Wedding Dreams on mountain, lake and land

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Wedding season is in full swing and we still have spaces available. Whether your plans are for a large event or a smaller more intimate gathering, exchange your vows and celebrate your magical occasion at any one of our breathtaking intimate venues. Gather lakeside at the beach, on our private wooded island, pond side behind our majestic boutique hotel, by the forest edge, or closest to the sky at our mountain top location. Our reception halls, all adorned with stately furnishings, have panoramic views of the mountain and surrounding areas.

  • We have open Saturday’s in December, and have Sunday through Friday dates available year-round;
  • Our Event Planners and food services are experienced in providing for a variety of tastes;
  • Turn your weddings into a country escape with activities for the entire family, from golf to a day at the beach

With many locations and options available for your personal selection, call our Event Planners today at 1-800-669-4861 and make your dreams come true at Calabogie Peaks.

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Lighting the Pilot For Students

On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, Calabogie Peaks Resort offered a new educational program for high school students. The Hospitality & Tourism class at Fellowes High School participated in a pilot project in conjunction with Specialized High Skills Major being offered around the province.
One might ask what is Specialized High Skills Major? Specialist High Skills Majors let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. This is achieved through; industry specific courses, certifications, career exploration and reach ahead activities.

With Calabogie Peaks being the top tourist destination in the Ottawa Valley, we felt it a natural fit to create this partnership by offering students an insight into the industry. Fellowes students participated in a morning full of workshops followed by a relaxing afternoon of exploring what our resort has to offer.
This is an expansion off of our current school programs. We offer an outdoor education program where students can partake in skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. This allows students to be physically active in an outdoor environment, specifically in the winter months where people are generally less active.

The new program not only will get these students physically active but it will also be academically stimulating. Through a series of mini sessions, students are able to interact with professionals, while getting a first hand glimpse of what a career in their industry would be like. It is what is referred to as a Reach Ahead Experience.
Sessions included:

  • an insider tour of the resort
  • the business side of social media
  • customer service
  • food & beverage hands on experience

The new school program will be offered throughout the fall, winter and spring for the 2014/15 school year. This will allow students to see the differences and transitions between the various seasons.

Contact us at or Call 800 669 4861 x 1705 to speak with a school sales representative directly or email schools@calabogie.com.

Across the Madawaska

CalabogieAdventures_banner_v2 “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.”
– Anne Frank

I know whenever I hear the term “ski hill,” I immediately think of downhill skiing, snowboarding and chair lifts. The thought of cross country skiing slips my mind and it becomes a missed opportunity.

I cross country skied as a kid but just took it up again as a part-time passion about 4 years ago. I find cross country skiing can go two ways; you can make it an adventurous work out or a relaxing cruise through nature. Whether you are looking for flat trails for skate skiing, trails with tracks for nordic skiing or a mixture of both, Calabogie has it.
I have two favourite cross country areas both located within minutes from the Peaks.

The Madawaska Nordic ski trails are located behind the Peaks Village, across from Calabogie Peaks Resort. Trails are well marked and colour coded for level of difficulty: Green for Easy, Blue for Moderate and Red for Difficult. For the most part, the Madawaska Nordic trails are suitable for skiers of all levels.
http://www.madawaskanordic.org/

These trails, which were at one time old logging roads, wind their way through the deep woods of Calabogie.

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The view from atop Eagle’s Nest.

My other favourite and probably my most favourite trail is the one leading up to Eagles Nest. I have found myself recently racing the sun to ski to Eagles Nest where I will take my skis off and walk to the look out for a breathtaking view of the sunset. (Side note: we take head lamps and going downhill on the way out can be quite fast).
Cross country skiing has many benefits. For example, it’s free if you have your own equipment. If you don’t have your own equipment you can rent everything you need at Calabogie Peaks.

It’s a great but comfortable work out. You won’t feel the pain till the next day ;). And it can be a great family outing or unique way to get together with a friend. It is also something you can make your own agenda for whether you want to go for a full day with a lunch packed or just a short after work ski to sunset.

If you want more information on the trails around the Peaks, you can check them out here.

