Ontario Summer Fun Newsletter – Things to do in Ontario

 

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What are YOU going to do this weekend?
May 4, 2015
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Soar through the trees with Canopy Tours & Ziplines
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Have you ever wanted to “fly through the air with the greatest of ease”? You don’t have to be a trapeze artist in the circus to do so anymore!  You can try one of the many ziplines & canopy tours around Ontario and zoom through the treetops with a bird’s eye view of the land down below.
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Camp Fortune (Ottawa region)
Blue Mountain (Central Ont)
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Camp Fortune in the Ottawa/Gatineau region is a must-visit destination if you’re looking for the thrills & magnificent views you get from ziplining & treetop trekking.  Walk across the top of the Gatineau Hills or test your balance & daring on a suspended bridge or walkway.  There are ziplines for all skill & excitement levels.  For kids, there’s the Children’s Park with an obstacle course & mini zip line
Blue Mountain has so many different opportunities for adventure, activity & excitement.  If you want to get your blood pumping high above the ground, there’s the Timber Challenge High Ropes, where participants are suspended high in the forest & move through the course from tree to tree.  Ziplining is a whole new experience at Blue Mountain as you & two friends can zipline together on the Wind Rider Triple Zips.
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You can explore the Carolinian forest from above at these 2 adventure parks.  At Long Point Eco-Adventures, try a day-long, half day or nighttime package where you’ll travel along multiple zip lines & suspension bridges and cross more than 10 platforms.  At Boler Mountain, you can zipline, check out the ropes courses & swinging bridges, or swing on the Tarzan swings.  Finish off your day with the 1100 foot Big Zip Finish.
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Horseshoe Adventure Park has tons of adventures & thrills to choose from. Their “Treetop Trekking” is an aerial game & zip line park where you can test your fitness & bravery as you traverse the treetop aerial courses by climbing & zipping from tree to tree.  Get your heart pounding on their new Big Zip, which is 1000 ft long, as well as their new Adrenaline Jump (freefall from a 60 ft tree) – YIKES!
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Bissell’s Hideaway (Niagara region)
The views are incredible at Scenic Caves – you can look down at one of Canada’s Biosphere Reserves from the highest point on the Niagara Escarpment.  Take a sky-high tour on their 420 foot suspension bridge or opt for speed on Canada’s longest twin zip line, the Thunderbird.  You can also take a guided Eco Adventure Tour where you will go zip cable gliding & tour the treetops.
Bissell’s Hideaway is a resort in Ridgeville, in the Niagara region.  You can camp, rent a cottage, enjoy the waterpark and explore the Fun Park.  The fun park (you don’t have to stay at the resort to access it) has tons of great activities including a 300 foot zip line, 30 feet above the ground!  Or –try the Extreme Air Jump – where you soar 18 feet in the air & flip like the best of the gymnasts.
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All across Ontario there are incredible opportunities for sky-high excitement (don’t forget to check out the Featured Treetop Adventure below in the GTA region.) No matter your age, skill level or your tolerance for thrills, there’s sure to be an activity to suit your needs.
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Ottawa International Children’s Festival
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Festival of the Birds in Point Pelee
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Canadian Music Week
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The Ottawa International Children’s Festival is celebrating 30 years of bringing the best of live performing arts to children.  From theatre to music and dance, this festival is geared for kids ages 4-15 & aims to delight & inspire, bringing art into our kids’ world.
May 4-13, 2015

(Ottawa)
If birdwatching is more your cup of tea (rather than flying with the birds) you should visit Point Pelee for the annual Festival of the Birds.  It’s a sight to behold as birds of all varieties migrate to Canada’s southernmost mainland.  
May 1-18, 2015

(Southwestern Ont)
Come pay a visit to Canada’s largest music festival. This 33 year old festival is dedicated to the business of music. If you’re in the music business or want to get into it, this is the event to attend where you can check out the trade shows, the conferences, the live music & films & more.   
May 1-10, 2015

(GTA)
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Featured Treetop Adventure:
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Treetop Eco-Adventure
Channel your inner monkey & zip through the treetops of the beautiful Oak Ridges Morraine in Oshawa (GTA.) The park has 4 courses and 6 different zip lines designed to meet the desires of all skill levels. Treetop games include walks along suspension bridges, wobbly swings, tarzan rope jumps & swinging logs – you’ll go as high as 60 feet in the air!  It’s an outing that will definitely get your adrenaline going! (GTA)
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Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve
A walk in the forest takes on a whole new meaning at the Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve.  The canopy walk guided tour takes you from the river basin to the treetops where you will walk along the world’s longest canopy walkway.  The boardwalk is over half a kilometer long and is elevated at 10-20 metres above the forest floor.  If you’re afraid of heights – just don’t look down! (Central Ont).
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