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Ontario "North" of Toronto Travel and Tourism News 2015 

News about our members as well as festivals, events, attractions and unique activities in resort towns and cities north of Toronto. Read the official press releases and find getaway packages from resorts, lodges, inns and cottage country destinations. Find road trip ideas to resort country along with outdoor locations to experience natural and cultural activities in Ontario. The press releases below are current and will help you plan a great day trip or getaway any time of year in Ontario North of Toronto. Travel news featureOntario Resort NewsDaily Travel News Updates.

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Minett, ON - October 27, 2015

The votes are in, the travel fans have spoken! More than 128,000 travelers took part in Condé Nast Traveler’s 28th annual Readers Choice Awards 2015, awarding the #7 spot on Canada’s best resorts to JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa. This marks the third consecutive year the resort has earned the prestigious award, and it’s the only resort east of Alberta to be included in the top 10. Located in Muskoka, just two and a half hours north of Toronto, this year-round luxury resort designed by internationally-renowned architect Frank Nicholson offers spectacular views of Lake Rosseau.


Expansion on Harvest The Fall Flavours of Ontario's Lake Country

Ontario's Lake Country, ON: Is excited to announce the expansion of Flavours. This popular and sought after event has now been expanded to also include lunch options and shop local options on top of the dinner choices. You now have more reasons to get out this fall and enjoy the delicious tastes of the fall harvest during Flavours of Ontario's Lake Country. The 2015 fall edition runs from Friday, October 23, 2015 to Sunday, November 8, 2015. The new and previous participants are excited to welcome visitors into their restaurants, cafes and stores around Ontario's Lake Country.

Flavours provides an opportunity for locals and visitors to treat themselves to some of the finest restaurants in Ontario's Lake Country. Experience the diversity of this program and taste some of the culinary delights from the participants, see the creative ways the talented chefs have included locally sourced harvest items into their menus.



Blue Mountains, ONTARIO, October 9, 2015 – Ontario Tourism announced their 2015 Awards of Excellence Finalists this week and Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain is nominated for the Tourism Digital Marketing Award.

We are honoured to receive recognition as the only privately-owned business in this category. Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain’s 12 Days of Christmas Social Media Contest in 2014 is a popular Facebook initiative that supports tourism in the South Georgian Bay area. Partners in this campaign included Blue Mountain Resort, Scenic Caves, Pretty River Valley Country Inn, Georgian Hills Winery and many other dining & retail experiences.


Award-winning Pumpkinferno Halloween event to be featured at Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene

Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene - Monday, September 28th, 2015 — Area media and key tourism stakeholders are invited to a special reception and visit to the extended Halloween event at Discovery Harbour featuring Pumpkinferno, Thursday October 1st at 7:00 p.m.

Discovery Harbour will open to the general public every Thursday to Saturday, October 1st to October 31st from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The all new event is expected to draw thousands to the Penetanguishene attraction.


Drayton Entertainment Announces 2016 Season

Penetanguishene - Thursday, September 24th, 2015 – Mamma Mia! Drayton Entertainment’s 2016 Season will be packed with Broadway blockbusters, hilarious comedies, and fun for the entire family.

Never content to rest on his laurels, Artistic Director Alex Mustakas continues to raise the bar for the award-winning not-for-profit charitable arts organization with 19 productions spanning seven stages throughout the province of Ontario.

The 2016 Season at the King’s Wharf Theatre, situated on the picturesque shores of Georgian Bay in Penetanguishene, will run 13 weeks, June 1st through August 27th.

“People want to see shows that make them feel good, and our 2016 Season is all about music, laughter, and plenty of fun,” says Mustakas.


Clarion Resort Pinewood Park Colonel Chris Hadfield - OCTOBER 10, 2015

Midland - Tuesday, August 4, 2015 On October 10, 2015, Colonel Chris Hadfield will be speaking in North Bay with “An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth”. Colonel Hadfield shows audiences how to “think like an astronaut.” Sharing the useful and practical lessons he’s learned throughout his remarkable career will motivate audiences to achieve dreams higher than the clouds.


Escape, explore and experience nature up close at the Get Outdoors Festival, August 8 & 9 at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre.

Midland - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Explore one of Ontario's largest wetlands by foot, boat or bike. There are over 25km of scenic forested trails, floating boardwalks and canoe channels that let you escape into the Wye Marsh. Experience hummingbird banding and monarch tagging demonstrations, or take part in an interactive workshop on birding, cycling or shelter building. See birds of prey soar and learn how to identify native Ontario turtles and snakes in a live animal show. Join biologist and bat expert Bill Bat Boy on a presentation that explores the world of bats. Experience the best of the outdoors at the Get Outdoors Festival.


