November 2021

Ontario Staycation Tax Credit & How To Use It

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How to make the most out of the new Ontario staycation tax credit

Ontario’s government recently offered a nice holiday gift to residents of the province, though it comes with a few very simple conditions.

Using terminology that more normally fits inside a twitter hashtag, the province of Ontario released a fiscal statement that highlights what tax authorities have dubbed the “Ontario Staycation Tax Credit“. This is a temporary measure by the provincial government that’s designed to promote tourism inside Ontario and thus alleviate the effects of the COVID pandemic while encouraging low-travel tourism.

According to the conditions of the credit, Ontario residents may get a refund of 20% of their spending on accommodations and other provincial travel-related expenses. This will apply for vacations that they embark on between January 1st and December 31, 2022.

The amounts that are allowed reach $1000 for a single individual and up to $2000 for a family. The refundable credit on these travel expenses can be requested by Ontarians when they file their 2022 personal income tax returns. As mentioned, the total refund quantity is no more than 20%, which translates to $200 refunded on individual maximum tax-exempted spending of $1000 and $400 on spending for a family amounting to $2000.

The deeper details of the Staycation credit have their fine print and exemptions but in general terms, they consist of the above, proof of expenditures and filing your income taxes. As for covered vacation expenses, they apply specifically for accommodations of less than a month in establishments such as hotels, motels, lodges, bed-and-breakfasts, vacation rental cottages, campgrounds and of course, motels too.

Why You Should Take Advantage of the Ontario Staycation Credit

If you’re a tax-registered resident of the province, it’s a great idea to take advantage of this new credit for any of your vacation needs throughout 2022. A visit to Ontario’s numerous hiking getaways and urban attractions is already something with plenty of lovely possibilities to take in.

Now being able to treat yourself or your family to such a vacation with the promise of at least $200 in expenses being given back to you eventually only makes things better.

The idea of $200 to $400 being given back to you as a tax refund only after a year or more has gone by may seem like a bit of a distant promise, but when that refund time does roll around, the extra cash will without a doubt be very useful for some random future expense.

How to Receive the Ontario Staycation Credit

Ontario is absolutely brimming with vacation getaways for both nature lovers and people looking for the best in urban sophistication. A trip to vast, cosmopolitan Toronto can result in a whole night’s stay at a fine hotel being given back to you through the Staycation refund you’ll eventually receive.

It’s also an opportunity for troy wonderful romantic getaways to the city’s numerous bars, restaurants, cultural events and other unique sights. Or you could visit the absolute spectacle of raw natural energy that is Niagara Falls, either in winter, fall or summer, or whenever you like in 2022. As far as family getaways go, Niagara is unbeatable.

Whatever your vacation ideas might be, Ontario’s government has made the credit as easy to use as possible. Even people who owe no personal income taxes for 2022 may file for the Staycation Tax Credit.

In addition to this, you are eligible if you fulfill the following obligations:

  • Your stay is at an eligible place of accommodation, including: hotels, motels, lodges, resorts, bed-and-breakfasts, cottages, campgrounds and vacation rental homes.
  • Your stay is of less than a month’s duration –
  • Your vacation was undertaken between January 1st and December 31st, 2022.
  • You made the trip for leisure reasons and not for work or business.
  • Your trip was paid for by whoever is filing the taxes in Ontario with receipts as proof of expense. Eligible partners, children and spouses can also pay for and file taxes for a trip.
  • Your vacation accommodation expense was not later reimbursed to you by family, friends or employers.
  • Your trip is subject to GST and HST taxes that should be part of the receipt

We can’t understate the sheer number of vacation possibilities that Ontario presents for taking advantage of this nice little tax windfall. If you’d like to enjoy your own $200 to $400 refund, take a look at the range of sights and attractions throughout Ontario that are just waiting to be explored.

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Ontario Travel Black Friday Deals

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You don’t have to board a plane to take advantage of Black Friday travel deals. You can still save and stay right here in beautiful Ontario.

