Ontario Summer Fun Newsletter – Things to do in Ontario

 

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September 18, 2013
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Explore the spooky side of Ontario
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The days are getting cooler, Halloween costumes are in stores and there’s plenty of candy already in the grocery store aisles. It’s a perfect time to explore the spookier side of Ontario by getting up close and personal with some ghosts. Try one of the haunted tours available throughout the province.
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Haunted Walks of Ottawa, Toronto and Kingston
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If you’re interested in exploring the spooky side of these cities, you’ll love these Haunted Walks.  Residents & visitors alike will be shocked to hear how many ghosts roam our streets. In Ottawa, learn about the ghosts of the Bytown Museum, Fairmont Chateau Laurier & the Grant House. In Toronto, be astounded with tales of haunted theatres, public hangings & frightening encounters at Mackenzie House. And what could better than strolling through Kingston’s quiet streets by lantern light & listening to tales of the ghosts of Kingston – like the haunted student ghetto ghost & the Organist’s ghost?
Who knew that there were so many ghosts in Ontario? In Hamilton, Ruthven & Niagara-on-the-Lake, you can tour ghost towns and graveyards, a haunted forest, and Hamilton’s most haunted building. Did you know that Niagara-on-the-Lake is Canada’s most haunted town!? Over 80% of homes and businesses have had a haunted experience that was traced back to a real person who lived or died there! Very scary!
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A visit to Niagara Falls wouldn’t be complete without a tour of the haunted side of Niagara.  With Niagara Ghost Tours, you can take a lantern-lit stroll through the most haunted streets of Niagara Falls.  There are tales of murder and bedlam and plenty of ghosts that roam the area. While in Niagara, don’t miss the Haunted House of Clifton Hill too – it will give you a scare you’ll never forget!
If just touring haunted areas isn’t quite enough for you, try staying for the weekend with a few friendly spirits. This "ghostly" Inn is home to several ghosts, including Charlie, Sarah and Bob. Bob hangs out in the kitchen area, Charlie in the upstairs corridors and Sarah can be heard in the "Carriage Room". Explore the Muskoka region while you’re there – this area is home to several of Ontario’s top 50 festivals.
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To really get into the spirit of Halloween, a Haunted Walk is definitely in order. Enjoy a haunted walk near you and learn about the dark past, ghosts and morbid tales of our wonderful, fascinating and very spooky province!
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Ruthven is for the Birds Festival
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Hike Haliburton Festival
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There’s nothing scary about books (on second thought, there can be…) but this free community event is all about welcoming readers to the world of books and magazines.  On Sunday September 22nd from 11-6, you can explore the world of words – at the Marketplace, the Kidstreet, and many more features of this wonderful and wordy festival.

(GTA)
The fall migration is a wonderful time to explore the world of birds.  Join the Ruthven Park National Historic Site on September 28 from 6am-9pm and enjoy the presentations, demonstrations, tours and Bird Census Walk. The museum has a variety of kid’s activities as well.

(Southwestern Ont)
Fall is such a beautiful time in Ontario and what better way to experience it than with a hike in the majestic Haliburton Highlands?  Check out the 11th annual Hike Haliburton Festival where you can join one (or more) of the 50 guided and themed hikes and partake in the many activities, concerts and planned feasts.  September 19-22

(Central Ont)
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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel (or Nicholas Street Jail)
When was the last time you got to sleep in a jail?  Hopefully never!  Well – now’s your chance.  The Nicholas Street Jail is a 150 year old jail that has been converted to a youth hostel where you can sleep in an old jail cell.  This unique accommodation in the heart of downtown Ottawa offers tons of fun, great food and entertainment all in one of the most haunted buildings in Canada! is free! (Ottawa)
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Lennox & Addington County Dark Sky Viewing Area
Big city dwellers almost never get to see the beauty of the stars in a dark night sky.  Luckily, there is the L&A County Dark Sky Viewing Area.  This is the most southerly point in Ontario where the night sky experience is very similar to what you would have seen more than 100 years ago!  It’s so dark, it’s SPOOKY!!
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You can view a digital version of the 2013 Summer Fun Guide here. If you call or visit a listing, please tell them you found them in the Summer Fun Guide.
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Contest:
It is looking a lot like fall & with fall comes apple/pumpkin picking and corn mazes. Tell us about your favourite Orchard, Fall Farm or Corn Maze for a chance to win a Tim Hortons Gift Card. Contest closes September 30, 2013.
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