As sad as the days are where winter sports are dwindling as a weekend past time, it’s hard not to contain yourself at the thought of spring. No more boots, no more layers and well, for some really eager Canadians it means bringing out the sandals, shorts and tees! With a skip in your steps, it’s easy to be happy in the sunshine watching snow melt as you are out and about.
If you’re in the city, or even live in areas north of Toronto, it’s an insipiring time get out and explore in the name of adventure.
SURPRISES, ADVENTURE & KID-APPROVED FUN
Shaking the winter hibernation feeling (if you’ve been keeping warm and cozy inside alot this winter) is easy to do in great recreation areas north of Toronto. Small cities, towns and communities are the best places to find fun festivals and events along with all kinds of activities kids will love.
The sweetest of all spring favourites – maple syrup continues to be the star of the show! Maple festivals and maple tours are a perfect family activity on a spring day.
Teach your kids to appreciate the sunshine and bird songs of spring. Spring weekend getaways at kid-approved resorts in cottage-country areas of Ontario offer a connection with nature you can find the big city.
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’.
~FEATURED MAPLE FESTIVALS~
TAP INTO MAPLE TOUR
Ontario’s Lake Country
Filled with a variety of different stops throughout the region, the Tap into Maple route will get your senses flowing and your mouth watering. Come and experience our maple history, taste our local maple cuisine, and create your own maple products.
SNOW VALLEY RESORT
With a base of over 120cm we have extended the ski & snowboard season for another weekend! Come and enjoy great conditions from 9am-4pm, April 5th & 6th (tubing will close for the season Sunday March 30th). We will close on Sunday March 30th and remain closed for the mid-week until we open again on Saturday April 5th.
We are making it even easier on the pocket book for you to get out and enjoy the last weekend of the ski & snowboard season! Buy your tickets online before the weekend and grab Open to Close tickets for just $15+hst. Open to Close tickets will be just $20+hst for the “walk up” rate for each day.
*check directly with SVR re: current condition and operations*
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.
*Spring skiing hours are now 8am-5pm, Monday through Sunday. Hardwood is looking to be able to stay open for skiing until Sunday April 6th depending on the snow and weather conditions. After that date they will see what the snow conditions are like before they make a decision to stay open any longer.
* SUNDAY APRIL 6 * Bike Swap!
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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!
* Sunset Snowshoe Hikes at Scenic Caves Nordic Centre *
April 5, 2014 (weather permitting) Professional staff members guide your group on a 1 ½ to 2 hour romp through a shimmering landscape beginning at 6pm. No experience is required and the pace is moderate. 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 directly with BMR re: current condition and operations*
PLUNGE! AQUATIC CENTRE
Plunge! is the ultimate, all ages, four season water adventure at the base of Blue Mountain Ski Resort, the largest mountain resort in Ontario, Canada, located near Collingwood – just a 90-minute drive from Toronto.
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.
~MIDLAND | PENETANGUISHENE~
Huronia Museum is a fun place for taking the kids and is located in Little Lake Park, directly across from the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre and behind Campbell’s Tobaggan hill. Fun exhibits for the whole families and be sure to check their website for specials events and activities.
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 on Saturday at 2pm.
Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre. Situated on approximately 3,000 acres of natural property in the beautiful Wye Valley (Georgian Bay), it is that perfect place for a family or group outing. With over 25 km of snowshoeing/skiing trails, an observation tower and boardwalks, visitors can get closer to nature.
* SATURDAY & SUNDAY * Birds of Prey & Reptile Shows.
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.
The Town of Midland is a dynamic community situated on Georgian Bay and based in the heart of one of our nation’s most beautiful recreational areas. It’s perfect for a family fun day trip or overnight getaway.
Penetanguishene has many cultural attractions, wide range of leisure & recreation activities to choose from at our community centres and libraries and on our sports fields. Experience the outdoors in our parks, along our pathway system and our beach and harbour.
~ORILLIA | SPRINGWATER~
TAP INTO MAPLE TOUR
Starting on March 1st and running through to May 31st, the Tap into Maple route was created to support and showcase our local maple syrup, maple products and events. Filled with a variety of different stops throughout the region, the Tap into Maple route will get your senses flowing and your mouth watering. Come and experience our maple history, taste our local maple cuisine, and create your own maple products. You can even stay awhile, our local accommodators have some sweet maple packages available for you! Bring your family or getaway as a couple, Ontario’s Lake Country has something for everyone.
Experience the liquid gold that is maple syrup through delicious 3 course set meals created by participating Flavours of Ontario’s Lake Country Chefs! *Note for mature food appreciating children…or date night.*
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Planning ahead? We’re working on Easter too!
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