Well, it might be official that this is the first spring blog not to include some skiing. Wow, congrats to everyone who took part in or enjoyed a record setting season for skiing and snowboarding. High five on that.
It's time to put the winter gear away and this week we took out and dusted off our bikes. Cycling seems to be the new trend in recreation north of Toronto and it makes so much sense it's silly. Every community is cycle friendly for people of every age. The weather and trail conditions are getting better with each day. Wheels are a great way to add distance to your family adventures while checking out new towns. Many areas includes options for bike and toddler-trailer rentals if bringing yours is a hassle. Stay tuned as we continue to keep you informed about cycling activities, events, tips and opportunities.
The next couple of weeks are a great time to take advantage of special family spring getaway options. Many resorts and hotels offer packages that include kid-approved events and activities - trust us, our members make sure all their guests are 100% having fun.
This weekend's 'PLAY LIST'...
KIDS AND FAMILY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEKEND AHEAD BY AREA
These events are within 1-3 hours north of Toronto and are reasonable when considering a day trip, or stay at any family friendly accommodation and extend the fun. These events would also be in or within proximity and close to much of Ontario's 'cottage country'.
~FEATURED MAPLE FESTIVALS~
TAP INTO MAPLE TOUR
Ontario's Lake Country
until May 31
Filled with a variety of different stops throughout the region, the Tap into Maple route will get your senses flowing and your mouth watering. Come and experience our maple history, taste our local maple cuisine, and create your own maple products.
HORSESHOE ADVENTURE PARK
Please check directly for Adventure Park open date but Horseshoe is definitely open for overnight getaways.
Browse BARRIE HOTELS
BAYSVILLE GIANT GARAGE SALE
Come and enjoy this fabulous giant garage sale village wide in Baysville.
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ATTRACTION PARK BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORT
From a sightseeing gondola ride to an alpine hike; from a day in our mountain bike park to an afternoon on the Cascade Putting Course or Ridge Runner Coaster, there's an activity with just the right amount of adventure to suit just about anyone.
PLUNGE! AQUATIC CENTRE
Plunge! is the ultimate, all ages, four season water adventure at the base of Blue Mountain Ski Resort, the largest mountain resort in Ontario, Canada, located near Collingwood - just a 90-minute drive from Toronto.
BLUE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE - ACTIVITY CENTRAL
Activity Central is your source for the region’s and the resort’s best year-round activities! Pure adrenaline or simple serenity, we have activities to suit every interest and budget! Currently selling Scandinave Spa packages, Wine tasting, Caving tours and gearing up for winter with Snowmobile tours, snowshoeing and the list goes on.
Stay in Collingwood Accommodations
~MIDLAND | PENETANGUISHENE~
Huronia Museum is a fun place for taking the kids and is located in Little Lake Park, directly across from the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre and behind Campbell's Tobaggan hill. Fun exhibits for the whole families and be sure to check their website for specials events and activities.
MIDLAND CULTURAL CENTRE
Drop in to see what's going on or visit our website for the latest programs. Cafe Roxy is open for hot chocolate, coffee and refreshments, light meals and snacks, wine and beer. Open Mic at the Cafe on Saturday at 2pm.
Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre. Situated on approximately 3,000 acres of natural property in the beautiful Wye Valley (Georgian Bay), it is that perfect place for a family or group outing. With over 25 km of snowshoeing/skiing trails, an observation tower and boardwalks, visitors can get closer to nature.
HURONIA FOOD TRAIL
You will find a list of the farmers, producers, restaurants, retailers and accommodations that have identified themselves as advocates of local taste and local products, within the towns of Midland and Penetanguishene & Townships of Tay and Tiny, Ontario through the Huronia Food Trail.
The Town of Midland is a dynamic community situated on Georgian Bay and based in the heart of one of our nation's most beautiful recreational areas. It's perfect for a family fun day trip or overnight getaway.
Penetanguishene has many cultural attractions, wide range of leisure & recreation activities to choose from at our community centres and libraries and on our sports fields. Experience the outdoors in our parks, along our pathway system and our beach and harbour.
~ORILLIA | SPRINGWATER~
TAP INTO MAPLE TOUR
Starting on March 1st and running through to May 31st, the Tap into Maple route was created to support and showcase our local maple syrup, maple products and events. Filled with a variety of different stops throughout the region, the Tap into Maple route will get your senses flowing and your mouth watering. Come and experience our maple history, taste our local maple cuisine, and create your own maple products. You can even stay awhile, our local accommodators have some sweet maple packages available for you! Bring your family or getaway as a couple, Ontario’s Lake Country has something for everyone.
ORILLIA FARMERS' MARKET
One of Ontario's longest running markets runs every Saturday from 7:30 am - 12:30 pm at the Orillia Library on Mississauga Street in Downtown Orillia. This is family friendly market that offers kids alot of fun activities and tasty treats.
Over 50 local farmers, food producers, bakers and artisans. Fresh fruit, meat and vegetables, baked goods, cheese, honey, prepared foods, sausages, maple syrup, and live music! FREE PARKING for everyone! COME TO THE FAIR!
ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL
One of Canada's Largest Registered Fishing Derbies! Over Sixty Tagged Perch worth $500 Each! Plus ... Thousands of Dollars in Daily, Weekly and Grand Prize Draws!
* SATURDAY is KIDS OPP DAY at Tudhope Park, 11-1. Fun festival events just for kids!
* Check out this Getaway Special * Comfort Inn Orillia
Orillia Perch Festival Package April 19 - May 10, 2014 - For Families too.
Read our Tips for Fishing with Kids.
Mother's Day - May 11
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