Friday, October 25, 2013

Fall Festivals, Halloween Events and Fall Colour Roat Trips October 25-27


Fall Colours Ontario Weekend Road Trips  
Suggested "Fall Colour" routes and road trips.

Before heading out check the designated 
fall colour progression report for updates on leaf colour changes in resort and tourist regions north of Toronto.

Ottawa Valley Rural Ramble
September 1 - October 31, 2013

The Rural Ramble is a traditional self-guided driving tour throughout the Ottawa Valley featuring four themes: Adventure & Exploration, Agriculture & Food, History & Heritage and Arts & Culture.  Rural Ramblers’ will be able to customize their own Autumn touring experiences based on the themes and location that interests them the most.   Wander the website, select the Rural Ramble sites that interest you the most and plan your very own personalized Rural Ramble Route. 

More information on the Ottawa Valley Destination 
Book your hotel and resort accommodation in   Barry's BayOttawa & Ottawa Valley, Pembroke and Petawawa

Dave Beckett Studio/Gallery 
Join Dave Beckett at the Orillia and Lake Country Business Expo at the Casino Rama Ballroom Tuesday, October 22 3-9pm
Stay at Resorts, Inns & Hotels in Orillia area



Halloween celebrations North of Toronto will set the scene for a scary weekend.

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre-Midland
Time:10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m  -Marsh Monster 6:00-9:00 p.m.
General Admission (Marsh Monster $5.00)
The Wye Marsh is hosting a variety of spooktacular events. All Guys and Ghouls welcome and activities include: Haunted House, scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, pumpkin bowling and more. If you are up for the challenge, stick around Saturday evening for the Marsh Monster Mystery, who will help us solve it this year.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Midland, ON
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Haunted Harbour:  a spooky start to Halloween
Discovery Harbour
October 24-26, 2013 (evenings 6-9 pm)

Admission:  $7.00 per person with a non-perishable food item for the local food bank. Children ages 5 and under are free.Discovery Harbour hosts its fourth annual “Haunted Harbour” event evenings promising a fun and spooky evening for the entire family.   Little ghosts, goblins and their families arrive at Discovery Harbour’s main entrance in full costume. Proceed along a candlelit path through the famous historic properties, with costumed staff on hand to assist. During the stroll peer into various heritage buildings to see what lurks! By popular demand, the “Haunted House” feature will return allowing all those willing to meander through a maze-like walkway inside the building for a higher level of “scary”. Beware what lurks in the shadows!  A special “hands-on” ghostly Halloween craft activity is available in the North Visitor Centre.  Check out the “Creepy Canada” episode that features ghost stories from Discovery Harbour. 
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels  Penetanguishene, ON

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie The Youth Advisory Council Halloween Coffeehouse
October 25, 2013- 6:00 pm $2
Join us in your costumed best! Enjoy live bands, acoustic and spoken word performances by talented youth from across Simcoe County. The Council will host a variety of activities to include a Halloween costume contest, youth art exhibition, button-making, face-painting, food and of course coffee! A prize will be awarded for the best costume.

Stay at resorts, inns, hotels in 
Barrie, Ontario

ROUNDS RANCH - Join the Fun

Elmvale   7 km. east of Wasaga Beach, 4 km west of Elmvale
Weekends in October
Its PUMPKIN MANIA Season at Rounds Ranch so saddle up and get down here for some serious fun and farm filled adventures. Everyone gets a free pumpkin!
Enjoy the large corn & straw mazes, petting zoo, pony rides, water maze, barrel train, shooting gallery, duck races, pedal cart race track, western playground, zip lines, giant jumping pillows, tractor rides, swinging tire horses, bouncy ponies.  Great family fun for all ages.  

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Wasaga Beach




Saturday October 26, 2013 6-10pm
$95 per person, not including tax and gratuities
Don’t miss out on this amazing adventure in food and wine.
Reserve soon - space is limited!
Treat yourself to something special this year!  An annual tradition for 24 years of a fabulous five course dinner paired with wines selected from around the world to deliver the perfect food/wine match.  Start off with a tutored wine tasting comparing four different wine styles and varieties. Afterwards, a sumptuous five course feast including Salad of Lobster and Caviar, Roast Quail with Moroccan raz el hanout Spices and Roast Loin of Elk awaits you. 
Please call for reservations: 705-635-2473 
Plan ahead for the Christmas Season
Deehurst Resort
Celebrity Event Weekend – Twas the Month Before Christmas
Book ahead for this Celebrity Weekend

November 15 – 17, 2013
The holidays are coming a ho-ho-whole month early this year to Deerhurst Resort in Muskoka. Join host, Karl Lohnes (Style at Home, CTV’s Canada AM), Michael Smith (Chef Michael's Kitchen, Food Network Canada), Anna & Michael Olson (Sugar and Fresh, Food Network) and other experts for a full weekend of tips, trends, interactive fun and fabulous food while learning how to prepare the holiday season you’ve always dreamed of.
2 Night package from $569* per person, based on double occupancy
Harvest Fall Flavours of Ontario`s Lake Country
October 25 -November 10
Experience the bounty of the harvest through delicious 3 course set meals created by participating Flavours of Ontario`s Lake Country Chefs Dinners for $20 or $30 per person, plus alcohol, taxes & gratuities!
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Orillia


Hardwood Ski and Bike

Annual Open House AND Ski Swap
October 26-27, 2013

Largest Nordic Ski Swap in North America. Buy or sell skis, boots, poles, bindings, roller skis at great prices. New and used equipment available in the swap and in the retail store
.   Saturday October 26th, at 12:30 Ski Swap Scramble for kids between ages 5-13.  A variety of activities to get the kids excited about the up coming ski season.  Activities include Low-Ropes, obstacle challenges and a scavenger hunt.

