Despite what our brand name implies, Resorts of Ontario is more than just resorts. We also partner with some attractions and adventure outfitters. You might be asking yourself “Why would be partner with non resorts?” The reason is because we believe in promoting the experience, the dream or vision, the goal or bucket list item. You’ll also find that our resorts members partner with the same companies to add to your resort experience. At the end of the day we want you to have a memorable vacation whether it be with friends, family or your spouse/partner.

Visiting an Ontario Resort is in part about experiencing the outdoors, going off on an adventure, seeing some sites. With out a doubt, one of the most popular destinations in Ontario for this is Algonquin Park and we have many resorts located in and around this beautiful area. To help ensure you have the right gear for the right outing, Algonquin Outfitters and the Portage Store should be on your must visit list. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff will ensure that you get the information and supplies/gear you need to have a safe and enjoyable time out. Whether it be hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or nature viewing. Stop in and say hi to the friendly folks at Algonquin Outfitters and the Portage Store.

Sometimes while staying at a resort, kids get a little antsy and need some increased stimulation. That is why we also partner with Santa’s Village in Bracebridge. This family entertainment park let’s kids “Be an elf for the day,” while providing the fun of rollercoaster ride and train rides, a sports land and for the adventurous person, Eaglecrest Aerial Park.

For the winter enthusiast, we have also partnered with Snow Valley in Barrie. Named as “the best Ontario hill for kids,” by Ski Canada Magazine, they have a strong focus on ensuring a day spent here is fun for the whole family. Snow Valley offers 19 trails of varying difficulties and tubing park with 9 chutes and over 600 tubes! Check out a video of their snow tubing here http://www.skisnowvalley.com/barrie-ski-area/snow-tubing/videos.aspx.

Niagara Falls is certainly a major tourist destination with no shortage of activities and attractions and while you could see the power of the Niagara River the traditional ways, we would suggest something a little less traditional. Through Niagara Helicopters, you can view the Horseshoe and American Falls from high above as you soar around the region in a Helicopter giving you unique vantage points for those special photographs and more importantly, memories that will last a lifetime. Take a look at the flight plan to get a sense of what this experience is all about.  Want to experience that awesome power of the raging Niagara River? Then we would suggest a ride up the river provided by Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours. Experience the rush in either a wet or dry boat as it speeds up the mighty Niagara. Rider beware though, if you choose the wet adventure, you will get “absolutely soaked,” but to have that memory, I think a little/LOT of water is completely worth it.

After tackling whitewater in a jet boat, why not head up to Canada’s “rafting capital” in Ottawa, for some real white water adventure. We also partner with Wilderness Tours and River Run Rafting both operating on sections of the Ottawa River. Wilderness tours has been in operation since 1975 and River Run Rafting since 1980. At Wilderness Tours guests can also enjoy mountain biking and bungee jumping. River Run Rafting gives guests the option of staying on site at the London House Inn and Spa. Guests can enjoy the private pool and hot tub after a day out on the water and of course a nice cold beverage at the Riverrunners Pub. To get a sense of what white water rafting is all about check out this video from River Run Rafting.

Come on up to our place and experience true adventure and create lasting memories.

A look at some of the downhill ski runs at HorseshoeSkiing/Snowboarding in resort country is a fantastic way to escape the winter blahs and feel the rush of setting off down hill through groomed trails and fresh powder. Being a fairly new snowboarder, I have certainly been excited with the early and massive accumulations of fresh snow this winter at the different  Ontario ski resorts. Depending on the area you are looking to travel to there are many options to get out and try this activity.

For central Ontario, Blue Mountain Resort near Collingwood is an excellent choice for those looking to get that Ski Village feel offered out west. The village offers a variety of restaurants and nightlife opportunities to keep your energy pumping long after you have left the hills for the day. The resort offers an outdoor heated pool which is always fun on a winter’s day. Horseshoe Resort outside of Barrie and Orillia has been working hard at updating their Terrain Park and is a great place with options of staying at Horseshoe or Carriage Ridge Resort. Further down the road is Mount. St. Louis Moonstone which is just a quick drive from Christie’s Mill Inn and Spa and Muskey’s Landing.

