Ontario Summer Fun Newsletter – Things to do in Ontario

 

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November 22, 2013
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Expand your mind at the museum
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Do you love history, culture, art and nature?  Then a day at the museum is a must!  Ontario has so many incredible museums to explore.  From well-known museums to the province’s hidden gems, there is a day (or more) of discovery lying ahead for all of us!
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This aptly named museum has an international collection of 6,000 artifacts.  On permanent display are dinosaurs, fossils & artifacts, gemstones, minerals, crustaceans & shells, mounted Canadian & jungle wildlife and more!  It’s a great outing for kids who can do a museum scavenger hunt and really explore all corners of the museum. 
If you have a passion for planes, the NAFMC is a “must see” for you.  With the largest collection in the country of static aircraft on display, this museum provides a wonderful illumination of Canada’s Air Force history.  There are more than 3,500 artifacts and memorabilia exhibited, providing a fascinating overview of major historical events as well as the social history of the Air Force.
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This museum, located at Lock 3 of the Welland Canal, is a fascinating exploration of the history of the Welland Canals and the city of St. Catherines that was built up around them.   A visit will give you the opportunity to watch the ships work their way through the canal after which you can wander through the permanent exhibits and discover the rich history of the area.
This incredible museum should definitely be on anyone’s agenda when visiting the nation’s capital.  On permanent exhibit is a stroll through life size reconstructions of the past 1,000 years of Canada’s history.  For anyone traveling with kids, the Children’s Museum is a truly unique experience.  Visitors to the museum can travel the world and wander through life size shops, pyramids, tents, props, costumes and more while learning about the people of the world.
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Have you ever been on a canoe trip? If so, have you ever thought about the legacy of your canoe? This unique museum explores the canoe’s historical and enduring significance to the world.  With incredible, family friendly exhibits, hands-on workshops, interactive, special programs and more, it’s a museum that will appeal to anyone interested in Canadian history.
This museum, housed in an historical police station & courthouse, takes you on a journey through local, regional and national history.  On permanent exhibit is a re-created Thunder Bay street where you can learn about fascinating people that were a part of this rich history. Traveling exhibits include “What Lies Beneath – Canadian Shipwrecks” and so much more!
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A day at the museum can expand your mind and open your eyes to parts of our world that you never knew about.  Whether you journey back in time to the dinosaurs or learn about your local history, you’ll no doubt finish the day having learned something new!
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Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, this is a craft show you won’t want to miss.  Featuring the outstanding talents of Canadian artisans, there’s sure to be a gift for everyone on your list (including yourself!) Nov 28-Dec 8

(GTA)
The Christmas Season begins in Collingwood with the annual Santa Claus Parade on November 23rd.  The day will be filled with special events, shows & celebrations to get everyone into the holiday spirit.

(Central Ont)
From November 15th-January 4th from 5-11pm, winter is alight with nearly 400 holiday light displays in downtown Owen Sound & Harrison Park. More than 25 kms of tree lights are reflected in the water of the Sydenham River. This year, there’s a brand new 7 feet high & 35 feet wide computer animated nativity scene accompanied by music. Owen Sound adds to the festivities with 6 weeks of activities ranging from craft shows and parades to free skating & dog sledding too!

(Southwestern Ont)
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Gardiner Museum
For all those with a love of ceramics, there’s the Gardiner Museum.  Located across the street from the gigantic ROM is North America’s only museum that focuses exclusively on ceramics!  You can admire contemporary or historical ceramic art, buy beautiful works in the gift shop or even create your own masterpiece. (GTA)
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Canadian Clock Museum
If you have a passion for clocks – then I have a museum for you!  The Canadian Clock Museum is Canada’s only museum all about clocks.  The museum highlights the heritage of Canada’s clock manufacturers and sellers beginning in the early 1800’s to the present.
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