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Archived Ontario Travel Tourism News 2012

The past 2012 information below highlights older Ontario Travel and Tourism News. Visitors wanting to see previous news related Ontario travel information should scroll down.  Ontario Travel news for upcoming events, festivals, travel, hotels, resorts, entertainment, and tourist travel and resorts destinations can be found at Ontario Travel Press where you can plan your future Ontario family vacations or couples romantic getaways

Collingwood Trails highlighted in new book by author George Czerny

Collingwood Trails highlighted in new book by author George CzernyCollingwood Ontario is steeped in early Canadian shipping history and George Czerny is making sure the story is kept alive with his third book about Collingwood.   “Collingwood’s Walk of History and other trails” extols the enjoyment of walking, or bicycling, on some of the 50 kilometres of trails in Collingwood. Czerny describes it as a “pictorial keeper” which can serve as an excellent, anytime gift, or souvenir. See new book on Collingwood Ontario.  Book Collingwood romantic getaways, and family fun getaways in Collingwood to enjoy a variety of walking and hiking trails including cross-country skiing in the winter. 

Urban Cottaging comes to Deerhurst... 

Deerhurst ResortDiscover new 1- to 6-acre homesites for special advance prices, just minutes from Huntsville
You can build the family forest estate of your dreams in a wooded enclave backing onto the Skyline-owned private 133-acre Nature Sanctuary with trails for hiking and exploring the mixed hardwood forest all year long

Highway 26  Roundabouts To Ease Travel Congestion

Ontario Highway 26The new Highway 26 roudabouts will make for easier and faster travel in and around the  Wasaga Beach and Collingwood towns.  improve safety and traffic flow for local families, businesses and tourists. Highway 26 is the major east-west travel route from Barrie to Owen Sound taking visitors to Ontario's Ski belts and premier resort destinations along Georgian Bay.  See News story

Shamrock Lodge in Port Carling, Muskoka, offers Great Fall & Winter Weekend Rates

Shamrock LodgePort CarlingMuskoka, ON    September 2012.....Our Muskoka Resort has it all! Come check out the best fall and winter rates in Muskoka!  B&B specials start at $99 per-person, per-night, based on double occupancy.   Weekend Fall specials start at $235 per adult. Weekend Winter specials start at $250 per adult.  Special children rates are available with children under 10 years old being FREE. Rates include 2 night’s accommodation, 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner (Fall), 2 dinners (Winter) - deluxe lakeside accommodations and all on-site activities included.  Shamrock Lodge has an oasis of activity for all seasons.  Enjoy cozy lakeside accommodation, full country breakfast and delectable candlelight dinners. Whether you are planning a family getaway, a corporate retreat or a wedding, give us a call! We'll make your stay as action packed or relaxed as you like it.

Naturalist Robin Tapley Shares 2012 Fall  Colour Photos

Robin Tapley: Bruce Lake MarshRobin Tapley is well known for his natural history hikes and adventure outings in Ontario and around the world. He is sharing some of his current photos of Muskoka and Lake of Bays fall scenes of colours, on Lake Rosseau, Oxtongue River,  as well as Bruce Marsh Lake.  
See Robin Tapley Fall Photos


Taboo Resort Golf & SpaStyle, Wellness and Beauty Showcased throughout Spa Taboo
August 7, 2012 – Muskoka, Ontario. – Taboo Muskoka Resort is delighted to announce today’s opening of Spa Taboo. The addition of the new spa will now position the resort as a year-round premier getaway destination. The wellness and spa center will complement the resort’s premier golf facilities and acclaimed gourmet restaurants.    The Spa boasts eight treatment rooms including a luxurious spa suite, featuring tandem massage beds, fireplace, oversized soaking tub and dual shower area.   Spa Taboo offers a selection of innovative and therapeutic body treatments.  With the addition of Spa Taboo, the resort is now the ideal luxury getaway year-round.

