Local Getaways & Day Trips - Erin and Aaron RE/MAX Hallmark Chay Realty Brkg.

Erin and Aaron RE/MAX Hallmark Chay Realty Brkg.

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Local Getaways & Day Trips


Is it just me or do we all need a change of scenery to get away from it all?  We are so, so lucky in Barrie to be close and have access to many great places and this doesn’t stop in winter which is fantastic.  I decided to list my top ten destinations for either day or mini-getaways that don’t necessarily have to break the bank.  I always keep that in mind!

1.      SKI RESORTS, I think it is quite obvious what happens here however; we personally pay attention to these particularly in the off-season as it is cheaper to stay.  There are lots of outdoor activities available all year.  Some have spas and indoor facilities to make the stay even better.

·      Blue Mountain - Collingwood
·      Horseshoe Resort – Horseshoe Valley
·      Mount St. Louis Moonstone - Moonstone
·      Snow Valley – Minesing

2.     WASAGA BEACH – Ok maybe it’s getting a little chilly out now to appreciate beach life but if you haven’t been I feel like you should check it out.   If you are looking for cross country skiing or snowmobile trails in Wintertime, you may want to try their many recreational trails.  There are places to stay but we have only ever daytripped.  Best thing to do is check out the tourism site…link below.

3.     TORONTO – Okay this may not be an ideal getaway for some as it is not escaping the hustle & bustle.  However, you can get a city pass so that you save 33% on visiting a total of 5 attractions.  You can splash out on a downtown hotel or stay a little on the outskirts for less with access to city transit for ease of travel.  Why not try an Air BnB?  If you like to shop…the possibilities are endless.

4.     CANADA’S WONDERLAND – So this place is closing for the season but it is the best time to snap up some season tickets either for Christmas gifts or just to have.  The waterpark alone is fantastic and all you need to do is go twice to get your money’s worth.  We have been fortunate to have these the last couple of years.  Season passes take the stress out of having to make a full day of being at the park.  Sometimes the weather and mood isn’t always in everyone’s favour!  We are so lucky to have this place a reasonable distance away!

5.     ARROWHEAD PROVINCIAL PARK – This park is gorgeous.  We aren’t campers but it nearly convinced us to convert.  The washroom facilities were clean and the forest is so picture perfect.  You can visit this park, however, there is a fee typical of a Provincial Park which I suppose keeps all our provincial parks in good condition.  In the wintertime they ice a trail to skate on which is such a great feature.  This park is close to Huntsville which has a picturesque downtown with many local businesses to satisfy.

6.     SCENIC CAVES NATURE ADVENTURES– This place is in Collingwood so there are plenty of options for accommodation.  Perfect for a day trip!  A fantastic outdoor adventure but expect to fork out for admission.  Check out the website for more information:

7.     Festivals, festivals, festivals...from the Buttertart Festival in Midland, to the Potato Festival in Alliston.  Great family days out if the weather is on your side!  Get connected on social media for reminders of these great local events!

8.     AWENDA PROVINCIAL PARK – This one is on my wish list for summer of 2018.  I am told it is a hidden gem…I had never heard of it before.  There is an ancient dune system that is thought to be over 11, 000 years old.  Lots of campgrounds, beaches (including a pet-friendly one) and recreational trails.  A little farther to go but I heard it is beautiful!
9.     GANANOQUE – To satisfy the needs of visitors that we had from England we chose to venture out to this town just East of Kingston.  A pretty cute town and if you are here you must jump on the 1000 Islands Cruise which borders the American coastline.  Gorgeous spot and a little history to be learned along the way.  Pop into Kingstonhats off to the hometown of Gord Downie…RIP.
10.    NIAGARA FALLS – Okay, okay not Simcoe County Local either but it is a fun getaway.  If you are a family with children, the hotspot seems to be Great Wolf Lodge.  We have not had the pleasure as I find it quite pricy even when it is discounted.  Is it worth it?  I mean it is quite a journey to Niagara Falls and there is tax on tax there.  A normal visit puts a dent in the bank account.  My kids were happy staying at the Hilton with full access to the indoor pool and waterslide.  Again a visit off-season is more affordable and highly recommended.

Well, I hope you have taken something from top ten local-ish getaways!  Post your pics or let us know about your experiences at these locations.  If you have a place to recommend, please do!

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