Ontario Summer Fun Newsletter – Things to do in Ontario

 

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August 11, 2014
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Experience Ontario's natural beauty in the Haliburton Highlands
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The Haliburton Highlands is a unique place to spend your summer vacation time.  The area is rich in natural beauty, outdoor adventures, history, culture & more. It even has 6 motorcycle routes! If you’re looking for a place to experience the amazing Ontario landscape, this is a wonderful place to explore.
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Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve is a privately owned forest on 80,000 acres of land.  The lakes, forests, biking & hiking trails are a beautiful place to explore.  If wildlife is your interest, take a visit to the Wolf Centre where you can watch an unsocialized pack of wolves roam freely in a 15 acre sanctuary.  For the adventurer, take a "Walk in the Clouds" through the treetops on the world's longest canopy walkway tour, or try wilderness camping.
Known as the “Geocaching capital of Canada”, the Haliburton Highlands is the place to visit for this unique activity.  Geocaching is an international game of high tech treasure hunting.  Participants use a GPS to locate treasures that have been hidden in a chosen area by other geocaching players.  The Haliburton Highlands have 7 small hamlets where treasures have been hidden & businesses support this amazing game.
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Art lovers will enjoy this unique outdoor art exhibit.  Take a stroll or a bike ride through the sculpture forest & see the sculptures by Canadian & international artists.  You can walk at your leisure or join a guided tour which runs every Tuesday at 10am in July & August.  The Sculpture Forest shares the park with the Haliburton Highlands Museum where you can learn all about the area & its history.
This area of the Haliburton Highlands is full of many attractions that are well worth a visit.  There’s the Dorset Lookout Tower where you can picnic, hike & climb up the tower to enjoy the view 142 meters above Lake of Bays.  Hawk Lake Log Chute is the last chute of its kind in the park – a visit here will educate you all about its history.  There are also 2 falls to visit in the area – Buttermilk Falls & Ragged Falls.
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The Haliburton Highlands has so much going for it – I’m definitely hoping to check it out this summer!  It’s a great place to visit to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Ontario’s landscape as well as to experience some unique activities.  Now that I’ve heard about geocaching, I’m hoping my family & I can try our hands at this cool adventure!
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150th Haliburton County Fair
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Calabogie Blues & Ribfest
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The GTA’s anticipated event of the season is fast approaching with the opening of The Ex on August 15th (on until September 1, 2014)  There is always something for everyone with entertainment, rides & games, unique food (think loads of deep fried goodies), shopping & more!

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Now celebrating its 150th year (wow!!), the Haliburton County Fair is running from August 15-16, 2014.  It will be a celebration for the whole family with grandstand entertainment, hot air balloons, animal shows, a classic car show, a magic show & loads of food!

(Central Ont)

This family friendly event is a celebration of the blues with a weekend-long lineup of the region’s best blues musicians.  There are also ribbers from across North America, kids’ activities, camping & plenty of other activities to enjoy. 
Aug 15-17, 2014

(Eastern Ont)
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Chatham Kent
Chatham Kent is a tourist destination rich in history, outdoor adventures, extreme water sports, golfing, bird watching, culture, beautiful scenery & more! History buffs can learn all about the underground railroad (& visit Uncle Tom’s Cabin), foodies can explore the delicious culinary treats, & car fanatics can learn about the region’s rich history in the automotive industry or visit one of the classic car shows in “Canada’s Classic Car Capital."
(Southwestern Ont)

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Havelock Country Jamboree  
The Havelock Country Jamboree is Canada’s largest live Country Music & Camping Festival.  Now celebrating its 25th year, there will be live performances from well-known country music artists as well as up & coming musicians from Canada & the US.  This family friendly festival is a celebration of the local community.
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Summer Fun Guide is sponsored by ONroute. If you can’t find a print copy at an ONroute location province-wide (they’ve been going fast!), please click here to view the book in PDF format.
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