It’s Maple Syrup Time in Ontario

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Maple Syrup Festivals and Sugar Bushes across Ontario are ready to welcome you because it’s 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 – (March 28th) 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

Komoka – McLachlan Family Maple Syrup & Pancake House – (Month of March) Mclachlan Family Maple syrup are 6th generation maple syrup producers outside of Komoka, Ont. with Ross and Stuart being the 6th generation.  Currently we have 15,000 taps using vacuum plastic pipeline, reverse osmosis and steam boiler to produce maple syrup.  We also currently sell sap to Kiki Sweet Water company to make health drinks.  We have a 200 seat pancake house and store in our sugar bush which is open to the public during the season.  We sell syrup and maple products from our home in the off season.

London – Maple Syrup Festival @ Crinklaw Maple Products (March 21-22) – 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.

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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 – See 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 (Feb 28 – 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 14th – 28th) – 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 28-29) – 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 18-19th) 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

Bradford – Harvest Maple Syrup & Tap Into Spring! – Maple Syrup season is filled with traditions of families and neighbours coming together to harvest the sweet sap as the forest prepares for Spring awakening. Join the LSRCA staff in using the techniques of early settlers to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap and help boil it down into delicious maple syrup. Rewards for your hard work will include some pure syrup drizzled over a toasted waffle. Your family will love this engaging way to get outside and connect with nature!

 

Buckhorn – Maplefest (Weekends March 14th-29th) @ 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 25th)  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 11-12th) @ 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 28th – 29th) @ 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 28th-29th) @ 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 28th-29th) – 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 11th-12th) @ 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!

WarkworthMaple Syrup Festival (March 14th-15th) – Compare the native, pioneer and modern methods of gathering and processing the sap. Enjoy the quiet gliding of horse drawn sleigh rides. Explore the educational nature trails. Taste the mouth-watering treat of complimentary maple taffy on the snow. Join in the log sawing contest, the snowshoe competition or the three-person plank race. Give-in to a delicious plate of pancakes and sausages smothered in International award winning syrup served by the Warkworth Community Service Club. Enjoy olde tyme square dance demonstrations, step dancing, clogging and country music. This year’s line up includes the Potter Band and The Percy Swingers.

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Ottawa Region

Cumberland – Annual Maple Festival (March 1st – April 12th) @ 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 12th) – 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 26th) – 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 25th)– 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

Family Fun at Whittamore’s Farm this Fall

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One thing our family loves about fall is visiting local farms for their harvest and pumpkin festivals.  Whittamore’s Farm in Markham has a ton of great ways for the kids to celebrate Fall and tire them out doing it!  From their pumpkin cannon show, to the corn maze, wagon ride and everything in between, your family will have fun spending the day at Whittamores.

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 One of the great things about fall farm fun is taking on a corn maze.  We always like to up it a notch and see who can get out first.  In Whittamore’s maze we went girls against boys and guess who won?!  The boys!!

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The kids (and hubby too) could have spent hours on the jumping pillows.  They are new this year to the farm and I must say it was a great addition!

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Take a slide ride or a wagon ride.  You could tell that the slides were a great hit with the kids as as soon as they came down they were running back up to go again.  We all enjoyed the wagon ride as you get to see the entire farm and they definitely have a beautiful property

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So the coolest and most unique thing they have at Whittamore’s is the pumpkin cannon and catapult show.  When you go to the farm this is a MUST see as the whole family will love it.  Farmer Frank is very entertaining during this show.  He loads up his cannon with pumpkins and other farm grown produce and launches it at targets and tries to set a distance record.  Ever seen a catapult send a giant pumpkin across a field?  Well you will at Whittamores!

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Also, don’t miss out on the fun of the Punchin’ Pumpkins maze, mining for gems and minerals, the sand area, chicken show, spider web and trikes.

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Pumpkins anyone?

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Before you leave, be sure to grab a pumpkin or 2 and visit the farm market. The market is filled with fresh produce, yummy baked goods and lots of jarred preserves.  We were able to escape with just a pumpkin pie, butter tarts, cheese curds, hot sauce, red pepper jelly and a couple gingerbread cookies!

