Ontario Summer Fun Newsletter – Things to do in Ontario

 

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April 19, 2013
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SFG celebrates the season with our hand-picked Spring Festivals
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Yes – it’s true that spring seems to be a bit of commitment-phobe.  It can’t seem to decide if it’s here to stay or not - but we Ontarians are ready to take the plunge into spring. Enough of winter!  To mark our commitment to the season, we’ve picked some great Spring Festivals from around the province for you to get out and enjoy.
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For those who love to fish, the Orillia Perch Festival is a great event.  This 32nd annual festival is one of Canada’s largest registered fishing derbies.  With over sixty tagged fish worth a prize of $500 each – it’s an event you won’t want to miss.  The festival runs from April 20-May 11, 2013 with a special OPP Kid’s Day on May 4th.
The gardens of Ottawa will come alive this May as the city celebrates its 61st annual Tulip Festival, the largest such festival in the world. This annual celebration of spring began when the Dutch royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa to thank Canadians for sheltering Princess Juliana and her daughters during World War II.
(May 3-20, 2013)
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Soar to the skies at the Kortright 23rd annual Four Winds Kite Festival.  At this annual appreciation for the power of wind, you can fly your own kite, watch professional kite flying demonstrations or take part in one of the many family friendly activities. (May 5-6, 2013)
If you’re a birder, then the Point Pelee Festival of Birds is a festival you won’t want to miss!  This festival educates expert and beginner birders alike about the amazing 380 species of birds that have been found in the Park.  Designated in 1918 as a national park because of it is bird migration, this park’s birds are famous throughout the world! 
(Festival runs May 3-20, 2013.)
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Make your commitment to spring by checking out one of the fantastic spring festivals.  It will be worth taking the plunge!
Check out all that Ontario has to offer at http://www.summerfunguide.ca/events.php or http://www.summerfunguide.ca/04/festivals-events-shows.html
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Home & Cottage Expo - Owen Sound
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Earth Day at The Metro Toronto Zoo
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If you’ve been thinking of a home improvement project, then this show comes at the right time!  On April 20 & 21st 2013, the BruceGrey Simcoe Region will hold its largest home and cottage event featuring over 140 exhibitors.  Contractors, interior designers, landscapers and more will all be there to answer questions and help get you on the right track for your project.

(Southwestern Ont)
On April 22nd, people around the world will celebrate Earth Day.  The Metro Zoo will host it’s own Earth Day Event on April 20 & 21, 2013.  In partnership with Earth Day Canada, there will be activities for the whole family, like Backyard Naturalists & Frogwatch, to help educate families as to how we can all improve our world and be kinder to our planet.

(GTA)
Now in it’s 40th year, the annual Folklore Festival is an opportunity to “take a trip around the world in 48 hours.”  On May 4th & 5th, 2013, The Thunder Bay Multicultural Association will take guests on a world tour appreciating the culture, food, entertainment, clothing and art of different nations from around the world.

(Northern Ont)
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Great Spirit Circle Trail (Northern Ontario)
The Great Spirit Circle Trail, an organization that represents eight local First Nations communities, offers guided excursions to its guests.  These adventures range from horseback riding with an overnight stay in a teepee to hiking or traditional craft making.  All adventures introduce guests to the history, culture and traditions of the First Nations people.
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The Frontenac Arch Biosphere
The Frontenac Arch Biosphere is the most bio-diverse region in all of Canada.  Found along the Rideau Canal area, this 150,000 hectare parcel of preserved wilderness is an area to explore some of the marvels of our planet. (Ottawa)
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Contest:
Tell us about a great Ontario Winery or Brewery that you have toured or visited. Let everyone in on the secret for a chance to win 4 tickets to see a North York Astros professional soccer game!  Contest closes April 30, 2013.
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Niagara Fall’s Maid of the Mist opens on April 19! Enjoy getting splashed like these young visitors. "Like” us on Facebook, and submit a photo of your winter adventures in Ontario this season!
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