Barrie Ski Swap & Show
Bradford Greenhouse Garden Gallery
October 25-27, 2013
Largest Ski Swap North of Toronto. Brought to you by the volunteers of the Canadian Ski Patrol in the Barrie area.
Make a weekend of your ski swap time and stay overnight in 
Barrie Ontario.

The Ottawa Ski, Snowboard & Travel Show
October 26-27, 2013.
 Ottawa Civic Centre. In conjunction with the Ottawa Ski Show will be holding their annual swap at Lansdowne Park.   Everything is under one roof with terrific bargains and great information. This winter one-stop shopping opportunity comes only once a year!
Stay in the Ottawa Valley region 
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Sudbury Keepsakes Christmas Art & Craft Show
Sudbury, ONExhibition Centre on Falconbridge RoadOctober 26-27, 2013stay at resorts, inns, hotels Sudbury, ONSudbury hotels on-line
North Bay Keepsakes Christmas Art & Craft Show
North Bay, ON
October 25-27, 2013
This show is North Bay's largest and oldest Art & Craft Sale, held at the Fur Harvester's Building on Bond Street at the corner of Gormanville Road. The show features over 70 top juried artisans and there will be many new exhibitors this year.

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North Bay, ONNorth Bay hotels on-line



Barrie Film Festival
October 18-27
The Barrie Film Festival’s programming celebrates the cultural diversity of cinema and endeavors to bring in guest directors and industry professionals to provide another level of enrichment to the film experience.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Barrie


Orillia Jazz Festival
Orillia Opera House
October 18-29
A weekend of fabulous live jazz at Orillia restaurants, pubs & other great venues! Free shuttle service Friday & Saturday from 6:00 pm to Midnight! 329-2535 (Reservations recommended for evening dining).

Stay at Resorts, Inns & Hotels in Orillia area

Featured Resort Destinations and Events


Algonquin Highlands Trails|
Where Adventure Awaits!
~ Haliburton Highlands Water Trails – Frost Centre and Poker Lakes
~ Back Country Camping, Canoeing and Kayaking
~ 38kms of Hiking Trails, Hundreds of kms of ATV trails
~ Canoe rentals
~ Excellent fishing for Trout, Bass and Whitefish
~ Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower – Best view of Fall colors in the highlands!
~ Ontario’s only full size historic Log chute 

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Minden, ON Haliburton, On
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Blue Mountain Village 
There is ALWAYS something to do at BLUE including five hotels, 38 retailers, 20 cafes & restaurants, year round award winning Festivals and Events plus Activity Central to book your hiking, biking, caving, climbing, spa, Apple Pie Trail adventures and more!
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures Experience a kaleidoscope of fall colours while exploring the self-guided trail of caves/ caverns and spectacular views from the Suspension Bridge.  Soar on Canada’s longest half-mile Thunderbird Twin Zip line or treetop canopy walk and zipline on a guided Eco Adventure Tour
  • Self-guided tour of caves & caverns an nature trails
  • Suspension Bridge
  • Guided Eco Adventure Tour
  • New! Thunderbird Twin Zip Line
    and more
Inquire about Stay and Play Packages

October 19-20, 26-27, Nov 2-3, 2013 (weather permitting)
SAVE $10-off the Thunderbird Twin Zip Package price.
October 1 – November 3, 2013 (weather permitting)
SAVE $30-off the Eco Adventure Tour price (applicable Mondays thru Friday). Experience a kaleidoscope of autumn colours while treetop canopy walking and zip cable gliding on a 3-hour guided tour.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Blue Mountain/Collingwood


Princess Anne - The Princess Royal - will be visiting the City of Barrie on October 22, 2013. She is the Colonel-in-Chief of the Gray and Simcoe Foresters infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces Reserve.  The Princess Royal will be formally welcomed at the Southshore Centre with a royal salute played by the Pipes and Drums of The Grey and Simcoe Foresters, followed by an inspection by a Guard of Honour ceremony and an inspection of her regiment.   After the inspection, Princess Anne will take part in a dedication of the proposed Military Heritage Park. The proposed park will be located east of the Southshore Centre.  Members of the public will be able to watch Princess Anne's arrival at the Southshore Centre. There will be an area along Lakeshore Drive for public viewing.
Stay at resorts, inns, hotels in Barrie, Ontario


Sir Sam's Ski and  Bike-Haliburton 
You can ride our XC trails using the Honour System after Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Sign a waiver and deposit $10.00 in red box on brown building beside the Time Tunnel.

