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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.

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

Master the Art of Songwriting with the Calabogie Peaks Songwriters Workshop

SongwritersWorkshop2016_logo_blacktextMusic touches us all and for some it’s a calling. To create a song with nothing more than a few words, a rhythm, and a trusty guitar requires a combination of raw talent and experience, but gaining those career-defining lessons can be difficult when you don’t know where to begin. That’s why we’re incredibly excited to host our first Songwriters Workshop here at Calabogie Peaks Resort from June 27th to 29th, right before the Mountain Man Music Festival.

Hosted by professional Nashville songwriters Byron Hill, Gil Grand, and Jeffrey East, this 3-day Workshop will provide the basis for aspiring songwriters of any style looking to make their mark in the industry. You can learn more by checking out our Songwriters Workshop page on the CPR website and read the press release below. To sign up, give us a call at 1-800-669-4861 or email events@calabogie.com.


BYRON HILL, GIL GRAND AND JEFFREY EAST FROM NASHVILLE TO TEACH ASPIRING SONGWRITERS AND SINGERS AT CALABOGIE PEAKS RESORT JUNE 27, 28 AND 29, 2016

“So many promising singers and songwriters have the talent but don’t know how to get to the next level, we want to help them” – Gil Grand

Byron Hill, an award winning record producer, has written songs released on 77 gold and platinum albums and singles and 32 U.S. and Canadian top-ten chart hits among other accolades. Byron was a 2015 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame nominee and his songs have been recorded by Ray Charles, George Strait, Kenny Rodgers, Randy Travis,  Alabama and so many others.

Gil Grand, a songwriter, producer and publisher, is a multiple CCMA winner and nominee including Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year and Record Producer of the Year”.  A much anticipated single will be released in the next week.

Born into a preforming family, Jeffrey East’s songwriting career took off when he allowed his emotions to drift into song.  His passion for the craft has led recording artists Dierks Bentley, Sister Hazel, The Farm, Rainey Qualley, Point of Grace and others to record his masterful pieces.

Connecting with these three award winning songwriters, workshop participants will learn among other things, how to become noticed in the industry, improve their songwriting skills, how to collaborate with others and how to get a demo produced and heard by the right people. The workshop will conclude with a “In the Round” performance which will be opened to the public.

To maximize the writing experience and the intimacy of this event with Byron, Gil and Jeffrey there are a limited number of spaces  for the workshop.  For more information go to www.calabogie.com or contact us at 1-800-669-4861.

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5 Reasons to Experience Calabogie Peaks Right Now

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Have you ever had a list so big you didn’t know where to begin? That’s how it’s going with us at The Peaks right now – there’s so many things to share with you right now. March Break is going on and we’re getting ready for our annual end of season bash, we’re bringing back the Calabogie Boogie, 2017 season passes are on sale, there’s a new music workshop coming this spring… If you think we’re getting ready to close up shop for the season, this list will change your mind.

Let’s start from the beginning and work our way through. Take a look at everything going on at Calabogie Peaks this week.

Over 85% Of Trails Are Open

See for yourself on our live webcams and on the terrain report – right now there are 21 trails ready and waiting to get in some sweet spring skiing and riding. Ditch the thick coats and ride the lifts in your favourite t-shirt because conditions like this are few and far between… and they’re right here at Calabogie.

2016/17 Season Pass Memberships

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Early bird discounts are up and running for our 2016/17 Season Pass Memberships until April 15th. Save up to $220 and enjoy all the perks that come with the Peak’s pass. Go to our website or call the Adventure Centre at at 1-800-669-4861 ext. 1705 for more details and information about layaway plan.

March Break At Calabogie

March Break has begun at The Peaks and we have fun plans for the entire week.

  • MONDAY – CAMO DAY. dress to impress the deer on the mountain
  • TUESDAY – PAJAMA DA. come in your jammies and get a free hot chocolate coupon from the Adventure Centre
  • WEDNESDAY – OTTAWA SENATORS DAY. Are you true blue for and see red? THE OTTAWA SENATORS DAY – wear your Senators gear and have a chance to win Senator’s swag.
  • THURSDAY – ST. PATRICKS DAY WITH MYFM. Hosts Jamie and Jess will be at the mountain to celebrate with all the trimmings. Come paint the mountain green and hoist a pint for the Irish in you.

Get Your Calabogie Boogie On

CalabogieBoogie_2016button_CMYKCalabogie Peaks is going retro and back to its roots. Saturday March 19th is the return of “The Calabogie Boogie”. Dress in your most retro ski outfit for prizes and join in the fun.

