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JUNE 17, 2016

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Awesome Amusement Places around Ontario

Summer is officially here next week and lots of us take holiday or at least long weekends to take advantage of the good weather. Even if you don’t have any extra days off, you can enjoy the long summer evenings and gorgeous summer weekends with activities selected to maximize your fun. Follow your choice up with dinner on a patio and you have the perfect day!  There are loads of options for small or larger groups or go it alone, and make some new friends along the way! We are not including waterparks here, as they will get their own feature, but have a look at some of the other choices below.

Mini golf & Batting cages

june16_01.jpgThe best thing about mini golf is that you can have as much fun playing against a 6 year old as you can against a 60 year old, and some of those 6 year olds are really awesome at this! Check out one of the themed mini golf courses around the province, including one that has 63 holes of huge steel dragons & dinosaurs.  Many of the places with Mini-golf also have batting cages and other activities that are fun for any age. Check out Wild Water and Wheels near Peterborough, and Adventure Village in Hamilton for great places to spend a whole day!


article_2_june16_16.jpgWhen the Hunger Games series hit theatres, archery suddenly became a cool thing again (if Jennifer Lawrence does it, it must be cool!).  You can learn how to use a bow and arrow, the old fashioned way, or bring a group and get really competitive. Combat Archery at Treetop Eco-Adventure Park in Oshawa and Archers Arena in Toronto will both bring out your inner Katniss or Peeta, and give you a great workout on top of it.  It can be a perfect team building activity for work too!


article04_june16_16.jpgPaintball is a game that is both mental and physical, so it is a perfect option for group and corporate events and special occasion with friends. Ask about the new option for low impact paintball (also known as microball) which uses a smaller .50 caliber paintball – it allows younger and newer participants to play without sacrificing the thrill and excitement. From Flagswipe Paintball in London to Newcastle Outback Paintball, open year round, to Wasaga Beach Paintball Adventure on 70 acres with 13 different fields in Elmvale, you can certainly find some good, team fun!

Amusement Parks

article4_june16_16.jpgSome amusement parks are targeted at the younger crowd and others are great for any age, but whichever one you are looking for, Ontario is the place to be! Centreville Family Amusement Park on Toronto’s Centre Island is full of kid-sized thrills, starting with a ferry boat ride to the Island.  Storybook Gardens targets the littler guys too, with its enchanted storybook-themed park in London ON. While those in the GTA know about Canada’s Wonderland, those visiting from outside the region may not know that a visit to Disney is not required – Canada has its own major theme/amusement park right here, with crazy roller coasters, one of the world's largest animatronic dinosaur parks and more! If you are determined to visit a US theme park, Darien Lake is less than an hour from Niagara Falls and offers days of fun!

Go Karts

article5_june16_16.jpgDo you like to go fast?  Wasaga 500 Family Entertainment Centre & Go-Karts has one of the longest go-kart tracks in the world and lots of other fun stuff too. Centennial Mini Indy Go Karts is no slouch either – it is Ontario’s longest! Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has everything motorsport – from a grand prix track to a 1.5km Karting Centre. Balm Beach Go-Karts has 24 go-karts including some doubles for little drivers who need company.  East Park has go-karts, but also a waterpark and mini-golf. Or visit Go-Karts @ Polson Pier, whose go-karts go 40km/h! If you have a need for speed, you can find it here!


Casinos – Adult amusement

article6_june16_16.jpgThe word “amusement” can be used to describe all kinds of activities. For some, it is fun to go upside down on a roller coaster, while others find playing blackjack in a darkened casino more up their alley. Casinos and slots have become more accessible around the province, so wherever you live, there is likely to be an opportunity to play, and as long as you play responsibly, this can be a great way to spend a few hours. Many casinos are linked with hotels or offer stay and play packages, so you can make a weekend of it; look for some great entertainment options (world class music etc) and outstanding restaurants to round out your time. Or if you are just stopping in for a few hours, check out all the new games that are available in many of Ontario’s OLGs and good luck!

Featured Events


Ottawa River Festival

Spend the long weekend strolling along the waterway and watch (or take part) in some fun festivals along the way. They include boat shows, food festivals, variety shows, car show, art shows, animation & BBQ.

June 30-July 3
Prescott & Russell (Eastern Ontario)


Carrousel of Nations

This multi-weekend festival celebrates the best of world music, dance, art and cuisine.  Kids’ village, vendors, artists and more.

June 11-12, 17-19, 25-26
Windsor (SW)


TD Jazz Festivals - Toronto & Ottawa

The Toronto Jazz Festival and Ottawa Jazz Festival both showcase exceptional musicians from far and wide and are recognized among North America’s premiere jazz festivals. Concerts are held in large outdoor spaces as well as intimate indoor settings, and are a wonderful way to spend an afternoon or evening. Check out the schedule and choose your performance(s).  Enjoy!

June 23 – July 3
Toronto & Ottawa

Featured REGION: Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island


Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island Canada’s southern-most spot has beauty and excitement galore! Whether you enjoy hiking scenic trails, catching sight of flocks of rare birds, revving a motorcycle along a winding road, joining an eco-tourism group to explore the natural wonders of the region or golfing with friends, this region has got you covered. Stop to savour fresh gourmet foods and sample some of the region’s award winning wines and you’ve got the perfect getaway!



Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival, June 29- July 10, 2016

only_in_ont_june17_2016.jpgMore than just theatre! With 150+ shows in 30+ venues and >1,100 performances, Toronto Fringe is Toronto’s largest Theatre Festival and showcases dance, visual art, buskers, site-specific performances, kids’ shows and more. The outdoor festival headquarters, The Fringe Club, offers free programming. Many big hits got their start at the Fringe festival. What a great opportunity to be entertained!

Print Edition 2016

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