Ontario Amusement Parks

Amusement Parks in Ontario

Amusement Parks in Ontario

Not much beats a day at an amusement park with your family!  The shrieks of excitement and endless smiles will make memories that will last a lifetime at these Ontario Amusement Parks

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Bracebridge – Santa’s Village – 705-645-2512 – 1624 Golden Beach Road, Bracebridge, Ontario   P1L 1W8

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Come hang out in Bracebridge, where Santa spends his summer!  This 60 acre family entertainment park has amisement rides, paygrounds, shows, splash park, batting cages, go-karts, animals, train rides, summer sleigh ride (jet boat) and of course you can visit with the jolly man himself.

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Vaughan – Legoland Discovery Centre – 1-855-356-2150 – 1 Bass Pro Mills Drive,  Vaughan, ON   L4K 5W4

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The ultimate place for kids who love to build with LEGO® bricks! Discover what you can build in our Model Builder Academy, reach out in our 4D cinema, pedal as fast as you can to become Merlin’s Apprentice and save the princess in our Kingdom Quest Laser Ride and so much more!

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Toronto – CNE – 416-263-3330 – 210 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON    M6K 3C3

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The 18-day anuual fair has so much fun for the entire family with a mix of  exhibits, shows, pavilions, concerts, contests, animals, casino, and a large carnival midway with rides, games and food.

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Kitchener – Bingemans – 519-744-1555 – 425 Bingemans Centre Drive  Kitchener, ON   N2B 3X7

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Equipped with a waterpark and indoor playland, Binegmans is a huge family playground!  From arcade and redemption games of skill and chance, to the interactive three-level indoor play structure in FunworX to the waterslides, splashpark and wavepool in Big Splash, you are guaranteed to go home tired and happy.

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BracebridgeSanta’s Village – 705-645-2512

Come hang out in Bracebridge, where Santa spends his summer!  This 60 acre family entertainment park has amisement rides, paygrounds, shows, splash park, batting cages, go-karts, animals, train rides, summer sleigh ride (jet boat) and of course you can visit with the jolly man himself.

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EtobicokeFantasy Fair – 416-674-5437

Toronto’s largest indoor amusement park is located inside Woodbine Shopping Centre.  Open year-round, Fantasy Fair offers 11 full size family rides, a 3-level play village, midway games and arcade and free novelty shows.

HamiltonAdventure Village – 905-549-9444 Adventure Village is an exciting family oriented amusement park, located in Confederation Park. Set on over 3 acres of beautiful rolling hills with lush vegetation there is a wide range of fun attractions including; batting cages, bungee trampolines, gemstone mining, outdoor laser tag, krazy kars and more  (Seasonal)

KingstonKingston Family Funworld Park – 613-530-2707

The perfect place for family fun in Kingston, Funworld has go-karts, mini-putt, batting tent, laser tag and a drive-in (seasonal)

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KitchenerBingemans – 519-744-1555

Equipped with a waterpark and indoor playland, Binegmans is a huge family playground!  From arcade and redemption games of skill and chance, to the interactive three-level indoor play structure in FunworX to the waterslides, splashpark and wavepool in Big Splash, you are guaranteed to go home tired and happy.

LondonStorybook Gardens – 519-661-5770

Storybook Gardens provides families with fun and special memories to last a lifetime. There is something for the whole family, with Old McDonald’s farm, rides, games, play areas, Slippery’s splash area, entertainment, face painting and beautiful gardens. A village of imagination awaits you at Storybook Gardens.

Niagara FallsMarineland – 905-356-9565

Your entire family will enjoy visiting Marineland as there is something for the whole family. See performing dolphins, walruses, sea lions & beluga whales, visit and feed some of the land animals and have fun on all the midway rides.

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OttawaMidway Family Fun Park – 613-526-0343

Midway Family Fun Park is the largest indoor family entertainment centre in Eastern Ontario, with over 50,000 square feet of fun! Bumper cars, rock climbing, play structures, mini golf, the kiddie train and arcade games are just a few of the fun things that will keep your kids busy for hours

Owen SoundStory Book Park – 519-376-2291

Story Book Park offers family fun and excitement!  Your day will include visits to the storybook mini houses, visits with the animals, fun on the playgrounds, Mini Golf, midway rides and Water Park

Toronto –  Centreville Amusement Park –  416-203-0405

Centreville is the ultimate summer destination for families with young children. With over 30 rides and attractions this theme park offers up a full day of family fun and getting there on the ferry is half the fun!  (Seasonal)

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Toronto – CNE – 416-263-3330

The 18-day anuual fair has so much fun for the entire family with a mix of  exhibits, shows, pavilions, concerts, contests, animals, casino, and a large carnival midway with rides, games and food.

Vaughan Canada’s Wonderland –  905-832-8131

Canada’s Premier Amusement park is full of thrill seeking fun for the entire family.  Featurnig rides for all sizes and thrill levels, shows, character meet and greets, games, food and fun, there’s no wonder people come back year after year.  (seasonal)

VaughanLegoland Discovery Centre – 1-855-356-2150

The ultimate place for kids who love to build with LEGO® bricks! Discover what you can build in our Model Builder Academy, reach out in our 4D cinema, pedal as fast as you can to become Merlin’s Apprentice and save the princess in our Kingdom Quest Laser Ride and so much more!

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Zoos, Aquariums & Animals in Ontario

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Zoos, Aquariums & Animal in Ontario

Visiting local zoos and aquariums with your family is a great way to spend a day and Ontario is home to many zoos, aquariums and animal sanctuaries

NORTHERN ONTARIO    EASTERN ONTARIO     OTTAWA REGION     GTA

CENTRAL ONTARIO     SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO     NIAGARA REGION

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Hamilton – African Lion Safari – 519-623-2620 – RR #1 Cambridge, Ontario Canada   N1R 5S2

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Go “On Safari!TM” and get CLOSER than you ever imagined to over 1,000 exotic birds and animals that roam free in large Game Reserves! See lions, giraffe, rhino, and many more animals from around the world! “Trek” along 9 km of safari trail in your own vehicle or aboard a guided, air-conditioned Safari Tour Bus. Enjoy a full day of family fun! (Seasonal)

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Toronto – Toronto Zoo – 416-392-5929 – 361A Old Finch Avenue,  Toronto, Ontario   M1B 5K7

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Set on 710 acres of land with 10 km of walking trails and home to over 5,000 animals (over 500 species, the Toronto Zoo is one of the largest in the world.  At the zoo you can visit the numerous pavilions, take a ride on the zoomobile, have fun in Discovery Zone, cool off in the splash area and the list goes on and on.  There is so much to see and do at the Toronto Zoo!!