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Markham – Whittamore’s Farm – 905-294-8200 – 8100 Steeles Ave. East, Markham, Ontario

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Their Pumpkinland has so much to do you may want to go more than once!!  Here’s what you’ll find at the “Farm in the City”; 1,000 of Pumpkins, Wagon Rides, Spooky Forest, Farm Animals, Tractors n’ Trucks Sand Toy Lot, Playhouses & Climbers, Wooden Milking Cow & Goat, Animated Singing Chicken Show, Corn Maze, Combine Climber & Silo Slide, Straw Pyramids & Jumps, Tractor Tire Climb, Rock n’ Ride Horseplay, Horse Swings, Spider Web Climb, Giant Tree Fort & Slide, Strawberry Mountain & Turbo Slide, Duckie Races, Nature Trail.  Weekend & Holiday Activities include: Pumpkin Cannon Show, Farm Bouncer, Pedal Tractor Track, Balloon Typhoon.  NEW this year is the 2 jumping pillows where you can jump until your heart’s content!

Fall Farm Fun Giveaways

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We love Fall and so do the farms in Ontario!  We want to give you the chance to win passes so you and your family can experience fall fun on a great Ontario farm!

Downey’s Farm 

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 McMaze

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 Thiessen Orchards

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Cannamore Orchards

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Whittamore’s Farm

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Be sure to check out a great list of Ontario Farms here

2014 Featured Farms in Ontario

Fall Farm Fun

Featured Farms in Ontario

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Brampton – Downey’s Farm  – (905) 838-2990 – 13682 Heart Lake Road  Brampton, Ontario L7C 2J5

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Fall fun at Downey’s includes Unlimited Wagon Rides, Live Entertainment, Super-Cat-Super-Curve, Jumping Pillows, Dump Truck Slide, Balloon Typhoon, Trike Track, Face Painting, Straw Jump, Farm Animals, Super Corn Maze and the The Black Hole.  You will not want to miss the fun!

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Cornwall – McMaze – 613.932.7630 – Willy Allan Road, Civic #17049  St. Andrews West, ON 

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When you visit the farm during the fall you can enjoy the many activities for the kids in the fun farm, take on the challenge of a maze and take a horse-drawn wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin.  Be sure to grab some pumpkin fudge or a yummy pumpkin pie before you leave!

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Hampton – Pingle’s Farm Market  – (905) 725 6089 – 805 Taunton Road East, Hampton, Ontario, L0B 1J0

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Fall Farm Weekends –  Play areas, Straw Maze, Trike Track, Farm Animals, Bunnyville, Face Painting, Bugsy Balloon, Pumpkin Balloon, and Pedal Cart Track with more new carts!  Don’t forget to check our newest addition to the Fun Farm, Pingle’s Barn Bouncer.

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Leamington – Thiessen Orchards – (519) 326-5282 – 400 Talbot Rd. East,  Leamington, Ontario

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Hours of fun at Thiessen Orchards as you enjoy the Bouncy Castle, Barrel Train ride, Face painting, the Corn Maze and hay rides.  Visit the “Farm Friends” where you can can watch the Billy goats roam around and feed them as well.  “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” is a must see where we teach about  Anti-bullying!  Apple sales, the Kountry Kitchen, haymow, pumpkin patch and picnic area are open everyday as well.  Enter their Haunted barn…if you dare!

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Ottawa – Cannamore Orchards – (613) 448-3633 – 1480 County Road 32 Crysler, Ontario K0A 1R0

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Home of the spooky wagon ride!  After you pick out your pumpkin,  check out their family activity area where you can do outdoor finger and patio stone mazes,  a pipe maze, an indoor dark maze, rainbow maze, many play structures for children, a sand box with toys and the picnic areas.  Visit the animal corral and see our singing chickens!

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Markham – Whittamore’s Farm – 905-294-8200 – 8100 Steeles Ave. East, Markham, Ontario

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Their Pumpkinland has so much to do you may want to go more than once!!  Here’s what you’ll find at the “Farm in the City”; 1,000 of Pumpkins, Wagon Rides, Spooky Forest, Farm Animals, Tractors n’ Trucks Sand Toy Lot, Playhouses & Climbers, Wooden Milking Cow & Goat, Animated Singing Chicken Show, Corn Maze, Combine Climber & Silo Slide, Straw Pyramids & Jumps, Tractor Tire Climb, Rock n’ Ride Horseplay, Horse Swings, Spider Web Climb, Giant Tree Fort & Slide, Strawberry Mountain & Turbo Slide, Duckie Races, Nature Trail.  Weekend & Holiday Activities include: Pumpkin Cannon Show, Farm Bouncer, Pedal Tractor Track, Balloon Typhoon.  NEW this year is the 2 jumping pillows where you can jump until your heart’s content!

