Ontario Summer Fun Newsletter – Things to do in Ontario

 

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What are YOU going to do this weekend?
August 13, 2015
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Animals & Zoos around Ontario
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Our furry friends are out in full view during the warm summer months, so now is a perfect time to pay a visit to a zoo or a farm near you. There are so many great places across Ontario where you can pet the animals, feed them or just admire them from afar.
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Animals in Southwestern Ontario
Animals in Central Ontario
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At the African Lion Safari in Hamilton, you can feel like you’re on a safari without going all the way to Africa. Take your car or ride the Safari Tour bus through the Game Reserve and get up close & personal with majestic animals from around the world. There are also many animal & bird shows to enjoy. In Guelph, you can visit with the sweet donkeys at the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada.  Donkeys are lovely, gentle animals & you can learn all about how to care for them as you enjoy the beautiful grounds.
A visit to the Elmvale Jungle Zoo will take you into the world of more than 300 animals from around the world including Australia, South America, Africa & Asia. Kids can visit the petting zoo, playground & pond in this lovely, family-run zoo. In Manilla, Ontario, visit the Salem Alpacas Farm where you can see the alpaca herd, tour the farm & shop in the gift shop where beautiful alpaca clothing & products are sold.
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Animals in Eastern Ont:
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Parc Omega is located an hour outside of Ottawa and is an opportunity to come in close contact with many native Canadian animals like moose, bears, raccoons & wolves. You can hand-feed ‘safe’ animals that will come up to your car for treats, or visit the walking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas & restaurant. The Papanack Park Zoo is half an hour east of Ottawa and has many opportunities for visits with exotic animals.  There’s zoo camp, Senior Safaris, Overnight Camp & Night Safaris.
Eastern Ontario has plenty of fabulous farms & zoos to visit. There’s Waddle n Wags Hobby Farm in the Bonnechere Valley. This family-run hobby farm has over 50 species of animals like llamas, ferrets, turkeys, boa constrictors & more. Promise Land Family Fun Farm in Belleville is a great place for kids to interact with & learn all about farm animals. The Saunders Country Critter Zoo has over 60 species of animals from around the world.
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Animal lovers will love Ontario’s fabulous zoos, farms & safaris and the opportunities to see some incredible animals out in the open.  While we have picked a few regions to highlight, there are animals in every region. So, don’t wait; pick a zoo and say hello to our friends in the animal kingdom.
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Buckhorn Fine Art Festival
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Dundas Cactus Festival
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Stroll through the artists’ displays in a beautiful outdoor setting at this fine art festival in the Kawarthas. There’s art for sale, live music, culinary delights & art activities. It’s a weekend to celebrate & appreciate art.
Aug 14-16, 2015

(Central Ont)
Come and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Dundas Cactus Festival, one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario. This family event is free & features 4 entertainment stages, event zones, rides & over 100 street vendors.  
Aug 14-16, 201

(Southwestern Ont)

This festival is Toronto’s biggest motorcycle & scooter festival. Now in it’s 7th year, it brings together bike lovers in an annual ride to Queen Street where the celebrations continue with music, food & amazing bikes.
Aug 14-15, 2015

(GTA)


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Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park
The Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park, located just 45 minutes east of Toronto, is a truly unique experience. This zoo has loads of different programs for visitors to see & experience many species of animal, including some that are threatened with extinction. There’s Safari Zoo Camp as well as the “Behind the Scenes” Program where you can help to care for the animals. You can also spend the day in the zoo & then stay the night in the decadent Safari Lodge. An evening spent in the zoo represents a rare opportunity to see these incredible creatures at their most active time – the night!
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Bowmanville Zoo
The Bowmanville Zoo is North America’s oldest private zoo.  It has the largest stable of trained animal talent in North America & as such, has supplied much of the animal talent to the entertainment industry. Many of the elephants, felines as well as other mammals, reptiles & birds that you see on TV or film have come from the Bowmanville Zoo. (GTA)


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