Couples Resort Welcomes you to Experience Luxury

Couples ResortCouples Resort Welcomes you to Experience Luxury in their newly renovated Lakefront Jr. Suites, their New Innovation in Pricing and All Inclusive Savings The Luxurious Couples Resort, located in Whitney (Algonquin Park), welcomes you to experience their newly renovated lakefront Jr. Suites,their New Innovation in Pricing and All Inclusive Savings.  17 Jr. Suites were completely renovated n May 2012. at a cost of $10,000 per Jr Suite.  Couples Resort is now offering a NEW INNOVATION IN PRICING where Guests Decide the Price they Pay for last minute bookings for today or tomorrow and are also offering ALL INCLUSIVE savings on gourmet breakfast and dinner; spa discounts; algonquin park passees; use of canoes kayaks, mountain bikes and much more. 

Muskoka Grandview Resort Re-Opened Under New Management

Delawana Inn Spa & Conference ResortMarketwire...June 19, 2012 ....One of Muskoka's finest resorts - Muskoka Grandview Resort (formally Delta Grandview) has begun the process of restoring its long-standing tradition of world-class accommodations. The accommodations at the resort are now open for reservations.  For decades, Grandview Resort has been one of Muskoka's premiere summer resorts. This waterfront resort - amid the area's well-known 1600 lakes and quaint towns - is situated by the lush and changing landscape of pine trees and maple to several of Canada's top golfing fairways. Luxurious accommodations range in size from 650 -1700 square feet of luxury, perfect for a weekend, family or romantic escape. It is also the ideal spot business conferences and meetings. Located just two hours north of Toronto, it makes for an easy summer getaway.

as a Highly Rated full service resort as Reviewed by Travelers on TripAdvisor®

MAGNETAWAN, ONTARIO - June 1, 2012 - Woodland Echoes Resort, a small family operated resort, today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.  "Woodland Echoes is honoured to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence," said Ken Turner owner at Woodland Echoes "We strive to provide our guests with authentic and relaxing getaway vacations. This recognition is evidence that our family and staff's hard work, is translating into warm and memorable experiences for our visitors."

Santa's Village, Bracebridge
Celebrate SantaFest at Santa’s Village

Santa's VillageDecember 22, 23, 28 & 29, 2012
11:00am until 4:00pm
Come celebrate winter and the joy of the season with Santa and his Elves! Here are some of the things your family can do at SantaFest this year...Horse drawn wagon rides, Gingerbread Cookie Decorating for the kids,Christmas Craft Making, Petting Farm, Colouring & Letter Writing, Marshmallow Roasting ...and, of course, visits with Santa!  Admission is $7.50/person and children under 2 are free

Winter Begins with “Frost Frenzy” at Blue Mountain Village

November 22, 2012.  Falling leaves, dropping mercury and no NHL hockey. Three sure signs that winter is on its way. And with it comes the frost. But this one won’t bite. “Frost Frenzy”, December 1st to 31st at Blue Mountain Village, takes the sting out of winter with festive fun and adventure for the whole family. Enjoy holiday spirit every weekend in the Village as carollers stroll the lanes, a horse-drawn wagon clip-clops along the cobblestones and Santa takes requests from all the boys and girls.

“First Light” at Sainte-Marie will enchant visitors with 5,000 candles

“First Light” at Sainte-MarieA “Top 100” Event in Ontario, Sainte-Marie’s spectacular “First Light” returns for its 13th year the evenings of November 29th, 30th, and December 1st.  The signature feature of First Light is the illumination of the historic site by candlelight.  The First Light event began at Sainte-Marie 13 years ago with 1,000 candles; this year the number of candles has been increased to 5,000 creating a magical ambience. Attendance at First Light has grown from 1,000 visitors since inception to over 6,000 visitors in 2012.

CP Holiday Train Begins Ontario Tour on November 29, 2012

CP Holiday Train Features Valdy on 2012 TourOne of Ontario's first Winter Festivals arrives by train in many Ontario communities. The spirit of giving starts in Merrickville November 29 and ends in Ingolf Ontario -December 5.  The CP Holiday train tradition continues to provide inspiration, hope and joy as it crosses Ontario on its way west to B.C. 

