Posts Tagged ‘canoeing’

Resorts of Ontario and some of our properties are happy to welcome Breakfast Television up to our place this week. On Monday morning Breakfast Television’s Live Eye was on location at Couples Resort located on the Eastern Side of Algonquin Park. Jenn did a fantastic job of showcasing some of the great activities available for guests staying at Couples Resort such as Horseback Riding, Spa treatments, fishing, canoeing, or just relaxing in your suite.

While there, Jenn also got to experience first hand the fantastic artistic abilities of Gertrude Sorenson. Gertrude started the resort in 1967 as what was then known as the Bear Trail Inn. Guests at the resorts can view Gertrude’s work in her art studio located on site. She also takes the time to teach painting.

Of course at Couples Resort, you can spend the day relaxing in the beautiful accommodations complete with the jacuzzi tubs and many that have private outdoor hot tubs as well. The food is phenomenal and you never have to leave your room as you can have your meals provided by room service.

To view the clips of Couples Resort click these links:

Part 1 http://video.citytv.com/video/detail/1063866317001.000000/couples-resort-pt1of3/

Part 2 http://video.citytv.com/video/detail/1063861565001.000000/couples-resort-pt2of3/

Part 3 http://video.citytv.com/video/detail/1063885864001.000000/couples-resort-pt3of3/

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… and head out on the water canoeing or kayaking.

With the scorching hot temperatures we have been having lately, I thought I would share at least one great way to cool off; by paddling around the lake.

Ontario is home to over 250,000 freshwater lakes and the majority of our resort partners are situated on some of these bodies of water. This gives new and returning guests the perfect opportunity to try your hand at manoeuvering either of these types of watercraft.  

Before you head out on the water there are a few things you should consider.

  1. First is always wear a life jacket. Even the most advanced swimmers, canoers and kayakers will tell you this is a must. Paddling can be unpredictable at times so safety and respect for the water need to be on the front of mind.
  2. Make sure the paddle you are using is the correct size for your body. Using a paddle that is too long or short, will make paddling more of an exercise than it needs to be. This is especially important if you plan on going for a long distance. Muscle fatigue can occur quickly and you don’t want to be too far from your original destination that you can’t make the return trip. It’s also worth noting that unless you paddle every day, you’ll be using muscles you don’t normally use.
  3. Notify someone of your planned route. This way if you don’t return within a reasonable time, there is someone on shore that knows to go looking for you.
  4. If you aren’t sure how to use a kayak or canoe, ask for help. Any fellow paddler I have ever met has always been friendly and open to sharing tips and even experiences. They can tell you areas that are safe and spots to avoid.
  5. Wear sunscreen. While the water may seem cooler, it also reflects the UV rays making it easy to develop a painful sunburn while on the water.

These are just some of the guidelines to keep and mind and it is always important to ask questions. Afterall when you are staying at a resort the owners and staff want to make sure you make the most of your experience. For more information check out our partners Algonquin Outfitters and The Portage Store for tips and information.

Cedar Grove LodgeThe first paddling experience I can remember was with my mom. She took me paddling around an island in an older style, (slightly leaky,) canoe. It was on Otter Lake outside of Parry Sound. As we paddled around close to shore, my mom pointed out a big snapping turtle in just a foot of water. It might have looked bigger because I was so young but I would swear it was as large 2 – 3 feet around (Or as my mom put it, as big as our deck table.) The trip was ended with my mom splashing me and of course me returning the favour. (Paddles are great for throwing some water around.)Bonnie View Inn at sundown

While it is a nice way to cool off during the heat of the day, heading out in the morning or evening offers different rewards. Many lakes from Central Ontario to the far north experience morning fog or mist which burns off when the sun comes out. Paddling through the mist presents possibly the most relaxing feeling in the world. If you are out early enough, you’ll feel as if time stands still. Provided there is no wind (which I find for whatever reason is more often the case ,) the waters are so calm it’s like paddling across glass. It is usually silent exception for the sounds of nature, there are rarely any boaters out except for maybe a few fishermen and the loons are active. When out on early morning paddles, I have been welcomed by the haunting call of a loon after it popped up right beside my canoe. Paddling in the evening is again a great experience, in part because once again the fishermen and canoers reclaim the lake from the heavier boat traffic. Paddling as the sun starts to set is an amazing experience. If you time your trip right, you’ll be able to capture the reflection of the different hues stretching across the sky. Just be careful not to be out too late as it can be hard to see your way back when the sun goes down.

Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to paddle many different lakes in Ontario. Being in a canoe or kayak gives you access to areas of lakes and rivers that boaters can’t get to. You can also move in closer to shore without much worry about bottoming out your boat. It’s a great way to get stunning photography of natural landscapes, cool off, relax or burn calories. To view some resorts with great canoeing or kayaking click here.

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Surfing in Muskoka? Really? That’s exactly what I thought when I first heard about this awesome new activity being offered at Colonial Bay Cottage Resort this summer. Sure enough it’s true and if you haven’t yet seen this activity take a look at this video to see what you and your friends and family could be doing this summer on Lake of Bays.

If surfing isn’t your cup of tea, Colonial Bay has much more to offer their guests. Located on the outskirts of Huntsville, it is conveniently located down the road from Algonquin Park and several other hiking/biking trails that are located off of Hwy 60. There is boating, canoeing and kayaking on the great freshwater.  In Northern Muskoka area, there is an abundance of wildlife including black bears, moose, deer, beavers, and even the occasional howl of the wolves. It truly is a nature lovers (and photographers)  paradise and a perfect holiday vacation spot.

Of course you don’t have to leave Colonial Bay at all to find great photography, fun in the sun and let’s not forget that it’s great way to spend a day relaxing on the shores of Lake of Bays. For more great information on Colonial Bay and what they have going on this summer, visit their blog at http://colonial-bay-ontario-cottages.blogspot.com/.

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Voyageur Quest

Voyageur Quest

Algonquin Cottage Outpost/Voyageur Quest has been providing unique Algonquin experiences for years. This year they are proud to add to their list of experiences, the opportunity to stay on a private island in Algonquin Park. The Algonquin Island Retreat is a perfect place for you to indulge in a romantic escape for two.  

This incredible experience starts with a traditional 15 minute (1 km) canoe paddle from access point #1 at the Voyageur Quest Outpost on Kawawaymog Lake located at Algonquin’s

Voyageur Quest

Voyageur Quest

 Western boundary. As you arrive at the island, you’ll find a restored and comfortable ranger cabin. Since the renovation, the cabin now offers running hot water, solar power and of course the walk out deck from the second floor master bedroom. From the cabins two decks you are provided with a 360 degree view of water and stunning landscapes perfect for spending the day relaxing in peace and quiet. The comfortable accommodations mean you can enjoy all the sounds of nature without having to “rough it” in a tent. Also included with your stay is the opportunity to use the floating sauna which is an experience onto itself.

While this would be the perfect escape for a romantic week, artisans are also welcomed. When this cabin was still used as a ranger station it had many famous guests including famed “Group of Seven” artist Tom Thomson. There is plenty of inspiration that comes from Algonquin Park and this experience would be sure to provide some creative sparks. Stunning

Voyageur Quest

Voyageur Quest

sunrises/sunsets, the call of the loons or howl of a wolf, and nature unfolding…who wouldn’t find this artistically pleasing.

Voyageur Quest offers many other getaway experiences and excursions from photography workshops to hiking, romance to “stew and brew.” They have something for everyone and you can find out more about their unique Algonquin experiences by visiting them at http://www.voyageurquest.com/index.php.

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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.

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