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JULY 26, 2018

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Summer doesn’t last forever so get OUTDOORS!

Our directory has a category called Outdoor Adventures which is filled with all kinds of outdoorsy things to do. And while we call it “adventures”, note that not everything listed there would be considered adventurous, so don’t let the name scare you off. Many of the activities are just outdoors, and others can be adapted to your thrill-seeking preference - ranging from couch potato-y to adrenaline junkie.

White Water Rafting

article1_july262018.jpgOne of the great outdoor adventures Ontarians have available to them is whitewater rafting. Eastern Ontario holds bragging rights in this category and offers experiences from mild to wild & from beginner to expert. Wilderness Tours Rafting & Kayaking Resort has been in the rafting biz for 20 yrs, offering trips for ages 5+; it also has Canada’s top adventure resort, so you can make it a getaway. RiverRun Rafting has High-Adventure, Family Rafting & also Tubing & it too has accommodations at its 165-acre resort. Madawaska River Family Rafting offers a 2-hour Family Raft Trip on the Madawaska River in the Algonquin Park area that is fun for any age.

Aerial Adventures

article2_july262018.jpgIf you like your adventures in the skies instead of the waters, you’re in luck as Ontario has lots of options. Ascent Aerial Park in Sauble Beach has 30 challenging obstacles, 3 rock climbing walls, and a 35’ free-fall experience! Boler Mountain - Treetop Adventure Park London lets you enjoy the Carolinian forest from the Treetops with Zip Lines, Rope Courses & Swinging Bridges. Camp Fortune Aerial Parks & Ziplines, 15 mins from downtown Ottawa, challenges you on tree top games and then lets you soar through the forest on giant ziplines. Treetop Trekking was voted Ontario's Top Outdoor Attraction in 2017. With 5 Ontario locations, you can Climb, swing and zip your way through the forest canopy. Treetop Eco-Adventure Park, Oshawa has 6 courses -beginner to advanced, age 3+. Long Point Eco-Adventures has a wide range of adventures from zipline & canopy tours, to stargazing & luxury glamping.

Paddling/Canoe Tripping

article3_july262018.jpgThere is nothing like the peaceful sound of a paddle dipping into calm water as you move slowly along the river. Canoeing The Grand  will shuttle you and your canoe/kayak/tube to your desired start point on The Grand River and you paddle back and Grand River Rafting Company can create a customized guided trip for you. Perfect for group or solo paddling. Toronto’s Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre offers Guided Tours in Tandem Kayaks or Big Voyageur Canoes in the Toronto Islands. Toronto Adventures offers year-round activities including Kayaking, Canoeing & Paddleboarding. Ahoy Rentals, Kingston, has Sailing, Kayak, Canoe, Paddleboard & Bike Rentals + Skippered Sailing Charters. Algonquin Outfitters has been running wilderness canoe trips and day trips for 3 generations, since 1961. Portage Store also does canoe rentals & guided day tours in Algonquin Park.

Other Outdoor

article4_july262018.jpgThis might be a miscellaneous category, but it still has loads of outdoor fun on offer!  Skydive Toronto Inc, is Canada’s longest established & most experienced skydiving school with >260,000 successful jumps. You’re still gonna scream though! Pathways on Pleasure Valley just NE of Toronto offers private, romantic and group horseback trail rides on >225 acres of breathtaking scenery & tranquil forest.  Edenvale Classic Aircraft Foundation takes you on a flight in a WWII Tiger Moth open cockpit biplane – strap on some old-fashioned flying goggles and go! Wilderness Air Fly-In Fishing Adventures flies you in to a remote outpost with some of Canada’s best fishing and hunting. Fly one of 20 Birds of Prey for yourself at a Falconry Workshop, at Hawkeye’s 10-acre facility.


Featured Events

St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

July 14-Aug 18, 2018
Sandra S. Lawn Harbour, Prescott  (Eastern Ontario region)

featured_event1_july262018.jpgRelax by the beautiful St. Lawrence River and settle in to see Shakespeare's As You Like It or The Taming of the Shrew at this unique waterfront amphitheatre. Enjoy top professional theatre in a magnificent natural setting. These shows, and the professional actors, consistently receive positive reviews. It doesn’t matter if you prefer a comedy or tragedy, you’ll enjoy these productions. Passes available.

Beaches International Jazz Festival – StreetFest

July 26 - 28, 2018
Along Queen St. E. from Woodbine to Beech (GTA)

featured_event2_july262018.jpgAlthough the Beaches Jazz Fest runs from July 6 – 29th with performances across several venues, the annual Street Festival on Queen is the place to be during the closing weekend! Some of the best bands perform on stages that line the streets. You’ll hear talented musicians playing Big Band, Swing, Dixieland, Afro-Cuban, R&B, Soul & more. There’s plenty of food & entertainment to amuse you between shows. Celebrating its 30th year in 2018, and named the top free jazz festival in the world by, this festival is not to be missed!

Festival Of The Sound

July 20-Aug 11, 2018
Parry Sound (Central Ontario)

featured_event3_july262018.jpgRecognized as one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario and known as one of Canada's finest Classical & Jazz summer music festivals, you are sure to find something that makes your foot tap and heart sing! Experience world-class music amidst the beauty of Georgian Bay. Choose from over 60 concerts, cruises & interactive talks. You can even catch the very first Folk Music Weekend at this year’s event.

Featured: African Lion Safari

onlyinont_july262018.jpgIf you think you have to get on a plane to take a safari, you’re wrong! You can "trek" along 9 km of safari trail and see a pride of lions, a herd of giraffe, a crash of rhino and many more animals right here in Ontario! Drive your own car or board a Safari Tour Bus. Enjoy exciting bird and animal presentations, daily Elephant Swim, scenic railway, Boat cruise, and Playground too! Open daily til Sept 30.



featured_july26201801.jpgExplorer’s Edge Motorcycle Tours
Did you know that some of the most spectacular motorcycle routes in Canada are right here in Ontario? Tour through Canada’s oldest provincial park (Algonquiin Park) on great pavement with lots of places to stop. See the beautiful Burk’s Falls while cruising Hwy 522 in the Amaquin Highlands. The area called ‘Explorers’ Edge’ encompasses 4 regions that offer incredible opportunities to discover epic backroads, untouched Canadian wilderness and stunning landscapes, all in an internationally recognized vacation destination. Time to get on the bike and explore!

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