The properties that made our top 10 list include scenic lakeside hideaways, top spas, eco-friendly accommodations and other vacation ideas for all budgets. Get away and relax surrounded by nature, experience new activities and reconnect with your loved ones. Most of the properties on our list are a quick drive from Toronto. Adventures to choose from include canoeing, yoga sessions, golf in the summer, snowshoeing in the winter.Here is our list of top 10 places to stay for couples and families with kids. The list includes luxury resorts as well as more affordable options. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Taboo Resort: Lakeside Spa Getaway - 2 hours
2.Langdon Hall: Luxury Weekend in Cambridge, Ontario - 1 hour and 15 minutes
3.Ste. Anne's Spa - 1 hour and 20 minutes
4.Grail Springs Wellness Retreat - 2 hours and 45 minutes
5.Affordable Weekend Getaway at Ontario Parks
6.Blue Mountain Resort - 1 hour and 30 minutes
7.Fairmont Chateau Laurier - 4 hours and 15 minutes
8.ARC The.Hotel in Ottawa
10.Relaxing Nature Hideaway at Le Chateau Montebello - 5 hours
11.Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City - 7 hours and 45 minutes
11 Great Weekend Getaways from Toronto
- Taboo Resort: Lakeside Spa Getaway - 2 hours, Photo: Taboo Resort
- Langdon Hall: Luxury Weekend in Cambridge, Ontario - 1 hour and 15 minutes, Photo: Langdon Hall
- Ste. Anne's Spa - 1 hour and 20 minutes, Photo: Ste. Anne's Spa
- Grail Springs Wellness Retreat - 2 hours and 45 minutes, Photo: Grail Springs
- Affordable Weekend Getaway at Ontario Parks, Photo: Ontario Parks
- Blue Mountain Resort - 1 hour and 30 minutes, Photo: Blue Mountain Resort
- Fairmont Chateau Laurier - 4 hours and 15 minutes
- ARC The.Hotel in Ottawa, Photo: ARC The.Hotel
- Sheraton Newfoundland
- Relaxing Nature Hideaway at Le Chateau Montebello - 5 hours
- Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City - 7 hours and 45 minutes
- Cover Photo: Taboo Resort
More Ideas: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts was originally known as the Art Association of Montreal when it was founded in 1860. It began as a selection of works from art collectors in Montreal and has grown to include art from all around the world. Now housing over 41,000 works of art spanning over the ages, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a must-see for art lovers.
Over time, the museum has had to relocate and expand to accommodate its growing collection. The complex is made of five separate pavilions in Montreal, each with different exhibition themes. Included is a concert hall, auditorium, educational facilities and well as galleries. Montreal Museum of Fine Art is the eighth largest museum in North America, and has had over one million visitors in the past three years. Next read: Best Things to Do in Montreal
Encyclopedic Collection is one of the largest in Canada, and includes genres like Archaeology and World Cultures, Decorative Arts and Design, Early to Modern International Art, Quebec and Canadian Art, International Contemporary Art, Photography and Graphic Arts, and a Sculpture Garden.
Mediterranean archaeology- The museum’s collection of Mediterranean archaeology is the second largest in the country, holding 875 artifacts from the Bronze Age to the classical time.
The World Culture Exhibit includes works from Asia, Africa, The Middle East, and the Americas. There are 750 pieces of international art housed by the museum from all different time periods and in several mediums.
A sculpture garden features 22 works by various artists, and is recognized as a cultural attraction by Montreal’s tourism board. Quebec and Canadian art includes works by Inuit artists, pieces created during the founding of Canada, themes of modernism, and contemporary art.
Decorative Arts and Design Collection includes over 10,000 works, such as furniture, ceramics, textiles, glassware, and silverware. Pieces from the 15th century on are contained in this exhibit, and reflect the many changes in design that have happened over the centuries.
Focus: Perfection by Robert Mapplethorpe-This exhibition contains nearly 300 photographs that span over Mapplethorpe’s entire career. He was one of the most influential photographers of his time, and is known for the way his work focuses on perceptions of gender, race, and sexuality. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is the only Canadian venue to host this exhibit, and this is the first comprehensive collection of Mapplethorpe’s work since the landmark exhibition The Perfect Movement. The Perfect Movement was controversial at the time, as North America was in a culture war.
