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.

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.

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.

— Cabbie Richards (@Cabbie) August 26, 2016

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.


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.


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

Meet The Chef: Tristan Hertzog

MPIBOD0416-1-23Chef Tristan Hertzog, a young executive chef who has risen through the ranks from prep cook to preparing dinner for the Royal Family, is now leading the food and beverage team at Calabogie Peaks Resort.  Chef Tristan comes to Calabogie most recently from the Mission Hill Estate Winery in Kelowna, British Columbia.  With a growing young family Tristan and his wife chose to move east to be close to their extended family in the Ottawa Valley.

With a host of experience garnered from high level establishments including the Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, Canada’s highest elevation restaurant; the award winning Emerald Lake Lodge; an all organic restaurant The Cedar House and The Post Hotel, a Relais & Chateau property, the Peaks is delighted that Chef Tristan will call Calabogie his new home.

As Resort Chef, Tristan will be reviewing and reworking all of the menus throughout The Resort including our banquet and corporate menu selections.

Chef Tristan looks forward to visiting the local farmers markets, seeking out organic food suppliers, foraging for supplies in the field all the while creating menus that best reflect the Ottawa Valley and his personal flare.  In addition to his culinary talents, Tristan is a level 2 Sommelier which will provide yet another layer to the experience that guests of Canthooks Restaurant will enjoy.

Reservations are suggested for dinners at Canthooks Restaurant and can be made at 613-752-2720.


Calabogie Peaks Resort Building Towards An Even Better Future

The following article was provided in the May 23, 2016 issue of the Ottawa Business Journal revealing an exciting new real estate venture at The Peaks. As our President, Paul Murphy, says…

“Imagine owning a ski-in, ski-out residence or condo that comes with a dock and a half-mile of pristine shoreline.”

With its advantageous location one hour from Ottawa, Calabogie Peaks has long been a popular year-round destination. Under the careful stewardship of the Murphy family, who have owned and operated the resort for four decades, the resort has undergone significant expansion in the last thirteen years and is now poised for future growth.

“We take great pride in knowing that many people consider Calabogie Peaks the ideal place to enjoy recreational opportunities, hold meetings, host family reunions and weddings or just disconnect,” says Paul Murphy. “We are in the business of exceeding expectations every day and the team knows their role is to deliver superior service along with small-town warmth and charm.”

As a unique four-season destination that draws visitors from all over eastern Ontario and western Quebec, Calabogie Peaks offers guests year-round activities on the mountain, lake and land. Winter at the resort boasts skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and cross country skiing while warm weather activities include golf, tennis, unlimited hiking and lake activities. The resort has casual fine dining, full catering facilities, hotel rooms, one to three bedroom condos, indoor pool, outdoor hot tub plus complimentary WiFi and parking.

Upgrading the facilities at Calabogie Peaks has consistently been done with great care so as not to spoil what guests love about the resort. “We have invested almost $10 million to improve everything from accommodations to ski and snowboard facilities to event and hospitality offerings,” explains Liz Murphy. “Having Ontario’s tallest ski mountain as well as half a mile of shoreline on Calabogie Lake are real magnets for our guests. From the positive feedback we get, we’ve learned that people appreciate that we provide experiences here that you simply cannot enjoy in the city. At Calabogie Peaks we offer the chance to unplug and unwind, whether you want to enjoy a bonfire, relax by the lake or play a round of golf.”


Paul says that it is exciting to look ahead to the next phase of improvements at Calabogie. “We are exploring how we can take this lovely land base and develop it into a place that can host many more visitors. Our growth has always been done in a careful, measured way and we are applying that approach once again as we look at opening up real estate ownership opportunities in a year or so here at Calabogie Peaks. We’re working with one of the world leaders in this field, Ecosign Mountain Resort Planners from Whistler, to help us design this in a way that works for the Ottawa Valley,” he explains, adding that, “Calabogie would become a boutique resort, which is a model that has been successfully implemented elsewhere.”

The Murphys have partnered with both the Township of Greater Madawaska and the County of Renfrew as they embark on their planning. “We are looking at everything from the infrastructure that comes into the resort as well as the way the land on the property works in the overall design. The 1500 acre site has a combination of land formations to host a unique resort anchored by the mountain during the winter and the lake in the summer. Imagine owning a ski-in, ski-out residence or condo that comes with a dock and a half-mile of pristine shoreline,” says Paul.

Plans also include anchoring the new development with a pedestrian village, notes Liz. “It will be similar to the type of village that you see at Tremblant or Blue Mountain, but it will be much smaller, less dense and have a truly unique character. We’ll be looking to add customized commercial spaces for distinctive shops and eateries that are typical of the look and feel of the Ottawa Valley.”

Paul says that their careful approach to planning has included gathering extensive consumer input. “We know our target audience is price conscious so we want to build accommodations that are affordable, attractive and last for ages. Our focus groups told us that they don’t want the density that they see at some larger resorts and that retaining a feeling of connection to nature is more important than nightlife.”

One of the nicest aspects of the planned expansion will be that guests and residents will enjoy a vast range of on-site privileges. “As always at Calabogie Peaks, those staying onsite will be welcome to enjoy all the facilities,” says Liz. “The increase in accommodations will also mean that we will be able to host larger groups for events, weddings and corporate retreats and meetings.”

Consumer input is shaping the planning to offer a mix of town homes, condos and single family residences in the next phase of development at Calabogie Peaks. “Based on the initial success of our nearby Barrett Chute project (www.barrettchute.com) we are confident there is demand for quality properties in this area,” says Paul. “One of the things that we are hearing from buyers is that they are excited about the range of interesting leisure opportunities both at Calabogie Peaks and throughout the surrounding region.”

To learn more about this project, visit our Village at Calabogie Peaks page from our website. Plus you can stay up to date by signing up for our newsletter.

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.

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