  • Best “Retro Ski Outfit” competition
  • Wine tasting on the lower deck of the ski lodge
  • Dummy Downhill – build your creation on skis/snowboard and complete for the longest run – and staying upright.
  • Puddle Jump – this classic test of balance always draws a crowd and lots of cheers as participants skim – or not- across a pool of water at the base of the mountain.

First Annual Calabogie Peaks Songwriters Workshop

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Attention aspiring songwriters! The First Annual Calabogie Peaks Songwriter’s Workshop is pleased to present three award winning songwriters Gil Grand, Byron Hill and Jeffrey East as the featured hosts June 27th, 28th and 29th. Singers, songwriters, music producers and recreational songwriters will gather at The Peaks to learn helpful strategies, improve their song writing techniques, and network with others in the music industry. What a great opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business. Click here [link] to register for this 3-day workshop.

 

 

Seeing Is Believing: The 2015 Fall Colours

As a hiker, it’s been a source of great pride to see so many of you taking an interest in coming out here to Calabogie and walking the trails these past couple of weeks. Combined with the impressive crowds during our Thanksgiving weekend Fall Colours Chairlift Rides and the number of hiking maps downloaded from our website, people have taken advantage of the weather to witness nature in perhaps its finest display.

When I tell people I’m a hiker, the first reaction is that I must be a hardcore, stocked-to-the-gills-with-official-Nike-gear kind of hiker. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I hike in jeans, strap a water bottle to my hip, bring a few quick and easy items in a backpack (couple of granola bars, a change of shirt, a towel, and a cell phone in case of emergencies), grab my walking stick and I’m off. I like to clarify this because while you can be a dedicated, athletic hiker (or a cross country runner, as was the case in my youth), the beauty of this activity is that it’s the definition of casual. Which is exactly what we saw from tweets shared with us over the past couple of weekends.

Now with my three-month old son to enrich my life, I secure him across my chest and bring him along to experience the trails with me in the hope it will become a tradition as he slowly develops the ability to walk with me. Years ago, it was the solitude and time away from crowds, deadlines, even responsibilities. A hike was my time to myself with nothing but my thoughts and some squirrels to keep me company. Times have changed and as a dad I know understand it’s also about getting away from the distractions we take for granted: pulling the kids away from the TV and spending some quality time outside, sharing an hour with someone special for a little hand holding under the canopy, snapping some amazing panoramas with your grandparents… the possibilities are endless.

It’s also about the accomplishment when you reach the trail’s destination, be it the top of the mountain or the gorgeous vista of Eagle’s Nest. It’s quality time in a place no video game, painting, or poem can reproduce and it’s why you have to see it to believe it.

Thanks for stopping by this weekend and I look forward to see everyone back on the trails next Autumn… and on the slopes this Winter.

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Falling In Love With Autumn

As a growing hiking enthusiast, this may be the best time of year to charge up the camera batteries, strap on a backpack, and grab your walking stick for a journey into the woods. Not only because the cooler temperatures have basically eliminated the bugs (which were quite nasty this year, though the trails about The Peaks were actually quite hospitable to those of us who prefer not to become bug food), but to experience the fall colours firsthand.
It’s something we take for granted and not only because it signals the end of one season and the slow approach of another. It’s a natural event unique to our part of the world, a kind of gentle fireworks display marking the approach of something bigger to come. Timing is key to the perfect experience because this is not something spread out across many weeks and it all depends on weather conditions from weeks before. If it gets too cold too early, the leaves shift into duller colours and quickly fall before we can finish tying our shoes. Too warm and the leaves remain green until a sudden frost hits the air and we’re literally looking at half the time to absorb this occasion. Plus some areas change faster than others for no reason whatsoever. Mother Nature makes us work for it, that’s for sure, but when the time comes and you’re in the right place at the right time, it’s magical. I love it!

The beauty of sitting in the midst of the Ontario Highlands is the wide open expanses of fall colours spread across rolling hills. Take the view from Eagle’s Nest, for example, a local favourite. It’s an impressive view at any time of year, but it becomes a magnificent array of yellows, oranges, and browns as far as the eye can see. Only the view from a plane or the space station can beat it.