 

In the Haliburton Region Sir Sam’s Skiing offers 12 trails of great fun and with Sir Sam’s Inn and WaterSpa located near the base of the hill, you can stay in comfort and give your muscles some much-needed relaxation through hydro therapy. Also nearby is Pinestone Resort, Sandy Lane Resort, Bonnie View Inn and Halimar Resort all offering their own comfortable accommodations and winter fun activities.

 

For those visiting the Ottawa area Calabogie Peaks Resort offers the convenience of 23 runs at the resort. For those looking to take in the Capital, you can also book ski packages through Brookstreet Hotel and have the best of skiing and history while staying at a great hotel.

 

Muskoka is often thought of as a summer destination for the pristine lakes but those that have visited the area in winter know that Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area is a great place to get out an enjoy some downhill fun. With it’s longest run being 580 meters (1902 ft.) there is a great opportunity to explore and have fun on the slopes for a day. There are many resorts to stay at in Muskoka that are just a short drive to the ski hill including Deerhurst Resort, Beauview Cottages, Cedar Grove Lodge, Bondi Cottage Resort plus many others.

 

If you are in the Greater Toronto Area and don’t want to venture far, Hockley Valley Resort is just a quick 45 minute drive north. With 15 runs, both an upper and lower level terrain park and state of the art snow making, there is a long season ahead for those looking to take advantage of the convenience Hockley Valley offers.

 

Regardless of which part of Ontario you are looking to visit, skiing and snowboarding gives you a great way to get out and experience an adrenaline packed sport that is fun for first timers and lifetime skiers. While you might be intimidated to try this out, each of the ski areas mentioned offers lessons to help you get the hang of it, which at the end of the day makes the hills that much more enjoyable. Come on up to our place for great skiing.

Ontario Resorts are heralding the arrival of winter and with it, the tremendous offerings of outdoor activities. While everyone might have a favourite season, there is something truly magical about the arrival of snow which makes Ontario a winter wonderland. The way the ice forms on the granite of the Canadian Shield, the evergreen boughs hanging lower with branches full of snow, the ice forming out on the lakes; it all gives the beautiful Ontario Landscape a whole new look and feel. The white gold as we call it, has blanketed Resort Country. To help welcome the winter season back, Resorts of Ontario has added some special winter packages from a select few resorts and wanted to provide you with a little more information on what makes these resorts so great for winter getaways.

Bondi Village DeerRight on the edge of Algonquin Park and just outside of Huntsville in the Muskoka Region, sits Bondi Village Resort. Set on 600 acres of land on the shores of Lake of Bays, this cottage resort specializes in offering the perfect winter wonderland getaways. While staying at Bondi, you have access to 20km of groomed cross-country ski trails, hike or snowshoe in the park or on the trails through their property, or arrange a dog sledding or sleigh ride. There is skiing right down the road at Hidden Valley ski hill or winter tubing at Rock Ride hill in Huntsville. Plus once the lake freezes over you can strap on your skates to make use of the natural ice rink. Of course another great activity available at Bondi Village is the opportunities for wildlife viewing and they frequently report seeing deer spending time at their property, have stop overs from the many species of birds and occasionally hear the call of the wild from owls and wolves. With 13 cottages to choose from, you can be sure that your vacation will be everything you wanted and more. Bondi Village has two special offers that you can view here.

