Things to do & Places to stay in Ontario

march 23, 2017

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Summer is coming; plan now for a Family Vacation

When the kids are off school, summer looms LONG! Break up their holiday with a family vacation, where you, and they, can get out of the day-to-day routine. Experience, explore and learn. There are loads more ideas on

Stay at a Family Resort

article1_march23_2017.jpgOntario has some incredible family resorts  all over the province, but a particularly strong concentration of them can be found in cottage country. Some have waterparks. others have mini-golf, a lot have kids' camps and programs and most offer the opportunity for parents to have a little alone time while their kids are happily enjoying the experience. Resorts like Nottawasaga Resort, Bayview Wildwood Resort, Hockley Valley Resort and others have so much to do, you’ll never want to leave!

Rent a cottage or Stay at a cottage resort

rev_article2_mar23_2017.jpgWhile the family resorts in the previous section have more organized family activities, renting a cottage or staying at a cottage resort is more about enjoying the wonderful days at the lake on your own terms and in your own, stand-alone space. Curl up in a hammock and read, go for a paddle or swim, fish, boat or just wait for one of Ontario’s incredible sunsets. Check out Blue Water Acres - Lakeside Cottages, or Lumina Resort, for cottage resorts or by Water's Edge, Ontario Cottage Rentals or CanadaStays to find a cottage rental that is not part of a resort.


article3_march23_2017.jpgWhen you’ve got a tent or RV, you aren’t limited to a resort or cottage; you can go off the beaten path and get back to nature.  There are loads of campgrounds and camping areas to explore around the province and to celebrate Canada’s birthday, there is free admission to all Parks Canada locations. For first-timers, Ontario Parks offers guided overnight camping experiences at 8 Ontario parks. Check Camping in Ontario to find one of the 440 private campsites around the province including Highland Pines Campground.

Make your own day camp

article4_march23_2017.jpgSFG heard from a grandparent whose grandkids visit every year and they use SFG to make their own day camp, visiting a new attraction or activity every day. Sometimes, you don’t need to go away as you haven’t even experienced all the great things to do in your own city or town. Check the attractions category for some of the biggies but don’t forget about Museums and Animals and Amusements and … actually, go visit every category! There is something for everyone. Send us a message or post to our FB page and tell us what your camp includes!


Featured Events

Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Elmvale, 1 hr N of Toronto, near Barrie.

featured_events_1_mar232017.jpgCheck out one of the largest one day Maple Syrup Festivals in Ontario! It features local maple producers, a pancake house, crafts, log sawing competition, street vendors, sugar bush tours, live entertainment, midway rides, and mouth watering maple syrup delicacies!  Great for the whole family.

Toronto Story Telling Festival

March 24-April 2, 2017
Locations across Toronto. Check website for details.

featured_events_2_mar232017.jpgOne of the world's biggest storytelling celebrations! Select from a variety of concerts, story talks, and workshops featuring some of the top storytellers from Canada and around the world. 80 Storytellers across 25 Venues in 90 Events over 10 Days. What story are YOU going to hear?

41st Annual Presqu'ile Waterfowl Weekend

March 25-26, 2017
Presqu’ile Provincial Park, Brighton, Eastern Ontario

rev_featured_event3_mar23_2017.jpgPresqu’ile Bay is considered one of the greatest natural areas for birders on Lake Ontario’s north shore. Catch thousands of ducks, geese and swans as they arrive for feeding and a brief rest before moving north. There are viewing stations, activities, crafts and duck displays. Volunteer birders assist visitors 10am-4pm daily.

Featured: family Activity

featured_mar232017.jpgLegoland in Toronto has 14 family attractions & activities, Toronto’s top attractions made from LEGO in miniature,  LEGO® building tips, a 4D cinema & more. Add this activity to the “Make your own Camp” above! Book online to save 30%.



rev_onlyinont_mar23_2017.jpg30,000 Islands and the Town Of Parry Sound
The 30,000 Islands of Georgian Bay is the world’s largest freshwater archipelago. Find a quaint inn or a family resort in Parry Sound and choose your adventure! Climb 30 meters to Tower Hill Lookout for a spectacular view. Spend the day on hiking trails, or Blue Flag beaches. Hear great music at the Festival of the Sound or enjoy the view from the water aboard the Island Queen.

Print Edition 2017

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