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Today's post was written by Todd Crapper, the Social Media Specialist for Calabogie Peaks and primary blogger for this site. He also works in the Marketing Department as the Graphic Designer and has been with The Peaks with 2013... but doesn't know how to ski. Yet. That will have to change very soon.

Sweet On Honey

As part of our mission to bring local foods to Canthooks Restaurant, we have a new addition to the resort: bees! Thanks to Valley Beekeeping Supplies, we now have a thriving hard at work making honey for use in our scrumptious menu items.  For your convenience, here is a copy of the post from Valley Beekeeping’s blog.


On a foggy misty morning of Friday May 26/17, the queens and their workers have arrived at Calabogie Peaks Resort to make a new home.  The hives will be placed across the pond from the restaurant where they can be viewed from the windows.

The arrival of the bees will be a welcomed addition to this fine resort providing pollination for the many native and planted plants around the resort.  And in return the plants provide the bees with pollen and nectar.  In the near future when there has been enough honey collected by the bees in the hives, the resort intends to use the freshly harvested honey as an added addition to their restaurant kitchen in all their cooking, baking, beverages, and anywhere else they can sweeten things up.  The honey will also be available to the patrons of the restaurant for an added mix to your meals. You will also be able to find the honey available at the front desk for customers wishing to take some of the peaks sweetness home with you.  All the honey collected for bottling is pure raw unpastuerized goodness to keep all the great benefits honey has to offer.  The honey may contain fine particles of wax and pollen to add to the benefits of healthy eating.

For those of you who haven’t seen the inside of a working bee hive, we have added several pictures to show you a little of what’s happening inside where you can’t see the mysteries of the bee hive. In the picture to the right, you will find 2 boxes which currently are being used by the colony to raise new bees. At a later time when the colony has grown, we will be adding honey supers on top with a queen excluder in between the 2nd and 3rd box to keep the queen in the lower 2 boxes to lay eggs, and to collect clean nectar which the bees convert to honey over time in the upper boxes.  The lighter boxes in the center of the 2 beehives are the honey boxes to be added in a couple weeks.

In the picture to the left, you can see the young queen among the many nurse and worker bees. The queens generally can live up to 5-7 years, and their peak laying happens in their 2nd year where see can lay up to 1600 eggs a day. As for the other bees, they are for the most part all female.  They emerge from their cells at birth and first take on the nurse bee role where they tend to the new eggs and larva as well as groom and feed the queen.  In a week or two, the role changes to worker bee where they take the nectar and pollen and place it in the hive where it’s needed most. At nearly the 3rd week, the bees then leaves the hive to become a forager and flies around to collect nectar and pollen and return it to the hive where they meet the worker bees at the entrance and pass their haul over so that the worker can take it to it’s proper spot, and the forager can fly off for another load.  At the time of being a forager, the bees work themselves literally to death. During the spring, summer and fall, honey bees only live 28 days.

In the next picture to the right, this is a close up shot of actual wax comb from inside the hive where you can see the perfection of the wax comb made by the bees.  You can also spot 1-2 day old eggs laid recently be the queen.  In 21 days, these eggs will become new bees.

In the final picture to the left, you can see more worker bees. You may also see new young bees eating pollen which provides them with needed protein at their young stage. In the majority of the picture you can see older wax comb, but in the bottom right corner you can see nice new white recently drawn wax comb. The wax generally darkens as the bees walk over it with their dirty little feet. In many of the cells, you can see a variety of different colored pollen collected from different floral sources. Some cells you can see a shiney fluid which is newly collected nectar. The bees will move and process the nectar up to 50 times to reduce the moisture to about 17-18% at which time it is now honey, and they will place a wax capping over each cell of honey once they are happy with the moisture content.


You can read the full post on the Valley Beekeeping Supplies website.

Start At The Beginning: A New Skier’s POV

It can be easy to forget what it’s like to start from the beginning when you’ve done something for so many years. Like skiing or snowboarding. We all started at the beginning and maybe it was over a decade ago or just last year, but it happened. In addition to that uncertainty and anxiety learning how to ski/snowboard when you’re surrounded by hundreds of other people who know what they’re doing, there’s that thrill of conquering your fears and completing your first run without falling on your rump.

Think you can never go back to the beginning? When you’re Gregg from Slopefillers, you find a way.

So when we receive letters like this one from a young woman named Lola, it warmed our hearts. This is what it means to learn to ski and master those uncertainties like she did. Not only did she enjoy her first experience on the slopes, but she advocates others to do the same. It’s our pleasure to share Lola’s letter with you and hope it inspires others to follow her lead and take that first step on a new beginning.

