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SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

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Don't-miss attractions in your own backyard.

Why is it that the only time we see tourist attractions is when we are on holiday somewhere? We miss loads of great things at home that people from elsewhere travel just to see. It’s time to be a tourist in our own town or city, and enjoy everything our ‘hood has to offer! We’ve listed a few “must-sees”, but there are so many others…like Science North Sudbury or Amethyst Mine Panorama in Northern Ontario, or Castle Kilbride or Royal Botanical Gardens in Southwestern, or streets full of attractions at Clifton Hill or Niagara Parks in Niagara Region. You’ll be amazed at what Ontario offers. Visit Summer Fun Guide for some we’ve missed, both in the attractions category as well as the museums & galleries.


artticle_1_sept12_2016.jpgThe Six is one of the world’s top cities for a reason. Not only does it have restaurants and theatre and the waterfront, and…, it also has a bunch of cool attractions that are different from the norm. I went up the CN Tower once with out of town guests and if you haven’t done it, you really need to. It is pretty awesome. And its new Edgewalk adds an extra (scary) pop to the coolness factor. Ripley’s Aquarium is Canada’s largest indoor aquarium and breathtaking for all ages - definitely worth a visit. And how about Bata Shoe Museum, where you can ogle their collection of >13,000 shoes!? Don’t forget about the Hockey Hall of Fame – we haven’t won the Stanley Cup in years, but you can still see it!


artticle_2_sept12_2016.jpgOttawa is the home to 4 of Canada’s 6 National Museums, so you definitely want to visit – people from everywhere else fly in just to see them! From history, to art, to war museums and memorials, to dinosaur fossils …not to mention the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles, Ottawa’s museums are world class. It even has a Cold war bunker four storeys underground! The nice part about visiting these museums and galleries is that most are just a walk from Parliament Hill. So you can watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony and get a tour of Parliament and then work your way through all of Ottawa’s treasures. Don’t forget that taking a tour is a great way to see a city. Ottawa even offers a Haunted Walk tour…SPOOKY!!

Central Ontario

artticle_3_sept12_2016.jpgCentral Ontario’s attractions are mostly about history. From Roseneath Carousel, a 1906 museum quality, rideable, fully restored Carousel to Lang Pioneer Village, where you can step back in time 200 years and experience life in the 1800s to Penetanguishene Centennial Museum’s original 1875 general store, Central Ontario gives you a taste of another era.  Even the outdoor attractions are preserved from long ago. Scenic Caves has self-guided tour of caves/caverns along the Niagara Escarpment that have been there for eons and the Biospheres in Georgian Bay, Frontenac Arch and Long Point contain unique landscapes & views that have been preserved and internationally recognized.


artticle_4_sept12_2016.jpgEastern Ontario’s attractions range from the kitsch to the cool! The Big Apple is the world's biggest apple & Canada's largest bus stop – it has great homemade pies too! 1000 Islands Observation Tower rises 400’ above the 1000 Islands and offers great views. St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railway’s 3000 sq ft railway is the most intricate 0-scale layout in N America.  Aquatarium is a 27,000+ square foot, interactive, learning & discovery centre. At Prehistoric World, you will roam around a park with 50 life-sized reproductions of creatures that wandered the earth millions of years ago. Spend the day at Bonnechere Caves and be amazed at the stalactites hanging from the ceiling & the fossils of sea creatures from the bottom of a sea 500 million years ago!


Featured Events

Fergus Fall Fair

featured_event_1_sept12_2016.jpgVisit one of Ontario’s great fall fairs. It’s the 180th year for the Fergus Fall Fair. The fun includes a Midway, Horse & Cattle shows, Dog shows, Baby animals, Chili cook-off, Rodeo, Tractor Pull & more! A wonderful day for the whole family! Free Parking.

Sept 16-18
Fergus (SE Ont)

Toronto Garlic Festival - Sept. 18, 2016

featured_event_2_sept12_2016.jpgLove garlic? Meet farmers, chefs, scientists & health experts at the Toronto Garlic Festival, Sept. 18 at Artscape Wychwood Barns. Taste delicious garlic-themed dishes paired with Ontario craft beer & wine and watch cooking demos too.


Tall Ships Festival

featured_event_3_sept12_2016.jpgSee the majestic Tall Ships in Brockville at the annual Tall Ships festival. Climb aboard for a Deck Tour and don’t miss the opportunity for stunning photos of the ships during the Parade of Sail. You can even take a 90-minute Sail on one of these magnificent ships.

Sept. 16-18, 2016

Featured city: London

featured_place_sept12_2016.jpgLondon is ON! Any day of the week, any time of year, you can find wonderful events and things to do in London. It is a great place for a getaway if you are into Music, Arts & Culture.  That’s not all it has though! From gorgeous parks and conservation areas, to family fun, to food and agritourism, London has it all! 



Canadian Museum of History

onlyinont_sept12_2016.jpgYou don't even have to be a fan of totem poles to be awed by the ones at the Canadian Museum of History. Marvel at the beauty of this architectural gem and let your eyes wander high into the sky as you take in the world's largest indoor collection of beautifully carved and painted totem poles. Explore the traditions and achievements of Canada’s First Peoples and be truly inspired!

Print Edition 2016

img11.jpgThe NEW & updated edition of Summer Fun Guide is NOW available at ONroute centres, Yogurtys Froyo stores & other locations around Ontario. Pick up your FREE copy or email info@summerfunguide.ca to have one mailed to you.

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