10 Reasons to Vacation North of Toronto, Next to Algonquin Park in the Almaguin Highlands

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Danette the owner of Almaguin Vacation explains, "Helping tourists discover what they need while they are planning their vacation makes their decision easier when it comes to booking accommodations."

After spending eight years operating a cottage resort, Sand Lake Cottages & Inn, http://www.sandlake.on.ca, located just outside Kearney, Ontario, Steve and Danette Fernandez believe the area is breathtaking and exciting.

1.Algonquin Park -- The Almaguin Highlands, just north of Huntsville, offers many access points into Algonquin Provincial Park. Enjoy 7630 square kilometres of forests, lakes and rivers. By paddle and portage you can enjoy more the 2000 kilometres of canoe routes. The park has 6 km to 88 km backpacking trails suitable for one-day trips or an extended stay. Enjoy the museums, galleries, trails, bicycle routes and hiking trails.

2.Boat Cruises -- Enjoy several boat cruises starting in the spring and ending in the fall. Parry Sounds "Island Queen Cruise" is a 2-3 hour sightseeing cruise. Muskoka steamships, Sequin, Wenonah II and Wanda III offer cruises for sightseeing and/or dining. Lady Muskoka cruises out of Bracebridge offer sightseeing cruises with full food and bar services.

3.Summer & Winter Activities -- The Almaguin Highlands is known for amazing water sports, hiking trails, cycling routes, golfing, ATV trails, OFSC snowmobiling, snow shoeing and dog sledding.

4.Theatre & Arts -- Huntsville, just south of the Almaguin Highlands region, has a beautiful theatre. There are several artists showcased throughout the year. Screaming Heads in Burks Falls is a must see. This unique place was featured on Home and Gardens, Extreme Homes. The Almaguin Highlands is well known for its local artists.

5.Fall Colours -- Ontario's hidden high-country north of Huntsville, offers fall colours that have to be seen. The Fall Colours are one of the primary reasons people head to cottage country between September and October year after year.

6.Fishing -- The lakes in Almaguin Highlands boasts some of the best fishing in the Province of Ontario. The rivers, lakes and streams of Central Ontario offer beautiful scenery, peace and tranquility making these water bodies a favourite destination. Visit http://www.almaguin-vacation.com/fishing.htm for more details about fishing options.

7.Vacation Shopping -- Visit the towns of Huntsville, Burks Falls, Kearney or any other small town in the Almaguin Highlands to experience local and unique shopping.

8.Events -- Throughout the year the local regattas, horseback riding shows, maple syrup festivals, dog sled racing, snow cross racing and snowmobiling poker runs happen in the area all year long.

9.Rest and Relaxation -- The Almaguin Highlands is known for incredible beaches, bird watching and guided tours. Sit on your cottage deck and take in the view. Have a massage therapist come to your door and pamper you and then enjoy a relaxing hot tub or a refreshing swim.

10. Wide variety of vacation accommodations -- Head North of Toronto and experience the fresh cottage air. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast, Hotel, Motel, Cottage Resort, Inn, Campground or Cabin. The sky is the limit when it comes to choosing your accommodations.

For more information on activities in the Almaguin Highlands and Huntsville region visit http://www.almaguin-vacation.com and to book a cottage with Sand Lake Cottages & Inn Cottage Resort visit http://www.sandlake.on.ca

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