Weekend Family Fun Guide North of Toronto for January 17-19

By Ontario Family Travel north of Toronto on January 16, 2014

Winter north of Toronto continues on track with winter sports, activities both indoor and out, as well as some really great special events taking place this weekend. Read through the blog below to find out what's happening! The events are perfect for a quick day trip or if you're feeling travel-y stay for a night or two!

The word of the weekend is "SNOWSHOE".  There are 4 events this weekend dedicated to snowshoeing! 

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Winter Family Getaways offer really fun activities and adventures. Indoor and Outdoor activities will keep your kids busy and having a great time during the winter months. Book a weekend getaway to a small town celebrating a Winter Carnival! The classic outdoor carnival spirit will even leave parents feeling like a kid again.

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:

~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!

FRIDAY * Tubing for Big Brothers Big Sisters: Take a ride on the wild side, and clock your speed with our new speed sign. Beginning at 4pm, enjoy a night of tubing accompanied by a Live DJ, snowshoeing, s'mores and hot apply cider by the fire!  A portion of the proceeds is going towards Big Brothers Big Sisters.

SATURDAY * Moonlight Ski, Snowshoe or Fatbike! This experience will take you through Copeland Yellow trails, where you will follow lantern lit, track set nordic trails under the full moon. Enjoy a roaring fire, apple cider and a fun night out with good company!

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.

SATURDAY * Moonlight Snowshoe and Fondue *
After the fun hike you will be treated with a fondue and if you want you can warm your toes by the bonfire. Kids welcome!

MACLAREN ART CENTRE
Enrich your childrens' days with art. Every child has the potential and needs the inspiration! Kids are never too young to learn art appreciation and be inspired themselves. 

SUNDAY * Family Art Workshop! Regional artist Annie Aspden and guest artists will lead creative projects that families can complete together. Sign up in person at 1:00 pm on the day of the workshop, as space is limited.

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~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 * Guided Night Snowshoe Hikes at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures * (6pm-8pm). Strap on your snowshoes for a night-time hike, where stars and shadows create a dramatic setting for adventure. Our professional guides lead you on a 1 ½ to 2 hour romp through an enchanting winter wonderland. Beautiful trails wind through a mature forest of 100 foot tall trees and spectacular lookouts from the top of the Niagara Escarpment. 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! Friday is the official Grand Opening of The Orchard!

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.

SATURDAY *Salomon’s Don’t Get Lost Snowshoe Raid *
This is a team based snowshoe race combined with navigation by map and compass. Competitors will travel on and off trail to checkpoints located throughout The Blue Mountains stunning forests and parklands

SATURDAY * Women's Snowboard Federation Park Day * The WSF Park Day at Blue is a 1-day all-girl snowboard coaching tour with a focus on progressing part and all-mountain skills.  Whether you are a beginner park rider hitting your first jump or a solid all mountain rider with sliffy skills, the WSF Park Day will suit your level of riding and goals.  It’s a fun and progressive day out of the mountain and in the park! (not for young children)

SUNDAY * World Snow Day * It’s an entire day to rejoice in our favourite season, discover a new activity and have fun in the snow.

Stay in COLLINGWOOD HOTELS

~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. SBX Boardercross Race : First of the season : January 18 &19, 2014

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~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 Saturdays at 2:00pm. The Atrium is available for small group meetings or a get together with family or friends.

MIDLAND FARMERS' MARKET
Meet farmers and artisans and have a taste of Ontario, even in winter! Saturday morning 9-1 at the North Simcoe Sport and Recreation Centre.

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
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