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Enjoy the best of both seasons north of Toronto

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It’s spring, with a little winter on the side, in areas north of Toronto and GTA. As I type this blog Blue Mountain Resort near Collingwood is still boasting and an impressive 14 open runs. It will continue to be open seven days a week as long as Mother Nature permits. Hardwood Ski and Bike is also still offering groomed nordic trails. It’s truly a great time to enjoy the best of both seasons!

If fast skiing is not your pace, the snow is melting on the province’s beautiful hiking trails. If you’ve got little kids who like mud, well get out those rubber boots and take the kids to hog heaven! Pack a snack and drinks and see what’s happening in the woods and on the paved trails in small town communities. Ontario family attractions are also a good way to entertain the kids.

Maybe you’ve got the itch to get out of the house with the family for the weekend. We are currently working with our members on our spring getaways page. There are many great packages that include fun activities like horseback riding, fishing, biking and more.

Kids and family events for the weekend ahead, by area:

These events are within one to thre hours north of Toronto and are reasonable when considering a day trip.


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.

Youth Spring Coffee House: *For teens* It’s Marcie’s 16th birthday party and you’re invited! Attend in your best party attire and celebrate by enjoying music and spoken word performances by local Simcoe County youth, while enjoying a great cup of coffee or hot chocolate. This is an all-ages event, parents are welcome. Proceeds from this event go towards MacLaren’s ArtFuse Fund, an art class bursary programme.

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Village Activities at Blue Mountain Resort Scavenger hunts and other kids and family fun happening daily in Blue Mountain Village.

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Annual Maple Syrup Festival: Killbear’s 7th Annual Maple Syrup Festival will feature an all-day pancake breakfast (hot pancakes with pure maple syrup, bacon, tea, coffee or juice for $6/adult, $4/child), wagon rides through Killbear, and guided tours of the sugar bush and sugar shack. Visit the nature shoppe and visitor centre and explore the culture and nature of our area. Admission to the park is free.


Spring Tonic: Bring the family for pancakes and sausages with Tiffin’s own maple syrup. Tour the sugar shack, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, enjoy music, crafts, face painting, a zoo-to-you animal show and more!


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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Sweetwater Harvest Festival: The annual Sweetwater Harvest festival at the Wye Marsh is one of the top maple syrup events in Canada. It will entertain, educate, and engage people of all ages.

Books2Eat: It’s the most delicious event of the year! Local chefs and food artisans create spectacular, edible creations inspired by their favourite books. You vote which one is best, then eat the rest! The event is perfect for adults and kids and for those who love to read, eat and have some fun!

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