Here comes February! This weekend we roll into the shortest month of year bringing us a tad closer to spring, but it's too early to talk about that yet. It's still the heart of winter in areas north of Toronto. It's a record year for snow fall in many areas and communities are making the best of it and are really celebrating snow with fun and exciting winter activities. Many kids in Ontario have a long weekend ahead and that means even more free time to get fresh air and get moving!
Please check out our special edition PA DAY BLOG for events and activities happening Friday January 31.
Canada's Pond Hockey Tournament finishes up this weekend, it's a sight to be seen - 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.
FRIDAY * M*A*S*H Bash! The most anticipated ski event of the season arrives this Friday so bring the kids and support a great cause - Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre! The 27th annual M*A*S*H Bash hits the slopes on Friday, January 31st .
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!
SATURDAY * Snowboard Ontario Amateur Tour * Check out some of Ontario's top up-and-coming talent this weekend!
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 & SUNDAY * Hardwood at Winterfest. Enjoy a complimentary night ski, snowshoe or fat bike on Hardwood Ski and Bike's lit trail, watch the fireworks, and be entertained by fire performers at Barrie's Winterfest and Festival of Ice.
WINTERFEST & FESTIVAL OF ICEHeritage Park and Barrie Waterfront. Named one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario this is a truly Canadian winter adventure for the whole family - the best way to beat the February blues(also Blues Festival)! ......dog sled rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, midway, lumberjack shows, skating, polar bear swim, pancake breakfast, crafts, story time, ice slides. Kids will enjoy exploring the ice maze and snow sculpture with slides carved right into the snow of ice.
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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.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.
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~
This popular annual festival will be the biggest outdoor event to date with special activities of interest for the entire family.Activities include cardboard tobaggan races, candy cannon, farmers market, horse drawn wagon rides, spelling bee, model train show and alot more!
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.
SATURDAY * Winterfest at MCC! Come in and enjoy the warmth! Featuring Trinidad & Tobago Steel-pan player Andy Phillips.
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.
SATURDAY * Special Winterfest Hours: 10-5!
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.
SATURDAY * Visit HFT at Midland's Winterfest celebration. They'll be at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre!
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