Friday, December 30, 2011

Last Minute: Festivals of Lights Wind Down in 2012

Festival of Lights

Barrie Festival of Trees and Lights

Until Spring 2012
Barrie lights up along Kempenfelt Bay's Lakeshore Drive on Lake Simcoe  See the Barrie Festival of Trees and Lights where some of the 50,000 lights which form the Festival of Trees Display at Centennial Park will be five animated displays.  Barrie hotels, resorts.

Upper Canada Village's Alight at Night FestivalMorrisburg, ON
December 2, 2011-January 7, 2012Stroll around historic Upper Canada Village, adorned with a quarter million lights. Horse-drawn wagons, carriage rides for two, Toy Train rides for kids of all ages, skating, dining, shopping &more!
Upper Canada’s Village web Site
stay at resorts, inns, hotels Ottawa, ON Ottawa hotels on-line

Christmas Lights Across Canada’s Capital Region

December 1, 2011 - January 7, 2012
Parliament Hill, 20 NCC sites and over 60 other sites along Confederation Boulevard will sparkle with more than 300,000 dazzling lights during the Holiday Season. On opening night, join us on Parliament Hill at 6pm for the illumination ceremony.
Christmas Lights Across Canada website info
stay at , resorts, inns, hotels Ottawa, ON Ottawa hotels on-line

Festival of Northern Lights Catch The Magic
Owen Sound
November 18, 2011 to January 3, 2012
Owen Sound has a History of Local resident Sally Sargent was quoted in a past Sun Times article as saying it was fairly easy to determine who worked for Noma Lites during the 1950s and early '60s in Owen Sound. “You'd be able to drive down the street and see all of the homes all lit up with lights and you would know they worked at Noma. . . . You'd almost have to wear sunglasses when you went by some of the houses.”
Festival of Northern Lights web Site
stay at resorts, inns, hotels Owen Sound, ON


Weekend Getaways Ontario Travel December Getaway North of Toronto



Romantic Getaway of the Week

The Briars Resort & Spa - Jackson's Point, Ontario

The Briars Resort & SpaThe Briars Resort & Spa - Midweek, Spontaneous Getaways, and Long Stays. January 8 to March 8. Sunday through Thursday night includes wonderful meals, use of indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, exercise and games rooms, living rooms with fireplaces; use of our rental skis, toboggans, snow shoes (weather permitted). Special Spa packages will be offered. Rates are per person, per night: from $149 (with accommodation and all meals) $99 (with room and breakfast). Spontaneous Getaway Special: you pick the dates, we pick the room and Long Stays of five or more nights are greatly reduced and very popular.*

Couples Romantic Getaways north of Toronto 

Spa Getaway of the Week

Cranberry Resort - Collingwood, Ontario

Cranberry Golf ResortCranberry Resort - Hot Stone Massage Relax and rejuvenate with a hot stone massage! Package includes: One night hotel accommodation (2 doubles, 2 queens, or 1 king bed, based on availability) One hour hot stone massage per person. Hot buffet breakfast per person. Package Starting at $295. Price per room; Subject to availability; Rates based on double occupancy; Applicable taxes and gratuities not included; Subject to change without notice.

Spa Getaways north of Toronto

Family Getaway of the Week

West Nipissing Resort - Lavigne, Ontario

West Nipissing ResortWest Nipissing Resort - Get away for your Christmas Holiday to West Nipissing Resort. Just 4 hours north of Toronto. Plenty of snow. Our chalets sleep up to 10 people and our rates make it very affordable for the whole family/group starting at $800.00 for three nights. Longer stays available. Woodstoves, games rooms, lakefront, snowmobiles, skating rink... Lots of Winter Fun. Have a great holiday with us!!! Visit our web sitee

Family Getaways in resort destinations

Seasonal January Getaway of the Week

The Irwin Inn - Lakefield, Ontario

The Irwin InnThe Irwin Inn - Winter White – your cottage hideaway at the lake - a Canadian tradition! An ice frosted lake and snow-laden landscape will lighten your spirit in our Canadian winter! Take pleasure in the ambiance of a crackling wood fire, an elegant suite or timber frame cottage, and fine, candlelit dining. Go x country skiing, skating, walk to visit the horses, or relax with a good book.

January Getaways north in Ontario

Weekend Getaway of the Week

Clarion Resort Pinewood Park - North Bay, Ontario

Clarion Resort Pinewood Park Clarion Resort Pinewood Park - Cross Country Skiing PackagesNorth Bay’s Nordic Ski Club features a series of concentric loops that combine for a total distance of 50 km. All of the trails, except the Green Trail, are groomed for both classic and skate techniques. The Green Trail is narrower and groomed for classic skiing only. The club also has a challenging 800 m sprint trail, a large stadium field, and lights for night skiing on approximately 2.5 km of trail. Our Nordic Skiing Package includes your accommodations, a full hot chef-cooked plated breakfast, 3-course plated dinner per person in our very own Explore Your Senses dining room as well as your day rate ski pass.

