Ontario Summer Fun Newsletter – Things to do in Ontario

 

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September 18, 2014
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Fall is one of my favourite times of year. I love the cooler temperatures (although after this summer, we’ve had enough cool weather to last us), the gorgeous fall colours and exploring the beautiful outdoors before the winter sets in.  We’ve gathered some fantastic fall activities here – Enjoy!
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Check out the Fall Colours (All regions)
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A great way to spend a fall day is to take a drive and marvel at the gorgeous fall colours. To see where the best fall colours are, check out the Fall Colour Report. The Report is updated on a regular basis and will tell you what the leaf colours are like at each of the Ontario Parks and where in the parks you can get the best views.
A weekend in Niagara-on-the-Lake can be such a rejuvenating experience! Book a stay at a quaint bed & breakfast or at one of the many fabulous hotels & enjoy all that the city has to offer. There’s the renowned Shaw Festival, gourmet restaurants & world-class wineries. You can relax at a spa, enjoy a bike ride to Niagara Falls or just take a stroll through the picturesque town.
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Mere steps from the Blue Mountain Village is the Bruce Trail where you can enjoy some amazing hiking. Blue Mountain Village is also home to Ontario’s only open-air gondola – a unique way to view the fall colours. The Apple Harvest Festival (Oct. 11-13) is a fun Thanksgiving celebration with free family activities, live music, street performers & much more.
The Niagara Peninsula is home to some beautiful fishing destinations. Check out Binbrook Conservation Area where you’ll find the Lake NIapenco reservoir, the largest inland lake in the Niagara Watershed. There’s also Balls Falls, Chippawa Creek and many more. Be sure to head out to the water soon, though, as the fall fishing season is almost over.
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Enjoy a Fall Festival at a Farm
The Owen Sound Salmon Tour is a self guided tour which begins at the town’s historic harbour & then takes you along the mighty Chinook salmon’s travels where you can watch the salmon spawning in streams & rushing rivers & then migrating upstream to lay their eggs in the shallow waters before winter begins. On October 4-5 & 11-13, guided tours of fish spawning channels will also be available.
The fall is always a great season to go and visit a farm.  In addition to picking your own produce, there are so many great fall festivals to choose from.  Check out Brooks Farm in the GTA, Saunders Farm in the Ottawa region, & Clovermead Fun Adventure Farm in southwestern Ontario, to name a few.
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Now that fall is upon us, it’s the perfect time to head out into the crisp air and enjoy some uniquely fall activities. Of course, don’t forget apple picking, one of my personal favourite fall activities!
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Known as “The Best Little Fair in Canada,” this 150+ year old fair has something for everyone.  There are agricultural exhibits, crafts, live music, rides & games, contests & special kids’ activities.
Sept 25-28, 2014


(Ottawa)
This is a great agricultural fair in Southwestern Ontario with midway rides & games, demolition derby, livestock shows, live music, entertainers, crafts & so much more!
Sept 18 - 21, 2014

(Southwestern Ont)
This festival is a celebration of Canadian musical talent.  The 3-concert series held at Toronto’s Massey Hall is an opportunity to see some iconic Canadian performers.
Sept 18-20 2014

(GTA)
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Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Scenic Caves in Collingwood is the perfect place to enjoy the stunning, postcard-worthy colours of fall. Mix it up with a little adventure by walking the treetop canopy, flying down a twin zipline or exploring the caverns & crevasses! The kids love mining for gemstones, climbing on the playground or riding the train; an unforgettable day of wonder & adventure. Check for weekend packages & specials. (Central Ont)
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Culture Days Ontario (Province wide)
This amazing event holds free, hands on, interactive activities throughout the province inviting Ontarians to participate in and get involved in the arts & cultural activities and to discover what goes on “behind the scenes” in the creation of works of art. This province wide event, with over 1300 activities, will be held on
Sept 26-28, 2014.
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If you cannot find a hard copy of Summer Fun Guide 2014 at an ONroute Service Centre or another location near you (most have already been snapped up), you can check out the digital version online by clicking here. We love to hear from our readers. Please contact us by email or call 1-866-385-1550 with your questions or comments.
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Do you have a favourite Fall Fair; one big enough that you'd come from another town/city to visit? Tell us about it for a chance to win a family pass to the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. Contest closes September 30, 2014.
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