Ontario travel questions for resort destinations north of Toronto. A number of questions regarding dates and geographic locations, events, festivals and activities during the year. If you don't find the answer here please e-mail and we will get back to you in 24 hours.
- When is Halloween in 2013?
A: Halloween is officially October 31 each year. This year Halloween falls on a Wednesday. Check October getaways for Halloween parties
- When is the first day of Winter 2013?
A: The first day of winter in 2013 falls on Monday December 21, 2013. Time to reserve Winter Getaways!
- When is Christmas and Boxing Day 2013
A. Christmas Eve in on Tuesday 24, Christmas Day Wednsday 25, Boxing Day Thuresday 26.
- When is New Years Eve 2013
A. New Years Eve falls on Tuesday 31, with New Years Day on Wed January 1, 2014.
- Where can I go Fishing in Ontario? Do I need an ice fishing
A: There are thousands of lakes in Ontario and they are divided into zones.
See Fishing regulations summary
to assess your specific location and type of fish? One fishing license
is good for both ice fishing and regular
fishing throughout the year in Ontario. .
- What is an Ontario resort?
A: Ontario resorts are sometimes equated with Ontario resort destinations. When Ontario residents say "I am going to a resort for holidays" it usually refers to stand alone accommodation north in Ontario at a lakeside facility with lots of recreation on-site including water sports. Ontario vacation locations may be part of a cottage resort with lakeside couples cottages for accommodation. Going to a resort may also mean a golf resort with golf chalets along the golf course. Resorts are sometimes equated with lodges, inns, and hotels as in resort lodge, resort hotel, or resort inn. During the winter months ski resort becomes the reference point for winter accommodation. See Types of Ontario Resorts for your accommodation choices north in Ontario.
- What is an Ontario resort destination?
A: Resort destinations are often icons in travellers minds with specific geographical images. Many resort destinations have been assigned based on political boundaries and can be somewhat confusing for consumers. Some of the more generic references to popular resort destinations are Algonquin Highlands,Blue Mountains, Lake Simcoe, Wasaga Beach, Lake Nipising, Haliburton, Ottawa Valley, Georgian Bay, The Bruce, and Muskoka or the Muskokas. In some cases a town name may also infer a destination such as Huntsville, Collingwood, North Bay, Barry's Bay or Peterborough. In many cases the resort name reflects the destination like Hidden Valley Resort, Nottawasaga Inn Resort, Horeshoe Valley Resort.
- Where is "Cottage Country" in Ontario?
A: Cottage country starts north, north east and north west of Toronto. Historically cottage country vacations are summer lakeside vacations. There are many options to "cottage experiences" with private cottage rentals, cabins and cottages, or cottage resorts.Often a trip to cottage country starts at Hwy 400 and Hwy 401. See Ontario Cottage Types to help make your vacation decision. You may also check Ontario Lakes to identify a specific lakeside location.
- Is Algonquin Park a National Canadian Park?
A: No, Algonguin Park is a Provincial Park run by the Province of Ontario (More information on Algonquin Area and Algonquin Park Links). However, there are several National Parks in Ontario. See National Parks in Ontario links and information.
- Where is North Muskoka?
A: The region of North Muskoka starts on the north east side of Peninsula
Lake East of Huntsville and runs north and east towards Algonquin Park and South to incorporate
Lake of Bays. North Muskoka has formed an association of local accommodations including resorts,
lodges and inns.
- Where does Northern Ontario Start?
A: Northern Ontario's location has three identities,...The Official
Version, and the Perceptual Version, and the Political Version. We suggest
you visit our Northern Ontario section
and participate in the debate.
- Where is Barrie Ontario?
A: Barrie is on Highway 400 north. The city is in an enviable
geographic location as the strategic junction to the major highways
leading to northern Ontario--Highway 400 and Highway 11, about a one
hour drive north of Toronto. See Barrie
Map or Barrie tourist information
- Where is Muskoka (Muskokas)?
A: This is difficult to answer for most new visitors or
tourists. Residents of Ontario usually know that Muskoka is north of
Toronto and accessed by Highway 400 and Highway 11. See the Muskoka
Map. To the south, Muskoka Borders Simcoe
County and the Severn River. To the south side of the Severn is
mostly Simoce County, and to the North side is Muskoka. To the west,
the main border is Tay Township which is also part of Simcoe County.
Muskoka also touches on Georgian Bay and the 30,000 Island to the west.
To the North Muskoka Borders on the Parry Sound District, and often
Muskoka-Parrry Sound are referred as one destination. To the east and
north east, North Muskoka includes Lake of Bays and borders on Haliburton
County and the Algonquin
- Where do I get a map of Ontario?
A: A map
of Ontario is available on-line from the Government of Ontario.
The map, considered to be the "Official Map of Ontario" divides
the province into two sections. Map
of Northern Ontario. Map
of Southern Ontario. Ontario travellers and tourists can pick up
a free map at one of the many Ontario
Travel and Information Centres.
- When is Family Day 2013 in Ontario?