“Skiing is an amazing sport that is exciting, exhilarating and painful. It was exciting because I got to do a sport that was new to me, exhilarating because after you learn the basics you feel like you can do anything and be on top of the world. It was sort of painful because when you fell your legs might hit one of your skis and the bottom of the ski is metal. But it was from fun falling because you got a chance to try again. I would encourage everybody to try skiing.”

Great job, Lola! You’ll be an expert in no time.

Learning Is A Family Affair

A day skiing or riding on the mountain can be a multi-generational memory maker! Liz Murphy, the Marketing Director of Calabogie Peaks Resort, says it’s hard to think of any other sport in the world that multiple generations can enjoy together for a full day of fun. “Our three kids began skiing with their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and mom and dad. The experience brought everyone closer and generated enthusiasm to keep going back. They learned very quickly, gained a lot of confidence and loved the fact that they could keep up. It didn’t take long before we were trying to keep up with them.”

Calabogie Peaks Resort’s President, Paul Murphy, and his son Michael, aged 4, back in 1987.

Calabogie Peaks Resort is committed to making learning fun, safe and result-driven encouraging a lifelong enjoyment of skiing and snowboarding. To keep up with the demand for beginner programs and terrain, The Peaks has almost doubled the Beginner Bowl, affording learners with progressive terrain for graduated learning.

In the Parent and Tot program, a child 2- to 4- years old can learn to ski with Mom and Dad by their side in a hands-on private lesson or a small group weekly program. The lessons reduce the anxiety for both the parent and child by teaching parents how to manage the newest little tike on the hill.

When your little skier is ready, the Ski Wee Program (4 – 6 yrs.) teaches in small groups and is nothing but FUN FUN FUN!  Our All Mountain Program (6-17 yrs.) is perfect for skiers and boarders looking to cruise the mountain with their instructors and friends. Choose from other programs that fit your style at www.calabogie.com.

No equipment – no problem. With an exceptional fleet of skis and boards, our rental technicians outfit customers with safe and size appropriate gear.

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Skiing With A Toddler

Our little one is 21 months old and we recently took her skiing for the first time. My husband and I both started skiing at a young age so naturally we wanted her to start as soon as possible. We miss skiing and I know we can ski without our daughter, but we like spending time as a family so we figured if she seemed interested enough in it we would start skiing with her this winter.

By no means are we experts at skiing and we haven’t been skiing with a toddler long enough to dish out advice but I’m still going to tell you about our experience because you may find some of it helpful.

We started off by showing her magazines of people skiing and snowboarding. We read books that had skiing in it and if we allowed screen time at this age we would have showed her videos.

Next, we took her to the “ski swap” with us where we purchased her skis and boots. She got to try them on and watch other little ones do the same. On the drive home she insisted in holding onto her “boots” that she got at the “swap” (we heard these words the WHOLE way home, repeated OVER and OVER – it was cute).

We left her ski boots in the living room where she could use them if she pleased. She put them on quite often and enjoyed walking around the house in them. Once we got the bindings put on her skis we would do the same (on carpet). She seemed to be pretty excited about skiing so we felt better about taking her knowing that she would most likely enjoy it.

We are fortunate to live close enough to Calabogie Peaks that we set off thinking we would only do one run, and if that was it, then that was fine with us. When our daughter finished her first run, we asked her if she wanted to go again and she signed “more”.  My husband ended up doing 4 runs with her before WE had to decide it was time to be finished even though she requested to go up “one more time”.

We didn’t use any ropes or harnesses because of how small she is. We decided for the first few times holding onto her would be best until she becomes a bit more comfortable on her skis. We may not end up using one at all this winter; we are just going to take it slow.

We took her into the chalet for lunch to give her the full ski experience.  There she got to meet other children and watch people skiing through the windows.

When we got home (an hour before her usual nap) she requested to go straight to sleep. It took her seconds to fall asleep and she had a good long nap.

I’d say our first time skiing with a toddler was quite successful. She seemed to really enjoy it even though you can’t really tell by the pictures (the noise of the snowmaking machines worried her a little bit). We can’t wait to take her out again!


Raised in the Ottawa Valley and a permanent resident of the Calabogie area,  Michelle Kobzik is passionate about the outdoors and the environment. She is an Early Childhood Educator for the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board and just as passionate about her job as she is for the outdoors.  She also enjoys writing and taking pictures so when you combine the two you get her blog: www.mish1100.wordpress.com
Keep imagination alive and play outside!

