Thursday, February 06, 2014

Weekend Ahead Feb. 7-9, 2014: Winter Carnivals, Dog Sled Derby, Coors Light Men's Week, Tubbs Romp to Stomp, Pond Hockey Tournaments, Poker Runs, Demo Day, Rail Jam, and Skiing Resort Getaways

FAMILY FUN and ALPINE AND NORDIC SKIING GETAWAYS

Blue Mountain Village
Enjoy Ontario’s best skiing and snowboarding, snowshoe hikes, scavenger hunts, horse & wagon rides and skate on Blue Mountains’ largest outdoor rink with close to 5 acres at the base of Blue Mountain.


Volcom Stone Peanut Butter & Rail Jam (February 8) 
Ontario’s largest rail jam and a staple event on the Ontario snowboard scene.  See over 150 riders from across the province throw some smooth peanut-buttery tricks on a signature PBRJ set up.   Full day event, located at Badlands Terrain Park.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Blue Mountain / Collingwood

Frost Centre Ski & Snowshoe Trails
Check Current Conditions page for information. 
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.


Hardwood Ski and Bike
Hardwood Ski & Bike offers the ultimate Nordic skiing and snowshoeing experience in Ontario. Trail loops range from 5km to 22km and built for ALL levels. Rentals available on site.


Hardwood Demo Day  Saturday, February 8, 2014
Come and try out the latest from Fischer, One Way, Rossignol and Salomon equipment before you buy.  You can take the skis out for approximately 30 minutes and that lets everyone have a chance to try what’s new.  No other special requirements other than a trail pass.





Moonlight Snowshoe and Fondue -Satruday, February 8, 2014
Guided night snowshoe hike followed by a fondue. Your guides will lead you through the Hardwood forest where you can take in the peace and serenity of the evening. After you will be treated with a fondue and can warm your toes by the bonfire.

Located only 1 hour north of Toronto, Hardwood Ski and Bike and Carriage Ridge Resort offer the best deal this season!
Getaway includes
  • 1 discounted ski trail pass, per person for Hardwood Ski and Bike. . Extra trail passes can be purchased.
  • Pool, hot tub and on-site activities 7 days a week!
Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Getaways from only $75.50 CAD per person (family of 4) or $150.00 CAD per person (double occupancy)




Horseshoe Resort
Looking for a fun getaway this winter season at an affordable cost.  Rejoice over the savings in a Winter wonderland.
All Access Winter Adventure  Starting from $269/night
Ski, Snowboard & Stay Starting From $199/Night
Discover Ski & Boarding Starting from $289/night
Nordic Ski & Stay  Starting from $159/Night
Coors Light Men's WeekFebruary 3-7, 2014.  Come to Horseshoe and take advantage of Men's Week.

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

Experience pristine snow conditions, spectacular views and unique trails high atop the Niagara Escarpment in a 200 year old forest featuring 100 ft. tall sugar maples, beech and oak trees.  Glide along 27 km of cross country ski trails professionally groomed daily for both skate and classic styles.
Special 3 Trail Pass Package -Purchase 3 day passes for just $50.  
Ski 3 Passport -Explore three days at three nordic centres for one low price:  Highlands Nordic, Wasaga Nordic and Scenic Caves Nordic, all for $35.
Tubbs Romp to Stomp.  Saturday Feb. 8 Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Fundraiser.
Guided Night Snowshoe Hikes at Scenic Caves -Saturday Feb. 8 (6pm-8pm)
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Blue Mountain / Collingwood




Sir Sam's Ski & Bike
Ski, Snowboard and Snowshoe Season
Come and enjoy a great outdoor experience in an un-crowded and family friendly atmosphere.  

Significant Improvements for the 2013-2014 Winter Season.

February 8, 2014.   Apres Ski DInner & Dance featuring the Carl Dixon Band $35.00/person . Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Haliburton,  Minden
More information on the
Haliburton Highlands Destination


Snow Valley
Ski & Snowboard Season
Stay & Play
Barrie Ski & Snowtube Packages
Plan a Family Getaway!
Numeous stay & play" packages available through a number of local hotels.
Packages start at just $54.50 (pp/dbl occupancy) and includes 1 night accomodation, breakfast and a ski or snowtubing pass.
Stay at resorts, inns, hotels in Barrie

 
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie 

Family Sunday Workshops
February 9, 2014
Families can enjoy an afternoon exploring art while they create wonderful works to enjoy at home. Regional artists lead the workshops, and activities suit all ages and levels of experience. 

