No one wants to spend their holidays cleaning the house and getting ready for guests. Make a plan to all meet in the Kawarthas and let us cater to you. There are so many activities to choose from , no one will be bored!
Christmas & Boxing Day - December 25th - 26th
Many people in Canada mark the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25, known as Christmas Day. It is a day of celebration when many exchange gifts and enjoy festive meals.
With 2 days of holidays back to back many opt to take a few extra days off of work to extend the holiday and travel to a resort to play in the snow or a spa to be pampered after the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over.
Go skiing, snowshowing, snowmobiling or even a horse drawn sleigh ride at the many resorts and ski areas in the Kawarthas
New Year's Eve & New Year's Day - December 31st - January 1st
New Year's Eve is a day of reflection of the past year's events and a time to prepare for the New Year. Many people attend special parties or other events to mark the end of one year and the start of the next one.
There's plenty going on in the Kawarthas on New Year's Eve, from elaborate New Year's Eve dinners and parties to outdoor activities in the winter wonderland that is the Kawarthas at this festive time of year.
Valentines Day - February 14th
St. Valentine's Day started as a celebration of an early Christian saint named Valentinus. Several stories were invented for the various Valentines persons that were associated to February 14th and then added to later martyr stories. A popular account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell.
The first time Valentines was associated with celebrating romantic love was in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it transformed into a celebration for all in which couples and families expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, candy, and sending greeting cards.
While your better half will enjoy chocolates and a Valentines card ... if you really want to make a positive impression we recommend that you select a resort package from this site and get away for a romantic weekend! No better way to enjoy Valentines than relaxing by a fire or frolicking in crisp white snow. Fine wine and a great dining experience sets the mood.
Family Day - February 17th
During the Ontario provincial election in 2007, Dalton McGuinty of the Liberal Party promised that if re-elected premier he would establish a provincial holiday in February. On October 12, 2007, the provincial government established Family Day, with the first being observed on February 18, 2008.
It's a great time to get your family away for a long weekend during the peak time in the winter season for outdoor winter activities like skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding, ice fishing and skating. Most resort offer these type of activities either onsite or nearby via third party services. Often resorts integrate these types of winter activities into long weekend packages. Check with your favourite Kawartha resort about availability of Family Day fun packages.
St. Patricks Day - March 17th
The Day of the Festival of Patrick is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March and named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385-461), the well known recognised of the patron saints of Ireland.
Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.
Today it's a great excuse for all nationalities to celebrate, maybe drink some green beer and generally have a good time with friends in a pub. It's also a great excuse for a Kawartha getaway and wonderful way to end the long winter season and look forward to Spring.
Spring Begins - March 20th
At the spring equinox, days are close to 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses. Spring and "springtime" refer to the season but also to ideas of rejuvenation and renewal. It's a quiet time in the Kawathas that is great for wildlife observation. The rivers start to run as the snow melts on warmer sunny days. Trees start to bud and the rebirth of nature begins. The air is fresh and clean and a great time to hike and get a sense of nature at it's best.
Easter Weekend April 14 - 17
The modern English term Easter originates with the German "Ostern", developed from the Old English word Eostre.This is generally held to have originally referred to the name of an Anglo-Saxon goddess, Eostre who was a form of the widely attested Indo-European dawn goddess.The evidence for the Anglo-Saxon goddess, however, has not been universally accepted, and some have proposed that Eostre may have meant "the month of opening" or that the name Easter may have arisen from the designation of Easter Week in Latin as in "albis".
The New Testament teaches that the resurrection of Jesus, which Easter celebrates, is a foundation of the Christian faith. The resurrection established Jesus as the powerful Son of God and is cited as proof that God will judge the world in righteousness.
Easter is a long weekend in Canada and a great time to getaway with the family for some R&R and feasting. Local Kawartha resorts can make the celebration memorable and all the preparations can be left to resort Chefs while you and your family enjoy the weekend.
Mothers Day - May 14th
The celebration of Mother's Day began in the United States in the early 20th century and it is not necessarily related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele as some people believe. Whatever the origins we all owe our Mothers a day of pampering and relaxation. Most resorts offer great value packages for this occasion. Treat your wife or Mother to a special getaway and create fond memories she won't soon forget.
Victoria Day Weekend - May 20th - 22nd
Celebrated annually on the Monday preceding May 25, Victoria Day is a statutory holiday in Canada that commemorates the birthdays of all ruling British monarchs, including the current queen. Although each monarchs' actual birth dates vary, this holiday was established as overall recognition of the sovereigns' birthdays. Victoria Day is referred to by us Canadians as the May Long Weekend.
It is really the kick off long weekend leading up to summer. Everyone wants to get away somewhere on the Victoria Day weekend. People even flock to the beach if the weather cooperates and there are always a few brave ones that take the plunge. A great time to visit the Kawarthas and it is usually a weekend where most resorts offer great value accommodation packages. Did we mention It's also the beginning of golf season and a fabulous opportunity to “Stay and Play” for the weekend.
Father's Day - June 18
Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, though it is also celebrated widely on other days by many other countries. Father's Day was created to complement Mother's Day, a celebration that honors mothers and motherhood. It is believed that in 1910, the first Father's Day celebration was held in Spokane, Washington by a young woman wanting to honor her father, a Civil War veteran and a single parent who raised his six children there.
We certainly believe that fathers deserve at least one day of rest. Many resorts offer great packages for Dad. The weather is great in June in the Kawarthas. Show Dad you're thinking of him with a great Kawartha getaway.
Canada Day - July 1st
On July 1, 1867, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain.
Kick off the summer with a bang and book a Kawartha summer vacation at any one of our many great resorts. Although officially a country-wide statutory holiday, up in the Kawarthas the many great spots to visit or stay are open for business. Book early, things fill up fast at this time of year.Civic Holiday - August 1st
On July 1, 1867, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain.
The first Monday of August is a holiday for people in many parts of Canada and the Kawarthas are no exception. Often called the "Civic Holiday", it is often considered the second half of summer marking the half-way point of this wonderful time of year. The weather can start to become slightly cooler which for some can be their favourite time of year to travel. Beat the summer city heat and come up to the Kawarthas for a fabulous summer vacation that you won't soon forget
Labour Day- September 4th
Labour Day in Canada is celebrated on the first Monday of September. It's origins are in giving workers the chance to campaign for better working conditions or pay. The day is now part of a long weekend for many Canadians.
Many people see this day as a chance to take a late summer trip, to enjoy the company of family or friends or maybe a final getaway for the summer before school and work begin again in earnest. Keep an eye on this site for Packages and Last Minute Deals as the summer progresses. You might just catch the deal you've been waiting for as the summer closes out. Hit the links one last time at one of the many area golf courses.
Thanksgiving Day - October 9th
Thanksgiving Day in Canada has been a holiday on the second Monday of October since 1957. It is a chance for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes in the past year.
The three-day Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally a time to visit family or friends who live far away, or to have them in their own homes. Traditionally, the Thanksgiving meal includes roast turkey and seasonal produce, and many resorts and restaurants offer scrumptious Thanksgiving Day meals alone or as a package.
The Thanksgiving weekend is a popular time to take a short autumn vacation. The spectacular colours of autumn, best enjoyed while driving, hiking or fishing are a perfect backdrop to the Kawarthas in fall. Our resorts and lodges are open and happy to receive guests.