April 2023

Sweet Maple Experiences in Muskoka

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You know it’s spring in Ontario when the maple sap starts to run, the boilers start to boil and maple producers start their seasonal magic. This is a great time to shake off winter and have some fun doing outdoor exploring. 

Muskoka Maple Trail To-Do List

During March and April in Ontario you can travel near and far to taste the sweet maple flavour directly from the source. Ottawa, the GTA, Simcoe County, Muskoka are just a few of the regions known for having some of the best maple syrup and products not just in Ontario, but the world. During this time, maple events, sugar shacks and festivals are happening every single weekend for you to put on your spring to-do list.

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Muskoka is one of the most popular regions to produce and celebrate maple syrup. From March 10 to April 28, people can follow the Muskoka Maple Trail and experience all kinds of unique and tasty fun adventures. The trail is a fun way to make your way through scenic Muskoka taking advantage of maple farm activities to do, and maple menus at restaurants and food stops across the region. You can easily download or follow the Muskoka Maple Trail map from your phone.

One of these stops is the iconic resort JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka. The JW team has infused maple into both their dining menu and their spa experiences, and it is pretty sweet. Whether you’re visiting the resort for a day trip or an overnight getaway, the resort has managed to sneak maple into all the right places. You can even get maple treats for your campfire s’mores! 


Made With Locally-sourced Muskoka Maple Syrup

Using locally sourced maple syrup from Huntsville Ontario’s Sugarbush Hill Farm, JW’s ‘Lakes’ restaurant has created tasty dishes such as maple chicken wings, maple butternut squash soup and the most beautiful maple cheesecake you ever did see. You can also get a maple latte from the coffee shop in the resort. 

Hydrospa Muskoka is the on-site spa at the resort. Be sure to make your spa appointment before or after your maple meal. You’ll be fully spoilt and treated to a fully restorative and relaxing Maple Parfait Pedicure or a Maple Body Polish. 

You can book your spa appointment here, https://thehydrospas.com/.

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If you missed it this year, be sure to make a note to hop on the maple trail next year. This is an annual tradition that you can count on, just like the running of maple sap in springtime. 

About JW Marriott the Rosseau Muskoka from their website,

“Enjoy luxury hotel rooms and suites, award-winning on-site restaurants, a signature spa, 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”.

For more information about the resort, vacation packages and other spring things to do at JW visit, https://www.marriott.com/.

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Porsche Centre North Toronto – Taycan Test Drive in Muskoka

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Muskoka Lakes, Canada – April 26, 2023. Get your holiday in Muskoka off to an electric start. Have you dreamed of driving a Porsche on the long and winding roads of Muskoka – here’s your chance. When you book your stay with us, you can choose your preferred time to take a Porsche Taycan out for a test drive. This package also includes a complimentary day pass to Hydrospa Muskoka for two.

The room stay package is available on one weekend each month of summer. A 2-night minimum stay is required.

  • Arrival Friday, June 16 and departure on Sunday, June 18
  • Arrival, Friday, July 21 and departure on Sunday, July 23
  • Arrival, Friday, August 25 and departure on Sunday, August 27

Package inclusions:

  • Accommodation in a luxury guestroom of your choice
  • Complimentary day pass to Hydrospa Muskoka for two guests on any one day
  • 1-hour test drive slot in Porsche Taycan. Test drives are on Saturday and Sunday.

Terms & Conditions:

Must be 25yrs old with a valid Ontario driver’s license, valid car insurance and a credit card all in their name.

Use promotional code TRS to receive offer when booking on marriott.com

For more information and to make reservations, visit jwrosseau.com or call +1705.765.1900.

About JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka is a luxury conference resort two and a half hours north of Toronto, in Ontario’s scenic “cottage country”.  Recipient of the AAA/CAA four diamond award every year since opening in 2008, plus prestigious Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence at two of its restaurants. The resort is set atop a granite bluff overlooking pristine Lake Rosseau. Visitors enjoy inspirational views, intuitive service and the opportunity to explore nature on their terms. Visit JW online, and on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About JW Marriott
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio of brands and consists of beautiful properties and distinctive resort locations around the world. Inspired by the principles of mindfulness, JW Marriott is a haven designed to allow guests to focus on feeling whole – present in mind, nourished in body, and revitalized in spirit – through programs and offerings that encourage them to come together and experience every moment to the fullest. Today there are more than 100 JW Marriott hotels in more than 30 countries and territories worldwide that cater to sophisticated, mindful travelers who come seeking experiences that help them be fully present, foster meaningful connections and feed the soul. Visit JW Marriott online, and on Instagram and Facebook. JW Marriott is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

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Exploring Ontario’s Best Spa Getaways

Spa getaways are not just an opportunity to unwind; they also can aid your physical and emotional wellbeing. It is the perfect opportunity to practice self-care solo, with friends or loved ones. But where is the best spa getaway?

