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february 14, 2019

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Discover Eastern Ontario

First of all, Happy Family Day Weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day! Take this opportunity to take your sweetie or your family to explore somewhere new. There is a tendency to think that the only parts of Ontario to visit are Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara and parts of SW Ontario. Don’t get us wrong…those parts ARE awesome! But Eastern Ontario has lots of draws too and you shouldn’t put this region too far down your list of places to visit. And don’t forget that we have loads of Family Day activities on Summer Fun Guide.

Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry

article1_feb142019.jpgStormont, Dundas and Glengarry may not be on the tip of your tongue but they should be! They have gorgeous parks & beaches, waterfront trails, and even Prehistoric World, a park with dozens of life-sized dinosaur reproductions. The region is brimming with history as there were both English and French pioneers as early as the late 1700s. Visit its many museums as well as the Lost Villages, the Historic SDG Jail (!833) & Upper Canada Village. North Dundas is “Ontario’s Dairy Capital” and is a haven for cheese lovers. Glengarry has a strong Celtic tradition; celebrate Highland Games, the largest highland games celebration outside of Scotland. Don’t miss the Williamstown Fair either; it is the oldest fair in Canada.

Prince Edward County

article2_feb142019.jpgThis region is HOT right now. With beautiful scenery, outstanding boutique hotels, and incredible farm to table food, it is a great destination. When you add on the fact that it is home to more than 35 winemakers and is Ontario’s fastest growing wine region, you understand why it has become so popular. Once you are there, don’t miss the world’s largest freshwater sand dunes at Sandbanks Provincial Park, the Regent Theatre, a restored Edwardian opera house, the Picton Fair and Picton Art & Craft Sale.

Brockville & !000 Islands

article3_feb142019.jpgBrockville is considered the eastern gateway to the 1000 Islands and is a charming city with lots to offer in addition to proximity to the1000 Islands. Visit Aquatarium, the 33,000 sq ft marine discover centre and aquarium, or the Heritage Theatre, or Canada’s First Railway tunnel or take advantage of the world-class freshwater diving. There is lots to do in Downtown Brockville too, including restaurants, shops, interesting architecture and the Brockville Museum. Don’t forget about the 1000 Islands though – with tours by boat (1000 Islands Rockport Cruises, 1000 Islands Cruises Gananoque Boat Line,
1000 Islands & Seaway Cruises) and Helicopter (1000 Islands Helicopter Tours), you won’t miss a thing!

Belleville

article4_feb142019.jpgThe city of Belleville is an awesome destination, particularly for outdoor nice weather activities. With lots of waterfront trails, golf courses, shipping and entertainment, you can be active and busy from morning til night! Stop in at the Shorelines Slots at Belleville to try your luck! Or take the kids to Promise Land Family Farm and let them interact with animals in an open concept space. Adjacent to the Bay of Quinte, Belleville also has outstanding fishing and ice fishing for happy anglers, year round! The Bay also is one of Canada’s top sailing destinations as well as awesome for boating, kayaking and windsurfing. Make sure you check the calendar for festivals before you come. The Belleville Waterfront And Multicultural Festival is in July and Quinte West, just 10km away, also has lots of festivals and events year round.

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Featured Events

Winterama Carnival 2019

Feb 15 – 18, 2019
Penetanguishene (SW Ontario)

featuredevent1_feb142019.jpgFun for all ages! Enjoy a weekend full of indoor & outdoor activities including crafts, vendors, games, contests, ice skating, lumberjack show, wrestling contests, snow sculpture, a winter parade and so much more! Ontario’s oldest winter carnival, since 1948.

Snowman Mania in Wasaga Beach

Feb 15 – 18, 2019
Wasaga Beach (Central Ont)

featuredevent2_feb142019.jpgFour days of fun activities to celebrate the Family Day long weekend! Enjoy great live music shows, Vendor Village, classic Chili cook-off, Rock-Solid wrestling, Pancake Breakfast, Snowman contest and so much more! Events & activities held throughout Wasaga Beach.

Kidapalooza Family Festival

Feb 16-18, 2019
Markham Fairgrounds (GTA)

featuredevent3_feb142019.jpgTake the whole family to the Markham Fairgrounds for Indoor and Outdoor activities & events on Family Day Weekend! Featuring activity stations, interactive inflatables, mechanical rides, stage shows, character meet & greets, Video Gaming, bike course, skateboarding lessons, artisan vendors and more!

Featured adventure: Treetop Eco Adventure Park

featured_feb142019.jpgJust cuz it is winter doesn’t mean that you can’t still experience the original play station in the treetops. Treetop Eco Adventure is open all winter! It has aerial games & zip lines with  6 courses- beginner to advance for age 3+.  Winter weekday reservations are required and must include a minimum of 4 people per group. Their continuous belay system keeps you safe and their convenient location only 10 mins from the 407 Simcoe St. Exit means that this should go to the top of your winter fun list!.

 

ONLY IN ONTARIO

onlyinont_feb142019.jpgScenic Caves night snowshoe hike
Did you know that there is only 1 suspension bridge in Ontario where you can snowshoe across in winter? The 420 ft. Suspension Bridge is the longest pedestrian bridge in S Ontario, the only one open year round and the only one you can cross on showshoes! Venture across during the day and stop to see the outstanding views or take a Guided Night Snowshoe Hike. It’s located at the Scenic Caves Nordic Centre, in a UNESCO biosphere reserve. You can also explore some of the many trails that wind through a 200 year old forest of 100 foot tall trees. Beautiful.

Print Edition 2018

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