THE DEAKINS ON MOUNTAINVIEW BED & BREAKFAST - EXPERIENCE PACKAGEShttp://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/

Explore Ontario’s Highlands





Enjoy the grandeur of nature and follow in the steps of the indigenous peoples and the first Ottawa Valley settlers. Meet the people who make this land of towering forests, pristine lakes and tranquil moments their home today. Hands-on and interactive explorations lead visitors to novel, authentic and memorable experiences.



Ontario Footprints experiences are ideally designed for groups of 4 – 8 participants. Full programs include accommodations at The Deakins on Mountainview (Award Winning Bed and Breakfast). Contact us for a quote of fewer or more than 6 persons.


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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 9:14:11 -0700en-us<![CDATA[OTTAWA VALLEY MAPLE ADVENTURES]]>http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/ottawa-valley-maple-adventures/http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/ottawa-valley-maple-adventures/Wed, 18 Apr 2018 7:22:19 -0700Ontario Footprints is excited to collaborate with local tourism partners to deliver exclusive Ottawa Valley Maple Adventures.

 ONE DAY or TWO DAY group packages and customized itineraries will satisfy participants’ curiosity and desire for profoundly engaging experiences consisting of first-rate personal encounters, hands-on explorations and moments that forge unforgettable memories.

Two full tours are described here. Your group (of 4 - 8 persons)  plan their own tour and contact us for assistance with booking a one-of-a-kind adventure.

Email: mhdeakin@gmail.com                                              Phone: 613 757 3209

Please note that 30 days advanced notice is usually required in order to guarantee reservations at the various venues. 

“The best part of the tour was the people we visited with.” – Trevor McGarry

2 DAYS/2 NIGHTS - FULL IMMERSION TOUR

Day 1

Your two nights/two days adventure begins at The Deakins B & B with a welcome activity consisting of delicious samplings of maple syrup followed by a three-course scrumptious dinner at the award-winning Wilno Tavern restaurant.

Day 2

After a restful sleep and The Deakins’ hearty signature maple breakfast you’ll travel the scenic route to Algonquin Park, Canada’s oldest provincial park, to spend the day wandering the trails, touring exhibits, discovering breathtaking views and just maybe spotting a bull moose feeding on the tall grasses along the roadside. After leaving the Park you’ll drop in to Spectacle Lake Lodge where Sharon and her staff will either serve you a maple-inspired dinner or, if you choose, coach you as you prepare your own maple delight.

Day 3

The next day at The Deakins after breakfast you’ll spend the morning on a forest orientation tour, listening to Don’s stories full of local colour and history and making your own maple syrup in a rebuilt 1910 sugar shack. At Shaw Woods you’ll enjoy a leisurely self guided walk and marvel at the oldest sugar maple trees in Canada.  Next, you’ll be greeted by Carol and Ray Bonenberg of Mapleside Sugar Bush where you’ll learn about the perfect blend of traditional and modern syrup production methods and taste a wide range of their award winning maple syrup products.  With shovel and compost you’ll help the Bonenbergs grow their forest with a ceremonial tree planting. Lastly, you will be greeted by Chris Thompson, a Whitewater Brewery owner who will conduct a tour of his facilities and a tasting of some quality brews – yes, maple beer included! A delicious, relaxing sit down pub style dinner will cap off a busy and satisfying tour.

“Food was amazing at every venue. The foodie in me was elated!” – Stephanie Park

This tour includes:

  • 3  dinners (2 with maple menus) (supplemental charge for cooking a maple dinner under the direction of a chef)
  • 2 nights Bed & Breakfast accommodations based on double occupancy, maple products tasting, signature maple breakfast
  • forest tour and making your own maple syrup workshop
  • tour of a modern maple syrup production facility, maple products tasting, tree planting
  • brewery tour, beer tasting (maple in season), pub dinner
  • a day of discovery in Algonquin Park  (suggested itinerary)
  • old growth forest wandering, picnic lunch

DATES: May 1st - November 1st

DURATION: 2 nights/2 days

ITINERARY:  Click Here

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Easy 

RATES: From $410 per person based on a group of six (6) persons.


