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6 Ontario Staycations with the Kids

It’s finally June and the hot weather is here to stay. Are you sick of looking at the inside of your home yet?  Restrictions are slowly lightening up meaning some outdoor activities and visits are allowed (yay!). With the school year wrapping up, we thought we’d put together a list of Ontario staycation ideas to take with the kids. A little change of scenery is always welcomed, and especially after a year of staring into screens. Enjoy all Ontario has to offer this summer at one of these awesome resorts. Before booking, be sure to contact the resorts mentioned below to see what amenities are available as some attractions may be unavailable due to government restrictions. It is also Father’s Day coming up on June 20th so these ideas could be equally as good for a Father’s Day getaway with the fam.

Eastern Ontario – McCreary Beach Resort

article1june12021.jpgHead to Perth, Ontario for a fun cottage stay with the kids at McCreary’s Beach Resort. This waterfront resort has a playground, beach, kayak/canoe/pontoon rentals, picnic area, trails, and a multi-sports court. Only 45 minutes from downtown Ottawa, the kids can learn to fish, build sandcastles at the beach, roast marshmallows and have fun with the resort mascots. McCreary’s Beach Resort is a cottage resort on Mississippi Lake, so there will likely be lots of new friends to make on the beach!

Niagara Region – Americana Conference Resort & Spa

article2june12021.jpgLet loose at the Americana Conference Resort & Spa in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This hotel is located a 1 minute away from Lundy’s Lane, 5 km from the famous tourist street of Clifton Hill which is full of fun tourist attractions like haunted houses, restaurants and a wax museum, and 5 km from the Skylon Tower for an incredible view of Niagara Falls. The real draw though, is the waterpark at the hotel, with slides, tubes, and a retractable roof for year-round tropical weather!

Greater Toronto Area – Hotel X Toronto by Library Hotel Collection

article3june12021.jpgHotel X Toronto, located right within the Exhibition Place is the perfect place to have a family staycation in Toronto. Located a stones-throw from Lake Ontario, Ontario Place, the CNE, Enercare Center (for shows/conferences), BMO Field and Budweiser stage, you’re close to all the big events once they’re back in action.  Until then though, explore the waterfront and downtown Toronto easily from Hotel X, check out the rooftop pool or the 10XTO Kid’s Play Centre. The 3000 square foot Play Centre for kids has its own sports court, age-appropriate toys, and books, a quiet area, 4 video game consoles, and a big screen TV for movie watching. Rent Xbox, PlayStation 4, or Nintendo Switch, or borrow from a huge collection of board games. Hotel X even has mini robes and slippers for your littles, age-appropriate bath products and if you want to have dinner out there’s an option to get babysitting for up to 3 hours. Of course, check their website to see what is available before you book due to government restrictions!

Ottawa Region – Calabogie Lodge

article4june12021.jpgCalabogie Lodge, in the Ottawa valley on the shores of Calabogie Lake gives you a luxury cottage experience at an affordable price. Choose from 1–3-bedroom family-sized villas for your stay. The lodge offers pedal boats, kayaks, paddle boards and canoes as well as having an indoor saltwater pool & hot tub.  There is a sandy beach, biking trails, tennis, and pickle ball to keep you entertained during your stay. The area has tons of hiking trails and is close to Eagles Nest cliff for outdoor rock-climbing enthusiasts! At the end of your day, sit back and relax by a fire with the family for an evening wind down.

Central Ontario – Fern Resort

article5june12021.jpgFern Resort, close to Orillia on Lake Couchiching is an all-inclusive resort in its 4th generation of family operation and has been operating for 125 years! This resort has a plethora of fun water activities like pedal boats, kayaks, SUP, sailboat, and canoes as well as high ropes, rock climbing, archery and axe throwing. There is an outdoor pool with a terrace bar, and an indoor pool, a batting cage, volleyball, yoga, and the list keeps going and going and going!  The resort has afternoon and evening entertainment and five full programs of activities plus Children’s Playvillage. It is impossible to be bored at Fern Resort.

Northern Ontario - Northern Lights Resort

article6june12021.jpg3.5 hours North of Toronto, just North of Muskoka in Port Loring is Northern Lights Resort. If you’re looking for a calming nature getaway instead of a high stimulation destination, what better place then among the lakes and rivers of Ontario’s North. Northern Lights Resorts offers family fishing trips for beautiful memory making, or you can relax at the sandy beach and enjoy hiking, swimming, cycling, bird & wildlife watching. Also, every Wednesday in Port Loring (only 5 km away) there is a Farmer’s Market and local artists/artisans displaying their creations!


Featured Events

Bloom festival (virtual)

June 1 – June 30, 2021
Virtual Event

featuredevents1june12021.jpgA virtual festival celebrating the artistic works that have bloomed out of Toronto in this turbulent, transformative year. Bloom Festival is a festival celebrating the artistic works that have “bloomed out of Toronto in this turbulent, transformative year”. This festival will be running virtually for the month of June featuring Toronto artists using all mediums and from many different backgrounds. 2020 was a wild ride and this festival hopes to explore that!

spring stations

Running until late June 2021
Distillery District and 33 Parliament Street, Toronto

featuredevents2replacejune12021.jpgToronto's Architectural design contest will move its winning pieces to the Distillery District under the name Spring Stations. Winter Stations, launched in 2014, invites the international design and art community to reimagine the lifeguard stations along Toronto’s beaches. Winter Stations started as a collaboration between local firms RAW Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio. This Spring, the exhibition is being showcased at Distillery District and 33 Parliament Street until late June.

reel abilities film festival (virtual)

June 3, 2021
Virtual Event

featuredevents3june12021.jpgEnjoy the smooth sounds of amazing Toronto-based jazz artists with four short sets put on by TD Jazz. This concert will be broadcast at 3 PM on June 3, 2021 and will be available for online viewing after.

Featured attraction: Treetop Trekking

featuredjune12021.jpgTreetop Trekking has 6 locations in Ontario where you can feed your adventure spirit: Barrie, Brampton, Ganaraska, Hamilton, Huntsville, and Stouffville. Get an adrenaline rush on a zipline and aerial trek, get wild and do a night trek, check out the treewalk village, Red-Tailed Hawk observation course, discovery kids courses or even a GPS Rally! Make sure to check what’s available at the location near you. I hope you’re not afraid of heights! 



onlyinontjune12021.jpg Canada’s Oldest Sugar Maple Tree is in Ontario! The Comfort Maple Conservation Area in the town of Pelham, Ontario is home to what is believed to be Canada’s oldest sugar maple tree. In 1975 this tree was estimated to be 400-500 years old by the Ontario Forestry Association. This massive tree is 24.4 metres at its crown and the trunks circumference is 6 metres! Imagine what this tree could tell us if it could talk?! Standing tall and proud, with deep roots – The Comfort Maple symbolizes Canadian strength and tradition. How awesome that it’s right here in Ontario?

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