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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.

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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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.

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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

Big Wreck Headlining Mountain Man Music Festival!

The 2nd Annual Mountain Man Music Festival has just cranked it up a notch with the announcement last week of our headliner: Canadian rock sensation, Big Wreck. Playing July 2nd, this is your chance to watch these icons play infamous songs like The Oaf (My Luck Is Wasted), Albatross, That Song, Ladylike, and more.

You can learn more about this show and numerous others playing at the Mountain Man festival from their website, mountainmanfestival.com. Now sit back and enjoy a sample of what you can expect on July 2nd.

Summer Is Coming…

…and it’s time to get ready for the sunny days on the beach, hiking along the winding trails away from the city, relaxing by the pool and everything else that comes with this season.

Normally, we’d post a list of reasons why you should consider coming to Calabogie Peaks with your family, friends, associates, or anyone else you can think of but we decided the best way was to show you what to expect. We’re very proud of this video as it makes all of us want to drop what we’re doing and play a few holes at Ironwoods, explore Calabogie Lake by canoe… See for yourself.

 

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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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.

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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!

The Call of the Mountain Path

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Calabogie Peaks Social Media Guy here. I’m going to get a little personal today (but don’t worry, it’s nothing strange, just something that’s very near and dear to my heart). I’m a sucker for hiking. It calls to me and has done so more and more over the past few months. When I started working here back in November of 2013, the view from the base of the mountain took my breath away. Under normal circumstances, you’d think I would have been riding the chairlift as soon as the motor started running or tied up my boot laces post haste and started marching… but it’s not as simple as that.
Everyone has their unique challenges in life. Obstacles they must overcome as part of a personal conflict, be it mental, physical, or both. My employment here at The Peaks ended up being more than a fantastic professional opportunity, but a personal challenge that would take 18 months of training, perseverance and determination. Within days of sitting at this desk, I knew I was going to hike directly up the mountain and see the view from the other side. Not only that, I was going to document it and share it with all you fine readers.
Last weekend, I did exactly that. Starting from the base, I marched my way up the Juniper Junction’s ski trail, connected to Whistlin’ Paddy, and pushed up to the top of the Lakeview chairlift. There’s a reason why I’m sharing this with you beyond good marketing for our fantastic trails and it’s not just because it’s been at least 10 years since my last big hike – my right foot is filled with eight screws and lined with a metal plate locking my heel in place along with continuous nerve damage sustained from a nasty accident years ago. Four-and-a-half years ago at this time, I was completely dependent on walking with crutches or a cane undergoing physical therapy and here I am planning to reach not only the peak of the mountain but the peak of my recovery. It was going to be a painful, demanding experience and after months of planning and preparation (all in secret, as I kept all of this from everyone here in the Front Office and all my friends and family – save for my incredibly supportive wife), last Friday was finally the day.
With my trusty walking stick, binoculars, two bottles of water, a handful of granola bars, a camera over my shoulder, a cellphone in my pocket and a GoPro strapped to my chest, I set out to document this challenge. Have a look!

This is what hiking is all about. It’s not just the fantastic views, the appreciation of nature’s roots surrounding you, or the tranquility of a life beyond humankind. It’s the exhilaration of success when you stand on the tip of a giant rock overlooking a valley as wide as the Earth itself. I’ve missed that feeling after all these years, to be standing in a place where we are the minority, experiencing a moment only I can witness thanks to my own physical and mental efforts. Even with the bugs! I have the same feeling as I did when I completed a marathon, just without the desire to collapse on the ground or feeling like my lungs wanted to relocate to a bigger apartment. What made that moment even better was the realization that I was never expected to experience it again. It was to be nothing more than a memory of a time long gone. Not anymore and I couldn’t be more proud of myself.
This was my challenge to myself and everyone has theirs. Call it your bucket list, a New Year’s resolution, whatever it is in the back of your mind. While I could settle with the self-satisfaction of my own accomplishment, I want to take this to the next level. If my story can encourage at least one more person to overcome their challenge, that success will be all the more sweeter.
What is your challenge and how will you overcome it? Share it with us and let’s help others feel the confidence and willpower to #challengeyourself.

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Meet Dante: Goose Chaser

If you own property anywhere in Canada, let alone Eastern Ontario, you know all about geese. Sure, they’re a Canadian treasure gracing our golden dollar coins, but that’s because they have a great marketing team. The reality is a lot messier as these transients tend to drop their luggage anywhere they please without a care or a concern for anyone else who follows. All it takes is a small flock of these frequent flyers to turn your well-kept greens into a spotted eyesore, making them Public Enemy #1 in our books.
It’s a fact every golf course must face when they return from their annual pilgrimage to the southern States. Every year, we hum and we haw on what’s the best way to keep these flying hobos and their litter off our nine holes. There are easy ways to deal with the problem, yes, but we wanted to find a convenient and easy way to handle this matter without resorting to drastic measures.
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Meet the solution, a shepherd mix dog named Dante. Geese – and birds in general – do not like dogs for the sheer reason that dogs LOVE birds. Chasing them, that is. Brought to us by her owner (and simultaneously our Hotel Manager, Joost Asselbergs), Dante has already worked miracles in the two short weeks she’s been on staff… and she is considered part of the team. While her title is unofficial, as Calabogie Peaks’ resident goose chaser she also works part-time as our cheerleader with people lining up to take her on patrol around Ironwoods in search of those hollow-boned trespassers. The beauty too is that she never really has to do anything – her mere presence alone upsets them, causing them to flap away unhappily squawking something about their squatting rights. Plus she tends to help out with landscaping as well when there’s a loose stick around.
On her downtime, she parks herself in the shade at the back of the main hotel or chilling out in one of the cottages with Joost as they plot out their plan of attack for the next day. Not to worry, Dante has no interest in the restaurant or any of the public areas frequented by our guests. After all, she’s a professional goose chaser and like all professional dogs, she doesn’t have time to goof around. Don’t let that tail wagging fool you. It’s hard work to defend these greens from dark-billed troublemakers and all she asks for in return is a pat on the head and a treat. I just wish I could get a treat at the end of my day.

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Dante gets ready to get to work for another shift of goose chasing. Oh, and there’s Joost too. He helps.
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The key to her task is to chase away all geese without tearing up the greens… which she does a top grade job, I must say.
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There is no path she won’t check, no bush she won’t sniff to root out every last goose on the premises.
One of the best qualities about Dante? She’s a rescue dog and there’s nothing better than giving a pup a second chance at a happy life. When you’re looking at adopting in the future, remember to consider adopting a rescue dog from your local chapter of the Humane Society or other recognized pet adoption