A Salute to Musical Pioneers at the King’s Wharf Theatre

Penetanguishene - Sunday, July 26, 2015 – Get ready to rock with one of the most anticipated shows of the season! The King’s Wharf Theatre is filled with the melodies of the world’s greatest musical pioneers as Legends … of Rock ‘n’ Roll takes centre stage now through August 8th.


Expanded Family Discovery Days promises great fun for the entire family!

Penetanguishene Discovery Harbour will expand its successful Family Discovery Days to a full weekend with jam-packed family fun on Saturday July 25th and Sunday July 26th!

The two-day event will provide a fun, interactive day for families with great activities, music, and demonstrations. Children’s music and entertainment is featured throughout the weekend, with kid’s singing sensations Sonshine and Broccolli performing an energy-packed and interactive program both days. Juggling Joe returns to amaze with his acrobatic juggling feats – you can even learn to juggle with Joe throughout the weekend!


ABBA-solutely fabulous news!

Friday, July 17, 2015 – Mamma Mia!  My, my, how can we resist the international musical sensation based on the beloved songs of ABBA? Drayton Entertainment’s Artistic Director Alex Mustakas today announced Mamma Mia! as the award‐winning theatre organization’s flagship production for the upcoming 2016 Season.


Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is pleased to exhibit Champlain’s astrolabe

Midland, ON – During July and August, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, in partnership with the 1615 Champlain Commemorations Committee, is pleased to exhibit Champlain’s astrolabe on loan from the Canadian Museum of History. The astrolabe was found in 1867 in Cobden, Ontario and is thought to have been lost by Champlain when he travelled down the Ottawa River in 1613. It is a rare navigational artifact that brings us closer to Samuel de Champlain and his role as an explorer who initiated contact with the First Nation cultures he encountered.


Legends of Rock 'n' Roll - King’s Wharf Theatre celebrates the best of rock ‘n’ roll

Penetanguishene, ON – July 10, 2015 Get ready to rock! From the creators of the hit show, Twist and Shout: The British Invasion, comes another spectacular production that will have audiences snapping their fingers and shaking in their seats … this time to the beat of classic songs by rock and roll’s musical legends. Legends … of Rock ‘n’ Roll is on stage at the King’s Wharf Theatre from July 23rd to August 8th.


Sexy Laundry - Comedy of unmentionable hilarity set to open in Penetanguishene

Penetanguishene, ON – June 16, 2015 The fun continues at the King’s Wharf Theatre with Canadian playwright Michele Riml’s lighthearted racy comedy, Sexy Laundry. This witty romp promises to keep audiences laughing with its touching and comedic account of marital strife from July 2nd to July 18th.


Canada’s Aboriginal Heritage to be celebrated at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons June 19-21!

Midland, ON – June 15, 2015 John Samosi will return to Sainte-Marie for the Aboriginal Festival Weekend and National Aboriginal Day celebrations with his engaging and interactive hand drums. Sainte-Marie among the Hurons will offer a dynamic celebration of Aboriginal heritage June 19-21 with its popular Aboriginal Festival Weekend. This year’s event includes National Aboriginal Day, which officially takes place in Canada on June 21.


Huronia Museum Announces Opening of Newly Designed 1200ft2 Native Gallery

Midland, ON – May 29, 2015 Huronia Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its newly designed 1200ft2 Native Gallery on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 at 7 pm

Huronia Museum and its project committee, comprised of experts, First Nations representation and community members, worked with Toronto-based firm, Point of View Exhibits to completely refurbish and refocus the Native Gallery to tell the First Nations Story of the region known as Huronia. This new exhibit takes a contemporary museum approach with interactive and multi-media displays. This new exhibit allows the museum to feature its most outstanding artifacts. Huronia Museum has also acquired some new pieces on loan from other significant collections to provide to best museum experience possible for its community and visitors


Georgian College Auto Show 2015 – accelerate your success!

Barrie, ON – May 12, 2015 Batman, his Batmobile and even Batman’s friends will take centre stage at the at the 2015 Georgian College Auto Show Friday, June 5 to Sunday June 7 at the Barrie Campus of Georgian College.

In a special appearance for 2015, the caped crusader will be entertaining show guests of all ages in the main tent each day of the show.



From dishes to décor, Muskoka Chophouse refines classic steakhouse style, adds sizzle to lakeside summer.

Minett, ON – April 7, 2015 That beloved dining tradition, the New York steakhouse, will get a decidedly contemporary “cottage country” update when JW Marriott Muskoka opens its new restaurant on Lake Rosseau this spring.


