Ontario Summer Fun Newsletter – Things to do in Ontario

 

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May 5, 2016
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Wear your rainbow colours with PRIDE!
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Members of the LGBTQ community worldwide have come to associate Ontario with an accepting and even welcoming tone.  As one of the earliest to allow gay marriage (4th country in the world), and with loads of LGBTQ bars and clubs, publications, and even 3 geographic areas that form the LGBTQ hubs of Toronto and Ottawa (Toronto’s Gay Village, Toronto Queer West Village and Ottawa’s Gay Village),  Ontario is a great destination to visit and an even better place to live!  Check out the various pride celebrations around the province, by month below.
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Kick off summer with events in SW, Eastern, & Northern Ontario and in Niagara region. Note that dates are current as of this newsletter but changes may occur so please check before booking time off to attend. If you visit the Niagara event, don’t forget that this is wine region – plan to add a day or 2 to your trip and set up some tastings at some of the award winning wineries - the food is pretty amazing too!
Guelph Pride, April 29 - May 8 Pride Niagara, May 28 - June 4 Tri-Pride, Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, TBC
Elliot Lake Pride, May 27-29 Kingston Pride, May 30 - June 15
While you can attend pride events around the province this month, at some point, whether you belong to the LGBTQ community or not, you should try to be in Toronto during Pride. Toronto Pride is one of the largest organized LGBTQ event celebrations in the world, with attendance of up to 1 million people. 2016 marks Canada’s first-ever Pride Month with extended programming and events throughout the city, culminating with the 10-day Pride Toronto festival, June 24 – July 3. Hamilton Pride, June 15-21 Thunder Pride, June 7-18 Pride Month and Pride Toronto, June 1 – July 3 Barrie Pride, June 7-14 York Pride Fest, June 11-19 Grey Bruce Pride, June  Brantford Pride, June 13-18  Pride Durham, June 2-8 Perth Pride, June 7-14
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Feel the heat with July’s Pride celebrations. Make a holiday week of it with a visit to Ontario’s famous Cottage Country in Muskoka or to the beautiful 1000 Islands region (Brockville), where there are lots of places to stay and things to do. London’s Pride fest is a great stopover if you are in the Golden Horseshoe region too!
Belleville Pride, July 15-23 Muskoka Pride, July 15-24 Pride London Festival, July 14-24 Peel Pride, July 13-25 Brockville Pride, July 11-16 Sudbury Pride, July 18 – 24 Fierté Simcoe County Pride, July 28-Aug 6
Summer isn’t quite over yet – there is still time to visit Canada’s capital and take in some of the amazing things Ottawa has to offer either before or after the Pride event there.  Or take a tour of SW Ontario and visit one pride event after another! Ottawa Capital Pride, August 15 -21 Halton Pride, August Windsor Essex Pride Fest, August 3-7 Chatham-Kent Pride, August Peterborough Pride, September 17-24
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There are many places in the world where belonging to the LGBTQ community can result in criticism, barriers, and in some countries, even death. While Ontario is far from perfect, it prides itself (pun intended) on being welcoming and inclusive of all, and the world has noticed.
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SING! Toronto Vocal Arts Festival
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Canadian Tulip Festival
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Celebrating the best in A Cappella Music from around the world. International headliners, performances, workshops & lots of free events! Free concerts all day May 7 & 8th in Trinity Square at the Distillery Historic District.
May 4 – 15
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Award-winning festival features over 100 street vendors, 19 bands, 10 food trucks, a huge family zone, street buskers, Bouncy Castles, dance groups and so much more! Come on down.
May 20-22
Waterdown, SW Ontario

The largest Tulip Festival in the world! Celebrating Canada's role in freeing the Dutch during World War II. The tulip was a gift to the Canadian people for providing a safe harbour to the Dutch Royal Family at that time. With 11 days of concerts, family activities, exhibitions and of course...tulips! Visit Dows Lake, the parkways near the Rideau Canal and Major's Hill Park and feast your eyes!
May 12-23
Ottawa


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South Dundas
Culture, charm, history, shopping, theatre & the Great Outdoors! South Dundas has something for everyone. Spend the day at the beach, take the kids fishing, be a pioneer at Upper Canada Village, see the dinosaurs at Prehistoric World, watch ships go through the Iroquois Locks or walk along the scenic Waterfront Trail along the St. Lawrence river. Memories are made here.
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Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve – Canopy Tour
Take a walk on the world's longest continuous canopy walk! Over half a kilometer long, the canopy boardwalk winds through the treetops in the Halliburton Forest 10-20 meters above the forest floor. A platform suspended from the treetops allows guests to rest and enjoy a leisurely snack while a professional guide points out interesting facts and wildlife in the forest below. Enjoy spectacular views across the lakes and forests on a tree top guided tour.
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Watch for the NEW & updated edition of Summer Fun Guide coming to ONroute centres, Yogurtys Froyo stores & other locations around Ontario in time for May long weekend. Pick up your FREE copy or email  [email protected] to have one mailed to you.
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