Friday, December 12, 2014

Events, Activities and Featured Getaways to Winter Wonderland North of Toronto December 12-19

Snow has arrived!

Activities Available: Downhill Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing

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 Friday December 12 - Ski and Snow Report

The following resorts and operator are open for business! We recommend you check directly for conditions - as they can change daily.

Blue Mountain Resort  
Hardwood Ski and Bike
Horseshoe Resort    
Scenic Caves Nordic Centre
Sir Sam's Ski & Bike   
Snow Valley Resort


Featured Last Minute Getaways

~Editor's Picks~

Romantic Getaway

Cranberry Golf Resort (Collingwood) - Toast an anniversary, spoil that special someone or celebrate just being together with a romance package that's sure to turn up the heat!

Package includes:
Two nights hotel accommodation
$100 Dining voucher per couple
Two Le Scandinave passes
Wine and chocolate covered strawberries delievered to your room
Breakfast each morning
Cranberry Activity Dollars

Rate: $299
Price per room; subject to availability; based on double occupancy; applicable taxes and gratuities not included.

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Spa Getaway

Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn (Orillia) - Spa package includes:

One Night Accommodation in a Traditional Room (Upgraded Suite if Available). Dinner in the Grape & Olive Wine & Martini Bistro and a $75.00 Voucher for the Caravan Inn & Spa.

Package Starting at $169.50 per person per night.
Price per room; subject to availability; based on double occupancy; applicable taxes and gratuities not included.

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Family Getaway

Sunbeam Bungalows (Callander) - Sunbeam Bungalows Family & Fishing Resort is conveniently located amongst the snow covered pines, on the shores of Callander Bay, Lake Nipissing. The beauty of the frozen lake, the clean white snow and clear blue skies, and the bracing fresh air are what make this a superb place to experience a Northern Ontario winter break. Planning your winter getaway is easy– just call us toll free at 1-877-298-9998 and ask about winter rates and features.

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Winter Getaway

Sunnylea Resort - Come and enjoy a cozy lakeside cottage with gas fireplace and skate on the rink on the lake (if available), ice fish, go skiing or snowmobiling from your doorstep. Nearby are cross-country and downhill skiing, dogsledding, horseback riding, snow tubing and Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre! Free WIFI - There are several spas in the area for that little treat while you are enjoying your time away. Our friendly staff are here to serve you and make you stay most memorable.

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Christmas Getaway

Blue Mountain Village (Blue Mountains) - Christmas Eve is a magical time at Blue. Enjoy Ontario largest pedestrian Village with free family Horse & Wagon rides from 1-3pm, shopping & dining at 40 unique locally owned shops plus 8pm fireworks over the Mill Pond area.

New Year's Eve fireworks blast off twice – once with an early family show at 9pm over the Mill Pond and later at midnight over Blue Mountain. In addition to the 40 Village shops & restaurants ringing in 2015, Blue Mountain Resort will host several New Year's Party including 19+ party and the Family party in the new Village Conference Centre. 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. There is ALWAYS something to do at BLUE.

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Activity Getaway


Stay for two nights at our resorts and experience a full-service, exciting, and family-oriented cross country ski facility offering the ultimate Nordic skiing experience in Ontario. Within a 10 minute drive you will enjoy over 40 km of meticulously groomed trails for every level of ability with 11 different loops ranging from 3 km to 22 km.

Enjoy our spacious 1-bedroom condo suite or choose from our studio or 2-bedroom suite. You will receive 2 adult & 2 children trail passes per stay at the best rates this season at Hardwood! You will also receive 20% off ski rentals at Hardwood Ski and Bike.

Book Online: or call: 866-729-7023

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Featured Attraction

Santafest at Santa's Village (Bracebridge) - Come and Thank Santa "in-person" for a wonderful Christmas and have some family fun outside! Admission is $8 per person and children under 3 are free! You can buy tickets when you arrive for the event. Enjoy Santa's winter activities, all included in the price of admission.

