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AUGUST 25, 2016

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What are YOU going to do this weekend?

Ontario experiences that are just a bit different!

When you have a day off or are taking a holiday, the activities that come to mind are the typical ones – museums & galleries, hikes, visits to amusement/water parks etc. But sometimes, you just want to do something different and we’ve got some great ideas. Life is short, so when you have an opportunity to do something cool, do it! Many people say that they don’t regret the things they DID do, but rather the things they DIDN’T. So choose one of these different activities, or visit Summer Fun Guide for some other ideas, or call us…we’ll give you some suggestions by phone.

Agawa Canyon Tour Train  (Northern Ont)

article1_august25_2016.jpgThis 1-day wilderness excursion transports you 114 miles N of Sault Ste. Marie. Travel over trestles and see the lakes, rivers and granite rock formations that inspired the Group of Seven painters, while listening to the history of the region with stories of the Ojibway, fur traders, explorers and entrepreneurs. Then marvel as the train descends 500 feet to the floor of the Agawa Canyon, which features gorgeous waterfalls, a climb to a lookout and more! This canyon was created 1.2 billion years ago by faulting; it was then widened and reshaped by the last ice-age. You’ve got to experience it to believe it!

Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery/Tree Museum (Central Ont)

article2_august25_2016.jpgOntario has a few outdoor museums that combine a natural environment with museum exhibits. Take a guided or self-guided tour of the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery, a unique public exhibit in Muskoka & Algonquin Park, which features mural reproductions of paintings by Canada's renowned Group of Seven artists. Or take the 2km walk to The Tree Museum, a changing sculpture exhibit on a 200-acre woodland lot. The contemporary site-specific sculptures surprise you starting at the 1km mark of your walk in the woods.

iFLY Toronto/Edenvale Classic Aircraft (GTA/Central)

article3_august25_2016.jpgDo you like to fly? We have a few suggestions for those who like to feel the wind in their hair. Experience the sensation of free-fall and defy the laws of gravity in a 45-foot vertical wind tunnel at IFLY Toronto. Ages 4 to adult can get a sense of what skydivers experience in a safe, secure environment.  Or if airplanes are your jam, take the flight of a lifetime in a WWII Tiger Moth open cockpit biplane.  Strap on goggles and a helmet (provided) and experience the romance and excitement of flying in the plane that trained WWII fighter and bomber pilots!


article4_august25_2016.jpgCanoeing is a perfect activity as virtually anyone can do it. With Canoe Toronto, paddle a 20-seat war canoe from Harbourfront to Toronto Islands either during the day, or at sunset, stopping at a bird sanctuary. Or join Toronto Adventures for a canoeing/kayaking trip down the scenic water of the Humber River. They also offer day trips further out that include transportation if you’re looking for a longer adventure. The town of Atikokan claims bragging rights as the Canoeing Capital of Canada, as it is the starting point for those canoeing Quetico Provincial Wilderness Park, considered one of N America's best places for wilderness canoeing; no motorboats are allowed on the Park’s many lakes.

Be a Falconer for a Day! (Hawkeye Bird Control - GTA)

article5_august25_2016.jpgFalconry is the age-old sport of hunting with birds of prey, dating back to medieval times. Today it is used for sport, and for controlling pest populations. Enjoy a memorable experience as you learn the basics of the art of falconry, including its history and techniques, and watch and work with these incredible birds. By the end of the day, you’ll actually fly a bird of prey yourself!


Gordon’s Park Eco Resort Fossil Hunting (Northern)

article6_august25_2016.jpgThis outdoor destination offers camping, tipi tents, cabins and more. It also happens to house a prehistoric, fossilized coral reef from around 450,000,000 years ago, filled with corals and undersea species from that time period. Gordon’s Park is located on a drumlin (elongated hill formed by glacial ice) and offers guided Fossil Hunts in which you can hunt and discover coral fossils on an adventure hike. See a variety of fossils like corals, brachiopods and more.

Featured Events

Country Music Week

featuredevents_1_aug25_2016.jpgJoin the celebration as London hosts this year’s Country Music Week! The full day fanfest, part of the Music Festival, is always a favourite, as is the Legends Show that pays tribute to Canada's most cherished country artists. The CCMA (Canadian Country Music) Awards caps off the week in grand fashion. One of the largest music events in the country; check out the details online.

London, Ontario
September 8 - 11, 2016

Winona Peach Festival

featuredevents_2_aug25_2016.jpgHave you ever been to a Peach Festival? In addition to delicious Peach creations, it has something for everyone: one-of-a-kind Craft items, Midway rides & games, local vendors, Antique Car Show, entertainment stages, kids’ programming, concerts & an incredible Food Court, featuring "peach" filled pies, crepes, cobbler and the famous Peach Sundae!

Winona (Niagara region)
August 26, 27 & 28, 2016

50th Annual Art by the River

featuredevents_3_aug25_2016.jpgLove art? Art by the River, in Amherstberg, is celebrating its 50th year! Over 150 artists & artisans showcase their original pieces. All art is juried. Everyone will enjoy the music, magic and history at the Fort Malden National Historic Site by the river.

Amherstberg (Southwestern Ontario)
August 27 - 28, 2016

Featured ADVENTURE: Treetop Eco-adventures

featuredplace_aug25_2016_rev.jpg“Soar 70 to 80 feet in the air over the Oak Ridge Moraine!” If that sounds compelling to you, invite a few friends or family and head to Treetop Eco-Adventure Park. With 7 ziplines and 60 obstacles, they will guide you on a trip of a lifetime.  They have 4 courses - beginner to advanced. Conquer your fear and go for that long-awaited adrenaline rush. Reservations required. Ages 5+.



Windrift Adventures

onlyinont_aug25_2016.jpgExperience the fun and excitement of Ontario's only Dune Buggy Adventure! You'll go off-road through fields & woodland trails. (You'll have the option to go 'muddy' or 'not so muddy'...we recommend you go muddy!). If Dune Buggy is not your style, choose the 1&2 hr guided horseback trail rides through scenic private trails.

Print Edition 2016

img11.jpgThe NEW & updated edition of Summer Fun Guide is NOW available at ONroute centres, Yogurtys Froyo stores & other locations around Ontario. Pick up your FREE copy or email info@summerfunguide.ca to have one mailed to you.

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