Want to be a Featured Farm?  Email us at info@vacationingwithkids.ca

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s on its Way! Easter Events Across Ontario

Easter Egg Hunts in Ontario 2014

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FIND OUR GUIDE TO 2015 EASTER EVENTS HERE!!!

Tis the season for the Easter Bunny, Easter Parades and everyone’s favourite EGG HUNT!!!  For the next couple of weekends there are so many fun Easter themed activities taking place across Ontario.  See our Easter Fun Guide that list over 60 events taking place this Easter season!

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Dogs love Easter too!!  Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs brought to you by National Service Dogs –  This event is held on Good Friday!  Each year, thousands of plastic eggs are filled with dog treats and hidden over a defined area of a local park. Each egg contains a Milk-Bone treat and a sticker, representing a chance to win one of hundreds of great prizes.  This special event is being held in BramptonGuelphKitchenerLondonOakvilleSt. Catharines, and Windsor

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Easter Fun Day @ Sheridan Nurseries (Saturday April 19th) – Bring the entire family for an Egg-tastic time at our Annual Easter Fun Day! The fun doesn’t end with our Easter Egg hunt; there will also be a colouring contest, great in-store specials and much more…  Minimum $3 charge per participant.  Proceeds to Children’s Wish Foundation and Upopolis.   Easter Egg Hunt starts at 9.00am sharp!  Participating stores include: Etobicoke/East Mississauga, Whitby, Kitchener/Waterloo, Markham/Unionville, Mississauga/Oakville, Scarborough

Amherstburg

Annual Easter Egg Hunt @ Libro Credit Union (April 19th) – Easter Eggs galore! Children love this annual event, where they hunt for chocolate Easter Eggs. Come out and satisfy that sweet tooth or just come to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny!

Ancaster

2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt @ Meadowlands Blvd (April 19th) –  Three separate fields designated for three different age groups.  Pre-Register to be guaranteed a goody bag sponsored by local business. All registrations will be confirmed by email. Registration opens @ 12:00pm and the Egg Hunt starts @ 1:00pm  $2.00 donation / child

Aurora

Easter Egg Hunt @ Aurora Senior’s Centre (April 19th) – Join us for Aurora’s Easter Egg Hunt at the Aurora Seniors’ Centre. This egg-citing event will have kids 12 and under searching for eggs to be redeemed for a goodie bag.  Other fun includes a visit with the Easter Bunny, egg-citing activities including face painting, a scavenger hunt, bunny bowling and more.  There are only 1,500 spots for be sure to buy your tickets in advance at Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex for $5 per child

Barrie

Spring Festival @ Chappell Farms (April 12-13 & 18, 19 & 20)- Fun for the whole family including a candy hunt every Hour, magic shows, wagon rides, animals, trike track, jumping castle and food!

Easter Egg Hunt – Join the fun as we celebrate easter with the Barrie City Police on their annual Easter Egg Hunt held at Roberta Place Retirement Lodge.  On Saturday March 30, 2013, bring the whole family out to meet Barrie’s Finest and thier German Shepherd Mascot, Blue.

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Madoc 2014 Community Easter Egg Hunt @ Kiwanis Centre (April 19th) – We’re back and it’s our 13th Year!!! We have games and a ton of fun with great prizes!  There’s going to be a bbq, raffle table, bake table & of course the Easter egg hunt! And of course what would our Easter Event be without a special visit from…… you guessed it, the Easter Bunny!!!! With visits from Mickey & Minnie Mouse too.So bring out the whole family and come join us for a fun filled day!All proceeds will be going to local community charities!! $2 Admission

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Easter @ Blue – Send the kids on an EGG HUNT throughout the Village or perhaps try out an EGG DIVEat The Plunge! Aquatic Centre – or do them both! Lots on the go including Horse & Wagon rides 1-4pm on Saturday and Sunday, The Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, The Woodlot Low Ropes courseand of course 40 shops & restaurants to explore.

