February Winter Retreat 2019

Join us on our cross-country ski and snowshoe trip!

Fall is well underway and it’s time to start planning our February winter retreat at the Blue Spruce Resort in Huntsville.

Itinerary:
Arrive Monday, February 4 and depart Thursday, February 7, 2019. That’s three nights (4, 5, 6) and 4 days of activities.

Location:
Blue Spruce Resort, 1214 Oxtongue Lake Road, Huntsville, Ontario P0A 1H0 www.bluespruce.ca near Dwight, between the west gate of Algonquin Park and Huntsville.

Accommodations:
The resort offers everything from motel rooms to cottages with 1 to 3 bedrooms, and is top-rated on Trip Advisor. Motel rooms are $138 without fireplace, $158 with, and could be shared by 2 singles; a 2-bedroom cottage is $234; and a 3-bedroom cottage is $279 and up. Every unit has a full kitchen, even the motel rooms. Everyone will have to book their own accommodations. Because I do not know who might choose to share a cottage or motel room, and who might prefer to have their own unit, I cannot block rooms. Most types of units are still available as of now. I have spoken with Lynda Hayden, the owner, and she says that it’s reasonable to expect that a good choice of units will remain available for the next 2 weeks at least. She does, however, caution that they will all be filled long before February. If you would like to share accommodations, please let me know and I will pass the word along to the group.

Activities:
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing will be the focus, and if the weather cooperates, skating on the lake at the resort or in Arrowhead is a possibility for those so inclined. It is possible that we might have different groups doing different activities at the same time. The resort’s games room worked wonderfully last year to get together for evening beverages, table tennis, pool, and storytelling.  We will work to get in at least one group dinner at a local restaurant this year.

Discount: Lynda has indicated that a 10% discount is possible, depending on our numbers. No promises, but we should get a discount.

Next Steps:
Please let me know if you are interested and I will provide you with the booking details, and assist where I can on the sharing of accommodations.

Thank you,

John Swart (905-892-4213 or 905-980-4213 or jswart7@cogeco.ca)