A review of Briars Resort and Spa at Jacksons Point, Ontario - my favourite of all the Lake Simcoe Resorts.
It sometimes takes a lot to bust out of a Canadian winter rut but a weekend at the Briars Resort and Spa on Lake Simcoe, in Jacksons Point, Ontario (just an hour north of Toronto) was just the thing to make winter exciting again! The beauty of all the Lake Simcoe resorts is something I had long heard about but never had the chance to explore - but I knew just the people to take along on my adventure. Arriving on a Friday night with three of my best blogging friends in tow, I was excited to dive into the first offering of their “Blah Busters” package – local wine and a delicious selection of cheeses. It was the perfect way to kick off a girls’ weekend and get into the outdoors spirit.
On the icy surface of Lake Simcoe, I went fishing for adventure...
I've often thought that there is no better way to enjoy the splendor of the great outdoors and the beauty of the Canadian winter than from the warmth of a cozy window seat, with a latte and good book in hand. But a girl cannot live on caffeine and Jane Austen alone - sometimes you just need to get outside for a breath of fresh air. I'm sure that this is what was going through my head when I agreed to go ice fishing on rural Ontario's Lake Simcoe. This was going to be as anti-adventurous as it gets!
History buffs will love this stop on the York Durham Heritage Railway
The small community of Uxbridge, in Central Counties, makes for a perfect stop for those driving through southern Ontario. This picturesque town is pretty, friendly, and filled with amenities (including great cafes and restaurants), but one of its most interesting attractions is the former railway station.
It's amazing to think of how this community must have once bustled with activity with passengers and cargo trains rolling in and out of town. The York Durham Heritage Railway, opened in 1996, is a tourist train operating between Stouffville, Goodwood, and Uxbridge.
Uxbridge is just a short drive from Toronto and is an affordable day trip that can be enjoyed by all ages - and especially history and train enthusiasts.
A Fresh, Funky, Fashionable Hotel
Travelers expecting a standard chain hotel in suburban dominated Vaughan will be in for quite a surprise when they check into Aloft. Inspired by loft style accommodations, Aloft features ultra-modern design with funky retro touches, super stylish finishes, and a lot of comfort.
To say that the rooms of Aloft don’t resemble your typical hotel room is an understatement. You essentially enter through the bathroom, with the main door being right beside the open bathroom area. While the bathroom lacked the tub I so adore, it did have a large, brightly lit, glass shower and one very nice touch – built in shampoo and body wash dispensers attached to the wall. What a great idea! Environmentally friendly, economical, and streamlined. The fact that they were filled with Bliss products was a nice bonus touch.
I'm the last person who should go on an eco-adventure obstacle course.
You’re not wrong if you’re thinking I’m the last person to be on a tree top eco adventure! I absolutely love the concept – it’s great, athletic fun outside, using the natural environment to seek out new challenges. It’s the application that’s a bit tricky for me.
So how did things turn out for me when I went to Tree Top Eco Adventure Park in Oshawa as part of the TBEX press trip with Central Counties tourism?
Can I handle the rides at Canada'sWonderland?
I was part of a TBEX press trip with Central Counties Tourism that included a stop at Canada’s Wonderland, one of the premier amusement parks in North America. They boast incredible roller coasters and amazing rides – none of which I had the least intention of going on. I’ve neither the stomach nor the nerves for such wild times – but I still had a ton of fun!
What was I doing at an Amusement Park?
Legendary motion-sickness, a well-deserved reputation as a chicken – what on earth was I doing at a theme park? And how is it possible that I enjoyed it?
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