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Niagara Falls – Bird Kingdom – 905-356-8888 – 5651 River Rd, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 7M7

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Visit the world’s largest, indoor free-flying aviary.  More than 400 birds make their home in this multi-level rainforest setting nestled in a historic building as well as a collection of saltwater fish, spiders, bats, snakes, skinks, and reptiles too, all of which make their home in the same tropical environment the birds flourish in.  (Open year round)

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Vaughan- Reptilia – 905-761-6223 – 2501 Rutherford Road, Vaughan, Ontario  L4K 2N6

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Reptilia is a State of the Art 25,000 square foot facility complete with large exhibits showcasing hundreds of different reptiles and amphibians. Each day there are four reptile feedings every day, free live theatre shows or zoo keeper tours and a chance to interact with the reptiles and the Zoo Cast, Reptilia is a destination worth visiting

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Campbellville – Mountsberg Conservation Area
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Mountsberg is the proud home of our renowned Raptor Centre, where you can come nose-to-beak with a great cast of feathered personailities.  Mountsberg also offers 16 km of trails, bird-watching, a bison herd, goats, a play barn and a great little gift shop.

Oshawa – Oshawa Zoo and Fun Farm905-655-5236

Over 40 species of friendly and tame birds and animals on 22 acres of beautiful grounds.  Exotic animals include: camels, lemurs, macaws, monkeys, peafowl, coatimundi, Patagonian cavies, llamas, wallabies and many more!  Domestic animals include:goats, sheep, potbellied pigs, mammoth and mini donkeys, Texas long horns, belted Galloway, and miniature Dexter cattle, as well our new miniature Horses

TorontoRipley’s Aquarium of Canada – 647-351-FISH (3474)

In the heart of downtown Toronto, you can find Canada’s largest indoor aquarium. This 35,000 sq ft aquarium features13,500 exotic sea and freshwater creatures, comprising over 450 species, a 315 ft moving walkway below a 750,000-gallon shark lagoon, and a main exhibition that includes a tropical reef tank, along with Great Lakes exhibits and Atlantic and Pacific habitats.

Toronto – High Park Zoo – 416-392-1748  

The High Park zoo is really great for families. No need to walk for hours from one animal to another and there are plenty of other activities in the park where you and your family can engage in.  The zoo is open all year long from 7 am till dusk. There are 6 or 7 enclosed areas on either side of Deer Pen road where the animals of the zoo live. You can find bison, deer, llamas, peacocks, highland cattle, etc. in the zoo.There is no admission fee to enter the zoo area.

Toronto – Toronto Zoo – 416-392-5929

Set on 710 acres of land with 10 km of walking trails and home to over 5,000 animals (over 500 species, the Toronto Zoo is one of the largest in the world.  At the zoo you can visit the numerous pavilions, take a ride on the zoomobile, have fun in Discovery Zone, cool off in the splash area and the list goes on and on.  There is so much to see and do at the Toronto Zoo!!

Vaughan- Reptilia – 905-761-6223

Reptilia is a State of the Art 25,000 square foot facility complete with large exhibits showcasing hundreds of different reptiles and amphibians. Each day there are four reptile feedings every day, free live theatre shows or zoo keeper tours and a chance to interact with the reptiles and the Zoo Cast, Reptilia is a destination worth visiting

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NIAGARA REGION

CaledoniaKillman Zoo – 905-765-5966

Situated on 33-acres, the zoo has over 25 species of animals.  The Zoo has one of 
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in Ontario as well as many native, domestic & exotic birds and animals on display.  You will love the natural setting which consists of 7 acres of peaceful winding trails, ponds, and the shade of many trees.

Niagara FallsBird Kingdom – 905-356-8888

Visit the world’s largest, indoor free-flying aviary.  More than 400 birds make their home in this multi-level rainforest setting nestled in a historic building as well as a collection of saltwater fish, spiders, bats, snakes, skinks, and reptiles too, all of which make their home in the same tropical environment the birds flourish in.  (Open year round)

Niagara Falls – Butterfly Conservatory – 905-356-8119

This magical attraction features over 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies floating freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery. Paths wind through the rainforest setting, past a pond and waterfall and the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare to take their first flight!

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Your entire family will enjoy visiting Marineland as there is something for the whole family. See performing dolphins, walruses, sea lions & beluga whales, visit and feed some of the land animals and have fun on all the midway rides.

Stevensville – Safari Niagara – 905-382-9669

This privately-owned 110 acre park is home to more than 500 animals, reptiles birds including: camels, tigers, alligators, moose.  To see the animals you can take a tram ride, enjoy a guided walking tour, attend an animal feeding or try one of the interactive demonstrations.  Don’t forget to visit the Splashpad,
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Safari Carnival Rides and Playgrounds.    (seasonal)

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OTTAWA REGION

Ottawa – Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo – 613-822-8924

The zoo has 25 permanent animal exhibits featuring some of the most famous reptiles in the world, as well as 20 feature animal exhibits that rotate every 6 months.  They also feature a public feeding and hands on room with a 3000 gallon aqauarium with auditorium seating and our new nature center where our guests can come and learn about endangered species in Canada.With over 150 animals on display including giant pythons, huge alligators, cobras, rattlesnakes, tarantulas, marmosets, and birds of prey, a trip to the zoo is an experience unlike any you’ve ever had

Nepean – Valleyview Little Animal Farm 613-591-1126

Children and adults alike will enjoy seeing a wide variety of animals and birds up close, from alpacas to zebus, goats to geese. Ride the Valleyview Express and enjoy our creative farm playground. Explore Bill’s Old Farm Museum to learn about our agricultural past. Watch a puppet show, have lunch in the Sunflower Cafe and browse in Robyn’s Nest Gift Shop. Come and spend a day in the country at Valleyview Little Animal Farm.

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NORTHERN ONTARIO 

Cochrane – Polar Bear Habitat & Heritage Centre – 705-272-2327

This ‘bear-friendly’ facility is the only one in the world dedicated solely to polar bears. At the habitat you can swim with the bears, observe the bears in their natural habitats and learn from the interactive educational and interesting displays

Sault Ste. Marie – Spruce Haven Zoo – 705-779-2423

Bring the family or just yourself, and enjoy natures delights at Spruce Haven Wildlife and Petting Zoo.The Sault’s only Zoo is a family attraction featuring a picturesque wildlife section with animals uncommon to our area. Also a fun-filled and interesting Petting Area exhibiting unusual miniature farm animals. (Seasonal)

Thunder Bay – Chippewa Park and Wildlife Exhibit

This exhibit features animals and birds native to Northwestern Ontario, showcased in their natural environment. An elevated, wheelchair-accessible walkway encircles the spacious animal enclosures and provides visitors with a spectacular viewing opportunity. (seasonal)

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CENTRAL ONTARIO

ElmvaleElmvale Jungle Zoo – 705-322-1112

Discover an exciting and educational outdoor adventure at the Elmvale Jungle Zoo. Walk along shaded and winding trails. View majestic lions, tigers and jaguars. Delight in the playful antics of monkeys and lemurs. Watch the mischievious baby animals play. Admire the beauty of rare and exotic birds and other wildlife in the natural surroundings of the park’s 25 acres.