1 DAY/1 NIGHT - SAMPLER TOUR

The one day/one night tour features the same venues as the broader tour  (see 2 nights/2 days tour above) with the exception of the day of discovery in Algonquin Park and the option of having participants cook their own maple meal.

This tour includes:

DATES: May 1st - November 1st

DURATION: 1 night/1 day

Start time is optional  - 13:00 or 16:00 on the day of arrival. Itineraries will vary slightly depending on start time.

ITINERARY:  Click Here

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Easy 

RATES: From $305 per person based on a group of six (6) persons.


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<![CDATA[MAKING MAPLE SYRUP - A FOREST'S STORY]]>http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/making-maple-syrup-a-forests-story/http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/making-maple-syrup-a-forests-story/Wed, 31 Jan 2018 7:39:27 -0700"Note: This experience may be enjoyed in spring, summer and fall and thus is the only experience of its kind in the world. It has been developed with great care and detail to ensure the proper preservation of our prime maple forest.

Live the story of maple syrup time in a turn-of-the-century hardwood forest. Hear the stories of a forest with a glorious past and a challenging present as it contends with fickle nature and intractable man. Make your own maple syrup and take a memory home with you.

The setting for your half-day workshop will be the Deakins maple forest and a rebuilt 1910 style sugar shack where you’ll immerse yourself in the life of a Canadian maple syrup farmer and engage in hands-on activities ending with the production of your own maple syrup.

Taste the crystal clear sweet sap. Savour the buttery maple aroma of boiling sap and watch with fascination as a myriad of tiny, hot, golden bubbles suddenly gush to the top of the pot signaling the end of the evaporation process. 

Relish the taste and feel of the time-honoured magic that is maple syrup.

Full Package Information:

The full experience includes a welcome activity featuring an interpretive maple products tasting; discount coupons for dinner at The Wilno Tavern restaurant; accommodations at the acclaimed Deakins on Mountainview Bed and Breakfast; a fabulous breakfast featuring local food and maple syrup and the half-day guided forest tour and maple syrup- making workshop.

"In the 1910 styled Sugar Shack we went for the next stage of the experience where we boiled the sap, tested, filtered and bottled our syrup." - Sharon Mandelaoui 2015    Dream Travel Magazine

Dates: May 1st - November 1st

Duration: one night/one day; two experiences

Itinerary:  click here

Level of Difficulty: easy 

Rates: from $194 per person, based on a group of six and double occupancy. 

Mini Experience Information:

The mini package consists of the interpretive maple products tasting event and the half-day guided forest tour and maple syrup- making workshop.

"The entire experience resulting in a beautiful bottle of Maple Syrup of my very own making for me to enjoy back home with my family." - Mary Chong 2016    Calculated Traveller Magazine

Rates begin at $113 per person based on a group of 6.

  • For the full or mini package ask for a quotation for groups of fewer or more than 6 persons.
  • Ontario Footprints accepts a cheque or online credit card payment via PayPal.

Booking: Contact Ontario Footprints for a quote:

Custom Itineraries: Contact Ontario Footprints for a customized package.

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<![CDATA[BOOK PACKAGE NOW]]>http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/making-maple-syrup-a-forests-story/book-package-now/http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/making-maple-syrup-a-forests-story/book-package-now/Tue, 01 Aug 2017 3:09:54 -0700MAKING MAPLE SYRUP - A FOREST'S STORY

Step 1

Contact Ontario Footprints for a quote:

Step 2

Ontario Footprints will first make sure the dates requested are available.  We will then send you an invoice quoting the full package price

Step 3

Make your payment online by clicking on the PAYMENT OPTIONS button above.

Ontario Footprints will confirm booking and payment by phone or email.

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<![CDATA[EXPERIENCE PACKAGES]]>http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/Tue, 25 Jul 2017 9:39:50 -0700Explore Ontario’s Highlands

Enjoy the grandeur of nature and follow in the steps of the indigenous peoples and the first Ottawa Valley settlers. Meet the people who make this land of towering forests, pristine lakes and tranquil moments their home today. Hands-on and interactive explorations lead visitors to novel, authentic and memorable experiences.