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If you are based in Ontario, searching ‘spa getaways near me’ will bring up a vast array of options. After all, the global spa market continues to grow, and Ontario is the perfect spot for spa resorts. So, how can you pick between all the resorts? 

This guide has you covered with five of Ontario’s best spas for all types of spa getaways, from girls’ getaways to the best weekend spa getaway. 

1. Blue Mountain Resort

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Blue Mountain Resort does not only have one spa; it has two; Kalola Life in Balance Spa and Iwa Spa. It is the best spa getaway to suit all needs, as Blue Mountain Resort is also a family-friendly ski and snowboarding resort. If it’s spring, summer or fall there are other fun mountain activities and of course, Blue Mountain Village shopping and events.

Blue Mountain Resort will meet all your spa needs here. There is everything from yoga to reflexology, sound therapy, and massages. Cozy up in a chalet by the fire after days at the resorts. 

2. JW Marriott the Rosseau Resort & HydroSpa

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The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa is only two and a half hours from Toronto, but it transports you to another world. It is the perfect weekend spa getaway due to the proximity to Toronto and the activities on offer. 

The spa resort sits amongst picturesque hills and is surrounded by lakes. Their spa is a HydroSpa, with different rejuvenating and pampering treatments, an outdoor pool, and a hot tub. 

3. Scandinave Spa, Blue Mountains 

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If you are looking for a hydrospa escape in Ontario with a difference, consider the Scandinave Spa, Blue Mountain. It’s as easy as ‘Reserve & Relax’! Book the Thermal Baths experience or a Massage Treatment which includes Baths access. Escape your routine with a relaxing day you deserve.

4. Hockley Valley Resort

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Hockley Valley Resort is the best spa getaway year-round. It is only one hour from downtown Toronto and has an 8000 square-foot spa.

Enjoy treatments such as massages, scrubs, and reflexology. It is one of the best resorts for couples, as there is also a golf course, other activities, and couple spa treatments on offer. 

5. Trillium Resort & Spa

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Nestled among 86 acres of pristine forest and woodlands, a spirited waterfall and a semi-private lake, Trillium Resort & Spa, located in the heart of Muskoka, Ontario offers the perfect adult oriented vacation getaway, you can even bring you pet. Trillium Resort & Spa has a selection of pet-friendly and pet-free accommodations to ensure a comfortable stay for all guests

Ontario Spa Getaways and Offers

Everyone deserves to slow down and pamper themselves. Start with spa getaways in Ontario. 

There are many Ontario resorts to explore, but these five spa getaways are an excellent place to start. Explore each option and determine which one works best for your ideal resort. You are guaranteed to have a relaxing experience no matter which one you choose! 

Are you looking for spa getaway offers? We are here to help! Check out our value-packed deals on spa getaways, so you can find your perfect trip. 

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Spring Flavours of Lake Country is Here

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Orillia & Lake Country, ON: Spring Flavours of Lake Country kicks off this week, running from Friday April 21st until Sunday May 7th. The program offers lunch and dinner options prepared by fourteen local restaurants. Flavours provides an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to treat themselves to some of the finest dining in Orillia & Lake Country.

This season’s participating restaurants include 125 Breakfast Club, Blacksmith Gastro Pub, Blue Moon Junction, Grape & Olive Smokehouse, Hog N’ Penny, The Ktchn, Lake Country Grill, Lighthouse45 Restaurant, Lot 88 Steakhouse & Bar, Off-Eleven Pizza Plus Eats, Pier One Bistro & Bar, Provenance Wine Bar, Riverside Hideaway, and St. Germain’s Steakhouse. Spring Flavours is an opportunity for chefs to be inspired by the freshness of a new season by forming new and creative dishes combined with signature favourites to develop intriguing menu pairings.

This year brings an exciting addition, with three menu tiers for diners to select from; Casual menus offer 2-courses for $30 or less, Fine-dining contains 3-courses ranging from $35 to $45, and Elite menus offer 3-courses at $50 or more per person. Please note the price does not include alcohol, taxes or gratuities. Visit FlavoursOfLakeCountry.com to view all participating restaurants and review the menus that are sure to tempt your taste buds.

Flavours is a well-known event around the region that many people look forward to. It is recommended to book dinner reservations in advance directly with the restaurant of your choice. The event supports the local restaurant industry by inviting visitors to explore the region’s restaurant scene during the shoulder season.

Support Local, Eat Local!


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Cannabis-Friendly Things To Do On 4-20

*The following article is intended for readers 19+ years of age.*

According to weed lore, a group of students who attended San Rafael High School coined the term “420” during the 1970s. 

The phrase “420” comes from “420 Louis”. This was a code for the group, who called themselves ‘The Waldo’s’, to meet by the school’s statue of Louis Pasteur. Since then, the number and the date have become synonymous with cannabis.