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Barrie



Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre
Cross-country ski on more than 22 km of beautiful groomed and track-set trails. Snow shoeing trek on 10KM of picturesque hiking trails. 
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Midland

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HOCKEY SEASON EVENTS and POND HOCKEY TOURNAMENTS

North Bay Battalion OHL Home Games Package

The North Bay Battalion OHL Hockey Package includes your accommodations, a full hot chef-cooked plated breakfast and a Rink Side seat (seats are Section 1R and numbered 5, 6, 7, and 8).  Limited to only 4 tickets available per game, call now and book before they are all gone. 
Game  Dates: 
Feb 2, 6, 13, 16, 20, 27, 2014
Starting at $159.99*  *Plus HST. Based on Double Occupancy in a Standard Room with 2 Queen Sized Beds. Upgrades are available


Original Pond Hockey Classic
Gravenhurst -Muskoka Wharf
Feb. 7-9, 2014
NHL Alumni game played under the lights on the Friday night which will be a great way to see some of the past NHL greats play some puck on the pond and then have a beer with them after. There will also be a MASSIVE indoor beer tent all weekend in Boston Pizza and Dock in the Bay with a live entertainment on the Saturday night! 
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Gravenhurst:  Eden Place Bed & Breakfast,
Taboo Resort, Golf and Spa


Pond Hockey Festival on the Rock
February 7-9, 2014
10+ natural ice rinks and 14+ team categories over 3 days on the shores of Ramsey Lake in Sudbury, Ontario.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in SudburyMoonlight Inn & Suites

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DOG SLED RACES

Kearney Dog Sled Races
February 8-9, 2014

Fun filled family weekend of races that include: kid and mutt, ski-joring, 4 and 6 mile sprints, 35 mile mid-distance and the ever exciting overnight wilderness trek of 120 miles!
Friends of the Dogs Sponsors and Accommodations near Kearney:  Algonquin Woods -Emsdale, Cutters Cove Cottages -Emsdale, Northridge Inn & Resort -Sundridge, Sand Lake Cottages & Inn -Kearney.

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 WINTER CARNIVALS




Winterlude
Ottawa 
January 31-February 17, 2014
Three fun-filled weekends of excitement and activity await the whole family! From glittering ice carvings and majestic snow sculptures to the world’s largest skating rink, a gigantic snow playground and explosive shows under the winter sky. 
Stay at resorts, inns, hotels Ottawa

Victoria Harbour Frosty FrolicsFebruary 7 - 9, 2014
Winter is here and it’s time to celebrate! Join Tay Township and various Communities.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in the Midland area: Best Western Plus Highland Inn& Conference CentreLittle Lake Inn Bed & BreakfastMidland Inn & Suites


Port Carling Winterfest
Port Carling
February 7-9, 2014
The festival has
events for the whole family with fireworks, hot dogs and chocolate, MUCH MUSIC Video Dance, log sawing, a dog show, kid's games, face painting, horse and wagon rides, children's entertainers Jam Sandwich, a roast beef dinner, rock and roll dance with Muskoka Roads, pancake breakfast, polar bear dip and the snow snake competition.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in the Port Carling area: 
Sherwood Inn, Shamrock Lodge, JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa


Bon Soo Winter Carnival
Sault Ste. Marie
February 7-16, 2014
Come to Saul Ste. Marie, Canada and celebrate years of Winter Magic. Family Traditions continue for ten days, while residents and visitors alike will GET OUT and GET ACTIVE,


Cochrane Winter Carnival
Cochrane 
January 29-February 9, 2013 

Come Chill With Chimo at Ontario's Oldest Premier Winter Carnival! Participate in many tournaments such as hockey and horseshoe, attend the many dances including an outdoor dance on Lake Command.


Deep River Winter Carnival   Feb. 7-9, 2014
Palmer Rapids Winter Carnival  Feb. 5-9, 2014
More Information on the Ottawa Valley Destination

More information on upcoming winter carnivals.

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POKER RUNS

Maple Leaf Snow Skimmers Poker Run
Lake St. Peter
Community Centre  February  8, 2014.  Great food, prizes, fun and people at the Lake St. Peter Community Centre. Includes Hot Dogs and Hot Chocolate at the Fire Hall. Cost is $10 per person.
Featured Accommodation:  Couples Resort

Dorset Poker Rally
  February 8, 2014.  To be held at the Lions Camp on Kawagama Lake Road. With sponsored check points.


Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run   Hidden Valley Resort -Huntsville  February 7-9, 2014.  A fun and unique all-women snowmobile ride that raises money to financially assist breast cancer patients across the country. 
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Huntsville

Snowarama Horseshoe Resort Provincial Ride Horseshoe Resort.  February 8, 2014.  Enjoy an all inclusive weekend by raising a minimum of $600 in pledges.
 
Georgian Bay TELUS Snowmobile Ride For Dad  Knights of Columbus -Penetanguishene.  February 8, 2014.  A fun-filled day of riding the trails with a meal, prizes and much more all while helping to raise money to fight prostate cancer.


