Planning your Vacation
The Type of morning you get after waking up in a cottage is one of kind. There are few calmer places to drink your morning cup of tea, or coffee, than in front of your cottage while the mist still hovers above the ground and the animals are just waking up to start their day. Few people are lucky enough to have this kind of thing at their homes, so for the rest of us, renting a cottage is a good way to get this experience as well.
The province of Ontario is one of the Largest in Canada; it has a wealth of shopping, nature, and learning opportunities. All that is holding you back is properly planning your vacation to this wonderful place full of natural and man-made wonders.
Many of our urban centers are located along the Great Lakes; here you will find tons of shopping and cultural experiences. Spend your day at the mall, or adventure around downtown areas to hear the music of the ever present festivals. Or perhaps you would enjoy going out to eat in one of the many critically acclaimed restaurants. Better yet you could spend your hours in the museum’s, contemplating priceless works of art, or in awe over an ancient man made tool. These places are where the main population of Ontario can be found.
The rest of us live in the country, in small towns and away from the traffic and noise that a city generates.
There is everything from family resorts, to romantic getaways in the Highlands area. It also excellent to visit no matter what season it is. At every single time of the year you can find many activities for you, or for the whole family. So before you rent your Cottage, be sure to have a good idea about what you want to to. It is easy to lose yourself in just one activity the entire stay.
In the summer is the most popular time to visit the Highlands though. During the summer it is prime time for hikers, birdwatchers, water sports, and various summer sports. Hiking is one of the biggest attractions, during the summer you likely to see one of the four-legged creatures that patrol these forests. Such as Moose, deer, foxes, bears, and porcupines! Seeing any of these animals is usually a delight, but remember to be prepared, and if you are scared of encountering any of these animals travel in a pair of two or more. Usually they are much more scared of you than you are of them, so they take off soon after noticing you are there.
Obviously, the more north you go the colder it gets. In the summer you can expect crisp mornings and warm afternoons, with frequent rain and spring storms. Thanks the good old Lake Effect Weather! It’s the opposite in the winter. Winter is white, that’s the best way to describe it. Everything gets trapped in a beautiful layer of white frozen down. The lakes turn into ice-rinks, the dogsleds come out, and the wood stoves fire up. Be sure to check the weather and be prepared for the worst no matter what it says no matter the time of the year. The resort you choose will have a very good emergency situation plan though.
While here in the Highlands you will find an amazing amount of things to do. There is something for every person, below is list of some of the things you might entertain your days with, when you’re not sitting outside your beautiful cottage sipping tea and soaking up the smells of the forest waking up.
- Have a picnic at the lovely Hawk Lake Log Chute.
- Take a tour at The Wolf Centre.
- Have a lovely picnic or take a hike at the Dorset Lookout Tower.
- ATV Adventure with Outdoor Tours.
- Mountaining Biking in the in the beautiful Highlands.
- Play a game at one of the many golf courses.
- Winterdance Dogsledding, where you can go on a dogsledding tour.
- Walk in the Clouds over a two kilometer path in the Haliburton Reserve.
- Snowmobiling in the winter on one of the many ATV trails.
- Downhill Skiing at one of the beautiful skiing resorts or trails.
- Snowshoeing through the forest surrounded by nature.
- Cross Country Skiing in the winter, over lakes, fields, through tall pine forests.
- Fishing in both winter and summer.
Is it for you?
While you might be basking in the glory of the countryside, remember that all the hustle and bustle is just a short while away. You can go and do your shopping, visit museums, or see the ships taking off from harbor. Within the city of Ottawa you will find endless hours of entertainment and world renowned restaurants.
As you can see there are numerous activities you can participate in while you stay in the Highlands. Whether it be winter or summer fun and learning is close at hand. Go see the wolves or take a hike! Go visit a museum or take a few rounds in at a golf course!
Cottage Living may not be for those who are in love with city life, but when a person wants to relax, or have tons of opportunities to create long lasting memories with your family and friends or just for yourself, then it is indeed for you. Take the time to properly plan out your vacation and it will be the trip of a lifetime.