Things to do & Places to stay in Ontario

april 6, 2017

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Visit the Animals this summer

Many people think zoos are just for kids but we know a lot of adults who love to go too! It’s a great date place and a wonderful place for a walk on a sunny day. You can also visit petting farms, donkey, bird and wildlife sanctuaries and animal conservatories if you have a craving for some fuzzy or furry or scaly animal attention.


article1_apr62017.jpgThe Toronto Zoo is Canada's largest and is home to several giant pandas including the toddlers plus loads of other species. There are smaller zoos to visit in Ontario too. Elmvale Jungle Zoo is a lovely, family-owned zoo, the perfect size for younger kids. Jungle Cat World Zoological Park unique wildlife park has over 60 species. Killman Zoo has the largest Big Cat collection in Ontario, and lots more too! Get up close & personal at Brantford Twin Valley Zoo with daily creature showcase & Saunders Country Critters Zoo with new critters all the time. A world of wildlife plus learn about animal safety & conservation at Papanack Park Zoo.


article2_apr62017.jpgIf you can't get enough of snakes and lizards or other scaly or creepy- crawly things, there are several choices for you - most have excellent opportunities to touch, hold and be educated. Scales Reptile Zoo has 300+ animals with both an indoor zoo and 21 hectares of upland, Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo has a hands-on room, 3000 gallon aquarium, & new nature center, while Reptilia is Canada’s largest indoor reptile zoo with live shows and feedings. Don’t forget about Toronto's Ripley’s Aquarium in the heart of downtown; it doesn’t ONLY have reptiles, but it does have those too!


article3_apr62017.jpgThere are several conservatories and sanctuaries around Ontario including butterfly conservatories in Cambridge and Niagara where you can walk through a swarm of butterflies free-flying around you and watch them alight on your shoulder. Bring your camera! There are also several donkey, bird and wildlife sanctuaries which rescue and care for injured, mistreated or increasingly rare animals and birds. Pay a visit to Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, with 90 donkeys and mules or PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary where you can touch the donkeys. At Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary you can hand feed waterfowl & Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary has 200 waterfowl, raptor, passerine & other birds.

Petting Farms

article4_apr62017.jpgIt is also really fun to visit a petting farm to remember what tame, local & farm animals look and feel like. Most petting farms let you get up close and personal with these animals; there is nothing like the face of a little kid as s/he touches and feeds REAL animals. The nice thing about Ontario petting farms is that many have lots of fun activities in addition to animals, so you can hang out for awhile once you’re there. Bring a picnic or take advantage of the farm markets and bbqs and spend the day! Promise Land Family Fun Farm, Oshawa Zoo and Fun Farm (this one fits into the traditional farm category too), Chudleigh’s Apple Farm, Andrews Scenic AcresDowney’s Farm Market & WineryKustermans Family Fun & Berry Farm are a few to check out.


Featured Events

150 Reel Canada National Canadian Film Day

April 19 Across Canada

featured_events_1_apr62017.jpgThe World’s largest film festival. EVER! Canadian films will be shown at theatres, libraries, schools, public squares and drive-ins across the country as well as streamed online in honour of Canada’s birthday. 1700 events and counting. Find an event near you!

TIFF Kids International Film Festival

April 7-April 23, 2017

featured_events_2_apr62017.jpgTIFF Kids is one of the largest children's film festivals in the world! TIFF’s screenings educate, inform and entertain kids of all ages. There also opportunities to talk to the filmmakers & special guests about different film ideas, themes, storytelling techniques, and more.

Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny

April 8, 2017
Port Hope (Eastern Ontario)

featured_events_3_apr62017.jpgFun for everyone! A 10 km river race along the Ganaraska River with crazy floats of all kinds. The "event village" has entertainment & activities to enjoy while you watch the floats go over the last rapids section of the course. Live commentary, food & more.

Featured: animal activity

featured_apr62017.jpgJungle Cat World
Canada's most unique Wildlife Park has more than 60 species including Tigers, Wolves, Lemurs, Reptiles, Birds & wildlife. Explore the zoo by day or stay overnight in the Jungle Cat World’s Safari Lodge & meet the animals at twilight!.



onlyinont_april62017.jpgCanada is turning 150 this year and some of our markets have been around even longer! Kingston Public Market was established in 1801 and is Ontario’s oldest. Open April-November, the market operates Tues, Thurs and Sat, 9am-6pm.

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