As the weather gets colder, we are all getting the inkling to escape the cold and look for somewhere warmer to go on vacation. Whether you are looking for somewhere to go for the Family Day weekend, Spring Break, March Break or during your vacation time from work, take advantage of travel deals and vacation packages as you plan your next adventure.
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If you’re looking to go somewhere for the weekend…
Prince Edward County
Where to go:
During the Family Day Weekend, there is plenty to do and see in the Prince Edward County area. From family owned wineries and distilleries to strolling through the towns of Picton, Wellington and more, escape the city for the lovely charm in the county. Here is a listing of some of the exciting events happening during the long weekend. For more information, see list of free family activities including fishing, skating, winter festivals and more here.
- Sophiasburgh Winter Carnival, Friday Feb. 12 & Saturday Feb. 13 @ Historic Sophiasburgh Town Hall. Christmas tree bonfire and Family skate, Family breakfast, Chili Cook Off, Battle of the Blazes, Round Robin Hockey Tournament, Chili lunch, Live Celtic Music, Horse drawn sleigh rides, Pickerel Fish Fry.
- Ice Fishing Derby all day Saturday Feb. 13 at Northport Park (a 50/50 derby – stay tuned for more specific information on this soon, it’s gonna’ be great for you ice fishers you).
- Ontario Family Fishing Days Feb. 13-15, 2016 (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Monday) are a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card.
- Ameliasburgh Winter Carnival Sunday Feb. 14, 1-4 pm @ the Ameliasburgh Fair Grounds. Join us for an afternoon of family fun! All events and food are free.
- Wesley Acres Family Day Weekend of Fun,February 14-15 @ Wesley Acres Retreat Centre & Campground in Bloomfield. Indoor & Outdoor events, Overnight Accommodations available.
- Winterfest at Sandbanks, Family Day Monday Feb. 15 12:30 – 3:30pm
Sandbanks Provincial Park – FREE EVENT
Maple Rest Heritage House on PE County Road 12
Outside Cross Country Skiing, Tobogganing, Snowshoeing, Bonfire
Inside: Kids activities, Music, Chili and treats, Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Tea
- County Storytelling Festival Family Day Edition, Monday Feb 15 at 1:00pm @ House of Falconer (1 Walton St., Picton). Hear stories about County Life, Local performers sing, dance and act. Admission is by Donation and a Food Bank item. All Ages Welcome.
- X-country skiing & Snowshoeing
The famous Sandbanks Provincial Park offers many scenic ski and snowshoeing trails for you to enjoy.
- Ice Fishing: Ice fishing is a very popular pastime in Prince Edward County and the surrounding areas. The Bay of Quinte, “Walleye Capital of the World”, is the main attraction. Several local businesses offer ice-fishing packages and accommodation packages.
Where to stay: Only a two-hour drive across the 401 (or a thee hour road trip from Ottawa), the Drake Devonshire is the perfect weekend destination if you’re looking to get away. Transporting the hospitable charm of The Drake Hotel to the historic and quaint Prince Edward County, the Drake Devonshire brings the community and visitors together in this contemporary farmhouse.
Where to go: Boston is the vibrant capital city, the hub of New England filled with fascinating cultural neighbourhoods, world-class museums and architecture. Boston is known for its chic hotels, outstanding cuisine and varied nightlife, from stylish lounges and clubs to casual Irish pubs and bars. Stroll through the Boston Common, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the cobblestone streets of Boston’s oldest neighbourhood (the North End – Italian) and enjoy some of their exceptional musical and theatrical productions and annual performances, walking tours or trolley tours and more.
Where to stay: The Godfrey is a newly open four-star hotel in the Downtown Crossing neighbourhood with 242 beautifully decked out guest rooms and suites and sophisticated full-service amenities.
What to do: Only a two hour drive from Ottawa, Mount Tremblant is the ideal spot for the family looking away an active weekend away. Whether you are looking for somewhere to ski, skate, snowshoe or explore, there is something to do for the whole family. While your kids are enjoying the Tremblant Snow School, take the time to relax and unwind at the Scandinave Spa where you can book your own bath and massage package.