Indian River – Indian River Reptile Zoo – 705-639-1443

Indian River Reptile Zoo is unique in Canada and is one of the most modern and exciting specialized animal centers in the world! We are the only reptile zoo that is a non-profit registered charity. Here you can see snakes, lizards, monitors, alligators, turtles, crocodiles, and even special guest animals such as monkeys and more! The animals are housed in state of the art, climate controlled facilities which were specifically designed to house reptiles.

Oro-MedonteScales Nature Park – 705-327-2808

Scales Nature Park is a 21 hectare conservation area located just south of Orillia, Ontario. The focus of this facility is the conservation of reptiles, amphibians, and fish, and the habitats that these animals require.

Orono – Jungle Cat World – 905-983-5016

Since 1983, Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park has been offering visitors the unique opportunity to see and experience wild species, many threatened with extinction, in an up-close and personal environment. Professional staff are readily available and always eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm. (Year Round)

Peterborough – Riverview Park & Zoo

The zoo features 27 exhibits, with over 48 species, including Yak, Camel, Wallaby, Emu, Macaw, Squirrel Monkey, Cougar, Plated Lizard, Meerkat and more! The park covers 55.5 acres and is the largest and most diversified playground in the city. It also features equipment for physically-challenged children. With a splash pad, frisbee golf course, walking trails, a miniature train ride, and beautiful gardens The Riverview Park and Zoo has something for everyone.

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EASTERN ONTARIO

CloyneLand O’ Lakes Petting Farm – 613-336-0330

Enjoy Learning about the Animals, Petting & Feeding them, enjoy a guided tour, view the Aquaponics Display, learn how to grow a garden with Fish, have fun in children’s area and finish off your day with a snack and a souvenir.

Morrisburg – Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary – 519-836-1697

Take a walk on the wild side at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary, and explore over 8 km of hiking trails, 5 km of cross-country ski trails, camping, outdoor learning programs and special events throughout the year. Come visit our Interpretive Centre featuring interesting displays and shop in our store which offers a selection of books, gifts, camping supplies, grocery items and snacks.

North Grenville – Saunders Country Critters Zoo – 613-258-1108

The zoo has been raising, breeding, showing & selling exotic & unusual critters since the early 1990s. There are over 50 species at the zoo ranging from mammals to birds and reptiles. This ranges from baby wallabies and baby porcupines to lynx, lemurs, ferrets and rabbits.  Be sure to join in a guided tour on weekends (seasonal)

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SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO

BrantfordBrantford Twin Valley Zoo – 519-752-0607

Built on 25 beautiful acres in Brant County, this Zoo is a great place to observe a collection of native and exotic animals maintained in natural surroundings.  . They offer shows, visits with the animals, petting area, pony rides, a hiking trail and two playgrounds. (seasonal)

Cambridge – Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory – 519-653-1234

Discover 1000’s of free-flying butterflies in a tropical garden. Explore a vast collection of insects, meet live giant exotic bugs and experience the tropics!

GuelphDonkey Sanctuary of Canada – 519-836-1697

Open on Wednesdays and Sundays, May through October, the Donkey Sanctuary has lots to do including:  Meet the donkeys, brush a donkey, watch a demonstration on how to care for them, attend a donkey talk, take a hike on the nature trails, enjoy a picnic by the pond and visit the gift shop.  Did you know you can sponsor a donkey for only $50 per year?

Hamilton – Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo and Nature Centre – 905-549-6868

Experience the best interactive educational programming in our ‘hands-on’ shows as well as super educational feeding demos which happen back to back throughout the day. Come and see some of our newest additions including some of the rarest and most endangered species of reptiles in the world and on display in Canada

HamiltonAfrican Lion Safari – 519-623-2620
Canada’s Original Safari Adventure!  Get Closer Than You Ever Imagined to majestic lions, giraffe, cheetah, rhino and over 1,000 other exotic birds and animals from around the world!  Drive through the game reserve, take in a show or play in the water park.  A days worth of fun awaits you!  (Seasonal)

KingsvilleJack Miner Bird Sanctuary – 519-733-4034

The sanctuary offers adults and children alike a truly memorable experience to connect with nature. Visitors are able to get up close and personal to hand feed geese and ducks with barley which is supplied free. Spend some time exploring and learning about local wildlife and natural habitats on over 400 acres of natural landscape and see peacocks, exotic pheasants, wild turkeys and tundra swans.

MorpethGreenview Aviaries Park and Zoo – 519-674-3025

This is a beautiful landscaped county park and zoo. Featuring domestic and exotic animals – tigers, lions, jaguars, cougars, zebras, eland, donkeys wolves and so many more. Also tropical birds, waterfowl and reptiles. Lots of comical monkeys, so bring your camera. Large playground and picnic area, licensed restaurant, souvenir gift shop, all wheelchair accessible, and a friendly staff to serve you

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LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto #Review

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With 2 LEGO crazed children in our house, one of their top attractions to visit is LEGOLAND Discovery Centre at Vaughan Mills.  I must admit that as a past, present and future LEGO lover myself, I love going too!  In a world all about LEGO, how could you not have a fun time?!

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There are so many different areas to visit at LEGOLAND but I think one of the best areas is the Miniland!  In Miniland you will find some of the best landmarks in Toronto built out of LEGO.  As the room changes from day to night, you can see buildings like the CN Tower, Banks, drive-in at Polson Pier, Toronto Airport and of course the Rogers Centre and ACC. Oh and don’t forget to visit Niagara Falls while you’re there too.

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How Ninja are you?  Well now’s your time to find out at the Ninjago Laser Training Camp!  Test your reflex speed as you compete against your friends at the flashing light wall.  See who can hit the most flashing lights before time runs out.  aTest your agility and speed as you avoid laser beams to make it through the laser maze.  Can you make it through in Ninja fast speed without touching any beams? Don’t worry if you are nervous about being successful, there are different levels of difficulty.  My son loved this area and did the laser maze quite a few times in an effort to beat his past record and stay ahead of his sister’s score.
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We even went to school when were at LEGOLAND and it was fun…true fact!  Be sure to join a Master Builder Academy when you are there to do your own LEGO build and kern tips, tricks and facts about LEGO from the Master themselves.

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The 4D Cinema is one of my kids’s favourite areas.  With your 3D glasses on you can watch short LEGO films that the kids just love. There are 4 different films that rotate throughout the course of the day so be sure to watch the ticker to let you know what’s up next.  Watch one or all four and you are sure to be in for some cool surprises.

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Make your own race car out of LEGO and race it down the ramps in LEGO Racers Build & Test area to see if you can beat the rest of the little competitors.

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 Once you’ve done all of the above there is still so much more to do.  Take a ride on Merlins Apprentice, try and be the top scorer on Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, climb around in the LEGO Fire Academy, test out his stable your LEGO creation is against the Earthquake table and visit the LEGO Friends area.