Winter Getaways north of Toronto

Winter Getaway of the Week

Auld Reekie Lodge - Gowganda, Ontario

Auld Reekie LodgeAuld Reekie Lodge - Centrally located between Shining Tree and Elk Lake right on the A107C Trail, we offer the finest in accommodations, meals and service.  Warm up by the fire in our licensed dining room, stay in one our superior accommodations and enjoy our very large outdoor hot tub.  Come in and experience why Auld Reekie is the #1 choice for sledders. Our Snowmobiler's Package is $95.00 per person per night and includes 3 course dinner, superior  accommodation and full hot breakfast.

Winter Getaways north of Toronto

Ontario Attraction Getaway of the Week

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre - Midland, Ontario

Wye Marsh Wildlife CentreWye Marsh Wildlife Centre - Wye Marsh offers the opportunity to discover the secrets of a wetland with the assistance of our dynamic naturalist staff. In the Spring, Summer and Fall look for life in the water during a guided canoe adventure or dip net from accessible boardwalks. You can enjoy the grace of the magnificent Trumpeter Swans. North America's largest waterfowl. Feed chickadees from your hand, spot wetland and woodland birds along easy-access trails and tour the interactive display hall (all handicapped accessible). There is always something fun and interactive to do in every season; maple syrup harvest in spring, family programs all summer and many special events. In winter the Marsh offers cross-country skiing on more than 22 km of beautiful groomed and track-set trails. Join us for a snow shoeing trek on 10KM of picturesque hiking trails.

Ontario Attractions north of Toronto

Ontario Resort Destination of the Week

Ontario's Highlands Tourism OganizationOntario's Highlands (http://ontarioshighlands.ca/)
Come to know Ontario’s Highlands! You don't need to travel far from home to experience some of eastern Ontario's most thrilling outdoor activities, breathtaking landscapes and quaint country hamlets. Ontario's Highlands is a region abundant with all these attractions, and is a mere half-hour drive from downtown Ottawa—or 2.5 hours worth of singing to your favourite driving songs along our scenic highways on your way from Toronto. Ask yourself what you're looking for: High-energy adventure? Solace from the city? Time with family & friends? An unforgettable experience you'll never forget? Whatever it is, you'll find it here.


Ontario Resort Destinations north of Toronto

Friday, December 23, 2011

Weekend Getaways Ontario Travel December Getaway North of Toronto

Romantic Getaway of the Week

Pine Vista Resort - Lakefield, Ontario

Pine Vista Resort Pine Vista Resort - Re-connect and rekindle your romance with this amazing Couple’s Getaway. Couples will enjoy…Two nights accommodation in a one bedroom townhouse with full kitchen and deck with BBQ. Enjoy a two person whirlpool bath, wood burning fireplace and satellite TV. Complimentary bottle of wine. Treat your special someone to a therapeutic massage for pampering and relaxation.  Saturday appts only. Mid-week ~ $265/couple or Weekend ~ $315/couple  (Taxes are additional) Time together can be spent enjoying all resort facilities including our indoor hot tub, “Hot Tub Under the Stars”, 8 km of hike nature trails, toboggan hill, skating rink, games room and a variety of recreation equipment and more!

Couples Romantic Getaways north of Toronto 

Spa Getaway of the Week

Best Western Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre - Orillia, Ontario

Best Western Mariposa Inn & Conference CentreBest Western Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre - Spa package includes: One Night Accommodation in a Traditional Room (Upgraded Suite if Available) Dinner in the Grape & Olive Wine & Martini Bistro and a $75.00 Voucher for the Caravan Inn & Spa. Package Starting at $169.50 per person per night Price per room; subject to availability; based on double occupancy; applicable taxes and gratuities not included

Spa Getaways north of Toronto

Family Getaway of the Week

Ruby's Cottage Resort & B&B - Algonquin Highlands, Ontario

Ruby's Cottage Resort & B&BRuby's Cottage Resort & B&B - Small lakefront Cottage Resort & B&B on Boshkung Lake in Haliburton County. Some cottages with woodstoves (one cottage with private hot tub). Also B&B Suite with personal hot tub. On site games room with satellite TV & ping-pong table, wireless high speed internet, central hot tub room. Dogsledding, cross-country & downhill ski, snowshoeing, snowmobiling trails, all nearby. Complimentary use of snowshoes & cross-country skis. We are 2.5 hours drive from Toronto
Family Getaways in resort destinations







Seasonal December Getaway of the Week

The Rosseau, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa - Minett, Ontario