October is Ontario's Best Harvest Month

Agricultural Ontario What better way to celebrate farmers and their contribution to Ontario's economy than buying local food as we approach. Many quality items will be available for dining at home or away.  Consider a trip north to get your seasonal pumpkins for Halloween or visit a resort for a holiday meal or getaway. 
Check Ontario farmers' markets and culinary getaways.

October Getaways in North Muskoka

Resorts North MuskokaChoose between several resorts in the North Muskoka lake destination to get the best of the October fall season. Close to the famous Algonquin Park October is one of the best to see moose and wildlife.  Pick resorts in romantic resort settings for evening sunsets, hiking, walking and sight seeing. See North Muskoka Resorts

Have some spooky fun at Discovery Harbour’s “Haunted Harbour” event

Resorts of North MuskokaNow in its fourth year, Discovery Harbour’s popular “Haunted Harbour” Hallowe’en event returns the evenings of October 25-26-27, with the NEW Saturday date added to round out three-nights of spooky fun on the atmospheric historic site.

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre October Events

FALCONRY WORKSHOPMarsh Monster Madness  October 27th 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Halloween MarshMonster Madness!! The Wye Marsh is hosting a variety of spooktacular events.

Ski-Snowboard Swaps Start Thanksgiving Weekend

Skiers and snow boarders get ready for the 2012-13 snow season starting with Thanksgiving weekend ski swamps in Collingwood- Blue Mountain, Huntsville and Sir Sam's in Haliburton See Ontario Ski Swaps and check the Ontario winter getaways.

Celebrating Our Young ArtistsEnjoy the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend October 5-8 2012 with harvest culinary fare and family gatherings.  There are a number of resorts lodges, inns, and hotels offering great Thanksgiving getaway packages  with special dinners including Tom Turkey and all the trimmings.  See updates on Thanksgiving news items and family events over the long holiday weekend including studio tours, fall craft shows and fairs.

French Voyageur Culinary Getaway at the Lodge at Pine Cove

October 8, 9, 10, 11, 2012...Where better to learn the fine skills associated with voyageur cuisine than on the French River?    You will learn the secrets associated with some of Canada's best-loved dishes; from tourtière to sugar pie, roasted root-vegetable soup to pumpkin pie.  Complementing the four-day event will be a tasting of fine cheeses.  This culinary getaway is ideal for singles and couples to enjoy the amenities offered by this French Voyageur Culinary Getaway at The Lodge at Pine Cove.

Sainte-Marie’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival Celebrates the Fall Season

Discovery Harbour A perfect family outing for Thanksgiving weekend is the Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons October 6th and 7th. This year’s event features over 35 exceptional artisans and craftspeople.  On the historic site, families can decorate pumpkins, try teas and cornbread in the cookhouse, decorate pumpkins, sample historic foods, and enjoy a corn roast.

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre September Events

FALCONRY WORKSHOPCATTAIL WEAVING WORKSHOP Learn how to weave placemats and baskets with Wye Marsh cattails in this 3 hour workshop. Enjoy an afternoon at Wye Marsh and learn the ancient art of weaving. Come early and experience the beauty of fall colours to provide additional inspiration. Pre‐registration is required FALL POLE WALKING COURSE Pole walking is a great form of exercise, combining brisk walking and controlled arm movements accounts for a higher calories burn! The Wye Marsh is hosting a 3‐week course, happening on Saturdays. NATURE A LA CARTE WORKSHOP Discover the diversity of the Marsh in your search for unique plants with edible and medicinal values! You will gain a basic understanding of plant identification features, as well as what to look for when shopping for your own guide books. Experience the seasonal differences that fall has to offer.


Clarion Resort Pinewood ParkKALADAR, ON -   LOLTA is planning to host a fall lodge tour on September 22, 2012. This tour will feature distinct, one of a kind, unique lodges/resorts on a specific lake in the region.  “People will be able to view the inside of some spectacular lodges that usually can only be admired from the outside” said Grace Scutella, Marketing Festivals Event Manager of LOLTA. This event will raise awareness of the beautiful Land O Lakes region as well as the businesses.

