Ontario Summer Fun Newsletter – Things to do in Ontario

 

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July 3, 2014
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Getting Up Close & Personal at Petting Zoos & Farms
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For all the animal lovers out there, summer is the prefect time for a visit to one of the  many farms & zoos in our province. You (and your kids) can get close enough to touch many of the animals. The farms and zoos across Ontario provide a wonderful opportunity to learn about local & exotic animals and, of course, to make some furry new friends.
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Brantford Twin Valley Zoo & Killman Zoo (Southwestern Ont)
Oshawa Zoo and Fun Farm & Riverdale Farm (GTA)
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The Brantford Twin Valley Zoo is a great outdoor educational experience for the whole family. Visitors engage with a variety of exotic & domestic animals right up close. The Killman Zoo started out as a wildlife sanctuary in the 1970’s and now has one of the largest Big Cat collections in Ontario as well as a variety of domestic & exotic animals.  Both zoos have a petting area allowing kids (& adults) to develop an appreciation for the creatures living with us.
The Oshawa Zoo is dedicated to creating a safe, friendly & educational zoo environment since they opened in 1993.  They also save orphaned animals and are proud to see their rescued animals roaming around the zoo. The Riverdale Farm is a (not so hidden) Toronto gem located in the midst of urban Cabbagetown.  This is a great place, in the heart of the city, to learn how a farm works & to interact with some domestic animals.
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Valleyview Little Animal Farm (Ottawa)
Primrose Donkey Sanctuary & Salem Alpacas Farm (Central Ont)
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Valleyview Farm has loads of activities for the whole family.  There are puppet shows, train rides, an Old Farm Museum & a creative play area to keep kids engaged. You’ll meet the larger farm animals on the Country Walk - home to llamas, donkeys, horses, sheep & a duck pond.  You’ll see the new babies of the farm and the little animals like rabbits & ducklings at the Little Animal Barn.
The Primrose Donkey Sanctuary is dedicated to rescuing, protecting & rehabilitating donkeys and (when needed) other large farm animals. They welcome guests with open arms (& hoofs!) & educate visitors about these amazing animals.  Salem Alpacas Farm is home to over 30 alpacas whose fleece is used to produce beautiful duvets & other products.  You can visit the farm, meet the animals & learn all about them as well as purchase some of the soft, hand-made products.
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Now that summer is finally here, an excursion to the countryside is definitely in order.  A visit to a zoo or farm is always a great way to explore nature & learn about wildlife. You never know what amazing things you’ll find!
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RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest
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Waterfront Blues Festival
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Lakefield Jazz Art & Craft Festival
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The RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.  The great lineup of performers, including Blake Shelton, the Barenaked Ladies (one of my personal favourites!) Lady Antebellum & more promises to make it a special year!
July 3-13, 2014

(Ottawa)
Now in its 10th year, the Waterfront Blues Festival, at the Toronto Beaches, is a free event with performances by some incredible blues artists like Jack de Keyzer, Sugar Ray Norcia & more! July 11-13, 2014

(GTA)
Enjoy a day outdoors by the Otonabee River where you can take in the scenery, peruse the art, listen to some smooth jazz sounds & enjoy delicious refreshments. 
July 5, 2014.

(Eastern Ont)
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The Big Apple
The biggest apple in the world is right here in Ontario! Come for a visit & check out delicious apple pies & breads being made right in front of you. Everyone will have a great time at the family friendly attractions like Animal Land, train rides, Mr. Apple Observatory & mini golf. Restaurant & country store also onsite. (Eastern Ont)

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Riverview Park & Zoo  
The Riverview Park & Zoo is a unique place as it is the only free admission CAZA (Canada’s Accredited Zoos & Aquariums) accredited zoo in Canada. With over 55 acres, this park makes for a fabulous day out. There are local & exotic animals, a kids' playground & splashpad, miniature train rides, beautiful grounds to explore, a large picnic area & more. (Central Ont)
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The 2014 edition is NOW available at ONroute Service Centres and many other locations province-wide. For questions or to find a location near you, email or call 1-866-385-1550. To view the book in PDF format, click here.
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Contest:
My Favourite Ontario Water Amusement Park.
July is perfect for jumping through the waves at a Wave Pool or listening to kids giggle at a Splash Pad. Where do YOU go to cool off when the temperature hits the steamy range? Win a Timmy's gift card.
Contest closes July 31, 2014.
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Coming In The Next Issue
Waterfalls around the province

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