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Enjoy the rush and chill in Barrie, Canada
Heading over to Canada during the winter months? The City of Barrie is a fabulous winter escape spot, particularly for those who love to ski. If you’re not into that kind of shredding don’t worry, there’s plenty to do if the rush of the slopes isn’t the downtime you had in mind. Here’s how to indulge your mind and body during a Barrie break…
Where to stay
The Westin Trillium house is at the base of the Blue Mountain Ski Resort, so it’s super convenient if you do plan to make a trip down the mountain. In fact, when it comes to activities you’ll be spoilt for choice – the hotel sits between Niagara Escarpment and the shores of Georgian Bay, which means hiking, biking and boating are all possibilities. If you prefer your water free-flowing rather than frozen, you’ll enjoy a splash at the water adventure park – Plunge! Here, hot tubs and pools will welcome you indoors and out, alongside slides and swings. Still sound like too much hard work? Find peace at the Scandinavian bath experience at the hotel spa.
Where to eat
You’ll find a true taste of Ontarian hospitality in the heart of Barrie at Groovy Tuesday’s Bistro, a cosy little place with a great craft beer collection and a simple yet diverse menu that changes with the seasons. Warm up with a naan pizza or soup of the day and a cheeky glass of red then make room for a hearty stew or comforting pasta dish. Prices are a little more than you may find elsewhere in town but portions are good and the service is friendly.
Find a spot in one of the mountain cafes or next to the water to dip into Crow Lake, the first and award-winning novel from Canadian author Mary Lawson. The story is set in rural Northern Ontario and is a tale of tragedy and hardship, set against a changing landscape. Have some tissues to hand as you may find you shed a tear as you follow narrator Kate’s journey after the death of her parents.
If riding the ski lift together and matching après ski hot chocolates don’t fill your romantic quota, pack yourself a picnic and head to Centennial Park. This coldwater beach spot is a lovely walking spot with plenty of places to settle down for lunch. Take a walk round Lake Simcoe a bike ride across Kempenfelt Bay or head across it, in a boat. But beware; it gets very busy on weekends so you may want to visit midweek.
If you’re heading to Ontario you must try your hand at skiing for at least one day during your trip. Blue Mountain Village is a great place to test the powder and with so many other things on site you’ll feel like you’re in a winter wonderland when you take a break from the slopes. Along with restaurants and bars, you’ll find over 25 shops ready and waiting to indulge your retail therapy urges. Feel fully part of the season by picking up some skates and heading to the skating rink – practice your twists, lifts, spins and turns; or skate hand-in-hand with your other half.
What to pack
Looking after your skin is extremely important whatever your ‘skin instant’ but especially in extreme weather conditions, as external aggressions will change the way your skin is behaving. Canada is a winter wonderland of outdoor fun and you want to make sure you can enjoy without worrying about your skin suffering! Keep these winter essentials close and your complexion glowing…
Masque Visolastine E. contains essential fatty acids to ensure the skin is kept plump hydrated and the skins’ natural barrier is restored. An intense treatment masque to instantly brighten and refresh. You can ensure harmony is once again achieved by saying goodbye to the stresses of the minus temperatures.
Serum Colostrum is fantastic for intensely moisturising the skin. This SOS serum will prevent drying whilst repairing the skin after exposure to Canada’s outdoor activities. Use this rich treatment serum to treat deep within the skin to target where the damage begins, the ultimate restoring treatment.
We can’t guarantee protection whilst out on the slopes for your body, but we can give a shield of protection for your skin with Serum TEWL; a beautiful facial oil to prevent loss of moisture due to environmental climate.
Creme Dermo-RL, this lipid-rich cream makes up for all the deficiencies of a lipid-deprived and dehydrated skin. The skin can at last regain its radiance and vitality wrapped up in cashmere.