Clarion Resort Pinewood Park joins the fight against cancer!

Clarion Resort Pinewood ParkNorth Bay, ON – Clarion Resort Pinewood Park was proud to host an Open House for their newly renovated “Pink Room” in support of The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012.
100% of the room proceeds will be donated to the CIBC Run for the Cure for the month of September and 20% of the room proceeds for all months afterwards.

Discovery Harbour Celebrate Franco-Ontarian Day at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

On Tuesday, September 25, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons will celebrate Franco-Ontarian Day with special presentations, musical performances, and on-site activities.Franco-Ontarian Day officially recognizes the contribution of Ontario's Francophone community to the cultural, historical, social, economic and political life of the province.  

Join the Royals for a Royal experience at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

Discovery Harbour Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, a nationally significant historic site near Midland, Ontario, will be pulling out all the stops to make the upcoming visit by Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex a spectacular experience that will be steeped in Canada’s founding heritage and culture. The public to attend the memorable event on Sunday, September 16.  Sainte-Marie plans an extensive, fun, and highly animated experience for the Royal couple as they tour the site from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Discovery Harbour unveils two feature exhibits for 2012 - Penetanguishene

Discovery Harbour unveils two feature exhibits for 2012 -PenetanguisheVisitors to Discovery Harbour will be treated to two new feature exhibits this season, reflecting Naval highlights of the War of 1812, and showcasing the Temperance movement in Canada from 1827 to 1930. The “War on the Lakes” art exhibit at Discovery Harbour runs Tuesday to Saturday to June 30, and seven days a week July 1 to September 2.  “The Noble Experiment – Temperance and Prohibition” exhibit will be offered seven days a week from July 14 through to August 22.   Both exhibits are included with regular site admission.

Georgian Bay Airways Colours of Fall Contest:

Georgian Bay AirwaysWin a Fly & Ride ATV Adventure on the Canadian Shield with Georgian Bay Airways.  Sign up for a chance to win one of Four amazing Fall adventures for two: Fly & Ride ATV adventure for two; Fly & Dine dinner for two; Fly & Stay for 2; and Fly, Dine & Stay VIP adventure. View Georgian Bay Airway's facebook page for information and to enter the contest. 

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre July & August Events

FALCONRY WORKSHOPSUMMER CAMP IS ALMOST FULL!  The Wye Marsh summer camp is quickly filling the last few spots; if your kid loves outdoor activities, live animal shows, GPS navigation and fun - register soon! Each week has a new & different camp theme, making your camp experience unforgettable, whether it be for 1 day or the full week. We have a camp available for ages 4 through to 14.   BIRD CAFE Sunday Morning’s in July, come out and enjoy our Bird Café at the Wye Marsh. SUMMER PROGRAMMING & LATE THURSDAY’S Starting in July the Wye Marsh has public programming 7 days a week. FULL MOON CELEBRATIONS Take a paddle with a Wye Marsh Naturalist who will take you through the Marsh at a time when it comes alive. Uncover the many species that are otherwise elusive during the day. 

Loverboy at Deerhurst Resor

Loverboy Live at Deerhurst Resort One of Canada’s most enduring rock icons, Loverboy, has been “Working for the Weekend,” for 30 years, thrilling audiences around the world. This summer they’re heading to Deerhurst Resort for an intimate one-night concert in Muskok
Overnight Packages 
Concert & Room Package:  Includes: Select accommodation and concert admission for two  Rate: From $269* per night.
Dinner, Concert & Room Package:
  Includes: Select accommodation, 3-course dinner and preferred concert seating for two.  Rate: From $299* per night.
Concert Tickets and Dinner & Concert Options available.
Call 1-800-461-4393, choose option #3

The King's Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishenes starts their Theatre Season

With customized Drayton Entertainment getaway packages you can create a truly unforgettable theatre experience.  
King's Wharf Theatre Schedule:   2012 Season  Annie May 29 - June 23, Murder at Fern Resort   June 27- July 14,  Harvey  July 18 - August 4, Blue Suede Shoes:  Memories of the King  Aug 8- Sept 1. Call our Box Office and we'll coordinate all the details: 1-855-drayton (372-9866). See Midland area Inns & Hotels

Resorts of North Muskoka Gear up for a Busy Spring and Summer

Resorts of North MuskokaThe Resorts of North Muskoka group, a collection of 14 resort properties located between Huntsville and Algonquin Park, are getting ready for the Spring and Summer seasons.  The group is comprised of small and mid sized housekeeping cottage resorts, all inclusive resorts, lodges and Inns.