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Featured Destination

Municipality of Magnetawan
The Municipality of Magnetawan is located in the District of Parry Sound between Parry Sound and Burk's Falls. With a population of approximately 1300, Magnetawan is a beautiful, natural area boasting the Magnetawan River and many scenic lakes. From its headwaters in Algonquin Park, the Magnetawan River flows through lakes, rapids and waterfalls as it winds its way to Georgian Bay. The historic lift locks, located in the Village of Magnetawan opened in 1886, making this one of the oldest colonized areas in the Parry Sound District. St. George the Martyr Anglican Church was painted in 1933 by A.J. Casson of the Group of Seven.

Happy Travels from! 

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Pre-Christmas and Christmas Vacation Getaways and Packages


Get ready festivals of lights and tree lighting ceremonies...the season is changing to Christmas bazaars craft shows and the festive pre-holiday shopping time. Enjoy spa treatments and culinary delights after brisk biking and walking in resort destination trails Plan late fall getaways and vacation time north of Toronto. Questions? Please Contact Us

Romantic Ontario Getaway Pick

Taboo Muskoka Resort - Gravenhurst, Ontario

Taboo Resort, Golf and SpaTaboo Muskoka Resort - Romance Escape From $340*/night with $100 resort credit Offered April 1 - Dec. 20, 2014. Feel the love.  Taboo is turning up the heat with our Muskoka romantic getaway, perfect for passionate getaways, happy anniversaries and heavenly honeymoons.  Reconnect while enjoying beach walks and spectacular lake sunsets, exploring old growth forests and making toasts by the fire.

Couples Romantic Getaways north of Toronto 

Spa Getaways in Ontario Pick

Casino Rama - Rama, Ontario

Casino RamaCasino Rama - Balance in Life Spa Special: It's Party Season! Let us help you get ready for the festivities. Purchase a Naturally Balanced Facial for $110 (plus applicable taxes) And get one of these treatments 50% OFF: True Balance Manicure. True Balance Pedicure. ‘Up the Ante’ Eyelash Extensions. Mid-week only Mon-Thurs. Book your treatment today at 1.705.238.5933 or Offer Expires December 18, 2014

Spa Getaways north of Toronto

Family Vacation Getaway Pick

Northridge Inn and Resort - Sundridge, Ontario

Northridge Inn and ResortNorthridge Inn and Resort - Northridge offers a wonderful alternative for a passive family getaway. Our beach is especially wonderful for children: shallow and sandy, and weed free. We offer tennis, bicycles, shuffleboard, horseshoes, a heated pool, movies, canoes, kayaks, volleyball, bocce, badmington all on site and included. We also have a fun little stream full of frogs that young children love! Full service town is only a few minutes away by car, and there are all sorts of off site activities (family golf, horseback riding, shopping) and short trips nearby as well!

Winter Ontario Pick 

Sand Lake Cottages & Inn - Kearney, Ontario

Sandy Lake Cottages & InnSand Lake Cottages & Inn - Hot Tub Getaways start at $60/pp midweek @ Sand Lake Cottages & Inn Add a Wood Fireplace & Massage Therapy. Want a Dog Sled Adventure, Snowmobile Package, Massage Package, Sleigh Rides or do you just want to visit Arrowhead Provincial Park for Tubing, Cross Country, Ski Joring, Snowshoeing or skate skiing?  

December Getaways north of Toronto

Ontario Christams Getaways

The Irwin Inn - Lakefield, Ontario

The Irwin InnThe Irwin Inn- Enjoy your private celebration with a home away from home atmosphere, in your own cottage or suite. 1-4 bedroom, self-catering cottages and suites, with equipped kitchens are available to create festive meals at your leisure. Then, relax by a wood-buring fireplace or soak in your whirlpool bath or private hot tub. A garland graces your fireplace, but bring a few treasured decorations for a personal touch. Welcoming goodies - Christmas cookies, shortbread, hot chocolate, teas and coffee!

