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AUGUST 8, 2019

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They call them attractions for a reason!

Every place you travel to has “must-sees”. We tend to seek them out when we visit but we don’t always see the ones at home unless we have out of town guests. Because of that, we miss some awesome things that are often just a short drive away. While we love things like the CN Tower, and the ROM, which you MUST visit, we have tried to include some attractions below that might be a little more under the radar. Don’t wait for out of towners…go to an attraction near you!


article1_august82019.jpgWhile the GTA has loads of attractions and they are ALL don’t-miss, the super biggies suck up all the oxygen (for good reason)! Make sure you add some of the others to your list like Hockey Hall of Fame, home of the world’s greatest collection of hockey artifacts and the Stanley Cup. Try goaltending, shooting, play-by-play calling & even hosting your own sports broadcast. Ontario Science Centre’s 500+ interactive exhibits, live science demos, and Ontario’s only IMAX® Dome Theatre make it a place that kids (and adults) want to visit again and again. 2019 is their 50th birthday!


article2_august82019.jpgOttawa is the home of most of Canada’s national museums so you’ve gotta do those. Canadian Museum of History is one of the country’s best- presenting our history from the dawn of human habitation to present day. Don’t miss the Children’s Museum & CINÉ+ too. Once you’re in Ottawa, take a guided tour of Canada’s Parliament at two separate locations: Senate of Canada at Ottawa’s historic train station, and the House of Commons at West Block on Parliament Hill


article3_august82019.jpgWhen you head East, it is hard to miss the Big Apple, the World's Biggest Apple-Shaped Observatory that you can climb into. Watch apple pies being made, enjoy its NEW Smokehouse Restaurant & FREE Outdoor Activities. Also, add a tour of the Historic SDG Jail c1833 in Cornwall, a jail that was active until 2002 as an asylum, a house of refuge, a courthouse & minimum or maximum-security jail where numerous escapes & deaths took place.

Southwestern Ontario

article4_august82019.jpgSouthwestern Ontario is a big region and there are lots of attractions around the region. Have you heard of the Museum of Ontario Archaeology? This London museum has archaeological artifacts of 10,000 yrs of human history in Ontario & the Lawson archaeological site – a 16th century Indigenous village settlement. If you’re there in September, it has a Traditional Pow Wow & Harvest Festival too. THEMUSEUM in Kitchener spans 5 floors & 55,000 sq ft of interactive experiences intersecting art, science, culture & technology from around the world.


article5_august82019.jpgYou may think you know all there is to see in Central and Northern Ontario, but we’d bet there are some you don’t know about. The Screaming Heads of Midlothian in Burk’s Falls contains >100 massive concrete sculptures on 310 acres to walk thru & around. They were created by artist Peter Camani  as  a symbol of how we are treating the earth and humanity. The earth is screaming and crying out. Free admission. Science North & Dynamic Earth Sudbury are the 2nd and 8th largest science centres in Canada. Science North has an IMAX® theatre, digital Planetarium, & butterfly gallery and Dynamic Earth - Home of the Big Nickel - has immersive, hands-on earth science and mining experiences, including a guided underground tour.


article6_august82019.jpgNiagara Falls is the ultimate attraction, drawing millions to see its powerful and dramatic waters. While you’re there, you can enjoy the World Famous Street of Fun, filled with attractions such as Clifton Hill SkyWheel & Attractions. Get a spectacular view of the Falls from Canada’s largest observation wheel 175’ high. It is surrounded by rides, games, & entertainment to keep you busy for days! Niagara Parks also offers Falls-related attractions such as Journey Behind the Falls and White Water Walk, but don’t forget to step away from the water so you don’t miss the Butterfly Conservatory, Botanical Gardens and Niagara Glen nature trails!


Featured Events

Havelock Country Jamboree

Aug 14-18, 2019
10 Cty Rd 48, Havelock (Central Ontario)

featuredevent1_august82019.jpgThis is touted as Canada's largest outdoor Country Music festival so if you’re a fan of country music (if not, give it a try – it’s contagiously wonderful), this has your name on it! Featuring 25+ entertainers including Billy Currington, Brett Kissel, & Randy Bachman, it is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and sure to be a party! Head to the Jamboree next week, where they say the soul of Nashville lives in the Heart of Havelock.

TD Kitchener Blues Festival

Aug. 8-11, 2019
200 King St W, Kitchener (Southwestern Ontario)

featuredevent2_august82019.jpgCatch a music show at one of Canada’s largest Blues Festivals! There are multiple stages set up throughout the downtown area. Artists are renowned local and international blues & roots musicians. It’s always a great weekend of fun & music! Check the website for schedule of events.

Jerkfest - Grace Jerk Food Festival

Aug 9-11, 2019
Centennial Park, Etobicoke (GTA)

featuredevent3_august82019.jpgThis festival celebrates the tantalizingly delicious jerk cuisine – chicken, pork, beef, lamb, seafood & vegetables! You’ll also be treated to great live music, kids’ activities,  prizes, entertainment & more. It’s a fun family festival.

Featured festival: Brockville Big River Festival

featured_aug82019.jpgA perfect time to explore Brockville is during their Big River Festival August 23 – September 1, 2019. This brand new, week-long water & cultural festival offers the opportunity to visit the Brockville waterfront, the Museum, Aquatarium and other locations. This festival has rolled 20 smaller events into one massive festival featuring the spectacular Tall Ships, the all-new Water Jousting competition, special guided tours, canine watersports competitions, concerts, Farmers’ Market, movies in the park & more.  It’s a festival full of fun, entertainment, food & culture. Perfect way to end the summer!



onlyinont_aug82019.jpgSt Mary’s Quarry
Did you know that Canada’s largest outdoor freshwater swimming pool is right here in Ontario? The famous Quarry in St Mary’s is located just 2 hours west of Toronto or 20 min from Stratford. It started as a limestone quarry in the mid 1800’s and was soon surrounded by a town with an abundance of limestone buildings, homes, churches, a spired Town Hall and a notable Opera House. Between 1930 & 1935, the quarry filled with water and today it offers fun for everyone. Beach volleyball, cliff jumping (subject to water levels), a water trampoline, snack hut, rafts, a slide and stand up paddleboarding.

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