It's hard to believe how many people out there have their hearts set on spring already. To that we say "HOLD ON A MINUTE"! What about the Blue Bird days on the hills, the longer days, skiing in lighter clothing, BBQ's on snowy decks and working on our face tans! It's these little things that give us our Canadian reputation! Like when it's above 0 degrees and Ontario residents are seen outdoors in shorts, we don't advise it, we're just saying we've seen it all and well, we're not quite done with Winter just yet!
Lots of ski and snowboard fun to be had - or even skating, snowshoeing and snow tubing and other winter activities! Visit our SKI AND SNOWBOARD page for links to rates, ski schools, web cams and more links you need to plan that perfect ski outing.
It's never too late to book a last minute weekend family getaway. Celebrate winter before it's gone, March Break is on the horizon and soon (but not that soon!) we'll be splashing in puddles and waiting for the tulips!
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 within proximity or close to many of Ontario's 'cottage country'.
The 2014 Season of Winter Carnival Celebrations has begun! If you're Canadian or visiting Canada, come see how much there is to celebrate about winter with activities like dog sledding, tobaggoning, skating, snow mobiling and so many many classic and new activities that make winter fun.
This weekend you can find a winter carnival in:
SNOW VALLEY RESORT
Celebrate winter with your family at Snow Valley. Choose from a great variety of outdoor recreation activities. There is truly something for every member of the family. Fun for all ages activities include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing and they also offer lessons, as well as racing and school programs.
* SATURDAY * Elan Ski Demo
With the ski season well underway Elan is now holding many demo events all across Canada. Come check out all the latest skis from Elan and get a chance to make few turns on some great new gear.
*It's FEBRUARY FUNFEST AT SKI AND PLAY* Sunday evenings between 4pm and 6pm througout February. For ages 3-5, introduction to skiing and indoor play. Registration begins at 3:30.
HARDWOOD SKI AND BIKE
Hardwood is a full service nordic ski centre providing trails for all levels of skiers or snowshoers. They are open seven days a week and offer rentals, retail nordic ski, lessons, cafe and children's programs.
* Check out their SOCHI Sale and Season Pass Sale! *
Browse BARRIE HOTELS
~THE BLUE MOUNTAINS | COLLINGWOOD~
SCENIC CAVES NORDIC CENTRE
Winter activities include groomed cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and traversing 420 feet over Southern Ontario’s longest suspension bridge. See natural Ontario forrest as a beautiful winter wonderland!
SKIING & ATTRACTION PARK BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORT
Click here for the latest snow conditions. Be a part of our biggest winter ever with new terrain in the Orchard – six new trails to be exact – and a brand new high-speed chairlift. The increased terrain brings the total skiable acres to 364 with a grand total of 42 trails – the most at any resort in Ontario.
* Check out the Kids at Blue Programs including the Burton Riglet Park!*
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.
SIR SAM'S SKI & BIKE
Sir Sam’s hosts twelve main runs and a view from the top that is only matched by the view of the slopes from the chalets panoramic windows and outdoor sun deck. Come and enjoy a great outdoor experience in an un-crowded and family friendly atmosphere.Sir Sam's Super Savings Sunday : Ski/Board every Sunday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 for only $25.00! (Rentals only $15.00). Excellent opportunity to try out the sport . Breakfast served from 9:00-2:00.
~MIDLAND | PENETANGUISHENE~
DOWNTOWN SHOPS AND DOCKS
Check out the shops and docks in beautiful Midland! Walk about and strolling fun for kids and check out one of the largest outdoor mural collections in North America.
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.
* SUNDAY * Tiffin Bay Folk Club Presents Duncan Cameron. Join MCC for a pay-what-you can concert event in the MCC Atrium with Duncan Cameron.
SKI & SNOWSHOE TRAILS | GUIDED WALKS | REPTILE SHOW | BIRDS OF PREY SHOW
Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre. Check their website for details and times.
* SATURDAY * AGM AND OPEN HOUSE
Enjoy FREE admission to Wye Marsh and see what the Friends of Wye Marsh have been upto and have planned for 2014. Members, take part and vote in our annual general meeting, 1pm. There will be guided walks every 1.5 hrs, bannock roasting, chickadee feeding, and Wet n' Scaly reptile show (2pm).
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.
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