Take a “Staycation” in York Durham Headwaters

Posted : October 2, 2020

Our blog is chock full of great ideas for fun things to see and do in York Durham and Headwaters. We are always adding new content and updating old posts, but sometimes you might stumble upon something from our vault. If this article has inspired you to hit the road, be sure to double-check that the featured stops in this post are still welcoming visitors.

It’s fall! All the things we love about this glorious season are back: colourful leaves, big orange pumpkins, apple cider and harvest festivals… to name just a few of our favourites. The travel and tourism landscape may be markedly different than it was this time last year, but we’re thankful that some things never change. Autumn in York Durham Headwaters has always been about experiencing the best of what the season has to offer, so what better time is there than now to plan a much-needed staycation? Our attractions and destinations have been hard at work to make day-trips and short, overnight stays in our region both a pleasurable and—most importantly—safe experience.

Fall road on a misty morning

Why Staycation in YDH?

Okay, so let’s put the obvious reason to take a staycation out front: it is generally agreed that distance and overseas travel is not such a good idea at the moment. The Canadian government officially advises that citizens and permanent residents avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada to limit the spread of COVID-19.

That being said, there are many reasons to take a staycation other than “because there is no other option.” On the practicality side, you can actually save money. Taking advantage of a local attraction or getaway package doesn’t come with the additional cost of airfare, or food and accommodations for an extended period. Being close to where you live is undoubtedly lighter on the old bank account, and a few days is often enough to recharge and rejuvenate while you do something you love or something you’ve never experienced before. Also, vacations can be stressful. Think of the time you are sure to spend planning and packing for your long-distance getaway. And, let’s face it, coming back to all that stuff you left behind at home can wipe out the R&R you’ve accomplished while away. With a staycation, you can have that get-away-from-it-all feeling, without the stress of planning and packing to actually get away.

Fall Drive

These are two great reasons to take a staycation, of course, and there are lots more. But when it comes down to it, we think York Durham Headwaters is simply a spectacular place that everyone should see and experience… All right, so maybe we’re biased, but we’re not apologizing. We want to entice you to enjoy a staycation in our region because we know you are going to have a wonderful time with us. To help you with your staycation planning, we’ve put together a sample of just some of the packages and opportunities our YDH partners have to offer.

Staycation Experience at Toronto Marriott Markham

170 Enterprise Blvd., Markham

Toronto Marriott Markham

Explore everything Main Street Unionville and Downtown Markham have to offer with this staycation package which includes:

  • complimentary self-parking for one vehicle
  • late check-out of 1pm
  • access to the hotel’s indoor elevated infinity swimming pool—the only one of its kind in York Region
  • 15% discount at 12 participating businesses, attractions and restaurants in historic Main Street Unionville
  • 15% discount at Costa Sorrento Italian Restaurant in Downtown Markham (patio service available)

Hockley Valley Spa-Cation Package

793522 3rd Line EHS, Mono


If you need time to relax and unwind, then the Spa-Cation Package at the beautiful Hockley Valley Resort and Spa is just for you. Enjoy the following features over 3.5 hours of all-about-you time:

  • personalized facial
  • spa massage
  • Hockley signature manicure
  • refresher pedicure
  • luxurious lunch in Babbo Bar

Stay and Play at The Briars Resort and Spa

55 Hedge Rd., Jacksons Point


Your one-night stay with breakfast at this refuge of relaxation includes one round of golf for you and a guest. Plus, this heritage Ontario lakeside resort offers amenities and features year-round such as breakfast, Wi-Fi, parking, walking trails, gardens, seasonal activities like lake swimming and canoeing, evening bonfire activities and more.

Glamping at Alabaster Acres

18692 Hurontario St., Caledon Village


The best thing about glamping is that it’s an all-weather experience. Get away to nature in quaint Caledon Village, where you will find an ultra-relaxing retreat. Who says camping can’t be luxurious? Your glamorous tent is nestled in a tranquil forest setting, and it is all set up and waiting for you. No struggling with a tent after a long drive here. Additional experiences at Alabaster Acres include:

  • goat yoga
  • group geocaching adventures
  • adult workshops
  • animal assisted activities

Other great YDH packages and staycation experiences you don’t want to miss

Gas and Go at Staybridge Suites Toronto Vaughan South

Handmade Upgrades at Nestleton Waters Inn

Shop and Stay at Novotel Vaughan

Day at the Pool Package Sheraton Parkway Toronto North

Story by Katherine Ryalen

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