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures is now open 7 days per week

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures is now open 7 days per weekThe Scenic Caves Nature Adventures is now open 7 days per week, operating from 9am to 5pm  selling the last park admission ticket (caves/suspension bridge) two hours prior to closing. Park admission packages include all Caves Activities - Caves, Crevasse, Nature Trails, Suspension Bridge, Children's Adventure Playground, Trout Pond - Feed the Fish, Gemstone Mining and the Mini-Golf Course. Eco Adventure Tour -Treetop canopy, zip line, suspension bridge & cave tour. First tour begins in May.  NEW Thunderbird Twin Zip Line coming this summer

Ditties and Shanties – a great family musical highlight at Discovery Harbour

Discovery HarbourOn Saturday July 21 visitors to Discovery Harbour will be treated to Ditties and Shanties, an all-day musical highlight featuring a fun assortment of traditional music taking place throughout the beautiful waterside historic site.

Trooper live in concert at Deerhurst

Deerhurst ResortSunday, July 8, 2012
Add an extra night of excitement to your summer weekend when “Canada’s Greatest Party Band”, Trooper, takes the stage at Deerhurst Resort. This Juno-award winning band is known for enduring hits like We're Here for a Good Time (Not a Long Time), Raise a Little Hell, Two For the Show, Oh Pretty Lady and over a dozen more favourite radio anthems.  With one of Canada’s top 5 best-selling albums ever and still selling out shows across the country, Trooper is set to bring some classic rock and good times to Deerhurst’s concert venue.  Dinner, Concert & Room Packages available.

Aboriginal Heritage to be celebrated at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, Midland

Aboriginal Heritage to be celebrated at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, MidlandCelebrate Aboriginal Heritage at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons on National Aboriginal Day Thursday June 21 and the Aboriginal Festival Saturday and Sunday June 23-24.  National Aboriginal Day Thursday June 21 is a time for all Canadians to celebrate the cultures and contributions to Canada of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. On this special day close to 1,200 school children and teachers are currently booked to attend the June 21 event at Sainte-Marie.  The Aboriginal Festival on June 23-24 will continue the dynamic celebration of Aboriginal culture and offer numerous performances, activities and demonstrations.  

Hardwood Ski & Bike, Oro Station

Spartan Race -June 24, 2012.  This obstacle race is more than a triathlon and it's coming to Hardwood on June 24th, 2012. Spartan Race is the World leader in the sport, with over 750,000 people from all ages and fitness levels set to compete in their races for 2012. Spectators of all ages are more than welcomed to join the festivities with great obstacle viewing points to take EPIC photos, fitness challenges, spear throw, various contests with prizes, music and kids games. $10 per spectators which includes a $5 voucher rebate towards merchandise. (Free for children under 16.) Additional $5 per vehicle applies to parking.

Sir Sam's Ski & Bike, Haliburton

Sir Sam’s Ski & Summer ResortThe Mountain Bike Park season opened on May 19th.   Click Here for Mountain Bike Trail & Rental Rates
Covered Surface Lift Rides What better way to see the Haliburton Highlands than a ride up the covered surface lift for some of the most spectacular panoramic views over Eagle and Moose lakes.  Click here for Rates & Schedule

June is Bike Month in the Haliburton Highlands- Discover Mountain Biking Clinic
June 24, 2012
.  Sir Sam's Ski & Bike will be offering 2 Discover Mountain Biking Afternoons - We are offering a XC Mountain Bike Rental, 1/2hr Bike Maintenance Seminar and Guided Trail Ride. Cost is $25 tax included. If Bike Rental is not required the cost would be $10. Participant's that require a bike rental need to pre-register by calling 705-754-2298.

