Saturday, May 03, 2014

Weekend Ahead May 2-3: Tap Into Maple Route, Perch Festival, Springlicious, Farmers`Markets, Spring Deals

FAMILY SPRING ADVENTURE GETAWAYS

Algonquin Highlands Trails
Where Adventure Awaits!
~ Haliburton Highlands Water Trails – Frost Centre and Poker Lakes
~ Backcountry 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

Backcountry waterfront campsites $12 per night/adult.
Brand new super lightweight Swift Kevlar Canoes from $34 per day
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Blue Mountain Village
Springlicious at Blue Mountain Village
Celebrate Spring at the Blue Mountain Village with mid-week dining specials you cannot afford to ignore! Sunday through Thursday from April 1st to May 16th you can save up to 25% at six participating restaurants located in the Blue Mountain Village.  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


Georgian Bay Airways -Parry Sound

Looking for a unique Holiday gift idea or Family Adventure? Why not give a seaplane flying adventure!
We have something for everyone! 

Your options for Adventure include:
Sightseeing Air Tours -Parry Island Tour, 30,000 Island Tour, Sunset Champagne Tour
Fly & Dine -Our Signature "Fly & Dine" to World famous Henry's Fish Restaurant on Frying Pan Island - Opens May 16, 2014.
Flying Adventures -
Fly & Ride ATV Adventure, Fly In Fishing, Fly & Hike, Fly & Golf
Toronto Express -Enjoy the luxury of a private one hour flight from Toronto’s downtown Island Airport to the greater Parry Sound area.
Full Air Charter Service -Charter one of our aircraft to fly you to or from the cottage, your resort, or anywhere you desire. We will come to any safe body of water to pick you up or drop you off. We provide a chartered shuttle service to/from Toronto to anywhere in Cottage Country.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Parry Sound


Hardwood Ski and Bike
Trek Wednesday Night Race Series starts on April 30th.


Radical Riders Registration NOW OPEN! 
This is a four week learn-to-ride program for kids 6-15 years. Radical Riders, through activities and games, will learn riding techniques such as climbing, descending, obstacles, braking
and gearing, how to properly adjust their bike to fit themselves and how to care for and maintain their bike. Radical Riders (6-12 years of age) and Radical Rider Teens (13-15 years of age).
 
Register for Camp Hardwood

Your Place for Summer Fun and Lasting Friendships!  With seven trail systems and over 80km of double track and single track every camper will be 
challenged to take their riding to the next level.


Huronia Museum and; Huron Ouendat Village -Midland
Huronia Museum  consists of the museum building, housing collections & art gallery and  the Huron Ouendat Village features a replica of a “pre-contact” Huron/Ouendat village, including a lookout tower, wigwam and a full-size longhouse.
The museum also features an exhibit gallery featuring tens of thousands of historic artifacts ranging from photographs, native archaeology and art by members of the Group of Seven, and others.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Midland





Plunge! is the ultimate, all ages, four season water adventure at the base of Blue Mountain Ski Resort, the largest mountain resort in Ontario, Canada, located near Collingwood - just a 90-minute drive from Toronto. Plunge! is an authentic and magical expression of a place and its people. Indoor-outdoor pools, indoor water playground, hot tubs, rope swing, dock and slides are sure to provide year-round fun.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Blue Mountain / Collingwood
























Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
Monday to Friday, April 7 to May 16.  Seven days per week May 17 to October 12.
This world-renowned reconstruction illustrates the interaction of the French and Wendat nations. Visitors get a unique opportunity to see the earliest Canadian pioneer life, through guided or self-guided visits.
Getaway Package:  Package for a family of four per night, based on 2 adults and 2 children. Price includes one day admission to Sainte-Marie among the Hurons for 2 adults and 2 children and one night accommodation at Super 8 Midland. Free “Super-Start” breakfast included. Accommodations at the Super 8 Midland are subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. All applicable taxes are extra.   From: $146.50 CAD / $146.50 USD
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Midland


Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

Green Season Opens May 3, 2014


Getaway and spend the day at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures for a memorable outdoor experience for the whole family.

