Things to do & Places to stay in Ontario

APRIL 22, 2019

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What are YOU going to do this weekend?

Places to go on holiday with the famILY.

This newsletter is focused on family– family holidays. While we can be with our families in our own homes on a day to day basis, there is something magical about a family holiday; the memories of those special times are the ones that stand out in adulthood.

Stay at a family resort

article1_april182019.jpgAn accommodation that markets itself as a family resort has given a lot of thought about the needs of the whole family. Many have kids’ camps or babysitting, special programs, entertainment, great kids’ food, inflatables, bonfires with marshmallows and more, and many operate year round with winter fun too. They make sure that the kids have a great time and often have opportunities for the parents to have some adult time while the kids are safely supervised. There is a great list of family resorts here:

Be a tourist in your own town

article2_april182019.jpgOne of the things we forget to do is explore where we live. While we love to go on holiday away, you can also pretend you are on holiday right at home, and do the kinds of things you’d do if you were away. Make a proper itinerary so it feels like a trip away. Visit the attractions, explore the various museums and galleries, go to a festival or even take a sightseeing tour! Have you ever done a hop on, hop off bus tour at home? You’ll be shocked by how many things you learn and places you see that you didn’t know about.

Go camping

article3_april182019.jpgThere is something really special about going camping with your family. You are in nature, away from distractions and computers and phones. You are working together to gather wood for fires, make meals, maybe canoe down a river or hike. There are marshmallows and campfire songs and getting dirty and maybe swimming. Camping in Ontario has > 430 campgrounds to choose from or check the Ontario Parks site too. If you don’t have experience, you can try one of the Learn to Camp programs that Ontario Parks offers. And if roughing it isn’t for you, check out our article about Glamping.

Adventure time

article4_april182019.jpgWherever you go, adding some adventure to your family vacation is a great idea. Kids love to be active and doing something physical is a great break from museums. Depending on the type of experience, doing something adventurous can also help to build confidence, teamwork, trust and family bonds. For example, consider ziplining or river rafting or canoeing; most require the family to work together, and all offer a feeling of exhilaration and sense of accomplishment at completion.  Don’t forget about hiking (or biking) in some of Ontario’s stunning parks and trails too!


Featured Events

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

featured_event_april222019.jpgFeast your eyes at one of the largest photography festivals in the world!  Over 1500 artists display their works at 200 art venues & public spaces across the GTA. You're sure to find one near you. The Festival also includes various programs including a book fair, a symposium, lectures, talks, panels, and workshops. Enjoy!

Orillia Perch Festival

April 20 – May 11, 2019
Orillia (Central Ontario)

featuredevent2_april182019.jpgIt’s the 39th annual Orillia Perch Festival – a fun, family fishing derby! Fish for great prizes in either the adult or children’s category. It’s one of Canada's largest registered fishing derbies with over 60 tagged Perch worth $500 each in prize money. Maybe one of them will be yours! There is also a special OPP Kids Day. Fish to win on Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching.

Ottawa Poutinefest

May 2-5, 2019
Poutine Plaza, Ottawa City Hall (Ottawa)

featuredevent3_april182019.jpgFun and food go perfectly together and this festival certainly celebrates both!  It features over 100 kinds of mouth-watering, over-the-top Poutine dishes, great live music, Beer Garden, kids’ zone, rock climbing wall, poutine eating competitions, and a grand finale celebration. This event is not just for foodies!

Featured casino: Elements Casinos

featured_april182019.jpgElements has 4 casinos now, so you can play the latest slots or live table games, 24/7, wherever you happen to visit. Elements Casino Mohawk, Elements Casino Grand River, Elements Casino Brantford & Elements Casino Flamboro also have awesome restaurants, plus some have live entertainment & horse racing. Check them all out because your next thrill is around the corner!



onlyinont_april182019.jpgWilderness Tours Rafting & Kayaking Resort
Did you know that one of the world’s best whitewater kayaking schools is right here in Ontario? Ottawa Kayak School is part of Wilderness Tours Rafting and is the largest of its kind in Canada! Kayaking legend Seth Ashworth made the Ottawa area his home after kayaking all over the globe and now offers beginner clinics to advanced level instruction for kids and adults. One-day clinics or sign up for a week-long program. Accommodations also available - cabins, beach, pool, hot tubs, & full service resort. Very cool adventure idea for this summer!

Print Edition

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