Things to do & Places to stay in Ontario

JUNE 14, 2018

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What are YOU going to do this weekend?

Get away to the nation’s capital.

The nice thing about Ottawa is that it is big enough to have loads of things to do, and small enough that you can do A LOT there, even in a short visit! It also has a great mix of outdoor fun, outstanding national museums and amazing festivals and events so no matter what you like, you’ll find it in Ottawa!


article1_june142018.jpgLet’s face it…you can’t talk about Ottawa without at least mentioning the incredible museums that dot the city. There is even a National Museums Passport which includes entrance to 7 different museums for $35: Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Canada Science and Technology Museum, Canadian Museum of History, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian War Museum, National Gallery of Canada. It’s a great deal as you are probably going to want to see all of them! But don’t forget, there are others too: Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum is a once-secret bunker built to protect government from nuclear attack. Rideau Hall offers tours and also, in summer, don’t miss the Relief of the Sentries.


article2_june142018.jpgOnce you’ve knocked off the museums, you can move onto some other things to do. Want to see a different side of Ottawa? How about taking a Haunted Walk of Ottawa tour. You will not believe the ghostly stories! And speaking of tours…Ottawa is the seat of government and it behooves you to consider a Parliament of Canada Tour to discover the history, functions, and art of Canada’s Parliament. Royal Canadian Mint Tours are a cool option too. See some of the world's most stunning collectible coins & Olympic medals in this behind the scenes tour.  And once the touring is done for the day, how about a stop at Rideau-Carleton Raceway Casino? In addition to the slots and live table games, there is also live harness racing and great eats!


article3_june142018.jpgOttawa has a wide range of events, year round. However, we’ll mention a few in a bunch of different categories, just to give you a taste of the range. TD Ottawa Jazz Festival - June 21-July 1 is an outdoor & indoor concert-going experience. 21st Annual Almonte Celtfest - July 6-8 showcases Celtic entertainment, in the natural amphitheater of Gemmill Park. Wendover Western Festival - July 10-15 is a full week of country music. Sound and Light Show - “Northern Lights”  - July 9-Sept 3 is a free, bilingual, multi-media, nightly show on Parliament Hill celebrating Canada’s history. Navan Fair - Aug 9-12 has been showcasing agricultural excellence in the Ottawa Valley since 1946 with live entertainment and more.


article4_june142018.jpgEven with all of Ottawa’s culture, it is really outdoorsy. The green space and great trail system combined with the Canal right in the downtown area means that outdoor activities are easily accessible. Canada’s Capital Greenbelt has 150 kilometres of trails for hiking, biking, picnicking and more. Eco-Odyssée, is 30 mins from Ottawa, and lets you paddle a boat through an amazing water maze. Papanack Park Zoo, just E of Ottawa, has all kinds of exotic animals & birds. Ask about their Night/Senior Safaris too! Parc Omega is 1 hr from Ottawa and you can drive through a Canadian safari, in your own backyard! Le Boat recently opened its first Canadian destination on the Rideau Canal. You rent a boat, get lessons on how to drive it, then cruise the waterways & explore. Only an hour west of Ottawa, there are rafting adventure options for the whole family. Some of them include RiverRun Rafting, Wilderness Tours & Madawaska Family Rafting.


Featured Events

Mississauga Waterfront Festival

June 15-17, 2018
Memorial Park, Mississauga (GTA)

featured_event1_june142018.jpgMississauga Waterfront Festival. Now in its 22nd year, this 3-day, family fun festival attracts over 70,000 people to the picturesque town of Port Credit to enjoy live concerts, family activities, kids’ carnival, fabulous food trucks, entertainment & a vendor market. In addition, the festival partners with local charities to help with their outreach programs and invites 6,000 less fortunate families to attend as special guests. Entertainment is free for all!

Changing of the Guard Ceremony

June 25-Aug 23, 2018, daily at 9:45
Parliament Hill, Ottawa

featured_event2_june142018.jpgEvery summer morning, Parliament Hill is alive with music and colour. The ceremony began as a morning routine on the Hill in 1959, and has turned into an annual tradition. It is an entertaining, large-scale production that includes a band and pipers, all members of the Canadian Armed Forces and in full uniform. It’s a fabulous spectacle of pomp, pageantry & music! Arrive early for a good seat.

Carrousel of Nations

June 15-17 & June 22-24, 2018
Various Locations in the Windsor area (SW Ontario)

featured_event3_june142018.jpgVisit the World right at home in Windsor, Ontario! The town comes alive with music and dance performances, art exhibits & activities & delicious food from across the globe. This multi-weekend festival celebrates the best of our wonderful world. The festival also features a bazaar with vendors, artists & artisans and a Children’s Village with activities.

Featured: shoreline casinos

featured_june142018.jpgShorelines Casino Belleville, Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands & Shorelines Casino Peterborough (opening late 2018) all offer over 450 Slot Machines and a wide range of table games including Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat. Shorelines Casinos also offer a variety of dining options including awesome buffets, restaurants and daily food specials. It’s worth a visit no matter what day of the week it is! Shorelines Casinos, where Ontario comes to play!



onlyinont_june142018.jpgCalypso Theme Waterpark
Did you know that Canada’s biggest waterpark is right here in Ontario? 2018 will be its 8th summer in operation and it’s definitely worth a visit! Calypso has rides & slides for every age and any “fear level”. It will satisfy everyone from toddlers to thrill seekers. There are over 35 waterslides to giggle or scream on, over 100 water games, heated pools and themed rivers. Check out the restaurants, VIP areas & beach bar too.

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