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December: What’s Happening

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December brings wintery temps and holiday excitement! As we get into the spirit of the season, we’ve got lots planned at the resort… From a week of family fun to celebrating the New Year, 3 different ways! Here’s just some of what we’ve got planned for this month:

Be Our Guest: Why not plan a stay-cation and spend your Christmas break with us? Take advantage of our 8,000 sq. ft. spa, 15 ski hills and 2 terrain parks, ice rink, riglet park and so much more! From movie nights with s’mores to parent/child yoga, we’re taking family fun to the next level… For our full events calendar, visit us here:
New Year’s Your Way: Ring in the New Year, just the way you like it! Get dressed up and for our New Year’s Eve Gala, make it a family affair with our buffet and dance party, or celebrate just the two of you with dinner in cabin. No matter which you choose, you’ll be celebrating in style… For full details, visit our website:

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Pumpkin Spiced White Russian


Fill your fall with all things pumpkin, including our Pumpkin Spiced White Russian! With only a few ingredients, this super simple recipe is sure to impress…


Fill a shaker with ice

Add 1 oz. vodka, ½ oz. Kahlua, 1 oz. cream, 1 oz. pumpkin syrup

Shake and pour over fresh ice

Top with pumpkin spice and whipped cream

Garnish with pumpkin seeds and enjoy!

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Pumpkin Brownies


If you just can’t get enough of fall’s favourite flavour, give our pumpkin brownie recipe a try!

¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
¾ cup butter, melted
1 ½ cups white sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup cocoa powder
½ cup pumpkin puree
¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. each ground nutmeg and cloves
3 eggs
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8” x 8” pan.

Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.

In another bowl, mix together melted butter, sugar and vanilla. Beat the eggs in, one at a time. Slowly add the flour mixture and stir until it’s evenly moistened. Divide the batter into 2 separate bowls.

Into one batter bowl, add the cocoa powder and chocolate chips. In the second bowl, add the pumpkin puree, walnuts, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

Spread half the chocolate batter into the pan and follow with half of the pumpkin batter. Repeat this step, ending with the pumpkin layer on top.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool and enjoy!

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November: What’s Happening


As we enjoy the beauty of fall and start gearing up for the holidays, we’ve got tons of fun going on at the resort. From fall golf to spa time to fine dining, grab your favourite people and join us! Here are just a few of the events we’ve got coming up:

Laughing Matter: What’s funnier than a night of Yuk Yuk’s Comedy? Two nights of Yuk Yuk’s comedy! Mark your calendar for November 7th and 20th and enjoy a 3-course meal, along with your entertainment. We even have a dinner, show, stay and breakfast package available! Visit our website to book your tickets:

Santa Stops Here: Treat your family to a delicious brunch and a visit with jolly ol’ St. Nick… With face painting, colouring contests and photos with Santa, it’s fun for the whole family. From festive salads to nacho station to holiday entrees and sweets, there’s something to hit everyone’s fancy! For our complete menu, visit us here:

Holiday Planning: The holidays are just around the corner and early planning could be the ticket to a stress-free season! Enjoy a festive night out with your friends or colleagues, complete with dinner and dancing at Hockley Valley Night… Or, if you’re already looking to New Year’s, we’ve got 3 options to make sure you ring the New Year in right! Check our events calendar for full details on all our holiday festivities:

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Pumpkin Mousse

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Looking for a lighter take on a seasonal flavour? Try our recipe for pumpkin mousse!

15 oz. pumpkin puree
1 cup plus 2 cups heavy cream (35%)
¾ cups icing sugar
½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tbsp. vanilla extract

In a pot, heat pumpkin puree and 1 cup of heavy cream. Add sugar, spice and vanilla.
Transfer mixture to large bowl. Cool completely.
Whip remaining cream into stiff peaks. Fold in pumpkin mixture.
Pipe into jars and enjoy!

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Pickling Series: The Basics

Looking for a dill-icious new hobby? You might try pickling! What exactly is pickling, you ask? Well, pickling is the process of preserving or expanding the lifespan of food by either anaerobic fermentation in brine or an immersion in vinegar.

Did you know that pickles are a cinch to make at home? You can make a few pint jars in less than 30 minutes. Here’s what you need to know, straight from our chefs:

- Kirby or Persian cucumbers are our favourites (found in most higher-end grocery stores) because they remain firm and crunchy without getting soggy.

- Pickling is not just for cucumbers – okra, green beans and even carrots are a great option!

- You can process you veggies in a hot water bath for 5 minutes before pickling, which extends their shelf life to about a year. It also makes them softer and less crunchy. Your choice!

- Adding the brine is what transforms the veggies into pickles. Though they are edible right away, they’re even better after some soaking…

Now that you’ve got the basics, stay tuned for the next blog in our Pickling Series with our pickle recipe from cabin kitchen. Mmmmm…. Dill-ightful!

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Honey Bees: 5 Facts You Didn’t Know

Macro of working bee on honeycells.

There’s been a bit of a buzz in the news lately concerning bees and their dwindling population. Most of us were taught that bees help pollinate and spread flowers, as well as making honey, but did you know that honey bees are vital to successful blueberry and cherry crops across the country, which are 90% reliant on bee pollination? Thanks to, here are four more facts you might not know about these hard working honeys:

1. A bee’s biggest threat is the varroa mite, which feeds off the blood of honey bees.

2. The average speed of a honey bee’s flight is 24 km/hour.

3. Bees collect an average of 1/12 tsp. of honey in their lives.

4. The average lifespan of a honey bee is 2 months.

Good news! Over the long term, bee populations are on the rise in Canada – let’s keep up the good work on attracting and taking care of our honey bees. Plant these types of flowers to help draw bees to your garden: Alyssum, Asters, Echinacea, Geranium, Poppies, Black-eyed Susans and Clovers.

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Pumpkin Loaf


Looking for a different twist on fall’s favourite flavour? Take pumpkin to the next level with this delicious recipe from our kitchen:

2 cups pumpkin puree
2 cups white sugar
1 cup oil
4 eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. ginger
Optional additions: raisins, pumpkin seeds


Preheat oven to 350°and grease 2 loaf pans.
Combine pumpkin, sugar, oil and eggs until well mixed.
Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and ginger.
Pour into loaf pans, bake for 60-65 minutes and enjoy!

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October: What’s Happening


The time for cooler nights, crisp mornings and cozy sweaters has arrived – it’s officially fall! Celebrate the season and take part in the fun at Hockley Valley Resort. Here are just a few of the upcoming events we’ve got planned for the season:

In a Trance: Looking for a unique and fun night out? Get ready for an evening of laughter with a hypnotic twist – it’s the Jeff West Experience! Mark October 16th on your calendar for a great show and a delicious 3-course sit down dinner, you’ll be glad you did…

Thanks a Million: Looking to get away this Thanksgiving long weekend? With the spectacular views and tons of amenities, we’ve got just what you need! Along with your accommodation, our holiday package includes a full buffet breakfast for two and a 3-course dinner in cabin. Enjoy a guided hike, morning yoga and movie nights for the perfect way to give thanks!

Boo-tiful Bash: Treat yourself to a night out this year for our Halloween Dinner and Dance! Enjoy a night of dancing, live DJ, 3-course sit down dinner and late night candy bar. Be sure to dress up for this spook-tacular event!

Laugh Track: Giggle and guffaw through 2 nights of hilarious Yuk Yuk’s comedy on November 7th and 20th. Enjoy a scrumptious 3-course meal and don’t forget to check out our dinner, show, stay and breakfast package for even more fun!

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