Thursday, December 27, 2007

Ontario travel outdoor travel Snowshoeing North of Toronto

More than 25 snowshoeing options are available for the outdoor enthusiast travelling north of Toronto. Ontario travel and resort destinations from Haliburton to the Ottawa Valley, the Algonquin area, west to Collingwood. One of the great new sports for the aging baby boomers is snowshoeing. Ontario has more than its share of winter outdoor space. Many of the resort destinations provide both trail and off trail snowshoe adventures north in Ontario. See Snow shoe and Snowshoeing tips.

Monday, December 24, 2007

How to become a “Winterized Canadian

Snow tubing, Igloo Building, Sleigh Rides, Winter Eco Tours, Snowshoeing, Winter Stargazing and Ontario Resort Getaway Packages

North of Toronto, Ontario…2008…With the good snowfalls in December, winter is shaping up to offer fun family outdoor adventures and outdoor getaways in the many resort destinations north of Toronto. A variety of family Outdoor fun including, building an igloo, a winter eco tour with snowshoes, sleigh rides, or an Ontario resort winter getaway package can be viewed by going to

400ELEVEN TRAVEL provides a one stop for Ontario travel winter information north of Toronto with Links to weather, road conditions, ski reports, snowmobile trail reports and more than 160 accommodation and attraction properties providing winter activities go to

Information on the many events and festivals can be viewed on the web site at and winter carnivals can be viewed at

Monday, December 03, 2007

Ontario Winter Travel Getaways North of Toronto

One Stop Guide to Winter North of Toronto

Ontario skiing and outdoor winter sports are off to a quick start before winter officially starts. Ontario Travel north of Toronto has several options available for outdoor winter enthusiasts. More than 100 outdoor winter getaways are suggested for the major winter sports and winter recreation activities. Winter getaways north of Toronto can be found at

The most up-to-date ski report can be found at and information

on Ontario road conditions is available at

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Ontario Ski Report, Ski and Snowboard Report, Skiing November 28, 2007

Open Today:

Horseshoe Resort – Machine groomed wet snow on a 35cm base with 2 lifts on 5 slopes. The cross country trails are closed at this time.

Open Tomorrow:
Blue Mountain, Mount St. Louis Moonstone, Horseshoe Resort

Open Saturday:
Blue Mountain, Mount St. Louis Moonstone, Horseshoe Resort, Snow Valley
Hardwood Hills Nordic Ski Centre

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Skiing Starts North of Toronto--Ontario Fresh Snow

Horseshoe Valley resort was the first to open on Thurs. November 22, 2007, one of the earliest starts to ski season in Ontario. With the help of snowmaking and a new fresh snowfall Horshshoe Valley Resort should have runs open for weekend skiing

It is not too early to start planning your winter getaways north of Toronto, as some are predicting this to be one of the best snow years on record.

There is more to winter than just skiing as spa getaways and romantic getaways top the list for couples travelling north in Ontario.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Santa Clause Parades and Christmas Tree Lighting North

Ontario communities across Ontario North of Toronto will be kicking off their Christmas season starting the weekend of November 16 with Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Santa Clause Parades. Many communities will have special festivals of lights including a representation of Canada's historic "First Light" at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons in Midland Ontario (See Photo). The Huron Carol will be featured along with the glow of 2000 candles during this weekend. Walkerton Ontario will be hosting a Thousand Nativities representing more than 30 countries and cultures.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Ontario Lights Up-November Travel North

Many of the light ceremonies start this week north of Toronto and are tied into Christmas events and activities and continue into the new year. Head north of Toronto for a fresh and colourful season of lights. A more detailed list of Christmas Tree Lighting ceremonies and festivals of lights can be found at. Starting this week both Orillia and Kapuskasing begin to celebrate.

