Friday, July 30, 2010

Civic Holiday Simcoe Day Long Weekend

Banana Boat RidesBoating In Ontario
Get the 411 on Simcoe Day long weekend events as you head north this weekend. A stop at Barrie's Kempenfest is a must for Arts and Craft lovers. Ontario lakes and beaches in cool destinations north of Toronto are on most "to do" weekend activities. Start your August with an Ontario cottage resort getaway to exciting Water Sports golf getaways, or fishing getaways & start of renewed relationships with the kids. Discover a lakeside Ontario resort with family and friends or lakefront cottage or cabin as a couple. Ontario Country Inns make for great summer romantic getaways. Summer family vacation time north can include hiking getaways, mountain bike getaways, water skiing, banana boat rides, romantic getaways, family package mini vacations or just relaxation with an Ontario spa package.

Ontario Resort Travel Destination-Association Picks of the Week

Featured Ontario Destinations & Travel TourismAssociations

North MuskokaNorth Muskoka Region (http://www.north-muskoka.com/)
Muskoka is widely recognized as one of Canada's most popular vacation
spots. Whether it is a romantic getaway with someone special, a
summer family vacation or special group gathering, the many choices
of cottage resorts, inns and lodges make North Muskoka an excellent
place to spend a holiday. The resorts in North Muskoka have been
greeting guests for generations and are a true reflection of the
Muskoka vacation experience. The North Muskoka directory features
private and family owned accommodations offering:


Romantic Getaway of the Week

Westwind Inn On The Lake Couples Resort - Buckhorn, Ontario

Westwind Inn On The Lake Couples ResortWestwind Inn On The Lake Couples Resort - Peaceful, intimate & serene. Discover our spectacular wilderness setting. Cozy log cabin style rooms with fireplace and private balcony, rustic luxury suites, jet tubs for two, great foods, fine wines and genuine service. Enjoy many fun complimentary activities for every season...skis,
skates, snowshoes, canoes, kayaks, row boats, pedal boats, trails, bikes,
pool and beach. Outdoor hot tub, sauna, games room. So Much to explore, great area golf, snowmobile trails, galleries, trading posts, artisans, small towns, quaint villages and so much more! Spa services available by prior reservation

Family Getaway of the Week

Comfort Inn - Sudbury, Ontario

Comfort Inn - SudburyComfort Inn - Let Us Pay Your Way…..So You Can Relax and Enjoy Your Stay! Receive a $25.00 Esso Gas Card and 20% Off Regular Room Rates. Offer also includes FREE Breakfast, FREE Parking, FREE Wireless Internet Access & Discounts at Local Restaurants. KIDS STAY FREE! PET FRIENDLY!CALL THE HOTEL DIRECTLY AND ASK FOR THE “GAS UP AND GO” SPECIAL

Town, Village & City Getaway of the Week

OakviOakview Lodgeew Lodge - Minden, Ontario

Oakview Lodge - WALK IN THE CLOUDS CANOPY TOUR 2 NIGHT PACKAGE. This unique and unforgettable experience will leave you breathless. The Haliburton Forest Canopy Tour is included in this 2 night package as well as 2 nights luxury lakefront accommodation, 2 full breakfasts and 2 four course gourmet dinners.Also included in this package is free entry to the 'Wolf Centre' where you will see wolves living in their natural environment.

Spa Getaway of the Week

Rawley Resort & Marina Inc - Port Severn, Ontario

Rawley Resort & Marina IncRawley Resort & Marina Inc - Couples Rejuvenation. Radiant Reflections is a destination spa using Eminence organic skin care products handmade in Hungary. Share the pleasure, ease your mind, feel the tension melt away while our professional therapists guide you through your spa treatments.Renewed – Polish perfect.
 
Attraction of the Week

Discovery Harbour - Penetanguishene, Ontario

Discovery HarbourDiscovery Harbour - One of Ontario’s most picturesque historic sites, Discovery Harbour recalls the days of the 19th-century British navy and military that safeguarded the defence of Upper Canada. In 1820 the thriving naval dockyard boasted residences and workshops, large and small vessels, and a community of officers, artisans, sailors, and soldiers. The base was eventually operated by the British military from 1834 to 1856, constructing an impressive stone Officers’ Quarters that still stands today.