Check out these 2021 Black Friday offers and deals and start planning a fun adventure.

Hockley Valley Resort

Save on spa services, private ski lessons, wine club membership and golf passes. 

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Bayview Wildwood Resort
Severn Bridge

Bayview Wildwood Resort is pleased to extend a 15% discount for a minimum two night all inclusive stay December 17-24.  Getaway includes accommodations, meals, resort amenities and entertainment.  Guests can reserve November 24-30 to secure the savings.

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Fairmont Royal York & Fairmonth Château Laurier
Toronto & Ottawa

Make your travel dreams a reality and take advantage of our Black Friday rates! With 30% off, plus an additional 10% off for members of ALL – Accor Live Limitless, it’s easy to find the perfect spot to unwind—near or far—at unforgettable destinations throughout North & Central America. Be sure to book this limited time offer by November 29, 2021 for stays until March 31, 2022.


Treetop Treeking Sale
Various Locations

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Cross all those names off your holiday shopping list, and save big on gift cards valid at all 6 Ontario Treetop Trekking locations. SAVE BIG ON ADVENTURES FOR ALL AGES! Until November 28th Save 40% off Gift Cards.

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Grand Opening HydroSpa Muskoka And Crystal Head Vodka Icebar

Grand Opening Friday December 10th, 2021 – The HydroSpa Muskoka Wellness by Water and Crystal Head Vodka Icebar experience at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa.

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Recognized as one of Ontario’s ultra-premier Hotel Resorts, the J.W. Marriott The Rosseau is currently under extensive Spa renovations, multi-month transformation, and the experience begins with the introduction of a new name. The Grand Opening for HydroSpa Muskoka Wellness By Water and Crystal Head Vodka Icebar is Friday December 10th, 2021.

Renovation projects have touched all corners of the 13,000 square foot HydroSpa facility. Renovations are highlighted by the new Crystal Head Vodka Icebar experience partnership which will also launch December 10th.

We are honoured to partner with CO-FOUNDER, Dan Aykroyd on the CRYSTAL HEAD ICEBAR Experience. Prepare to be entertained in a -15°C ICEBAR. Guests will experience flights of all three Crystal Head Vodka expressions: Original made from Canadian corn, Aurora from English wheat, and Onyx crafted from premium Blue Weber agave. Don’t forget the finale, experience a special Northern Lights show.

With its unique biophilic design, the HydroSpa Muskoka Wellness by Water will accent and connect to the Muskoka’s natural beauty, helping guests return to vitality and life, connecting to nature through an absolutely unique and distinctive guest experience. HydroSpa Wellness by Water, Muskoka uses the ancient practice of hot and cold water therapy through therapeutic pools, Men’s and ladies saunas and eucalyptus steam rooms and outdoor CO-ED wood burning cedar sauna, made locally and operating all year long. Alternating between hot and cold temperatures have many physical and psychological benefits.

Guests can purchase HydroSpa Day passes and may enjoy the new Relaxation Circuit and Reinvigoration Circuit Components that includes Oxygen Bar, Oxygen Facials, Massage Chairs, Foot Massagers, H20 Bed, Warm Dead Sea Salt Pool, Hot Epsom Salt Pool, Cold Plunge, Eucalyptus Barrel Saunas, Infrared Sauna, Ice Cave Massage, Amazon Shower and signature mammoth Muskoka Hammock.

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About JW Marriott The Rosseau

Guests visit the JW Marriott the Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa for a truly unforgettable experience. Discover limitless luxury, scenic views of Lake Rosseau and convenient access to a variety of Muskoka’s celebrated outdoor activities. Enjoy luxury hotel rooms and suites, award-winning on-site restaurants, a signature Hydrospa, fitness center and a year-round indoor/outdoor swimming pool. The newly-renovated lobby and restaurants, over 13,000 square feet of contemporary event venues and experienced planning and catering teams make this an ideal choice for your business event, wedding or social event. The hotel’s location is in the heart of Muskoka’s pristine natural beauty and near well-known attractions. Luxury abounds at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa.