Welcoming guests for 110 years is Bayview Wildwood Family Resort in the village of Port Stanton (just a quick 15 minutes north ofSnow Shoeing at Bayview Wildwood Orillia.) Most of its rooms provide stunning views of Sparrow Lake in South Muskoka. Bayview Wildwood certainly offers something for everyone whether it be a family vacations, romantic getaways, a wedding or corporate retreat. Some of their incredible winter activities include the free ice skating on the lake, Cross Country Skiing, snowshoeing and Tobogganing.  For the adrenaline junkie, they also offer the chance to head out for an hour snowmobile safari tour with one of their guides. Being only an hour and a half from Toronto, Bayview is easily accessible to travelers from all over and for those looking to head out on the slopes as part of your vacation, consider skiing at nearby Horseshoe Resort.  Bayview Wildwood has a couple special promotions on now that you can view here.

For a luxury 4 star cottage experience; look no further than Pine Vista Resort in the Kawarthas. Overlooking beautiful Stoney Lake, Pine Vista offers traditional cottages, as well as deluxe and superior accommodations. Winter at Pine Vista offers unique pristine white landscapes and a wide array of recreational activities. For the romantic in you, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride followed by a warming cup of hot chocolate while you sit next to your wood burning fireplace. There is also the tradition of skating on the lake. Whether vacationing as a couple of with the kids, you can also enjoy the use of their toboggans and hill. Strap on a pair of skis or snowshoes and head out on their 8km nature trail. Or just take the time to truly unwind while soaking in the hot tub. Pine Vista has different packages which will provide you with exactly the vacation you need and you can view a sample of those packages here. Ice Skating at Pine Vista Resort

With the recent snowfalls for much of Ontario, now is the perfect time to start planning your winter getaway. Resorts of Ontario is here to help and you can view resorts open this winter by clicking here or give us a call at 1-800-363-7227 and we can help you pick a resort that will match the vacation experience you are looking for. Come on up to Romance the Snow.

7lbs 2 oz Lage Mouth BassThe 2010 edition of the Resorts of Ontario Big Fish Competition has come to a close and we wanted to send out special congratulations to all the winners. This year’s competition resulted in some really nice catches including a monster large mouth bass weighing in at over 7lbs. This fish was caught by a very skilled young fisherman named Kody. Another lucky catch and big fish was for a 27 lbs Muskie.

Here is a list of all our winners and some pictures of the big catches as well as what resorts and lakes the fish were caught on.

Catch and release

31 inch Pickeral/Walleye: Caught by Jerry Martin on Buckhorn Lake while staying at Scotsman Point Resort.Walleye Caught on Buckhorn Lake

7lbs 2 oz monster Large Mouth Bass: Caught by Kody Williams on Kasshabog Lake while staying at Blue Mountain Lodge in the Kawarthas.

5 lbs 5oz Small Mouth Bass: Caught by Harry Hipkiss on Georgian Bay while staying at Pleasant Cove Resort.

52.5 inch Muskie Scotsman Point27lbs 7 oz Muskie: Caught by Mark MacFarlane on Buckhorn Lake while staying at Scotsman Point Resort.

Catch and Keep

3lbs 15oz Large Mouth Bass: Caught by Mike Matthew on Rice Lake while staying at Southview Cottages.

3lbs 14oz Small Mouth Bass: Caught by Stan Hullah on Rice Lake while staying at Southview Cottages.

Pan Fish

14oz Perch: Caught by Heidi Sielicki on Rice Lake while staying at Southview Cottages.

1lb 6oz Crappe: Caught by Norman Weaver on Rice Lake while staying at Southview Cottages.

Southview Cottages Rice LakeCongratulations again to our winners. For details on how you can participate in the Big Fish Competition visit our website.

Welcome to another new Resorts of Ontario member, The SunDog Retreat.

Looking for some rest and relaxation away from all the noise and commotion of big city living? Then look no further than The Sundog Retreat. Located just minutes south of Parry Sound and only 2 hours north of Toronto, this resort is a welcomed addition to our membership.

Interior Image of one of The Sun Dog RetreatSitting on a secluded 80 acre spring fed lake, The SunDog Retreat is a great place for the family to cool off on a hot summers day. Offering unique 4 plex housing for accommodations there is the opportunity to book multiple units and open things up for you and your guests.