Christams Getaways north of Toronto

Ontario Cross Country Skiing Getaways Pick

Buttermilk Falls Resort - Blue Mountains,Ontario

Buttermilk Falls ResortButtermilk Falls Resort - Let's go Skiing! Nordic or Downhill, skiing, boarding or snow shoeing- Haliburton is the place to be!
We have 100's of kms of groomed trails and Sir Sam's has 17 downhill runs and our guests enjoy discounted rates. The Algonquin Highlands Trails office rents nordic ski and snowshoe equipment.  Please give us a call to book and we'll be happy to help organize your outing. 1 888 368 3147. Stay tuned to this page for excellent last minute and off peak season discounts!

Attractions Ontario Pick

Blue Mountain Village  - Blue Mountains, Ontario

Blue Mountain VilllageBlue Mountain Village - Tis the time for Jingles & Joy in Ontario’s largest pedestrian Village. Join us throughout December for family Joy! As we celebrate with free family fireworks display every Saturday in December at 8pm plus visits from Santa weekends 1-4pm, Horse & Wagon rides weekends 1-3pm and strolling carollers creating a festive shopping atmosphere weekend afternoons and some evenings. All month long!

Ontario Attractions north of Toronto

Ontario Tourism Destination of the Week

Haliburton Highlands Tourism Region Haliburton Highlands
The Haliburton Highlands include a unique topography of rolling hills, rock cuts, crystal clear waterways and exceptional woodlands.  You will not want to miss all of excitement between amazing outdoor adventures, arts & culture experiences and spectacular delights for foodies.  Located a short 2 ½ drive north of the GTA, we invite you to discover the natural beauty of the Haliburton Highlands.  Visit or follow us on Facebook (/Haliburton.Highlands) and Twitter @VisitHaliburton.  Search #MyHaliburtonHighlands for more!

Ontario Resort Destinations north of Toronto

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Pre-Christmas and Christmas Vacation Getaways and Packages


Get ready festivals of lights and tree lighting ceremonies...the season is changing to Christmas bazaars craft shows and the festive pre-holiday shopping time. Enjoy spa treatments and culinary delights after brisk biking and walking in resort destination trails Plan late fall getaways and vacation time north of Toronto. Questions? Please Contact Us

Romantic Ontario Getaway Pick

Nottawasaga Resort - Alliston, Ontario

Nottawasaga Inn ResortNottawasaga Resort - Treat yourself to a romantic getaway for two at the Nottawasaga Resort.  Our TGIF package is perfect for couples and includes deluxe resort room accommodation, buffet breakfast, gourmet 4-course dinner one evening, one hour RMT massage or 18 holes of golf one day, complimentary cocktail and appetizer in the Starlite Lounge, two mini-golf passes and gratuities. If you are joining us over the weekend consider using your package breakfast vouchers for a partial credit towards our delicious Sunday Brunch. Served every Sunday from 10:30am to 1:30pm in the Riverview Dining Room, our famous Sunday brunch features a gourmet selection of breakfast favourites including made to order omelettes, fresh Belgium waffles, an exceptional selection of hot items and more!

Couples Romantic Getaways north of Toronto 

Spa Getaways in Ontario Pick

Millcroft Inn and Spa - Village of Alton-Caledon, Ontario
Millcroft Inn and SpaMillcroft Inn and Spa -SPA ESCAPE at MILLCROFT INN & SPA. Indulge in a getaway to the Hills of Headwaters at The Millcroft Inn & Spa. Indulge in a three course dinner, then retreat to the comfort of your guestroom. You will also receive a $100 spa credit per person to use at The Millcroft Spa, Centre for Well-Being. This relaxing getaway is sure to recharge your batteries and bring new life to your romance.

Spa Getaways north of Toronto

Family Vacation Getaway Pick

Sunbeam Bungalows - Sundridge, Ontario
Sunbeam Bungalows Family & Fishing ResortSunbeam Bungalows Sunbeam Bungalows Family & Fishing Resort is conveniently located amongst the snow covered pines, on the shores of Callander Bay, Lake Nipissing. Blue skies, clean white snow, bracing fresh air, and the beauty of the frozen lake are what we love about the winter experience in Northern Ontario. Come and relax in the comfort and privacy of one of our clean, spacious 2 or 3 bedroom housekeeping cottages– fully furnished including bed linen, with fully equipped kitchens. Cottages also include digital cable, 32” flat screen TV/DVD, Wi-Fi, BBQ with propane, and fire bowl for a crackling outdoor winter camp fire. You’re only minutes away from ice fishing, downhill and cross country skiing, tobogganing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. There are local services and amenities in the small town of Callander, and the larger centre of North Bay is just a short drive away.

