Ontario Summer Fun Newsletter – Things to do in Ontario

 

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What are YOU going to do this weekend?
February 5, 2015
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Think summer & get ready for camping in Ontario Provincial Parks
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For all of you die-hard campers, now is the time to start thinking about spring and summer camping. You can be one step ahead of the game and book your campsite or yurt for your summer excursion now as reservations are accepted up to 5 months in advance of your arrival date. Here is just a highlight of some of the amazing places you can explore this year.
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Eastern Ontario:
Central Ontario:
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Eastern Ontario has some beautiful parks to explore this summer.  There’s the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary where you can camp, enjoy the self-guided trails & check out the awareness programs.  At Bon Echo Provincial Park, you can enjoy all different types of camping (RV, car, interior & roofed accommodations) and see the amazing Mazinaw Rock which is 100 m high & features incredible Aboriginal pictographs.
In Central Ontario, there are so many incredible parks, it’s hard to pick just a few. Algonquin Park is one of my personal favourites, with its majestic beauty, incredible canoe trip opportunities & lots of different camping options. Killbear Provincial Park has lots of sandy beaches, hiking & biking trails & 7 campgrounds, most of which are very close to the shoreline.  The Haliburton Highlands Water Trails also offer opportunities for camping, fishing, hiking & more.
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If you live in Toronto and don’t want to drive too far, there are plenty of parks to visit for a camping trip. Bronte Creek Provincial Park in Oakville has lots to see & do including a swimming pool, a children’s playbarn, fishing & more. Glen Rouge Campground is the only campground located within the city of Toronto (it’s in the northeast part of Scarborough.)  You can be in nature, while being close to major Toronto attractions.
Northern Ontario has some very famous & majestic national parks – perfect for camping & canoe trips.  French River Provincial Park is well suited to a more experienced camper as it only has backcountry camping available. A paddle on the French River is a unique experience as it takes you on the route of the First Nations, French explorers & fur traders.  Killarney Provincial Park is so magnificent that it inspired many famous Canadian artists including: The Group of Seven’s A.Y. Jackson, Franklin Carmichael & A.J. Casson.
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Ottawa Region:
Southwestern Ontario:
In beautiful Gatineau Park in the Ottawa region, there are 3 different campgrounds to stay at on 3 separate lakes.  You can choose from traditional camping or book a “ready to camp unit”  (a cabin, yurt or 4 season tent). Rideau River Provincial Park  is a unique spot to camp as it’s located on the historic Rideau Waterway, a UNESCO world heritage site. It’s also conveniently located only 40 minutes away from Ottawa.
The Long Point Region Conservation Authority has 5 parks in the region where you can camp, swim, fish, hike & more!  Also, check out Port Burwell Provincial Park in the beautiful Municipality of Bayham. This park has sandy beaches, bird watching & almost exclusively private & secluded campsites. Sherkston Shores has 15 Ontario sites for fun RV camping (7 in this region), many near lakes & attractions.
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While it’s cold outside, thoughts of camping are keeping me warm!  I can’t wait to pack up my sleeping bag, graham crackers, & marshmallows and get outside into the beauty of the Ontario wilderness this summer.
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Winter Festivals in the GTA
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Winter Festivals in Northern Ontario
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Winter Festivals in Central Ontario
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Vaughan WinterFest  (Feb 8, 2015) features live outdoor entertainment, a midway, icezone & foodzone, & more attractions & activities.  Richmond Hill Winter Carnival celebrates community with a pancake breakfast, tons of kid’s activities, amateur band contests & so much more!  Feb. 6-8, 2015


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Voyageur Winter Carnival (Thunder Bay) on Family Day weekend will have fun for the whole family at Fort William Historical Park – with indoor & outdoor entertainment, games & activities, contests & much more!  Feb 14-16, 2015 Kirkland Lake Winter Carnival. Come out for 18 days of incredible entertainment (Nikki Yanofsky & Alyssa Reid, to name a few), fun games & incredible activities.
Feb 12-March 1, 2015.

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Barrie Winterfest Barrie is host to the annual Winterfest – one of the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario.  From Feb 7-8, 2015, enjoy the ice maze & ice sculptures, lumberjack show, entertainment, outdoor activities & lots of fun!  At Snowman Mania in Wasaga Beach, have fun in the snow at a snowman making contest, snowshoeing & more. Or stay inside for fun indoor activities.
Feb 12-16, 2015

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License Free Fishing Weekend
Why wait until summer when you can go fishing in the winter?  The License Free Fishing Weekend is a great time to try out this fun, year-round activity.  February 14-16, 2014
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The Distillery District in Toronto is a unique & fun place to visit.  It has North America’s largest & best preserved collection of Victorian industrial architecture.  It’s chock full of great shops, eats & events.  Come for a visit on Family Day during Heat Fest – A Great Canadian Comfort Food Festival with food trucks and fun.  February 16, 2015
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March 9 – March Break Fun for all ages


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