The Rosseau, A JW Marriott Resort & SpaThe Rosseau, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa - Family Fun Getaway in Muskokac. Treat the family to a special getaway this holiday season at The Rosseau, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa! Rates from:   $199.00 - $379.00 CAD. Valid Through:   January 8, 2012. PROMOTIONAL CODE:  FML Offer includes:  Accommodation in luxurious studio or one-bedroom suite with fireplaces and spa-inspired bathrooms in all guest rooms.  Daily breakfast for two adults and up to two children under 12 years. Resort activities for two adults and two children (based on availability): Guided nature/snowshoe hikes (scheduled times).  Wild Muskoka demonstration (when offered).  Astronomy (weather permitting).  Complimentary s'mores family pack

December Getaways north in Ontario

Weekend Getaway of the Week

Moulin Wakefield Mill - Wakefield, (Greater Ottawa Area), Ontario

Wakefield Mill Inn & SpaMoulin Wakefield Mill - Winter Tube Sliding Package. December 26, 2011 -March 31, 2012. Package includes: 1 night stay. Table d'hôte dinner. Full country breakfast. Gratuities on the meals. Use of outdoor hot tub. 1 Day Tube Sliding Pass at Ski Edelweiss. From $170.00 per person. All rates are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to change without notice.

Winter Getaways north of Toronto







Winter Getaway of the Week

The Cranberry Resort - Collingwood, ON

The Cranberry ResortThe Couples Resort - Home for the Holidays Package. Booking for December 24th or 25th arrival. Package includes: One night accommodation. Christmas Day brunch for two. Package starting at $170.00 per night, per room, subject to availability; based on double occupancy; applicable taxes and gratuities not included; subject to change without notice. Click here for availability and rates

Winter Getaways north of Toronto

Ontario Attraction Getaway of the Week

Muskoka Wildlife Centre - Severn Bridge, Ontario

Muskoka Wildlife CentreMuskoka Wildlife Centre - A 100 acre wildlife park, featuring exhibits of live animals including moose, wolves, eagles, bears and much more. Everyday, enjoy "Meet the Creature" presentations. Located 20 minutes north of Orillia, right on Highway 11 North. OPEN WEEKENDS ALL YEAR! October 12, 2011 - May Victoria Day Weekend 2012 Weekends 12 pm - 5 pm May Long Weekend to October Long Weekend, 2012 Daily 10 am - 6 pm Admission:Adults $13.75 Teens/Seniors $11.75 Children $10.75 Family (2 adults + up to 3 children) $49.00 (2 and under are free)

Ontario Attractions north of Toronto







Ontario Resort Destination of the Week


Township of Georgian Bay Township of Georgian Bay (http://www.gbtownship.ca/siteengine/activepage.asp)
Discover Ontario's Gateway to the HistoricTrent-Severn Waterway and Georgian Bay's 30,000 Islands.  Georgian Bay Townships is part of the new Biosphere Reserve, and has access to Georgian Bay Islands National Park.  Parks Canada information centre is located at Lock 45 in Port Severn.The Muskoka Tourism Information Centre is located at Highway 400 and Muskoka Road 5. 

Ontario Resort Destinations north of Toronto

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The 6th Annual Snowshoe Raid: Navigating Ontario’s Blue Mountains | Snowshoe Magazine

The 6th Annual Snowshoe Raid: Navigating Ontario’s Blue Mountains | Snowshoe Magazine:

Snowshoe enthusiasts will like this event taking place along the Georgian Bay area of Collingwood and the Blue Mountains. The 6th annual Snowshoe Raid – a mix of galumphing and orienteering – is on tap for Jan. 22 in Southern Ontario’s Blue Mountains...see complete story and event details.

Collingwood Blue Mountains

Find more information on winter fun in the Collingwood-Blue Mountains area of Southern Georgian bay

Snowshoe Getaways Ontario

Get more information on Snowshoeing Getaways in resort destinations north of Toronto.

Trumpeter Swans Arrive on Kempenfelt Bay

 Trumpeters make southern trip to  Barrie area on Lake Simcoe


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Monday, December 19, 2011

Festival of Lights & Christmas Break Camps

Festival of Lights
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Festival of Lights
month of December 2011

The Farmer's Market provides a comfortable, indoor environment for consumers and farmers to buy and sell farm fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and other agricultural products. Local musicians and other entertainers on site providing a festive atmosphere.Vendors operate their own booths and consumers get a chance to meet and ask questions direct of growers.
Festival of Lights website info
stay at resorts, inns, hotels Sudbury, ON

Christmas Lights Across
Canada’s Capital Region
December 1, 2011 -
January 7, 2012
Parliament Hill, 20 NCC sites and over 60 other sites along Confederation Boulevard will sparkle with more than 300,000 dazzling lights during the Holiday Season.  On opening night, join us on Parliament Hill at 6pm for the illumination ceremony.
Christmas Lights Across Canada website info

stay at , resorts, inns, hotels Ottawa, ON    Ottawa hotels on-line


Festival of Northern Lights Catch The Magic
Owen Sound

November 18, 2011 to January 3, 2012

Owen Sound has a History of Local resident Sally Sargent was quoted in a past Sun Times article as saying it was fairly easy to determine who worked for Noma Lites during the 1950s and early '60s in Owen Sound. “You'd be able to drive down the street and see all of the homes all lit up with lights and you would know they worked at Noma. . . . You'd almost have to wear sunglasses when you went by some of the houses.”

