Cottage Country Family Fun Guide North of Toronto June 6 - 8 for ParentsCanada.com Readers

Time to pack the car and head to areas north of Toronto for blue skies, sunshine and the freshest air in Ontario! There is so much to celebrate at this time of year.

Many families are taking to two wheels and are biking as a family activity and past time. It's a great activity that has many benefits and we think Cottage Country in Ontario has the best trails, parks and scenery for any age or skill level of biker.

See our blogs on how and where to bike in Cottage Country North of Toronto:

Barrie, Georgian Bay & Muskoka Family Biking

Muskoka, Haliburton and NE of Toronto Biking

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'.

Friday PA DAY CAMPS 

HURONIA MUSEUM
Midland 

Huronia Museum is holding camp for the final P.A. Day of the year of Friday, June 6, 2014. It will be a day of games, crafts and outdoor play. The camp runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The cost for camp is $22 per child, per day. Space is limited for this camp so pre-registration is strongly recommended. 

WYE MARSH
Midland 

Escape, Explore, and Experience the natural world.  Through experiential play and investigation day campers will learn about their natural environment.  They will meet and learn about our animal amabassadors, explore our trails and so much more.  Activities will vary depending on the season.
 

~Featured Farmers' Markets~ 

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.
 

~BARRIE~

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? 

 

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.

 

SCENIC CAVES

 

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.

 

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. 

 

~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. 

 

~ 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.

* SATURDAY JUNE 7, OCUP Cross Country Race! * 

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!! 

ALGONQUIN'S HIGHLANDS TRAILS
Where adventure awaits. Just 2.5hrs from Toronto, in the heart of the Haliburton Highlands 

HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS TOURISM
ONTARIO'S HIGHLANDS TOURISM 
 

~ 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 ~ 

 

BIKE RODEO & KIDS FISHING DERBY
Prizes, games food and family fun at the Midland Town Dock.


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.


MISS MIDLAND
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. 

DOWNTOWN SHOPS AND DOCKS
Check out the shops and docks in beautiful Midland! Walk about and strolling fun for kids - check out one of the largest outdoor mural collections in North America. 

HURONIA MUSEUM
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. 

WYE MARSH
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
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! 

HARBOUR MARKET
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. 

DOORS OPEN HURONIA
Doors Open Huronia offers the public a rare opportunity to explore sites of interest, many of which are not normally open to the public. Participants are able to tour buildings, take guided tours, and view special exhibits and displays– all for free! 

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. 

MIDLAND TOURISM
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. 

Stay in MIDLAND HOTELS
MORE Midland Tourism Region
MORE Penetanguishene Tourism Region 

 

~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!

 

SPRING BOAT, COTTAGE & OUTDOOR SHOW

Located at the beautiful Port of Orillia and waterfront parks, Lake Couchiching, Orillia, Ontario, Canada! New and pre-owned boats of all sizes make up this show, from inflatables to offshore performance to fishing boats to cruisers! The show also features a variety of marine, cottage and outdoor products, land vendors and marine safety demonstrations.

 

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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