Bracebridge

Easter Egg Hunt – The Bracebridge Agricultural Society and Muskoka Bulk Barns invites children ages 3 – 8 to a Free Easter Egg Hunt at the Bracebridge Fairgrounds on Good Friday @ 1:00pm

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Easterfest @ Downey’s Farm (April 12-13, 18-20) – Get ready from some eggcellent fun as you enjoy the Abracadabra Magic with Steve Baker, a Puppet Show, an Easter Egg Scramble, some Face Painting, Egg Decorating and Farm Animals.  Downey’s Easterfest is not to be missed!!

Burlington

Sp’egg’tacular Easter Event – On Sunday, April 13th, 2014 the Easter bunny is visiting Ireland House at Oakridge Farm! Children can go on an exciting Easter egg hunt and meet the Easter bunny. The egg hunts will be held between 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for ALL AGES. Chocolate goodie bags will be awarded for eggs turned in by children.  It will be a fun-filled afternoon of activities such as festive crafts, carnival style games, face painting, Kicks for Kids inflatables and karate demonstrations, vendors, a fantastic silent auction and children’s raffle, special prizes,  entertainment and more. A delicious BBQ and other refreshments will be available.

Easter Egg Hunt @ Holland Park (April 18th) – One of our longest-standing events, the Easter Egg Hunt is a fun, festive and memorable morning for all! We scatter wrapped, mini chocolate eggs in our greenhouse and allow children to collect a small baggy, which is provided. As well, the Easter Bunny always makes an appearance! Bring your own camera to have your child’s picture taken with Mr. Bunny! Our annual Easter Egg Hunt is for children up to the age of 8 years old.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt @ Amazing Adventures Playland (April 18 & 21) – Thousands of Plastic Eggs to collect in the indoor play land, Pizza Pizza Slice & Oasis Juice Box for each child and an Easter Themed Loot Bag for each to take home. Visit website for cost

Caledonia

Caledonia 2nd Annual Easter Egg hunt @ Gateway Church (April 18th at noon) – Come and Join us for lots of great Easter activities for the children and a great day out for the whole family.  Children ages 0-10 years. Donations and Non Perishable Food Bank Collections are being accepted.  DONT FORGET TO BRING YOUR EASTER BASKET !!!!!!  Please contact Lisa Friscolanti @ 905-379-2717 to pre-register

Chatham

Easter Egg Hunt – Maple City Citizens on Patrol and The Kinsmen Club of Chatham are having our 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Firday April 18, 2014. Admission is $3 per child 10 and under. Free refreshments available. Get your photos taken with the Easter Bunny, and visit with Elmer The Safety Elephant. Bake Sale, Penny Sale and many other vendors on site.

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Easter @ Rounds Ranch (April 18 & 19) – Bring your Easter baskets for lots of fun for the whole family as they run and explore with the Easter Bunny,  hunt for eggs,  enjoy a  wagon ride, pet the baby bunnies and chicks.  There is so much to do!

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Community Easter Egg Hunt @ Bissel Park (April 19) – In addition to the ever popular egg hunt, there will be a fire truck, cotton candy, popcorn, vendors and much more! Wristbands for egg hunt participation are $5 per child 10 and under. Wristbands are available in advance at Elora Co-op Preschool, Jester’s Fun Factory in Fergus, Dr. Wagler’s office, Village Kids in Elora or at Zehrs in Fergus on Saturday April 12 from 10am-2pm. If you are unable to buy them in advance, they will be available to purchase at the event

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Easter Eggstravaganza – Easter egg hunt begins at 9:00 a.m. to 1:00pm. rain or shine. Look for the Easter Poster in participating stores, visit the store and find the Easter Egg pictures. Once you have seen all three pictures then head to the Easter Bunny Headquarters located at Slices and Scoops 10 Water St where there will be face painting, Easter cookie decorating, pictures with the Easter Bunny and…..receive your Easter Goodie Bag

Gravenhurst

Easter Egg Hunt – Bring your basket and search for eggs all over Gravenhurst.  Annual Gravenhurst Easter Egg Hunt at the Muskoka Wharf. Sat, April 19th at 11am sharp. Ages 3-8.