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Admission Prices

Single Visit Tickets – Children 0-2yrs Visit for FREE

Walk-up price
Child -$20.00
Adult – $22.00

Buy online
Child – $18.00
Adult – $18.00

Flexi Ticket
Valid for 365 days (online purchase)
Child – $24.00
Adult – $24.00
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Please note: Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult supervisor 18 years of age or older. Adults (18+) will not be admitted without a child, with the exception of Adult Only Nights.

 

 

 

Earth Hour 2017

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This Saturday, March 25th, from 8:30-9:30 pm join millions of homes across the world as they switch off their lights for Earth Hour.  For one hour, focus on your commitment to our planet for the rest of this year.  Earth hour takes place to raise awareness for the planet.  By turning off your lights, and unplugging your appliances and electronics for this hour, you are showing your concern for the future of the environment. Find an Earth Hour event near you or make your own family fun with the ideas below.

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This Earth Hour, Shine a Light on Climate Action

Donate your Facebook feed and join the global movement to #ChangeClimateChange. Your support over the past ten years has helped Earth Hour become the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment. As millions around the world unite for the planet, share what you believe in. Use your social power to spark real change.

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Since 2007, Earth Hour has grown into a global movement.  According to the official website, the vision for Earth Hour is … To bring people together through a symbolic hour-long event. To galvanise people into taking action beyond the hour. And to create an interconnected global community sharing the mutual goal of creating a sustainable future for the planet.  Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment.

Connect with Earth Hour on Facebook and Twitter @earthhour and @earthhourcanada using hashtag #ChangeClimateChange  for loads of information, facts  and cool ideas

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Earth Hour & Kids

Make this a time to teach your children about the importance of saving energy and being more environmentally conscious.  To learn more, go online to the Earth Hour website to teach them how to make a positive impact on the planet.  Not only can you teach them environmental responsibility but you can also have some great fun while doing it.  Give the kids some flashlights, light some candles and enjoy being unplugged together.

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Fun things to do with your family during Earth Hour

Have a Campout – Although it’s still a wee bit chilly to be camping outside, who says you can’t do it right in your house.  Set up a tent in your basement, throw in some pillows and sleeping bags and have some pre-made smores to munch on.

Have a Dance Party – Fire up that battery powered radio or charged iPod and have some fun dancing in the dark.

Tell Jokes – Have everyone share some of their favourite jokes or grab a joke book from your library.  With little kids in the house I know that this could definitely go on for longer than an hour.

Make Shadow Puppets – See who can come up with the best shadow puppet.

Play Games – Make it a family game night by playing one of your family’s favourite boards games, cards or hide and seek in the dark sounds like fun!

Have a Picnic – Prepare the food ahead of time and lay out a blanket with candles around the room for a picnic.  Cheeses, crackers, meats, dips, and some sweets sounds good to me!

Go for a Walk – Why not get out for some exercise and fresh air while you check up on your neighbours to see how many people are participating in Earth Hour.

Eat Junk Food – If you can’t really see what you’re eating then it doesn’t count right?!  Have everyone’s favourite junk food or make your own sundaes and eat them by candlelight

Invite Friends Over – The more the merrier right?  Have your guests bring their favourite food/wine pairing and have some snacks for the kiddies and enjoy some time with friends

 

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WWF’s Earth Hour shows us how each of us can be heroes for our planet, our home. Our actions today can change our tomorrow – together, let’s #ChangeClimateChange

 

“If I can’t go to Disney World … Bring on Great Wolf Lodge”

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From the mouth of my once 4 year old daughter  “If I can’t go to Disney World then i’d like to go to Great Wolf Lodge”.  Of course our kids would love to go to Disney World every day but seeing as our money tree still hasn’t started to grow in the backyard they are always bugging to go to Great Wolf Lodge.

Every time we surprise them with a visit to Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara and they are ecstatic!  When we pull into the parking lot the squeals from the backseat are near deafening followed by lots of “thank you Mommy and Daddy”.  We have visited the Lodge 8 times and every time seems to get better and better and mostly I think it is because they are older and can do more.  We usually book a cool Kid Camp room which means  they had their own little area with bunk beds and a tv.  The room are always very clean (upon arrival), fully stocked with towels and let me tell you that the beds are SO comfy!

Once we are all suited up, it’s off to the watepark we goooooo!  So much to do, where to start?  Wooly Mammoth always wins as the first trip down the slides.  This has always been a favourite of ours as even the little kids can ride with the family as long as they can sit up on their own.  What I love about GWL’s water park is that there are slides where the little ones can ride with a parent so she they really aren’t very limited at.  Big slides, smaller slides, lazy river, wave pool, big bucket dumps…we did it all over and over and over.  Apparently this is the time of year to go because we never had to wait in line for more than 5 minutes if at all.

Generally we don’t eat all of our meals at GWL as it can be pricey but they now offer a meal add on at check-in which is around $45/adult and $20/child for a breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Really it’s a great deal.  I found the food was tastier this time for some reason and there seemed to be so many more options from burgers and fries to sandwiches and salads so everyone can easily find something they want to eat.  If you do choose to bring food from home, there is a small fridge and microwave in your room.

Yes the waterpark is the main attraction at GWL but there is also so much more to do outside of the waterpark.

Kids Club is a fun place for parents to go with their kids for some down time and so your skin can unwrinkle!  They can play with toys, colour, paint and for an additional cost they can paint a pillow case or t-shirt, get a tattoo or participate in the pajama party.

DS loved the arcade… well I think hubby loved it just as much as we didn’t see them  for a while!   Much like a Chuck E Cheese, you can play games to win tickets and in exchange they trade their tickets in for small prizes.  What kid doesn’t love this?

Story time is a must do!  Put the kids in their jammies, grab their favourite stuffie and gather round the Oak tree in the lobby for a show and a couple of very animated Robert Munsch stories.  Best part is at the end when they make the kids promise to go right to sleep once they get back to their rooms and the kids actually agree!!!  Truly by this time they are exhausted from all the waterpark fun so generally they fall asleep within seconds of their heads hitting the pillow.

In the morning the kids are invited to do a wolf walk where they learn about the different animals in the lobby, learn to walk and howl like wolves and get to make a wolf craft.  Again, another fun little add on that the kids really enjoyed.

Magiquest was the big hit this time we went as they had never tried it before.  Magiquest is a live action adventure game where the kids have a magic wand in-hand and wander around the lodge looking for enchanted objects, learn from an ancient wizard, battle a goblin and outwit a dragon.  You do need to purchase a wand and a game pass but the great thing is that they can bring the wand back for every visit and continue on their quest.  There are many different adventures and quests to do and it is great to watch the kids running all around the hotel trying to complete them (while Mommy & Daddy sit on a centralized couch with a latte in hand) I’m not going to lie, hubby and I had just as much fun play Magiquest as the kids did.  It’s great to fill the down time or even when they needed a break from the water.

Yes a trip to GWL can become pricey but there are always deals to be had which we will keep you informed about on our FB page

4 million stairs climbed (give or take), bad hair day for 3 days straight and exhausted parents but happy children and great family fun had by all …can’t wait to do it again!!