Festival of Northern Lights web Site

stay at resorts, inns, hotels 
Owen Sound, ON


Barrie Festival of Trees Continues to Spring 2012
Barrie lights up along Kempenfelt Bay's Lakeshore Drive on Lake Simcoe through until the spring of 2012. See the Barrie Festival of Trees and Lights Photo gallery where some of the 50,000 lights which form the Festival of Trees Display at Centennial Park will be five animated displays. A Barrie shopping trip for Christmas New Year  holiday gifts could involve an overnight stay in featured Barrie hotels, resorts and romantic inns.

Upper Canada Village's Alight at Night Festival
Morrisburg, ON
December 2, 2011-January 7, 2012
Stroll around historic Upper Canada Village, adorned with a quarter million lights. Horse-drawn wagons, carriage rides for two, Toy Train rides for kids of all ages, skating, dining, shopping &more!
Upper Canada’s Village web Site
stay at resorts, inns, hotels  Ottawa, ON  Ottawa hotels on-line
 
Ice Candle - Festival of Lights
Kenora, ON

December 24-26, 2011
A unique celebration of life and love. Ice candles stay lit from Christmas Eve through to Boxing Day (December 24-26).
Ice Canada Festival of Lights info

Winter Wonderland
Newmarket, ON
December 9 - 31, 2011

Marvel at holiday light displays and take a free train ride.  Lights on nightly from 6 to 9pm Enjoy a train ride on Tim Hortons Express. Train dates TBA. Weather permitting. Free.
Newmarket Winter Wonderland info

 
Christmas Break Camps
MacLaren Art Centre
Barrie, ON
December 27, 2011 -January 6,  2012
Cool Yule and Winter Break Arts Camps for children run from December 27 to January 6. 
stay at resorts, inns, hotels Barrie, ON

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre
Midland, ON
December 27 - 30, 2011& January 2-6, 2012
Looking for something fun, active and local for your kids to do on Winter Break. The Wye Marsh keeps things natural, for kids ages 6-12; we provide activities such as Cross country skiing, snowshoeing, orienteering, GPS navigation, bannock roasting, live animal demonstrations (birds of prey, reptiles and amphibians, trumpeter swans), feeding chickadees and crafts.
stay at resorts, inns, hotels Midland, ON

Sirs Sam Ski & Bike
Haliburton, ON
Christmas and New Year's Ski Camps
December 27, 2011 - January 6, 2012

Sir Sam's Ski & Bike offers special Christmas and New Year's Ski Camps from December 27, 2011- January 6, 2012.
stay at resorts, inns, hotels Haliburton, ON

Weekend Getaways Ontario Travel December Getaway North of Toronto


Romantic Getaway of the Week


Pine Vista Resort - Lakefield, Ontario

Pine Vista Resort Pine Vista Resort - Re-connect and rekindle your romance with this amazing Couple’s Getaway. Couples will enjoy…Two nights accommodation in a one bedroom townhouse with full kitchen and deck with BBQ. Enjoy a two person whirlpool bath, wood burning fireplace and satellite TV. Complimentary bottle of wine. Treat your special someone to a therapeutic massage for pampering and relaxation.  Saturday appts only. Mid-week ~ $265/couple or Weekend ~ $315/couple  (Taxes are additional) Time together can be spent enjoying all resort facilities including our indoor hot tub, “Hot Tub Under the Stars”, 8 km of hike nature trails, toboggan hill, skating rink, games room and a variety of recreation equipment and more!

Couples Romantic Getaways north of Toronto 

Spa Getaway of the Week


Best Western Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre - Orillia, Ontario


Best Western Mariposa Inn & Conference CentreBest Western Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre - Spa package includes: One Night Accommodation in a Traditional Room (Upgraded Suite if Available) Dinner in the Grape & Olive Wine & Martini Bistro and a $75.00 Voucher for the Caravan Inn & Spa. Package Starting at $169.50 per person per night Price per room; subject to availability; based on double occupancy; applicable taxes and gratuities not included

Spa Getaways north of Toronto

Family Getaway of the Week


Ruby's Cottage Resort & B&B - Algonquin Highlands, Ontario


Ruby's Cottage Resort & B&BRuby's Cottage Resort & B&B - Small lakefront Cottage Resort & B&B on Boshkung Lake in Haliburton County. Some cottages with woodstoves (one cottage with private hot tub). Also B&B Suite with personal hot tub. On site games room with satellite TV & ping-pong table, wireless high speed internet, central hot tub room. Dogsledding, cross-country & downhill ski, snowshoeing, snowmobiling trails, all nearby. Complimentary use of snowshoes & cross-country skis. We are 2.5 hours drive from Toronto

