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july 25, 2019

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15  heart racing adventures to try this summer!

You know how they say watching a horror movie is good for you? The same can be said for exciting activities. They make your blood pressure increase and put your body into a state of excitement. This “excitation transfer process” intensifies good (or bad) feelings experienced for a while after and makes you want to do it again! Adrenaline also increases the number of antioxidants in your system, which help with the free radicals that cause aging. And when you add the fact that some are outdoor, it makes it even healthier. So, scream a little; it’s good for you!

Whitewater Rafting in Ontario

article1_july252019.jpgIf you’ve never been rafting, this is an outdoor activity you’ve gotta add to your list! The Ottawa River is one of the best places in the world for rafting; people come from around the world to experience it. Wilderness Tours Rafting & Kayaking Resort, Foresters Falls, does Mild to wild family rafting and also has a Full Service Resort. Ottawa City Rafting does 3-hour trips on the Ottawa River with views of Parliament Hill & can even accommodate Non-Swimmers. Madawaska Rafting does two-hour rafting tours on the Madawaska River for all ages. OWL Rafting on the Ottawa River does 1&2 Day Adventure & Family Rafting Trips.

Aerial

article2_july252019.jpgSome of the places in this section have both aerial adventure courses AND ziplines. Aerial parks contain rope bridges, obstacles, cargo nets etc which are often set out in a course and may include GPS rallies and other games. The games may have a zipline element but if the Zipline is a standalone activity, it will appear in the next section. Camp Fortune Aerial Parks & Ziplines contains both; its aerial park near Ottawa has 2 adult courses & 1 children's course.  Treetop Eco-Adventure Park in Oshawa also has both; its Aerial Game courses include suspended bridges, Tarzan swings, swinging logs & cable traverses. Treetop Trekking has 6 Zipline Adventure Parks where you can climb, swing & zip through the forest canopy during a 3-hour trek. Blue Mountain Timber Challenge High Ropes has 75+ aerial elements including suspension bridges, ladders, cargo nets & zip lines. Skywood Eco Adventure in Mallorytown also has both and is Canada’s largest aerial adventure and zip line park.

Ziplines in Ontario

article3_july252019.jpgIf you like to be high up and see the world from the treetops at a FAST pace, Ziplines are for you! Eagle Canyon Adventures has Canada’s longest, highest and fastest zipline at ½ mile long, 175’ high and 45mph. WHEEEEE! Long Point Eco-Adventures has a 2.5 hr zipline and canopy tour adventure through the Carolinian forest. Take it at night too. WildPlay's MistRider Zipline to the Falls is Nagara's thrilling Zipline with four parallel ziplines that face the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

Other exciting things to do

article4_july252019.jpgThere are other options in Ontario that don’t fit into the above categories but still provide a thrill. IFLY Indoor Skydiving (with 2 GTA locations) lets you defy the law of gravity in a totally safe environment with professional instructors. Caves are exciting too. Bonnechere Caves lets you visit the bottom of a tropical sea from 500 million years ago to see stalactites hanging from the ceiling & fossils embedded in the limestone walls. Highland Wilderness Tours near Algonquin Park, will take you on an ATV tour, horseback trail ride, or if you are looking for some adventure in winter, they also do snowmobile tours and dog-sledding. Now that’s exciting!

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Featured Events


Canal Days

Aug 2-5, 2019
Port Colborne, Niagara region

featured_event1_july252019.jpgThis 4-day celebration of history & heritage takes over Port Colborne and offers something interesting for all ages. You can ride on the Empire Sandy Tall Ship, enjoy Ontario’s Largest outdoor Classic Car Show and be awed by the stunning kites at the International Kite Festival. The kids can play in the Tim Horton's Kids Zone, and everyone can enjoy Jazz on the Lawn!

Beaches International Jazz Festival Streetfest

July 25-27, 2019, 7-11pm nightly
Queen St East (closed to traffic between Woodbine Ave & Beech Ave), Toronto

featured_event2_july252019.jpgQueen Street becomes pedestrian-only during the last weekend in July and the streets fill with people, food and fabulous live music! It’s Canada’s largest free jazz festival and wonderfully talented musical groups not only play jazz for us but also blues, big band, African, Caribbean, reggae, hip-hop, South American, Latin, rhythm & blues & more. Check the schedule for your favourites. There are several indoor & outdoor venues. Jam sessions, kids events, streetfest, great food and of course, incredibly entertaining music!


Festival Of The Sound

Until Aug 10, 2019
Stockey Centre, Parry Sound (Central Ontario)

featured_event3_july252019.jpgExperience a top-notch Classical, Jazz and Folk Summer Music Festival now until Aug. 10th. Sit back and appreciate world-class musical concerts set against the beautiful Georgian Bay backdrop. Activities and experiences include over 60 live concerts, events, special Canada Day cruise, educational films & interactive talks. Enjoy!

Featured exciting activity: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

featured_july252019.jpgIf you are looking for excitement, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville has a couple of different kinds to get your heart racing. Not only does it host Canada’s biggest NASCAR weekend of the year, plus sports car and motorcycle racing, it also offers Mosport Kartways for fun or high level kart racing, plus driving experiences with either your own car or motorcycle or one of their performance vehicles. Satisfy your need for speed on their racing circuits in supervised lapping or driver training sessions.

 

ONLY IN ONTARIO

onlyinont_july252019.jpgCN Tower Edgewalk
Did you know that the world’s highest, full circle, hands-free walk is offered right here in Ontario at the CN Tower? If you’re looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush, try the infamous Edgewalk – where you walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge around the top of the Tower, 116 storeys above the ground! Of course, you’re harnessed in safely, so lean back and enjoy. The one-of-a-kind experience and truly spectacular views make any heart-pounding fear all worthwhile. Note: reservations must be booked in advance and spots fill up quickly. Go online for more info.

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