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A weekend getaway guide to Blue Mountain

Posted by Derek Flack / August 10, 2012

Blue Mountain ResortBlue Mountain is a place that's undergone profound change over the last decade or so. Childhood memories of an under-developed but over-populated ski hill don't match the bustling full-service resort that now sits under the eponymous mountain. Much of this intensified development is the result of Intrawest's purchase of a 50 per cent stake in the resort back in 1999. Of the most notable changes over this period was the creation of Alpine-styled village at the base of the mountain (which is still really more of a hill) modeled after those that you'll find at Whistler and Mount Tremblant.

I'm not typically much of a fan of these cookie-cutter, highly corporatized spaces, but after a making a trip up to the resort earlier this summer (full disclosure: much of my visit was comped), the convenience of having an array of dining and entertainment options on hand without the need to hop in a car was undeniable.

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Wasaga Beach

Posted by Guest Contributor / August 4, 2012

Wasaga BeachWasaga Beach thrives as a tourist destination, hosting several million international visitors and day trippers each balmy season. They come for the longest freshwater beach in the world, frolicking in the bay's shallow, warm water, to toss a football, walk beside the gentle waves, escape the city's frenetic stress and to feel sand between their toes and often, in other places too.

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A weekend getaway guide to Collingwood

Posted by Mara Sofferin / June 15, 2012

collingwood ontarioWhen Torontonians think of Collingwood - the hilly part of Georgian Bay that is home to Blue Mountain - they tend to think of snowboarding, not wake-boarding. Yet, this quaint area, widely loved for its alpine appeal, is just as good in its green guise. An all-seasons playground, Collingwood packs a big punch in the summer months, and at a mere two hours from Toronto, it's definitely a destination to add to your weekend to-do list.

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A weekend getaway guide to The Kawarthas

Posted by Mara Sofferin / June 1, 2012

The KawarthasThe Kawarthas is a favourite weekend destination two hours east of Toronto. It's a cottage country region that rivals its neighbours to the North. So now that the weekend is once again upon us, I decided to take a closer look at a series of lakes named after an Aboriginal term meaning "bright waters and happy lands." From board sports to board games, there's a delicate balance of chill and thrill to be had here.

Here's my guide to keepin' on in the Kawarthas.

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Suburban strip malls: the Peanut Plaza

Posted by Guest Contributor / May 25, 2012

Peanut PlazaA strip mall will know varying degrees of success and failure over its years. The massive Peanut Plaza near Don Mills and Finch has known the latter, but is currently experiencing the former in spades. Built in the 1960's, this 100,000+ square foot beast has been many things to many people over the years.

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A weekend getaway guide to Muskoka

Posted by Guest Contributor / May 17, 2012

Muskoka Weekend GetawaysIt's time to getaway for the weekend. Muskoka anyone? The countdown to cottage season is quickly coming to a close, and when the clock strikes Victoria Day there may as well be a federal mandate to trade in martini glasses for mason jars. The summer season is here and that can only mean one thing: for the coming months we'll settle for nothing less than all-navajo-everything.

Cottage country is quite simply our Zion: a piece of paradise in our backyard (and the birthplace of Canadian craft beer). From May 2-4 forward the line that separates city from country will be a bit blurry, and as the Wu-Tang Clan once said, C.R.E.A.M...cottages rule everything around me, and that's the hard truth. So kids, it's time to start your engines, hit the open road, and head to the back of beyond where the produce is local and the living is easy.

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