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august 10, 2017

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Boat Cruises around the province

There are lots of ways to see our wonderful province but seeing it from the water can’t be beaten. You get a completely different perspective and to boot, you are out on the water with the wind in your hair. See a city (Ottawa or Toronto) or cruise through the Muskoka Lakes or Thousand Islands. Below, we highlight some cruises to experience, but there are more here:


article1_aug102017.jpgFrom the 1000 Islands in Eastern Ontario to the parliament buildings in Ottawa, the eastern part of the province has some great sights to see. View Boldt & Singer Castles with 1000 Islands & Seaway Cruises –Brockville or Gananoque Boat Line Ltd. or experience the Majestic St. Lawrence River with 1000 Islands Rockport. Looking to see Ottawa from a boat? Rideau King Tours offers daily Rideau Canal tours & Paul’s Boat Lines cruises the Ottawa River. Most cruise lines offer sightseeing dining cruises and many also do sunset tours. You can even do a 4-7 night cruise with St Lawrence Cruise Lines or a 5 day voyage on the Rideau & Trent Severn Canals with Ontario Waterway Cruises.


article2_aug102017.jpgCentral Ontario has an abundance of lakes and gorgeous scenery with loads of island views. Orillia Boat Cruises journeys around Lake Couchiching, and Boat Cruises - Midland & Penetanguishene has 3 departure locations and coasts around Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands. And don’t forget the Island Queen Cruise which also focusses on Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands & departs from Parry Sound.  Sunset Cruises offers the "Muskoka Experience" with Canadian Shield vistas & gorgeous cottages. Prefer to do your cruising on a historic boat?  Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Centre lets you board the famous RMS Segwun or Wenonah II to steam around the lakes and SS Bigwin Steamship Cruises takes you on a Lake of Bays cruise on a majestic wooden hybrid vessel.


article3_aug102017.jpgSouthwestern Ontario has cruises in a variety of different areas, from Grand River to Manitoulin Island to Lake Erie. Grand River Dinner Cruises offers memorable scenic cruises on the Grand River. Chi-Cheemaun Ferry (Owen Sound Transportation Company) travels to  Manitoulin Island with its rich Aboriginal heritage & natural beauty. Windsor River Cruises Limited cruises down the historic Detroit River and offers Day Trips to Amherstburg, while Rogue Tiger Sail Charters, which departs from Port Dover Pier, offers 2-hr sailing charters on a classic and beautiful Formosa Ketch.


article4_aug102017.jpgWe often think of Toronto as a big city and forget that there is adjacent water that lets us enjoy the gorgeous skyline from a boat. Mariposa Cruises, operating in Toronto’s Harbourfront, has harbour tours, as well as a variety of other cruises. Tall Ship Kajama offers day & evening sails aboard Toronto's only Tall Ship boat cruise attraction, a 165 foot three-masted Schooner. Jubilee Queen Cruise Lines is Canada’s most popular River Showboat. And finally, bring the kids to A Pirate's Life & search for treasure:  fire the water cannons and haul up the loot if yer one of the lucky ones!


Featured Events

Annual Havelock Country Jamboree

Aug 17-20, 2017 Havelock, Central Ontario, east of Peterborough

featured_events_1_aug102017.jpgDo you enjoy country music? Canada's Largest Outdoor Country Music & Camping Festival has big name performers on 2 stages during 4 days of festivities. Community atmosphere, park-like setting, food & music. Experience Nashville in Havelock!

Jerkfest - Grace Jerk Food Festival

Aug 11-13, 2017 Etobicoke, GTA region

featured_events_2_aug102017.jpgAt the Jerk Festival, experience the tantalizing tastes of unforgettable jerk food – chicken, pork, beef, lamb, seafood & vegetables. See cooking demos, celebrities, jerk competitions, live entertainment, Kids’ activities, & lots more! Fun & food for everyone.

Woofa~Roo Pet Fest

Aug. 12-13, 2017 Amherstburg, Southwestern Ontario region

featured_events_3_aug102017.jpgBring your pet and join the fun for a weekend of events, contests, shows, exotic animals, pony rides, specialty vendors, face painting (no, not for your pet), Adoption Corner, kids’ zone, food, silent auction & more. It’s all fun with a charitable twist.

Featured boat cruise: hornblower niagara

featured_aug102017.jpgHornblower Niagara Cruises is the only boat tour in Niagara Falls Canada, so if you want to ride into the heart of Niagara Falls & experience an up-close & personal connection with the thundering water, power & mist, they’re it! Falls Illumination Cruises & Falls Fireworks Cruises are particularly cool night-time experiences but they sell out fast, so book ahead.



onlyinont_aug102017.jpgThousand Islands National Park
Known for picturesque granite islands & stunning pine trees, this national park is the first Canadian national park east of the Rockies. It’s an oasis & adventure all rolled into one. Explore secluded bays by kayak (guided tours available) or spend a day hiking by the river & discovering rare turtles & birds. You can even try over-nighting in a waterfront oTENTiks – a cross between a tent & a cabin. FREE admission in 2017.

Print Edition 2017

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