Kerry James Marshall: Biennale De Montreal 2016, The Grand Balcony-Marshall has become famous for his work that examines the way African-Americans are represented in culture. For this exhibit, he has created a new collection of lightboxes that chronicle his ongoing project Rhythm Mastr. This project features a superhero that fights evil by combining futuristic methods with traditional African culture. Marshall has had an important role in North American art, having served on Committee on the Arts and the Humanities established by President Barack Obama, as well as receiving recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts in the form of a fellowship, and a grant from the MacArthur Foundation, and was the recipient of the Wolfgang Hahn Award.
SHE Photographs-This collection features the work from several different artists. These artists focus on different themes in contemporary photography, including the environment, landscape, nudes, and still life. The photographs use a variety of techniques, including collage, composite images, and pinhole photography.
Design Lab: The Art of Play-This collection features handmade toys from young designers in Quebec. These toys are made from wood, textiles, and recycled materials. These toys are all unique and are examples of superb craftsmanship.
There are many different activities hosted by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, from family workshops to school outings. Cultural activities, educational displays, and courses are offered to promote art appreciation and cultivate skills. Programs like Day Camp give school children to create art during their spring break, and guided tours are offered to classes as an extension of the lesson plan. A virtual exhibition is available online as well to assist in the classroom. Birthday workshops are also offered for a fun, engaging party. There are drop-in workshops available with seasonal themes, and parent-child activities to create collaborative art. Adult Education workshops include tutorials in drawing, watercolor, music creation, and painting technique.
There are also concerts held at Bourgie Hall that feature travelling productions and local symphonies. Holiday concerts are especially popular, and include Christmas symphonies, Cantatas of J.S. Bach, and Charlie Brown Christmas.Next read: Best Things to Do in Montreal
1380 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal, QC H3G 1J5, Canada, Phone: 514-285-2000
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More Ideas: Canadian Center for Architecture
The Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal is a research institution operating under the premise that architecture should be a concern for the public. The center offers many exhibitions and collections discussing how architecture shapes everyday life.
In 1989 the Canadian Center for Architecture opened to the public, and since that time has displayed over 175 exhibitions and produced almost 70 publications. Its first decade was celebrated with the En Chantier exhibition, marking the ongoing collection of three hundred and fifty photographs, drawings, manuscripts and toy models which covers over five centuries of history in architecture.
The Canadian Center for Architecture opened its Study Center in 1997, which supports research in architecture through several seminars and grants. It also provides access to the center’s library and its many collections. More than fifteen hundred scholars and researchers have visited the Canadian Center for Architecture’s Study Center.
From 1999 to 2001, Kurt W. Forster replaced founding director Phyllis Lambert, and just a few years later, Nicholas Olsberg succeeded Mr. Forster.
In 2005, the center appointed Mirko Zardini as its director, and since that time has expanded the focus of the Canadian Center for Architecture. Exhibitions and displays that once showed and discussed architecture now are for/about/on architecture and its impact on society. These address themes such as war, health, migration, and much more.
The center continues to expand and improve its collections with new acquisitions and donations. Both the Foreign Office Architects and the Archaeology of the Digital have contributed significantly to the Canadian Center for Architecture.
Displays and Collections
The Canadian Center for Architecture is a repository of inspiration and ideas. It offers the basis for research and activities and provides an essential source of reflection and scholarship on architecture and the role it plays in society.
Culture and Production- The Culture and Production collections provide documents that show architecture and its history from the time of the Renaissance to current day. It is comprised of many archives and displays which show architecture and its influence in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Nearly two-hundred and fifty thousand publications are on display, including city guides, maps, trade catalogs and building documentation. Visitors can also view prints and drawings from the fifteenth century to current day, as well as over sixty-five thousand photographs that date back to the 1840s.
In addition to documents and drawings, guests will see souvenir buildings, building blocks, artifacts, and other printed materials.
Artifacts and Other Objects- This collection displays over thirty-five hundred pieces of printed architecture, ranging from admission tickets to engraved letterheads. Most of these objects are from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and primarily comes from Europe and North America. Some other items of note include hotel luggage labels, postage stamps, and other examples of domestic architecture.
Postcards make up a significant portion of the collection. Some of the more prominent pieces include the Norman D. Stevens Collection of Library Architecture, which includes twenty-five thousand cards, the Gilles Gagnon Postcard Collection, with eleven thousand cards, and a Montreal architecture postcard collection that consists of twelve hundred cards. These selections range from the early twentieth century to the early twenty-first century.