Wonderland of Lights Orillia, Ontario
November 16-December 31, 2007
Thousands of white lights adorn Downtown stores, buildings & trees. 10,000 blue LED lights illuminate Community Christmas Tree at Orillia Opera House
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Festival of Lights Kapuskasing, Ontario

November 17 –January 1, 2008
Riverside Park will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland with over 100,000 shimmering lights and displays.
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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Ontario's Military Highways on Rememberance Day

In addition to the traditional Remembrance Day Ceremony held at 11:00 a.m. next Sunday November 11, we encourage Ontario residents to take time and visit one of the provinces military museums or take a drive on one of the two significant Military Highways in Ontario.

The Peacekeepers' Way Highway

The Peacekeepers Way (Highway 90) runs from Barrie to Angus and Base Borden, approximately 10-kilometre drive from Barrie. This is a reminder to think about our fore bearers and what they fought for during the two major wars, the Korean War and now Afghanistan. Visitors may attend the Borden Military Museum during operating hours.

The Highway of Heroes

The Highway of Heroes is a 170-kilometre stretch of Highway 401 between the eastern Ontario airbase in Trenton where the flag-drapped coffins of fallen soldiers arrive and the forensics centre in Toronto that receives them. A stop in Trenton to visit the National Air Force Museum of Canada is recommended.

Base Borden Military Museum

CFB Borden
18 Waterloo Road East
P.O. Box 1000 Station Main , Borden ON, L0M 1C0
Hours of operation: Weekdays: 0900 – 1200 hrs and 1300 – 1500 hrs Weekends & Holidays: 1300 – 1600 hrs.
Closed: The day following a long weekend, Christmas week and Easter weekend.
Guided tours by appointment only.

National Air Force Museum of Canada

Mailing Address: 8 Wing Trenton
PO Box 1000, Stn Forces , Astra ON, K0K 3W0
World Wide Web:
Hours of operation: Summer 1 May - 30 Sep: Mon to Sun 1000 - 1700 hrs.
Winter 1 Oct - 30 Apr: Wed to Sun 1000 - 1700 hrs.
Mon and Tue Closed.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Cottage Life North--In Toronto?

If you are not enjoying a cottage country weekend getaway and always wanted to know about cottage country and the joys of cottaging, then you should attend the Cottage Life Show in Toronto.

The Fall Cottage Life Show will be held November 2-4, 2007 at the International Centre in Toronto. There will be a wide range of experts who can talk on subjects as diverse as winter safety in cottage country, building and renovation, cottage style and decorating, cooking and entertaining in cottage country, and everything to do with getting the most out of winter at your cottage.

See Cottage Life Show.

If you are intent on going north into cottage country for the weekend, and you do not own a cottage, you can choose from a number of options on the Ontario Travel North of Toronto website, such as cottage resorts, cottages and cabins, and other forms of cottage country accommodation.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Romantic Getaways North of Toronto

November is the month to take a break before the busy Christmas season with a trip North of Toronto for a Romantic Weekend away. Ontario Travel North of Toronto members have assembled more than 40 romantic getaways with package amenities.

A combination of Inns, Resorts, Cottages and hotels offer up some of the best value prices during the month of November. Locations from Orangeville in the south, to Sudbury in the north, Ottawa in the East and the Beaver Valley in the west are providing interesting package combos including a variety of amenities and meal plans. A sample of a a few names of the getaways are "Romance and Laughter", "Couples Relaxation", "Resort to Romance", and "Wine and Dine".

Make November a Month For Romance and travel Ontario north of Toronto

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Lots of Fall Colours--at lower levels.

Although the Ontario Fall Colour report has stopped, don't let this deter you from travelling north of Toronto to enjoy hikes and fall colour walks. There are many forested areas that have brilliant views of yellows, with a few reds as well as amazing contrasts of the golden Poplar trees against the darker greens of Spruce , Cedars and Pines. The attached photos highlight the areas in and around Midland north of Toronto, taken on Friday October 26. A perfect fall colour drive into the Midland area would be the Old Fort Road Tour starting at Highway 400 and Highway 93.