While I haven’t been able to get outside as often as I would have liked these past few months, the reason is also why I’m especially looking forward to getting onto trails like the Manitou Mountain Trail and Skywalk with my three-month old son. His vision is acute enough that he enjoys looking out the window when it’s all green trees and blue skies, so imagine what he’ll see with the perfect blend of Autumn. It’s a similar mindset fellow blogger, Michelle Kobzik, had last week when she took her five-month old to the top of Dickson Mountain.
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If hiking is not your thing or simply out of your realm of possibility, we can help with that. Our annual Fall Colours Chairlift Rides are taking place this Thanksgiving weekend between 11am and 4pm. Catch a ride to the top of the mountain for only $10 per person (or $30 for a group of four) and walk your way down along Ole K&P or stay a while at the Top Hut and relax before catching a ride back down. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention joining us for lunch or sticking around for a Thanksgiving dinner at our Canthooks restaurant. It’s a time to give thanks for friends and family; why not take time to appreciate the world around us too?

Extra-Curricular Fun @ Blues & Ribfest

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As I write this, we’re a little more than 48 hours away from the start of our 5th Annual Class Axe Guitars Calabogie Blues & Ribfest (phew, that’s a mouthful) and the whole resort is bustling like elves at Christmas. Do you have your tickets yet? Today, I wanted to take a moment to tell you about the other activities taking place on site this weekend to keep you entertained between watching great performances and licking rib sauce off your fingers.

Periscope
If you haven’t heard about Periscope yet, it’s a free live video streaming app that’s taking the social media world by storm. And seeing as I’m the social media guy for Calabogie Peaks, it’s only fair that I play around with a new toy this weekend. We’ll be showcasing various live performances from some of our artists this weekend and you can sign up for Periscope or catch the updates direct from our Twitter feed.

Parasailing
Think you can watch the stage from high above Calabogie Lake? It’s a possibility with the return of Sky-Mazing Parasailing and they’re taking bookings for Blues & Ribfest weekend. Reserve your ride now at 705-457-8359, plus if you book your parasail ride by Thursday, August 13th, you’ll be entered for a draw to win your ride for free.
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Chair Lift Rides
Another great way to see the action from up high but without bringing your bathing suit, we’ll be running the chair lift again during Blues & Ribfest weekend from Noon to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Take in the sights as you rise to the top of Dickson Mountain, maybe even take in a hike to Eagle’s Nest and stretch those legs after dining on some ribs.

Ribber Voting

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This is the Blues & RIBFEST and that means a weekend of non-stop ribs, BBQ chicken, and more, but it’s also a contest between our three ribbers: Route 55, Horn Dawgs, and Gator BBQ. This year, you can vote for your favourite ribber by text message, so keep your eyes peeled for the signs on how you can vote for the ribber that filled your belly better than any other.

Rib Valet
Speaking of ribs, we introduced our rib valet service last year and it was a huge success. Now it’s back for another year. Pull on up to the front gate and put in your order to bring home fresh off the grill ribs from any of our three ribbers.

Fireworks!
Last, but not least, there’s the fireworks popping over the mountain. Next to Canada Day, you’ll never find a bigger fireworks display in Calabogie than you will on Saturday night after our headliner, Keb’ Mo’ wraps up on stage. Whether you’re on our VIP access only deck or kicking back at your camper, it’s a great way to enjoy another year at the Calabogie Blues & Ribfest.

Why Choose? The True Spirit of the Mountain Man Music Festival

It wouldn’t be summer without music festivals and it’s not like we’ve been joining the bandwagon here. If anything, I’d like to say we’ve been one of the early leaders in local, community-driven festivals and this year did not stray from that goal. But this year was different. This year was, shall we say, a little risky. And we’re happy to say that it was totally worth it.
If you had a chance to join us over the June 26-28th weekend, then you know exactly what I’m talking about: the Mountain Man Music Festival. Every one has its theme (OK, most of them do) and this one was very unique: three stages playing non-stop music all weekend long featuring a variety of genres played by local artists. It was like a gallery of undiscovered Ottawa Valley talents mix with a healthy spoonful of crowd favourites churning out reggae, blues, folk, country, R&B, and a little something extra in between. Needless to say, pulling off a festival like this was a bit of a challenge and came with some risks. There’s generally very little runoff between so many genres of music and with no major headliner to take the spotlight, there was no guarantee people would make the drive to spend the day or stay the weekend.
I’m happy to say we were pleasantly surprised by both the turnout and the reactions from the crowd. It may even be safe to say we’ve already accumulated some fans. (What should we call them: mountaineers?)

