Lakes of Wasaga: Our Favourite South Western Ontario Travel Destination

Lakes of Wasaga

This past weekend we spent three relaxing nights at Lakes of Wasaga Resort. This was not our first time visiting Lakes of Wasaga; in fact this was our fourth time staying at this amazing, family friendly resort.

Last year my family and I were invited to visit Lakes of Wasaga for our first time. From there we were in love. After our first visit we were smitten so we booked another stay over the Labour Day weekend. Again, totally in love, we decided to book this summer’s two week vacation there as well.

In total we have spent 21 nights at Lakes of Wasaga and you sure don’t spend that much time somewhere that you don’t love; so why do we love LoW so much? Here’s why (in no particular order):

THE COMMUNITY FEEL

Lakes of Wasaga

Lakes of Wasaga is set in a spacious neighbourhood-type community. One of the things we love the most is that the speed limit within LoW is 15km/hr and everyone seems to follow this rule. This sense of security has given us peace-of-mind to allow Little S to walk and ride her bike around the resort on her own and this is something she doesn’t get much of at home.

Of course no neighbourhood is complete without your neighbours and we always love the friendliness of the owners and other renters.  We met a wonderful family from Quebec that were renting for a week and we enjoyed campfires together while the kids played. Everyone, including the staff, is extremely welcoming and helpful.

THE AMENITIES

Lakes of Wasaga Amenities

Lakes of Wasaga features many family friendly amenities which make it impossible to get bored. There are four swimming pools one of which is set inside which is great for rainy days.  There is also one adults-only pool which we haven’t spent any time in ourselves but it’s nice if you ever take a break from parenting.

Among the multiple swimming pools there is also an 18-hold mini golf course, tennis courts, basketball court, playground and more. There is always something to do whether it’s making use of the resort amenities or participating in the planned activities for children and adults.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Lakes of Wasaga 2 Bedroom Chalet

In terms of the different types of accommodation available at LoW we have been lucky enough to try almost all of the varieties and they are all top-notch.  Last year we stayed in a 3 bedroom chalet which was more than enough space for our little family. We then booked a RV Cottage for our second weekend and our two-week stay and our most recent stay saw us in a two bedroom chalet.

It’s hard to say which has been our favourite as they all have their pros; the 3 bedroom Chalet is spacious and luxurious yet maintains the cottage feel. The RV Cottage is quaint and has everything we need but remains very affordable. To risk sounding like Goldilocks, the 2 bedroom chalet is just right for us in terms of space but still has a nice spacious feel similar to the 3 bedroom chalet.

LOCATION

Georgian Bay Sunset

Even though Wasaga Beach is a three and half hour drive for us from London, we still consider it to be a reasonable distance. That is likely because of what is at the end of it. Wasaga Beach boasts wonderful public beaches as well as a lovely, less busy beach that is part of Wasaga Beach Provincial Park that is a 5 minute walk from LoW.

Wasaga Beach offers lots of restaurants, grocery shopping and other activities to enhance your stay. From Go Karts to Paintball and Farmer’s Markets to Spas, you will find lots to do in the area.

AFFORDABILITY

Whether you’re looking for a beach getaway to rent for your summer vacation or looking to buy a summer residence, we highly recommend visiting Lakes of Wasaga. Rental rates start as low as $1095/wk during peak season which if you’ve ever rented a cottage you’ll recognize this as a very affordable rate.

RV Cottages are also extremely affordable to buy starting at $79,999 which is in large part thanks to the affordability that land leasing allows.

We have really enjoyed our time at Lakes of Wasaga and I know this won’t have been our last visit. If you have any questions about our stay(s) feel free to ask in the comments below. If you visit Lakes of Wasaga, let us know what you think!

Disclaimer: I received complimentary accommodation in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are completely my own. 

City Mom

The Imagination Movers Tour Canada: Enter to Win a Family Pack of Tickets

Imagination Movers

Disney Junior presents THE IMAGINATION MOVERS ‘BACK IN BLUE’ CONCERT TOUR this fall across Canada. Read on to learn how you can win a Family Pack of tickets to one of the Canadian city performances of your choice or a Movers Prize Pack.

ABOUT IMAGINATION MOVERS

If you are the parent of young children, you likely already know all about the Imagination Movers. They are a group of four friends from New Orleans that started writing and performing songs for their kids after their bedtime.  Fast forward 11 years and they have now filmed 3 seasons of their hit music-and-comedy series on Disney Junior.

