Thursday, March 27, 2014

Weekend Ahead March 28-30: Maple Syrup Festivals, CSRA Snowcross, Spring Fever Specials, Spring Flavours, Puddle Jump, Skiiing & Snowboarding Getaways


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.  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.  Activity Central offers off resort activities like caving, snowmobiling, snowshoeing  & wine tasting, ATV trail tours, spa experiences, sleigh rides and tobogganing.  Also open every weekend are Plunge! Aquatic Centre, the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster and Crock-a-Doddle Pottery. 
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

Spring skiing hours are now 8am-5pm, Monday through SundayOpen for skiing until Sunday April 6th depending on the snow and weather conditions.

Buy Your 2014-15 Winter Season Passes Now &  Save

Buy Your Season Pass for next Winter NOW and Ski the Rest of This Year for FREE!

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

Open for the CSRA Snowcross -March 28-30. 

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

Spring Fever Special: 
March into spring on cross-country skis or snowshoes with discount rates for trail passes and equipment rentals.

March 18 – April 6, 2014 (weather permitting)

  • Children under six are FREE
  • Trail passes are just $10 on weekdays and $15 on weekends
  • Discount equipment rentals
  • Check out our end of season sale of gently used skis and snowshoes
  • End of season Gift Shop specials
Sunset Snowshoe Hike.  Saturday, March 29Special 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.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Blue Mountain / Collingwood

Sir Sam's Ski & BikeCome and enjoy a great outdoor experience in an un-crowded and family friendly atmosphere.

Open on Weekends.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Haliburton,  Minden

Snow Valley
Ski & Snowboard Season
Stay & Play
Barrie Ski & Snowtube Package
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 accommodation, breakfast and a ski or snowtubing pass.

Puddle Jump.  Sunday, March 30.  Challenge the puddle, ski, tube or board.  
Stay at resorts, inns, hotels in Barrie 
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie 

Family Sunday Workshops
March 30, 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



Maple Syrup Festivals and Sugar Bush Tours 

Sweetwater Harvest Festival  
Wye Marsh, Highway 12 Midland
 and Sunday March 29-30, 2014
all day pancake breakfast with fresh maple syrup.....old & modern maple syrup harvesting. Live animal demonstration. Horse drawn wagon. Bannock over open fire. Live folk music. Also the Trumpeter Swans will be searching for mates and territory with lots of  'spring honking'.

Suggested accommodation in Midland and area: Best Western Plus Highland Inn& Conference Centre Little Lake Inn Bed & Breakfast,  Midland Inn & Suites  or nearby Wyebridge at 
Sugar Ridge Retreat

Annual Buckhorn Maplefest at McLean Berry Farm
March 29-30, 2014

At Maplefest, there are a tons of fun activities for the entire family. Whether it's going for a wagon ride, eating pancakes with fresh maple syrup or seeing how the sweet stuff is made, there is something to do for everyone! Kids and kids at heart love tapping their toes and swinging their hips to live music, trying their hand at tapping a maple tree and testing their toffee on snow twirling skills to get a taste of the sweet stuff! 
Featured Accommodation in Buckhorn:  Westwind Inn

Tap into Maple  – Ontario’s Lake Country
The Tap into Maple route was created to support and showcase local maple syrup, maple products and events. Filled with a variety of different stops throughout the region, the Tap into Maple route will get your senses flowing and your mouth watering.

Featured Accommodation in Orillia:  Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre, Comfort Inn

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival at Kortright Conservations Centre and Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area  March 1-April 6,  2014

Westfield Heritage Village-Sweet Taste of Spring
Rockton, ON weekends until March 30.
Explore the making of maple syrup from the tree to the table in three different time periods: the methods of Canada’s First Nations, 19th century pioneers and modern times. Families can enjoy a free old-fashioned horse and wagon ride and purchase a wonderful pancake breakfast.

Headwaters - A Taste of Maple 
March 28 - April 13, 2014 

At locations across the Headwaters region and will provide an opportunity to discover and taste wonderful sweets, sinful savouries and tasty treats all made from Headwaters' maple syrup.
Featured Accommodation in Caledon area:  Millcroft Inn and Spa

Durham Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival 
March 29-30, 2014 
39th edition of its maple syrup festival. 

Maple Madness 
Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area near Kingston
March 29-30, 2014

March means maple syrup at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area near Kingston. Ride a tractor-drawn wagon to our sugar bush. Learn how maple syrup was made then and now.

