Things to do & Places to stay in Ontario

MAY 3, 2018

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Someplace New to Lay Your Head!

Ontario has an incredibly wide range of accommodations on offer – from big resorts to small inns and everything in between. With all the wonderful things to do in the province, sometimes it makes sense to stop day-tripping and start immersing yourself in a region by staying a night, a weekend or even a week to really cover some territory. While Summer Fun Guide has loads of accommodations in every region, style and price range, we’ve highlighted just a few here that offer something a bit different.


article1_may32018.jpgNottawasaga Resort, 45 mins N of Toronto is one of those resorts that you can go to and never leave the property! It has 45 holes of golf, 100 ft waterslide & indoor mini-golf. It also offers long weekend children’s programs & of course, restaurants on site. JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa was named 1 of the 10 best resort views (Nat’l Geographic) & #6 of Conde Nast Top 20 Resorts Canada, so it has an international seal of approval. It is also kid-approved for its year-round indoor-outdoor pool. Adults like the spa and the proximity to artisans & gorgeous natural surroundings. Sherwood Inn, also in Muskoka, is a historic, quiet and romantic Inn with an on-site spa. Winner of the Wine Spectator award, it’s a great place to bring your sweetie.


article2_may32018.jpgComing to the GTA? Check out Hockley Valley Resort which is a four-Season resort in the Hills of Headwaters. In addition to the full-service spa, and championship 18-hole golf course, it also offers 15 scenic ski & snowboard runs in winter. Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto East is just a short drive to downtown Toronto, and is a great place to bring the kids. Not only is it close to the Ontario Science Centre & Toronto Zoo, but it has a large indoor pool, a 110 ft. monster waterslide & Kids stay free!


article3_may32018.jpgOttawa is a wonderful place to go for a getaway – there is so much to see and do! Visit Brookstreet Hotel, Ottawa’s leading 4-diamond hotel not only has golf, spa, indoor & outdoor pools, but it also has daily live jazz! Ask about their complimentary guest bikes too – Ottawa has loads of bike paths. Cartier Place Suite Hotel & Residences has a great downtown location close to the Rideau Canal and major sites, but what really sells it are the family suites with kitchens – it is so much better when you bring the kids to not have to sit in a restaurant for 3 meals a day!

Southwestern Ontario

article4_may32018.jpgCobble Beach Golf Resort in Kemble (near Owen Sound) is a 4 Season Waterfront Golf Resort on 574 acres. In addition to an 18 hole golf course, and full service inn & spa, it also has 18 km of groomed trails for hiking & snowshoeing. We’ve mostly talked about hotels, resorts and inns, but RVs are a great way to vacation. Saugeen Springs Tubing & R.V. Park in Hanover has great camping but if you don’t have an RV, they have rental cabins & cottages too. Saugeen Springs also has a bonus selling point – It offers tubing on the Saugeen River (45 min & 2hr float options). It also has nature trails, beach, fish ponds & a petting zoo.


Featured Events

OCAD's 103rd Annual Graduate Exhibition

May 3-6, 2018
100 McCaul St, Toronto (GTA)

featured_events_1_may32018.jpgHere is a great opportunity to see some of the finest works from more than 900 talented young artists about to graduate from Ontario’s College of Art & Design (OCAD) University. GradEx is a four-day exhibition spread across several buildings on campus including the iconic Sharp Centre for Design. Who will become YOUR favorite new artist?

Ottawa Children's Festival de la Jeunesse

LeBreton Flats Park, Ottawa
May 11 – 15, 2018

featured_events_2_may32018.jpgAn entertaining festival for the whole family to enjoy! This annual cultural celebration promises to inspire us with the best in performing arts from around the world. Shows and performances include crazy acrobatic stunts, playful theatre, foot-tapping music and many on-site activities. Geared to kids aged 2-15.

Maple Festival in Downtown Bowmanville

Saturday May 5, 2018 9am-5pm
In Historic Downtown Bowmanville

featured_events_3_may32018.jpgThis is one of the Bowmanville area’s favourite festivals! Delicious treats include maple donuts, maple cheese, nuts, candy, fudge and so much more. Unique craft and food vendors line the streets and fun activities for the whole family make this a festive and fun Spring welcome! Free admission & parking.

Featured accommodation and zoo: Jungle Cat World Zoological Park

featured_may32018.jpgIf you’re looking for a REALLY unique accommodation experience, consider a visit to Jungle Cat World, just 45 min E of Toronto. Not only can you see more than 60 species including Tigers, Wolves, Lemurs, Reptiles, Birds & Wildlife from around the world during the day, but they also offer opportunities to spend the night in the decadent Safari Lodge & meet the animals at twilight! COOL!



onlyinont_may32018.jpgFairmont Royal York
Did you know that the first hotel in the world to make honey on its roof is right here in Ontario? The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto has a rooftop oasis that is home to more than 350,000 Honey Bees, six Queen Bees and six hives. They produce an average of 450 lbs. of honey each year. The rooftop apiary has been specially designed as a beautiful and accessible area for beekeepers and visiting guests. In fact, the hotel’s Rooftop Honey took first place in the Amber category at the 2017 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Quite an accomplishment!

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