JW Muskoka Outdoor Ice Cave Dining – An exciting new private outdoor dining concept has launched at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka – the Muskoka Ice Caves.

The experience: Imagine outdoor winter dining, in your private, cozy cave with your loved ones, with the scent of the charcoal grill and a fondue or raclette to enjoy together. The Executive Chef Shaun Crymble will fire up the Cowboy Cauldrons on the terrace overlooking Lake Rosseau. Four “caves” will be available for this unique experience for two to four people. The “caves” are transparent geodesic domes overlooking Lake Rosseau. They will be softly lit and gently warmed.

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Things To Do on Remembrance Day in Ontario

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Remembrance Day has been celebrated in Canada for over a hundred years to remember and honor those who died to protect our freedom. Also known as Armistice Day, such a prestigious holiday has plenty of ways to celebrate.

But what can Ontario residents do each year to celebrate Remembrance Day? Are there any ceremonies and what about those who can’t attend any events?

That’s what we’re here to look at today. Read on to find out more about how things to do for Remembrance day. 

What is Remembrance Day?

Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day, takes place on November 11th, which is also the day that World War One ended in 1918. There’s a heavy focus on the number 11 during this day.

That’s because the armistice agreement that ended World War One was signed at 11 am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. As such, there’s always a moment of silence as the clock strikes 11 each Remembrance Day. 

The day is aimed at remembering the fallen on both sides of the conflict. Now that we have some more context on what Remembrance Day is for, let’s look at how Ontario’s residents regularly celebrate the holiday.

Remembrance Day Ceremonies

One of the most prominent Remembrance Day ceremonies takes place at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa. Thousands of Ontario residents have shown up to this ceremony, which starts at around 10:45 am.

Beachwood Cemetery also hosts its Remembrance Day service around 10:30 am. Military family members regularly attend this ceremony on the eleventh.

The Canadian War Memorial hosts a moving ceremony each year. As soon as the clock strikes 11 am, sunlight enters into the memorial through a single window and shines Canada’s Unknown Soldier headstone

Cities, towns and even small villages across Ontario will perhaps have in-person ceremonies this year. Check the local Legion or town website near you to learn more.

Ways to Stay Active on Remembrance Day

If you aren’t able to attend these and many other ceremonies happening in Ontario, don’t fret. There are plenty of ways we can all individually celebrate Remembrance Day and remain active.

Those who aren’t willing to go out in public due to safety concerns can watch a virtual ceremony or broadcast on television. Staying healthy and safe should always be your number 1 concern, even on Armistice Day.

One easy and traditional way is to wear a poppy, the main symbol of Remembrance Day. Poppies famously grew on the graves of soldiers who died during the Battle of Ypres.

Various poems have captured the significance of the blood-red poppies, marking them as an important symbol for Remembrance Day. Wearable poppies should be readily available in and around Ontario.

If you or someone you know has a family member in the armed forces, there’s no better time than on Remembrance Day to send them a letter or message. Let them know that you’re grateful for their sacrifice and service.

Whether they served in World War II or other conflicts, Remembrance Day exists for them too. Reach out to your veterans when you’ve got the time.

Ontario residents and Canadians from around the country also fold origami peace cranes and display them around your home. It’s an easy and fun activity for all to enjoy, and it’s a great symbol of international peace.

Finally, don’t forget to pause for two minutes right at 11 am. Reflect and remember those who lost their lives with your family and friends around you.

Celebrating Remembrance Day in Ontario

It’s hard to overstate how important Remembrance Day is in Ontario and in Canada more generally. Use this guide to help you decide how you’ll spend this year’s Remembrance Day. Remember to stay safe this year!

Looking for more information on things to do in Ontario, Canada? Visit the rest of our site and find out more today!

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Treetop Trekking Treewalk Village is Open this Winter

Keep the fun going all winter long!