Limited activities are available at a discounted price.  The trail to the Suspension Bridge, Mini-golf, Gemstone mining, Adventure Playground, Trout Pond and Snack Bar are open.
Discount park admission (including HST):
$14.25 adults / $13.00 Senior / $12.00 Youth
Mini-Golf Package (including HST):
$18.25 adults / $16.50 Senior / $15.50 Youth
Gemstone Mining Package (including HST):
$22.25 adults / $21.00 Senior / $20.00 Youth
Eco Adventure Tours are now operating.  A rain cheque will be issued for a return visit to explore Caves/Caverns.  Reservations are required:  (705) 446-0256 ext. 227
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Blue Mountain / Collingwood


Sir Sam's Ski & Bike
Mountain Bike Season officially open: Saturday, May 17, 2014.
Register for Skills Camp
These 3 day camps are a great way to learn the basics of X-country, Downhill,  and bike park riding as well as learning how to care and tune your bike and proper rider etiquette. What a great way to spend summer hours meeting new friends, learning new things and building the skills for years of biking pleasure.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Haliburton


Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre -Midland
Live Animal Show - Wet n' Scaly
May 3-4, 2014
Wye Marsh offers the opportunity to discover the secrets of a wetland with the assistance of our dynamic naturalist staff. Look for life in thewater during a guided canoe adventure or dip net from accessible boardwalks. You can enjoy the grace of the magnificent Trumpeter Swans.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Midland


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TAP INTO MAPLE SEASON


Tap into Maple  – Ontario’s Lake Country 
Orillia and Area / Springwater 
 to May 31, 2014
Discover the Maple Route
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


More Information on Maple Syrup Festivals and Sugar Bush Tours

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 SPRING FISHING FESTIVAL

Orillia Perch Festival
One of Canada's Largest Registered Fishing Derbies! Over Sixty Tagged Perch worth $500 Each! Plus ... Thousands of Dollars in Daily, Weekly and Grand Prize Draws!

Comfort Inn Orillia
Orillia Perch Festival Package
April 19 - May 10, 2014

North America’s Largest Family Fishing Derby
Package Includes:
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast 
  • One night accommodations
  • Discounts at local restaurants when you show your room key
  • Fish cleaning hut on site
Total Package Price for 2 people is $83.64 per night, plus tax



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PLAN AHEAD FOR MOTHER`S DAY WEEKEND AND VICTORIA DAY WEEKEND



May is the month for new blooms, festivals, Mother's, Queen Victoria and fireworks.  Ontario residents enjoy the second long holiday weekend of the spring--May 24 weekend (May 16-19) Queen Victoria's Birthday, Firecracker Day or open the cottage weekend.  .In 2014 the official public holiday falls on Monday May 19.  
Plan ahead for Mother`s Day and Victoria Day Weekend with great Resort getaways and deals.

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DOORS OPEN

Doors Open Ontario spring weekends north of Toronto offers visitors FREE ADMISSION to explore Ontario attractions, heritage buildings, natural spaces, architectural showpieces and community landmarks
May 3, 2014Doors Open Peterborough 2014 is a free day of fun for people of all ages! Come and visit an exciting mix of historical and contemporary sites that explore the legacy of the First World War and innovation in Peterborough then and now.
Stay at Resorts in Peterborough



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PLAN AHEAD FOR A GIRLFRIENDS GETAWAY



Deerhurst Resort -Huntsville


Get Your Groove Back with Jully Black & Jarvis Church:
A Girlfriend’s  “Soul Revival” Weekend in Muskoka

May 30-June 1
Get your groove back with Jully Black and Jarvis Church at the all-new Spring edition of Deerhurst Resort's Girlfriends' Getaway. It will be a girlfriends' soul revival!

2 Night Package includes: Accommodation, Friday "Unleash Your Inner Diva" party with marche dinner, DJ and live performance by Jully Black, Saturday"Breakfast at Tiffany's" brunch, fitness and workshop sessions, downtown shopping and Saturday night Motown show featuring Jarvis Church complete with back-up singers.  

Rate: from $299*/person, per weekend based double occupancy



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SPRING FLAVOURS CULINARY GETAWAYS

Blue Mountain Village
Springlicious 
April 1st-May 16th
It’s the most delicious time of the year – SPRINGLICIOUS returns to the Village starting Tuesday, April 1st running Sundays through Thursday only until May 16th. It’s a dining tour de force at prices you cannot afford to ignore!