Doors Open Muskoka Lakes and Gravenhurst 

Ontario Travel Doors OpenDoors Open Muskoka Lakes June 23 (Bala, Port Carling, Torrance)
Muskoka's communities and waterways invite you to explore their boating heritage, museums, cultural centres and more. Check out Bala's Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery.  This century-old tourist home is where Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, dined during the summer of 1922. Her holiday inspired her novel – The Blue Castle – set in Muskoka. See the 1920s kitchen and enjoy guided tours, photo opportunities and free rides in an antique car.

Doors Open Muskoka Gravenhurst June 24  
Gravenhurst invites you to explore their boating heritage, museums, cultural centres and more. Check out the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre and learn about the famous local wooden boats, enjoy lemonade, iced tea and scones  – and the sounds of the big bands of the early 1900s – in the hotel. 

CAA Long Weekend Reminders

CAA Long Weekend RemindersFor many Canadians, the Victoria Day long weekend signifies the start of the summer season, providing a chance to enjoy warm weather and hit the open road. Whether you're going to the cottage or planning a few day trips closer to home a quick read of this CAA Canadian Automobile Association article may provide useful for travellers Tips for a safe long weekend getaway

Canadians Love for  Beach Holidays Starts on Victoria Holiday Weekend

Ontario Beach FunTORONTO, ONTARIO, May 16, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- 
2012 Flip Flop Report: Study Examines Beach Goer Behaviours
With the unofficial start to summer the Victoria Day weekend,  this study tells Ontario residents something they already know.  --the preferences of the typical beach-loving Canadian vacationer....Canada is among the most enthusiastic about beach vacations, with 45 per cent of Canadians saying they prefer a beach vacation to all other types of vacations Beach story continues... find more vacation areas for a Ontario Beach Information

Ontario Travel Doors OpenOntario Best Travel Deal "Doors Open Ontario"
Doors Open Ontario is one of the best travel deals for weekend getaway experiences between April & October 2012. Starting in April  in Guelph Ontario followed by events in, June, July, August, September and October. Pick a spring getaway weekend package on your free attractions road trip. 

Hiking and Walking Getaways Ads Natural Elements with CWF

Moose Algonquin Park Walk For Wildlife With Canadian Nature Federation

Two campaigns for experienital learning for kids the launch of CWF’s Walk for Wildlife, a national campaign encouraging people to explore the natural spaces that surround them, then log the kilometres.  Walkers wanting to go a bit further afield can check out the hiking getaways north of the Toronto GTA.  See hiking getaway packages in Ontario

Get to Know-Reduce Child Nature Deficit Disorder 

"Get to Know" your wildlife neighbours take place at Camp Kawartha on June 1, near Lakefield and Georgian Bay Islands National Park near Honey Harbour-Port Severn on July 16.  Plan your summer family vacations around one of these events or encourage your kids under 19 to enter on their own.

Highway 400 Highway 400 News
Heading north or south on Highway 400 check Marshalls opening in Park Place Barrie and consider an overnight shopping experience at one of several locations in the Barrie area.  See  More on Highway 400 North

Clevelands House Hosts Muskoka Literary Festival

Muskoka Chautauqua's Signature Event. The literary weekend, hosted by TVO's "The Agenda" host Steve Paikin, takes place June 1 to 3 at Clevelands House on Lake Rosseau, with a reception on Friday, June 1 at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa. See details of  weekend event

Huronia Doors Open Ontario June 2-3

Huronia Doors Open Ontario June 2-3Huronia is the heartland of Ontario's first European settlements and is steeped in War of 1812 naval history...
S ee the century homes, churches and forts and replica
War Ships of 1812 in historic Penetanguishene and Midland on Georgian Bay Ontario.