Winter Ontario Pick 

Westwind Inn On The Lake - Buckhorn, Ontario
Westwind Inn On The Lake Couples ResortWestwind Inn On The Lake - A winter wonderland...So Romantic!   Serene, Intimate, Private. Scenic. For Adlults.  Mostly Couples.
A cozy all cedar lodge nestled under tall pines on pink granite rock on the shore of a scenic lake in a wilderness setting yet close to all amenities, 90 min from Toronto. Rustic. Comfy. Unpretentious...says it all ... Rustic. Relaxed, welcoming, casual... No need for jacket & tie. Comfy bedsitting room with sofa, coffee table, fireplace, ancient color tv with few stations (like new since rarely used). Rooms, basic, clean, in good repair. Many have been renovated with new bathrooms with slate floor, heart shaped jet tub for two, pedestal sink, fridge, kettle. Rustic! Lodge filled with century old antique dressers, chests, blanket boxes, flat to walls, dry sinks, cupboards,spinning wheels, oriental Persian rugs. Common Living room with books, coffee maker, tea pot & kettle, fridge. Honeymoon Suites in the “chalet”, only 4  So private. Not only for Honeymoons!  Larger... with pine floors, red cedar ceiling, huge sofa & wing chair, 4 poster bed... large balcony deck by the lake.
December Getaways north of Toronto

Ontario Christams Getaways

Pine Vista Resort - Douro-Dummer, Ontario
Pine Vista ResortPine Vista Resort - COUNTRY CHRISTMAS GETAWAY. Celebrate Christmas and cherish time with your family in a safe, relaxing, and fun atmosphere. Enjoy 3 nights accommodation in a cottage or resort townhouse with fully equipped kitchen, washroom with whirlpool bath, TV/DVD, wood fireplace and deck with BBQ. While the festive meal is cooking the whole family can be enjoying our "hot tub under the stars", indoor hot tub, games and fitness rooms, go cross country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, tobogganing, and hiking or treat yourself to a therapeutic massage for some pampering. Take part in our organized recreation activities, including a horse drawn sleigh ride followed by hot chocolate and cookies, winter carnival with face painting, tobogganing, maple taffy, plus crafts, movie nights, outdoor games, campfires and so much more.

Christams Getaways north of Toronto

Ontario Cross Country Skiing Getaways Pick

Moose Horn Lodge - Chapleau, Ontario
Moose Horn LodgeMoose Horn Lodge Snow comes to our area in November and doesn't leave until April, which gives us a very long winter season to enjoy. In the winter, snow blankets the area with majestic beauty. Trekking by cross country skis or snowshoes allows visitors to view the areas' breathtaking sights. You can also bring your skates and skate on the rink that is available right outside your door. For those who would like to snowmobile, the lodge is only a mile from the OFSC Trail F system. Unlike trails in southern Ontario and the Northern US that are packed with snowmobiles, we have the luxury of hundreds of miles of pristine trails right outside your door with no bumper to bumper traffic. There are also many lakes in the area with excellent ice fishing for Walleye and Trout.