Kids love to swim year round but unfortunately our Canadian weather does not allow for this in the outdoors year round.  Thankfully there are some options in terms of indoor water parks that fit all different budgets and wants.  Some allow you to visit just for the day but they all offer overnight packages with or without food included.  Here are some links to indoor waterpark fun in Niagara.

Great Wolf Lodge Niagara

Massive, 84-degree indoor water park. Splash the day away in over 100,000 square feet of water-packed excitement, including jaw-dropping slides for thrill seekers or zero-depth entry areas for little ones. Outside the water park, the fun continues. Get an ice cream-themed manicure in Scooops Kid Spa before gathering your family in our Grand Lobby for nightly fireside Story Time, the perfect ending to a Great Wolf day.  They have some packages available on their website

 

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

3 acres of indoor family fun featuring a mammoth play area, the massive 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, enormous 6 storey high    waterslides, the full-sized wave pool, year-round outdoor activity pool and sundeck,plunge bowl, two oversized adult only Jacuzzis and  achildren’s play area.  You can visit just for the day or choose one of their overnight packages.  The Fallsview Indoor Water park features direct indoor connections to three superior Niagara Falls hotels, the Sheraton on the FallsCrowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview Hotel and the Skyline Inn for your accommodation needs.

Waves Indoor Waterpark

Located at the Americana Resort in Niagara Falls – A 25,000 sq foot indoor waterpark complete with a beach entry wave pool,
tube slides, body slides, kiddy pool interactive play structure, whirlpools, lounge areas and food & bar services.  Here you have the option of paying for day use or staying overnight with one of their all-inclusive packages.

Happy Splashing and enjoy the Family Fun!

Why my Kids Love Ontario Pioneer Camp

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It’s always fun to get a kid’s perspective on things, so I thought it would be fun to get my 5 year old daughter and 7 year old son‘s feedback on what they liked about Ontario Pioneer Camp (OPC) in Haliburton.  Also be sure to read our full retell of our awesome weekend at OPC as a family here!

Check out all the great camps offered for younger children at Ontario Pioneer Camp  here

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Why were you excited to go to OPC?

I was excited because I really wanted to meet new friends

I really wanted to go so I could try archery

What did you think when you first arrived at OPC?

I was really happy we were there even though I was tired from the long car ride.  The show at the Crow‘s Nest was cool and so was the campfire with s’mores

I thought that it was going to be fun! I saw that there were cabins and it was really big.

What was your room like?

The room was big and had bunk beds.  I slept on the bottom so I wouldn’t fall out. The bathroom had a shower

Our room was cozy.  It had bunk beds and a desk. Oh and we all got camp shirts!

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What your favourite part of the shows?

The Crow’s Nest is a cool building for shows.  I like the 3 Little Pigs and all the camp councillors being funny. 

The camp councillors acting silly…throwing balls in each others faces and dumping water on each other.  The songs they taught us were fun.  

What was your favourite thing you ate?

Ice cream sundaes

Pancakes

Note from Mom…The food was awesome and healthy despite their faves! 😉

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What did you think of the following activities?

Archery

It was good.  I think I was really good at it

It was awesome because you get to use a bow and arrow and i’ve always wanted to do that.

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Crafts

I was really excited to do the crafts because I am really really good at crafts

They were cool

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Low Ropes  Course

It was hard but fun

Epic obstacle course

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Rock Climbing Wall

It was really easy because they put gear on you and they helped pull me up

I thought it was really high but really cool.

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Canoeing in the war canoes across Clearwater Lake

It was really peaceful and quiet

Pretty long and there were a LOT of people in one canoe. 

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Fire Blazers game

That was my favourite part because they had water balloons

It was really fun.  Even the parents had fun

Going down the big water slide at the Girl’s camp

It was really fast and I had no goggles on so I got water in my eyes.  It was fun but cold

The water looked too cold for me so I just watched

What was your favourite activity?

I really liked doing the rock climbing and crafts

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Were the campfires fun?

Thumbs up!  Good for roasting marshmallows and I loved the campfire stories

S’mores were yummy.  I thought it was cool that they lit the big fire on the beach by using a flaming arrow

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What did you like about the Beach area?

We could swim and build sand castles.  There were canoes and they set fire works off from a canoe at night time. 

There was beach volleyball, canoes you could ride in and they had tons of life jackets.

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Can you tell me about the Camp Staff…

They were all lots of fun.  Stitch did Gangnum style on stage cause he loved camp so much.  They did a funny show the first night.  They were so nice

They are all funny.  They were kind because you could tell they liked kids a lot.

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Did camp make you sleepy?

YEP…a little bit

No not that much

Note from Mom…Both were asleep the minute their heads hit the pillow!

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What do you love about OPC?

I had a fun time and made new friends

There was so much to do and lots of outside time.  I also liked trying new things

What would you do to show how much you love camp?

I would eat a hot pepper

I would let people throw water balloons at me

What would you like to say to the staff at OPC?

Thank you for making my first camp experience so much fun!

Thank you all for being so much fun.  I LOVE camp!

What would you like other kids to know about OPC?

You should go there because it is a lovely place. When they ring the big bell you have to come running because it means it’s time to eat or change activities.

OPC is a wonderful place because it has nice staff, you can make new friends and it’s a lot of fun

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Would you like to go to OPC as a camper?  Why?

Yes because it is really fun and I really liked the beach.  I liked everything

Yes…yes I would!  I really think it would be fun to be with kids my age.

Ontario Pioneer Camp

942 Clearwater Lake Road RR#2
Port Sydney, Ontario
P0B 1L0

Email: info@pioneercamp.com

Phone: 1.800.361.CAMP (2267) or 705.385.2370
Fax: 705.385.3649

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Bike Safety – Teach your kids to be bike smart

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The nice weather is great because it gets the kids out and gets them active.  Bike riding is always a favourite activity with kids and it is important that they learn to do it safely!  It is not recommended that children under 10 ride on the road but rather should ride on the sidewalk.  No matter where your child rides it is important that you lead by example and teach them the rules of safe biking from an early age.

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Before you head out…

Adjust the bicycle to fit the child

  • While standing over the bike there should be 1-2″ between your child and the cross bar.
  • The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended.
  • Children’s feet should be able to touch the ground

Do a bicycle check

  • Make sure the tires are inflated and brakes are in working order.
  • Does the bicycle have a bell and front and back reflectors?

Wear appropriate clothing

  • Loose and dangling clothing can get caught in wheels and cause a crash.  Be sure nothing is hanging near tires
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Always wear a properly fitting helmet

  • Make sure the helmet fits and your child knows how to put it on correctly. A helmet should sit on top of the head in a level position, and should not rock forward, backward or side to side. The helmet straps must always be buckled, but not too tightly.
  • Using a helmet with a dial in the back allows you to properly adjust the helmet to fit.
  • Position the helmet on your head. Look up and you should see the bottom rim of the helmet. The rim should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows.
  • Make sure the straps of the helmet form a “V” under your ears when buckled. The strap should be snug but comfortable.
  • Open your mouth as wide as you can. Do you feel the helmet hug your head? If not, tighten those straps and make sure the buckle is flat against your skin.
  • Always replace a helmet after a crash as it crushes the foam in the helmet.