The Ski Family

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Ski [skee] noun. Family [fam-uh-lee] – also a noun. Together they mean something that holds a very special place in the hearts those who go up and down Calabogie Peaks every weekend, be it on skis or a snowboard!
On the surface, it takes a special kind of parent to get out of bed early on weekend mornings, load the vehicle with skis, boards, boots, helmets, layers and lunches when it’s -20 outside, but the thing about it is, the ski parents don’t think twice about it. It’s a lifestyle, a passion and a devotion to being active that keeps families close.
Many of us come from generations of ski families who have been blessed with the gift of love for alpine sports by default. It’s part of our upbringing, our heritage – it’s in our bones. Since the day my wife and I found out we were having our first child, I began dreaming about the day I’d be able to ride the lift with my little girl and show her everything that is beautiful about our sport. Fast forward 3 years and I’m pushing her around the backyard on 75cm skis and wobbly legs. She loves it and it puts me in a happy place.
Most ski families have their home hill where the SUV pulls up every snowy Saturday morning. It’s not always about the terrain, but it is always about the relationships with other ski families, the community. We look forward to chairlift rides with friends to chat about [whatever], breathing clean and crisp air, taking in the natural environment and as we raise the safety bar at the top and choose a run, it’s time to push each other’s limits downhill. Repeat.
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FAMILY and community is a strong message at Calabogie Peaks. Yeah, it’s the tallest descent in Ontario, but it’s more than that. It draws families in from in and around Kingston and the many towns in the Ottawa Valley. The facilities are great and they are cognizant of the importance to foster an environment for youth to enjoy the sport and develop said community, catering to the future of the Ski Family.
As kids grow older, the parents ski with other parents and the kids ski with other kids. The shared love of the sport, the steps into independence for children, and the shared experiences are unique and something that only a ski family can really understand.
I am Rob Whelan of ActiveFamilyPhoto.ca and what I do is illustrate the beauty of spending time outside as an active family. A set of images that preserve the memories of these special times on the hill, the environment that speaks to your definition of family, the Ski Family.

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Military Appreciation Day

4th Annual Winter Sports Clinic (WSC) for Injured Soldiers and Veterans took place at Calabogie Peaks on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.
Read some personal stories.

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The Winter Sports Clinic was Calabogie Peaks, providing adaptive ski lessons for those who would otherwise never have the opportunity to prove their skills and determination. Austen is just one example of the program’s success – great job!
Thank you to instructor Al in the adaptive ski program! Austen had a great first experience at Calabogie on the weekend!
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As a member of the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing, (CADS) National Capital Division, our Calabogie Adaptive Ski Program takes pride in providing people with disabilities – such as young Eric, shown in this video skiing down the Peaks for the first time – an opportunity to learn the basics of downhill skiing. In addition to supporting Calabogie’s “Weekday School Program”, approximately 20 CADS Certified volunteer instructors assisted by 40 to 50 trained volunteers offer a Sunday morning and afternoon skiing program to children and adults with disabilities.
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Veterans take to slopes as part of rehabilitation (with video)

‘You’ve got people learning to live with new bodies’
By JAKOB KUZYK, OTTAWA CITIZEN

Regaining Personal Courage
by Jennet Posey

The Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing‘s 4th Annual Winter Sports Clinic was a weeklong event designed for injured soldiers and veterans.  This international event was host to twelve Canadian soldiers and 4 American soldiers. Our daily activities included not only learning to ski but having an opportunity to learn how to snowboard as well.  I was beyond excited to be fortunate enough to attend the event so I packed my bags eagerly and heavily with warm clothes anticipating chilly weather and the unknown snowy ski slopes.
In the military, there was a team of leaders that showed us what personal courage was and how to achieve it.  Now on the home front, we have a different yet similar team that is helping to shape and redefine personal courage amongst veterans. This year’s 4th annual Winter Ski Clinic in Calabogie, Ontario is the perfect example. I can attest to this because I myself being a combat veteran learned to redefine personal courage for myself over the past week. Read More >>

Going Solo

CalabogieAdventures_banner_v2-128x300My fiancé was away this past weekend and with fresh snow in the forecast I was not ready to pass up on a day of skiing just because I didn’t have anyone to go with.
I find people tend to have excuses as to why they can’t or don’t ski, such as:

  •  “It’s too expensive.”
  • “I don’t have the time.”
  • “I’m working.”
  • “I don’t have anyone to go with.”

None of these excuses are acceptable.