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A summer sunset behind the outdoor stage as the Steve Marriner Band plays on into the night. Photo courtesy of Lori Hoddinott.

What was nice about Mountain Man was the relaxed atmosphere about it all. You could enjoy a full band on the outdoor stage – a brand new and permanent addition to The Peaks, I might add, made with help from our sponsor, Renfrew Home Hardware – or take in a smaller venue with a personal touch upstairs in Black Donalds on the Ottawa Blues Society stage. Personally, there were some nice surprises even I wasn’t expecting and I’ve already found myself shopping online for The Riot Police and Lucas Haneman. In fact, Lucas was probably the breakout, slap-across-the-face performer of the entire weekend, in my opinion. Judge for yourself with this video of just his second song from Friday night’s show. (Apologies in advance for some of the audio in some parts as this was all captured with my Canon without any special recording gear.)
And of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t make mention of the other fantastic performers: Jeff Rogers, Dan Livingstone, Andria Simone, Soulstack, Richard Martel, and more. So now that we have that one done and over, you’d think we could rest for the summer, right? Wrong, because there’s the always-popular sensation we call Calabogie Blues & Ribfest. That means we take a couple of days to rest, catch our breath, and dive right back into the swing of things.
See you in August!

Valentine’s Day

CalabogieAdventures_banner_v2Valentine’s Day is that one day of the year people either choose to love or hate. Considering it’s a day dedicated to love, I’d say we all try to love it, regardless if we are in a relationship or not.

For Couples:
Any guy can walk into a flower shop and order roses. Actually, they make it so easy now that you don’t even have to leave the couch to order those flowers for your loved one. Just a credit card and phone is all you need.
And ladies, gifts can be overrated. Unless your partner really had his heart set on a new watch, cologne or a fishing rod, he probably already has them. Save your money on the materialistic stuff and aim for something unique.
Instead, try planning a day that can create memories. Mike and I like to combine an outdoor activity with food. Because who doesn’t like fresh air and a warm meal? Some years it’s ice climbing and Chinese take-out, skating and beavertails, or skiing and steaks.
This year Valentine’s Day lands on a Saturday, which creates the perfect opportunity to take your loved one skiing at Calabogie Peaks followed by a delicious dinner at Canthooks Restaurant. You may pay a little more than you would for flowers but you can’t put a price tag on memories and love.

For Singles:
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about celebrating your love for “a partner,” it can be a day for celebrating your love for a friend. Find a good friend and take them out skiing. If you want to make the day really entertaining find a friend that has never skied before and offer to help teach them. Some of my best ski days have been spent on the bunny hill.
If you are single and looking, the ski hill has been known to bring people together. I have many friends who are in relationships thanks to Calabogie Peaks. Sometimes all it takes is perfect timing and a chair lift to bring two people together.
Regardless of your relationship status, Calabogie Peaks is a great place to spend Valentine’s day whether it’s with your partner, friend, or family. Valentine’s Day should be a celebration of love for everyone because we all deserve to have a valentine.
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Raised in the Ottawa Valley and a permanent resident of the Calabogie area,  Michelle Eady is passionate about the outdoors and the environment. She is an Early Childhood Educator for the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board and alsos enjoy writing and taking pictures so when you combine the two, you get her blog: www.mish1100.wordpress.com
Keep imagination alive and play outside!

Tips & Tricks To Survive The Calabogie Blues & Ribfest Weekend

BluesRibfest2014_guitarlogo-341x1024Music festivals have become a staple of summer must-see events and our 4th Annual Class Axe Guitars Calabogie Blues & Ribfest is no exception. Hours of live music, smokin’ hot food, chilled beverages, sunshine and good times all make for a jam-packed weekend of fun and excitement but there are some tips to help you enjoy the fun all through the weekend. Whether you’re camping on site with us from Friday to Sunday or simply spending a day enjoying the show, here’s some suggestions to make sure the fun isn’t interrupted.

The Bare Essentials

Regardless of how long you’ll be on site, it’s always handy to pack a few fundamentals to deal with the environment.

