Kawartha, Ontario's PolarFest Offers a Weekend of Fun for Everyone

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PolarFest, an annual winter festival held in Ontario's Kawartha Lakes Region, offers activities and attractions for visitors of all ages. The date for PolarFest 2009 is the weekend of January 30th thru February 1st and organizers anticipate the event will draw more participants than ever before.

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For many in Ontario, the Kawartha's remains an undiscovered travel destination. With above average amounts of snowfall expected this winter, there will be no shortage of activities for those who love the great outdoors. The Kawartha's offers a host of activities for outdoor lovers. Visitors can participate in a wide variety of winter sports, such as downhill skiing, cross country skiing and skating. The many lakes of the region provide plenty of opportunities for ice fishing. The Kawartha's beautiful wilderness areas are perfect for snowshoeing. The region boasts many gorgeous trails through wooded forests and scenic lakes for cross country skiing and miles of groomed trails for snowmobiling. As well, visitors to the Kawarthas may attend one of the many winter events held to celebrate winter. Located approximately one hour north-east of Metropolitan Toronto, the Kawartha region is a short and scenic drive from the city and makes a great getaway destination anytime of the year.

One popular event that draws many visitors to the Kawarthas is PolarFest. An annual event, PolarFest is held January 30- Feb 1, 2009 with activities held each day of the weekend concluding with the thrilling Polar Plunge. Fun filled events run throughout the Township of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield. Visitors to PolarFest can expect to see a variety of fun activities such as an ice carving competition, a 4 on 4 Polar Cup Hockey Tournament, go on horse drawn sleigh rides, help judge the local window display competition, meander through the Artisan market and of course cheer at the main event -- The Polar Plunge! Watch local residents take the plunge into the icy waters of Chemong Lake in all manner of costumes and characters. All proceeds raised by those taking the plunge benefit the local charities. This is a fun filled weekend that all ages can enjoy! To view the weekend line up visit (http://www.smithennismorelakefield.on.ca).

"PolarFest has been just terrific for the community. Visitors come from all over," states Kawartha resort owner Bonnie Hamilton of Pine Vista Resort (http://www.pinevista.com), a four-season cottage resort on Stoney Lake. "With all its wonderful lakes, the Kawartha area has been a well known and very popular summer tourist destination for generations. Today, the region is starting to become more of a year round vacation destination. Exciting winter events such as PolarFest attract to the area people who perhaps have never considered visiting during the winter months. Once here, they discover just how amazing winter can be in the Kawarthas," adds Hamilton.

About Pine Vista Resort: A wonderful compliment to a visit in the Kawartha's is a stay at Pine Vista Resort, a four seasons, lakefront cottage resort offering quality accommodations and great value. Winter vacationers at Pine Vista Resort will enjoy cross country skiing, tobogganing, snowshoeing and skating on an open air rink. A perfect weekend getaway for any outdoor enthusiast! Visit Pine Vista Resort's web site: http://www.pinevista.com to plan your PolarFest weekend getaway or call toll free 1-800-634-2848.

Contact Information:
Bonnie Hamilton
Pine Vista Resort
RR #2
Lakefield, ON K0L 2H0
Toll Free 1-800-634-2848
Local 705 877-2108

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