Attraction of the Week

Ontario Northland's Polar Bear Express - North Bay, Ontario

Polar Bear Express & Ontario NorthlandOntario Northland's Polar Bear Express - The Polar Bear Express is a well renowned summer excursion train which departs from Cochrane, Ontario daily except Saturdays during the summer excursion schedule from Friday June 27 to Friday,
August 29, 2008. Your journey will take you through spectacular forests and rugged wetlands, and across mighty rivers once navigated by early natives, explorers and fur traders. Ride the rails 186 miles to the edge of the Arctic and immerse
yourself in Cree culture. New packages are available for the 2008 summer season!



Thursday, July 29, 2010

Barrie Kempenfest Long Civic Holiday Weekend Update 2011

July 29-August 1, 2011.  An Ontario Top 100 Festival

If you are traveling north of Toronto via Highway 400 on the Simcoe Day Civic Long Weekend make sure you stop in at Kempenfest just off Essa Rd. at Lakeshore Drive in Barrie.   See Kempenfest In the news.   Barrie's magnificent waterfront is on display with a jurried arts and craft show considered by many to be Canada's best arts & crafts show of the summer season.  Combine the show with a little antiquing...for families there is a midway, beaches for the kids, great food and music all weekend long.


Barrie Area Accommodation: Links to area hotels, resorts, inns. Barrie Attractions: Links to Barrie area attractions, museums, galleries, kids fun and more Barrie Beaches Waterfront: Some of Ontario's best beaches on Kempenfelt Bay Lake Simcoe.
Lake Simcoe: One of Ontario's largest lakes and favourite resort destinations north of Toronto.

Kempenfest is celebrating 40 years 
                                   

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Highway 400 Travel North in Ontario

Ontario Toronto North on Highway 400

Travel north from Toronto on Highway 400 and you feel a dramatic change around Highway 9 as the Holland Marsh comes into focus and you know your are in farm country.

Fall colours will become a dominant motivation for the many road trips millions of Toronto and Southern Ontario residents pursue in September and October. 

Ontario Highway 400 will take you on a memorable road trip with highlighted attractions, events, festivals with links to accommodation and featured lakes, sports and recreation activities.  as east west spring summer and fall road trip options as you head north.
Regular weekend travelers and road warriors will know they getting closer to cottage country  when they start seeing waterfront and beach signs and the Barrie welcome sign
  
Travel Sections along Highway 400 are divided into 3 logical highlighted locations--side trips, attractions and events provide additional Ontario Travel ideas. See Highway 400 North

TORONTO TO BARRIE

BARRIE TO PORT SEVERN-HONEY HARBOUR

HONEY HARBOUR-PORT SEVERN TO PARRY SOUND

 




Saturday, July 24, 2010

Long Weekend Celebrates John Graves Simcoe

History buffs are sure to celebrate the legacacy of John Graves Simcoe, as the greatest influencer on the building of  Ontario's road system among other achievements such as eliminating slavery.

His surname Simcoe stands out on Ontario maps as in Lake Simcoe and Simcoe County and the town of Simcoe.

Contrary to popular belief he was never made a "Lord", but had a hotel in Toronto named after him called the Lord Simcoe Hotel.  Up until this year a favourite watering hole in Barrie was called the Simcoe hotel.  A photo of  the sign from the Barrie Ontario hotel is shown below and was included in the Barrie Doors Open Event in 2009.  

Friday, July 23, 2010

Summer Getaways & July Vacations

Boating In Ontario Banana Boat Rides
Ontario cottage resort getaways to one of the thousands of Ontario lakes and beaches in cool destinations north of Toronto are on most "to do" summer activities. Water Sports Getaways, Ontario golf getaways or fishing getaways can be the start of renewed relationships with the kids. Discover a lakeside Ontario resort with family and friends or lakefront cottage or cabin as a couple. Ontario Country Inns make for great summer romantic getaways. Ontario summer long weekends such as Simcoe Day in August can start early and end late. Summer family vacation time north can include hiking getaways, mountain bike getaways, water skiing, banana boat rides, romantic getaways, family package mini vacations or just relaxation with an Ontario spa package.