  • Sunscreen and a hat – Sitting outside in the sun all day is just asking for trouble, so that’s why these two items are listed first on the list (especially if you’re bringing the kids with you).
  • Rain gear – Sure, we’d love to have nothing but sun all weekend long, but that’s not our call. Should the rain start to fall, you’ll be glad you came prepared.
  • Bug spray – As much as we might not like it, the bugs lived here first and the tantalizing aroma of BBQ ribs is sure to attract them from across the valley.
  • Blankets or small camping chairs – Why not make yourself as comfortable as possible? Many camping chairs come with cup holders and pouches to keep all your extra goodies handy at all times.
  • Refillable plastic containers – As an outdoor festival, there are no glass containers allowed. If you’re planning on keeping bottles of water handy at all times, go plastic and reuse as often as possible.
  • If you’re camping, you’ll want to haul a little more than that but the benefit is that you’ll automatically have more room to bring more gear.
  • Tent and tarp – Listed first for all the right reasons and the tarp comes in handy should rain fall overnight.
  • Toiletries – Soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant and anything else you’ll need to stay fresh and clean throughout the weekend. They’re not just for single people, you know.
  • Coolers – As outside food and beverages are not allowed within the concert area, you’ll want to keep your own handy while gathered around your campsite mingling with friends both old and new. No one wants to drink a warm beer while grooving to the blues!
  • Small propane cooking stove – As open flames are not permitted, should you want to cook up some of your own grub at your campsite, this is the way to go.
  • A flag/ribbon to mark your site – Have a little fun with this one and put up something with your family crest, a pirate flag or a funky design of your own creation.

What NOT To Bring

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Every list of what to bring must be balanced with another list of things not permitted on the grounds. To ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to enjoy the festival and avoid unwanted incidents, please comply with the following conditions.

  • No pets allowed – While they’re great companions, they’re not for everyone.
  • Balloons
  • Generators – If you’re bringing your RV, there are electrical hook-ups available (spaces limited).
  • Glass bottles – As mentioned before, no glass containers are permitted on the property.
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Bicycles, scooters, ATVs, etc – All vehicles are to be keep off the grounds at all times (barring RVs, of course) for safety and maintenance of the grounds.
  • Any weapons, illegal substances and fireworks – We have a zero tolerance policy. If you bring any of these onto the grounds, you will be removed by security.

For more details on these and other aspects of the festival, check out www.calabogieblues.com. We’ll see you this weekend!

Experiencing the Valley (July 13th to 27th)

One of the beautiful things about the Peaks is how close we are to so many festivals, activities, and events taking place across the Ottawa Valley. If you’re going to be staying with us over the next couple of weeks, here are a few places you may want to check out.

The LogJam Country Music Festival
Where: Wilderness Tours
When: July 18-19
Website: http://www.logjamfest.com/
Music festivals have become a staple for many people the world over and they’re not always reserved for cities. Just like our own Calabogie Country Music Festival, the adventurous people at Wilderness Tours have put together their own gathering of country musicians in an outdoor setting that compliments both the music and the crowd. Located just off Highway 17 along the watery border of the Ontario/Quebec border, the LogJam Country Music Festival brings together performers such as Jason Blaine, Jordan McIntosh, Ambush, Blackwell and more.

The Festival of Family
Where: Downtown Renfrew
When: July 19
Only a 30-minute drive away from the Peaks’ front door, this one-day festival is a family-friendly gathering of amazing talent, street dancing, garage and bake sales. Plus there’s guided tours in the newly-opened Renfrew NHL Museum and street hockey action with special guests scheduled to attend.

G’Day, We’re From the Valley, Eh!
Where: The Stone Fence Theatre, Eganville
When: July 15, 17, 22, 24, 30, 31; August 6, 7, 13, 14
Website: http://www.stonefence.ca/
What if someone from the Valley put together a show that was one part Corner Gas and one part musical? You’d get the Stone Fence Theatre’s original production of “G’Day, We’re From the Valley, Eh!” Whether you’re from the area and can laugh from your own first-hand experiences or want to learn about what life’s like in the Valley with amusing songs and hilarious performances, this may be the perfect fit for a night out enjoying local theatre.
 
 HR_CalabogieWakeSurf_3884-ZF-9563-42640-1-062-200x300Canadian Wake Surf Nationals
Where: Right here at Calabogie Peaks
When: July 25-27
Website: http://canadianwakesurfnationals.com/
If music festivals, theatre and buskers aren’t your thing, maybe witnessing some of the country’s best wake surfers ripping and flipping across Calabogie Lake is your style. The best part of this event is that it takes place on our own beach, no more than a 5-minute walk away. Along with a beer tent, BBQ and plenty of room to watch from land or on your own boat, it’s completely free for spectators.
To learn more about these and other events going on in the Ottawa Valley, check out http://www.ottawavalley.travel/Events_and_Festivals.html