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july 13, 2017

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Paddling experiences (Canoeing, Kayaking, Rafting & SUP) in Ontario

If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water - Loren Eiseley. Ontario has a lot of magic as we have a LOT of water! While we love to explore by motor or sailboat, sometimes we like to move at a different pace and under our own steam. Check out other ways to see the sights in Boat and Train Excursions and Sightseeing tours, but here we’re going to tell you about some person-powered watercraft.


article1_july132017.jpgKayaking is a great way to cover ground as its long, narrow shape cuts easily through the water. Kayaks can be designed for beginners or experts; slow and easy touring on calm water, to racing on whitewater, to fishing & long-distance ocean paddling and hold 1-3 people. 1000 Islands Kayaking (Gananoque) offers Half/full day kayaking tours of 1000 Islands National Park. Toronto Adventures offers Kayaking, Canoeing, & Paddleboarding adventures around Toronto.


article2_july132017.jpgCanoes are definitely the best way to cover distances as they are large enough to transport everything from tents to food and usually carry 2-3 people, although Voyageur canoes are much larger. Algonquin Park Canoe Adventures does 3 and 6 day Algonquin trips, all inclusive.  Canoe Toronto offers guided 20-seat Voyageur War Canoe trips to Toronto Islands. Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre in Toronto offers Guided Tours in Tandem Kayaks or Big Voyageur Canoes in the Toronto Islands & lessons too. And Canoeing the Grand has Canoe, Kayak, tubes and New Family nite Tuesdays!


article3_july132017.jpgSUP stands for Stand Up Paddleboards and they are basically standup surfboards that you paddle. They build balance and core strength, but can be used by anyone, any age. Many places that have canoes and kayaks also offer SUP rentals. There are even SUP yoga classes! Niagara Rowing School has canoe, kayak, SUP rentals & rowing lessons. LivOutside. Gear + Adventures in Bracebridge also has Canoe, Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals, as does White Squall Paddling Centre. SUPnorth Paddle Board Adventures in Haliburton, Muskoka & Kawarthas also has a Mermaid Lagoon with “SUP & Swim” (with your mermaid tail)!


article4_july132017.jpgWant a little (or a lot of) adrenaline with your paddle? Then rafting is for you! Great for groups or families, these guided trips can be easy or exciting! Wilderness Tours Rafting & Kayaking Resort not only has trips and camps, but also is Canada’s top adventure resort. RiverRun Rafting has high-Adventure, Family Rafting or Tubing & also has a 165-acre resort. Madawaska River Family Rafting has a great 2-hour Family Raft Trip on the Madawaska River, among other trips. Many of these companies offer trips for age 5+ and all provide safety equipment, instruction and guides.


Featured Events

BIG on Bloor Festival & Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Toronto Outdoor Art: July 14-16, 2017 – Toronto
Big on Bloor: July 22-23, 2017 – Toronto

featured_events1_july132017.jpgIf you live in/near Toronto, plan to check out these 2 festivals coming soon. Big on Bloor is a huge, 2-day, car-free street celebration of arts, culture & business. Toronto Outdoor Art is an art fair with over 300 amazing exhibitors showcasing & selling all types of contemporary art. There’s also kids’ activities, live music, craft beer, food and best of all, it’s FREE!

Festival Of The Sound

July 21-Aug 13, 2017 Parry Sound, Central Ontario region

featured_events2_july132017.jpgBilled as Canada's finest Jazz & Classical Summer Music Festival, be prepared to experience world-class chamber & jazz music while gazing at the beautiful landscape of Georgian Bay! There are concerts, cruises, films & educational opportunities.

Mount Forest Fireworks Festival

July 14-16, 2017 Mount Forest, Southwestern Ontario

featured_events3_july132017.jpgThis festival is way more than just fireworks! There are over 500 classic cars, a fun midway, Kids’ Zone, demolition derby, concerts & comedy shows and, of course, a spectacular Fireworks Finale!

Featured museum

featured_july132017.jpgThe Canadian Museum of History's New Signature Exhibition: The Canadian History Hall just opened (July 1) and it is a must-see! Explore Canada’s history through the experiences & perspectives of real people…like First Peoples brought to life through scientific reconstructions. Learn about the struggles for social & political rights that led to our inclusive & diverse society, and understand how Canada emerged on the world stage.



onlyinont_july132017.jpgLA MACHINE July 27 – 30
The streets of downtown Ottawa will be teeming with astonishing creatures who are invading the nation’s capital! A North American first, La Machine will captivate audiences in an urban setting. This street theatre company is world-renowned for its extraordinary, large-scale machines and sure to delight spectators of all ages. FREE.

Print Edition 2017

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