Near or far north(ish) from Toronto, whatever you choose, there are plenty of things to do! We are easily the best and easiest website travel source to help plan day trips or getaways in and around central and northern Ontario.
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Scroll below for our selection of our top getaway offers and the best suggestions for day trips and other fun things to do north of Toronto and in central and northern Ontario. Finding the right thing to do in Ontario has never been so easy!
Ontario Last Minute Vacations and Weekend Getaway Packages
Go Paddling Muskoka / Muskoka, Algonquin, Haliburton & Georgian Bay
From $164 per person
Jump into your canoe and head out into the wilderness! Greater Opportunities will help you to have a wonderful couple’s getaway, complete with fondue, a warm fire, and seclusion. Your guide will leave you in wilderness peace as you head off to bed in your private campsite. In the morning, wake up to a warm fire and breakfast. Equipment, excellent food, permits, a guide, and more is all included.
Muskoka Summer Adventure Getaway
2 adults for 2 nights – Sunday to Thursday nights
Live the Muskoka lifestyle from your home base at Robbins’ Tuktawayin waterfront B&B in Gravenhurst. Have coffee on the dock or in the Muskoka Room, and then breakfast in the casual lakefront dining room. You get to choose how to play the rest of the day with one of two great outdoor adventures out on the water with Greater Opportunities. We are the only waterfront B&B within the town of Gravenhurst. From here you can walk to most restaurants, shops, the Opera House or Peter’s Players. After your day adventure or sometime before sundown we will take you for a boat tour of our two connected lakes, Gull and Silver (weather permitting).
Paddle n’ Stay
2 adults for 2 nights, Monday-Thursday
A Uniquely Charming Boutique Bed & Breakfast, guests at Four Ninety enjoy our quiet park/lake view setting within a short walk to all downtown attractions. Our Opera House, great restaurants, the new Sawdust Brewery, live music at Peters’ Players, art galleries, fun places to shop, trails for snowshoeing, cross country skiing and, of course, special snowmobile trails.
2 Nights accommodation, Entry to the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre &
Guided Canoe Trip (Muskoka Waterfall or Muskoka Lake Paddle)
Total $400.00 +tax
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Deerhurst Resort / Huntsville
Refresh, relax and rejuvenate with the Spa & Stay Retreat. Visit Shizen Spa and experience tranquility that calms the mind, body and soul. With this package, enjoy the spa service of your choice using the $100 Shizen Spa credit.
• $100 Shizen Spa credit for services per room
• One glass of wine & chocolates during treatment
• Based on double occupancy
• Taxes and resort fee extra; conditions apply
From $209*/night based on double occupancy.
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Oakview Lodge & Marina / Minden
Explore the Highlands
Whether your idea of fun includes hiking, paddling or participating in the Arts, Oakview Lodge in the Algonquin Highlands is the perfect place to escape everyday life, and relax and unwind. Guided tours are readily available and the possibilities are endless. Tell us what you’d like to do and we will arrange it for you. Stays include a full breakfast and start as low as $70/person/night + HST based on double occupancy; kids under 13 years old stay free!
Tailored programming for families is available that might include day/evening children’s programs and separate supervised children’s dining experiences. ‘Screen free’ themes available.
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Algonquin Bound Inn / Dwight
Found minutes from Algonquin Provincial Park’s West Gate and Huntsville Ontario, we provide clean, comfortable, lakeview rooms and suites from which to base your Algonquin Park adventure from. Our affordable rates, friendly service and modern conveniences allow you to explore the park by day and enjoy a warm bed at night.
Algonquin Bound Inn is the last stop before the park and is set on its own private bass lake providing all guests with a chance to see waterfowl and beavers. Moose also frequent the area and the property. Located onsite, the full service Algonquin Bound Outfitters West Gate store is found in a historic log structure. One of the first buildings built along Highway 60, it has long been a convenient service stop for visitors to Algonquin Provincial Park.
Click here for Rates & Specials:
3 Night Stay Special: Book any 2 nights and receive 25% off your third night. Enter Promotional Code AB3N12 to get this discount when booking.
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Canada Day 150 in Ontario
Blue Mountain Village / Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountain Village is located in the Town of the Blue Mountains, nestled between the charming communities of Collingwood and Thornbury, at the foot of Ontario’s largest mountain resort, Blue Mountain. There is ALWAYS something to do at BLUE including five hotels, 40 retailers, cafes & restaurants, 10 Mountain attractions including a mountain coaster, ropes courses, putting course, zip-lines, Segway tours and more plus The Plunge! Aquatic Center, Crock-a-Doodle pottery and much more!
Canada Day Celebration
July 1-3, 2017
Canada turns 150 to live music, Canadian flag cake, guided hiking, family activities and FIREWORKS!
Peak to Shore Music Festival
July 5-9, 2017
A five day celebration of music featuring headliner Séan McCann of Great Big Sea and dozens more of Canada’s finest talent on stages throughout Thornbury, Collingwood, and Blue Mountain Village.
Collingwood Elvis Festival at Blue
July 28-30, 2017
All hail the King! In cooperation with the Collingwood Elvis Festival, the Village plays host to the hottest Elvis entertainment as well as other throwback tunes, family entertainment and more! Thank you very much!
