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Meeting sites outside of the big city put delegates in a peaceful state of mind. Prince of Wales, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario (SUPPLIED)

Meeting sites outside of the big city put delegates in a peaceful state of mind. Prince of Wales, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario

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Year Round Playground

Located just 45 minutes north of Toronto and 45 minutes south of Muskoka, the  Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Conference Centre is an all season playground, nestled within the quiet countryside of the Nottawasaga Valley. The 269 guestroom resort features something for everyone – for families to road warriors – with 45 holes of golf, a fitness centre, three restaurants and a lounge that are open to the public.

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Besides being a popular leisure destination, the Resort is also a full-service, 64,000 square foot conference facility, which includes 36 meeting rooms and a 21,000 square foot onsite trade centre, featuring a variety of spaces for both small or large conference groups. In addition, Nottawasaga sports a wide variety of perks which are included in the Resort’s meeting packages – complimentary parking, wireless internet in the guest rooms and access to exceptional onsite amenities and activities - 45 holes of golf, indoor & outdoor pools, indoor mini-golf, a games room, fitness and recreation facilities, an international and national sized soccer fields, as well as an arena with two NHL sized ice pads.

Nottawasaga also features an extensive line-up of interactive and challenging team building activities, including the Mini Olympics and group Culinary Challenge. Many of the team building challenges can be customized for any sized group or activity level.

Recently, the Resort has undergone a variety of changes, including bedroom upgrades and an extensive lobby renovation. Nottawasaga also features an active environmental program and currently holds a 4 Green Key rating.  When booking a meeting, inquire about the many locally sourced menu options which are available. For more information, visit, www.MeetAtTheNott.com

Down By The Bay

Kempenfelt Conference Centre is a natural beauty. Tucked along the shores of Kempenfelt Bay on Lake Simcoe, the Centre sits just south of Barrie and about 45 minutes above Toronto. Its private, 15-acre setting includes 1400’ of private shoreline. The Centre boasts lakeside accommodations and tasty meals in the Lakeview Dining Room and Lounge, as well as ten meeting/classrooms, ten seminar/breakout rooms and a 180 seat Centre Hall. What makes Kempenfelt a standout though are all the other available activities – baseball diamonds, mountain bikes, volleyball court, tennis courts, paddle boats, horseshoe pits, swimming, exercise facility with hot tub and sauna room, a pool table, ping-pong, shuffleboard and darts. Or guests can just hang out in the large fireside, TV lounge – something for every taste. www.kempenfelt.com

Major Transformation

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Hockley Valley Resort, the picturesque hotel, golf and ski destination, located one hour from downtown Toronto, is gearing up for Spring with a number of great promotions for `staycations’ and meetings and conferences. The Resort recently underwent a major $7 million transformation that celebrates  traditional Old World elegance and a home-grown culinary philosophy. The transformation includes the complete renovation of all the guest rooms and the opening of three new restaurants and a four- acre fruit and vegetable garden, which supplies almost all of the produce for the Resort’s restaurants during the growing season. Later this year, the Resort will begin an experimental harvest from its own 6-acre vineyard with a planned, limited edition wine production scheduled in 2014 from approximately 20,000 vines on their 20-acre vineyard. Wine tours will also begin in 2014.

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Hockley Valley is a one-stop destination for conferences and meetings. With plenty of flexible space, as well as golf, spa, ski ropes course and innovative team building activities, it is a true, year round destination. www.hockley.com

Pretty As A Picture

Niagara-on-the-Lake is one of the prettiest towns in Canada, maybe in all of North America. Dotted with historic homes and boutique shops and lined with lush gardens, the place gives visitors an immediate feel good glow. It is also the starting point for a big league variety of attractions ranging from the Shaw Festival to Niagara Falls.

The town is also home to a trio of superb hotels that reflect  Niagara-on-the-Lake’s unique qualities, ideal for any business meeting or special event. The Vintage Hotel’s three Niagara-on-the-Lake properties (Prince of Wales, Queen’s Landing and Pillar and Post) offer a combined 35,000 square feet of meeting space with rooms ranging from 300 to 4,700 square feet and 374 guest rooms.  A professional conference service team works with clients from the earliest stages to plan every detail of a business function and remain onsite during the day to ensure every event is a success. Small business meetings thrive in the Victorian elegance of Prince of Wales while staff retreats flourish in the relaxed atmosphere at Pillar and Post. The Grand Georgian Ballroom at Queen’s Landing accommodates seating for up to 400. Business amenities at all locations include extensive staging and multimedia capabilities, 24 hour business centre and high speed wireless internet access.

Millcroft Inn & Spa in the village of Alton-Caledon welcomes smaller groups looking for a retreat with a relaxed ambiance or a private location to host a more intimate event. Accommodating groups of six to 80 in a choice of five meeting rooms, the well-equipped conference centre also features high speed internet access and a full service business centre. In both destinations, a world class culinary team creates superb group menus, ranging from regional cuisine to special wine pairing dinners featuring the renowned vintages of Niagara and beyond.

When work is over, groups can enjoy unparalleled opportunities for rest and relaxation. Vintage Hotel’s unique, wellness oriented spas offer a wide variety of treatment options. All properties have excellent fitness facilities, heated swimming pools, hot tubs and steam rooms. www.vintage-hotels.com

Heart of Gold

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According to the Timmins Ontario town records, back in 1909, Harry Preston slipped on a rocky knoll and the heels of his boots stripped away the moss that was covering the slab of the formidable Canadian Shield. Much to his astonishment, Preston discovered a thick vein of gold that had been hiding beneath the moss.  Not surprisingly, the gold boom began soon afterwards and two years later, Noah Timmins founded the town to house the employees of Hollinger Mine. Timmins soon became one of the world’s great gold centres, home to a variety of valuable mines.

Timmins is known as `The City With The Heart of Gold’. While the slogan fits because of the area’s precious metals, it’s also true because of the people who live here – good hearted people who love to show visitors the charms of living in northeastern Ontario. The city features plenty of flexible meeting space and once the seminars are finished, the great outdoors is easily accessible for hiking, biking, fishing and swimming. Plus, you never know who you might meet in Timmins. The city is the home town to everybody from Shania Twain and Frank Mahovlich to Gordon Thiessen, former Governor of the Bank of Canada. It’s worth noting that Roy Thomson, 1 Baron Thomson of Fleet, started his newspaper empire with the Timmins Daily Press. www.timmins.ca

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