Weekend Family Fun Guide North of Toronto for February 28 - March 2

By Ontario Family Travel north of Toronto on February 27, 2014

Wow, it's March! Like an Olympic sport, we're in the final stretch of winter, now is the time to dig deep and give it all you've got! Embrace it, love it - get into winter recreation like never before! Take advantage of longer days and sunshine full of vitamin D. You'll definitely see the difference in your kids, outdoor fresh air activities are a parents' best friend.

 

Winter Carnivals are winding down, so if you have not taken the family for some winter festival fun, this is the weekend. Parades, mid-ways, tobaggon races and other classic carnival fun are all great ways to spend the weekend entertaining kids. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snow tubing are also still going strong with great deals on rates and passes.

This weekend marks the start of delicious maple season in many areas north of Toronto! Starting March 1st is the Tap into Maple Tour in Ontario's Lake Country! 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 maple history, taste local maple cuisine, and create your own maple products. You can even stay awhile, local accommodators have some sweet maple packages available for you.

March Break on the horizon!

 

Parents looking ahead and planning for March Break 2014 should check out and stay tuned our March Break page for events, activities and camps. Resorts and family fun accommodations  north of Toronto has offer some pretty sweet March Break Getaway Packages loaded with themed fun and a ton of activities.

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! - See more at: http://www.ontarioslakecountry.com/tapintomaple#sthash.HkjHfzYf.dpuf

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! - See more at: http://www.ontarioslakecountry.com/tapintomaple#sthash.HkjHfzYf.dpuf

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'.

 ~ONTARIO~

WINTER CARNIVALS

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:

Orillia
Kirkland Lake

ONTARIO WINTER GAMES
The Ontario Games Program includes 5 multi-sport Games that provide athletes of all ages, from all regions of Ontario the chance to compete against their fellow provincial athletes. The Ontario Games Program gives participants, communities, volunteers and everyone a chance to celebrate sport in Ontario. The host community is Bracebridge, however events will be taking place in Huntsville, Gravenhurst, Muskoka Lakes, Lake of Bays, Orillia and Midland.

~BARRIE~

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.

HORSESHOE RESORT
Rediscover winter fun in Ontario this season at Horseshoe Resort. With 26 runs, a terrain park and 35 km of groomed Nordic ski trails, Horseshoe has your ski and snowboard needs covered! A variety of activities await you this Winter season at Horseshoe Resort's Adventure Park such as snow tubing and fat biking!

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!

* SATURDAY * Night Guided Snowshoe

No experience is required and the pace is moderate. Night hikes are recommended for ages 8-10 and older.

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.

~HALIBURTON~

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.

* SATURDAY * King & Queen of the Hill : Hosted by Sir Sam's Snow School.

Browse Haliburton Attractions & Accommodations


~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.

HURONIA MUSEUM
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
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.

* SATURDAY & SUNDAY *  Live Animal and Reptile Shows

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.

Stay in MIDLAND HOTELS
MORE Midland Tourism Region

~ 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.

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