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Blue Mountain / Collingwood


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 SPRING FARMERS' MARKETS


All Year Long, Saturdays 8 am - 1 pm
4500 Fairgrounds Road just off of Hwy 12 W
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Over 50 local farmers, food producers, bakers and artisans. Fresh fruit, meat and vegetables, baked goods, cheese, honey, prepared foods, sausages, maple syrup, and live music! FREE PARKING for everyone! COME TO THE FAIR
!






Orillia Public Library
All Year Long¸  Saturdays 7:30 am - 12:30 pm

Get your Boots to the Roots - est. 1842.
The market happens every Saturday morning at the Orillia Public Library, which is located downtown by the Opera House.  The Farmers' Market continues to boast of its range of locally produced foods, handmade crafts from around the county and regularly scheduled special events for the family. 
Bring your family, meet your friends, get to know the vendors, enjoy the local musicians in the Market Cafe. Treat yourself to one of the tasty lunch menu items
.

SEE YOU AT THE ORILLIA FARMERS' MARKET ---- WHERE SHOPPING IS FUN!!


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 BOOK AHEAD FOR A SUMMER THEATRE GETAWAY

King's Wharf Theatre -Penetanguishene
 2014 Season Tickets On Sale

2014 Season at King's Wharf Theatre
Peter Pan   June 4 to June 21
Run For Your Wife  June 25 to July 12
I'll Be Back Before Midnight   July 16 to August 2
Twist and Shout: The British Invasion   August 7 to August 30

Accommodation and Theatre Package:
  • 1 theatre ticket at your choice of venue
  • 1 night accommodation at your choice of hotel, inn or B&B
  • Dinner at one of the restaurant partners
From $160.00 per person (based on double occupancy)

Call the Box Office to coordinate all the details: 1-855-drayton (372-9866).

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Featured Resort Destinations and Events




HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS DESTINATION

Yours Outdoors -Haliburton. Check out upcoming adventures in May.   

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.   

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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 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.  

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

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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.


Girls Night Out
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Choose from any 3 services: massage, mini manicure, tarot card readings, hair tinselling, plus many more to choose from! Complimentary h'ors d'oeuvres, lots of prizes and the fabulous Chinese Auction.








Quest Opening Reception: Botanicals And Beyond & High Art '14: Quest Art's 3rd Annual High School Invitational
May 3, 2014


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. 

Heritage Dinner
Huronia Museum and Huron Ouendat Village
Friday May 2, 2014

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Midland, ON
here for events and more information on 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.  Resorts of North Muskoka features private and family owned accommodations offering:
  • Accommodations only minutes from Algonquin Park, Huntsville and Lake of Bays
  • Family vacation packages and couples getaways
  • Weddings and conference venues
  • Casual restaurants and fine dining
Spring is a great time for a hike or a bike ride either from your host resort or over at nearby Algonquin Provincial Park. The Golf courses in the area begin to open up before the May 24th weekend and there is no waiting to tee off. Many resort members offer packages at very attractive rates that include outdoor activities in the spring.

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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ONTARIO'S LAKE COUNTRY

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.

Festival of Banners
May 1-October 31, 2014
Celebrating Art in the community.
The Festival produces and displays banners that are designed and hand-painted by the citizens of Orillia and area. These banners illustrate a yearly theme aon downtown street lamps.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Orillia.

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OTTAWA and OTTAWA VALLEY DESTINATION 

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

The festival welcomes over 8,000 competitors from Ontario, Quebec, and all over Canada.

Ottawa International Writers' Festival
Knox Presbyterian Church
April 25-30, 2014


The Writers Festival celebrates 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.

Asian Heritage Month 
Ottawa Public Library
May 1-31, 2014

Dozens of events covering  dance, sports, music, films, exhibitions, literary readings, seminars, cooking demonstrations and much, much, more!


Kashub Day Festival

Polish Kashub Heritage Museum
Saturday May 3, 2014
Local musicians. Amazing authentic Polish food and refreshments. horse drawn wagon rides and the museum is open for anyone who wants to brush up on some Polish Kashub history.

Spring Handmade Harvest Craft Show
Almonte Agricultural Hall
Saturday May 3, 2014
This event will have everything from jewelry & accessories to body care & home decor, toys and even edibles. 



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

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