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Family Fun Guide North of Toronto for August 9-11

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The pressure is on to make the best of the few weekends left before Labour Day and the end of summer vacation. Fear not, there’s no reason to feel any pressure, August promises even more delightful festivals, celebrations and family fun.

Areas north of Toronto are home to some of the best family attractions in Ontario. Attractions are not only fun, but some can offer a little edu-tainment outside of the regular classroom. But shh! Don’t tell the kids!

As a parent I’ve been out and about myself and know that lots of families are on the move this summer! The weather has been pretty good, not too humid and not too much rain, for pretty much any activity a kid can do!


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’.


SUMMERAMA: Check out the classic car show on Friday night and come back Saturday for family fun events and activities.

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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.

RHYTHMFEST: Rhythmfest has an impressive roster of performers, vendors, and artisans throughout the day and evening at Heritage Park in Downtown Barrie. It introduces an international mix of musicians, dancers and culinary delights.



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.

SUMMER SUP SPLASH RACE SERIES: Come watch this exciting new water sport race series and see what all the fun is about!



WILD WONDERS AT BLUE: Super Edutainment! Families will love the unique hands on science education experiences with the “Science North Cool Science Caravan”. The Great Canadian Raptor Conservancy will be hosting their “Birds of Prey Show” featuring demonstrations and educational commentary on free-flight birds. Also check out Reptile Rob and his collection of reptiles in this entertaining, engaging and informative educational show!

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.



STEAMPUNK ART & FAMILY FUN DAY: Featuring Birds of Prey, Sir. Allens Knights, A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Fashion Promenade, Rat Rods, Crafter’s Markets, Artist’s Garden, Silent Films, DIY Crafts for Kids, Scavenger Hunt, Portrait Booth. Events take place @ CCHM (Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum) and the Village Green.


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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.


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

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

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.

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.

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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!

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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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SANDFEST: Sandfest is Sauble Beach’s annual summer party! Join us August 8 to 11, 2013 for a premier family weekend.


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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