The Movers will be hitting the road to support Disney’s release of the band’s third-season soundtrack “Back in Blue and they are likely visiting a city near you.

ABOUT THE TOUR

Stopping in 16 cities from coast to coast, the Imagination Movers ‘Back in Blue’ Tour kicks off in the west on Saturday, Sept. 13 in Victoria, BC, and concludes on the east coast on Thursday, Oct. 2 in Glace Bay, NS.

The fun-filled show features the Movers’ trademark catchy pop rock, lots of audience participation, an insane number of high fives and even a healthy dose of flying toilet paper. There will be guitar solos, drum solos, corny jokes and even an appearance by the Movers’ little buddy, Warehouse Mouse.

To see a full listing of tour dates and cities and to get tickets visit disneyjunior.ca.

The Imagination Movers will be visiting London on September 25, 2014 for a 6:30 p.m. performance at Centennial Hall.

IMAGINATION MOVERS CONTEST ON CITY MOM

Imagination Movers Giveaway

You can enter to win one of two prizes from The Imagination Movers:

Grand Prize

FAMILY TICKET PRIZE PACK: one set of 4 tickets and an autographed 8×10 photo to be picked up at will call in the Canadian city of your choice where the Movers will visit.

Second Place Prize

MOVERS BUNDLE PACK: A digital download of the Movers’ latest album: Back in Blue, a Movers t-shirt, and an autographed postcard to be mailed to the winner.

Contest is open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) only and will run from August 11 – August 22, 2014. Please use the entry form below and good luck!

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City Mom

Summer BBQ: Spicy Molasses Chicken

Spicy Molasses Chicken

I Recently found myself craving some smoky, mesquite-like barbecued chicken and since I had never made anything like this before, I decided to look up recipes on-line.

I wanted a nice, clean version of the summer classic but I couldn’t find anything that fit my dietary needs exactly so I decided to take matters into my own hands and create my own recipe.

I must say that I’m pretty proud of myself on this one; it’s smoky, spicy and sweet all at the same time and it makes use of molasses in place of regular processed sugar and comes with many health benefits.

When sugarcane and sugar beets go through the refining process and no additional sugar can be crystallized from the crop, the residual substance is molasses. Unlike refined sugars, however, this viscous, residual syrup contains substances, such as trace amounts of vitamins and several important minerals that provide your body with vital health benefits. – livestrong.com

Among its superpowers molasses is rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium and antioxidants. So it not only tastes great but it’s good for you too!

SPICY MOLASSES CHICKEN

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The key to this recipe is the smoked paprika; if you don’t have it in your pantry, go buy some and don’t even think about using regular paprika in its place. It’s due to this smoked version that gives this recipe its unique, earthy flavour.

Note: this recipe can be made milder or spicier by adjusting the cayenne pepper measurement. Here I provide a milder version:

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Spicy Molasses Chicken
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2
 
An easy and clean BBQ Chicken recipe that is smoky, sweet and spicy!
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbs smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbs Molasses
  • Olive Oil
  • 2 skinless chicken breasts, bone in
Instructions
  1. Mix the spices together in a small bowl
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of the molasses and stir (mixture will be thick)
  3. Add second tablespoon of molasses and mix some more until it is well blended
  4. Add a dash of olive oil to loosen it up if necessary
  5. Place two chicken breasts on a plate and smother with the molasses mixture. Be sure to rub it in and leave a generous amount on top.
  6. Place in the fridge uncovered for 3 to 4 hours.
  7. Remove chicken from fridge and scrape off the marinade (save for basting)
  8. Heat BBQ to high and let it heat up for 5 minutes
  9. Place chicken breasts (marinade side down) directly on the grill and char for 5 minutes
  10. Turn BBQ to low, flip chicken breasts and heat for 30 minutes
  11. Flip chicken breasts and baste with some of the leftover marinade and olive oil, cook for another 30 minutes.
  12. Flip chicken breasts one last time and heat for 15 minutes.
  13. Remove chicken from grill and serve immediately

I hope that you love this recipe as much as I do! I’m having a dinner party in a couple of weeks and this is what my guests are getting! They’re sure in for a treat!

What is your favourite BBQ Chicken recipe?

City Mom

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