Santa’s Village – Muskoka’s Theme Park / Bracebridge
June Extravaganza Weekends
Don’t miss out on fantastic ways to save during our June Extravaganza weekends at Santa’s Village amusement park! Only $25 for admission, which includes 5 Sportsland tickets and $10 off camping when booking SV tickets! Learn more
Father’s Day at Santa’s Village | June 17, 2017
A sure-fire way to make dads happy is to spend some time with them! Fathers want to spend a day surrounded by the people they love. After all, family holidays are about just that: family. So celebrate father’s day as a family at Santa’s Village amusement park…together! Learn more
Muskoka Zip Lines & Aerial Park
Muskoka is soaring to new heights in 2017 with Muskoka Zip Lines and Aerial park. Ride 7 zip lines for close to 1000’ of heart pounding adventure, or find your adventure in the Aerial park with 34 games over 2 heights to challenge you! Looking for a taste of the extreme? The Jump Tower is waiting for you. We’re sure you’ll find exactly the excitement you’re looking for! Open May 20 to October 8, 2017. Learn more
This year marks our 61st Anniversary! Visit us at our unique 60-acre attraction nestled in a bend of the Muskoka River. Tour the village by miniature train or cruise the Muskoka River on Santa’s Summer Sleigh Jet Boat. You can try Rudolph’s Roller Coaster, the Ferris Wheel, and other amusement rides! Visit Santa Claus and then play at Elves Island, try our Elf Sky Challenge or have some fun at our beach and splash-pad. You can also enjoy live Amphitheatre shows with clowns, magicians and roving entertainers! Santa’s Village is like Christmas in the summer! Open June 25 to September 4, 2017, plus the weekends in June & September. Learn more
The older kids will enjoy Go-Karts, Bungee-Trampoline, Lazer Tag, Mini-Golf, Batting Cages and the Arcade! Open May 20 to October 8, 2017
Santa’s Whispering Pines Campground
Voted Best Campground in Muskoka three years in a row! Try Glamping in one of our new cottages, stay in one of yurts, or bring your own tent, camper or RV.
We also have some hotel and B&B partners if camping is not your thing.
For a more traditional experience you can enjoy family programs every evening including supper with Santa every Wednesday.
Campground Open May 20 to October 8, 2017 Learn more
Discovery Harbour / Penetanguishene
A naval and military past, Discovery Harbour traces its roots back to the original British naval and military base in Penetanguishene, built to safeguard access to Upper Canada after the War of 1812. “His Majesty’s Naval Establishment on Lake Huron”, (as it was first called) kept ships prepared to supply British posts to the northwest. By 1820, it was home to over 70 people, including sailors, officers, shipwrights, and soldiers. Five large ships, 15 smaller vessels, and numerous workshops and dwellings were built.
In 1828, a British garrison on Drummond Island was relocated to Penetanguishene. By 1834, Canada was defended exclusively by these forces. An impressive stone Officers’ Quarters was built in 1845. The military occupied the site until 1856.
Today, special events, program highlights, and terrific summer activities at the historic site await you this summer! Visitors can enjoy above and below deck tours of the replica of H.M.S. Tecumseth based on her 1815 log, and see her original 1815 hull remains in the spectacular new H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre, complete will all-new exhibits and displays.
Special events taking place at Discovery Harbour during 2017.
Canada Day – July 1, 2017
Celebrate Canada’s birthday with children’s activities and giveaways. A fun day for the entire family.
Ghost Tours at Discovery Harbour – Wednesdays: 9:00pm to 10:30pm – July 5 to August 30
A spooky guided tour by candlelight featuring encounters with apparitions in the window and footsteps in the hallway. Tales of actual people associated with the Military and Naval Establishments will include that of the McGarraty brothers who died on the march from York in June of 1831 and the tale of Private James Drury who died New Year’s Eve 1836 on guard duty at Officers’ Quarters.
Piratefest – Saturday August 5 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
In partnership with the Town of Penetanguishene and Urban 365 Slide, the day is a new family event planned to draw 5,000 people to the combined festivities. Shuttles will move visitors between the dock in Penetanguishene and Discovery Harbour.
Pumpkinferno at Haunted Harbour – Evenings: Thursday-Sunday September 28 – October 29 including Monday the 30th, 2017
Experience the phenomenon of hauntingly magical and stirring outdoor exhibits of hand-carved pumpkins, all set against the night-time backdrop of Discovery Harbour. But BEWARE….new characters will be lurking about in the expanded TERROR ZONE!!
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The Town of Midland is situated at the gateway to Georgian Bay’s picturesque 30,000 Islands.
A very safe, clean and hospitable community, Midland flourishes with a vibrant and bustling downtown, 4 community parks, 10 neighbourhood parks, 2 golf courses, the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Complex housing a double pad arena and court facilities and community rooms, a Sports Hall of Fame, a curling rink, a lawn bowling club, cross country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling trails, a YMCA complete with an Olympic size pool and 10 km of waterfront trail for walking or biking. There are also 4 marinas offering over 2,800 wet slips on the Georgian Bay waterways.
The tourism information centre is located at the town dock (foot of King Street) during the summer months and at the North Simcoe Sport and Recreation Centre the rest of the year.
Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival
June 10, 2017
Are you ready for the sweetest showdown of the year? Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival and Contest is the province’s premier event celebrating everyone’s favourite ooey-gooey pastry—the butter tart!
Each year tens of thousands of visitors flock to Midland, Ontario to taste the best of the best butter tarts in the province. Our butter tart contest draws professional and home bakers from all over the province to compete for the title ‘Best Butter Tart in Ontario’. Over the years, audiences have come to love watching the butter tart contest, tasting along with our panel of judges so they too can be a part of the experience.
Along with our contest comes a day of sweet activities. Lots of fantastic artisan vendors and live entertainment fill the day, making it a great experience for festival visitors. Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival is committed to showing our attendees a good time, and inviting visitors to experience all of the great attractions our region has to offer.
To take part in this culinary delight visit www.buttertartfestival.ca