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Family Fun Guide North of Toronto for August 16-18

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Enjoy the best of summer while it lasts!

August is full of family and kids fun with festivals, celebrations and all around fun at attractions and activities in areas north of Toronto.

There is no shortage of excitement for your family before summer vacation is over. Check out our website for the BEST OF KIDS ATTRACTIONS and ACTIVITIES in areas north of Toronto.

We are also excited to announce our new Tall Ships Excursion Contest! This ultimate tall ships sailing voyage package includes 4 tickets aboard the Liana’s Ransom on Penetanguishene Bay. Enter now, the contest only run until August 18. The Tall Ships Weekend Georgian Bay visits the Town of Midland, Discover Harbour and the Town of Penentanguishene August 23-25.

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These events are within 1-3 hours north 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 within proximity or close to many of Ontario’s ‘cottage country’.


CARIBFEST: An exciting weekend of Caribbean entertainment beside Kempenfelt Bay. Costume parade through Downtown Barrie. Over 100 food and craft vendors.

GO CRUISING:Take a beautiful ride on the Serendipity Princess on Lake Simcoe’s Kempenfelt Bay!

HORSESHOE RESORT ADVENTURE PARK: Fun for the family with the Zip Lining and Treetop Trekking course; build your golf skills and challenge the family to a round of Mini Putt, or explore the Copeland Forest on Segway. Families can also have fun mountain biking on forest trails.

HARDWOOD SKI & BIKE: Hit the day trails, play disc golf or experience Moonlight Odyssey. The Moonlight Odyssey is a unique and fun challenge for trail runners of any ability level as they tackle the trails of Hardwood by the light of their headlamps. The thrill and excitement of running through the woods at night with all your senses heightened as the adrenaline pumps through your body is un-paralleled.

MACLAREN ART CENTRE: Enrich your childrens’ days with art. Every child has the potential and needs the inspiration! Kids are never too young to learn art appreciation.



SANTA’S VILLAGE: 2 Great Parks & 1 Great Campground – We’ve added a Bungee Trampoline and Spray Pad!Tour the village by 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 Santa Claus and then play at Elves Island or at our beach and splash-pad.



CARROTFEST: This street festival includes a vendors market, Children’s Village, Pro Wrestling, Texas Holdem Poker Tourney, DockDogs Competition, Carrot Fast 5km run and much more!


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TALL SHIPS CELEBRATION AT BLUE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE: Celebrate the War of 1812 Bicentennial as the TALL SHIPS are in both Owen Sound, Collingwood and in Wasage Beach for the Friday “War of 1812 Experience”!

VILLAGE ACTIVITIES AT BLUE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE: Scavenger hunts and other kids and family fun happening daily in Blue Mountain Village.

SUMMER ATTRACTION PARK BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORT: Take the exciting Ridge Runner ride or visit the now-open summer attraction park that includes fun activities like Mountaintop Segway touring, Open-air gondola rides, Mini-putt, Climbing wall and more!

EXPLORE SCENIC CAVES: Nature, history and adventures for the whole family. Self-guided tour of caves, caverns and lookouts on the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment. Ontario’s longest Suspension Footbridge offers light adventure and the most spectacular views of Georgian Bay and surrounding countryside. Gemstone Mining, train ride, mini golf, trout pond, picnic areas, snack bar and gift shop.

The TALL SHIPS® 1812 Tour: presented by Redpath Sugar, will sail to 15 Ontario ports this summer to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. This pan-­-provincial tour, produced in partnership with the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2013 series, will feature tall ships from

around the world. From June 14 to September 2, 2013, you can tour the decks of the majestic fleet of ships, participate in War of 1812 interactive experiences, enjoy live musical performances, kids programming and much more. This weekend the ships are in Collingwood and Owen Sound.



ROUNDS RANCH: Exactly between Elmvale and Wasaga Beach is country western kids attraction fun and RR knows their stuff! Great toys to ride, a fun play structure with giant slide and zip line and to top it off, there are horse and pony rides.

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RIVER RAFTING:  High family adventure here with river rafting and zip lining! Age and weight requirements in effect.


SIR SAM’S SKI & BIKETake out the bikes and have some outdoor adventure.



DORAN BAY MODEL SHIP MUSEUM: Dad can also get his fill of maritime history here.


RIBFEST & CHILI COOK-OFF: Annual Ribfest and Chili Cook Off. Mouth watering ribs will be fired up on the grill all weekend long. Enjoy the great rides at the Midway, tour the wide variety of vendor booths, or grab a seat and enjoy some of the live music

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in the Kawarthas Lakes area (Peterborough and Lakefield area).


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TUGFEST: Annual family and kids friendly waterfront and downtown festival. A town dock and harbour filled with tugboats and be sure not to miss the parade of lights!

MIDLAND FARMERS’ MARKET: Meet farmers and artisans and have a taste of Ontario! Sunday morning 9-1 across from the Midland town dock.

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

GUIDED CANOE OR KAYAK TOURS | GUIDED WALKS | REPTILE SHOW | BIRDS OF PREY SHOW: Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre. Check their website for details and times. This weekend the Wye Marsh also offers a Wildflower Seed Workshop and a Make Your Own Wildseed Paper Workshop.

KING’S WHARF THEATRE: Take in dinner and show at the waterfront King’s Wharf Theatre. Be sure to leave time for a stroll on the boardwalk! Or buy him tickets for a show later in the season.

MUSIC IN THE PARK: Sunday evenings in Little Lake Park. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music while the kids play at the park.

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.

LEARN ABOUT ONTARIO’S HISTORY: Visit Sainte Marie among the Hurons or Discovery Harbour. 

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STREETS ALIVE LETTERS OF ORILLIA OUTDOOR ART CELEBRATION: City streets are alive with 6 foot high metal letter sculptures, transformed into exciting works of art by area artists!

WASHAGO MUSIC FESTIVAL: Fun for the whole family! Lots of great music from noon til’ midnite! A party by the Lake in Washago… it’ll be one of your best days of the summer.

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GEORGIAN BAY AIRWAYS: Operating from May through October out of Parry Sound’s beautiful downtown waterfront in the Heart of the 30,000 Islands, Georgian Bay Airways Ltd. proudly offers a modern fleet of seaplanes to service your flying needs. Sightseeing Air Tours, Our Signature “Fly & Dine” to World Famous Henry’s Fish Restaurant, Charters, and Flying Adventures are just a sample of the Georgian Bay Airways experience. Not into flying? Well at least come say hello and visit the ice cream parlour and coffee shop!   

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History Comes Alive

WASAGA UNDER SIEGE: Wasaga Under Siege is a family friendly festival celebrating our rich Canadian heritage. Bring your family to watch this historical re-enactment that is interesting and that your kids will definitely think is pretty cool (despite the history lesson)! 



You can find more FAMILY ACTIVITIES and SUPER SUMMER GETAWAYS on our website! It’s not too late to book a getaway or take advantage of someone else’s last minute cancellation!

Have a fun and safe long weekend!

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