With 2 canoes, 4 kayaks, a row boat, you can feel free to explore the open water. Strap on your hiking boots and head out on the trails in search of some of the local wildlife. Or grab your rod and reel and fish right off their docks.

The SunDog Retreat is perfect for large family gatherings or intimate escapes for two and you are invited to visit their website for more information on this hidden gem.

Resorts of Ontario is happy to welcome Port Cunnington Lodge and Resort as one of our newest members. Established in the late 1800’s, Port Cunnington has been owned and operated by family since the beginning. Over the years they have expanded from the main Victorian Lodge to add seven additional custom-built family chalets along a beach shoreline of 1,800 feet on beautiful Lake of Bays. In total the resort sits on 22 scenic acres and provides magnificent views of Bigwin Island. This truly is a water enthusiast’s paradise.

Port Cunnington is a Muskoka favourite for weddings, banquets, corporate events and team building exercises. With its luxury accommodations, scenic setting,  and stunning views;Wedding at Port Cunnington Lodge whatever your event, your group will leave with lasting memories.

This resort will take your breath away.  The atmosphere, the welcoming staff, the charming accommodations and the local “deer residents,” are just some of the features which draw you to Port Cunnington. For more information please visit their website and you can also sign up for their newsletter.

Resorts are in the business of having fun, making and event out of any occasion and this year Halloween is no exception.

For some live entertainment starting at 9pm on Oct. 30th check out Jamie “Spooky” Williams playing at Bayview Wildwood Resort for an all ages show. You can find a tombstone to rest your head on and a plot to lay on for only $59 + taxes based on dbl occ. Donations are being collected at the door for the local food bank. Reservations are required so call ahead to 1-800-461-0243.

For a more adult party consider Horseshoe Resort which is also getting set for their “Costume-rific Party.” This 19+ event being held in the Crazy Horse restaurant, will feature live entertainment, apple bobbing contest, dancing and best costume prizes. There will also be Molson girls handing out prizes and samples.

Pillar and Post      Looking for a truly haunting experience, then you have to visit Pillar and Post in Niagara on the Lake. This old town with a rich history from the war of 1812 has haunted tours at Fort George located down the road. Pillar and Post also has a rich history of eye-witness accounts claiming to see a disappearing person. People have even seemed to walk through this “person” from time to time when rounding the wooden Pillars in the dining room.

An excerpt from “Ghosts of Niagara-on-the-Lake” reads:

“The Pillar and Post’s Vintages Wine Bar and Lounge is a paranormal hotspot. This cozy, fire-lit room is intimate and charming, the ideal place for a quiet glass of wine and a hushed conversation. Yet, despite the warmth of the hearth, some suggest there’s something cold about the room, an intangible chill that seems to be centered upon a painting of Lieutenant Colonel John Butler that hangs upon the wall.

Folklore suggests this oddly unsettling painting was the Colonel’s favourite portrait of himself, and that his spirit followed it to the Pillar and Post and often sits in the chairs that sit beneath it. According to Restaurant Manager Bill Putman, several members of the serving staff are afraid of Butler’s painting. “They say they feel as if his eyes actually follow them as they walk through the room, and some servers have felt the hair on the back of their necks rise as if they could sense someone unpleasant watching them,” he explains. “It’s also said that temperatures sometimes change suddenly and drastically in the lounge, for absolutely no reason.”

The door just to the side of this painting is said to open and close on its own accord, and people have inexplicably tripped in front of these chairs—as if stumbling over the invisible Colonel’s outstretched legs. In addition, cutlery and plates are said to mysteriously move from table to table, much to the frustration of staff.

These stories are just some examples of how the Pillar and Post’s rich past is a spirited part of its charm.” 

Andrew Hind and Maria Da Silva, authors of Ghosts of Niagara-on-the-Lake (Dundurn, 2008)

 With options of fun for the whole family, why not come up to our place and start a new Halloween tradition for you and your ghoulish family.

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