Hey ParentsCanada.com Readers! Happy Summer!
If you’re a parent, you’re looking for ways to keep your kids entertained this summer and you’re probably also looking for classic summer experiences like starry skies, campfires, swimming, canoeing and all those traditional experiences to connect your kids with nature. You might also be looking for new things to try like treetop trekking, zip lining or Stand Up Paddleboarding. Either way, you’re in the right place. Below is a list of great spots to have fun with the family this summer.
Summer means cottage time and time outdoors day tripping and getaway-ing your way through the school break! Ontario has beautiful forests, beaches, trails and fun attractions that are great places to cool down, have fun and enjoy all the recreational fun that comes with summer.
Find the best of summer vacations packages at your favorite resort here:
This summer’s ‘PLAY LIST’…
KIDS AND FAMILY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES BY AREA
These attractions and activities 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 Markets & Farm~
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)
Featured Farm: McLean Berry Farm (open for U-pick berrie or for sale)
More Details below or click here.
Spend an unforgettable day at one of Treetop Trekking’s four Ontario zip line and aerial game parks! Feel the rush as you fly across ziplines, and climb like a monkey on balance logs, cable traverses, hammock nets, wooden bridges and Tarzan swings suspended high in the forest canopy. GTA Locations in Brampton and Stouffville.
HARDWOOD SKI AND BIKE
Hardwood Ski and Bike has over 80 km of beautiful, rolling trails through hardwood and pine forests for mountain biking. Included in the facility pass is the opportunity to play beach volleyball, disc golf, and utilize the trails for orienteering, hiking, walking, and trail running. 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?
Treetop Trekking Barrie is Ontario’s original aerial game and zip line park. Located at Horseshoe Valley Resort, come spend an adventure filled day climbing and zipping from tree to tree in the setting of a full service year round resort.
The Serendipity Princess is a 265 passenger paddle-wheeler with triple decks featuring a patio on the upper level. Daily sightseeing cruises as well lunch & dinner cruises are available.
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! 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.
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 ~
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.
2 Great Parks & 1 Great Campground… All On-Site at Santa’s Village Family Entertainment Park. This unique 60-acre attraction nestles in a bend of the Muskoka River. Tour the villageby miniature train or cruise the Muskoka River on Santa’s Summer Sleigh Jet Boat. You can try Rudolph’s Roller Coaster, the Ferris Wheel, and other amusement rides! Visit SantaClaus and then play at Elves Island or at our beach and splash-pad. You can also enjoy live Amphitheatre shows with clowns, magicians and roving entertainers! Santa’s Village is like Christmas in the summer!The older kids will enjoy Go-Karts, Lazer Tag, Mini-Golf, Batting Cages and the Arcade!
~ ELMVALE ~
Rounds Ranch is the place for families to have a country and western experience with over 18 attractions. Enjoy the large corn & straw mazes, petting zoo, pony rides, water maze, barrel train, shooting gallery, duck races, pedal cart race track, western playground, zip lines, giant jumping pillows, tractor rides, swinging tire horses, bouncy ponies. Season begins June 28.
~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.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Cottage Country’s beautiful Haliburton Highlands. *Requires advanced booking.
Where adventure awaits. Just 2.5hrs from Toronto, in the heart of the Haliburton Highlands
~ HUNTSVILLE ~
Treetop Trekking Huntsville is the most exciting adventure activity in Muskoka! Located in a beautiful setting at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario, thrill yourself in our huge aerial game and zipline park.
Stay in HUNTSVILLE ACCOMMODATIONS
~ 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.
~ LAKEFIELD ~
McLean Berry Farm is a family owned and operated strawberry and vegetable farm located in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes Area in south-eastern Ontario. Visitors are welcome to visit the farms and take part in the delicious Ontario tradition of seaonsal berry picking (and eating!).
~ MIDLAND & AREA ~
KING’S WHARF THEATRE
A beautiful theatre on the shores of Penetang Bay. Many shows are family friendly. Check their website for details.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Experience life in one of Canada’s oldest reconstructed European communities, that was s