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MAY 16, 2019

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What are YOU going to do this weekend?

your plans for the May long weekend!

Don’t you just love the May long weekend? It is called the unofficial start of summer for a reason! Everything is starting to be green and in bloom, cottages are getting aired out for the season and outdoor attractions and adventures are opening. It just feels like summer is at hand. We don’t get nearly enough long weekends, so take advantage and do something that you don’t have time or opportunity to do on a regular 2 day weekend. Some ideas are below, but visit Summer Fun Guide online for more. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the Summer Fun Guide print edition too; it is available now at OnRoute Service Centres, Longo’s Stores (starting June 1), Ontario Tourism Info Centres, and other locations around the province while supplies last.

Visit wineries and more in PEC

article1_may162019.jpgPrince Edward County is HOT. It has great hotels and inns & an award winning wine region that has 45 different wineries including Waupoos Estates Winery – the oldest winery in PEC -  plus cider companies – to enjoy. It also has lots of other things to do like visiting the Regent Theatre, a still intact Edwardian opera house, playing at Sandbanks Provincial Park on the largest freshwater sand dunes in the world, learning at 5 County Museums and tasting delicious cheeses at Fifth Town Artisan Cheese. Its proximity to a bunch of big Ontario cities makes it an easy day trip or overnight getaway from a lot of places.

Go to the theatre

article2_may162019.jpgThere are a lot of places in Ontario to go to the theatre. While we often talk about “Broadway North”, in Toronto, and for good reason as it has a wide selection of incredible shows, don’t stop there.  Gravenhurst Opera House has been holding theatre performances since 1901. You won’t believe your eyes at Greg Frewin Theatre, in Niagara, during their amazing magic show. The Rose Theatre, Brampton has theatre, but also music, dance and comedy. Theatre Collingwood has professional live theatre in the historic downtown. And Westben Concerts at the Barn aren’t theatre, but music performances in a 400 seat timber frame barn surrounded by lush meadows.


article3_may162019.jpgNow that the weather is nicer and the days are longer, it is hard to stay indoors. When you have a little extra time, why not visit one of Ontario’s stunning provincial parks and go hiking? Hikes range from short and easy, to hours long and quite difficult.  Walk to a beach or take the Grey County Waterfall tour or just stay under the canopy of the forest. Shinrin-yoku, a form of nature therapy that originated in Japan, is supposed to make you healthier because forests “promote lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, lower blood pressure, greater parasympathetic nerve activity and lower sympathetic nerve activity than do city environments”.  So get thee to a forest; luckily Ontario has lots of them!

Take a boat excursion

article4_may162019.jpgHiking is one way to enjoy the nicer weather; getting out on the water is another.  With all the lakes and waterways in Ontario, you won’t have to go far to find a boat excursion and you can see places you can’t get to on land. Toronto cruises like Mariposa Cruises or Tall Ship Kajama let you see the CN Tower and skyline from the water. Visiting Central Ontario? Try Boat Cruises on Georgian Bay. St Lawrence Cruise Lines does 4-7 night cruises on the St Lawrence River that take you through the locks. Hamilton Harbour Queen has interesting stories and great food & music. There are also cruises in the 1000 Islands region, the 30,000 Islands, Niagara Falls, Ottawa and Cottage country too!


Featured Events


On until May 20, 2019
Commissioners Park, Ottawa

featuredevent1_may162019.jpgCelebrating the Liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian Forces, and a friendship that has lasted over 74 years, millions of beautiful Tulips adorn the gardens and walkways of  Commissioners Park. Musical entertainment, fireworks, garden tours and other activities are enjoyed by thousands of visitors of all ages. One of the largest events of its kind in the world!

Artfest Toronto at the Distillery

May 18-20
Distillery District, GTA

featuredevent2_may162019.jpgFine art with a splash of gourmet food! Stroll through the Distillery District’s cobblestone lanes and see works from a curated selection of 80 artists from across Ontario, Quebec and beyond. Discover paintings, photography, sculpture, pottery, glass art, jewellery, designer clothing and more. Live music & children’s activities make it fun for everyone.

Strawberry Fields Kite Festival

May 25-26, 2019
St. Thomas, ON (SW Ontario region)

featuredevent3_may162019.jpgFor over 27 years, the Strawberry Fields Kite Festival has brought beauty & joy to kids and adults from all walks of life. This 2-day event attracts kite fliers & kite watchers from across North America to what is considered to be the largest (and best) kite flying field in Ontario! Kids love the free kite making, play areas, face painting & games. Everyone enjoys the live music, food trucks and spectacular kite flying demonstrations. Noon to 5m both days. Free admission.

Featured region: Cornwall Tourism

featured_may162019.jpgIf you’re looking for somewhere new to explore this long weekend, consider a visit to Cornwall. It really has something for everyone, whether you are interested in history, the arts, or outdoor recreation. It also has scenic cycle routes, world-class festivals, live theatre, excellent restaurants and shopping.



onlyinont_may162019.jpgCowbell Brewing Co.
Did you know that the world’s first Closed-Loop Brewery is located in Ontario? Cowbell Brewing sources their brewing water from an on-site well and manages all their water outflow through their own wastewater plant - with no impact on the municipal system or the environment! Cowbell is also North America's first carbon neutral Brewery. Tours and tastings available on the accessible, family friendly farm on 111 acres, not far from the historic village of Blyth.

Print Edition

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