Ste. Anne's New Partner in Healing Mind, Body & Soul

Grafton, ON – April 21, 2015 Announcing our alliance with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Ste. Anne’s Spa, which has had a long tradition of community support, is proud to announce it is joining hands with a new partner, the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores). “Our goal is to have an even greater impact by directing our charitable giving to a sister organization that’s dedicated to healing,” said Jim Corcoran, owner of Ste. Anne’s Spa. “Ontario Shores and Ste. Anne’s also share the core values of innovation and excellence in all that we do.” 


Listen to the Night, Bats of Ontario

Midland, Ontario: Wye Marsh will be going bats for conservation. Starting May 8th Wye Marsh will launch a new Bats of Ontario exhibit. The Listen to the Night, Bats of Ontario exhibit explores the elusive creatures that flit about in the night, long the objects of human fascination. To launch the exhibit Wye Marsh is hosting two special events, LISTEN TO THE NIGHT, AN EVENING WITH THE BATS OF ONTARIO, May 8th and WORLD OF BATS PRESENTATION, May 9th.


Tap Into Maple Flavours

Ontario's Lake Country, Ontario: Enjoy the delicious tastes of Spring during Tap into Maple Flavours of Ontario's Lake Country. The 2015 spring edition of Flavours is excited to be a part of the larger Tap into Maple route! Flavours runs from Friday, April 10th, 2015 to Sunday, April 26, 2015. The patrons are excited as Ontario’s Lake Country and the local restaurant sector to have this program back again.


We Are Tapped Into Maple

Ontario's Lake Country, Ontario, This past weekend marked the start of the upcoming maple season! Two events to celebrate the maple season took place including the launch of the Tap into Maple route and the first tapping of the season. The local maple syrup producers are gearing up for the upcoming time of year and with the samplings of the sweet flavours we are all ready and excited for the Tap into Maple program to kick off.


New Owner at 400eleven.com

Midland, Ontario 'North' of Toronto, As of December 2014 400eleven.com has a new owner and manager. Jeanine Jankowski has acquired the popular ‘north’ of Toronto website as well as its little sister site, 411ontariokids.com.


ATV Club to Host second annual Outdoor Show March 20-22, 2015

North Bay, Ontario, December 18, 2014, ATV Club to Host second annual Outdoor Show, in an effort to raise awareness about local trails, showcase local businesses and increase tourism as a whole, the North Bay ATV Club will host its second annual Outdoor Show March 20,21,22 2015. With a passion for the off-road and outdoor experience and a dedication to the safety of local trails, the North Bay ATV Club has been steadily gaining popularity since its initiation in August of 2013. "This event is an opportunity for the people of North Bay who enjoy the outdoors to come together and meet like minded individuals," says Nelson Fletcher, North Bay ATV Club President. The event takes place at the Clarion Resort Pinewood Park and the entrance fee is $5 and children under 12 are free.


Barking Up the Right Tree - 21st annual Kearney Dog Sled Races Feb 7 & 8th 2015

Kearney, Ontario, December 18, 2014 – As many as 75 dog sled teams will compete in and around Kearney at the 21st Anniversary Dog Sled Races on Saturday February 7th and Sunday February 8th in Ontario's biggest annual dog sled competition.


Scenic Caves Selected as one of Snowshoe Magazine’s Top 10

December 9, 2014, Snowshoe Magazine’s feature article written by Ryan Alford and co-writer Katie Hearsum announced “North America’s Top 10 Snowshoe-friendly Nordic Centres”.

Scenic Caves Nordic was selected as one of North America’s top snowshoe-friendly Nordic Centres! It was one of only two in Canada.

See more about Scenic Caves Nordic Centre

Christmas at the Waring House

Looking for a great Christmas dinner without the cooking? We're offering a Christmas lunch buffet on Thursday, Dec. 18 & Friday, Dec. 19 for $16.95 per person. On Christmas day we'll serve a 4 course Christmas dinner with prices ranging from $45 to $55 depending on your choice of main course selection.

Hit the Hill Early and Save! With half-price lift tickets

Ski/board for 50% off the regular price of lift tickets up to and includingDecember 24. 2014.  Opening weekend is Saturday December 6/Sunday, December 7, 2014. Also open December 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24. Closed Christmas Day. Open from Dec. 26 to Jan. 4, 2015. To book lessons or for more info visit www.sirsams.com

Sherwood Inn Reports Muskoka Winter Weddings on the Rise

Sherwood Inn on Lake Joseph a luxury Muskoka inn and resort that specializes in intimate resort weddings and romantic couple’s getaways, reports a rise in the popularity of winter weddings where romantic horse-drawn sleigh rides, an ice-skating party and a midnight bonfire under the stars are just a few elements that can make a resort winter wedding very alluring.  See more about Sherwood Inn Winter Weddings.

