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Fall in Ontario is a feast for all your senses…breathtaking vistas emblazoned with fiery colours of crimsons, reds, golds and more… Indulge yourself at an Ontario resort or inn this Fall, where an amazing array of packages such as Fall Colour Packages, Reconnect Now…Just the two of you, Spontaneous Getaways and Thanksgiving Packages and celebrations can be enjoyed with those closest to you for just that special reason. Just a short drive away, often only three or four turns from where you are. For a taste of Fall, browse through our web site at


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Christie's Mill Inn & Spa

Ontario provides such a stunning array of varied landscapes that lends itself perfectly to those seeking a romantic getaway. Regardless of the season, there is a charm when visiting Ontario Resorts that is unmatchable. Scattered throughout the province these hidden treasures provide serenity and a mysticism that will help your love blossom. Resorts of Ontario offers 100 unique resort hotels, lodges, cottages and inns, each with their own unique qualities. From sunrise to sunset, our goal is to make every moment of your stay worth sharing with your loved one to create lasting memories and romance that will carry on past your vacation.

Our resorts are the ideal location for a picture perfect wedding. Imagine saying your vows surrounded by lush and beautiful forests or overlooking a calm lake. Your guests will love sharing in the scenic ceremony and reception as much as you. They will thank you for providing them the perfect reason for their own romantic escapes.

Couples Massage at The Pillar and Post at Niagara on the Lake

When you stay at an Ontario Resort, you control the days events. So whether you’re the type that wants to go for a morning stroll with coffee in hand to watch the sunrise across the lake or if you prefer to sleep in and have breakfast in bed; we work with you to make sure your day starts off right.

After any vacation, people always talk about the food. Our resorts recognize the importance of providing exceptional meals. It’s not often that people can feel pampered when dining but that is what you can expect from these culinary teams. Each course is prepared to the highest quality. The aromas from the kitchen will cause your mouth to water. The visual presentation is a photographic delight and the flavours are to die for.

What could be more romantic than treating yourselves to a couples massage, letting your muscles loosen while soaking in a hot tub and detoxifying in the sauna. Of course that is just a taste of the treatments and relaxing experiences available through our resort spas and you can add to and customize your relaxation with things like a mud wrap, facial, manicures and pedicures.

As your day winds down, pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy the silence of the surrounding nature in each others arms. One those cooler nights, a crackling fire adds to the perfect ambiance of your romantic getaway. Next time the two of you need to getaway, come on up to our place and visit to find your perfect romantic retreat.

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Sheila Maxwell and Mark Rich

Celebrating the presidents evening

On March 28, 2011, Resorts of Ontario held its annual general meeting and preferred supplier’s tradeshow at Nottawasaga Inn and Resort, located in Alliston, Ontario. Sheila Maxwell of the Briars Resort and Spa was elected as the new president of Resorts of Ontario.

Born in Scotland, Sheila grew up in Toronto where she attended York University. During her summers she worked at seasonal resorts in Haliburton and fell in love with the tourism industry. With an educational background from York, Sheila also graduated with honours from Hotel Management at George Brown College. Sheila has worked in the industry for 25 years and is currently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Briars Resorts and Spa.  

Sheila has served on the Board for Resorts of Ontario for the past 8 years. She succeeded Mark Rich – Director of Sales at Blue Mountain Resort who served as president from March 2009 – 2011. As outgoing president Mark will continue to serve the board of directors as chairman of the board.

As part of the evenings festivities, Resorts of Ontario also took the time to recognize the dedication and contribution of individuals from the industry who have facilitated the growth and progress of the Association.

The George Martin Award which shows outstanding contribution to the growth and success of Resorts of Ontario, was awarded to Anne Marshall of Elmhirst’s Resort. Anne has been involved with the association as a board member for 20 years. Anne is also a past president and represented the industry on the provincial and national level. Her passion, experience, leadership and dedication are greatly appreciated.

The second award given was for Outstanding Contribution. The recipient of this award went to Jamie Staring of Raesgo Advertising Graphics. For nearly 20 years, Jamie has made enormous contributions and has played a significant role in portraying our image. He understands the essence of “ resorting in Ontario “ , the culture of Resorts of Ontario, playing a key role in conveying our story in print, electronically, and to our key audiences.  

Congratulations to Sheila and thank you to Mark, Anne and Jamie for your contributions and dedication to Resorts of Ontario.

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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.

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Resorts of Ontario celebrated the tradition of resorting at a special Past President’s Tribute Dinner in September at Nottawasaga Inn Resort.  Fifteen (15) Past Presidents were in attendance at this special dinner.  The tribute was organized to honour the contribution of the Past Presidents over their terms of leadership.  Resorts of Ontario’s roots began in 1942 during WW2, when rations were instituted, and vacationers still needed to be accommodated.  The industry came together as a lobbying force to advocate for the resort sector of Ontario’s tourism industry.  Through the years, each President has left their leadership stamp on the organization, taking the association on paths which facilitated growth for the industry.   This celebration was also an opportunity to celebrate the tradition of resorting in Ontario.  Today the association continues to represent resort hotels, resort lodges, country inns and cottage resorts.  These properties provide a rich experience for families, couples and groups.   


Marketing has always been a key mandate for the organization, with quality, service and dependability being at the core of hospitality. 

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I was recently able to visit the all new JW Marriott Resort – The Rosseau and was amazed at the detailed craftsmanship throughout. Everything from the seamless wallpaper to the leaves on the lights was incredible. The standard rooms were very large and comfortable. The decoration in the hotel rooms followed the central theme of Muskoka while also looking contemporary. The view from the main patio deck was incredible as it overlooked the waters of Lake Rosseau. The vast halls looked perfect for holding events of all types and sizes whether it would be a wedding or exhibit. Offering different pool areas is another bonus and with one being an indoor/outdoor pool, I cannot wait to go back in the winter to experience swimming while surrounded by snow. The exercise facility featured state of the art equipment and would be perfect for those following a workout plan. Dining at Teca is another must do as you get to enjoy the sight through the open kitchen. With lots to do on site and nearby The Rosseau has thought of everything in making a stay here a great experience.

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The new homepage


Resorts of Ontario has been working hard the last few months on preparing a new website to be launched. While it has been a lot of work getting the website ready, we are pleased to announce that our new website launched successfully on July 10. If you haven’t already visited this site please do at   

The goal of launching this new website was to make searching and visitor navigation easier and more robust, give our resort members more exposure to showcase their unique experiences and to have a more dynamic updated feel. We hope that you will notice the difference and appreciate the efforts that went into building this website.   

We appreciate hearing from you with comments on the look and usability. To share your thoughts feel free to comment on this post or email

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