For young Star Wars fans a visit north of Toronto can be imagined as a visit to the planet Hoth! Mid week temps are dipping lower then -30 bringing chances of frostnip or frostbite. But we're Canadian, this is nothin'. Just dress in warm layers, cover every part you can and watch for signs that it might be time to head back inside!
Speaking of Canadian....did you know this weekend was the beginning of Canada's Pond Hockey Tournament? 32 outdoor rinks on the surface of Head Lake in the Haliburton Highlands. Once the games are done on the pond Saturday evening head to the annual Pond Party at Pinestone Resort in Haliburton - it is the most winter fun you can have in 3 days! Clarion Resort Pinewood Park in North Bay also offers a cool OHL Family Getaway Package that includes tickets to a local game to see a North Bay Battalion and the NHL'ers of tomorrow.
If hockey is not your thing and you're feeling the urge to get out of the city or check out a new town for the weekend, check out the great winter getaway packages north of Toronto. They include alot of fun winter activities and are available at affordable prices.The family resort hosts are ready to show your family how to celebrate and enjoy winter while having a relaxing weekend at the same time. It's all about fun and getting your kids to love winter in Ontario.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
SATURDAY * Sir Sam’s Ski Cross Race Saturday Jan 25th. 2014 Cost to enter: $40.00 includes lift ticket Race Categories: Male and Female Age Categories: 9-12, 13-15, 16-19, 19 + Open , Masters 35+
CANADA POND HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
No matter if you have played in the NHL, OHL or Houseleague there is a division for everyone’s skill level and most importantly fun level for both men and women. Once we are done on the pond Saturday evening join us for our annual Pond Party at Pinestone Resort in Haliburton its the most winter fun you can have in 3 days!
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~MIDLAND | PENETANGUISHENE~
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.
SKI & SNOWSHOE TRAILS | GUIDED WALKS | REPTILE SHOW | BIRDS OF PREY SHOW
Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre. Check their website for details and times.
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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