With well over 800 items to view, the architectural toy display covers two centuries of toys manufactured in Europe and the United States of America. These toys offer a variety of diversity, ranging from construction toys to sets of paper architecture. While they may appear to be just for play, these toys provide insight into architectural history, showing how quickly and thoroughly manufacturers are to follow the most recent stylistic and technologic trends.
Prints and Drawings- Ranging in from the fifteenth century to present-day, the Print and Drawings collection is a display of over one hundred thousand pieces of work. Work before the nineteenth century is uncommon. However, guests can view many of them, primarily from Italy, France, and Britain.
This collection originated with the Canadian Center for Architecture founder, Phyllis Lambert. A part of her personal collection, the prints and drawings numbered around four-thousand when the center was founded. Phyllis envisioned an exhibit that prominently displayed the development of architectural theory and practice.
Over the years, the collection grew as many prominent personalities contributed from their selections. The late 1980s saw donations from Mart Stam for the Hellerhof Housing Estate, JJP Oud, for the Monadnock Block and several drawings from the Peter Eisenman archive.
Overall the collection leans toward conceptual design development drawings, as opposed to finished drawings. The intention is to provide a look into the spontaneous thought process of the architectural design, as opposed to the final representation of the building.
1920, Rue Baile, Montreal, QC H3H 2S6
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More Ideas: National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa had its beginnings in the late nineteenth century with the idea that Canadians deserve their own national gallery. The gallery would become a space to display Canadian art; to teach about and study the cultural heritage of the vast country, and to obtain spectacular works of art from across the globe. The aim of the art museum would be to expose visitors to magnificent art from all time periods and in all forms, including sculptures, photographs, paintings, and much more.
The National Gallery of Canada is now one of the most respected art institutions in the world. The museum is famous for its spectacular collection of over sixty-five thousand pieces of artwork, commended for its ways of engaging visitors of any age and any level of knowledge of the arts, and respected for scholarship. The National Gallery is housed in a light-filled, grand building of granite and glass, inside of which guests will find a reconstructed chapel from the nineteenth century, a glass-bottomed pool, and a cloistered garden courtyard.
The collection at the National Gallery consists of a broad scope of art. The institution's Canadian Art collection features a wide variety of artwork that is representative of artistic practices dating back to New France in the early eighteenth century to the early 1990's. The collection of Indigenous Art includes artwork by Canada's Aboriginal Peoples, in addition to works by other indigenous people worldwide. The collection features artistic practices that are outside of the established cannons of art of the western world. The experience of displacement, cultural repression, and forced assimilation are characteristics that define these forms of art.
The National Gallery of Canada's collection of contemporary art represents the artistic trends of modern day. The collection features work created within the past twenty-five years, and is a continuously evolving representation of current art practices. The diversity and dynamism of artists and artwork is reflected in the contemporary collection, connecting to a long history of the National Gallery supporting art of today. While the earliest works acquired by the Gallery for the collection may not be the most modern, they were considered contemporary art at the time.
The National Gallery of Canada also holds works of European, American, and Asian art. From the outset, the art museum has worked to acquire European art, with a goal of possessing a collection representative of the diverse and rich traditions of the continent. Containing approximately four hundred works, the collection of Asian art ranges from second century to the nineteenth century. Contemporary art from throughout Asia is also actively collected by the National Gallery.
An expansive collection of drawings and prints is also present at the National Gallery of Canada. The Prints and Drawings collection features more than twenty-seven thousand works of art on paper by artists from across Canada, the United States, and Europe. The collection is notable for its diversity and excellence, representing all of the major schools of art dating back to the fifteenth century through to contemporary times.
380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Phone: 613-990-1985
|From Toronto, Canada To||Driving Time|
|Gravenhurst, Ontario||2 hours|
|Cambridge, Ontario||1 hour and 15 minutes|
|Grafton, Ontario||1 hour and 20 minutes|
|Bancroft||2 hours and 45 minutes|
|Blue Mountains, Ontario||1 hour and 30 minutes|
|Ottawa||4 hours and 15 minutes|
|Montebello, Quebec||5 hours|
|Quebec City||7 hours and 45 minutes|
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