*Matt Burger of Spokes ‘N’ Slopes

Ride Smart

  • Teach by example – Your child watches you so wear a helmet and follow all the rules of the road!
  • Stop, look and listen before entering any roadway
  • Ride in a straight line so that you are predictable and not swerving all over the place
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Watch for cars pulling out of driveways and for parked cars
  • Always avoid road hazards – Items on the road should such as potholes, rocks, glass and oil should be safely be avoided to prevent wipeouts.
  • Make eye contact with drivers so you know that they see you.
  • Never ride out from between cars
  • Follow the rules of the road – Stop for all stop signs and traffic lights
  • Yield to traffic
  • Although it’s not recommended to ride at night due to poor visibility to your child and other drivers, if need be go bright to be seen.  Wear bright reflective clothing, be sure the bike has front and back reflectors and install a light on the bike.

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Know Arm Signals

When your children are old enough and stable enough to ride on the road, or preferably in a bike lane, they need to know the importance of using arm signals.  When riding on the road you should always ride with traffic which means that arm signals will always be done with their left arm as this is the closest arm to traffic.

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Know Road Signs 

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Children need to know what the lights on a traffic light means.  Have them review what each of the colours mean and how they need to react to each.  In addition, these signs below will be very helpful in keeping them safe while they enjoy a some exploring on their bikes.

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Happy bike riding and keep safe!

*Thank you to Matt Burger of Spokes ‘N’ Slopes for taking the time to answer all my questions and provide me with some great information for this blog post.  Matt’s passion for bike safety is truly inspiring and part of what makes him a successful business owner!

It’s Maple Syrup Time in Ontario

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Spring in Ontario means Maple Syrup Time! There are so many sugar bushes to visit at local farms and Conservation Areas.  Be sure to get out and enjoy some fresh air, pancakes with maple syrup and time with your family at one of the Maple Syrup Festivals listed below.

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Southwestern Ontario

Aylmer – Maple Syrup Festival @ Springwater Conservation –  Every weekend in March they host their Annual Maple Syrup Festival! How Canadian eh? It’s a great family event for people of all ages that want to learn how Maple Syrup is made. You can tour the old-fashioned sugar shanty for a demonstration and later, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides through the sugar bush, and of course, eat pancakes at our Pancake House!

Elmira – Maple Syrup Festival – (April 5th) Our attraction has grown into the World’s Largest One Day Maple Syrup Festival.  Come join us and taste, smell and experience the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival. The entire family will enjoy the tradition that makes the town of Elmira a vibrant and fun place to visit

London – Maple Syrup Festival @ Crinklaw Maple Products (March 8-9) – Samples, tours, displays, sugar on snow, gift basket draw, maple products for sale, gift shop, wagon rides and a pancake meal.

Rockton – Maple Syrup Festival – Discover one of Canada’s most time-honoured and delicious traditions. Explore the making of maple syrup from the tree to the table in three different time periods: the methods of Canada’s First Nations, 19th century pioneers and modern times. Families can enjoy a free old-fashioned horse and wagon ride and purchase a wonderful pancake breakfast.  For more information, please call 1-800-883-0104 Runs certain days for the entire month of March

Thorndale – Kinsmen Fanshawe Sugar Bush (weekends in March and March Break) – Enjoy guided tours, demonstrations and displays. Sample Maple syrup and other Maple Products and visit the Sugar Shack. We provide a complete maple syrup tour, starting with the methods used by the natives to the modern day evaporator.

GTA

Burlington – Maple Syrup Festival @ Bronte Creek – (Weekends in March and March Break) Enjoy a guided tour of the Maple Lane, where 1890s costumed interpreters demonstrate how to tap maple trees, make maple syrup and maple sugar. View artifacts in the maple museum or tour the 100-year-old Spruce Lane Farmhouse. Be sure to browse through the maple products and souvenirs available in the Maple Gift Shoppe and pick up a bottle of syrup to take home. Hop on a wagon that will take you to a heated pancake house where you can enjoy fresh, hot pancakes with pure maple syrup and sausages, served up throughout the festival hours.

Campbellville – Maple Town @ Mountsberg Conservation Area – ee how sap is magically transformed into sweet, sticky syrup and smell the fragrant steam rising from simmering kettles, Learn the secrets of Maple Candy making and taste FREE candy samples, Enjoy piping hot pancakes smothered in fresh maple syrup outdoors under our pavilion nestled in the woods and enjoy all the seeing the birds, bison and everything else Mountsberg has to offer.

Milton – Sweet Water Season @Crawford Lake Conservation Area -Visit Crawford Lake’s reconstructed Iroquoian Village and learn how maple syrup was discovered and used by Ontario’s First Peoples as you take in an interactive (and edible!) Sweet Water demonstration. Nostalgia is served warm and gooey in the afternoon as staff demonstrate how to make taffy on snow. Sample a variety of syrup grades to determine your maple syrup personality before you pick up a litre (or two!) to take home from the gift shop. Round out the experience with maple themed crafts and discovery hunts for kids.

Mississauga – Maple Magic @ Bradley Museum – Learn how to tap a tree, Guided tours of the sap line, including First Nations, Pioneer and modern methods of making maple syrup, Demonstrations in historic Bradley House, Maple themed children’s crafts and games, “Extraordinary Lives: Inspiring Women of, Oversized games to play with outside and enjoy an under 1km walk to Lake Ontario.

Oshawa – Maple Syrup Festival @ Purple Woods Conservation Area (weekends in March and March Break) – See how maple syrup was made over 400 years ago through to the modern methods of today, take a horse-drawn wagon ride and enjoy some hot pancakes.

Stouffville – Maple Syrup Festival @ Horton Tree Farms – Time to visit our Maple Sugar Bush and sample the sweetness of spring. Come and enjoy the simple pleasure of being in the fragrant maple woods on a crisp March or fresh April day. Smell the sweet aroma billowing from the sugar shack as the maple sap is boiled down to syrup. Savour the taste of hot pancakes fresh off the griddle smothered with our homemade maple syrup in the old log cabin. Experience maple syrup being made in the pioneer and modern ways is a Canadian tradition to be enjoyed year after year.

Woodbridge – Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (March 1 – April 6) @ Kortright Centre – It’s a sure sign of spring. Come out and tap into nature! Demonstrations, wagon rides, activities, entertainment, fun crafts and of course pancakes and Maple Syrup.

