Sunday, December 20

Winter Events in Muskoka & Almaguin

There's always plenty happening in and around Muskoka and the Almaguin Highlands each winter.

Here are some of the organized events open to the public. Check back regularly for the latest updates. If you know about an event happening in or around Huntsville, Algonquin Park, or the Almaguin Highlands, let me know and I'll add it.

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Olympic Torch Community Celebration
As one of the celebration venues for the Olympic Torch Relay, Huntsville will be welcoming the torch on Dec 30. Watch it arrive to light the cauldron in River Mill Park in downtown Huntsville. Music, entertainment, interactive displays and giveaways. Free shuttle buses from the commerce park at Hwys 11 & 60 to downtown for the festivities.
Dec 30, 12:00 - 2:30 pm

Burk's Falls Winterfest
Burk's Falls
The 15th annual festival celebrates winter with small-town charm. Games, dancing, tobogganing, a bonfire and more.
Jan 16 & 17

Algonquin Outfitters again brings the Banff Mount Film Festival World Tour to Huntsville's Algonquin Theatre. Two nights of screenings feature a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking action, environmental, and adventure mountain films, taking you from remote landscapes and cultures to up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports.
Jan 19 & 20

Muskoka Loppet
Arrowhead Provincial Park, Huntsville
Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club invites your to Arrowhead Provincial Park for a day of competition and fun. Serious racers as well as recreational skiers, snowshoers and fitness enthusiasts can enjoy the scenic beauty of Arrowhead Park in its winter splendour. Races include classic skiing 30km, 15km, 5km social course; snowshoe 3km and 9km; and youth races.
Jan 24

Billed as the largest pond hockey event, and growing larger every year. Two weekends of national playoffs, plus additional weekends of regionals. All on the frozen surface of Huntsville's Peninsula Lake.
Jan 29 - 31; Feb 5 - 7

Two days of races, plus plenty of activities, games, displays, food and entertainment. Races include 4-mile, 6-mile, 40-mile and ski-joring. New this year is a 120-mile unassisted mid-distance race (a qualifier for such famous races as the Iditarod).
Feb 5 - 7

Family Day Long Weekend
A long weekend just to get out of town and have fun with the people you love! This statutory holiday on the 3rd Monday of February makes for a nice long weekend just when you're feeling the mid-winter blahs. Book early as this weekend always fills up.
Feb 12 - 15

Oxtongue Lake
Algonquin Outfitters annual fun (and mostly free!) days of great outdoor winter activities. Find out why we love winter so much! Nordic ski touring and lessons, snowshoe hiking, winter camping demos, games, giveaways, and bonfire. Barbeque lunch and dog sled tours are reasonably priced. Great sales in store.
Feb 20 & 21

Athletes from around the province will be converging on local towns as Muskoka hosts the 2010 Ontario Winter Games. Huntsville area venues will be showcasing: Cross-Country Skiing, Women's Hockey, Table Tennis, Wrestling, Figure Skating, Judo and Gymnastics.
Mar 4 - 7

Tuesday, December 15

Holiday gift shopping can be as easy and relaxing as a visit to Fern Glen Inn

Gift Certificates are available for one-night stays, two-night stays, packaged getaways, or any dollar amount.

Certificates can be mailed to you in time for Christmas giving; or mailed directly to the special people on your gift list. For last-minute shopping, we can email you the Gift Certificate to print out yourself.

How does it work?
You choose the number of nights or one of our packages (such as the Sweet Retreat Romantic Getaway) when you purchase the Gift Certificate. Tell us who the gift is for and the brief message to print on it (such as Merry Christmas Joe & Jane from Rover & Fluffy).

The Gift Certificate is valid for any room in the Coach House for 1 year from the time of purchase. When the recipients are ready to use their certificate, they make their reservation like any other guest: choosing the room, season and dates they want based on availability. They can reserve by phone, email, or online, using the gift certificate as method of payment.

They get a relaxing or adventurous experience at a time that suits them. You get to conquer your shopping list without braving the stores and malls. And we get to share our little patch of paradise with the special people in your life.

Call or email to order your Gift Certificates. 1-866-311-8519.

Or if you're dropping hints for your own wish list, make sure Santa sees this blog!

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Give the gift of Fresh Air, Warm Hospitality and Fine Country Cooking

Friday, December 11

Happy (Stress-free, Relaxing) Holidays

Enjoy the holiday season without the holiday mayhem

For many people, the holiday season is a whirlwind of commitments and responsibilities... shopping, decorating, wrapping; parties, crowded stores, full parking lots; gift exchanges, high expectations, cooking and baking enough to feed a small nation, an over-packed schedule of things to do and places to go... It's exhausting just thinking about it!

For some, this hectic pace defines the holidays. Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without high blood pressure and a tension headache! I used to get sick with a cold or flu every Christmas, likely due to too much stress and not enough sleep.

I've since wised up and simplified my version of what the holidays should be—and it's not about glitz and gifts! The only glitter here comes from the moonlight shining on crystalline snowflakes. We leave the tree-decorating up to Jack Frost and Mother Nature, who generously dress every bough and branch in the forest. Festivities are in the form of old-fashioned fun (think tobogganing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides and dog sledding) or low-key relaxing (think cuddles by the fire). And oh boy, are our nights silent!

Holidays now are about unplugging, slowing down, and enjoying the turn of the calendar as one year winds down and a new one begins. If that sounds like your idea of the perfect holidays, then there's room at the inn for you!

We're open and welcoming guests every day throughout the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Holiday rates are in effect from December 24th through January 2nd. Dinners are available with advance notice, or we can tell you which restaurants are open in town.

We can also help you with reservations for guided dog sledding and horse-drawn sleigh rides; or recommend places to go tubing, skiing, winter hiking and skating. Snowshoes are complimentary for guests to use on our private 10km trail system.

Call us at 1-866-311-8519 or visit Fern Glen Inn to reserve your holiday season getaway.