Significant Improvements Coming for the 2013-2014 Winter Season
Opening day for WInter 2013-14: Saturday, December 7, 2013 (weather permitting) .

An Old-Fashioned Halloween
Haliburton Highlands Museum

October 26
An afternoon of tricks, treats, games and crafts with fun for the whole family

Haunted Trail and Mad House Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve Ltd.
October 26
Get Ready to Scream! A bone chilling night of tricks and treats! As the stars align and the impending All Hallows Eve approaches the unrested spirits of Haliburton Forest are strong and walk the thin line between this world and the next. Wait for your ghostly host at the Wolf Centre parking and be escorted through the haunted trail up to the spine chilling mad house!

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Haliburton,  Minden
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Haliburton Highlands






The fun begins Friday night with an Owl Prowl at Mew Lake Campground.
On Saturday, at the Visitor Centre, a Park Naturalist will guide you through a collection of animal skeletons.
Mew Lake Campground will feature pumpkin carving, spookiest campsite and best costume contests.  Everyone is invited to participate in weiner and marshmallow roasting, trick-or-treating, and later on, a Wolf Howl at the Old Airfield.





Doran Bay Model Ship Museum  
Doran Bay Model Ship Museum provides marvel world-class collection of museum quality model ships, including a special exhibit of ships from the War of 1812

Featured Accommodation in Iroquois: 
Doran Bay Resort 



5,000 Lakes  5,000 Adventures.  You can enjoy fishing, camping, canoeing, kayaking, boating, hiking, cycling, snowmobiling, skiing, ATVing, motorcycling, or just plain relaxing in some of the most beautiful scenery.

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Land O' Lakes Destination




Sainte-Marie Among the Huron-Midland  Getaway and Explore a 17th century historic site. Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is open Monday to Friday October 14 to November 1.

Downtown Shops and Docks   Beautiful downtown Midland has more than 100 shops, boutiques and services located in a beautiful waterfront setting.

Tourism Midland
The Town of Midland is situated at the gateway to Georgian Bay's picturesque 30,000 Islands and hosts many events throughout the year.

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You’ll discover an abundance of outdoor adventure, combined with original offering of arts, culture and heritage experiences, all set against a picture perfect backdrop of unspoiled wilderness and the small town charm of friendly communities.

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Ontario\s Highlands Destination


Hardwood Ski and Bike
Disc Golf     
Perfect for families and non-bikers to experience the best trail facility in Central Ontario. Course Fees for 18 Holes: $7.00 + HST per person  Or buy a facility pass for $12.99 + HST and play disc golf all day or ride your mountain bike or use our other amenities like beach volleyball, horseshoes or badminton.

2014 Super Early Bird MTB Passes On Sale Now
Super Early Bird MTB Seasons Passes now on sale.  Ride the rest of this season and all of next for a great deal.   On sale until October 31st only.    This is the lowest price of the year and one of the best bargains around.   Adult $109 + HST    Youth $99 + HST   Child $85 + HST.
2013-2014 Winter Season Passes at Early Bird prices until October 31st
You will receive more value as a season pass holder at Hardwood because you will be able to ski more days on better grooming than anywhere else in the area.  Night skiing until 8 pm Monday to Friday adds even more value.
Getaways include passes at Hardwood Ski & Bike and accommodation:



Ottawa International Writer's Festival
Knox Church
October 24-29
Celebrate the world’s best writing from home and abroad with a diverse program that presents interactions with leaders in the worlds of science, history, poetry, politics, spoken word, economics, drama, fiction, biography, music and more.
Haunted Stacks Frightmare at the Petawawa Library
October 26-27
The Petawawa Public Library will be opening its doors to the public for a truly haunting experience. See the library like never before as it is transformed into a scary haunted house. All ages are welcome, but this event is not recommended for very young children due to scarey content.


Haunted Halloween Fun at the Champlain Trail Museum

October 26
the Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village will be having a Haunted Halloween Fun evening in the main building and in our outbuildings. Admission is $2.00 each.
There will be a Dr. Frankenstein table, face painting, refreshments, spooky storytelling in our haunted pioneer home and characters in the schoolhouse and pioneer church. This event is geared for children and youth. The Museum encourages kids to come dressed up in a Halloween costume for the event!

Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch’s Fall Family Fun Festival
Hugli's Blueberry Ranch, Pembroke
September 14-October 31
It is fall family fun season at Hugli's Blueberry Ranch.  Navigate the 6 acre corn maze with colour find game, watch the pirate pumpkin show & pig races, try to solve the new hop dot puzzle maze, take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, play in the hay maze and jump, race around the pedal cart track, slide down the 125ft tunnel hill slide and more.   

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There are plenty of exciting things to do in North Muskoka, all within close proximity. Activities such as Golf, Horseback Riding, Jet Ski Rentals and SPA Facilities are just around the corner.
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