Family Getaways in resort destinations


Seasonal December Getaway of the Week


The Rosseau, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa - Minett, Ontario


The Rosseau, A JW Marriott Resort & SpaThe Rosseau, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa - Family Fun Getaway in Muskokac. Treat the family to a special getaway this holiday season at The Rosseau, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa! Rates from:   $199.00 - $379.00 CAD. Valid Through:   January 8, 2012. PROMOTIONAL CODE:  FML Offer includes:  Accommodation in luxurious studio or one-bedroom suite with fireplaces and spa-inspired bathrooms in all guest rooms.  Daily breakfast for two adults and up to two children under 12 years. Resort activities for two adults and two children (based on availability): Guided nature/snowshoe hikes (scheduled times).  Wild Muskoka demonstration (when offered).  Astronomy (weather permitting).  Complimentary s'mores family pack

December Getaways north in Ontario

Weekend Getaway of the Week


Moulin Wakefield Mill - Wakefield, (Greater Ottawa Area), Ontario


Wakefield Mill Inn & SpaMoulin Wakefield Mill - Winter Tube Sliding Package. December 26, 2011 -March 31, 2012. Package includes: 1 night stay. Table d'hôte dinner. Full country breakfast. Gratuities on the meals. Use of outdoor hot tub. 1 Day Tube Sliding Pass at Ski Edelweiss. From $170.00 per person. All rates are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to change without notice.

Winter Getaways north of Toronto


Winter Getaway of the Week


The Cranberry Resort - Collingwood, ON


The Cranberry ResortThe Couples Resort - Home for the Holidays Package. Booking for December 24th or 25th arrival. Package includes: One night accommodation. Christmas Day brunch for two. Package starting at $170.00 per night, per room, subject to availability; based on double occupancy; applicable taxes and gratuities not included; subject to change without notice. Click here for availability and rates

Winter Getaways north of Toronto

Ontario Attraction Getaway of the Week


Muskoka Wildlife Centre - Severn Bridge, Ontario


Muskoka Wildlife CentreMuskoka Wildlife Centre - A 100 acre wildlife park, featuring exhibits of live animals including moose, wolves, eagles, bears and much more. Everyday, enjoy "Meet the Creature" presentations. Located 20 minutes north of Orillia, right on Highway 11 North. OPEN WEEKENDS ALL YEAR! October 12, 2011 - May Victoria Day Weekend 2012 Weekends 12 pm - 5 pm May Long Weekend to October Long Weekend, 2012 Daily 10 am - 6 pm Admission:Adults $13.75 Teens/Seniors $11.75 Children $10.75 Family (2 adults + up to 3 children) $49.00 (2 and under are free)

Ontario Attractions north of Toronto


Ontario Resort Destination of the Week


Township of Georgian Bay Township of Georgian Bay (http://www.gbtownship.ca/siteengine/activepage.asp)
Discover Ontario's Gateway to the HistoricTrent-Severn Waterway and Georgian Bay's 30,000 Islands.  Georgian Bay Townships is part of the new Biosphere Reserve, and has access to Georgian Bay Islands National Park.  Parks Canada information centre is located at Lock 45 in Port Severn.The Muskoka Tourism Information Centre is located at Highway 400 and Muskoka Road 5. 

Ontario Resort Destinations north of Toronto

Monday, December 12, 2011

Ontario Ski Resorts Open for 2011-12 Season

Ontario Travel Centre News Horseshoe Valley and Hardwood Ski and Bike are open today.


Kids ready for 2011-12 Ski Season
Horseshoe Valley has opened today with 2 lifts, 2 runs and a mostly man-made snow base of 40cm. They are offering a $25 lift ticket for the next few days and for those with night ski passes they can ski during the day until night skiing opens (which they hope will be this Friday) They have listed on their website that they hope to continue to operate daily for the rest of the season as long as the weather holds. Please check the website before heading out or before providing information for skiers who are asking.
http://horseshoeresort.com/site/winter.html


Hardwood Ski and Bike Centre just north of Barrie has had their cross country trails open for a few days now and they continue to be open for those that wish to get that first Nordic outing of the season in early. You can get the latest details on conditions by consulting their website. Please check before heading out.
http://www.hardwoodhills.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=111&Itemid=57

Loch Lomond Ski Resort in Thunder Bay has already been open for downhill skiing on weekends. They are not open today but do plan to re-open mid week. Please check their website for the latest details.  http://www.lochlomond.ca/


Get more Ontario Travel news and updates on winter festivals, events, ski packages and getaways north of Toronto.

