In case you didn’t know, Calabogie Peaks hosts a Mardi Gras every year during the March Break. This years’ Mardi Gras will take place on Saturday, March 21st, 2015. Most years, the weather has been so nice out that you will feel like you are spring skiing and this year is guaranteed as the first day of Spring is March 20th!
Even if you don’t ski or snowboard, Mardi Gras is a great event to check out because they have an annual puddle jump and live music which provides great entertainment while soaking up some vitamin D and enjoying some freshly barbecued food.
Don’t feel like skiing but still want to be active? You can rent snowshoes, cross-country skis, or go tubing while at The Peaks. There are activities for all ages during this festival. Whether you are a participant or a spectator, Mardi Gras is a great way to start off the Spring.
The leaves have fallen and carpeted the ground in a fabric of orange and reds. There’s nothing left to do except wait patiently for the snow to fall, right?
Wrong! Now is the perfect time to get your body ready for the rigours of downhill sports and cross country skiing. It’s not just about being in shape, but acclimatizing yourself to the dropping temperatures. Unless you’re one of the few and proud joggers who wake up at the crack of dawn – in the Summer, no less! – there is a significant difference between outdoor activities in the warm months versus the chill of Autumn and Winter. Exercising in shorts allows your skin to aerate and even the slightest breeze freshens the skin and lets you feel invigorated as you move about in the great outdoors. Bundling up in even the simplest of gear automatically eliminates that freshness and keeps any sweat bundled within your clothing, which creates a humid environment for your skin that causes it to sweat even harder than if you were in shorts. And once you start to remove your gear, you might as well jump straight into the frigid waters of Calabogie Lake in January.
Racing downhill is a serious sport, whether you do it on skis or strapped to a board, and responsible enthusiasts need to prep themselves as well as their gear. That’s why this is the perfect time to get yourself ready for the snow by hiking across the trails winding around your favourite mountain… like our own Dickson Mountain, for starters. To give you that extra boost of inspiration, our own Intrepid Adventurer and Blogger, Michelle, is already well underway to getting herself ready for that glorious white powder. So we’ll leave you with this link to her blog as she shares with you the beauty and tranquility of an Autumn hike up the mountain.
Michelle and Mike Eady take the trek up the Manitou Mountain Trail over this past weekend.
As you read this post, summer is coming to a close. The calendar may say otherwise but we all know once it hits Labour Day and the kids go back to school (sorry, kids), the summer season goes out with a bang. Cue one of the most beautiful seasons of them all: Autumn.
Whether it’s a motorcycle ride through the Ontario Highlands or an escape from the city during one of the quieter weeks of the year, there’s still plenty of reasons to check out Calabogie Peaks and squeeze in another escape, retreat, vacation or try us out during your next business trip. For your convenience, have a read through these two blog posts made over the past weekend about this very subject.
Wheels.ca (an online supplement for the Toronto Star) took the Highlands challenge and made a stop at our Canthooks Restaurant for a bit along the way. You can read it here.
The boys at Real Man Travels took to the road and stayed the night with us during our recent Class Axe Guitars Calabogie Blues & Ribfest 2014 festival and we’re pleased to announce none of them passed out from over-ribbing. You can read their post here.
Fall Colour Scenic Chairlift Rides
If enjoying the magnificence of the Autumn countryside is on your must-do list, we’re please to announce the return of our annual Fall Colours Scenic Chairlift Rides. Running weekends from September 27th to October 13th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, experience the beauty of nature from a bird’s eye view. Only $10 per person or $30 for the family (maximum of 5, but only another $5 per extra person).
One of the great things about blogs is that it’s much easier to discover photos of people enjoying their stays at the Peaks. Wedding photos are especially exciting because they’re a glimpse at the thrill and excitement everyone feels on these special days. It feels good to know brides, grooms, families, and friends were able to make eternal memories on mountain, lake and land.
The Photos For Life blog has a series of such photos we stumbled across yesterday and wanted to share it with the rest of you. Click on their logo to see a Calabogie Peaks wedding for yourselves.
There’s so much to enjoy in the summer months, from enjoying the casual days outside by the beach to hiking the many trails winding throughout the Highlands. For some, summer is a time to engage in that most precious of moments: weddings. Over the years, Calabogie Peaks has provided many memorable weddings for young couples seeking for that perfect, tranquil spot to exchange their vows. But don’t take our word for it; check out what the Ottawa Citizen wrote about our wedding services in this year’s Weddings & Romance supplement back in February 2014.
Wedding Dreams Come True At Calabogie Peaks
Express your love for that special person in your life and surround yourself with the best the world has to offer: family, friends and beauty. Nature provides a glorious backdrop for unforgettable lifetime memories at Calabogie peaks Resort, one of the Ontario’s leading mountain lakeshore resorts. Celebrate your special occasion where country warmth and luxury are combined with culinary perfection and limitless seasonal activities.
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 Calabogie’s breathtaking intimate venues. Gather lakeside at the beach, on their private wooded island, pondside behind their majestic boutique hotel, by the forest edge, or closest to the sky at Calabogie’s mountaintop location. Calabogie’s reception halls, all adorned with stately furnishings, have panoramic views of the mountain and surrounding areas.
Close to the city but far from distractions, Calabogie Peaks is an inviting destination year-round. “We offer guests an experience that differentiates use from other locations,” says Liz Murphy, co-owner of The Peaks. “Imagine exchanging vows midsummer in the shade beneath majestic lakeshore trees, with a soft summer breeze blowing in from the lake, and your friends and family with you for this special moment. Or choose the ‘take my breath away’ location at the top of the mountain. Whisk your wedding group up the Lakeview chairlift and say ‘I do’ at the top of the world.”
“Many choose The Peaks as a destination wedding location and combine it with a host of activities offered on-site,” adds Murphy. Warm weather offers golfing, tennis, hiking, boating and beach activities. Winter includes skiing, boarding, snowshoeing, skating and more.
Come make memories at the mountain! For more information, go to www.calabogie.com and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for booking availability.
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.
- 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 email@example.com.