Orillia TELUS Snowmobile Ride For Dad  February 8, 2014.  A fun-filled day of riding the trails with a meal, prizes and much more all while helping to raise money to fight prostate cancer. Starts at the Best Western. 
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Orillia:  Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre, Comfort Inn

Annual Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve Poker Run  Saturday February 8, 2014.
Participants will ride the forest trails from shelter cabin to shelter cabin, collecting tokens along the way.  Refreshments will be available at each cabin
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Haliburton,  Minden
More information on the
Haliburton Highlands Destination


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Barrie Licious Festival

January 24 -February 9, 2014
The intent of the festival is to allow Barrie residents to try a diversity of culinary experience in the downtown area.  A prix fixe menu at $15, $20 or $25 per person will be offered at each location. Menu will include an appetizer or soup or salad with an entree and dessert

Stay at resorts, inns, hotels in Barrie, ON


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Featured Resort Destinations and Events





HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS DESTINATION

Sir Sam's Ski and  Bike-Haliburton
Ski and Snowboard Season !
Come and enjoy a great outdoor experience in an un-crowded and family friendly atmosphere. 

Significant Improvements for the 2013-2014 Winter Season


Yours Outdoors -Haliburton. Check out upcoming adventures in February. 
Make Peace with Winter -Into the Dark- Ice Climbing -Feb. 7
Walk Into Winter -A Heritage Adventure -Feb. 7
Make Peace with Winter - Ice Climbing -Feb.8

 
Discover the natural beauty of the Haliburton Highlands. 

 
Annual Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve Poker Run

Saturday February 8, 2014
Participants will ride the forest trails from shelter cabin to shelter cabin, collecting tokens along the way.  Refreshments will be available at each cabin.


“LOCAL COLOUR” Rails End Salon Exhibition
January 18-March 22, 2014

Stanhope Outdoor Ice Rink
Stanhope Firefighters Community Hall  to February 28, 2014

Dorset Outdoor Ice Rink
Dorset Ice Palace to February 28, 2014

Public Skating Haliburton
AJ LaRue Arena
Public skating is available most Sundays at the AJ LaRue Arena.

Minden Hills Public Skating
SG Nesbitt Arena Minden
Available every Sunday and Wednesday at the S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena. 

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Haliburton,  Minden
More information on the
Haliburton Highlands Destination


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LAND O' LAKES DESTINATION



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.

Click here for events and more information on the
Land O' Lakes Destination



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MIDLAND and PENETANGUISHENE and TOURISM MIDLAND DESTINATION

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


Midland Cultural Centre
The Midland Cultural Centre (MCC) is a self-sustaining, inspiring and exciting year-round facility for arts and culture in Huronia. The MCC has an active calendar of programs and events for enthusiasts of art, culture, music and theatre. Drop in to see what's going on.










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.  
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Midland, ON
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Tourism Midland




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RESORTS OF NORTH MUSKOKA

There are plenty of exciting things to do in North Muskoka, all within close proximity.  Bring the family snowshoeing, tubing, skating, downhill or cross country skiing, even dog sledding. Or, if you prefer, try your hand at snowmobiling on the extensive trail system that winds throughout Muskoka.
Click her for activities and more information on Resorts of North Muskoka.
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ONTARIO'S HIGHLANDS DESTINATION  



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. 

More information on Ontario's Highlands Destination






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ORO STATION



Hardwood Ski and Bike -Oro/Medonte
Hardwood Ski & Bike offers the ultimate Nordic skiing and snowshoeing experience in Ontario. Trail loops range from 5km to 22km and built for ALL levels. Rentals available on site

2014 Ski Memberships available.
Youth Cross Country Ski Programs
Register Now For Kids Ski Programs
Hardwood Ski and Bike offers recreational cross country ski lessons for children between ages 3-13. Programs are focused on fun and skill in order to introduce a life long activity and a love of winter.  Space is limited so register soo
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OTTAWA and OTTAWA VALLEY DESTINATION 



Winterlude
Ottawa 
January 31-February 17, 2014
Three fun-filled weekends of excitement and activity await the whole family! From glittering ice carvings and majestic snow sculptures to the world’s largest skating rink, a gigantic snow playground and explosive shows under the winter sky.  

Cracking Up the Capital Comedy Festival
National Arts Centre, Museum of Civilization, National Gallery of Canada, Algonquin College 
February 5-8, 2014
Ottawa’s first and only Comedy Festival, highlighting Canadian talent from a variety of genres, including women, youth, aboriginal and Ottawa’s own.


Deep River Winter Carnival   Feb. 7-9, 2014

Palmer Rapids Winter Carnival  Feb. 5-9, 2014

Muskrat Lake Ice Fishing Derby -Cobden   Feb. 8, 2014

Silver Spoon Ski-Fest Classic -Deep River X-Country Ski Trails  Feb. 8, 2014

Heritage Day - Pembroke. Calvin United Church Hall.  Feb. 8, 2014.  Admission is free.  Come and learn about local history, genealogy, the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, local military heroes and benevolent societies!  Refreshments will be available.

Stay at Resorts in the Ottawa and Ottawa Valley area
More Information on the Ottawa Valley Destination
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