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The Ontario cannabis industry is thriving more than ever. Ontario is the best place for cannabis events, including your 4-20 celebration.

You’re guaranteed to have a high time in Ontario on April 20th with the following cannabis activities. Here are some of the best cannabis-oriented things to do in Ontario. 

Ontario Cannabis Laws

Canada’s weed laws resemble their cigarette and vape laws. As such, if you’re over the age of 19, you may use cannabis in Ontario.

As a rule of thumb, you’re allowed to smoke anywhere cigarettes are allowed. That means you’re allowed to walk down the sidewalk smoking a spliff. 

Along with knowing general Ontario travel information, it’s also important to know how much weed you’re able to legally carry. In Ontario, you may have up to one ounce on you in public.

Now, let’s move on to the fun part.

April 20 in Ontario To Do List:

CBD Spa Treatments in Muskoka

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Head no further to the luxurious JW Marriott The Rosseau Resort Muskoka’s Hydrospa. Here you can fully relax and benefit from the following CBD treatments.

Walking on a Cloud CBD Leg/Foot Treatment

This treatment focuses on hard worked legs/feet and will leave you walking on a cloud. Perfect after a long day of everyday life. The treatment will start with a gentle scrub that is infused with CBD organic oils. The legs and feet will then be painted with a rich clay-based CBD mask wrapped in a hot towel. Enjoy a relaxing 5-minute neck and shoulder massage with a CBD medium. Culminate the experience with a lower leg and foot massage designed to soothe distressed muscles and feet with a cooling, tingling sensation. This HEMP CBD massage treatment will alleviate leg and foot pain, relieve soreness, stress as well as reduce joint swelling.

Gett’n Groovy CBD Pedicure

Dip your toes into a gentle detoxifying warm, bubble bath foot soak, infused with Hemp CBD. Experience the feeling of relief to areas of soreness and discomfort. This instantly soothes with a unique tingling sensation. Your soles will be gentle exfoliated with natural sugar infused CBD organic oil leaving your feet soft and reenergized. Next, the feet are painted in a rich clay-based mask then wrapped in paraffin wax that will deeply nourish while drawing out impurities. Relax with a lower leg and foot massage that is designed to destress tired muscles and feet with a cooling, tingling sensation. This Hemp CBD is also present in this massage medium that will relieve soreness, stress, and discomfort.

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4-20 Rentals vs. Cannabis Events

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Niagara Falls 420 Expo is a celebration of all things cannabis & community. This year’s event is slated to take place on Saturday, April 22 2023. The event will feature 20,000 square feet of all things cannabis, including; exhibitors, educational seminars, guest speakers, manufacturers, and more. North America’s largest celebration of all things cannabis. Community. Culture. 

Cannabis Comedy Festival, Toronto

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The Cannabis Comedy Festival is Toronto’s only Legal Cannabis Consumption Comedy Show. Smoking is allowed inside the venue, and the ticket includes a Cannabis study where you can consume Free Cannabis during the show. Dates: March 15, April 1, 15 & 29, 2023. 

Here are a few more events happening in Ontario in and around April 20 to help you celebrate.

Smokus Pocus 4-20 Magic Show @ Spadina Theatre
Experience a higher kind of magic at Canada’s Dopest Night Out.

Puff & Putt Toronto (for Budtenders) @ Black Pearl, April 25

Free Cannabis Craft Series, April 18

BLEM: A Cannabis Infused 4/20 Mini Festival, April 20
Enjoy live music in an eclectic studio space in Toronto’s West End, made for safe consumption, good vibes, and fun.

Scarlet Fire Cannabis Co., 3852 Bathhurst Street, North York
KushKraft Cannabis will be onsite between 3-8 pm spinning live Grateful Dead music with some amazing giveaways and prizes, including a private all-access tour of the KushKraft grow facility, which will include hash, live resin and shatter making, as well as a private lunch with the KushKraft master growers.

Enjoy Cannabis Activities at High Park 

To truly experience Ontario’s cannabis culture, go to High Park on the 20th of April. On any given day of the year, High Park is a central hub for cannabis smokers. On 4-20, though, the place smokes up like a chimney.

As part of the great outdoors, people enjoy going for high hikes and stoned strolls here. There’s nothing quite like communing with nature while you’re smoking a joint or enjoying some edibles safely and responsibly.

Celebrate April 20th With the Ontario Cannabis Industry

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1 in 4 Canadians smoked pot at least once in 2020. Visiting Ontario in the future for 4-20 means you’ll get to enjoy the same cannabis activities Canadians do.

Only 9% of people in other countries reported similar levels of cannabis use to Canadians. Sure, Canada has the Ontario cannabis industry, but there’s so much more fun to be had there. There are cannabis events year-round when it’s safe to throw/attend them, not just on April 20th.

