bullhead, Channel Catfish, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, White Sucker, Longnose Gar Pike, Yellow Perch and Common Shiners.  Fish cleaning station located on premises. Boat launch on premise for guests at no charge.  Gradual sandy bottom. You are welcome to bring your own boat. Docking available for guests at no charge.

Fishing Getaways north of Toronto

Attractions Ontario Pick

Sainte Marie Among The Hurons - Bracebridge, Ontario

Sainte Marie Among The Hurons Sainte Marie Among The Hurons  - Visitors coming to Sainte-Marie among the Hurons marvel at a world that existed over 370 years ago. This impressive reconstruction takes you back in time to a story of cultural contact, determination, drama, and survival. A colourful audio-visual presentation sets the stage for your journey. As you explore the historic site you'll sense the challenges faced by those who founded and worked at this famous mission. Throughout the summer, active demonstrations by historically-costumed staff provide insight into 17th century European and Native culture, lifestyle, and technology.

Ontario Attractions north of Toronto

Ontario Tourism Destination of the Week

Ottawa ValleyThe Ottawa Valley – Ontario’s Adventure Playground
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, the region beckons with endless opportunities for outdoor recreation! Conquer the rapids of the mighty Ottawa, Madawaska or Petawawa Rivers in the Whitewater Capital of Canada. Hike our trails to reach breathtaking lookouts that inspire greatness. Cycle the Foymount Hill Climb Challenge and reach Ontario’s highest populated point. Celebrate at our festivals. Immerse yourself in our arts and culture.

Ontario Resort Destinations north of Toronto