Happy Father's Day Weekend!
The weather in cottage country areas north of Toronto has been nothing less than incredible. If your family has not yet ventured to cottage country in Ontario, this is the time.
Sunshine and blue skies are a perfect backdrop for so many outdoor activities with kids and are also great for day trips and road trips to attractions and events in small towns and communities in some of the most beautiful locations in the province.
Here are just a few activity suggestions to get you inspired:
This weekend's 'PLAY LIST'...
KIDS AND FAMILY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEKEND AHEAD BY AREA
These events are within 1-4 hours north (or so!) of Toronto and are reasonable when considering a day trip, or stay at any family friendly accommodation and extend the fun. These events would also be in or within proximity and close to much of Ontario's 'cottage country'.
Wednesdays: Gravenhurst Farmers' Market
Thursdays: Lakefield Farmers' Market
Saturdays: Orillia Fairgrounds Farmers' Market, Orillia Farmers' Market, Bracebridge Farmers' Market, Penetanguishene Community Market
Sundays: Midland Farmers' Market (Town Dock)
More Details below or click here.
~ALLISTON | BARRIE~
NOTTAWASAGA RESORT BRUNCH
Enjoy a gourmet buffet brunch featuring garden fresh salads, an exceptional selection of hot items, carving station, made-to-order omelettes, fresh Belgian waffles, and a delectable dessert display.
HARDWOOD SKI AND BIKE
Hardwood is officially open for mountain biking! We are open 9-5 daily. All trails, excluding Radical, are open. We will be open Wednesday-Friday 9am - 8pm and Saturday-Tuesday 9am - 5pm.
Disc Golf Course Open - Hardwood has expanded our disc golf course to 18 holes so come on out and play this great game on this, fun and challenging course. We have a family special all season - kids 12 and under play free with a paying adult.
HORSESHOE ADVENTURE PARK
Horseshoe Resort is an inviting Ontario destination offering four seasons of fun for thrill-seekers and adventurers alike! This spring, plan your next getaway as active or relaxing as you want it to be. Enjoy golf on two championship golf courses, ride the trails in the Lift Access Mountain Bike Park or kick your adrenaline up a notch in the Adventure Park, with so many outdoor adventures to chose from, what will you do next?
* Father's Day Special ~ Explore the beautiful forest around Horseshoe Valley in our Adventure Buggies. Dads ride free! Special good for next Thursday to Sunday only. *
Stay in Barrie Hotels
~THE BLUE MOUNTAINS | COLLINGWOOD~
ATTRACTION PARK BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORT
From a sightseeing gondola ride to an alpine hike; from a day in our mountain bike park to an afternoon on the Cascade Putting Course or Ridge Runner Coaster, there's an activity with just the right amount of adventure to suit just about anyone.
PLUNGE! AQUATIC CENTRE
Plunge! is the ultimate, all ages, four season water adventure at the base of Blue Mountain Ski Resort, the largest mountain resort in Ontario, Canada, located near Collingwood - just a 90-minute drive from Toronto.
BLUE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE - ACTIVITY CENTRAL
Activity Central is your source for the region’s and the resort’s best year-round activities! Pure adrenaline or simple serenity, we have activities to suit every interest and budget! Currently selling Scandinave Spa packages, Wine tasting, Caving tours and gearing up for winter with Snowmobile tours, snowshoeing and the list goes on.
All green season activities are currently available: Caves/Caverns trail, Suspension Bridge, Eco Adventure Tour, Thunderbird Twin Zip Line (Wednesday - Sunday), Mini Golf, Gemstone Mining, Adventure Playground, Trout Pond, Snack Bar, Gift Shop and picnic areas. Rocky the Train and the Wagon ride to the Suspension Bridge operate on weekends.
