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JULY 12, 2018

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12 ideas for Summer Water Fun!

When the sun is out and the weather is warm, there is nothing better than cooling off in the water. And Ontario has a LOT of water! Whether you are into the natural kind, found at one of Ontario’s beautiful beaches, or man-made waterfun at a waterpark, wet is wet! So throw on a bather, slather up with sunscreen, and get thee to some water.  Note that there are several waterparks in SW Ontario, so it is getting a section all to itself, but we’re not leaving out the rest of the province…keep reading!

SW Ontario Waterparks

article1_july122018.jpgWaterparks are such a fun way to spend a day. They offer water activities ranging from the thrilling like huge slides, to the relaxing, like a lazy river. Most also have stuff for any age, although some of the rides have a height minimum. Earl Haig Family Fun Park in Brantford has a waterslide, lazy river ride, splash pad, leisure pool plus a Family of 5 Splash Pass only $29.00! East Park, London, has a New State of the art Wave Pool, and a 7 slide water park. Bingemans Big Splash & FunworX Indoor Playland, Kitchener has a heated Wave Pool, Spray ‘N’ Play (water park for kids), and 11 HUGE water slides.

Waterparks in the rest of Ontario

article2_july122018.jpgMost waterparks have food kiosks or restaurants but many also have picnic tables if you want to bring your own. There is usually somewhere to lock up your stuff too. Wet‘N’Wild Toronto is Canada’s newest Waterpark and it has water slides, a wave pool, a lazy river, a four lane zip-line and two kid's splash areas. Calypso Theme Waterpark (Eastern ON) is Canada's biggest waterpark with >35 water slides, 100 water games, 2 theme rivers & Canada’s largest wave pools. Tomlinson Aqua Park in Kingston has a 10-metre water slide, lazy river, tot pool, spray features & more! 

Beaches – Blue Flag

article3_july122018.jpgBlue Flag is an world recognized eco-certification awarded to beaches that have met 27 international standards for cleanliness, accessibility, water quality, safety and protection of shorelines & ecosystems. There are currently 27 beaches in Ontario that have attained this designation. One thing to know is that a swimming beach can only be certified as a Blue Flag beach if it is open 80 per cent of the time during the beach season, so picking one of these beaches ups the likelihood that a dip is possible.  Beaches are all very different, with different vibes, sand types, visitors, amenities and even nearby attractions or trails, so don’t just stop at one – visit a bunch!

Beaches General

article4_july122018.jpgWhile you may think of lakes when you think of Ontario, beaches may not be as top of mind. That’s a mistake because Ontario has some beauties! Even Toronto has wonderful beaches. Sarnia & Lambton County is known as Ontario’s Blue Coast partly because of its kilometers of scenic waterfront, Blue Flag Beaches, and thrill-seeking adventure. Wasaga Beach is the world’s longest freshwater beach so you’ve gotta find some good beaching there! Port Colborne is located on Niagara’s South Coast and not only has festivals & entertainment, but also white sand beaches. Bayham, in SW ON, has beautiful beaches, plus birdwatching, fishing, boating & more. Binbrook Conservation Area in Niagara is the perfect place to swim or make sandcastles, catch some fish, rent a canoe or paddleboat.


Featured Events

40th Belleville Waterfront & Multicultural Fest

July 12-15, 2018
Belleville (Eastern Ontario region)

featuredevent1_july122018.jpgThis is one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals and is always lots of fun. Kids love the midway rides & games, adults love the Marketplace and everyone enjoys the live music, ethnic food, stunt dog shows, buskers and the Parade of Nations. Activities run all weekend long.

 Annual Mount Forest Fireworks Festival

July 20-22, 2018
Mount Forest (Southwestern Ontario)

featuredevent2_july122018.jpgWay more than fireworks, this festival features 3 days of food and entertainment! There’s a Car Show with over 500 classic & show cars on display, a Midway with rides & games, a KidZone for the little ones, street vendors, live music, food trucks and a spectacular fireworks show! Perfect for the whole family.

BIG on Bloor; Bloordale's Fest of Arts/Culture

July 21-28, 2018
Along Bloor Street W between Dufferin & Lansdowne Streets (GTA region)

featuredevent3_july122018.jpgImagine strolling along the middle of a normally car-filled Bloor Street, stopping to watch live music, play games, peruse vendors at the marketplace, enjoy kids’ activities and taste delicious food from different cultures. That’s what the BIG on Bloor Festival is all about. It’s a Toronto top-20, 2-day pedestrian takeover of Bloor between Dufferin & Lansdowne, celebrating local arts, culture and community.

Featured region to explore this summer: South Dundas & South Stormont

featured_july122018.jpgThis region, located along the scenic and mighty St Lawrence River in Eastern Ontario, is well worth exploring this summer. It offers plenty of opportunities for recreation, relaxation and adventure. With easy access to the Waterfront Trail, you can bike or hike for miles, enjoy the stunning outdoor scenery or stop to explore the historic Upper Canada Region. The history, theatre, dining, Prehistoric World, Upper Canada Village, camping, golf and beaches are waiting for you!



onlyinont_july122018.jpgDid you know that Bronte Creek The Recreation Complex is home to one of the largest outdoor pools in Canada at 1.8 acres, holding nearly 2 million gallons (5.8 million litres) of water?  Lay your beach towel out on the grassy knolls next to the pool and chill!

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