See additional Ontario fall colour drives and road trips

Monday, October 22, 2007

Fall Colours North of Toronto Showing Yummy Yellows

Posted by PicasaFall Colours Still Strong in Areas North of Toronto

Vistors travelling north of Toronto can still see significant oranges, and yellows throught the Kawaraths and Huronia. Up to date fall colour reports should be checked before heading out on your fall colour drives and road trips.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Maple Leaves Below the Forest Canopy

Glorious fall leaves in reds and yellows: There are still spectacular hiking trails available where the leaf foliage is still present and allowing one to immerse in the full glory of fall colours. ,

Photo taken Friday October 13 in Haliburton, Ontario.

See the Ontario Travel North of Toronto website for Fall in Ontario Drives, road trips and other fall activities and events

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Hike Haliburton 2007 Weekend in Ontario

Haliburton Ontario FallHiking Weekend

Haliburton's 5th annual hiking weekend takes place on the 13, 14 of October. More than two d0zen hiking options are available. Trail selections and themed hikes are available for the most avid hikers or for those out for a saunter with the family.

For accommodation in Haliburton there is a selection of accommodation available in and around the Village of Haliburton, and Minden.

Although leaf fall has started there are still excellent viewing of fall colours. Photos taken Friday October 12, 2007.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Fall Fairs Foliage Fall Colours (Colors) Farmers' Markets

Ministry of Tourism is reporting the following leaf change percentages for a number of areas in the Province of Ontario for Thanksgiving Weekend. See suggested fall drives and details on possible fall colour road trips provided by

Visit a fall fair or a farmers' market for the fall harvest good

The Parry Sound and Muskoka regions are starting to see some good fall colour with a 65 to 80% change at this time with some beautiful areas of bright orange and red with 25-30% leafall.

Algonquin Provincial Park is an extremely popular fall colour destination. The colour has advanced quickly over the last week and is now at PEAK .

The North Bay area is now reporting PEAK colour along Highway 11 with deep reds and oranges spectacular at this time. Hwy 11, north of the city is very close to peak, colours are spectacular with bright reds and oranges. The drive from North Bay to Huntsville along Highway 11 is excellent for fall colour viewing.

The Haliburton area has advanced to an 80% change, with the drive along Highway 35 always incredible during the fall. Buttermilk Falls, along Highway 35, north of Minden is an excellent viewing location. Highway 118 in the Carnarvon area always offers some good fall colour as well.

The Kawartha Lakes region is reporting PEAK colour change. Highway 121 off Highway 35 is offering some beautiful colour at this time.

The Barrie, Orillia, Midland and across to Wasaga Beach area is showing a 50 - 60% colour change. The Horseshoe Valley region, north east of Barrie is offering some outstanding pockets of colour with bright reds, yellows and oranges. Colours expect to peak over the Thanksgiving weekend. The two hour South Simcoe Fall Colour Train Excursions out of the Tottenham area continue over the next couple of weekends with the final trip featured on October 14th.

The Collingwood area offers some ideal fall colour viewing locations especially around the Scenic Caves. The area is reporting a 70% change. The view from the suspension bridge at Scenic Caves, at the top of Blue Mountain, is always incredible but especially nice during the fall.

The colour is close to PEAK now in the Pembroke area across to Renfrew to Arnprior and into the Ottawa Valley region.

The Beaver Valley region south of Thornbury has about a 40% colour change with muted reds, oranges and yellows. Hockley Valley, east of Orangeville the colour has advanced to 75% with 15-20% leafall. Colours are most orange, red with a splash of gold. This weekend will be PEAK in the Hockley Valley Region.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Ontario Fall colour Road Trips-Thanksgiving Weekend

Ontario Fall travel over the Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend is one of the most popular times of the year for a road trip to see the beautiful fall colours. As many of the resort destinations north of Toronto come into peak fall colours we remind all of our visitors to engage in safe driving practices when viewing the leaves. 400ELEVEN also offers a number of fall driving tips to help you get the most out of Ontario fall colours.

