Both spas and spring are all about renewal, so the two make for a perfect pairing. Luckily, a new spa has just opened in cottage country — Spa Rosseau, which is part of The Ross­eau, a hotel that iteself launched in December.

The ambience of Spa Rosseau incorporates Mus­k­oka elements such as birch, rock, wind and water; guests are also treated to views overlooking Lake Rosseau.

To celebrate the opening, Spa Rosseau is offering special introductory packages for two, starting at $343 per night plus taxes and fees, until May 15. These packages include over­night accommodation in a luxurious studio (each room has a fireplace, galley kitchen and an oversize bathroom); buffet breakfast for two at Cottages restaurant, where the sunrise fills the room; and two 50-minute treatments at Spa Rosseau. For more details, visit

Briars to the rescue
If you can’t have Mayan ruins as the backdrop to your wedding, consider Lake Simcoe instead. The Briars Resort and Spa, at Jackson’s Point, Ont., says it’s ready to help couples whose destination wedding plans have been cancelled by the outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1), also known as swine flu, in Mexico. The Briars is offering special emergency wedding packages “that will leave you glad you never went south in the first place."

The resort also says it’s “ready to be creative and flexible in trying to address the needs of anxious brides and grooms. This includes any special ceremonies or features of their original wedding plans.” For more information on The Briars, check out

Northern site
As part of a government initiative to boost tourism in northern Ontario, a new web portal has been launched to showcase the region’s offerings. The site is, and while it’s a little clunky at the moment, it offers good potential as a resource for travellers looking to plan trips up north.

Moose watching
Spring is one of the best times of the year to see moose and deer before the foliage in cottage country fills in.

And Algonquin Provincial Park happens to be a great spot for spring moose watching — it’s not unusual to see moose browsing beside the roads in the Highway 60 corridor, according to travel website

For more information on accommodations and day or weekend trips in the area, take a look at the park’s website,, or

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• Spa Rosseau,
• The Briars Resort and Spa,
• Information on getaways and activities in northern Ontario,
• Algonquin Provincial Park, and