Ontario Summer Fun Newsletter – Things to do in Ontario

 

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September 1, 2015
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Some of the best places for bird-watching all across Ontario
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As we get closer to fall, our fine feathered friends start to make their way down south for the winter (wouldn’t we all like to do that?). Now is a great time to get out to do some birdwatching while there are still opportunities to sight local & migratory birds.
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Northern Ontario
Niagara
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Travel to the North of this great province & you will have some incredible opportunities for bird watching & to view the birds’ fall migration. Gordon’s Park on Manitoulin Island has recorded over 70 different species on their birdwatching list & 30 of those species breed in the park. In addition, there are 314 species that spend time in the Park. See which ones you can identify.  Mission Island Marsh Conservation Area in Thunder Bay, is another great area for birdwatching. Visit in the fall on Waterfowl Viewing Day & you’ll see migrating ducks, shorebirds, songbirds & raptors.
Mud Lake Conservation Area in Port Colborne is truly a bird watcher’s paradise. It is a man-made wetland & serves as an important resting & feeding spot for migratory birds. Wainfleet Wetlands Conservation Area is the former site of a clay & limestone quarry. Today, you can see fossils of plants & animals from the Paleozoic area as well as over 50 different species of birds, including yellow warblers, great blue herons, egrets & sandpipers.
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Greater Toronto Area
Eastern Ontario
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Even in the urban jungle of Toronto, there are places to see some beautiful birds. The Leslie Street Spit is very unique with its 5km long peninsula jutting into Lake Ontario from downtown Toronto. Over 316 species of birds (both migratory & resident) have been spotted there. The Mountsberg Conservation Area in Campbellville has great hiking & birdwatching. It also has the renowned Raptor Centre where you can learn all about owls & get up close & personal with these amazing birds.
Presqu’ile Provincial Park is a beautiful park for camping & exploring a sandy beach. It’s also famous for its birdwatching as it is a known spot for viewing migrating birds – 336 species have been spotted here with 130 breeding species. Sandbanks Provincial Park is also a great spot to see migrating birds in the spring & fall. The Alderville First Nation Black Oak Savanna is dedicated to restoring native species to land that was previously used for crops. They also work to protect species at risk including many birds like the barn swallow & bobolink.

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Central Ontario
Southwestern Ontario
Awenda Provincial Park in Penetanguishene is an amazing park for camping, hiking, boating, beaching & birdwatching. It is home to 120 breeding bird species & the park’s upland forest is an important habitat for the endangered Cerulean Warbler. The George Langman Sanctuary, which is owned & maintained by the Orillia Fish & Game Conservation Club, is a real treasure in this area. Located just west of Bass Lake Provincial Park near Orillia, the 6km nature trail is a great place to spot a variety of waterfowl like Canada geese, mute & trumpeter swans, mallard & wood ducks & many smaller birds like yellow finch & red winged blackbirds. The sanctuary also has a bird building where you can see some rare upland game birds like pheasants, peafowl & wild turkeys.
Southwestern Ontario is the jewel of the birding world with so many opportunities to see incredible birds – here are just a few of the highlights of the region. The Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical garden in Canada & is a natural paradise! There are over 2700 acres of beautiful gardens & sanctuaries, year round special events & opportunities to see rare flora, migrating birds, natural fish production & more.  Windsor Essex Pelee Island is a region with so much to offer including the opportunity to stand on Canada’s southernmost point at Point Pelee National Park & experience some of the best bird-watching around! Ruthven Park has a banding lab where you can learn all about how birds are banded, studied & tracked during migratory seasons.  
Finally, the Long Point Bird Observatory is an organization dedicated to the study & protection of birds – you can see some amazing birds at the Long Point Region Conservation Authority.
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All across Ontario there are beautiful provincial parks, conservation areas & local spots where you can catch some incredible bird sightings. The fall is a particularly good time for birdwatching as you can see such a variety of birds on their migratory path down south. Visit a park to also learn about the dedicated efforts on the part of many organizations to study, protect & preserve many of the endangered bird species.
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Powassan Smoke n’ Spurs Festival
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Toronto International Film Festival
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This special event celebrates the history & lives of those who escaped from slavery on the Underground Railway & made their home in Buxton. This annual event brings together the descendants of those people for a “homecoming” in Buxton.
Sept 4-7, 2015

(Southwestern Ont)
If you’ve never seen a traditional rodeo – here’s your opportunity! This festival has it all – performances by Canadian country music singers, a Show n Shine Truck show, kids’ activities, food & more!     
Sept 4-6, 2015

(Northern Ont)
The stars come out for this annual celebration of film where new & old talent preview their latest creations. Head to downtown Toronto to catch a glimpse of a celebrity or get tickets to see a film that might not be in theatres again.
Sept 10-20, 2015

(GTA)
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Featured Museum - Aga Khan Museum:
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The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto is housed in a beautiful building, unique in its attention to light. The museum is dedicated to educating its visitors about the Muslim contribution throughout history to the artistic, scientific & intellectual communities of the world. The museum is also home to the elegant Diwan restaurant as well as to many performing arts shows. (GTA)
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Canada’s Largest Ribfest
This fantastic festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year! It’s an annual fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Burlington & features 19 award winning-ribbers from all over North America. There’s food, live entertainment, kids’ activities & of course, delicious ribs!  Sept 3-7, 2015 (Southwestern Ont).
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