Cinnamon: 5 Things You Didn't Know

Cinnamon, commonly used in baking this time of year, boasts a whole host of exciting possibilities! Are you selling cinnamon short? Add some spice to your life – in moderation, of course.  Here are 5 facts you might not know about cinnamon:

Snack Attack. Cinnamon makes a delicious addition to a variety of snacks! Mix it with oil, sugar, cayenne and salt to taste. Drizzle or spray onto your popcorn for a delicious twist!

Breathe Easy. Cinnamon essential oil, in combination with lemon, clove, eucalyptus, rosemary and tea tree, kills 99% of airborne bacteria within minutes. To reap these benefits, add 4 drops of each essential oil to a vaporizer and enjoy!

 Pest Control. Did you know that cinnamon is a deterrent for ants? Keep these pests out by sprinkling cinnamon at the entryways. Have a sandbox? Mix cinnamon in with the sand to enjoy an ant-free play zone!

 Tea Time. Ceylon cinnamon can be used in tea, and offers some amazing health benefits! It’s been known to have an effect on some common ailments like: sore throat, digestion, sore joints and high blood pressure. Give it a try and see if it helps!

 A Cut Above. Cinnamon has been used as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent for many years. To help heal an open cut or wound more effectively, dust some cinnamon overtop and let it work its magic.

Add some spice to your life to reap the benefits!


Protecting Your hair, Skin and Nails

We love the summer weather and pool time, but the chlorine can really wreak havoc on our hair, skin and nails! Here are a few simple some steps to minimize damage and maximize fun:

Hair-apy: If you’re hitting the pool regularly, rinse your hair before you go in. Your hair will be less absorbent to chemicals if it’s already wet. Doing laps? Wearing a bathing cap will help keep your hair out of the way, as well as keeping it out of the water. After swimming, be sure to wash and condition your hair with a leave-in conditioner to try and eliminate the chemicals sitting on your hair and replenish any lost moisture.

Save Face: Keeping your skin exfoliated and moisturized as a daily practice will help get your skin ready for the pool. Be sure to moisturize your skin after the pool – there are even some after-swim lotions available that help neutralize chlorine. Don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water – it’s one of the best tricks for healthy skin.

Nail it: Our nails tend to get dry and brittle the more time we spend in the pool but what can we do? Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! We recommend using a body butter twice daily on your cuticles, pushing them back with your fingers. Also, add a cuticle oil to your nightly routine, so it does the work for you while you’re sleeping… Looking for expert care? Visit us in the spa! With a full-range of treatments and products, our 8,000 sq. ft. spa is exactly what you need! View our spa menu here:

Face it, Skin Gets Dry

We moisturize, we hydrate and we exfoliate, but sometimes it just isn’t enough… How can you keep your skin in great shape? Try a facial, performed by a trained professional, designed to target your unique concerns and feel better in your own skin! Here are some of the different types of facials Hockley Valley Spa offers:

Lo Splendore Natural Facial

Using products from the luxury, botanical based skincare line, we’ll take you through cleansing, exfoliating and extracting, featuring a mask and facial massage to get you feeling your best.

 Clinical Peel Facial

This treatment includes a deep cleansing and exfoliating ritual, using specially formulated chemical peels, lifting away those dead skin cells to bring out your brightest and freshest skin.

 Microderm Treatment

Using a highly controlled vacuum which emits minute corundum crystals, this treatment refines your skin’s texture and brings back a healthy glow.

Personalized Facial

This treatment is customized to meet your needs and includes a deep cleansing with enzyme peel and extractions, facial mask and a final mask. This facial is suited for everyone, it is relaxing and effective for a deep cleansing. It’s the perfect choice for facial newbies!

Vitamin C Brightening Facial

Is your skin tired, sun damaged or discoloured? This treatment provides deep exfoliation, facial massage, essential oils and a brightening Vitamin C mask to renew and refresh your skin.

Oxygen Ageless Facial

Regain that youthful glow with this treatment, infusing oxygen into the skin (complemented with serums and gels) with a light to medium peel.

The Hollywood Facial

The best of the best! Get firmer skin with this treatment, including microdermabrasion for a deeper exfoliation to reduce fine lines, discolouration and to stimulate collagen.

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Take a Hike!

Now that the warm weather has arrived, we want to do all the things outside! Here are just 3 of the ways that hitting the trails will help with solitude, adventure or a just breath of fresh air:

Home advantage: Often we don’t spend time appreciating the beauty of our own region, so go exploring in your neighbourhood to find hidden gems and new favourite places.