Attractions Ontario Pick

Sainte Marie among The Hurons   - Midland, Ontario

Sainte Marie Among The Hurons Sainte Marie among The Hurons - First Light Special Event Evenings November 27, 28, 29, 2014 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Now in its 15th 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. 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. “First Light” has strong ties to community groups, and many will be involved in this year’s celebration, offering special “hands-on” children’s crafts and historic demonstrations. 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 $10.00 per person (children 5 and under are free), with a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the local food bank. Special Notes: Please be advised that with the exception of service animals, family pets are NOT allowed on the historic site for this event. Overflow parking will be available at Doral Industries, 100 Wye Valley Road. Free shuttle buses will run to Sainte-Marie throughout each evening.
Ontario Attractions north of Toronto

Ontario Tourism Destination of the Week

Township of Algonquin Highlands Trails DepartmentAlgonquin Highlands Trails
Where Adventure Awaits! ~ Haliburton Highlands Water Trails – Frost Centre and Poker Lakes ~ Frost Centre Ski and Snowshoe Trails ~ Backcountry Camping, Canoeing and Kayaking ~ Canoe, Ski and Snowshoe Rentals ~ 38kms of Hiking Trails, Hundreds of kms of Snowmobile and ATV trails ~ 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 ~ Group of Seven Outdoor Murals ~ Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival. Just 2.5hrs from Toronto, in the heart of the Haliburton Highlands. Visit Call 705-766-9033 for info
Ontario Resort Destinations north of Toronto

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wax On! Early start for skiiers this season north of Toronto!

It's incredible - a week of snow, snowsqualls and low temps have led the way to an early weekend to hit the ski hills and trails north of Toronto!

If you're looking for some outdoor physical fun this weekend the following are ski operators who will be offering limited access to their slopes and trails at reduced prices.

As conditions are changing daily, we recommend checking directly with the operator to confirm availability. 


Hardwood Ski and Bike
Friday update: Hardwood received another 2 cm last night and have Ginzu Groomed Meadowlands, Torino and Nagano and Sochi for skating. Meadowlands has a classic track. Trail passes available for $15 + HST.

Horseshoe Resort
November 22nd & Sunday, November 23rd from 9am to 4pm with two runs. Lift tickets are only $20 so come out and #DotheShoe this weekend. If you haven't bought your Seasons Pass yet, not to worry there is a sweet deal happening....for $209 get a 5 Day, 7 Night pass that includes a one night mid-week stay. If your winter sport is Cross Country, we have 15km of groomed trails ready for you. Daily trail passes are just $12.

Open Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

More Blue Mountains & Collingwood Hotels & Attractions...

Future Opening Dates (subject to change based on conditions)

Blue Mountain Resort, Blue Mountains - November 28

Sir Sam's Ski & Bike, Haliburton  - December 6

Wye Marsh, Midland - TBA

Keep Calm and Ski On! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mid-November Events North of Toronto

The rush of November is here, the countdown has officially begun. However, we recommend you take the time and enjoy the days and weeks ahead - there are lots of great things happening including special events, holidays events and all around late fall and early winter fun in areas north of Toronto. The days may be shorter and the air is a little cooler, but there are day trips and getaways to lift your spirits and help you keep your holiday glow.

Special Getaways

Merry in Muskoka with Chef Michael Smith

Join Chef Michael Smith for a non-stop interactive weekend of holiday flavours, friends and full-on foodie fun. Michael will welcome you Friday night to a Taste of Muskoka packed with lots of local flavours. On Saturday attend an exclusive lunch-time cooking class as Michael leads a raucous recipe demonstration with his signature high-energy style, entertaining story telling and a few tricks up his sleeve. Then settle in for an evening unlike anything you’ve ever experienced as you and your table plunge into an interactive meal full of surprises and fun. Turkey dinner has never been so much fun!
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Featured Events

Visit the Nottawasaga Resort for the 31st Annual Sugar Plum Fair Craft Show & Sale, Saturday November 15th and Sunday November 16th and discover a spectacular line-up of crafters who feature a unique line-up of handmade items.

Fallicious Shop & Dine
Book your table and grab your shopping bag for the annual Shop and Savour experience at Blue! Choose sensational menu specials from nine participating restaurants, three craving stops plus get a head start on your holiday shopping early at several favourite shopping outlets. SUNDAY TO THURSDAY only.

Santa Claus Parades & Tree Lightings

Enjoy the magic of the Christmas holidays by attention a small town Santa Claus parade or get warm and fuzzies at a beautiful holiday tree lightings.