Historic Huronia waterways for fun and history June 2,3

Shamrock LodgeThe month of June starts with exciting weekend activities including  Celebrate Barrie and War of 1812 reenactments on Lake Simcoe.  The "Just Add Water Festival" in the Georgian Bay towns of Port Severn and Honey Harbour is a fun celebration of clean fresh Georgian Bay waters. The historical attractions of Midland and Penetanguishene are on display with Doors Open Ontario and include free admission to the War of 1812 military establishments at Discovery Harbour on Georgian Bay.  See Huronia this weekend

FALCONRY WORKSHOPWye Marsh Wildlife Centre May Events 2012
Wye Marsh Rain Barrels Spring and Summer planting is just around the corner, be sure to pick out your Rain Barrel on—the purchase of your rain barrel will go to support the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre.

Barrie Waterfront Festival Kicks Off Summer Season on Lake Simcoe May 26 & 27

Waterfront FestivalThe 8th Annual spring line-up will present live bands from a variety of genres.  For your added enjoyment street buskers, a midway with rides, face painting, street vendors, fresh food, treats and contests. Eat, drink and have fun Located in Centennial Park with an adjacent beer garden.  Festivities will kick off at noon on Saturday, May 26th and continue until 11:00pm.  On Sunday, the events start off at noon and wrap up at 6:00pm. See Barrie Waterfront festival for more details.  Featured Barrie accommodation, Comfort InnGeorgian Summer Suites

Best Victoria Day Places to Party North of Toronto on May 24 Weekend

FireworksKick off the unofficial first long weekend of the summer with a trip north of Toronto to one of the many Ontario resort destinations celebrating Queen Victoria’s Birthday. Day trips or spring weekend road trips are available for the most budget conscious to those who want to celebrate anniversaries or romantic getaways with a little luxury and pampering. More than 60 long weekend options are available by visiting the Ontario Travel May Getaways

Mother's Day Getaways and Getaway Gifts 2012

Nottawasaga Inn ResortMother's everywhere deserve a gift and will appreciate a visit to one of the many inns, resorts, hotels, spas or dining rooms this May. Enjoy a Mother's Day brunch on a day trip or be more adventurous and give mom a gift of an Ontario spa getaway, overnight mother and daughter getaway or a gift certificate for pampering at a later date. See Mother's Day Tips if you are stuck for gift or well-wishing ideas.

Food & Dining Festivals North of Toronto GTA

Food & Dining Festivals North of Toronto GTASpringlicious is back!:  Get up to Blue Mountain Village every Sunday to Thursday until May 10  for sensationally priced menus at 10 incredible restaurants. Many locations feature the areas finest musicians and entertainers, seven days a week. 

Simcoe County "Culinary Stars" Shine in April & May:  The GEM Food & Wine Festival Monday April 23rd until Sunday May 6th! The GEM is a unique food & wine festival. These are restaurants that will incorporate local and fresh ingredients as much as possible. Visitors and tourists in the Simcoe County and  residents of  surrounding cities of Alliston, Creemore, Barrie, Wasaga Beach will savour the many tastes of Simcoe County.  See participating restaurants

War of 1812War of 1812 Naval Battles Georgian Bay Lake Huron
Several of Ontario's first naval battles occurred during the War of 1812 along the Great Lakes. Georgian Bay, Lake Huron was instrumental in transporting supplies to the British forces. Historian and author Alan Taylor will be at the Huronia Museum to discuss his most recent book "Civil War of 1812" on May 4. See more information on upcoming events concerning the Georgian Bay War of 1812

Sunshine City Festival Orillia Ontario Celebrates Stephen Leacock
Orillia Ontario will mark Stephen Leacock’s birthday on December 30th to announce their plans for the 100th anniversary of his Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town highlighted by a three-day celebration in July. See complete story,

Santa's Village Joins 'Ontario Travel North of Toronto'

Santa's Village Family Entertainment CentreSanta's Village Family Entertainment Centre is the  newest member on Ontario's most popular website for travel north of Toronto GTA.  Santa's Village is a must visit family attractions in cottage country.  Enjoy a family day trip or as part of a weekend getaway in Muskoka. Discover 3 exciting parks and one great campground which was  voted the "best in Muskoka". More on Bracebridge and travel information on  Muskoka, Ontario. 