Great outdoors: It’s good for you! Hiking raises the heart rate, improves balance, builds muscle, can improve bone density, helps relieve stress and more. Trade your screen time for a little green time this summer!

New tricks: trying something new boosts confidence and adds a new skill to your toolbox. Want to mix it up? Go with a buddy or Hit up your local Facebook group to meet new friends, see new sights and cover new terrain.

Not sure where to head? Our region boasts many beautiful trails to try, from Island Lake to the Bruce Trail. Get out in the trails and take in the beauty or region has to offer!

Summer at Hockley Valley Resort



What’s happening this summer at the resort? All the fun! Get away solo for some much-needed me-time, re-connect with that special someone, or get the fam back together at Hockley Valley Resort:

Stay the Course: It’s time to go fore it with our Stay and Play package! Get out on the course for 18 challenging holes, beautiful scenic views and a night away. Visit Babbo for après, the patio for dinner and Hockley Valley Spa to fix those sore muscles:

Chick Trip: Just you and the girls, chatting, relaxing, catching up… Sound good? Book a fabulously fun girlfriends’ getaway with us! Along with your accommodation, you’ll enjoy breakfast and a $100 spa credit per person. It’s time to reunite with few of your favourites:

That’s Amore: Pizza in the garden is back! Visit us for garden-to-table fare with fresh, house-made pizza right from our wood-burning oven.  Sit and relax, enjoy the scenery and get ready for a delicious pizza experience like no other… (Available Fridays Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4pm)

Food for Thought: Looking for a unique culinary experience? Feast & Fire starts July 1st, featuring a 5-course meal, wine parings with each course, music, lights and ambiance – in a cozy screened globe. Book your reservation today:

Fun and Games: Don’t miss out on our newly added Activity Centre! Enjoy our outdoor recreation facility, rent out equipment and play games like volleyball or giant Jenga. It’s fun for the whole family:

Why Wait? Say I Do: Planning your special day? Enjoy a unique, intimate wedding experience and leave the details to the experts! Spontaneous, budget-friendly and easily elegant. For full info, visit this link:

Spring is for the bees!

With all the buzz about helping our bee population, spring is a great time to get started! Did you know that bees pollinate about 75% of the crops grown by humans? Here are a few ways you can help attract bees to your garden and keep the population of these crucial pollinators growing strong:

  1. Some bees build nests rather than living in hives, so leaving bare patches in your lawn will give them the room they need.
  2. Skip the wood chips! While they might look more appealing, they make access to the ground difficult for bees trying to build a nest.
  3. Boost bee feeding time with a variety of flowers that bloom throughout the year to give them nectar-rich options each season. Plant these types of flowers to help draw bees to your garden: Alyssum, Asters, Echinacea, Geranium, Poppies, Black-eyed Susans and Clovers.
  4. Avoid using pesticides in your garden. Rather than just attacking the ‘bad’ bugs, these chemicals target all bugs, eliminating necessary, beneficial visitors, like bees.
  5. Stay out of their way - the best way to protect these pollinators is just to let them bee!

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Snowmaking: What You Need To Know

Snowmaking: What You Need To Know

It’s snowmaking season! What’s involved in our snowmaking process?  Mark Hunter, our Ski Operations Manager has put together a list of things you need to know about snowmaking:

  • Snowmaking starts once the temperature is consistently -3° or colder, but our optimal temp is
    -10° ( 475 gallons of water/minute )
  • Once the weather turns, our snowmaking team does not take a break on snowmaking until we have a 3’ base. Often we’re making snow for 24 hours at a time with a rotating team!
  • Our snowmaking team consists of 6 staff, 9 fan guns, 40 water sticks, 2 air/water tower guns, and two grooming machines to spread the snow out perfectly.
  • We use 15 million gallons of water and add a product called SnowMax. (This is what we use in our snow guns to make the water molecule smaller so it freezes faster.)
  • Once we’ve made the piles of snow, we spread them out all over the hills and add snow where needed with the snow guns. We can typically cover about 1 run per day, on average, though Easy Rider takes much longer because it’s twice as long.

We’re often asked how we determine the order of the hills, in terms of snowmaking and getting them open… According to Mark, we start with Easy Rider and Teddy Bear on both ends and then we start filling in the middle with Face, building the terrain park and finishing the rest of the runs one by one.

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