Coming up:

Alliston (Nov. 14) | Angus (Nov. 15) | Bala (Nov. 15) | Barrie (Nov. 15) | Bradford West-Gwillimbury (Nov. 15) | Newmarket (Nov. 15) | Lakefield (Nov. 16) | Orangeville (Nov. 15) | Lindsay (Nov. 15)

Late Fall & Winter Markets

Holiday shopping, locally sourced foods and unique artisan work make it a great spot to spend a few weekend hours. Featured Markets:

Orillia Fairgrounds Farmers' Market
Saturday morning on Fairground Rd.

Orillia Farmers' Market
Saturday morning at the Orillia Public Library

Penetanguishene Community Market
Saturday morning at La Cle d'la Baie on Main Street

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Live Entertainment at Casino Rama

Nov. 13 - John Fogerty
Nov. 14 & 15 - Roger Hodgson
Nov. 16 - Fausto Leali & Marcelle Bella

Other Events:

PA Day Camp at Huronia Museum (Friday)

Open Mic at the Roxy Cafe - Midland Cultural Centre (Saturdays)


There are many other fun activities for couples or for families, you can find those here,

Or choose adventure by destination! 

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Fresh is still best in Ontario's Lake Country! Great food and fun events this weekend north of Toronto!

While the fall colours and leaves are falling, things are heating up in the kitchens of Ontario's Lake Country!

Attention foodies and fresh food lovers ~ the Fall Flavours campaign is the opportunity for both locals and visitors to treat themselves to some of the finest dining establishments found in Ontario's Lake Country. During Harvest the Fall Flavours guests have the opportunity to experience a diversity of three-course culinary delights. The participating chefs have been busy creating new tempting menus, to entice visitors to choose their restaurant, the menu must include at least one item that is sourced from a local farm or producer.

Dine at one of the 11 participating restaurants and enter to win cooking class for two from Chef Derek at The Grape & Olive!

Featuring the 400 Eleven members participating in this promotions:

Crazy Horse at Horseshoe Resort

Echoes Dining Lounge at Bayview Wildwood Resort

Grape & Olive & Martini Bistro at Bestwestern Plus Mariposa Inn

St. Germain's at Casino Rama

Farmers' Markets also continue in OLC all year long!

Orillia Fairgrounds Farmers' Market
Saturday mornings at the Orillia Fairgrounds

Orilla Farmers' Market
Saturday morning at the Orillia Public Library

Other Weekend Events happening this weekend north of Toronto -

Annual Ski & Snowboard Swaps

Snow Valley Resort - Ski Swap & Open House
November 1

Snow Valley's equipment swap & open house has traditionally been one of the area's largest ski & snowboard swaps. This year you can expect it to be even better as they plan to move the entire swap to the new chalet! Be sure to arrive early to snag the best deals. Stay the rest of the day and ride the chairlift, take a hay wagon ride, hit the jib setup, check out the retail sale, or just sit and enjoy the day with your fellow ski bums!

November 1-2
Bring in your old gear and pick up something new at one of Ontario's largest ski & snowboard swaps. New this year, Horseshoe is pleased to add Bikes into the mix. So if you are in the market for new ski/snowboard or bikes this is the Swap not to miss!

November 1
Create beautiful hand-made rattles under the instruction Suzi Kies.

Alice Cooper, The Doobie Brothers, Tony Bennett

There's so much to see and do, consider an overnight or weekend getaway to any of these area or other great ones in areas north of Toronto. 

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Friday, October 17, 2014

This Weekend Featured Events & Festivals North of Toronto - October 17-19

A promising forecast opens up a world of endless events and activities to consider when touring the colourful fall areas in resort destination cities and towns 'north' of Toronto this holiday long weekend.

Festivals and Events are a great focal point to any day trip or getaway. If you're in these areas this weekend, we consider you check out the following events.

To date most colour change has already happened and most of the leaves are all still on the trees. Now's your chance to an anything-but-green forest! Well, except for the everygreens.

* Don't  forget your camera *

in Cottage Country and resorts towns 'north' of TO! 