Hamilton

Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Mountain Kidz Klub @ Mountain Drive Park – Good Friday at 11:30AM – 4:00PM   $2/egg Price includes a bag of goodies. The Easter Bunny will also be joining us. All ages are welcome. All proceeds go to support Mountain Kidz Klub Programs

Easter Egg Hunt @ Gourley Park (April 18th) – The events will commence at noon and run until 2pm.We have planned a variety of Free Easter related games, crafts & activities. So come out and join in on the FUN !!! There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt for the children where every child will get a loot bag after participating in some of the activities. There will be a Petting Zoo, Bounce Castle and Obstacle Course. Meet the Easter Bunny, so bring your camera. Bruiser and Stripes may make an appearance as well. Face Painting by the Cats Claws face painting team.

Huntsville

Muskoka Heritage Place and The Nutty Chocolatier Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt – Admission is FREE and gates opens at 12:00 noon sharp and children are split into various age groups, even the very young. They then embark upon a chocolate treasure, hunt and search for the golden eggs to win prizes. The entire event lasts one hour and admission is free. Please no pets and we allow registered service animals.

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Kingsville

Good Friday @ Colasanti’s – There will be an Easter Scavenger hunt for children 10 and under.  All Children Who Participate Will Participate In An Indoor Straw Obstacle Course, Bean Bag Toss, Rubber Ducky Game And A Chance To Meet The Easter Bunny.  All Children Who Participate Will Receive Prizes And Candy.  For an additional cost you can partake in the lunch buffet and buy an all day ride pass.

Kitchener

Easter Fun Day @ Sheridan Nurseries – Bring the entire family for an Egg-tastic time at our Annual Easter Fun Day! The fun doesn’t end with our Easter Egg hunt; there will also be a colouring contest, great in-store specials and much more…

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Easter Eco Egg Hunt @ Gamiing Nature Centre (April 19th) – The eggs are hidden and ready for you to find.  Other games include the forest bingo, hunting with your senses and more,always  popular games to play with the family while you take in the sights and sounds of the forest, meadows and wetland. And KUBB game for children of ALL ages. Yummy refreshments are available.

London

Easter Party & Egg Hunt @ Storybook Gardens (April 18 & 19) – Join us for a day of fun with Peter Rabbit!  It’s a bunny party with lots of fun for the little ones.  There will be face painting, chocolate Bingo, meet and greet with the bunny himself, carousel rides and of course the hunt for eggs.  There are costs associated with the  activities

The Easter Egg Hunt @ TD Waterhouse Stadium (April 19th) – Join us from 10-12, for our annual Easter Egg Hunt! There will be over 15 000 eggs to be found, as well as games, food, activities, and more! Don’t miss out! Cost: $10/family (Tickets available at the door)

Easter Egg Hunt @ Carroll Park – Cost is $2 for your little ones to participate in a fun Easter egg hunt, get their face painted and dance along to the onsite DJ.

Midland

Easter Spring Fling @ Wye Marsh – There will be an easter egg hunt and kids crafts at the naturalist’s table all day (drop in) 10am to 4pm.

Milton

Easter Egg Hunt @ Mountsberg Conservation Area (April 18) – Come out for a giant Easter Egg Hunt which is sure to be fun for the whole family.  Regular Admission fees apply.

Tea with the Easter Bunny @ Milton Mall –  (April 13 from 1-4pm) Bring your kids out to Sunday Tea with the Easter Bunny.  Tickets are $20 each, and there will be two sittings 1-2 pm, and 3-4pm.  Ticket price covers light refreshments, and a 5X7 photo with the Easter Bunny as well as a goody bag.

Easter Festival @ Springridge Farm – So much fun to be had Easter weekend at Springridge Farm!  Join in an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, watch a professional puppet show, have your face painted like a bunny, go for a wagon ride, take home so crafty bunny ears and play in the super fun Farmyard!  Don’t forget to  check out the yummy snacks in the bakery before you head home!

Mississauga

Port Credit Easter Fair @ Port Credit Lighthouse (April 18 -20) – The Easter fun includes free photos with the Easter Bunny, carnival rides, free face painting and children’s activities and performers.

Easter Egg Hunt @ Alpha’s Discovery Centre – Alpha’s Discovery Club is holding its annual  Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny. Fun includes an Easter Egg Hunt, Visit with the Easter Bunny himself, Easter theme crafts and fun on the Indoor Playground.  Cost: $15/child  Space is limited so reserve your tickets today!