  • There are always deals on tickets, you can buy equipment for cheap off Kijiji, find someone to borrow from, or rent them directly from Calabogie Peaks
  • What are you doing with your time?
  • Go when you are not working
  • You don’t need a partner to go skiing

I use to ski by myself a lot, before I met Mike. I tried to find people to go with but it never seemed to work out. Did I let that stop me? No. This past weekend I headed to the Peaks for some solo skiing. I was one of the first people on the chair which meant I got to enjoy having the first tracks in fresh snow. Even though I was there by myself, it didn’t feel like it. I was surrounded by people who were in love with the sport just as much as I was. Skiing alone has many advantages, like being able to set your own pace, choosing your own runs (instead of the last minute “do we go left or right? You choose. But I choose last time…” etc), using the singles line to avoid the long wait of a busy lift line and skiing your favourite run all day long. I am not going to lie, I skied Black Donald quite a bit.

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Black Donald is my favourite run for two reasons.
1.    It has the best view possible of Calabogie Lake.
2.    It is named after a historical graphite mine.

“From 1895 to 1954, the Black Donald Graphite Mine was one of the richest in the world, located in Calabogie and the only one in North America to produce high-quality graphite suitable for lubricants. In 1901, lake waters rushed into the workings, and in 1917, fire destroyed the mill. Production ceased in 1954, and in 1967 the headpond of Ontario Hydro’s Mountain Chute dam flooded the site one last time. Today, a ghost town of some sixty buildings lies under the waters of Black Donald Lake, west of Calabogie.” (http://www.magma.ca/~rgwood/sites.html)

Given its significant historical value, the Pub upstairs at Calabogie Peaks was also named after the Black Donald mine.
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One thing I love about skiing alone more than anything is the conversations with the strangers you meet on the chair lift. I have always believed that strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet. The more I talk to strangers, the more I believe it. I met some amazing people on the chair this past weekend ranging from a 5 year old enjoying her first time skiing to an 80 year old who has travelled the world due to his love for the sport. I left the resort with new contacts and conversations that touched my heart. The best thing about it is that when skiing alone, everything is your choice. You can choose whether or not you want to talk to people on the chair, you can choose which run you want to go on, you can choose how fast or slow you want to go and you can choose how long you want to ski for.
Regardless of what your decisions are while there, I just hope that more people will make the decision to get out skiing even when they don’t have anyone to go with.

My only warning about solo skiing is that if you enjoy taking pictures, you will either end up taking a lot of selfies or you will end up wanting a GoPro. That is all.

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Calabogie Peaks receives Warden’s Community Service Award

Calabogie Peaks Resort was recognized this week by Renfrew County’s Warden, Peter Emon, at this year’s Community Service Awards. Alongside the Combermere Heritage Society in the not-for-profit category and Mr. Brian Wilson with the individual award, CPR was awarded in the business category in a small ceremony at County Council chambers.
The Warden’s Community Service Awards “recognize and promote the outstanding efforts by community champions in Renfrew County for their active roles with social responsibility and community contributions,” as stated in Renfrew County’s news release. In a speech given by Chief Administrative Officer Jim Hutton during the ceremony, these recipients were praised for offering a positive effort to the well-being and growth of the county. “These organizations and individuals have set a high standard for service to their own communities and to the County of Renfrew as well. As such they were selected to be honoured here today for their contributions to making the quality of life in our communities better.”
Present to accept the award on behalf of Calabogie Peaks Resort was Maggie Fairfield, Regional Sales.

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Calabogie Peaks Resort & Instructors Sweep North America Disabled Skiing Awards

cads-awardsClay Dawdy, Program Director for the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS) (right) and Bob Gilmour, Operations Director (left) present Paul Murphy, President – Calabogie Peaks the “Ski Resort of the Year” plaque awarded at the association’s annual general meeting at Sun Peaks, British Columbia.
The award recognizes Calabogie Peaks Resort long term commitment to enriching the lives of people with disabilities. This includes the building of new meeting and equipment room facilities, wheel chair ramps, and wheelchair accessible washrooms that were constructed this past season to support the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing’s Adaptive Snowsports programs.
Clay Dawdy also received the association’s “Karl Hilzinger” ward presented for his exceptional service at the division and national level for the past 30 years. And Gilmour was voted the “Outstanding Disabled Ski Instructor” by 170 of his peers at the United States “Winter Sports Clinic for Military Veterans” at Snowmass Colorado.
Visit our website to learn more about the Calabogie Adaptive Ski Program at Calabogie Peaks Resort.

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