Building Up: Improvements for the 2016/17 Winter Season

Every year around this time, we’re asked one question above all others. Ok, two questions and the one that comes after, “When are you going to open?” is always, “What improvements are you making to The Peaks this season?” Never one to sit on our laurels and offer the same old, same old as before, the entire team has been hard at work with these upgrades for the coming winter season.

  • Thanks to a grant from both the Canadian and Ontario governments, a new paved walkway winding behind the Hotel, the Pines and the Cedars is complete with brand new lights linking our ski in/ski out accommodations to both main entrances to the lodge. More than a simple upgrade of the existing walkway, this new wheelchair and stroller friendly path will provide greater accessibility for all our guests year round.

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  • On the note of lighting, our parking lots are also receiving new or additional lighting to make it easier to everyone to see their way back to the car when the chairlift shuts down for the day.
  • Our roadways and parking lots are also getting levelled out for a smoother ride while on the property.
  • If you were beyond satisfied with our existing snowmaking capabilities, we’re not done yet. The team is working on laying down additional pipelines to allow for more water to rush up from Calabogie Lake and spray the mountain with more snow at a faster rate. Particularly for some of our harder-to-reach mountain terrains.
  • We’re currently in the process of installing new onsite signs across the property, making it easier for our guests to locate their condos as well as remind them about the convenience of our Canthooks Restaurant under the clock tower.
  • The kitchens for both Black Donald’s Pub and Mountain Cat Café have upgraded facility equipment to keep up the pace of our hungry customers taking a break between runs. Will they help make a tastier burger? There’s only one way to find out…

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  • The Top Hut is getting a facelift as more and more of our guests take advantage of the roaring fire at the top of the mountain. See for yourself the next time you find yourself at the tallest ski mountain of Ontario.

Now here’s one thing that isn’t changing from last year: our lift ticket prices. That’s right, you can purchase your ticket to ride the chairlift at last season’s prices, making us even more affordable for your family ski weekend or that weekday trip with your co-workers.

It won’t be much longer now before you’ll be playing hooky and mountain your gear to the rough of the car for a day at Calabogie. See you soon!

Fall Colours Chairlift Rides Return to the Mountain

The growing popularity of our Fall Colours Chairlift Rides has proven itself again. Last weekend saw a great turnout of eager nature lovers looking to experience the changing of the seasons without the long trek up the mountain or as part of a good day’s hike. With the Thanksgiving long weekend only a couple days away and the leaves sporting brighter shades of orange and red, there’s only good signs ahead for a fantastic vista.

The annual Chairlift Rides have created some of the most popular posts on our blog and rather than attempt to write it better than years gone by, we thought it best to let the past do all the talking. Have a look at our previous posts under the fall colours tag if you’ve yet to witness the beauty of Autumn colours in Calabogie. 

You can also join us for a special Thanksgiving dinner at Canthooks Restaurant on Monday, October 10th prepared by Chef Tristan.

For those regulars who make a point of visiting every year, we have something for you too. This collection of photos provided to us by Tomoki Onishi from last year’s Autumn spectacle. Maybe next year we can share your photos for the 2017 Fall Colours Chairlift Rides.

 

The Peaks, Coors Light Games, and a Weekend No One Will Ever Forget

First off, we have to confess something. We’ve been keeping a secret from everyone. A really big secret. Now that the cat’s out of the bag and the weekend is over, we can finally let it out in a big way.

This past weekend, we were the host site for the 2016 Coors Light Games.

A massive project months in the works, the team from Coors came out to The Peaks late last year looking for the next venue on their prize-winning extravaganza and were very impressed with what they saw. The trick was keeping it all under wraps because the main aspect of this contest (anyone who finds a gold can is flown/driven out to a secret location for an all expenses paid weekend with three friends) was secrecy. It wasn’t until Friday at 5:30pm we were allowed to say anything publicly and by then the party was already in full swing.

Thanks to everyone who came out and spent the weekend with us and the staff from Coors Light for their efficiency setting up and taking everything right back down again. And no, they didn’t leave the giant water slide.

what a time to be alive – scouts out ✌🏼️ ✈️#bravethegames #coorslightgames #teambeerscouts

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Liver definitely won this weekend #bravethegames #coorslightgames

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Basically sums up how my weekend was #bravethegames 🍺

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Proper way to wrap up a work day. @kardinalo #bravethegames

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You can catch the 2016 Coors Light Games this Saturday, September 3rd on TSN.