Ontario Footprints experiences are ideally designed for groups of 4 – 8 participants. Full programs include accommodations at The Deakins on Mountainview (Award Winning Bed and Breakfast). Contact us for a quote of fewer or more than 6 persons.

Participants provide their own transportation. All experiences are easily accessed along the Highway 60 corridor from Douglas to Algonquin Park with The Deakins Bed and Breakfast located conveniently between experience venues.

A minimum of thirty days notice is required for some experiences.

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<![CDATA[THE ALGONQUIN WAY]]>http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/other-authentic-canadian-experiences/the-algonquin-way/http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/other-authentic-canadian-experiences/the-algonquin-way/Wed, 29 Mar 2017 7:54:49 -0700On the shores of Golden Lake, 10 minutes from The Deakins B & B, lies the first nation community of Pikwakanagan. The first nation Algonquins are proud of their origins and strive not only to protect their culture, language and heritage but to also share the Algonquin community with their many visitors who learn about their rich history at the Spirit of the Canoe museum which is open year-round. The most spectacular display of Algonquin culture is the annual pow wow, a spiritual ceremonial celebration and social event, which attracts countless visitors the world-over during August.

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<![CDATA[THE WILNO HERITAGE PARK]]>http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/other-authentic-canadian-experiences/the-wilno-heritage-park/http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/other-authentic-canadian-experiences/the-wilno-heritage-park/Wed, 29 Mar 2017 7:54:07 -0700Wilno, the site of the first Polish settlement in Canada, is located 10 minutes from The Deakins. Descendants of the original emigrants from the Kaszuby region of Poland have built their Heritage Park and Museum to share their story with all. Numerous artist studios and shops are located in and near downtown Wilno including a new bakery that serves delicious lunches and the world famous Wilno Tavern with its weekly Blues Night and fabulous local menu.

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<![CDATA[CHAMPLAIN TRAIL MUSEUM]]>http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/other-authentic-canadian-experiences/champlain-trail-museum/http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/other-authentic-canadian-experiences/champlain-trail-museum/Wed, 29 Mar 2017 7:53:38 -0700In the main gallery of The Champlain Trail Museum visitors view one of the largest collections of Ottawa Valley artifacts including a replica of Samuel de Champlain’s astrolabe found in the area many years ago. Visitors wander through a Victorian home, take a peek into a doctor’s office, view the Bickle Fire station exhibit, stroll past a general store and a 1930's barber shop, a Corliss steam engine and one of the few remaining Cockburn pointer boats.

Outside in the pioneer village, they learn about life through the eyes of a pioneer as a guide tours them through a number of restored historically significant buildings including the former Lowertown schoolhouse, pioneer church and log home. As they stroll the grounds they view "The Pioneers of Pembroke" mural on the side of the main Museum building and discover a blacksmith shop, a woodworking shop and various farm equipment buildings. Plan a half day for this experience. The Museum is located in Pembroke, a fifty minutes drive from The Deakins B & B.

  

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<![CDATA[THE BONNECHERE CAVES]]>http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/other-authentic-canadian-experiences/the-bonnechere-caves/http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/other-authentic-canadian-experiences/the-bonnechere-caves/Wed, 29 Mar 2017 7:53:13 -0700A natural underground wonder that has fascinated visitors the world-over for over 55 years, the Bonnechere Caves are located 40 minutes from the Deakins B & B near the town of Eganville. The caves feature fossilized remains of prehistoric invertebrates preserved in the massive limestone formations that run underground along the Bonnechere River. Enthusiastic guides tour amateur and professional geologists through the marvels of the stalactite-studded beauty of the Caves.

The Bonnechere Caves is a Canada Provincial Gold Medal Winner for Top Natural Outdoor Site. A perfect half-day stopover for travellers en route to Ottawa.

Learn more: The Bonnechere Caves.

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<![CDATA[MADONNA HOUSE PIONEER MUSEUM]]>http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/other-authentic-canadian-experiences/madonna-house-pioneer-museum/http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/other-authentic-canadian-experiences/madonna-house-pioneer-museum/Wed, 29 Mar 2017 7:52:46 -0700Built in 1965 from hundred-year-old hand hewn logs by experts in the Madawaska Valley. The museum is located in Combermere just 30 minutes from The Deakins Bed and Breakfast.

