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Family Fun Guide North of Toronto May 30 – June 1 for ParentsCanada.com Readers!
May 29, 2014
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May 29, 2014
JUNE?! And some warm summer weather to boot!
Great summer day camps are available. Even though you may not live in the area, if you own or rent a nearby cottage, or are staying a nearby resort or hotel – maybe this is something your kids might enjoy. New summer friends can last a lifetime and the activities are great.
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’.
~Featured Farmers’ Markets~
Wednesdays: Gravenhurst Farmers’ Market
Thursdays: Lakefield Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: Orillia Fairgrounds Farmers’ Market, Orillia Farmers’ Market, Bracebridge Farmers’ Market.
More Details below or click here.
~Featured Maple Festivals~
TAP INTO MAPLE TOUR – FINAL WEEKEND!
Ontario’s Lake Country
until May 31
Filled with a variety of different stops throughout the region, the Tap into Maple route will get your senses flowing and your mouth watering. Come and experience our maple history, taste our local maple cuisine, and create your own maple products.
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?
*CYCLE CAMELOT BIKE RIDE* Saturday, May 31 Cycle Camelot Ride Benefiting Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre is a one-day cycling event for both experienced and casual cyclists dedicated to raising money for the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre located in Penetanguishene, Ontario.
GEORGIAN COLLEGE AUTO SHOW
The Automotive Business School of Canada is pleased to present the 29th annual Georgian College Auto show, the largest outdoor student-run automotive show in North America. This year’s event will showcase many new value-added services and experiences for our visitors and manufacturers to enjoy – in the hopes of making it the most memorable show yet.
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~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.
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.
SUPnorth PADDLE ADVENTURES
Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Cottage Country’s beautiful Haliburton Highlands. *Requires advanced booking.
HALIBURTON HOME & COTTAGE SHOW
The 36th annual Haliburton Home and Cottage Show takes place Friday May 30th from 4:00pm to 9:00pm, Saturday May 31st from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday June 1st from 10:00am tip 4:00pm. The Show is located in downtown Haliburton at the Haliburton Curling Club and A.J. LaRue arena. Outdoor exhibits are located on the adjacent parking lots.
ALGONQUIN’S HIGHLANDS TRAILS
Where adventure awaits. Just 2.5hrs from Toronto, in the heart of the Haliburton Highlands
~ IROQUOIS ~
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 ~
Mayor McKay and Mayor Marshall will be sailing from port-to-port! Be there to greet them at the Historic Ports of Penetanguishene and Midland! There will be live music, amazing food, and tons of family fun!
The Miss Midland sailing season will begin on Saturday May 17th. Daily sightseeing cruises at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday May 17th; 2:00 p.m. on Sunday May 18th and 2:00 p.m. on Monday May 19th.
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!
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~
TAP INTO MAPLE TOUR
Starting on March 1st and running through to May 31st, the Tap into Maple route was created to support and showcase our local maple syrup, maple products and events. Filled with a variety of different stops throughout the region, the Tap into Maple route will get your senses flowing and your mouth watering. Come and experience our maple history, taste our local maple cuisine, and create your own maple products. You can even stay awhile, our local accommodators have some sweet maple packages available for you! Bring your family or getaway as a couple, Ontario’s Lake Country has something for everyone.
ORILLIA FARMERS’ MARKET
Get your boots to the roots! 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!
~ 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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