Ste. Anne's Adds New Fitness Facility to Spa Village

Maison Sante is Ste. Anne's new multi-dimensional focus on fitness and wellness.  Located in the heart of the spa village it houses a wide range of equipment familiar to exercise buffs, including treadmills, elliptical machines, weights, rowing machines and a recumbent bike.  For the past eight years, Ste. Anne's has been voted "Canada's Favourite Spa". Located on more than 400 acres of scenic, rolling countryside, it offers guests more than 35 rejuvenating spa services, uniquely appointed accommodations, first-class amenities and, of course, delicious cuisine. Read more on Ste. Anne's New Fitness Facility

Fall in love with Ontario’s Lake Country

Ontario’s Lake Country, ON: With the cooler nights the vibrant fall colours are beginning to appear in Ontario’s Lake Country. Orillia and area’s four season playground is a great place to visit any time of year, but you don’t want to miss the stunning fall colours along the rolling hills and beautiful shorelines. Located just one hour from the GTA, we welcome visitors and locals to experience the fall activities and attractions available in the region and revel in the breathtaking shades of yellow, orange and red. Read More on Fall in love with Ontario's Lake Country

Fundraising Event for the Midland Cultural Centre is a Cuban Affair

MIDLAND, ON | Friday, September 19, 2014 - A new photographic exhibition of the UNESCO designated World Heritage city Havana, Cuba will be on display at the Midland Cultural Centre from September 26 until October 31.   Entitled Seven Nights in Havana, the exhibit is a collaboration of three local photographers and a joint presentation of Quest Art and the MCC.  Admission price for the evening is $15 with all proceeds from the exhibition donated to the Midland Cultural Centre. Read More on Fundraising Event for the Midland Cultural Centre is a Cuban Affair

Fall leaf colours are emerging north of Toronto

Autumn leaf colour reports from the Barrie Ontario Travel Centre have started and resort destinations north of Toronto are leading the way. As the seasons change so do the travel for September getaways at Ontario resorts in cottage country.  Ontario is one of Eastern Canada's premier destinations for rich shades of red, orange and yellow. It is also harvest time with road side stands and farmers' markets offering colourful fresh produce. Discover great scenic lookouts, shorelines and valleys on autumn road trips and hiking tours, community events, studio tours and fall fairs. 

Reclaim Muskoka with this 25% Savings Fall Retreat

The summer rush is gone and now is the perfect time to enjoy the quiet side of Muskoka.  As the Fall colours start to dot the woods, there’s still lots of fun - from boating and beach strolling to hiking and horseback riding. Indulge in harvest menus, take a scenic drive to nearby Algonquin Park, relax at the spa, or light up your night at a live stage show. It’s all here, waiting for your turn to experience the best of Muskoka, at Deerhurst Resort.

Reserve your date with Muskoka and book now

Take the Trail Well-Traveled along Georgian Bay

The award-winning Apple Pie Trail through Collingwood, Blue Mountain Village and Meaford pllus the beautiful towns and hamlets that surround it has added a number of exciting new stops and experiences. Visitors have more choice for a culinary and outdoor adventure. Apple Pie Trail News

Record White Bass in North Bay?

The North Bay Nugget - The 3.25-pound fish is being considered for a possible Ontario record. ... White Bass caught off King's Landing at the North Bay waterfront the other day. He was using a pickerel rig with Gulp minnows decorated with smelt pattern and Morin said it's the first white bass he's caught after decades of dock fishing.But it might be a new record for Ontario with an unofficial weight of 3.25 pounds and measuring 18.625 inches long. The girth was 15 inches.  See Fishing Story from North Bay. Find more Ontario Fishing Stories and plan your fishing getaways in Ontario.

Ontario Saves Experimental Lakes Area

Ontario and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) have signed an agreement to continue vital freshwater research at the Experimental Lakes Area -- the only freshwater research facility of its kind in the world. This has significant long term research on water quality that will benefit the travel and tourism industry water sports such as fishing and recreational swimming and beach enjoyment.  See water research story.

Simcoe County Highway Dedicated to Sarah Burke

The Ontario Government is dedicating Highway 93 from Barrie to Midland as the Sarah Burke Memorial Highway. The Sarah Burke Memorial Highway runs for 24 kilometres through Simcoe County,  This is the heart of Ontario ski country, where Burke was born and raised and was initially inspired to pursue skiing. See Ontario news release

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