Maple Syrup Festival 
March 29, 2014

Orangeville Optimist Maple Syrup Festival at the Island Lake Conservation Area.   

Maple Sugar Fest Sugar Bush Vanier 
March 31-April 6, 2014
Richelieu Park
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Ottawa,

Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival 
March 29-30, 2014

More Information on Maple Syrup Festivals and Sugar Bush Tours


Spring Flavours Culinary Getaways

Flavours of Lake Country 2014
Flavours of Lake Country 2014
Tap Into Maple Flavours of Ontario's Lake Country
March 28-April 13, 2014
Experience the liquid gold that is maple syrup through delicious 3 course set meals created by participating Flavours of Ontario’s Lake Country Chefs!

Enjoy a 3 course set-menu dinner at participating restaurants around lake country. Reservations recommended. 

*3 course set-menu dinner for $20 or $30 per person.
*price does not include applicable taxes, gratuities, alcohol or additional menu items.

Tune into Sunshine 89.1, Kicx 106 or the Dock 104.1 to win a gift certificate for dinner for two.
Dine at one of the participating restaurants and enter to win an overnight package at Horseshoe Resort or dinner for two!

Flavours of Lake Country 2014
Featured Accommodation in Orillia Area :  Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre, Horseshoe Resort,   Comfort Inn,



Featured Resort Destinations and Events


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 March.   
The Art and Syrup of Maple -March 26.  Experience the world of the maple tree and its bounty with this “sweet” three day adventure in the Haliburton Highlands.
Gone to Pot Adventure in Clay -March 29. 

Discover the natural beauty of the Haliburton Highlands.  

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

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


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.  

Stay at Resorts in Parry Sound and  the Magnetawan area.
More Information on the Municipality of Magnetawan



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.   

Wye Marsh Sweet Water (Maple Syrup) Festival  
Highway 12 Midland
 and Sunday March 29-30, 2014
all day pancake breakfast with fresh maple syrup.....old & modern maple syrup harvesting. Live animal demonstration. Horse drawn wagon. Bannock over open fire. Live folk music.

Book2Eat is a fun competition that challenges some of the area's best chefs to build spectacular, edible creations, inspired by their favorite books!

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Midland, ON
here for events and more information on Tourism Midland



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.


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



Orillia & Area’s four season outdoor playground!

Ontario’s Lake Country is one of Ontario’s most picturesque regions with radiant lakes and rivers and an array of activities for all to enjoy year round, located just one hour north of Toronto, on the shores of Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching.

Lake Country encompasses five distinctive districts: Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Rama, Ramara, and Severn. Each offers a unique experience with an abundance of activities, attractions, cultural experiences, events and recreational adventure, every day of the year.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Orillia.



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

Spring skiing hours are now 8am-5pm, Monday through SundayOpen for skiing until Sunday April 6th depending on the snow and weather conditions.




Latin America Film Festival

Auditorium at 395 Wellingston St.
March 28-April 12, 2014
Showcasing features, documentaries, and short films from south of the Rio Grande.

Maple Sugar Festival
Parc Richelieu -Ottawa
March 31-April 6, 2014

Delicious pancakes, traditional style sugar shack brunch.  Festivities including sleigh rides, a petting zoo, storytelling and entertainment.

Kiwanis Music Festival National Capital Region
March 31-May 3, 2014
various locations 

Pakenham Maple Run Studio Tour
March 29-30, 2014
Self guided studio tour.  The Maple Run Tour has 10 tour stops which include Fulton's Pancake House and Sugar Bush and studios featuring glass blowing, paintings in oil/ mixed media/ acrylic and water colour, up cycled painted pots, fine wood working, photography, jewellery, pottery, miniature quilting, leather work, woven garments and many more unique one of a kind arts and crafts to be discovered.

Opeongo Heritage Cup
Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre, Barry's Bay

March 28-30, 2014
Spectacle of local hockey talent. 

Palmer Rapids Pancake Breakfast and Egg Hunt
Palmer Rapids Community Centre 
March 29,  2014 

Valley Heritage Celebration and Open House Chartwell Pinewood Retirement Residence, Pembroke
March 29-30, 2014
Featuring display from the Champlain Trail Museum, Maple Treats and Local musical entertainment.

"Musings" and Art Exhibition at Festival Hall 
March 19-April 16, 201

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