Go up in smoke with a smile—check out our summer getaway deals. You’ll definitely find a time and place to smoke at some point while you’re there.

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Things To Do on Easter Weekend in Ontario

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Are you looking for fun things to do Easter Weekend in Ontario? Whether celebrating with family or friends, there’s plenty to see and do across the province. Ontario has something for everyone, from family gatherings to outdoor adventures and cultural experiences. This guide gives you ideas for making the most of your long weekend and celebrating Easter in style. Get ready to hop into the holiday spirit and explore all Ontario offers!

Stranger Things Experience at Cinespace Marine Terminal Studio

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If you want a unique way to spend Easter Weekend in Ontario, immerse yourself in the world of Stranger Things at Cinespace Marine Terminal Studio. You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped right into the hit Netflix show with this interactive experience.

When you enter the studio, you’ll be transported to the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. Explore the sets from the show, including interactive performers, photo ops, food and drinks and merchandise.

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Create Unforgettable Moments at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

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Things to do Easter weekend won’t be complete without exploring Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. With various exhibits, attractions, and activities, there’s something for everyone at this amazing aquatic wonderland.

The mesmerizing Stringray Experience is a must-see experience at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Step into a wonderful world as you face these graceful creatures in their natural habitat. They’ll amaze you with their elegant movement and unique personalities as you learn more from the knowledgeable staff.

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Enjoy the Office Experience at Yorkdale Shopping Centre

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This immersive pop-up exhibit lets you step into the world of the beloved TV show and experience the iconic set, costumes and props up close and personal. While exploring the exhibit, expect to feel like part of the Dunder Mifflin team.

You can visit the various departments, snap a photo in front of the iconic signpost, and sit at Michael Scott’s desk. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the show or looking for fun, the Office Experience at Yorkdale Shopping Centre will highlight your trip.

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Break from Your Busy Life with Minden Spring Getaway

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Take a trip to Minden and break from your busy life and unwind in the peaceful natural surroundings. Explore the stunning Minden Wild Water Preserve, which features rapids, waterfalls, and breathtaking scenery. You can take a leisurely hike, bike ride along the trails, or paddle on the river if you feel adventurous.

If you’re interested in history, visit the Minden Hills Cultural Centre, which houses exhibits on the area’s logging and mining industries. Explore the town’s quaint shops and restaurants, or take a scenic drive through the countryside.

Easter Brunches at Deerhurst

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Head over to Deerhurst Resort and indulge in their special Easter brunch menu. You’ll enjoy a stunning view of the Muskoka landscape as you share a meal with your loved ones.  The chefs have created a special menu featuring classic Easter dishes and innovative options to tantalize your taste buds.

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Friday Harbour Easter Events

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Throughout the weekend, Friday Harbour will host multiple Easter-themed events and activities for visitors of all ages. You can start your day with an Easter brunch at one of the many restaurants in the village and head out for an Easter egg hunt with your kids.

After the egg hunt, why not stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy the beautiful spring weather? There will be live music performances and arts and crafts workshops.

You can cap off your day in the evening with a delicious dinner at one of the village’s upscale restaurants or enjoy a sunset cruise on Lake Simcoe. Whatever you choose to do, Friday Harbour is the perfect place to spend a relaxing and fun-filled Easter weekend with your family and loved ones.

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Head For the The Blue Mountains

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures and Blue Mountain Village are open and offer a ton of activities for the family. At Scenic Caves you can hike, snowshoe, play and take in the best Georgian Bay view from the 420′ Suspension Bridge. 


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Celebrate Easter in Blue Mountain Village with scavenger hunts, horse and wagon rides, and more great family activities. Weather permitting, you can ski or snowboard and take in some fresh spring skiing before the ski season is over. 

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Experience The Splendour of Spring at Fairmont Royal York Hotel

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From elegant Afternoon Tea served under the glow of the clock to decadent buffet brunches served in REIGN’s dining room, review RYH’s offers for the month of April and Easter weekend. Or pop in the lobby while you’re downtown Toronto and revel in the enchanting Easter egg. You won’t be disappointed. 

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Continue to Keep MAPLE in Your Celebrations

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Get into the flow of maple season. Spring weather makes it easy to spend time exploring where maple syrup comes and how it’s made. Mid-April continues to be a time to visit maple farms, taste Ontario maple syrup and have some sticky sweet fun. 

Whether it’s a festival, a pancake breakfast or a maple infused menu, you can find it here, on the maple festivals and events page.

Make Your Day Memorable with these Things to Do Easter Weekend

Ontario offers various interesting activities and events to make your Easter weekend memorable. From the stunning natural beauty of Minden to the delicious Easter brunches at Deerhurst Resort, you can find multiple ways to enjoy the holiday with your loved ones. Why not take a break from your daily routine and spend this Easter weekend exploring all that Ontario has to offer?

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