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Family Fun Guide North of Toronto for September 20-22

The weather has gotten a little colder but the weekend ahead shows some warmer temps and sunshine. Probably best to get it while you can! The fall colours are starting to become really noticeable and fall is definitely around the corner. Kids fun continues in resort areas North of the city and the GTA. The fall theme is definitely here and the return of many of our favorite events and activities.

Here are some events and activities listed by cities/towns, happening in areas north of Toronto this weekend.

This weekend’s ‘PLAY LIST’…


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’.

Fall Fair Midways - Parents Canada
Fall Fair Midways


Who doesn’t love a good fall fair? The midway rides, the candy and vendor foods, the animals, the impressive local produce and childrens’ creations displays and if you’re lucky a good tractor pull or demolition derby! Fairs are great for all families and also families with varying age groups. Fall Fairs offer something entertaining to all ages and a great way to have fun all weekend long.

This weekend you can get your fall fair on in: Carp, Collingwood, Huntsville, Lindsay 

For featured area accommodations in these areas visit our FALL FAIRS page.  


FAMILY ART WORKSHOP: Every Sunday is Family Sunday at the MacLaren. Regional artist Annie Aspden and guest artists will lead creative projects that families can complete together. Sign up in person at 1:00 pm on the day of the workshop, as space is limited.

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.

MOONLIGHT ODYSSEY TRAIL RUNThe 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. You can race in a 6 km or 12 km race while kids can run in a 1 km race.

Moonlight Odyssey Trail Run - Parents Canada

HARDWOOD SKI & BIKE: Hit the day trails or play disc golf. Rent a bike or bring your own. Great trials for all ages and skill levels. Go now and take advantage of their ski sales!

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.



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.

Check out our Scenic Caves video – it’s NEW!!



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.



GO CRUISING: Head out on a 2.5 hour Georgian Bay cruise. Saturday the Miss Midland is offering 3 cruises amongst the tall ships. The later 2 cruises include dinner and live music.

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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BEATLES FESTIVAL: Canada’s biggest and best Beatles tribute! Music, artists, vendors, beer gardens, special guests, dances, fashion, trivia, contests, displays and artfacts and so much more!

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FALL COLOURS CRUISE: Midland Tours Inc. offers 2 ½ hour fall colour tours on the Muskoka Trent-Severn Waterway departing from Lock 45 in Port Severn, Ontario. The Serendipity Princess cruises to the Big Chute Marine Railway – only two of its kind in the world. The Serendipity Princess is a 265 passenger paddle-wheeler with triple decks featuring a patio on the upper level.

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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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Check out our updated FALL FAMILY GETAWAYS page!

And Thanksgiving too!

Have a fun and safe weekend!

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