Featured Santa Claus Train Rides, Festivals of Trees & Lights & Christmas Craft Shows December 16-18, 2011

Santa Claus Train Rides

A Portage Flyer Christmas - Evening train ride to Santa 
at Muskoka Heritage Place
Huntsville, ON
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Time to be confirmed closer to the event.
$5.00 per person
An evening of magic with all the joy & hope, sparkle, twinkle & dazzle of the festive season Last chance to tell Santa your side of the story!
Muskoka Heritage Place web site
stay at resorts, inns, hotels Huntsville, ON

Santa Claus Express South Simcoe Railway (Tottenham)
Share the Magic of Christmas... ride the SANTA CLAUS EXPRESS!
Saturday December 3rd and Sunday December 4th
Saturday December 10th and Sunday December 11th
Saturday December 17th and Sunday December 18th
Advance reservations available
Departures at 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm and 2:30pm. Special event fares apply. Tickets on sale November 1st either on-line or by telephone.
South Simcoe Railway website 
stay at resorts, inns, hotels Alliston, ON

Festival of Lights


Festival of Lights

month of December 2011

The Farmer's Market provides a comfortable, indoor environment for consumers and farmers to buy and sell farm fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and other agricultural products. Local musicians and other entertainers on site providing a festive atmosphere.Vendors operate their own booths and consumers get a chance to meet and ask questions direct of growers.
Festival of Lights website info
stay at resorts, inns, hotels Sudbury, ON

Christmas Lights Across
Canada’s Capital Region
December 1, 2011 -
January 7, 2012
Parliament Hill, 20 NCC sites and over 60 other sites along Confederation Boulevard will sparkle with more than 300,000 dazzling lights during the Holiday Season.  On opening night, join us on Parliament Hill at 6pm for the illumination ceremony.
Christmas Lights Across Canada website info

stay at , resorts, inns, hotels Ottawa, ON    Ottawa hotels on-line



Festival of Northern Lights Catch The Magic
Owen Sound

November 18, 2011 to January 3, 2012

Owen Sound has a History of Local resident Sally Sargent was quoted in a past Sun Times article as saying it was fairly easy to determine who worked for Noma Lites during the 1950s and early '60s in Owen Sound. “You'd be able to drive down the street and see all of the homes all lit up with lights and you would know they worked at Noma. . . . You'd almost have to wear sunglasses when you went by some of the houses.”

Festival of Northern Lights web Site

stay at resorts, inns, hotels 
Owen Sound, ON


Barrie Festival of Trees Continues to Spring 2012
Barrie lights up along Kempenfelt Bay's Lakeshore Drive on Lake Simcoe through until the spring of 2012. See the Barrie Festival of Trees and Lights Photo gallery where some of the 50,000 lights which form the Festival of Trees Display at Centennial Park will be five animated displays. A Barrie shopping trip for Christmas New Year  holiday gifts could involve an overnight stay in featured Barrie hotels, resorts and romantic inns.

Upper Canada Village's Alight at Night Festival
Morrisburg, ON
December 2, 2011-January 7, 2012
Stroll around historic Upper Canada Village, adorned with a quarter million lights. Horse-drawn wagons, carriage rides for two, Toy Train rides for kids of all ages, skating, dining, shopping &more!
Upper Canada’s Village web Site
stay at resorts, inns, hotels  Ottawa, ON  Ottawa hotels on-line

Christmas Craft Shows &Bazaars

Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Show
Ottawa, ON  Lansdowne Park
December 8 – 18, 2011

Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale is a leading and oldest fashion, gift, art & craft Show & Sale in Canada. It will attract many visitors and best artisans, artists and designers from Ottawa and Canada to related Christmas decorations, fashions, jewellery, art, sculpture, home decor items.
stay at resorts, inns, hotels  Ottawa, ON, Ottawa hotels on-line

Weekend Getaways Ontario Travel December Getaway North of Toronto
The weekly getaways listed below are perfect for a romantic weekend or a December getaway pick for your family Christmas New Year's Vacation.  Pick some of the best travel deals & experiences in resort destinations around Toronto and north in Ontario.

Romantic Getaway of the Week

Christie's Mill Inn & Spa - Port Severn, Ontario

Inn at Christie's MillChristie's Mill Inn & Spa - The Midweek Madness and Weekender Package: Escape the everyday routine with this two night vacation sure to rejuvenate and refresh! Pamper your palate with the wonderful cuisine served complete with amazing waterfront views. Complete your stay with a visit to the spa or just unwind in a Muskoka chair on the dock and soak up the scenery. This package includes two nights accommodation, breakfast both mornings and dinner one evening. Spa services are additional. Starting at $334.00 per couple for Midweek Madness  $348 for the Weekender*