Ontario Resort Travel Destination-Association Picks of the Week

Featured Ontario Destinations & Travel Tourism Associations

Lake SimcoeLake Simcoe (http://www.400eleven.com/lakesimcoe.html)
Lake Simcoe is Toronto's close to home resort destination. It is the first major lake north of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and has often been described as the "Sixth Great Lake". Lake Simcoe is linked to the Great Lakes through the Trent-Severn Historic Waterway to Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. The two largest cities on Lake Simcoe are
Barrie, and Orillia both with substantial public marinas, beaches and waterfront parks. Simcoe County, York Region, Durham, and Kawartha Lakes all touch on Lake Simcoe. Many say Lake Simoce is the Ice Fishing Capital of North America. See Lake Simcoe Ontario

Romantic Getaway of the Week

SunDog Retreat, The - Parry Sound, Ontario

The SunDog RetreatSunDog Retreat, The - Come experience the serenity at our beautiful retreat. Take in nature with a scenic hike, canoe or kayak ride, soothe your muscles in our outdoor hot tub and settle down by a roaring fire. All the ingredients to relax, rejuvenate and get inspired. All cottages have fireplaces, satellite TV, DVD players. Many local attractions to enjoy. Escape to heaven

Family Getaway of the Week

Sportsman's Lodge Wilderness Resort- Wahnapitae, Ontario

Sportsman's Lodge Wilderness ResortSportsman's Lodge Wilderness Resort - Need a break from everything and everyone? Come experience our wilderness resort.
Enjoy our rustic charming atmosphere for a few days where you can just
be you for a change. Relax over a bottle of wine and a good meal prepared with the finest of ingredients, no preservatives, additives or anything that you shouldn't be eating! Summer Activities: ATVing, Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking / Walking, Kayaking and Mountain Biking

Town, Village & City Getaway of the Week

Kashaga Lodge - Haliburton, Ontario

Kashaga LodgeKashaga Lodge - Kashaga Lodge encompasses a full 5-acres on the shoreline of Lake Kashagawigamog, one of Haliburton's largest and most scenic lakes. There are relatively few accommodation units, which means the property is never crowded. One of the things that makes Kashaga Lodge unique is the wide variety of accommodation types available, each with its own character and ammenities.

Spa Getaway of the Week

Harbour View Inn - Barrie, Ontario

Harbour View InnHarbour View Inn - Let the Harbour View Inn be your destination for a luxurious spa getaway weekend in Barrie. Let your senses take over as you relax in one of our fabulous waterview suites for the weekend, with a full day spa excursion to the Green Day Spa that is sure to help you unwind from a busy week.

Attraction of the Week

Sir Sam's Ski Hill & Summer Resort - Haliburton

Sir Sam’s Ski & Summer Resort Sir Sam's Ski Hill & Summer Resort - Sir Sam’s Ski and Summer Resort has been established and operated by the Bishop Family for almost 45 years. The spacious multi room chalet has 4 fireplaces and a homelike family atmosphere. Sir Sam’s hosts twelve main runs and a view from the top that is only matched by the view of the slopes from the chalets panoramic windows and outdoor sun deck. Come and enjoy a great outdoor experience in an un-crowded and family friendly atmosphere.

Attraction of the Week

Timmins Underground Gold Mine Tour

Timmins Underground Gold Mine Tour - Timmins, Ontario

Timmins Underground Gold Mine Tour, Journey under the earth and experience the workings
of a mine, pan for gold and learn about the area's mining history at the Timmins
Gold Mine Tour.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Summer Getaways & Civic Holiday Weekend Events North of Toronto

Summer Getaways & Civic Holiday Weekend Events North of Toronto

Book your Ontario August Getaways early! The Civic long Weekend Starts Friday July 30th.


