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Cool Attractions in Ontario

There are so many things to do and see in Ontario, it is sometimes hard to know where to start. One suggestion is to begin with those things that have become known as “attractions”; people visit them for a reason! While you can find almost 200 of them in our Attractions category on, it is always worth checking out the Museums & Galleries category, and the Zoos category too, as many companies just appear in one category, and they don’t always choose Attractions.


article1_sept62018.jpgThere are several Pioneer/Heritage Villages that are totally worth the drive. Learn about history, often from costumed interpreters who bring the past to life. Try Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene & see interpretations & demonstrations of life in the 1800s. Pickering Museum Village is the largest living history museum in Durham Region; tour on your own or with a costumed guide. Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton is one of Ontario’s most interesting historical destinations; they too have costumed interpreters for their 35 historical buildings.


article2_sept62018.jpgSometimes girls (and boys) just wanna have fun! Niagara Parks calls itself Ontario’s 56km “outdoor adventure museum” and its 8 attractions celebrate all of it!  Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Toronto is North America’s #1 Dinner Attraction with a 2 Hour Show, Feast, Horses, Sword Fights and Jousting. So fun! And who doesn’t love a carousel? Catch the brass ring on Pride of Canada Carousel, which features 44 uniquely Canadian, rideable sculptures crafted from recycled objects by Canadian artists Patrick Amiot & Brigitte Laurent. There’s also a really old one which will bring back memories: Roseneath Carousel (1906) is a restored Carousel with 40 wooden horses & 2 boats.


article3_sept62018.jpgSometimes, the attraction you want to see has to move you somehow and art is perfect for meeting that need. Windsor Sculpture Park is a museum without walls, with large-scale, internationally recognized works of contemporary sculpture by world-famous artists along Windsor’s waterfront. McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg has an iconic collection of Canadian art, featuring Group of Seven and Tom Thomson, Indigenous and Inuit artists, & contemporary artists. Downtown Midland Historic Murals along King St has N. America's largest historic mural plus 30 other outdoor murals.


article4_sept62018.jpgAnimals attractions are not just for kids, so put them on your list for a beautiful day (zoo) or a crappy one (conservatory). Toronto Zoo is considered Canada’s premier zoo with over 450 species & 5000 animals. Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory has 1000s of free-flying butterflies in a lush tropical garden. They’ll even land on your shoulder! Bird Kingdom, Niagara Falls, is a world class attraction with spectacular free-flying birds, a museum and a night jungle. Safari Niagara, also Niagara Falls, is a 150-acre nature park, which is home to more than 1000 native and exotic mammals, reptiles and birds.


Featured Events

St. George AppleFest

Sept 15-16, 2018
St. George, Southwestern Ontario region

featuredevent1_sept62018.jpgListed as a Top 100 Festival in Ontario, St. George AppleFest is an affordable and fun family outing. With apples as the highlight, there’s plenty of great food, crafts, artisans, vendors, live entertainment, kids' activities, a children’s entertainment stage & more.

Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival

Sept 7-9, 2018
Port Credit Memorial Park, Mississauga (GTA)

featuredevent2_sept62018.jpg2018 marks the 20th year for this musical gem of a festival! It features 3 days of outstanding Canadian & International Blues & Jazz performances on four outdoor stages in the picturesque village of Port Credit. There are also food vendors, an artisan market and a beer garden. Join the fans dancing in the streets & having a great time.

183rd Picton Fair

Sept 7-9, 2018
375 Main St. E, Picton, Prince Edward County (Eastern Ontario)

featuredevent3_sept62018.jpgOne of the oldest fairs in Ontario (started in 1831!), this event has something for everyone. Plan to spend the better part of the day or weekend because you’ll find everything from kids’ entertainers, craft stations, midway and live music to pro wrestling, demo derby, horse, cow & steer shows, tractor & horse pulls, flower & vegetable displays, dog show, cat show (they don’t play favourites), baby show, bake off & more! Perfect for the whole family. Free Parking.

Featured attraction: casino woodbine

featured_sept62018.jpgThe wait is over! Casino Woodbine now has LIVE TABLE GAMES. Try out the 50 live table games, 200+ electronic table games and 100 stadium games featuring baccarat, roulette, blackjack and more! Plus, over 3,000 exciting slot machines! Great dining available onsite. Located at Hwy 427 and Rexdale Blvd. Open 24/7. Toronto’s Home for Gaming & Entertainment. Plan a visit today!



onlyinont_sept62018.jpgThe Word On The Street
Did you know that Canada's largest book & magazine festival started in Toronto in 1990 and is celebrated from coast to coast? It has become a national festival of literacy with events ranging from author readings, workshops & special author appearances, to food vendors, kids’ activities, entertainment & a marketplace with books & magazines for every age & interest. Harbourfront Centre in Toronto on Sept 23, 10am – 5pm. All events are FREE.

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