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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.

— Cabbie Richards (@Cabbie) August 26, 2016

Proper way to wrap up a work day. @kardinalo #bravethegames

A photo posted by Jon Ra-chune-as (@thechune) on

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.

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.


“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.