See a variety of Civic Holiday day trip ideas, events and festivals available north of Toronto over the holiday weekend.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Ontario Cottages--Summer Fun in Cottage Country

Renting an Ontario cottage is a year round ritual for Toronto residents vacationing north of Toronto in what is often described as "cottage country".   Photo taken at Bonnieview Inn Resort, Haliburton

Summer in Ontario is the traditional cottage rental time where swimming, beach fun at the cottage and Ontario water sports bring families together.  A summer or fall rental is often highlighted with an overnight cottage  experience with friends, or family or couples. Cottage getaways in Canada often include diving from the dock or a visit to a nearby cottage beach in a Provincial or National Park.  Many lakeside cottage resorts have a beach on site.  There are many options from romantic cottages with fireplace, hot tub and jacuzzi for two or a Honeymoon couples cottage.  See Types of Ontario Cottages

Friday, July 16, 2010

Summer Getaways & July Vacations

Banana Boat RidesBoating In Ontario

Beach resort vacations and Ontario cottage getaways to one of the thousands of lakes and beaches in cool resort destinations are on most "to do" summer checklists. Water Sports Getaways, Ontario golf getaways or fishing getaways can be the start of renewed relationships with the kids. Discover a lakeside Ontario resort with family and friends or lakefront cottage or cabin as a couple. Ontario Country Inns make for great summer romantic getaways. Ontario summer long weekends can start early and end late. Summer family vacation time north can include hiking getaways, mountain bike getaways, water skiing, banana boat rides, romantic getaways, family package mini vacations or just relaxation with an Ontario spa package.

Ontario Resort Travel Destination-Association Picks of the Week

Featured Ontario Destinations &Travel Tourism Associations

Haliburton Highlands Tourism RegionHaliburton Highlands Tourism Region (http://www.haliburtonholidays.com)
The Haliburton Highlands is just two hours north of Toronto, but it’s also a world away. Unforgettable countryside sculpted by towering rock formations, majestic forests, postcard-perfect vistas, and scenic, rolling hills. Whether you want to tube down a lazy river or shoot white waterin a kayak, this is the place. With more than 600 lakes and miles of picturesque rivers connecting them, a person could explore our waters for a lifetime and never see the same shoreline twice. The natural environment of the Haliburton Highlands inspires the vibrant arts community that continues to flourish – with artist studios, theatre, outdoor concerts, opera and the Haliburton School of the Arts.


Romantic Getaway of the Week

Bourget Inn &Spa Resort, The - Bourget, Ontario (Ottawa)

Bourget Inn & Spa, TheBourget Inn & Spa Resort, The - Slip-Away for a Romantic Spa Escape...The Inn’s country setting offers you a romantic hideaway with all the luxuries of the city. Located in Eastern Ontario just outside Ottawa you’ll discover the perfect romantic escape. You’ll savour gourmet candlelit dining, relax with a soothing couples’ massage and enjoy fun outdoor activities. 2 Night Massage Getaway: 2 Nights at the Inn. 2 Gourmet Breakfasts. 1 Spa Lunch (cheese plate, chicken salad & homemade sorbet). 1 Four Course Dinner with a Chocolate Fondue Dessert. 1 Full Body Massage (1 hour). Use of the Hot Tub, Sauna and Steam Room. Access to the Inn and Grounds. Access to the Seasonal Pool and Patio.Gratuities on Hospitality and Meals Included/




Family Getaway of the Week

Clyffe House Cottage Resort - Port Sydney, Ontario

Clyffe House Cottage ResortClyffe House Cottage Resort - Clyffe House is perfect for a family holiday. Shallow sandy beach,Tennis, beach volleyball, kayaking, waterskiing, tubing, firepit, 100acres, Two, three, four and five bedroom cottages available



Town, Village & City Getaway of the Week

Comfort Inn - Barrie (Hart Drive), Ontario

Comfort Inn- BarrieComfort Inn - Barrie (Hart Drive) - PACKAGES as low as $91.50 per person include: 1 Night Accommodation at the Comfort Inn, Barrie Hart Drive. Sunshine Breakfast. 2 Adult passes to Canada's Wonderland. Park open May 2 through October 31, 2010! Packages are priced per person, based on double occupancyTaxes not included


