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Five summer staycation ideas north in Ontario's resort and cottage country

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Waterways shorelines and beaches are waiting north of Toronto! With estimates of more than 250,000 lakes and many more beaches a summer 'staycation' in Ontario's resort and cottage country is only a short drive north.

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Ontario Beach Staycation Reason 1: Beach Getaway Day-Overnight Trips

Toronto families with or without kids who are looking for clean fresh cool waters are close to the beach resort destinations of Lake Simcoe, Lake Couchiching and Georgian Bay all with public beaches for swimming. Visitors wanting to extend a stay can pick one of the many beach resort, lodge and cottage accommodation operations with on-site waterfronts and pristine shorelines.

Ontario Summer Road Trip Staycation Reason 2: New vistas

Leave the kids with the grandparents. Get off the beaten path and discover some of the back roads leading to specialty arts and crafts boutiques, studio tours and new summer vistas never seen before. Travel Haliburton County Route 1 to the village of Haliburton, or Trans Canada Highway 12 to Simcoe County's Midland Ontario.

Ontario Summer Festival & Event Staycation Reason 2: Festive fun

Take the kids with you! There are many things to do in Ontario resort destinations, resort towns and cities during the 2014 summer vacation months. Events and festivals north of Toronto offer a variety of outdoor water sports, farmers' markets and holiday festivities. July and August weekends offer many special featured events. Find more kids stuff north of Toronto GTA

Ontario Spa Getaway Staycation Reason 4: Well deserved stress relief

This summer staycation is for adults. Spas north, northeast and northwest of Toronto offer fresh clean country air in Ontario's cottage country resort destinations. Many spas provide lakeside settings with fresh summer breezes. Find a variety of spa package formats in destination spa resorts, lodges, luxury country inn spas, cottage-resort spas and resort-hotels with spa facilities on site.

Ontario Romantic Getaway Staycation Reason 5: Reconnect with the better half

No need for kids to travel with you! Find resorts, lodges, country inns, resort-hotels, condos, chalets and cottages. Enjoy cozy summer accommodation for two on a long-weekend or week long summer vacation. Couples will find quaint lakeside getaways with forest settings enhanced with fine hospitality and culinary delights in a candle-lit surroundings. Find more than 55 romantic choices