Monday, August 14, 2017

Farm to Table Experience on the Apple Pie Trail

Savour the flavours of fall with this brand-new foodie experience on the Apple Pie Trail. Hop on The Beer Bus for a full-day tour including Miller’s Dairy Farm, Giffen’s Apple Orchard and Creemore Springs Brewery.  Then, immerse yourself in the gardens of The New Farm for a truly interactive farm-to-table dining experience with Chef Carl Heinrich from Toronto’s Richmond Station and winner of Top Chef Canada.  After your full day of experiencing the Apple Pie Trail, relax in our spacious suites featuring the Westin Heavenly Bed™. Click here for more information.

Package Details:
Available Dates: September 19 – 21 and 26 – 28

  • Overnight accommodations for two in a one-bedroom suite
  • Full-day tour (on September 20 or 27) including local craft brewery, apple orchard, dairy farm and farm-to-table experience with Chef Carl Heinrich (see details above)
  • Valid for two-night stays from September 19-21 and September 26-28, 2017
  • Total package cost is CAD $928 plus taxes

Monday, August 7, 2017

Invasive Shorline Plant - Can you pitch in and lend a hand?

An invasive plant is threatening to choke Georgian Bay shoreline wetlands and form dense stands that block views and water access. It's called Phragmites, an invasive ornamental grass originally from Eurasia that is running rampant in Ontario.
The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust, a Collingwood environmental charity of more than 20 years' standing, has joined forces to do something about it. Under the leadership of the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority and together with Georgian Bay Forever and the Town of Collingwood, we are mapping the extent of the invasion and organizing a major event for Saturday, August 12 called Fight the Phrag, where we will be removing Phragmites from Collingwood's shoreline.
The danger is acute: Phragmites is an aggressive plant that spreads quickly and out-competes native species for water and nutrients. It releases toxins from its roots into the soil to hinder the growth of and kill surrounding plants. It's choking up our vulnerable wetlands and creeping in on beaches.
Please join us and help give back to the Bay. We need people to come out and lend a hand cutting and removing the plant. Sign up for either the morning session from 8:00 to 11:00 or in the afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00. A volunteer appreciation lunch will be held from 11:30 to 1:30. For registration, visit our website. For more information, contact Sara Finnimore at 705-424-1479 ext. 264. 
About The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation
The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation (Watershed Trust), Ontario's first watershed trust, was founded in 1994. During the past 23 years, the Watershed Trust has dedicated itself to the task of protecting the Silver Creek and its Wetland, one of the region's most valuable natural features. The Silver Creek Watershed offers $10.5 million worth of non-market ecological services to the province each year.
The mandate of the Watershed Trust is to "develop awareness and promote partnerships that are required in order to successfully implement watershed planning in the Blue Mountain watersheds". It is a grassroots, all-volunteer organization supported by donations and fundraising. The organization exists in order to raise awareness of and protect watercourses in the Collingwood/Blue Mountains area including Silver, Townline, Batteaux and Black Ash Creeks; the Beaver and Pretty Rivers; and Indian Brook.