Spa Getaway of the Week

Millcroft Inn and Spa - Village of Alton-Caledon, Ontario

Millcroft Inn and SpaMillcroft Inn and Spa - Plan a personal spa escape made especially for you. The Millcroft's 100 scenic acres set the mood for relaxation. Spend the night in comfort in one of our distinct guestrooms and wake up to our country continental breakfast buffet the next morning. Enjoy the amenities of stunning Millcroft Spa, Centre for Well-Being, including our outdoor pool, and use your $100 spa credit on the pleasure of your choice. We'll make your getaway even more memorable with a spa welcome gift, plus extend a 15% discount on spa retail purchases during your stay.


Attraction of the Week

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures - Collingwood, Ontario

Scenic Caves Nature AdventuresScenic Caves Nature Adventures - Nature, history and Adventure for the whole family. Self guided tour of caves, caverns and lookouts on the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment. Ontario's Longest Suspension footbridge offers light adventure and the most spectacular views of Georgian Bay and Surrounding Countryside. Gemstone Mining, mini golf, trout pond, picnic areas, snack bar and gift shop. Please, no pets and running or hiking shoes are necessary.





Attraction of the Week

Haliburton School of The Arts - Haliburton

Haliburton School of The Arts - With hundreds of lakes surrounded by rolling hills and breathtaking vistas, the Highlands of Haliburton are the ideal setting for an art school. The inspiring surroundings and courses within the schedule kindle a creative vigour that can be motivating and energizing or reflective and relaxing.The program spans the calendar, the ages, the skill levels, and the seemingly unrestrained range of techniques and media. With an eclectic and extensive variety of courses offered at a range of skill levels, there's something for everyone!Just 2 1/2 hours north of Toronto and 3 1/2 hours west of Ottawa. 



Thursday, July 15, 2010

Summer Family Vacations North of Toronto

Summer in Ontario for families and couples offers up affordable close to home (staycation) vacations in 2010. Many summer vacation package choices for getaways are available. Book now for your summer long weekend holiday dates for Simcoe Day (Civic Long Weekend), and Labour Day. Join a tradition dating back to the first camping holidays to the lakeside summer resort destinations in Ontario's famous cottage country.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Great Summer Vacation Deals North of Toronto

Great Summer Vacation Deals North of Toronto
Discover great summer deals at a lakeside Ontario resort or lakefront cottage or cabin with family and friends. Summer family vacation time north can include relaxing on the beach, golf getaways, fishing getaways, canoeing & kayaking getaways, hiking getaways, mountain bike getaways, water skiing, romantic getaways, family package mini vacations or just relaxation with an Ontario spa package.

Friday, July 09, 2010

July Getaways & Summer Vacations

Ontario Family Beach FunBoating In Ontario

Beach resort vacations and Ontario getaways to one of the thousands of lakes and beaches in cool resort destinations are on most "to do" summer checklists. Canoe kayak getaways, Ontario golf getaways or fishing getaways can be the start of renewed relationships with the kids. Discover a lakeside Ontario resort with family and friends or lakefront cottage or cabin as a couple. Ontario Country Inns make for great summer romantic getaways. Ontario summer long weekends can start early and end late. Summer family vacation time north can include hiking getaways, mountain bike getaways, water skiing, romantic getaways, family package mini vacations or just relaxation with an Ontario spa package.

Ontario Resort Travel Destination-Association Picks of the Week

Featured Ontario Destinations &Travel Tourism Associations

Georgian Bay Waters Virtual Eco MuseumGeorgian Bay Waters Virtual Eco Museum (www.georgianbayecomuseum.com)
The waters of Georgian Bay flow from many of the freshest rivers, streams, and fresh water springs in the world. Much of Georgian Bay's water starts flowing from the watershedd surrounding the Bay (a bay that is so immense that Samuel Chaplain called it a "Sweet Sea" en francais, "La Mer Douce" . Many say Georgian Bay is the sixth Great Lake. Georgian Bay Eco Museum attempts to present an overview of Georgian Bay as a tourist destination, and the importance of the watersheds that flow into Georgian Bay...