A: Family Day is always the third Monday in February. In 2013 this is Monday February 18. The Family Day Weekend will start on on Friday February 15 - Monday February 18. See Ontario Family Getaways and more Family Day activities at 411OntarioKids
- When is March Break 2014 for school break in Ontario Canada?
A: March Break or Spring school break holiday in Ontario runs over two weekends and starts on Friday March 7-Sunday March 16, 2014. See Ontario March Break Kids Camps and March Break Getaways
- When is Easter in 2013?
A: Easter Long Weekend starts on Friday March 29 Good Friday.
See Easter Getaways, Easter Long Weekend,
- When is the first day of Spring in 2013?
A: Wednesday March 20: This is the end of winter and Ontario March Break. See more important days and vacation holiday dates in Canada!!
- What are the top family fun winter activities in Ontario?
A: As there are many winter fun activities available it is difficult to put any in a priority list, however we have assembled what we think are the top 10 winter activities for family fun.....of course couples can also experience winter in Ontario fun.
- Where do I get snowmobile information on current
A: Updates on trails can be found at the Ontario
Federation of Snowmobile Clubs.
- Do I need a special snowmobile license to drive
a snowmobile in Ontario?
A: Please check the recent Government of Ontario website http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/quicknotes/snowmobile.htm concerning current legislation and safety information.
- When can I see maple syrup production in Ontario?
A: The "first boil" of maple sap north of Toronto may take place in late February or first week of March. Many destinations south of Toronto may have independent operators with earlier starts. Check the 411Ontario kids Maple Syrup Festivals page, or the resort getaway packages for maple syrup during the March break. Find the latest Maple Syrup News from Ministry of Agriculture or see Maple Syrup Festival Photos.
- When is Mother's Day 2014?
A: Mother's Day in Canada falls on the second Sunday of May and is Sunday May 11, 2014. See Mother's Day Gift and Getaway Ideas.
- When is the Victoria Day May 24 Long Weekend?
A: Canada celebrates Queen Victoria's Birthday on Monday May 20. This long weekend public holiday starts on the Friday May 17. Pick a May Getaway for this long weekend getaway. See May 24 Weekend links and photo of Queen Victoria.
- What is Open or Closed on May 20 Victoria Day Public Holiday Weekend?
Banks and government institutions (LCBO, Beer Stores) are closed on the Holiday Monday along with schools
are closed. Shopping in tourist designated areas will be open as are most tourist attractions. Stock up early as LCBO may be on strike
- When is Father's Day 2013
A: Usually the third Sunday in June. This year it is Sunday June 16, 2013. See Father's Day Special suggestions for getaway presents.
- When is the first day of summer 2013?
A: Summer arrives with the summer solstice on Wed. June 21, 2013. Time for an Ontario summer getaway.
- When is Canada Day 2013 public holiday?:
A: Canada Day always falls on the day July 1. This year it is Monday July 1, 2013 and makes for a long weekend getaway holiday or time for day trip options. See Canada Day Long Weekend.
- What is Open or Closed on Canada Day July 1 Public Holiday Weekend?
Banks and government institutions are closed on the Holiday Monday July 1. See LCBO closings, Beer Store Closings. Shopping in tourist designated areas will be open as are most tourist attractions. See Ontario Travel Blog for last minute updates for Canada Day 2013.
- When is the Civic Holiday Event in Ontario?
A: The first Monday in August is a holiday for a number of Ontario residents. It is not a paid statutory holiday so it is not taken by every resident. In 2013 this holiday falls on Monday August 5. The long weekend holiday actually starts on Friday August 2. In Ontario there are various names for the holiday...the most prominent is Simcoe Day, and in Ottawa Colonel By Day. See Ontario Civic Holiday featured Events and festivals. See August Getaways for your continued summer vacation
- When is September Long Weekend Labour Day in Ontario?
A. The last long weekend of the summer before "back to school"--September Labour Day in Canada, and Labor Day in the United States. The first Monday in September, Monday September 2nd, 2013. Labour Day is a time to plan fall fairs and fall colour road trips north for the leaf changes.
- Canadian Thanksgiving-When is the Thanksgiving Long Weekend 2013?
A: The second Monday in October each year celebrates the Canadian harvest. Monday October 14, 2013 Thanksgiving Day- the official public holiday, however many Canadian start the Thanksgiving Day Weekend getaway on Friday before Thanksgiving Day. Get news updates for Thanksgiving Weekend day trips.
- What is Open or Closed on Monday Public Holidays?
Banks and government institutions are closed on the Holiday Monday. See LCBO closings, Beer Store Closings. Shopping in tourist designated areas will be open as are most tourist attractions. See Ontario Travel Blog for last minute updates for Labour Day and Canadian Thanksgiving.
- When will the peak 2013 fall colours (colors) arrive for Weekend Getaways Ontario?
A: This year, 2013 the Peak fall colour season traditionally takes place from the last weekend in September to the first or second weekend in October September 20 - October 14, 2013. Book your fall getaways early! More information on Fall Colours (colors) road trips and links to current colour reports.