* Father's Day Special ~ Saturday and Sunday, Fathers receive FREE park admission with paid child admission (ages 3-17) for caves/suspension bridge/mini-golf package. Fathers AND up to 3 family members receive $20-off an Eco Adventure Tour (guided treetop canopy walking and zip cable gliding). Add the new Thunderbird Twin Zip ride for even more adrenaline-pumping excitement. Age/height/weight restrictions apply. *
Stay in Collingwood Accommodations
~ BRACEBRIDGE ~
BRACEBRIDGE FARMERS' MARKET
The Market runs each Saturday, 8:30 to 1pm from the Victoria Day long weekend in May, until the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. The market located in Memorial Park on Manitoba Street, next to the Norwood Theatre.
SANTA'S VILLAGE & SPORTSLAND
Have some family fun at Sportsland! Many activities Dad would love too like Go-Karting, Batting Challenge, Mini-Putt, Laser Tag and Arcade Pavilion! You might not get Dad outta there!
~FORESTER FALLS | BEACHBURG ~
ADVENTURE RIVER RUN RAFTING WILDERNESS RESORT
For the young and “young at heart”, join us for this gentle water raft trip on the Middle Channel of the river. With just enough whitewater to make it fun there’s plenty to see and learn about this historical river.
Show Dad some appreciation and take him on an adventure he will never forget! For the month of June, when you book 4 people into the High Adventure Rafting Trip Dad gets to go FREE.
~ HALIBURTON & EAST ~
SIR SAM'S SKI & BIKE
Open for mountain biking! We offer both cross country (14 km) and downhill (9km) trails for all level of riders. Ride the trails from bottom to top and back again or use the lift to transport you and your bike to the top. There is something for everyone including a great BMX pump track at the top of the hill. Sir Sam’s is excited to bring this sport to our customers along with the professional instruction to ensure everyone has the skills it takes to be safe and have fun. Bring your own bike or rent one at Sir Sam's.
SUPnorth PADDLE ADVENTURES
Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Cottage Country's beautiful Haliburton Highlands. *Requires advanced booking.
* NATIONAL PADDLE WEEK * Great events all week long!!
* June 15th: Fathers Day Family Fun Pirate Paddle Adventure ($100 family of 4).
Find a Treasure Map in an old bottle and follow the clues to your treasure chest! A super fun hour and a half of Family Fun on the water! Every one will get a chance to paddle their own board and when the hunt for treasure is on parents will paddle with kids on board. Book early, pre-booking required.
ALGONQUIN'S HIGHLANDS TRAILS
Where adventure awaits. Just 2.5hrs from Toronto, in the heart of the Haliburton Highlands
~ IROQUOIS ~
MODEL SHIP MUSEUM
Doran Bay Model Ship Museum provides marvel world-class collection of museum quality model ships, including a special exhibit of ships from the War of 1812.
~ MIDLAND & AREA ~
ANNUAL BEST BUTTERTART FESTIVAL
Prizes, games food and family fun at the Midland Town Dock. One day only - Saturday June 14. Who's buttertart will reign supreme?
PETER PAN at KING'S WHARF THEATRE
In the grand British tradition where audiences cheer the hero and boo the villain, Peter Pan boasts a winning combination of incredible musical numbers, slapstick comedy, outrageous costumes, audience participation, and of course, a dash of theatrical magic.
Take a sightseeing cruise aboard the 300-passenger Miss Midland & experience the sparkling water, the windswept pines & rocky grandeur of Muskoka-Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands – the finest cruising area in the northern hemisphere. The Miss Midland departs from the Midland Town Dock located at 177 King Street, Midland, Ontario.
* Saturday - Buttertart Cruise in honour of the Buttertart Festival - Sunday - DADS GO FREE aboard the Miss Midland with the purchase of another regular adult fare ticket. Cruise departs at 2:00 p.m.. Reservations recommended. Please contact our head office to book your seat! *
Huronia Museum is a fun place for taking the kids and is located in Little Lake Park, directly across from the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre. Fun exhibits for the whole family and be sure to check their website for specials events and activities.