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Keep your family happy, healthy, and active this winter with a visit to tree-house adventure parks in Hamilton and Stouffville.


November – March Kids: $20 Adults: $8

Treetop Trekking is excited to be keeping two Treewalk Village parks open for winter fun!

Regular Operating Days for Fall/Winter 2021/22:

Open by reservation Thursday to Sunday

PLUS Extra Special Winter Open Dates:

Dec 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 + Feb 21

Climb from tree house to tree house through 8 ft tall hammocks, nets, and wood bridges! Descend to the ground on slides, and play on our other forest games!

This is a 2 hour activity, and it is ideal for ages 3-7.

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Remember, kids must be accompanied by adults. CLICK HERE for all customer requirements.

This activity is offered at our parks in Hamilton and Stouffville and there is no minimum age or height for this adventure, but it is ideal for ages 3-8!

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Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Ontario 2021 Getaways

Re-Discover Ontario With A Holiday Vacation Package

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The holiday season is back in Ontario. Experience the magic of Christmas or New Year’s Eve as a family or as a couple, at a party (yes! party!) or a quiet dinner to celebrate. Either way the hosts of the hospitality industry are prepared with some amazing experiences and events. You will not have a problem finding a getaway package that includes activities and meals.  

Depending on the weather, it is a beautiful time to travel within the province of Ontario. You will definitely see some beautiful scenery and have lots of things to do. To help ensure you’re prepared for a winter road trip, read our car emergency kit essential items blog

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Winter Wonderland Holiday Fun Activities

In Ontario, endless forests and world-class cityscapes abound in equal measure. With a stunning four-season palette, Ontario shines in the summer and winter alike. Whether you want to reconnect with nature, enjoy a book by a fireplace at a classic hotel or lose yourself in the thrills of Toronto’s multicultural landscape, you’ve found a friend in Ontario. The sublime scenery and warm people of Ontario Province can’t wait to make your Christmas vacation one for the scrapbook. 

Christmas time means skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and enjoying the snow in Ontario’s outdoors. Having fun outside makes cozy inside activities even better too! 

Ontario Christmas Getaways and New Year’s Eve Parties 

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The most wonderful time of the year is upon us, but it is not without stress. If you’re ready to hang up your apron and put all the yuletide planning and preparing on the back-burner, our Christmas vacation and wintertime holiday options are the answer. 

Forget about getting the roast just perfect and ensuring everyone is well-fed and not too tipsy; the creature comforts of Ontario invite you to rediscover what a stress-free holiday season really means. With ToDoOntario, you can now have the cozy Log Cabin Christmas of your dreams at Bayview Wildwood Resort with your children by your side, and perhaps event more extended family. 

COVID-Conscious Ontario NYE Getaways 

Chances are, the party or resort you will attend, will require proof of vaccination. It is up to you to know what is required upon arrival

Winter in Ontario is best enjoyed outdoors. You and your family can safely enjoy a socially-distanced skiing or snowboarding holiday in one of Ontario’s finest resorts. If you venture to go even more remote, ToDoOntario has discounts on the most luxurious and romantic stays in Muskoka, Algonquin, and beyond! 

The Best Prices and Promotion in Ontario

We believe that enjoying a memorable and luxurious holiday shouldn’t be cost-restrictive. Even if you’re convinced you can’t afford to attend the New Year’s Eve parties or Christmas getaways of your dreams, we invite you to browse Christmas package listings and the New Year’s Eve package listings. We think you’ll be surprised by our diverse and affordable Ontario escapes. 

Spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve 2021 in Ontario 

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Take advantage of Ontario’s many delights even during a pandemic. ToDoOntario has the best offers on Ontario Christmas Getaways and Ontario NYE Getaways available online. We are collecting the safest wintertime activities across Ontario to make it easier for you to plan your holiday adventure without worry. Browse getaways now! 

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Happy & Safe Holidays!

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