Hardwood Ski & Bike, Oro Station
Disc Golf
   Hardwood will be expanding our course to 18 holes and will be ready to play in the early spring. Come on out and play this great game on this, fun and challenging course.  2012-2013 Winter Membership Pricing  Winter Memberships are now available for the 2012-2013 winter season.  Our SUPER EARLY BIRD pricing will be available until April 30th 2012.  Prices for 7 and 5 day passes have been reduced across the board, so get a jump on next season

Deerhurst Resort presents the Myles Goodwyn & April Wine Concert Weekend  April 27-29, 2012  
Get ready to rock, dine and unwind when one of Canada’s most famous bands, April Wine, takes the stage at Deerhurst Resort with special guest and co-founder, Myles Goodwyn. Our complete 2-night package celebrates music, April and - yes - wine, for a Muskoka getaway you won't want to miss. From $299 per night, based on two-night package.

Jazzmania at The Westin Trillium House with Dawn Tyler Watson Band (April 28).  
Internationally acclaimed songstress and “Montreal’s Queen of the Blues”, Dawn Tyler Watson returns to The Westin Trillium House Saturday April 28th as part of this year’s Jazzmania.   Accommodation, Dinner, Wine Pairing & Show Package  The Westin Trillium House has put together an exclusive package including the show, accommodations and a sumptuous 4-course dinner. Packages start at $190 per person based on double occupancy and there are a limited number of Concert Lounge show only tickets available for $30. The dinner begins at 6:30pm followed by Dawn Tyler Watson Band at 9pm.

Maple Syrup FestivalMaple Syrup Festivals Continue Throughout April
Combinations of chocolate and maple syrup is a dessert 
lovers dream.  
Maple Syrup Festivals, sugar bush tours, and  pancake barns offers up day trips of fun, arts and crafts, face painting, games, demonstrations, scavenger hunts,  Plan your family sweet Ontario adventure north. See April getaways in resort destinations north of Toronto.

Murder of Canada's Iconic Artist: Tom Thompson Documentary

White Pine Pictures
Photo Credit: White Pine Pictures

Murder in Algonquin Park:  Tom Thomson's early death at the peak of his artistic career has become a legend and a mystery that is explored in this documentary. Anyone familiar with the geographic areas of Georgian Bay, Lake Huron and Algonquin Park will want to see the documentary film West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson.
More documentary information here

North Muskoka They certainly have put the BEST back in to Best Western North Bay!!
Since 2010, the hotel has spent over 2 million dollars upgrading virtually all aspects of the property.  The hotel can now boast that they have the newest beds in the city, Simmons Pillowtop mattresses to be specific, in all guestrooms.  New 37” LG LCD TVs and a new 60 mbs high speed internet service (the fastest cable connection available in the city) round out the upgrades within the guestrooms.   FARINA, the new on-site restaurant with an Italian inspired menu, new Business Centre and Coin Laundry service ensure that guests have all they need to eat well, stay productive and feel at home. 

North MuskokaResorts of North Muskoka Prepare for a busy Winter Season
The Resorts of North Muskoka, ( a collection of 15 lakeside resorts in the Huntsville/Lake of Bays/Algonquin Park region are busy preparing for the arrival of winter guests.  Winter in North Muskoka brings many exciting 'resorting' opportunities.  Frozen lakes, cold starry nights, and freshly groomed cross country ski trails, are just a few of the images that come to mind when you think of North Muskoka in the winter.  In addition to many recreational activities, the Resorts of North Muskoka offer great opportunities to hibernate in style with cozy cabins and rooms, fireplaces and even hot tubs.

Clarion Resort Pinewood Park in North Bay offers Special Discounts on their Winter Packages
Clarion Resort Pinewood Park in North Bay has developed great winter packages with a Special Discount for December and January: Winter packages include:  Snowmobiling, Dog Sledding, Wellness Spa, Winter Horseback Riding, Ice Fishing, Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing and Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding!  ‘Derek's Special Discount’ of 10% off any of the winter packages is available through December and January by calling  1-800-461-9592 or emailing

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