Mount Albert

Easter Fun Fest @ Brooks Farms – Upon arrival children will receive their very own Easter basket. Children will collect plastic eggs from our Barnyard Playland and trade in for chocolate when they are ready. For the older children there will be a Scavenger hunt.  Additional fun can be had on a train or wagon ride and in the Barnyard playland.

North Bay

Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the YMCA – Come join us and enjoy some fun spring holiday games and crafts and take part in our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19th th from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Ages 2 to 12 years welcome!

Oakville 

Easter Fun @ Oakville Museum (April 13) – Put a spring in your step and hop on over to the Oakville Museum and enjoy a memorable afternoon with your family. Join us for “egg”citing activities, tour the museum and spot hidden eggs, make Easter crafts, play vintage games and visit McFlurry, the Oakville and Milton Human Society’s education bunny.

Orillia 

Downtown Easter Egg Hunt – Great Easter Egg hunt Saturday April 19th from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm (noon) outside the Orillia Opera House 20 Mississaga St W Orillia.  There will be chocolate, you can visit the Easter Bunny, face painting and more.

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Ottawa

Easter Egg Hunt @ Valley View Little Animal Farm – Our Farm Easter Bunny has lost 100’s of coloured eggs, he needs your help to find them. The Egg Hunt runs daily throughout the Easter Week-end.  While you’re there be sure to visit the animals, take a train ride and play in their playground

Easter Egg Hunt with Curious Cottontail @ Cumberland Heritage Village Museum (April 19th) – Hop over to the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum on the Saturday of Easter weekend for a fun-filled day of Easter festivities and even a special visit from a certain bunny…

Easter on the Farm @ Canada Agriculture Museum (April 18 – 21) – Come celebrate spring’s arrival at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum this Easter weekend! After a long winter, the barns have come alive with the arrival of newborn animals. Come welcome the soft little lambs, marvel at the rabbits’ silky fur and observe the fluffy newly-hatched chicks and ducklings from up close. Visitors can help make a variety of Easter breads and taste a delicious sample. What’s more, the annual egg hunt is on again – children 6 years-old and younger can participate in the hunt for tots while older children can take on the challenge of hunting for the “signs of spring” throughout the barns. All this from Good Friday through Easter Monday at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum!

Easter Egg-stravaganza Hunt @ Bytown Museum (April 19-20) – Hop to it! Follow the clues as you explore all three floors of the BYTOWN MUSEUM! When you’ve found all our hidden eggs, pick up your prize at the Front Desk.

Easter at the Estate @ Billings Estate (APril 19th) – One of our most popular events, Easter at the Estate, has all the things you’d expect – egg dyeing, egg races, an Easter egg hunt, and of course the Easter Bunny himself is there to visit with families and he loves to have his photo taken! But did you know we take Easter to another level with our depictions of rabbits throughout popular culture (think Bugs Bunny, the Velveteen Rabbit, Peter Rabbit, and more) and our custom Elmer Fudd “shooting gallery”? $6/person, $10/pair, $16/family

Perth

Annual Easter Egg Hunt @ Stewart Park (April 19th)  – Brought to you by PERTH TOURISM! For ages 8 and under, all children must be accompanied by an adult.  The park will be divided into two sections for the young, and the younger, to search for eggs, which can then be exchanged for EASTER TREATS!! While your child is waiting to receive his/her treats, they can enjoy the music, hang with the Korny Klowns and have their face painted.

Peterborough

Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Nutty Chocolatier (April 20) – Children aged two to seven are invited to take part in the Downtown Easter Egg Hunt in the courtyard outside Peterborough Square at Water and Charlotte streets from noon until 2 p.m.  The Easter Bunny will make an appearance,  the Art School of Peterborough is sponsoring a colouring contest and The Nutty Chocolatier is also holding an Easter Bonnet contest during the event. People are encouraged to dress in their most fashionable accessories.

The Big Egg Hunt @ Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre (April 19th) – Pathway Church is pleased to present “the big egg hunt’ which is an event open to the public and all children 10 and under are invited to participate. There will be many activities including: Bouncy Castles, Slides, Cookie Decorating, and Easter Bunny Appearances. Come and join in the fun! Adult supervision is a must! Bring your favorite basket or bag for collecting eggs

Pickering 

Easter Parade – The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 606 & the Ladies Auxiliary proudly present the Annual Easter Parade. Put on your best Easter bonnet, decorate your bike, wagon or doll carriage to win great prizes!  Free lunch and activities at the Legion following the parade.  Parade Route: East on Annland St. at Liverpool Rd. to Krosno Blvd. and along Krosno to Bayly St.

