Ontario Summer Fun Newsletter – Things to do in Ontario

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May 3, 2011
Fast Fun with Dragon Boats
What originated in China over 2,000 years ago is now taking Ontario by storm. Dragon boats are human-powered racing longboats, and the races will appeal to every kind of sports fan. You can get a team together to compete, or plan to attend as a spectator, but make sure you get involved in a dragon boat festival this summer!
Here are a few festivals around Ontario:
Great White North Dragon Boat Challenge (GTA)
North Bay Dragon Boat Festival (Northern Ontario)
Racing, corporate team-building exercises, and training camps.
Racing and games for the whole family.
Welland Dragon Boat Festival (Niagara)
Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival (Ottawa & Surrounding)
Niagara Region’s fastest-growing water sport.
Over 5,000 paddlers competing for glory!
Dragon boat racing is a time-honoured tradition with a cool new life in Ontario. Get on board, and enjoy! For more info on Dragon Boat festivals go to the SFG Event Calendar and search for “Dragon Boat"
Featured Events
Smell the Flowers at the Canadian Tulip Festival
The largest Tulip Festival in the world. It preserves the local heritage of Canada's role in freeing the Dutch during World War II, and the symbolic tulip; a gift in perpetuity to the Canadian people for providing a safe harbour to the Dutch Royal Family at that time.
May 6-23, 2011, Ottawa
Prince Edward County Authors Festival
Look forward to a packed four days of literary activities in multiple locations across Prince Edward County. Events include fiction and non-fiction author readings, round table discussions and workshops. The ever popular 'poetry in the pub" at the Acoustic Grill.
May 11-14, 2011, Eastern Ontario 
The Second City's Improv All-Stars
The Second City's greatest comedic minds throw away their scripts, and their inhibitions, to battle wits before a live audience and see who can get the biggest laughs. No topic is too sacred, no brow too low. And only the funny will survive.
Now through August 30, 2011, Toronto
Frying Pan Island in Sans Souci boasts a restaurant that can only be accessed by seaplane or boat. Book a “Fly & Dine,” and have an unforgettable dining experience at World Famous Henry's Fish Restaurant, overlooking Georgian Bay.
Deal of the week Medieval Times
Buy 1 get 1 Free at Medieval Times
This week's "My Favourite Place" Contest:
My Favourite Resort or Getaway
Win a 2-night stay for two in the heart of downtown Toronto at THE DELTA CHELSEA HOTEL!
Featured Getaway
Jungle Cat World Zoological Park and B&B
Experience Canada's most unique Wildlife Park and Bed & Breakfast inn. Spend the day immersing yourself in the 98 species in the zoo, and spend the night in the decadent Safari Lodge! Lodge guests can explore the zoo at twilight, after the park has closed to the public, when the nocturnal animals become active.
My Travel Itinerary
Visit us online, and set up a profile on the site. It’s free, and once you’re logged in, you can make your own personal travel itinerary. Your favourite places, activities and attractions will all be saved under your profile. Browse through the site, and click on the “Add to My Itinerary” button to bookmark your spots to visit this summer.
Coming next week
Start Your Engines at a Classic Car Show!

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