The pioneer museum is filled to the brim with artifacts and the ingenious inventions which enabled this area’s pioneering forefathers to survive in a tough rural environment. Its hundreds of donated artifacts from local homes and farms are representative of life in this country’s early days.  Enjoy seeing a cobbler’s shop, a blacksmithing display, and farming, carpentry and bush work implements. Glimpse the home life of these pioneers as you pass by kitchen, parlour and bedroom exhibits. Included is a player piano that works. 

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<![CDATA[ALGONQUIN PARK]]>http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/other-authentic-canadian-experiences/algonquin-park/http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/other-authentic-canadian-experiences/algonquin-park/Wed, 29 Mar 2017 7:52:10 -0700Algonquin is the oldest and one of the largest parks in Canada. Its unique mixture of forest types and variety of environments allows it to support an uncommon diversity of plant and animal life. For this reason hiking and wildlife viewing are among travellers’ favourite activities. Other popular attractions and activities include:

  • The Visitor Centre featuring exhibits about the natural and cultural history of the park
  • The Logging Museum with a 1.3 km trail and a recreated logging camp giving visitors a glimpse of the pioneers’ way of life
  • Hiking with 19 interpretive trails
  • Canoeing
  • Camping
  • The Weekly Wolf Howl (in season)
  • Fishing

The Deakins on Mountainview Bed and Breakfast is located equidistant from the park’s East Gate and the also popular Sand Lake Gate where canoeing on the scenic Barron River Canyon and camping are the preferred activities. Allow a full day or more to explore Algonquin Park.

Learn more at Algonquin Park and The Friends of Algonquin Park.
 

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<![CDATA[THE DEAKINS AUTHENTIC CANADIAN EXPERIENCE]]>http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/other-authentic-canadian-experiences/the-deakins-authentic-canadian-experience/http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/other-authentic-canadian-experiences/the-deakins-authentic-canadian-experience/Wed, 29 Mar 2017 7:51:08 -0700Don and Mary Helen strive to create an Authentic Canadian experience for travelers who seek to understand the history of the places they visit and to immerse themselves in engaging ways in the culture, people and settings of the Ontario Highlands.

Guests can enjoy - free of charge:

  • a self guided tour of a Class A Ontario Managed Maple Forest
  • a sugarhouse rebuilt with a touch of the past on the original 1910 site
  • a guided tour of the organic vegetable and flower gardens and the maple tree nursery
  • a breakfast featuring our own maple syrup

We also sell a souvenir line of maple products.

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<![CDATA[OTHER AUTHENTIC CANADIAN EXPERIENCES]]>http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/other-authentic-canadian-experiences/http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/other-authentic-canadian-experiences/Mon, 15 Feb 2016 12:33:58 -0700

In addition to The Deakins Authentic Canadian Experience, our visitors can explore other Canadian experiences on their own. These additional experiences have been chosen to complement the types of activities experiential travellers have told us they enjoy … and they are all within fifty minutes drive of The Deakins B & B. Some involve leisurely walks through historical and cultural exhibits and museums; others include guided tours; and, still others provide a range of participatory activities suitable for people of all ages such as hiking, canoeing, and camping. With the exception of Algonquin Park all sites are easily explored within a morning or afternoon. Some of these activities are free; others are fee based or donation based.

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<![CDATA[BOOK PACKAGE NOW]]>http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/exploring-local-nature-culture-and-history/book-package-now/http://www.deakinbandb.com/experience-packages/exploring-local-nature-culture-and-history/book-package-now/Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:07:35 -0700EXPLORING LOCAL NATURE, CULTURE AND HISTORY

Step 1

Contact Ontario Footprints for a quote:

Step 2

Ontario Footprints will first make sure the dates requested are available.  We will then send you an invoice quoting the full package price

Step 3

Make your payment online by clicking on the PAYMENT OPTIONS button above or by sending a cheque payable to DON DEAKIN.

Ontario Footprints will confirm booking and payment by phone or email.

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