Rockton

Good Friday Easter Fun @ Westfield Heritage Village – Visit the village for some old-fashioned fun on Good (Egg) Friday.  Visit the village for some old-fashioned fun on Good Friday.  Eggs will be the theme of the day, with old-fashioned games, activities and demonstrations throughout the village

Sarnia

Easter in the Park (April 19th) – Visit with the Easter Bunny! Enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt!   Bring the family and enjoy: Train rides, delicious food, and lots of activities for the kids

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St. Andrews

Easter Egg Hunt @ McMaze (April 18-20) – Children and adults alike delight in meeting the Easter Bunny and helping him find his eggs. Pile aboard the wagon for a ride out to the forest. Hunt through the bush in search of the Easter Bunny’s lost eggs, and add them to your basket. We’ll dump them all into the Bunny’s Giant Basket and head back to visit the baby animals in the barn. Family fun for all! $10/person over 2 yrs

St. Catherines

Easter Egg Hunt @ Jaycee Gardens (April 19th)- Over 50,000 mini chocolate eggs to be found!!! With the help of community sponsors, JCI St.Catharines (Jaycees) is putting on a free Easter Egg Hunt for children up to the age of 10. There will also be entertainment for the whole family, live music, inflatables, a BBQ and more.

Sundridge

Annual Easter Egg Hunt @ Copeman Tree Farms (April 20th) – Join the egg hunt with over 1000 eggs to find!! Egg hunts will start promptly at 1:00pm. If kids look closely, they’ll sneak a peak at the Easter bunny hiding the last few eggs in the fields! Kids will separate into different age groups and then search for chocolatey treasures hidden amongst the trees of their designated hunt field.  As always, there will be bigger eggs with bigger prizes!!  Find a golden ticket and you win an Easter gift basket!! After the hunts, food, games, activities, prizes & pictures with the Easter bunny will be available!!

Thunder Bay

Easter Egg Hunt @ Gammondale Farm (April 19th) – Help the Easter Bunny find all the eggs. $10/child includes Egg Hunt, Easter Loot, meet the Easter Bunny, visit the Farm Animals, Duck Races, Tire Swing, NEW! Finger Funnies and more. Also Draft Horse Rides, Face Painting, Jelly Bean Count, Bake Sale and Snacks.

Toronto

Beaches Easter Parade brought to you by the Toronto Beaches Lions – Parade starts at 2pm on Easter Sunday at Queen St. @ Munro Park

Celebrate Easter @ Toronto Zoo (April 19 -21) -This year we are celebrating Easter in the Conservation Connection Centre with crafts, colouring, egg-ducational activities and giant panda mascots who will be dressed in their Easter best! What is Easter without eggs? Visit one of our many free Daily Keeper Talks to experience egg-citing enrichment, plus keep your eyes peeled for festive eggs in various animal exhibits all throughout the Zoo site. Hop by of our Spring Awakening Volunteer Stations to discover the amazing array of unconventional eggs found in the animal kingdom. We want you to get “Springy” with it! Find a Easter photo op inside one of the Zoo’s pavilions, take your photo and post it on Instagram #torontozooeaster. Have fun and be creative!

Welland

Easter Family Fun @ Merritt Island (April 19th) – The fun will include:  Fire Truck, Refreshment, Face Painting, Trivia, Games, Entertainment, Fish Pond, Maze, Inflatables, Easter Bunny, Sparky Ballooning $2 participation cost

Wasaga Beach

Easter Eggstravaganza @ Oakview Woods and RecPlex/ YMCA(April 19th) – Be sure to come out for the 6th annual Easter Eggstravaganza! This fun filled day will provide our community the opportunity to celebrate the arrival of spring, community spirit and of course Easter!  Activities include an Easter egg hunt, petting zoo, horse and wagon rides, family activities, WBYC BBQ,  the Easter Bunny live on location and Much Much More!

