January 31st, the first PA Day of the year.
This Friday is a perfect choice for a PA Day. Parents should take the day off or play hookie because #1. Who doesn’t love a 3-day weekend and #2. There’s some cool stuff happening your family will want to take part in!
Here’s some suggestions of how to spend your PA Day!
Long Weekend Getaways: Many resorts, cottage resorts, hotels and family friendly accommodations are offering some hard to ignore getaway packages that have all the best parts of winter for kids like hockey, skiing, skating, snowboarding, snowshoeing, fat biking, crafts, winter bonfires and more!
Winter Festivals: This weekend includes Winterfest and Festival of Ice in Barrie, Winterfest in Midland and the popular world famous prophetic rodent festival…Wiarton Willie Festival! Why not head out a day early and be there for the start of the festivities.
Ski Schools, Ski fun: Head for the hills and trails as a family or if your kids are old enough, consider a day lesson program. Your kids will love the thrills of skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, fat biking and even snow tubing!
M*A*S*H Bash at Snow Valley Resort
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.
Snow Valley Resort
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, fat bikers or snowshoers. They are open seven days a week and offer rentals, retail nordic ski, lessons, cafe and children’s programs.
City of Barrie Winterfest & Festival of Ice
Winterfest has been named one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario by Festivals and Events Ontario! Celebrate winter with ice carvings, giant snow sculptures, lumber-jack show, polar bear swim and more. Grab your mittens and celebrate the winter season with adventures the whole family will enjoy!
Browse BARRIE HOTELS
~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!
Skiing, Snowboarding and attraction park at 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 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.
Wiarton Willie Festival
Winter fun for both kids and adults including Wiarton Willie’s Queen of the Festival Pageant A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Checkerboard, and Wiarton Willie’s Prediction Ceremonies for the arrival of Ontario Spring.
Stay in COLLINGWOOD HOTELS
Sir Sam’s Ski and 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.
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~
Downtown Shop 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.How many cools ships and trains can you find on the downtown murals?
Midland Cultural Centre
Free Movie PA Day: Join us for the animated feature: The Croods on Friday, January 31st! Doors: 1:00pm, Showtime: 2:00pm – Popcorn & treats available for purchase from Cafe Roxy!
Ski, Snowshoe, visit the Wye Marsh
Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre. Open year round, the Wye Marsh is an excellent place to get out and get close to nature every day. Families can go hiking, bird watching, cross country skiing/snowshoeing.
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.
Have a great PA Day!
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