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The Briars Blog 

The Briars is full of stories waiting to be told.

Activities and events, historical insights, celebrity visits, and of course the abundant, majestic beauty of the property as it transitions from season to season. Whenever we get a chance to take a breath, we occasionally sit down to reflect on the beauty of this place, and our wonderful experiences here. 

The results of those reflections are captured in this, The Briars Blog.

05 Sep, 2017
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At The Briars, we’re beyond thankful for each of our new and returning customers. We absolutely love what we do, and we love sharing it with you! 

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, we began thinking about the many different things our staff and clients may be thankful for. Below are just some of the things we couldn’t help but feel gracious of:

25 Aug, 2017
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At The Briars, you and your team will feel a world away from the office. As a contemporary Ontario Resort, located right on Lake Simcoe, your Briars adventure will take business leadership and team building to the next level:

08 Aug, 2017
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Back to school shopping has begun, which means summer is quickly coming to an end. 

But don’t worry! Our summer events calendar runs right into September, so there’s still time to schedule that last minute family vacation you’ve been hoping for! 

01 Aug, 2017
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Come one, come all, to enjoy the sites and sounds of Sutton & Jackson’s Point in the summer! 

For the 162nd year, the Sutton Fair & Horse Show is returning to the Sutton, Ontario fair grounds this August 10th to 13th, 2017. 

20 Jul, 2017
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Over the last 150 years, Canada has faced growth, loss, challenge, triumph, and also acceptance – that although our country isn’t perfect, our people are our lifeblood and positive change is within our reach. 

20 Jul, 2017
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At The Briars, we believe that all people deserve the same respect, service, access, and opportunity as one another. We also believe that to serve our guests in the best way possible; we need to offer a diverse selection of foods, services, and things to do.

05 Aug, 2016
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Soothing and beautifying – The Briars pedicures will soften your “soles” and brighten your day

As relaxing as any spa treatment, a pedicure has the added benefit of bringing a splash of colour to your getaway at The Briars. Let our accomplished spa staff soothe away any aches and pains and leave you polished to perfection.

05 Aug, 2016
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The Briars Spa is the ideal retreat for women to connect and recharge but it’s only the beginning

Ladies love a weekend away with their closest friends but finding a beautiful and affordable destination can be difficult. Who hasn’t dreamed of spa days interspersed with physical activities, outstanding food, wines, and surrounded by the glory of nature? 

22 Jul, 2016
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Saying ‘thank you’ to the women and men who are closest to you is no easy feat

They’ve stood by your side through thick and thin, and now they’re attending to your every need on the biggest day of your life: your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Such loyal friendship, devotion, and unwavering support is worthy of acknowledgement and reward. But what kind of reward?

13 Jul, 2016
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Discover true tranquility and embrace an easygoing lifestyle at our heritage lakeside resort

Conquering life’s stresses, pressing the “reset” button, and replenishing your mind and spirit by allowing yourself to relax takes a little effort. How ironic. 

16 Jun, 2016
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Excited to take to the links? Read our five pre-golf game tips and improve your game

In Canadian Leslie Nielsen’s uproarious parody of golf entitled, “Bad Golf Made Easier”, the late comedic actor demonstrates many bad golf swings while detailing the frustrations most recreational golfers feel, and how to circumvent them.

18 Mar, 2016
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Think location first and foremost if you want to ensure your next event is a memorable one!

As winter slowly fades away and we anxiously await to welcome spring’s warm embrace, businesses across a myriad of industries are gearing up for the start of conference season. Amidst the hustle and bustle of preparing programs, itineraries, and booking speakers, making your business rendezvous with colleagues and customers a truly memorable one can be a tall order.

10 Mar, 2016
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Dry skin can’t be cured by everyday moisturizer alone. Learn how to quench and protect your parched epidermis

Between the harshness of winter’s unforgiving chill outside and the dehydrating warmth of relentless central heating in your home and workplace, no wonder your skin feels dry, itchy, and unpleasant. The weather may be starting to turn, but we’ve been getting a lot of inquiries from our clients about how they should take care of their skin throughout the year, especially as spring takes hold.

20 Jan, 2016
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There is something incredibly romantic about a winter wedding. Many couples are choosing to celebrate their nuptials off-season with a winter wonderland celebration. With a sprinkle of snow and the twinkle of fairy lights, these weddings are proving to be more and more popular.

Here’s what you should know before planning your winter wedding!

Andrew Sibbald
19 Mar, 2015
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Yesterday, our friends Jake Charles and Chantelle of First Nation Cultural Tours, from Chippewas of Georgina Island, First Nation, helped eighteen Briars guests create dream catchers. Tomorrow, they'll help our guests create medicine bags!

Andrew Sibbald
25 Feb, 2015

Those of you who enjoyed Sean's garden tours where you made tea, ice cream, or apple cider can imagine how good the hot chocolate he is making at The Briars this winter!

Andrew Sibbald
18 Oct, 2014

If you have prepared your house for sale and gone through the process of decluttering and staging -- so suddenly the house can breathe and you see how beautiful it is (so, why leave?) -- you'll understand what has happened to us with the Manor House verandah.  

Andrew Sibbald
25 Sep, 2014

My recent re-read of Sheila Burnford's The Incredible Journey reminds me of what's happening here, as we move forward with a number of projects.

Andrew Sibbald
23 Sep, 2014

Should you need an outsider's pint of view about summer, we're pleased to present Will Tang's blog, Going Awesome Places. We had a great time with Will and Chantelle, who stayed at The Briars for several days in late August.

Andrew Sibbald
20 Aug, 2014

Dancing with Zumba instructor Oksana Kalinina is high energy fun. A professor by trade, on weekends Oksana lets loose and helps our guests let the trapped energy flow!

Andrew Sibbald
19 Aug, 2014

Fitness coach Sheila Maxwell helps you discover the rage from Scandinavia, Nordic Walking, where proper technique helps you gets a safe, full body workout.

Andrew Sibbald
16 Aug, 2014

Our Canadian build 1920's styled fan-tailed classic launch has been cruising the south shores of Lake Simcoe for 25 years, getting people out on the lake's "shining waters" [as named by the indigenous peoples] where they chat and learn about local ecology and folklore.

Andrew Sibbald
15 Aug, 2014

When paddling into the beautiful Black River in summer you will not end up the situation that my friend Colin and I had in very early spring.

Andrew Sibbald
14 Aug, 2014

Though cooking shows have always drawn me, I have always found them somewhat overwhelming. The host talks too quickly, cake dough goes in the oven and instantly comes out decorated, and in 11 or 22 minutes an entire meal is gathered, prepared, cooked, served and tasted. I can't catch it all. Cooking with the Chef is not like that!

Andrew Sibbald
07 Aug, 2014

Last night was a gorgeous summer evening, with a gentle breeze, comfortable temperatures, no mosquitoes and partial cloud so no one was blinded by the dropping sun. It was the perfect night for what is an ancient rite at The Briars -- a Wednesday night barbecues followed by a sing-song. At least the custom is more ancient than I am!