From skiing, golf, dining and spa, Hockley Valley Resort has it all

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There’s something special about leaving Toronto and heading north for a short one-hour journey to an entirely different world.

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Welcome to Mono’s gem, Hockley Valley Resort, golf, spa, dining and skiing, one of Ontario’s most diverse resorts. The title says it all for this five star resort that offers fun and excitement for you and your family nestled in the beautiful Hockley Hills.

My family has fond memories of Hockley Valley Resort, living about 10 minutes away – from my youngsters’ involvement in the ski program to so many fun things to do in the summer. It’s rare to find what I describe as ‘the complete experience’, but that’s exactly what Hockley Valley Resort is all about, so many activities for the whole family or that one-of-a-kind weekend for couples. You get that special feeling when you get to the circular driveway for your quick check-in and check-out.

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When you enter the lobby you will immediately see the ski slopes, the Babbo Bar & Lounge and the huge modern stone fireplace makes you feel like you have arrived somewhere special. Hockley Valley Resort is synonymous with incredible food and dining as a leader in the culinary boutique. For recreation and relaxation, there’s an 8,000 square foot full-service spa, indoor heated pool, hot tub and sauna, exercise room, snowshoes, fat tire bikes and snowmobiles. 30-acre ski and boarding hills with 15 family-friendly scenic runs, four lifts, terrain park, and modern snowmaking equipment.

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For summer visits, there’s an 18-hole golf course designed by Thomas McBroom that runs through the beautiful forest, as well as bike paths and more. The resort is known as a destination for incredible weddings and special events, offering 104 luxury rooms, including two-story suites. I had the pleasure of staying this past Family Day weekend, and it was very busy.

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I had lunch at Babbo and enjoyed a very unique grilled cheese with homemade tomato soup overlooking the hills. It was a balmy, sunny day, so I took advantage of the outdoor patio, soaking up the rays on the Muskoka chairs and listening to the skiers having fun. The restaurant offers a wide variety, from Kobe Burgers to pasta and their famous Parmigiano truffle fries, there is something for everyone. For a quick lunch on the hill, there is a take-out window on the side of the building with picnic tables and a varied menu.

Hit the hills? Purchase your lift tickets and rentals in advance at, choosing from four-hour time slots (morning, afternoon and evening, subject to availability). Masks are mandatory in lift lines and indoor areas, with staff monitoring COVID protocols in a relaxed atmosphere.

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With Hockley’s reputation as a culinary destination, chefs are constantly creating new delicious experiences. Their three restaurants (Cabane, Babbo, and Restaurant85) are in high demand, so reservations are recommended by visiting the website or reception. For something extra special, try Snow Globes @ Hockley. Experience a fairy-tale setting with snow-capped globes reflecting surrounding twinkling lights, with a five-course meal, expertly paired with wines for up to six people at a time. The staff and servers will ensure everything is comfortable for a romantic evening or a gathering of friends with faux fur throws, a mini heater and a speaker to play your own music. Try their themed drinks, like Smokin’ Redhead (red wine in a smoke chamber) or Penicillin (with scotch, honey and ginger).

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I also recommend a stop at the award-winning Adamo Estate winery, just a two-minute drive or shuttle ride up the hill. Upon entering, admire the magnificent marble fireplace and the immediate view of the vineyard. With retail space and a tasting bar, it’s the perfect way to enjoy the menu and take your favorites home. The Great Room features an open kitchen concept and patio where you can visit on Wine and Relax Fridays, with live music starting at 6 p.m.

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I also have to share something heartwarming that I saw that really touched me. As I stood in front of the rental shop, suddenly the doors opened with a little girl smiling from ear to ear with her rental boots and skis in hand ready to hit the hills. His little brother was right behind with an equally huge smile, followed by the parents with their enthusiastic smiles. I asked the father about the start of his day and he replied “it’s the first time we’ve skied, it’s the first time we’ve come after having heard so much about this place”. As they skied away towards the chairlift, it made me smile thinking, this is skiing – Skiing with the family on family weekend, and Hockley Valley Resort was the place ideal. With March Break approaching and the resort’s “Kids Stay & Eat Free” promotion, this is another great opportunity to have some family fun and enjoy all that Hockley Valley Resort has to offer.

Next week I’ll be showcasing the interior of BCs at Sun Peaks 60th Anniversary, then Whistler will follow.

Glenn Crouter is a ski reporter for Newstalk 1010, co-host of a ski podcast, Head for the Hills, Friday mornings at 10 a.m. on iHeart, Apple apps and Spotify, and a local ambassador for the Canadian Ski Council. ski.

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