Friday 10 March 2017

J&J in Canada ~ Part 2

Blue Mountain is a beautiful ski resort and village northwest of Collingwood (a 2 hour drive from downtown Toronto). The village itself is so picturesque but it's most famous for its mountains, where people flock to hit the slopes every year.  Mid February would normally see this place covered in snow however, the 2017 weather Gods had other plans and Canada was experiencing one of it's warmest winters in history; but we were determined to get out on the slopes!

Jake and I are amateur skiers and hadn't skied in almost three years. The Harlock's had taken us skiing at Chicopee the day before so we could get our ski legs back and the kids spent most of their time doing loops around us! By the time we made it to Blue Mountain we were feeling more confident so we hopped onto a lift and soon found ourselves on top of the world! We spent most of the day on repeat, hurtling down the mountain again and again.

As the sun started to set we made our way to Copper Blues where this incredible seafood platter left us admiring the chef's talent! The Village at Blue Mountain has loads of restaurants to choose from but we would highly recommend you don't go past Copper Blues! 

The Village was so beautiful at night, and if you've not quite had your fill on the slopes, the great thing is you can ski late into the night! It was cool to watch the talented skiers sashay down the slopes under the night sky.

The next morning we woke to find the snow had finally arrived and we were treated to Canada's finest Winter Wonderland...

After frolicking about in the snow we went searching for a Canadian big breakfast! Canadian's really are so friendly, we always found ourselves chatting away with our waiters and the guys at Sunset Grill really do know how to do breakfast right!

Of course it wouldn't be a Canadian breakfast without some maple syrup!

With the snow falling and our tummies satisfied there was nothing left to do but head to the Scandinave Spa

There are saunas, hot tubs and steam rooms along with cold plunge pools and a wide selection of relaxation areas. The best part is that it is completely silent. Electronics aren't allowed.... so within minutes of arriving you really do unwind and loose yourself in a sea of relaxation.

After spending our morning relaxing in the hot tubs we donned our big parkas and headed into the snow! Behind Spa Scandinave they have some beautiful scenic walk ways. 

It felt like a different world, blanketed in layers of fresh snow and breathing in the crisp mountain air. The scenery was breath taking and we found ourselves continuously stopping to take photos! 

Shop this look ~ Coat // Scraf // Hat old similar here // Canada mittens

The next day it was time for the Niagara Falls. How could we not tick this one off the bucket list? You can`t prepare yourself for the feeling of awe when you first see the falls. It was spectacular to see them in winter as sections of the waterfall were frozen over. We’d definitely recommend visiting in the winter, but just make sure you wear lots of warm clothes!

It was time for some sweet treats. We made a quick stop at Hershey's Factory aka chocolate heaven!

On the way home we stopped by Kelly's Bake Shoppe for some incredible cupcake action! I picked up a big bunch so they kids could have them for afternoon tea once they got home from school. Everything about this bake shop is wonderful. The decor, the exterior of the building, the atmosphere and the employees are so helpful and friendly and then of course the baked goods which are actually vegan and gluten free!

We loved this place so much that we also picked up their cookbook Made with Love. The recipes come from Kelly and Erin, the mother and daughter duo behind Kelly’s Bake Shoppe and their sister cafe Lettuce Love.

All it took was one visit to Toronto and we had fallen in love. I actually had to bribe Jake to get on the plane to leave. The Harlocks were stupendous hosts, Toronto was awesome and the Canadian folk were amazingly friendly and welcoming…We will defiantly be back!

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