Ideas for fall colour drives north of Toronto are available at Ontario Fall Colour Road Trips and Drives where you will find more than 20 suggestions for overnight, day trip or extended stays.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Fall Colour Leaf Updates Haliburton Kawarthas October 1 2007

The Ministry of Tourism is reporting fall colour updates today October 1, 2007. The Haliburton area has advanced to a 50% change, with the drive along Highway 35 always incredible during the fall. Buttermilk Falls, along Highway 35, north of Minden is an excellent viewing location. Highway 118 in the Carnarvon area always offers some good fall colour as well. The Kawartha Lakes region is reporting a 60% colour change. Highway 121 off Highway 35 is offering some beautiful colour at this time. See fall colour road trips for ideas and accommodation locations in Haliburton and the Kawartha Lakes.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Muskoka Fall colours leaf changes September 27, 2007

The Ministry of Tourism updates indicate The Parry Sound and Muskoka regions are starting to see some good fall colour with a 50% change at this time with some pockets of bright orange and red. Over the next few weeks, a boat cruise of these areas is a wonderful way to enjoy the fall colours. Views from the observation decks at the fire tower lookouts at Parry Sound should provide splendid views. See Muskoka Fall Colour Routes and Muskoka fall color drives.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Ontario Apple Picking Time North of Toronto

The last weekend in September in Ontario is a time for Apple Harvest family fun. Apple Picking is one of the favorite fall activities that the entire family can take part in.

In addition there are a number of Apple Harvest Festivals taking place.

Brighton Ontario Applefest: The community of Brighton is situated in eastern Ontario and is surrounded by rich agricultural land with an abundance of apple orchards and roadside farmers, stalls.To celebrate the bountiful apple harvest at the height of the apple harvesting season Brighton celebrates its annual Applefest festival in the last full weekend of September.

Meaford Ontario Apple Harvest: Over 200 exhibits to visit and shop at including needlework, leather, blacksmithing, woodworking, colonial tinware, wooden and stuffed toys, collectibles, stained glass, pottery, folk art, paintings in various media, photography ...... and much, much more.

Pick your fall color drive to Brighton , or a fall colours drive in the Meaford Georgian Bay area.
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Combine your Ontario Fall Colours With a Fall Event This Weekend

Check the Ontario Fall Colour Progression Report before heading out to your favorite fall fair, event or festival.

Georgian College Auto ShowDate: September 28-30,2007Web Site:

Bobcaygeon Fair (Bobcaygeon Agricultural Society) Date: September 27 - 29, 2007705-793-2466 705-793-3445 fairBobcaygeon, Ontario

Markham Fall FairDate: September 27-28, 2007Web Site:

Metcalfe FairDate:September 27 - 30, 2007Web site:

Ripley Fair (Ripley Agricultural Society)Date: September 28 - 29, 2007Phone: 519-395-5732 Email: ripleyfair@hurontel.on.caRipley, Ontario

Monday, September 24, 2007

Ontario Fall Colour Peaking in Resort Destinations

As of today the Ministry of Tourism is reporting that the Algonquin Park Highway 60 corridor is at 85% colour change in certain high elevation areas.

Most other areas of the province north of Toronto are ranging between 25%-50% colour changes.

See fall colour drives for a selection of more than 20 fall colour road trips north of Toronto For a more detailed report from the Ministry of Tourism please go to fall colour progession report.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Fall Golf Getaways North of Toronto

Fall Colour Ontario Golf Getaways

Fall colours are showing along the many golf courses north of Toronto. Choose one of several golf courses north of Toronto or choose a fall getaway including accommodation, golfing and other amenities. There are more than 30 golf fall getaway packages to choose from.

Combine your golf getaway with a fall colour road trip north with more than 20 routes to choose.

Fall Colours Update September 21 Ontario-Algonquin Park Area

Ontario Travel Fall Colour Report

Algonquin Provincial Park
is an extremely popular fall colour destination. The colour has advanced quickly this week to a 50% change. There are some areas of burgundy and bright red and orange along Highway 60. The Highway 60 corridor, through the park, offers an outstanding fall colour drive. An ideal viewing location, during the fall colour period in Algonquin Park, is the view from the observation deck at the world class visitor centre. Ragged Falls, just off highway 60 outside the west gate of the park, also offers an ideal viewing location. Suggested Algonquin area fall colour road trips .