Hardwood SingleTrack Challenge
Hardwood Ski and Bike
Oct. 18
New for 2014 - The Hardwood SingleTrack Challenge will be a dedicated and "secret" 25km loop using the famously popular trails at Hardwood Ski and Bike.

FALLicious Shop & Dine
Blue Mountain Village
Oct. 14 - Dec. 4 * Sunday to Thursday only *

There’s no better way to enjoy Thanksgiving weekend and the fall colours at Blue Mountain, Clarksburg and Thornbury. Free family activities, live music, Apple Pie Trail, adventures, stilt walkers, hiking, biking and fall driving tours.

ALL WEEKEND LONG – Plunge! Ridge Runner Coaster, Dockside Boat Rentals, Rock Climbing, Woodlot & Timber Challenge Ropes Course, Cascade Putting Course, Triple Zip Line, Mountain Top Segway Tours, Gondola…..


Pumpkin Mania
Rounds Ranch
It's PUMPKIN MANIA Season at Rounds Ranch so saddle up and get down here for some serious fun and farm adventures. Enjoy Pumpkin Bowling, Pumpkin Catapult, Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, Pumpkin Hockey and much more.

Experience Haliburton
Find out what's happening in #MyHaliburtonHighlands. Lots to do and see in one of the most scenic and beautiful places in Ontario! Events this weekend include farmers markets, heritage happenings at the museum and a ghost walk in Minden. Events include art exhibites, scenic chair lift rides, farmers' market and more.


Pumpkin Festival
McLean Berry Farm
As the season continues, the harvest becomes even more bountiful. Starting Thanksgiving weekend, the McLean’s again welcome the community to their farm for another festival. This festival takes place at their Buckhorn Berry Farm location Pumpkin festival runs the last weekends of October, starting Thanksgiving weekend.


Carnival - A Night in Rio
The evening will include food stations, live entertainment and a live auction. Proceeds from the event support the Georgian Bay General Hospital.

Sept. 13 & 20
Midland Cultural Centre
Open Mic at the MCC's Cafe Roxy. Saturdays from 1pm - 4pm. Free Admission.

7 Nights in Havana
Midland Cultural Centre
A new photographic exhibition of the UNESCO designated World Heritage city Havana, Cuba will be on display at the Midland Cultural Centre from September 26 until October 31. Entitled Seven Nights in Havana, the exhibit is a collaboration of three local photographers and a joint presentation of Quest Art and the MCC. Admission price for the evening is $15 with all proceeds from the exhibition donated to the Midland Cultural Centre.

Live Animal Shows: Birds of Prey and Reptiles
Wye Marsh
You will be brought face to face with the grace, majest, power and intelligence of birds of prey. OR Discover Ontario's native reptile species. Participants will learn plenty of fun facts and identification tips, as well as discover the importance of environmental stewardship and the role that individuals can play in helping Ontario's Species at Risk. 

Saturday 8 am - 1 pm
Town Dock - Main Street

Saturdays 8 am - 1 pm
Across from the Town Dock

Link to: Midland Tourism

Find great events and activities on their website.


Saturdays 8 am - 1 pm
4500 Fairgrounds Road just off of Hwy 12 W.
Saturdays 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
Orillia Public Library

Concerts at Casino Rama
This weekend catch Ligabue.

Link to: Ontario's Lake Country Area Tourism


Rural Ramble
Now until October 31

Organized by the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA), the Rural Ramble is a free, self-guided driving tour set against a backdrop of beautiful fall colours. One of only two regions in the world with the unique combination of climate and topography that results in brilliant fall foliage, the Valley is a magnificent destination to enjoy throughout the autumn months. Glorious colours and crisp, cool weather make it an excellent season for exploring the countryside.


Family Fun Events in Tweed and area!
The Municipality of Tweed is located half-way between Toronto and Ottawa.  Known for being the gateway to both the Bay of Quinte and Land O’ Lakes Tourist region;  we have an abundance of outdoor experience right here in Our Backyard.  We invite you to come visit our area and experience world-class musky/black crappie fishing, events, culture and heritage, hiking, atving, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and so much more.

Find other events in Tweed and Ontario's Highlands Tourism Destination

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