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Eastern Ontario

Kingston –  Maple Madness @ Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (March 8th – 30th) – March means maple syrup at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area. Take a tractor-drawn wagon back to our sugar bush to see how maple syrup was made in the olden days and how we make it now. Enjoy pancakes with real maple syrup and buy some maple syrup or sugar to take home. The sugar bush is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day of the Maple Madness program. Be sure to check out some of our special activities like puppet shows, sugar bush demonstrations, our annual Bake Sale and Olde Thyme Sugar Bush Chores

Prince Edward County – Maple in the Country (March 21-23) – It’s time to celebrate the first harvest of the spring in Prince Edward County – MAPLE SYRUP! Bring the whole family for a fun-filled weekend full of pancake breakfasts, maple syrup demonstrations, lumberjack shows, petting zoos, live music, and more.

Delta – Maple Syrup Festival – (April 19-20th) As soon as the sap starts to run, the community of Delta starts to prepare for the Delta Maple Syrup Festival.  Started as a Centennial Project, this annual event offers entertainment, refreshments, activities and of course, maple syrup and pancakes to the thousands of people who visit the Village of Delta each spring.

Central Ontario

Buckhorn – Maplefest (Weekends March 15th-30th) @ McLean Berry Farm – At Maplefest, there are a tons of fun activities for the entire family. Whether it’s going for a wagon ride, eating pancakes with fresh maple syrup or seeing how the sweet stuff is made, there is something to do for everyone! Kids and kids at heart love tapping their toes and swinging their hips to live music, trying their hand at tapping a maple tree and testing their toffee on snow twirling skills to get a taste of the sweet stuff! Farm animals and fresh straw offer playtime for some, while others prefer to take a stroll through the sugar bush with a pair of snowshoes.

Elmvale – Maple Syrup Festival (April 26th)  The Festival offers something for the whole family.  Our award winning maple syrup, arts and crafts, midway rides, pancake eating and log sawing contests, great music and of course the sugar bush tours throughout the day Saturday 

Holstein – Holstein MapleFest (April 12-13th) @ Love’s Sugarbush – Bring the whole family for a day in our 40 acre sugarbush. Weʼll be serving our tummy filling Pancake and Sausage breakfast all day long. Enjoy our free craft sale with over 30 original vendors. Plenty of demonstrations in the sugar bush to enjoy, including the Fergus Highlands Pipe Band, Blacksmith, Taffy Pull, Ice Cream Making, Candle making, Catapults, our new Rope Bridge and plenty more.

Midland – Sweetwater Festival (March 29th – 30th) @ Wye Marsh – Activities are happening all day at the Wye Marsh during the Sweetwater Festival! Come out and see how maple syrup is made, roast some bannock on the fire or enjoy our delicious pancake breakfast. Thank you can tell the difference between real and fake maple syrup? We will put you to the test. This is one sweet event.

Orillia – Tap Into Maple –  A unique family adventure all about MAPLE in Ontario’s Lake Country from March 1st – May 31st. Located in Central Ontario and only a short drive from the GTA, Ontario’s Lake Country and Springwater are the perfect place for maple trees, and celebrating all things maple. Some of the local maple syrup producers have been harvesting the sap for over 100 years.  Local residents and visitors are encouraged to experience all things maple this spring on what just might be the sweetest route through one of the prettiest parts of the province.

Orangeville – Maple Syrup Festival (March 29th-30th) @ Island Lake Conservation Area –  With wagon rides, live music and entertainment, a tour through the sugar bush, and maple syrup tasting, the whole family can enjoy this annual event.

Sunderland – Maple Syrup Festival (March 29th-30th) – People travel great distances each year to see what riches the little town of Sunderland has to offer. They come to join in the festival fun and to be part of a small town community filled with love, drive and spirit. Everyone enjoys the exciting variety of events taking place during the festival weekend.

Uptopia – Spring Tonic (April 5th-6th) @ Tiffin Centre – The highlight of the maple syrup season at the Tiffin Centre, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Barrie! Enjoy a pancake breakfast, with maple syrup made on site, see how maple syrup is made today, and long ago, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, crafts, live entertainment & more!

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Ottawa Region

Cumberland – Annual Maple Festival (March 1st – April 21st) @ Proulx Maple & Berry Farm – Weekend activities include: Watching the sap being collected, visit the syrup shack, enjoy a pancake meal, taste the real 100% pure taffy on snow, Horse drawn hay rides through the maple bush, visit the petting farm, and have fun playing in the play parks.

Edwards –  Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm (Open weekends until April 20th) – Join us for a sleigh ride, visit the sugar shack, and watch the sap to syrup process unfold while enjoying taffy on the snow and a pancake brunch at the Pancake House.

Lanark – Temple’s Sugar Bush (Weekends until April 2oth) – A wide variety of breakfast and brunch selections are available during the maple season.  Come visit us, have a meal, browse through the gift shop and take a walk on our sugar bush trail.

Lanark Highlands – Wheelers Maple Products – Tour the Sugar Camp to see how sap is collected, enjoy a pancake meal with real maple syrup, visit the sheep, play in the playground or visit their maple heritage museum.

Pembroke –  Mapleside Sugar Bush – Stop in by chance or by appointment to observe nature’s harvest. See how the sap is collected and transferred to the shanty for boiling. While you’re here, shop for pure Canadian maple products to share with friends and family.

For more sugarbush activities in and around Ottawa click here

Northern Ontario

North Bay – Powassan Maple Syrup Festival (April 26th)– As in years previous, we will be starting the day with our Pancake Breakfasts at 7am. Most festival activities and entertainment generally come to end an around 4 pm. It will be a full day of food, live music, crafts, and fun family events.

Parry Sound – Killbear Provincial Park’s 8th Annual Maple Syrup Festival  @ Killbear Provincial Park (April 5th) – Wagon rides through Killbear, guided tours of the sugar bush and sugar shack and Hot pancakes with pure maple syrup, bacon, tea, coffee or juice ($)

Know of another great sugar bush or Maple Syrup Festival?  Let us know at info@vacationingwithkids.ca

 

It’s Time to Tap into Maple in Ontario’s Lake Country

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Tap Into Maple – A unique family adventure all about MAPLE

Ontario’s Lake Country from March 1st – May 31st

Located in Central Ontario and only a short drive from the GTA, Ontario’s Lake Country and Springwater are the perfect place for maple trees, and celebrating all things maple. Some of the local maple syrup producers have been harvesting the sap for over 100 years.  Local residents and visitors are encouraged to experience all things maple this spring on what just might be the sweetest route through one of the prettiest parts of the province.

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Starting on March 1st and running through to May 31st, the Tap into Maple route was created to support and showcase 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. The participants are placed on a map and visitors can go from location to location gathering stamps on their Tap into Maple Passports. You can pick-up your Tap into Maple passport at participating locations. 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.

