Escape to Ontario’s Highlands



 

A great destination for winter or summer
Spring is here and the weather has finally gotten milder. In Ontario’s Highlands, nature is splendid all year round. A few weeks ago, we were invited to experience a couple’s escape in our neighbouring province. On our list of priorities: decompressing, wining and dining, and relaxing in the countryside. Mission accomplished! Here’s a look back on our adventure.

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Cozy spot: Sands on Golden Lake
After about a four-hour drive from Montreal, we arrived at Sands on Golden Lake Hotel, our destination for the weekend. With its cozy rooms, welcoming restaurant, and relaxing spa, we couldn’t have asked for more. The drive is just long enough to make you feel like you’re getting away from the daily grind, without using up an entire day for travelling. We arrived around dinner time; and less than 10 minutes later, we were getting comfortable in our room.

At the Sands, all the rooms, as well as the restaurant, have a pretty view on the lake. The rooms offer direct access to the lake and cottages are available for larger groups. During the high season in summer, people spend all day drinking up the sun. In winter, it’s all about snowmobiles.

The hotel (and restaurant) are a very popular place to stay during the snowy season, and it’s not rare to see several snowmobiles parked outside while their owners enjoy a comforting meal inside.

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On the restaurant’s eclectic menu: Prince Edward Island mussels that were absolutely exquisite, a scrumptious seafood spaghetti, and juicy hamburgers, among several other options. Simple, honest food, that is well executed: although we ate there more than once during our stay (four times to be precise), we barely had enough time to try everything that caught our fancy on the menu. The breakfast options are also delicious: a breakfast wrap, yummy potatoes, and hearty skillets with toast delighted our taste buds.

Enjoying the surroundings
We made our way to Barry’s Bay, which is just a few minutes away, to have a look around. We laced up our skates and spent some time taking in the scenery and beautiful trees while skating on the outdoor skating rink. Ontario’s Highlands are a pretty area of the country where people are kind and the relaxed atmosphere makes you want to take a good breath of fresh air, and slow down for a while. And that’s exactly what we did.

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For lunch, we stopped in Wilno, which is the oldest Polish settlement in Canada. That fact was reflected on our plates at the Wilno Tavern: we devoured a cabbage roll, mashed potatoes and an enormous pierogi. Yum!

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Lovely spa by the lake
Back at the Sands, we headed over to the Sands Spa, which is located right on the property. It’s a small, but very warm and welcoming space that offers several types of massages, facials, as well as manicures and pedicures. A relaxing massage was the perfect way to end our weekend escape, and the experience was made even better by the staff’s all-around great mood and flawless service.

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Address book
Sands on Golden Lake Hotel and Sands Spa
13163 Highway 60, Golden Lake, Ontario K0J 1X0
www.sandsongoldenlake.com

Wilno Tavern
17589 Highway 60, Wilno, Ontario K0J 2N0
www.wilnotavern.com

For more information on Ontario’s Highlands
www.ontarioshighlands.ca

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