Recent Media Coverage In South Eastern Ontario - RTO 9

Recent Media Coverage In South Eastern Ontario

We are thrilled to share some recent media coverage as a result of pitching and ongoing media conversations managed by Beattie Tartan. Working with Beattie Tartan plays an integral role in maximizing consumer awareness of South Eastern Ontario in key markets and leads to amazing storytelling and creativity!  

Here is a look at some of the media features from the Summer!

Kingston

History is alive in Kingston

Outlet: Fifty-Five Plus

About the Article: The article highlights the rich history that Kingston had to offer. The journalist visited the Kingston Pen, Haunted Walk Tour, Pumphouse Steam Museum, Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises and Fort Henry.  The journalist stayed at Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront and ate at Wharf and Feather, Black Dog Tavern, Harper’s Burger Bar, Wooden Heads and Pan Chanco Bakery.

Fun Things to Do in Kingston Ontario: Best Activities & Amazing Attractions

Outlet: Justin Plus Lauren

About the Article: This blog is as a result of Justin and Lauren’s recent FAM trip to Kingston. It provides some background on Kingston, noting it was the former capital of Canada for a short period of time. Justin and Lauren recommended to stay at the Delta hotel, as it is in walking distance of many great restaurants and activities. They also note to take the 1000 Islands Cruise at sunset for breathtaking views. Finally, they mention to relax at The Refinery Spa + Social House as well as explore Stand-Up Paddleboarding with Ahoy Rentals as they did. 

Brockville

8 Last-Minute Summer Adventures That Are Less Than 2 Hours Away From Ottawa

Outlet: Narcity

About the Article: The article is a round up and features various things to do near Ottawa. The article notes to visit places such as Walk Through A Rainbow Tunnel in Brockville. 

Prince Edward County

 18 hip motels for your Ontario summer road trip

Outlet: Cottage Life

About the Article: The article is a roundup of motels in Ontario. The article highlights The June Motel and The Drake Motor Inn in Prince Edward County. 

There’s Something for Everyone in Prince Edward County

Outlet: Elle Canada

About the Article: The article highlights journalist Melodie Karama’s four-day itinerary in P.E.C. She highlights drinks at the Drake Devonshire, swimming at Wellington Public, Beach, dinner at the Lakeside Motel, breakfast at Beacon Bike + Brew, relaxing at Sandbanks Provincial Park, and enjoying drinks at the following places Loch Mór, Morandin, Hinterland, Trail Estate and Long Dog. These were just some of the places she stopped on her four-day trip to The County. 

Une escapade pré-automnale dans le comté de Prince Edward

Outlet: Le Devoir

About the Article: This article features the interview with Karen about stats from The County and includes the Plan your Visit messaging. The article also includes details about her experiences at Karlo Estates, Lighthall Vineyards, The Wilfrid Boutique Farmhouse, Loch Mór cider house and she gives readers things to do and plan for if visiting The County.

What to expect at Wander the Resort

Outlet: Escapism

About the Article: The article is a review of the new Wanderlust Resort. The author notes it is a new lakeside, luxury cabin retreat with a private beach. She also discusses that the design is a mix of the best of modern Nordic architecture with the warm nostalgia of the rustic Ontario cottage experience.

1000 Islands Gananoque

Waterfront Festival brings in the crowds

Outlet: Toronto Star

About the Article: The article is about the first-ever 1000 Islands Waterfront Festival, that took place in Gananoque this past weekend. The journalist notes the event was a success, a was great for the whole family. The event stretched from 1000 Islands Boat Museum to the 1000 Islands History Museum and down to Joel Stone Park, the event featured Voyageur canoe tours and exhibits at the museums. The journalist also notes that Free concerts played at various times, some at the History Museum verandah and some at the Joel Stone Heritage Park Concert Stage as part of the 2021 free waterfront concert series.

1000 Islands Rideau Waterways

The Five Best Trails in Ontario, According to an Expert

Outlet: Yahoo! Canada News

About the Article: The article highlights Ontario’s best trails, which includes The Rideau Trail along The Rideau Canal.

Frontenac County

 30 Corn Mazes in Ontario For a Fun Fall Day Trip

Outlet: To Do Canada

About the Article: The article is a roundup and highlights a corn maze to check out on Wolfe Island near Kingston. “Visit this creatively designed maze carved out of a corn field. This year’s design features two mazes with a refreshment area in the middle.”

Multiple Destinations

 TO Bucket List: Best destinations under three-hour drive from Toronto

Outlet: Daily Hive 

About the Article: The article is a round up and features various places to visit near Toronto. The article notes the 1000 Islands and Gananoque to be explored by cruise or helicopter, and highlights Sandbanks Provincial Park and Drake Motor Inn while visiting P.E.C. 

