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6 Natural & Man-made Outdoor Attractions in Ontario

Summer is coming to a close, so we want to take every possible opportunity to be outside to enjoy the last warm and long days. This long weekend, why not visit some of Ontario’s outdoor attractions, from natural wonders to man-made ones? And have a great, safe long weekend!

Bonnechere Caves - Ontario's Natural Underground Wonder

aricle1_aug242017.jpgThis Family-Owned and-Operated Site has stalactites hanging from the ceiling & loads of fossils of sea creatures alive before the Dinosaur age. Learn how caves form, how stalactites grow, about small brown bats and hibernation and see fossils from the Ordovician time period.

Ontario’s Amazing Places UNESCO Biospheres

aricle2_aug242017.jpgIn UNESCO biosphere reserves, people share a way of living with nature. The reserves encourage the sharing of scientific, Indigenous & local knowledge with the goal of examining new ways to live sustainably. Of the 669 biospheres worldwide, 3 are in Ontario - Georgian Bay, Frontenac Arch & Long Point. Visit them to enjoy their hiking trails, unique landscapes & views.


aricle3_aug242017.jpgWhile Niagara Falls is the biggest, it is far from the only waterfall in Ontario. From Bridal Veil Falls on Manitoulin Island to the majestic Kakabeka Falls (2nd highest in Ontario), there are many others to gawk at. Did you know that Hamilton is the Waterfall Capital of the World? With > 100 waterfalls, it has the largest number of waterfalls of any urban area of its size. Grey County has a Waterfalls Tour to see its 8 waterfalls in Owen Sound & Beaver Valley.

Amethyst Mine Panorama

aricle4_aug242017.jpgTake a guided or self-guided tour at the largest amethyst deposit in Canada, which was discovered in 1955 when building a road. Located 60 km E of Thunder Bay, the mine has produced continuously since 1960. Visit the large digging area, which is open to the public, that contains 20% usable amethyst to "pick your own” amethysts.

City of Thorold Museum & Lock 7 Viewing Complex

aricle5_aug242017.jpgThis may be a man-made outdoor wonder but it is a wonder all the same!  The Welland Canal is a ship canal which connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, enabling ships to ascend and descend the Niagara Escarpment and bypass Niagara Falls. That why they say that Niagara’s Twin Flight Locks is where “Ships Climb the Mountain” along the Welland Canal.  You can’t imagine the sight of a massive ship passing just a few feet away!


Georgian Bay Islands National Park

aricle6_aug242017.jpgThis Park’s glacier-scraped rock & wind-swept pines inspired the Group of 7 and will inspire you too! It is the world’s largest freshwater archipelago and is home to a boat-access nature preserve. With the Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass, you can get free admission to this park and all the others to celebrate Canada 150.  Cycle, camp, swim, boat or hike to explore.

Featured Events


August 18 - Sept 4, 2017 - GTA

featuredevent1_aug242017.jpgThe CNE is one of North America’s largest fairs with something for everyone, from food that is unique and a bit crazy (like the hot dog topped with mustard crickets or the choc chip bacon ice cream) to lots of fun rides. There are games, concerts, performers and even a farm. The Air Show is not to be missed; you’ll want to make it an annual tradition, if it’s not one already.

Winona Peach Festival – 50th Anniversary

August 25 - 27, 2017 - Winona, Niagara region

featuredevent2_aug242017.jpgThis festival has way more than delicious, juicy, peaches! It’s packed with fun and food. Enjoy the rides at the midway, watch artisans at work in the arts & crafts area, browse >100 vendor booths, listen to live music, and be amazed at the vintage car show. Of course, the food is great too!

Tecumseh Corn Festival

August 24-27, 207 - Tecumseh, SW Ontario

featuredevent3_aug242017.jpgHere’s another great festival option with delicious food (they claim it’s the best corn on the cob you’ll ever eat – message us if you try it) as well as carnival rides, a giant corn maze, corn on the cob eating contests, a classic car show, a parade, and live entertainment! Fun & yummm for the whole family.

Featured hotel: Canada's Best Value Inns

featured_aug242017.jpgIf you’re looking for a great place to stay while you explore all that Ontario has to offer, book a room or a suite at Canada’s Best Value Inns. They offer excellent value and quality, clean, comfortable accommodations and FREE continental breakfast. Great service. 8 locations across Ontario.



Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve – Canopy Tour

onlyinont_aug242017.jpgDid you know that the world’s longest canopy walkway is right here in Ontario? Take an exhilarating "Walk in the Clouds" guided tour on the ½ km long canopy boardwalk through the treetops high above the forest floor (don’t worry – safety harnesses are mandatory!). Take a break on one of the platforms suspended in the treetops and listen to your guide explain the surroundings while you enjoy the spectacular view.

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