Tap Into Maple can be experienced in many ways. You can savour maple through food at various restaurants, you can delve into the history of maple syrup production at one of the region’s museums, you can stay at a local hotel or resort offering maple-infused packages or you can attend one of many events that will offer a unique maple flavour. Your passport provides information on 12 different maple-themed events and the 23 destinations on the Tap into Maple route. Bring the passport along with you to get special discounts and free treats – and get a stamp at each stop. When you have at least three stamps, you can submit your passport for a chance to win an overnight stay and a basket filled with local maple products valued at more than $500.

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Come and experience all things MAPLE on the sweetest route in Ontario’s Lake Country and Springwater!

 

 

Weekend Fun Guide (Sept 6-8 2013)

Family events in ontario

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I hope everyone had a smooth transition this week as the kiddies headed back to school and there were very few tears.  It certainly felt like Fall was in the air all week and our Weekend Fun Guide shows that as well.  This weekend there are tons of Fall Fairs, Fall and Food Festivals to attend.

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Also, be sure to check out our list of local farms that offer Fall Fun and Festivals now through the end of October.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to enter to win Family Passes for a day of fun on some of these great farms!!

Around Town This Weekend…

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Fall Fair – Packed full of fun as always you will be able o enjoy the midway, hall exhibits, live entertainment, tractor pull, heavy horse show, adult strong person competition and so much more!

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Agricultural Fair – the Arthur Fall Fair is an annual celebration of community and agriculture held every year on the weekend after Labour Day.  Come out and enjoy the Livestock , parade, food, tractor pull, midway, western horse show, blacksmith demo, shows, prizes, games and more.

Aurora

Ribfest – Not only will there be the tastiest ribs but also roasted yams, roasted corn on the cob, beavertails and many other dishes for every appetite! We also will have great musical guests, a giant midway and activities for kids of all ages. A beer garden will be proudly run by the Aurora Rotary Club.

Aylmer

Clovermead Honey Festival – Come and see how honey is harvested from the hive, dip your own beeswax candle, safely see a live bee hive opened, and ask your questions. A Bee Beard demonstration at 2:30 pm. Don’t forget the wagon rides, bee barrel train rides, jumping pillow, pedal go carts, music, animals and buckets of fresh family fall fun on the Adventure Farm!

Barrie

Worm Rodeo @ Chappell Farms – This is a country fair with a difference! With games for the kiddies, food, refreshments, prizes for the champions and even neighbours you haven’t met yet.  Make friends with the animals already found at Chappell Farms.  There are small animals for the kids, big and little, to see and feed.  Sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, peacocks, and Tom the turkey.  Live entertainment, food, refreshments, and yes (did we mention that we are on a farm) there will even be corn and fresh produce.

Cambridge

Fall Fair – Festivities begin September 5th to September 8th, 2013 with amazing shows, rides, entertainment, food, crafts & vendors, and more!

Dundalk

Fall Fair – It all kicks off with twoonie rides, pizza and movie and the official opening of the fair on Friday night. The rest of the weekend is filled with tractor pulls, competitions, animals, agricultural demos, talent shows, antique car shows and so much more.

Georgetown

Fall Fair – Come out to the annual fall fair and enjoy the midway, Entertainment, Homecrafts, Concessions, 4X4 Truck Pulls, Demolition Derby, Agricultural Awareness Tent, Petting Zoo, 4-H Achievement Show, Horse Shows, Junior Dairy Show, Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull, Children’s Pet Show and Children’s Activities.

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Hamilton

Locke Street Festival – Locke Street Festival is an annual event with stalls, live entertainment, food and everything you need for a fun-filled family day out.

Kingston

Ribfest & Craft Beer Show – Barbequed ribs and chicken, great craft-brewed beer, live entertainment – all in the great atmosphere of Memorial Centre Park. Life doesn’t get much better! Bring your friends, family and co-workers and savour the flavour! Admission is free but please don’t forget a donation for the food bank.

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Mighty Machines Showcase @ Bingeman Park – The Mighty Machines Showcase is a family oriented community event that brings Mighty Machines to life, providing adults and kids a chance to see construction and other service vehicles up close.

Milton

Alexander Family Farm Day @ Halton Region Museum – Create – Play – Explore – Dance your Sunday away with  a Geocache Challenge, Discovery Hunt, Farm Game challenges, Pioneer Chores, Farm crafts, Visit the Blacksmith Shop, Enjoy food and beverages provided by Rotary Club of Milton and more.

Niagara

Niagara Food Festival – The Festival features a diverse group of food vendors providing a taste of Niagara; live entertainment on the Festival Main Stage, celebrity chefs on the Festival’s Mobile Culinary Theatre; spectacular fireworks displays, contests and more

Oakville

Oak Park Fall Fair – Rain or Shine there will be fun activities for everyone including: YMCA Skateboard Park, Live Music and Entertainment, Wagon Rides and Inflatables, Huge Silent Auction Inside, Cotton Candy and Face Painting, Beer Garden & Barbeque, Crafts and Games and much more…!

Orillia

Fall Fair – This year there will be lots of new displays, vendors, competitions, and educational booths.  In addition, we are honoured to be able to display the talents and creations of students, farmers, gardeners, photographers, artists, crafters, culinary experts and livestock owners and handlers. There will be  over 400 judged events at this fair so indeed, there will be something for everyone.

Orno

Fall Fair – The fair annually features exquisite displays and competitions involving paintings, photographs, agriculture (fruits, vegetables and crops), livestock (sheep, cattle, poultry and rabbits), flowers, knitting, woodworking, sewing, crafts, school displays, culinary creations and many other artistic works. As well as one of the largest midways throughout the area.

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Owen Sound

Fall Fair – With activities for all ages, this well-loved family event hosts a midway, miniature horse show, 4-H regional show, truck & tractor pull, lawn mower races, demolition derby, music in the entertainment tent nightly, food, displays, quilt show, great camaraderie and so much more.

Picton

Fall Fair – Fun for the whole family with livestock, demonstrations, contests, entertainment, midway and more.

Renfrew

Renfrew Fair – It’s a weekend packed full with agricultural, animal and art shows and not miss  entertainment, food and midway and smash up derby!

Russell 

Fall Fair – Harvest the Excitement! Come discover our agricultural heritage and enjoy fantastic entertainment all weekend long along with the midway, displays, food and fun!

St. Catherines

Greek Festival – Come visit the Niagara Greek Festival for authentic Greek food, pastries, drinks, dancing, entertainment, music and more! See our entertainment schedule for more details and be sure to visit the Children’s Area for plenty of family fun while at the festival!

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Toronto

Taste of the Kingsway Festival – Over 200 exhibitors will be participating in this year’s event along with the ever popular Scotiabank Dog Show, Rock Climbing Walls and Street Performers, Midway Rides, Clowns & Face Painters, Charity Pancake Breakfast . …and so much more

Uxbridge

Fall Fair – Everyone’s favourite events are returning to the Fair like the Demolition Derby and Tractor Pull and new ones like the Cowboy’s Obstacle Challenge are planned. The Midway will be back with some new attractions and all the animals, agriculture and crafts will be here for your enjoyment. Bring the whole family and join our celebration of agriculture and community.