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march 9, 2017

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Helicopter Rides & Balloon Adventures (planes too) - book now for spring & summer

There is something about looking down at the earth from high above that makes you realize how small you are.  While we usually are way up high, looking down through the small windows of a jet airplane, there are some other pretty cool ways to fly, many of which allow you to be a bit closer to land.


article1_mar92017.jpgIf you have never been in a helicopter, it is an experience to try one day. It may seem adventurous, but it is surprisingly smooth and is a wonderful way to see a fair amount of country in a short time. Because you don’t need an airport, you can also take off and land anywhere, making a helicopter ideal for things like winery tours. Here are a few to check out: Central Helicopters Inc does Muskoka tours.  Niagara Helicopters Limited offers the highest, most spectacular view of the Falls. 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours in Gananoque lets you enjoy the 1000 Islands from the air.


article2_mar92017.jpgBalloons offer a magical way to experience flight. They are a visual treat to view from the ground and are equally wonderful to go up in. For some reason, SW Ontario is a hotbed of balloon activity, but you can also enjoy a balloon experience elsewhere: Skyward Balloons Hot Air Balloon Rides operates out of  Kitchener-Waterloo, while Sundance Balloons has locations in London, Kitchener, GTA & Ottawa.

Scenic flights

article3_mar92017.jpgWhile the flights in this section are still on planes, these planes are very different from those that fly out of Toronto’s Pearson or Ottawa’s Macdonald–Cartier Airports. These planes are small and only seat 2-3 people plus the captain. Book a sightseeing tour or try the fly in dining package at Genesis Flight Centre - Scenic Flights out of Collingwood or treat yourself or someone else to a Vintage Biplane Experience at the Canada Aviation Museum in Ottawa where you can fly in a vintage open-cockpit biplane.

Hang Gliding and Soaring/Sailplanes/Gliders

article4_mar92017.jpgWhile the other options above are all engine-powered, this section offers the experience of a fully wind-powered flight. The most peaceful and silent of all the options, it is also the most adventurous! Try a tandem HangGliding flight at High Perspective Inc. HangGliding in Pickering or try soaring in a motorless glider/sailplane at either Toronto Soaring Club or York Soaring Association (SW) for a serene or extreme flight.


Featured Events

Shaw Festival

June 8 - October 7
Court House Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake

featured_events_1_mar92017.jpgWhat a great opportunity to introduce kids to the love of theatre – both on the stage and behind it! Wilde Tales is on at Shaw Festival this summer. It’s a magical show perfect for adults as well as kids. But even better – sign the kids up for a pre-show one-hour workshop with actors that helps kids understand how the magic is created on stage. (Ages 6 to 12).

Headwaters: A Taste of Maple

March 9 –April 8, 2017
At locations across Headwaters, 45 minutes N of Toronto.

featured_events_2_mar92017.jpgA great excuse to celebrate everything maple! Some of the activities include maple cowboy breakfasts, maple cooking classes, maple themed art and of course, special maple desserts and other scrumptious foods to tempt the taste buds

Norfolk Wildlife Festival & Adventure Show

March 11-12. 2017
AUD in Simcoe on the Norfolk County Fairgrounds

featured_events_3_mar92017.jpgBring the whole family to Canada’s largest inflatable festival. Kids can slide, ride and bounce all day. Toddlers to 12 years. Additional activities include facepainting, animal shows, crafts, music, & more. It’s a perfect indoor Family Day weekend outing.

Featured: March Break Activity

featured_mar92017.jpgMarch Break at Bata Shoe Museum
Get your kicks down to the BSM for some shoetastic shenanigans this March Break!  Make some very cool shoe crafts, walk the runway with the funkiest footwear and costumes around, play some crazy games, go on a heel hunt and so much more!  Sponsored by Bruce Etherington & Associates. For more information, please visit



onlyinont_mar92017.jpgDid you know that the National Air Force Museum boasts the largest collection in the country of static aircraft and also has a fully restored World War II Halifax Bomber (the only one of its kind in the world)? Discover aviation valour & tradition at its 16 acre Airpark.

Print Edition 2017

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