Seeking Time Travelers for Under the Stars Movie Night

Back when I was a teenager, I had a brilliant idea. Hook up the TV outside and watch movies all night long with friends. This idea was quickly shot down because it was very humid outside and tube televisions could actually malfunction and permanently break if you expose them to the outdoors. A great idea that was never meant to be… until now.

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This Saturday, July 23rd, the Ontario Highlands Tourism Organization presents our Under the Stars movie night featuring the 1980s time travel adventure, Back To The Future. Great Scott! When this idea was conceived a couple months back, it was as if life was running full circle. Imagine gathering around with family and friends under the night sky and watching a timeless movie that brings back memories for adults and exposes new viewers to an all-time classic. Projected on a giant outdoor screen on our beach, everyone is welcome to attend because admission is FREE. Plus there will be stand-up paddleboard demos from NRS, beach volleyball, popcorn, ice cream and other goodies provided from our Boathouse Bar & Grill. It’s going to be a great time that’s already generating a lot of buzz in the Calabogie/Renfrew/Arnprior area, so #comewander to The Peaks this Saturday to relieve the past.

Discover more about our Under the Stars movie night on our website. Big thanks to our sponsors for backing this event too.

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New Menus at Canthooks Create an Adventure For Your Taste Buds

There’s something exciting about trying a new dish; it’s like an adventure for your taste buds. In the hands of a true professional, even a dish you’ve had dozens of times from one kitchen will taste extraordinarily unique from another and other times you’re diving into new territory of spices, seasonings and garnishes. It’s why unveiling new menus is the foodie equivalent to discovering a new ski run or finding a fresh water pond off your favourite hiking trail.

Chef Tristan of Canthooks Restaurant has been busy discovering the bountiful Ottawa Valley farmer’s markets, organic producers and creating new menus. He’s been forging for greens on the mountain, picking vegetables from our garden, smoking fish on planks of eastern white cedars taken from the property, harvesting our own sumac and rhubarb for sauces and making full use of wonderful maple syrup from our friends at Fultons Sugar Bush. New items include a seared trout, Brome Lake Duck, cedar smoked pickerel, roasted beet salad and many more. In addition to his culinary talents, Chef Tristan is a level 2 Sommelier which provides another layer to the experience guests can expect at the restaurant.

Come on in and try these new dishes for yourself! Canthooks is open daily from 7am to 10pm. Dinner reservations are recommended,  call 613-752-2720 today.

Raft, Ride and Retreat to Calabogie

SummerAdventure-eblastbannerNever mind the calendar, summer is here and if you haven’t started thinking about where you and the family will spend time away from work and school, here are three new options to help seal the deal. These are three brand new hotel packages intended to provide adventure and escape for our guests. Have a look and feel free to click on the banners below to check out more on our website and book online.

OttawaRiverRaftingPackage_TwitterOttawa River Rafting
Two Night Hotel Special

Experience a whitewater adventure on the Ottawa River as part of your stay at Calabogie Peaks with meals and transportation included.

Our Ottawa River Rafting package includes…

  • 2 night accommodation (Sunday and Monday nights only)
  • Breakfast served on both mornings
  • Chef’s dinner on Sunday night
  • Rafting on the Ottawa River with Owl Rafting on Monday (lunch included)
  • Transportation to and from Owl Rafting
  • Price is based on double-occupancy in a standard room per night
  • Package does not include taxes

Available Dates: June 8th to August 30th, 2016
Minimum Number of Nights: 2 nights (Sunday & Monday only)
Available Units: Standard Room

RideTheHighlands_TwitterRide The Highlands Hotel Special

Ride the curves, twisties, entertaining elevation and miles of paved paradise to Calabogie Peaks. Stay the night, enjoy the tranquility of the Ontario Highlands, and head back out with a $20 gas card.

Our Ride The Highlands package includes…

  • 1 night accommodation
  • Breakfast at Canthooks Restaurant
  • A $20 gas card (limit to one per room)
  • Price is based on double-occupancy in a standard room
  • Package does not include taxes

Available Dates: June 8th to October 31st, 2016
Minimum Number of Nights: 1 night
Available Units: Standard Room

StaycationPackage_TwitterCountry Retreat Hotel Special

Celebrate the season with friends and family as you enjoy the greatest traditions of the summer.

Our Country Retreat package includes…

  • 2 night accommodation in a Deluxe room or 1-bedroom condo
  • Breakfast at Canthooks Restaurant
  • A welcome basket in your room, including local maple syrup
  • Price is based on double-occupancy in a Deluxe room
  • Package does not include taxes

Available Dates: June 8th to November 30th, 2016
Minimum Number of Nights: 2 nights
Available Units: Deluxe rooms or 1-bedroom condo