Couples Romantic Getaways north of Toronto 

Spa Getaway of the Week

Briars Resort & Spa - Jacksons Point, Ontario

The Briars Resort & SpaBriars Resort & Spa - Soul Sisters Getaway: Add $50 to any overnight stay Designed with you and your soul sisters in mind. Share your dreams and relive great moments. Enhance any overnight stay with this wonderful welcome. It includes a delectable tray of treats, a bottle of wine, Spa gift and a cosy Spa robe to wear in your room and each Soul Sister gets a 1/2 hour manicure! (Please book your manicure appointment well before your arrival.) Talk the night away in your own inn guestroom, private cottage or lodge. Package includes: Overnight accommodation. Dinner, breakfast and lunch. Use of spa robe. ½ hour manicure. Arrival treats in your room. Spa gift. Resort activities such as yoga, guided nature and historical walks, power walks etc., based on activities schedule.

Spa Getaways north of Toronto

Family Getaway of the Week

The Irwin Inn - Lakefield, Ontario

The Irwin InnThe Irwin Inn - New Year's Sparkling Reflections: Bring in the new! A season of sparkle culminates with a year ending and another beginning! Look forward to a fresh new year. Soft jazz, champagne & canapé reception, five course dining, truffles and rose, are part of your celebration. Ring in the New Year privately in your deluxe suite or cottage with fireplace, whirlpool or private hot tub. Relax to the warmth of a crackling fire. Seasonal activities, weather permitting. NEW YEARS PACKAGE RATES December 30, 2011 to January 2, 2012
2 nights from $300-$500 per person,  Breakfast and Dinner Daily Included


Family Getaways in resort destinations

Seasonal December Getaway of the Week

Nottawasaga Inn Resort - Gowganda, Ontario

Nottawasaga Inn ResortNottawasaga Inn Resort - Christmas Getaways Nottawasaga Resort is the perfect holiday getaway destination!  The end of the year is quickly approaching and it's time to start thinking about your holiday plans.  We have a whole line-up of family activities planned over the Christmas holidays that the whole family will enjoy!  For more details on great packages we have available please visit our website. New Year's Eve Grand Gala Celebration Ring in the New Year at our Burlesque themed Gala. The stage is set in true style, with hints of vintage burlesque infused within the red and black adorned room. Our celebration includes a welcome reception, gourmet buffet feast, wine with dinner, live burlesque entertainment, live band, late night snack buffet, champagne toast at midnight and more!  Click to view our Early Booking Bonuses outlined in our brochure.  2 Night Package from $177.* pp/nt/dbl • 1 Night Package from $243.* pp/nt/dbl • Gala Only from $139.

December Getaways north in Ontario

Weekend Getaway of the Week

Clarion Resort Pinewood Park - North Bay, Ontario

Clarion Resort Pinewood Park Clarion Resort Pinewood Park - Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding Package For avid skiers and riders who hold the secret to loving winter, or those that want to learn the secret, come discover North Bay's very own Ski Hill. Our Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding Package includes your accommodations, a full hot chef-cooked plated breakfast, 3-course plated dinner per person in our very own Explore Your Senses dining room as well as your Adult full day rate lift rate. Starting at $259.99* *Plus HST. Based on Double Occupancy in a Standard Room with 2 Queen Sized Beds. Upgrades are available.

Winter Getaways north of Toronto

Winter Getaway of the Week

The Couples Resort -Algonquin Park-Whitney, ON

Couples Resort - Algonquin Park - WhitneyThe Couples Resort “Romance should always be so Tempting.”Winter from $76 per person. Accommodation has extra large Jacuzzi in-front of the Wood Fireplace. Hot tub Accommodation Extra. 1st Class Gourmet Dining. 5 Course Dinners Awarded a Top 10 Dining Experience by North American Inns.The Couples Resort, where 40 Huskies are Ready to Run! This Winter Mush your own Dog Sleigh (Guided) at Algonquin Park. We are out everyday and we are having fun. Come on up and try this unique experience. Rides are $98pp.midweek (xmas new years week and march break at $120pp) and $128pp weekends. Horseback riding this winter is also available here at Algonquin Park.

Winter Getaways north of Toronto

Ontario Attraction Getaway of the Week

Hardwood Ski and Bike - Oro Station, Ontario
           
Hardwood Hills LogoHardwood Ski and Bike - The Hardwood Holiday Hustle will be held on December 17th and is part of a weekend of competitive and fun racing.   The second day of the weekend features the Highlands Trailblazers Race Society’s annual Yuletide Ski Blast.
The Hardwood race is a free technique races for all ages including novices
Demo Day - December 17, 2011 Come and try out the latest from Fischer, 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.

Ontario Attractions north of Toronto

Ontario Resort Destination of the Week

Municipality of Magnetawan Municipality of Magnetawan (http://www.magnetawan.com/)
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. The historic lift locks, located in the Village of Magnetawan opened in 1886, making this one of the oldest colonized areas in the Parry Sound District. St. George the Martyr Anglican Church was painted in 1933 by A.J. Casson of the Group of Seven.


