Archive for June, 2010

I recently had the opportunity to go fishing with my dad and father in law. We had been trying for a while to make time for a trip out together and after carefully watching the weather forecast we  picked a day just before Father’s Day to do some much-needed fishing. Venturing out on the waters of Sparrow Lake in a boat rented from Bayview Wildwood Resort, we were determined to catch fish. We were on the water by 7:15am and had cast our lines by 7:20.  Throwing every possible lure at the fish, we casted for hours, trying different weed beds, shoals, drop offs, and sunken logs with hardly any luck at all. We had a few bites and a few very small perch follow lures in but nothing that resulted in a fish Fishing on Sparrow Lakebeing landed in the boat. The sense of frustration and discomfort from the days heat was starting to take its toll on us. At one point we even tried to net a fish that was a foot beneath the boat was we drifted by but it quickly retreated from our presence.

My dad and I had only been out once before this trip in the last few years so I was really hoping he would catch something. He let us know that he was about to call it a day and was trying his last “lucky” lure – the “Wobblin’ Minnow,” when he got a hit. After a quick fight he landed his first bass of the season (and actually first one in a few years as he doesn’t have the time to get out fishing very often.) After he released his fish, I quickly had a hit but was unable to land the fish. Just as quickly as I lost one my dad hooked his second. After hours of trying it seemed the fish had finally decided they were hungry. While the action didn’t last long, it was long enough for us to remember why we enjoy fishing so much.

My father in law and I went back empty-handed but my dad ended a several year-long drought and was happy which is all any of us could ask for. We were able to relax and enjoy each others company and learned that next year we leave my dad at home but take his “Wobblin’ Minnow” with us.

Ontario has so many great fishing opportunities and if you enjoy relaxing while casting a line please check out some of these resorts: Sand Beach Lodge, Sunny Point Resort, Pleasant Cove, Southview Cottages and Shamrock Lodge to name a few. If you hook into a nice sized fish be sure to enter the Resorts of Ontario Big Fish Competition.

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There is a certain allure about the cottage experience that is an important part of most Ontarian’s lives. People either have a cottage, know someone with a cottage or rent a cottage, so they can find that little piece of tranquility that allows them to escape from the everyday hustle and bustle. Resorts of Ontario represents many different types of resorts from quaint country inns, to the large 1000 room resort villages and several of the resorts feature cottages as part of their offerings. This opens the door for everyone to have the traditional summer cottage experience that so many of us long for, while also being able to enjoy the amenities and activities offered by staying at a resort. It gives you the best of both words.

Algonquin Log Cabin and Cottage Outpost

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Looking for a northern escape? Consider a stay with Algonquin Log Cabin and Cottage Outpost. Located at the North West Corner of Algonquin Park, this resort gives travelers the option of experiencing Algonquin through “multi adventures perfect for families, couples and groups.” Take in one of their different excursions from guided hikes to moose photography workshops and you’ll be left with some lasting memories. For those that just want a quiet escape it provides the perfect scenery to sit and watch the world around you, take out a canoe and paddle the lake or enjoy a hike through the different landscapes offered by Algonquin Park.

2 Bedroom cottageGeorgian Bay is an excellent region for people looking for stunning landscapes of the Canadian Shield, countless fishing opportunities, and boating through the many islands or on the Trent Severn canal system. Hall’s Cottages could be the perfect base for you to experience the famed landscapes of Georgian Bay, which was inspiration for some Group of Seven artists. With bass, pike, walleye, muskie and more, Georgian Bay offers some of the best fresh water fishing in Ontario. Hall’s Cottages offers boat rentals for those looking to get out exploring the Bay or paddle out on one of their canoes, which are free for guests to use.

If Eastern Ontario is where you are headed, then be sure to stay over at Birch Cliff Lodge near Bancroft. Open now for 76 years, Birch Cliff Lodge has more to offer then just its history.Inside of a cottage Located on Baptiste Lake, this resort offers stunning sunsets that make for a perfect backdrop on your relaxing vacation.  With names for their cottages like “Restinup,” “Everest,” and “Dunworryn,” you can be sure this vacation will involve lots of R&R. Set amongst tall birch trees, you and yours can enjoy the clean sandy beaches, children can laugh and play at the playground, or take in the panoramic view of the York River Valley from “Eagles Nest,” located in nearby Bancroft – truly a breathtaking sight.

Lake HuronLocated on the lower Bruce Peninsula is Wildwood Lodge Resort in Little Red Bay Ontario. This resort gives guests the opportunity to experience the sandy waters of Lake Huron, investigate the unique flora and fauna found in this region or explore some of the different caves found throughout the Niagara Escarpment. Offering some adventurous day trips, Wildwood Lodge Resort even presents the opportunity to scuba dive to a shipwreck.  

The cottage getaway is something everyone should experience and many make a tradition out of. For more information and a listing of different Cottage Resorts visit our website or phone 1-800-363-7227.

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