Where to stay: The Comfort Inn & Suites® Mont-Tremblant is centrally located near Mont Tremblant resort with panoramic views of the Laurentian Mountains. Walking distance from Mont-Tremblant, the hotel is located in St-Jovite and includes amenities such as amenities, including wireless internet, continental breakfast, parking, access to the outdoor hot tub four seasons, indoor pool and hot tub. Lockers are available for storage of sports equipment. The hotel features 1- to 3-bedroom suites all equipped with full kitchen, living room with fireplace and private balcony. There are standard and executives suites as well, and some guest rooms come equipped with refrigerators and microwaves which are perfect for families travelling to the area.
If you’re looking for somewhere warm…
Where to go: For all of the jet-setters hoping to escape the cold this winter, look no further than the idyllic island of Martinique. Located in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean Sea, Martinique is an ideal warm weather destination welcoming tourists with open arms to experience the hospitality of the island. With a wide range of hotels, villas and resorts to stay on the island, here are some suggestions for you next Caribbean vacation.
Where to stay: For all of the travellers looking for something other than the resort, VillaVEO offers a curated selection of rental properties all around Martinique that specializes in high-end holiday property rental. Offering you the chance to relax with ease, VillaVEO has a wide range of properties to choose from to fit your group, family or duo in style. Pictured below is the Coconut Bay Villa – Villa Serenity that can accommodate up to 12 guests.
Where to go: The Azores are a grouping of islands in the Atlantic Ocean that are considered an autonomous region of Portugal. Although Portugal has been increasing as a tourist destination, these islands still remain relatively unchartered, which adds to their charm. Retaining an old world, quaint feel, the Azores are the perfect place for the explorer looking to hop from island to island. Plus, from Toronto in the winter, SATA Airlines offers two direct flights weekly (4.5 hours direct!) to Ponta Delgada on the main island of Sao Miguel.
This volcanic archipelago is made up of nine islands that boasts warm weather all year round, making it a wonderful travel destination for those looking to escape the snow. Explore the lush and beautiful outdoors by hiking around the volcanoes of Pico, relax in the hot mineral springs or catch a glimpse of the wales on a tour of Faial.
What to do:
- Jeep safari tours – Explore volcanic craters, endless rolling hills of green and hundreds of types of rare birds and flowers on a Jeep safari tour. Stop off to swim in the dozens of natural swimming pools, waterfalls and hot springs dotted around the islands. On the island of Faial, stop for a visit to The Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Centre, a bold but seemingly invisible interactive exploration centre that lies underground, hidden below volcanic sands on the actual site of the Capelinhos volcano. Kids discover the geological phenomena of the Capelinhos volcano, which has opened a new page in the scientific understanding of underwater volcanoes.
- Hiking and biking – A vast network of marked trails offer a truly breathtaking way to discover the nine islands as a family. There is always a hidden waterfall to unveil, a rare native plant to discover or a lava tube to explore. Year round mild temperatures and no dangerous wildlife make hiking in the Azores an adventurous, healthy, fun and extremely safe activity for the whole family. A bike ride around the lake of fire, or the famous twin lakes (side by side, one is bright blue and one is bright green) is also a perfect activity for the family.
- Whale watching – Take a private or group ride to the middle of the Atlantic while 27 different types of cetaceans swim and sing around you. The Azores is one of the top places in the world for whale and dolphin watching and most touring companies will refund you if none are spotted during the tour.
Where to stay:
-The São Miguel Park Hotel caters to families with play spaces just for kids throughout the hotel.
-The Terra Nostra Garden Hotel is home to a naturally warm iron-rch pool, hundreds of varieties of trees and one of Europe’s most beautiful gardens, where kids can explore a zoo of life-sized wildlife, from dinosaurs to alligators to giraffes, all made out of plans and flowers! This hotel is also the famous site where locals come to cook the signature meal of the Azores – the “cozido” – which is a delicious stew cooked underground in the boiling lava waters. Kids LOVE this!
-The Terceira Mar Hotel is a resort-style property that caters to families. There are dozens of other family-friendly hotels but these are my favourite.