 A Jack-O’-Lantern Festival With 7,000 Pumpkins Is Happening Near Montreal This Fall

Outlet: Mtl Blog

About the Article: The article notes that Pumkinferno at Upper Canada Village is back for another year and at Fort Henry. Visitors will make their way through mesmerizing displays consisting of 7,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns arranged in monumental forms and themed exhibits. There will be Enchanted Forest, Mesozoic Monsters and Clown Town exhibits.

9 Incredible Things To Do In Ontario With Your Besties This Fall & Pumpkinferno Is Coming To 2 Cities In Ontario This Fall With Thousands Of Glowing Pumpkins

Outlet: Narcity

About the Article: The article notes that this fall, both Upper Canada Village and Fort Henry will have thousands of illuminating pumpkins. Upper Canada Village is happening from September 24 to October 31, whereas Fort Henry will occur from October 1 to 31. Fort Henry’s themes will include  Dragon’s Lantern Lair, Night At The Gallery, and Steampunk Station. Upper Canada Village will have a roaring 20s theme.  

 Pumpkinferno Is Coming To 2 Cities In Ontario This Fall With Thousands Of Glowing Pumpkins

Outlet: Daily Advent

About the Article: The article notes that this fall, both Upper Canada Village and Fort Henry will have thousands of illuminating pumpkins.  Upper Canada Village is happening from September 24 to October 31, whereas Fort Henry will occur from October 1 to 31. Fort Henry’s themes will include  Dragon’s Lantern Lair, Night At The Gallery, and Steampunk Station. Upper Canada Village will have a roaring 20s theme.  

20 Best Long Weekend Destinations From Toronto

Outlet: Slice.ca

About the Article: The article rounds up some great destinations to spend Labour Day weekend. The article includes 1000 Islands and Prince Edward County on their must-see list.

Cycling the St. Lawrence In Ontario: Finding My Pedals With Ontario By Bike

Outlet: Wondering Wagars

About the Article: The article is about cycling through various parts of Ontario and notes cycling through 1000 Islands, Brockville and Cornwall. 

Following the historic St. Lawrence River in a 2021 Dodge Durango R/T

Outlet: Driving.ca 

About the Article: This article is a review of the 2021Dodge Durango as it is driven along the St. Lawrence River. The author reached out to work with BT on the Kingston portion of her trip. The journalist stops in Kingston and notes key points of interest such as Kingston Penitentiary, Queen’s University, Fort Henry and the Royal Military College. The article also highlights Bellevue House based just west of downtown Kingston. The article also highlights stops at 1000 Islands, Cornwall and Brockville. The piece notes the Brockville Railway Tunnel as a must-see, as well as the Brockville’s Aquatarium is a great excursion for families.

Seeing The Sites of the St. Lawrence By Bike

Outlet: Ontario By Bike

About the Article: This article highlights Influencer Kevin Wagar, three day itinerary exploring Brockville, SDG Counties, and the 1000 Islands by bike.

An adventurer’s Guide to Exploring Ontario

Outlet: CBC Toronto

About the Article: The clip is a roundup of day and weekend trips across Ontario. The author mentions hidden gems, as well as popular beaches like Sandbanks. For adventure travel, the clip notes hot air ballooning and helicopter rides in the 1000 Islands. 

 Where to travel for a taste of movie magic, pg 25

Outlet: North York Post

About the Article: The article is a roundup of Ontario film locations. The article pinpoints Kingston as a major hub, listing several films shot at the Kingston Pen. It also mentions that Rideau Canal creates an emblematic landscape for many productions. The article also notes the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a huge tourist attraction all year round, creating the ideal backdrop for boating and running in the warmer months.

 Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River offer travelers 1,001 delights

Outlet: Miami Herald 

About the Article: The article is written by Carol Ann Davidson who recently went on a FAM trip in July. She starts off the piece by noting her experiences in the Brockville Aquatarium. Carol Ann highlights There are actually 1,864 islands in the archipelago flowing between Ontario and New York state. She mentions that the “Brockville Tunnel is kaleidoscope of changing colors infuses the vaulted tunnel with dazzling light and highlights the feat of engineering magic.” When highlighting Gananoque, she notes the city of 5,000 has an indigenous name meaning “a gathering place” and provides a rave review of Sexy Laundry and some restaurant recommendations including Riva and The Ivy Restaurant. For Kingston, Carol Ann goes into detail about her exceptional accommodations, the Kingston Pen, the city’s astounding history and her experience at Agnes Etherington Art Centre and Trolley Tours.

Stay tuned! We will be sharing our Q2 (July – September) Marketing Highlights which will include a report on the total Impressions our Earned Media received during that time.

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