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Great events, activities and getaways for families north of Toronto

Happy new year! All the best to your family for 2013.

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Fun…and learning!

Many parents are back to work today even though school is still out for Christmas break. If you’re looking for day camps for the next couple of days, Huronia Museum in Midland and MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie are offering some really cool and fun camps for kids of various ages.

If your family bought new gear for Christmas, now is the time to try it out! Snowy hills and mountains North of Toronto have a great base and surface for downhill, snowboard, nordic skiing and even snowboarding.

Parents can find great hills, trails and special events happening at:

Blue Mountain | Hardwood Ski and Bike | Horseshoe Resort | Sir Sam’s Ski and Bike | Scenic Caves Nordic Centre

Research ahead of time before heading out with Ontario’s ski and snow reports.

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Conditions are sweet!

Many ski operators have great deals for the new year and most provide lessons and ski camps. They are a wonderful place to spend the day or a night or two with the family.

It’s not too late to pack a few bags, along with the dog into the family truckster, and head North for a fun getaway. With so many really fun activities like horseback riding, snowshoeing, tubing, tobaganning, and hiking forest trails – families have lots to choose from when it comes to winter fun. The great news is many outdoor rinks are starting to appear. Ontario resorts are turning on the flood taps and they’ll soon be available for beautiful outdoor skating and hockey.

The following accommodations offer outdoor skating. Check with them for current conditions and availability.

Bayview Wildwood Resort | Blue Mountain Resorts | Blue Mountain Village | Buttermilk Fall Resort | Cedar Grove Lodge | The Irwin Inn | Nottawasaga Inn Resort | Ogopogo Resort | Pine Vista Resort | Sand Lake Cottages | Sunnylea Resort | Tyrolean Village Resorts, Blue Mountain

Kids and family events for the week ahead


Family Art Workshop: (Sunday) A regional artist leads the whole family in creating hands-on collaborative art projects with a wide range of materials at the MacLaren Art Centre.

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Summer Who??

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Collingwood/Blue Mountain

Winter Gift Show & Sale: Paintings, photographs, pottery, hand-made clothing, jewellery, sculptures and carvings, furniture, glasswork and more.

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Muskoka Holiday Magic:
The holidays come alive at Deerhurst Resort! From a gigantic Holiday PlayZone for the kids to outdoor winter activities and delicious festive feasts, Deerhurst Resort has the magic for your Muskoka getaway this holiday season.

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All Year Long – now indoors!


Farmers’ Market: Midland’s Indoor Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market is held every Saturday from November 3, 2012 to March 30, 2013 at the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre.

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Owen Sound

Festival of Northern Lights: Enjoy the beauty of Owen Sound in the Christmas season each evening from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., as more than 25 kilometres of lights illuminate the harbour, the Sydenham riverbanks, the downtown core and Harrison Park.


Festival of Lights: Science North Parking Lot.

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Find more family events on our website, including a list of 2013 Winter Carnivals and Festivals in Ontario or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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