Ontario Resort Destinations north of Toronto

Monday, December 05, 2011

Featured Santa Claus Parades, Festivals of Trees & Lights & Christmas Craft Shows December 9-11, 2011

 Santa Claus Parades 

Bobcaygeon Santa Claus Parade
Bobcaygeon, Ontario
December 10, 2011  5pm
Bobcaygeon & Area Chamber of Commerce web Site 
Stay at inns, resorts, hotels in Kawarthas, Ontario

Baysville Santa Claus Parade
Baysville , Ontario
December 11, 2011   1 pm
Tourism Bracebridge website
Stay at inns, resorts, hotels in Bracebridge, ON Bracebridge hotels on-line

Maynooth Santa Claus Parade
December 10, 2011 5pm
Theme: Brighten the Night  The Veterans have arranged a kid's party with a very special appearance beginning after the parade
Maynooth santa claus parade info
stay at inns, resorts, hotels Maynooth, ON

Carp Santa Claus Parade
December 10, 2011 12pm
Christmas in Ottawa website
stay at inns, resorts, hotels Ottawa, ON

Santa Claus Express South Simcoe Railway (Tottenham)
Share the Magic of Christmas... ride the SANTA CLAUS EXPRESS!
Saturday December 3rd and Sunday December 4th
Saturday December 10th and Sunday December 11th
Saturday December 17th and Sunday December 18th
Advance reservations available
Departures at 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm and 2:30pm. Special event fares apply. Tickets on sale November 1st either on-line or by telephone.
South Simcoe Railway website 
stay at resorts, inns, hotels Alliston, ON


Festival of Trees & Lights

Festival of Lights
Sudbury, ON
month of December 2011
The Farmer's Market provides a comfortable, indoor environment for consumers and farmers to buy and sell farm fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and other agricultural products. Local musicians and other entertainers on site providing a festive atmosphere.Vendors operate their own booths and consumers get a chance to meet and ask questions direct of growers.
Festival of Lights website info
stay at resorts, inn, hotels  Sudbury, ON

Christmas Lights Across Canada’s Capital Region
December 1, 2011 - January 7, 2012
Parliament Hill, 20 NCC sites and over 60 other sites along Confederation Boulevard will sparkle with more than 300,000 dazzling lights during the Holiday Season.  On opening night, join us on Parliament Hill at 6pm for the illumination ceremony. 
stay at inns, resorts, hotels Ottawa, ON    Ottawa hotels on-line

Festival of Northern Lights Catch The Magic
Owen Sound

November 18, 2011 to January 3, 2012
Owen Sound has a History of Local resident Sally Sargent was quoted in a past Sun Times article as saying it was fairly easy to determine who worked for Noma Lites during the 1950s and early '60s in Owen Sound. “You'd be able to drive down the street and see all of the homes all lit up with lights and you would know they worked at Noma. . . . You'd almost have to wear sunglasses when you went by some of the houses.”
Festival of Northern Lights web Site 
stay at inns, resorts, hotels  Owen Sound, ON

Barrie Festival of Trees Continues to Spring 2012
Barrie lights up along Kempenfelt Bay's Lakeshore Drive on Lake Simcoe through until the spring of 2012. See the Barrie Festival of Trees and Lights Photo gallery where some of the 50,000 lights which form the Festival of Trees Display at Centennial Park will be five animated displays. A Barrie shopping trip for Christmas New Year  holiday gifts could involve an overnight stay in featured Barrie hotels, resorts and romantic inns.


Christmas Craft Shows & Bazaars

Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Show
Ottawa, ON  Lansdowne Park
December 8 – 18, 2011

Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale is a leading and oldest fashion, gift, art & craft Show & Sale in Canada. It will attract many visitors and best artisans, artists and designers from Ottawa and Canada to related Christmas decorations, fashions, jewellery, art, sculpture, home decor items.
stay at resorts, inns, hotels  Ottawa, ON, Ottawa hotels on-line


 Events

Friends of the Simcoe County Museum present
‘Christmas, Past and Present’ Fundraising Event
Minesing, ON
December 8 and 9, 2011   6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Experience the joys of the season during Christmas, Past and Present at the Simcoe County Museum, December 8th and 9th, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
 Step into our heritage buildings lit by lanterns to hear Christmas stories of Simcoe County’s past.  Make mice mints and decorate a gingerbread cookie to take home.  Take a horse-drawn wagon ride and listen to the sound of sleigh bells ringing on a crisp winter night.  During your journey, sit for a while beside the fire as you discover the origins of the first Christmas tree.  With horses, lanterns, stories, festive music, crafts and a decorated tree competition, this event is guaranteed to get even the ‘Grinch’ into the holiday spirit.   
Simcoe County Museum website
stay at resorts, inn, hotels Barrie, ON