MIDLAND CULTURAL CENTRE
Drop in to see what's going on or visit our website for the latest programs. Cafe Roxy is open for hot chocolate, coffee and refreshments, light meals and snacks, wine and beer. Open Mic at the Cafe on Saturday at 2pm.
Open year round, the Wye Marsh is an excellent place to get out and get close to nature every day. Guided tours/programs by one of our knowledgeable Naturalists – guided walks, canoe/kayak, ecotours (snowshoeing, canoeing/kayaking), Birds of Prey demonstrations.
* Saturday and Sunday: Birds of Prey and Reptile Shows, Guided Canoe Excursions Available *
Discovery Harbour is open Tuesday to Saturday May 20 to June 28. Experience a summer long celebration at Discovery Harbour, as we mark 200 years since our founding in 1814. Special events, program highlights, and activities galore at Discovery Harbour will make the summer of 2014 like no other! In addition to a great line-up of special events, visitors can enjoy above and below deck tours of the replica of H.M.S. Tecumseth based on her 1815 log, and see her original 1815 hull remains in the spectacular new H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre, complete will all-new exhibits and displays.
SAINTE MARIE AMONG THE HURONS
Experience life in one of Canada’s oldest reconstructed European communities, that was shared with First Nations people all the way back to the sixteen hundreds! There are over 25 buildings to explore and the costumed staff will help tell the story of life in Upper Canada. Daily family activities for you to enjoy. Bring a picnic and experience it for the full day!
The Harbour Market runs from June through September, on Fridays from 3:30 - 7:30 pm on Veterans' Lane, Victoria Harbour.
PENETANGUISHENE COMMUNITY MARKET
The Penetanguishene Community Market runs from June through October on Saturdays from 9 am - 1 pm at the Town Dock.
MIDLAND FARMERS' MARKET
The Midland Farmers' Market runs from June through Thanksgiving, on Sunday from 8 am - 1 pm across from the Town Dock (bottom of King Street), Midland.
HURONIA FOOD TRAIL
You will find a list of the farmers, producers, restaurants, retailers and accommodations that have identified themselves as advocates of local taste and local products, within the towns of Midland and Penetanguishene & Townships of Tay and Tiny, Ontario through the Huronia Food Trail.
The Town of Midland is a dynamic community situated on Georgian Bay and based in the heart of one of our nation's most beautiful recreational areas. It's perfect for a family fun day trip or overnight getaway.
~ORILLIA | SPRINGWATER~
ORILLIA FARMERS' MARKET
One of Ontario's longest running markets runs every Saturday from 7:30 am - 12:30 pm at the Orillia Library on Mississauga Street in Downtown Orillia. This is family friendly market that offers kids alot of fun activities and tasty treats.
ORILLIA FAIRGROUNDS FARMERS' MARKET
Over 50 local farmers, food producers, bakers and artisans. Fresh fruit, meat and vegetables, baked goods, cheese, honey, prepared foods, sausages, maple syrup, and live music! FREE PARKING for everyone! COME TO THE FAIR!
BAYVIEW WILDWOOD RESORT - BRUNCH
Celebrate Dad with a scrumptious brunch!
ONTARIO'S LAKE COUNTRY Tourism Region
Ontario’s Lake Country is one of Ontario’s most picturesque regions with radiant lakes and rivers and an array of activities for all to enjoy year round, located just one hour north of Toronto, on the shores of Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching. Though Lake Country's assets are plentiful, none are more perfect than its shimmering lakes, rivers, and streams. In fact, some of the best boating and water sports in Canada can be found here, as Lake Country is located on the Trent-Severn Waterway.
~ PARRY SOUND ~
GEORGIAN BAY AIRWAYS
AMAZE at the natural beauty of Muskoka and Georgian Bay by seaplane! Let Georgian Bay Airways make your vacation a memorable experience. We provide many services with our legendary seaplanes including sightseeing tours and flying adventures. Join our nearly 1,000 passengers a year to experience our signature "Fly & Dine" to World Famous Henry's Fish Restaurant.
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