Romantic Getaway of the Week

Cedar Meadows Resort - Timmins, Ontario

Cedar Meadows Resort & SpaCedar Meadows Resort - 1 night's accommodation in a Junior Suite (with fireplace & Jacuzzi). Use of our cozy bathrobes & slippers. One dozen Roses and one bottle of chilled Sparkling Wine upon your
arrival. Two keepsake Cedar Meadows Resort Champagne Flutes. A basket full of "Sweets & Treats" including chocolate
covered strawberries. Cedar Meadows Resort stuffed animal. Dinner Voucher to use in our dining room ($75 value). Breakfast in Bed for two (Breakfast Express)

Family Getaway of the Week

Muskoka Moments B&B and Cottage Court - North Bay, Ontario

Muskey's LandingMuskoka Moments B&B and Cottage Court - Muskoka
Moments is located in the heartland of Muskoka, only 2 1/2 hours north
of Toronto on Lake Vernon. We have 4 fully equipped cottages open from
May - October. We have a safe sandy beach which is excellent for young
children. Weekly rentals during July and August range from 845.00 - 895.00. Off season rates offer 15% discount weekly, or weekends rates of 295.00 - 320.00.
 

Town, Village & City Getaway of the Week

Holiday Inn Express Hotel &Suites North Bay - North Bay, Ontario

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites North BayHoliday Inn Express Hotel & Suites North Bay - Shades of Summer valid until September 12, 2010. Pay full rate for the first night and get 50% off the 2nd night. This provides some of the best value in the North, with a Free HOT breakfast, High Speed Internet Access and access to the indoor pool at no extra cost as well. Guests travelling with a small pet need not worry about leaving Fido at home. The hotel offers a small inventory of Pet Friendly guestrooms as well at no extra cost. The city is home to some of the best walking trails, shopping, dining and entertainment that the north has to offer.

Spa Getaway of the Week

Pretty River Valley Inn - Blue Mountain/Osprey T/L Nottawa, Ontario

Pretty River ValleyPretty River Valley Inn -Scandinave Spa, Blue Mountains & Pretty River Valley Country Inn From $112.00 p.p. (dbl occupancy) some conditions apply. Enjoy complimentary wine on the Terrace or by the salt water pool on return from spa. Sleep deeply on the renowned “Tempur-Pedic sleep system”. Two full country breakfasts: two all day bath passes to nearby spa (upgrades for a massage available) www.prettyriverinn.com 705-445-7598



Attraction of the Week

MacLaren Art Centre - Barrie, Ontario

MacLaren Art CentreThe MacLarenArtCentre is Simcoe County's regional public art gallery providing innovative, relevant and accessible programming. The award winning building houses four galleries, an education centre, gallery shop and licensed café with a secluded patio. The MacLaren is centrally located with ample parking making it a must see year round destination. The MacLaren is open seven days a week, Mon to Fri, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday noon to 4:00 pm. Closed statutory holidays. Admission is voluntary. Suggested donation $5

Attraction of the Week

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre - Midland, Ontario

Wye Marsh Wildlife CentreWye Marsh Wildlife Centre - Explore the Wye Marsh on your own or join the Outdoor Educators for an interpretive walk, feed the chickadees, stroll the boardwalk,search for animal tracks in the snow or learn about nature in the Exhibit Hall. During all seasons the Wye Marsh offers interesting activities and programs for everyone and can design programs to fit your needs. Contact the Wye Marsh for more details.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Summer Value Getaways North of Toronto

Summer Value Getaways North of Toronto.

Boating In Ontario, Ontario Family Beach Fun, July holidays and summer getaways are here and a family beach resort vacation or getaway to one of the thousands of lakes and beaches in one of Ontario's cool resort destinations, is a must for a golf getaway or fishing getaway with the kids. Discover a lakeside Ontario resort with family and friends or lakefront cottage or cabin as a couple. Ontario Country Inns make for great summer romantic getaways. Ontario summer long weekends can start early and end late. Summer family vacation time north can include hiking getaways, canoe getaways, mountain bike getaways, water skiing, romantic getaways, family package mini vacations or just relaxation with an Ontario spa package.