Windsor

Children’s Easter egg-stravaganza @ Willistead Manor (April 19th) – Indoor & outdoor games, activities, crafts & prizes followed by an Easter egg and scavenger hunt!  Includes refreshments, festive treats and a goodie- bag for each paying child. The Easter Bunny will be paying a special visit so parents pack your cameras!  Children ages 3 – 11  $5.00 per child. Tickets must be purchased in advance on a 1st come 1st serve basis. Reserve now, space is limited! Contact Kathie Renaud at 519 915-3310

Easter Egg Hunt @ Windsor High School Soccer Field (April 19th)  – Starts at 10am sharp for children 10 and under.  Egg Hunts will be divided up based on a age so it’s fair for the little ones

From our family to yours we wish you a very Happy Easter

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2013 Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

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Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

 

            2013 Santa Claus Parades Across Ontario

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!  Our guide to over 150 parades across Ontario

Take the family to a local parade to kick off the holiday season and deliver the kiddies letters to Santa via the Canada Post elves along the parade route!

NORTHERN ONTARIO    EASTERN ONTARIO     OTTAWA REGION     GTA

CENTRAL ONTARIO     SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO     NIAGARA REGION

Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

NORTHERN ONTARIO 

Espanola Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 7:00am

Fort Frances Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 10:00am

Gore Bay Santa Claus Parade – December 21st  @ 7:30pm

Kenora Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 5:30pm 

Kirkland Lake Santa Clause Parade – November 22nd @ 7:00pm

North Bay Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 12:00pm

Parry Sound Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 4:30pm

Sault Ste. Marie Santa Claus Parade – 
November 23rd @ 6:00pm 

Sturgeon Falls Parade of Lights – December 6th @ 6:30pm

Sudbury Santa Claus Parade
 – November 16th @ 5:30 pm

Thunder Bay Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @10:00am

Timmins Santa Claus Parade – November 2nd @ 2:00pm

Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

EASTERN ONTARIO

Pembroke Santa Claus Parade of Lights 
- November 30th @ 5:30pm

Frankford Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 2:00pm

Kingston Santa Claus Parade
 – November 23rd  @ 5:00 pm

Almonte Santa Claus Parade – December 8th @ 1:30pm

Belleville Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 
4:30pm

Brockville Santa’s Arrival Parade
 – November 30th @ 2:00 pm

Bloomfield Santa Claus Parade 
- November 29th @ 6:30 pm

Carleton Place Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 5:00pm

Carp Santa Clause Parade – December 14th @ 12:00pm

Cornwall Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 5:00pm

Deep River Santa Claus Parade of Lights – December 7th @ 5:30pm

Gananoque Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 5:30pm

Merrickville Santa Claus Parade – December 21st @ 1:00pm

Napanee Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 6:30pm

Pakenham Santa Claus Parade  – December 7th @ 1:00pm

Perth Santa Claus Parade
 – December 7th @ 5:00pm

Picton Santa Claus Parade
 – December 1st @ 2:00 pm

Prescott Santa Claus Parade – November 22nd @ 7:00pm

Smiths Falls Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 5:30pm

Stittsville Parade of Lights – November 30th @ 6:30pm  


Trenton Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 4:30pm

Vankleek Hill Christmas Parade of Lights 
- December 6th @ Time TBA

Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

OTTAWA REGION

Arnprior Santa Clause Parade – November 30th @ 6:00pm

Eganville Santa Claus Parade – December 15th @ 1:00pm

Ottawa Help Santa Toy Parade
 – November 23rd @ 11:00am

Kanata Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 10:00am

Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 5:30pm

Gatineau Santa Claus Parade – November 29th @ 7:00pm

Orleans Santa’s Parade of Lights – November 30th @ 6:00pm

Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

GTA

Acton Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 1:00pm

Ajax Santa Claus Parade – November 9th @ 6:00pm

Aurora Santa Claus Parade 
- November 23 @ 6:00pm

Bolton Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 11:00am

Bowmanville Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 10:30am

Brampton Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 5:00pm

Burlington Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 2:00pm

Etobicoke Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 10:00am

Georgetown Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 5:00pm

Keswick Santa Claus Parade
 – November 16th @ 1:30pm

Markham Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 11:00am

Milton Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 1:30pm

Mississauga Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 1:00pm

Newcastle Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 5:30pm

Newmarket Santa Claus Parade
 – November 14th @ 7:00pm.

Oakville Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 9:00 am

Orangeville Santa Claus Parade
 – November 16th @ 5:00pm

Oshawa Santa Claus Parade
 – November 16th @ 6:00pm

Pickering Santa Claus Parade – November 9th @ 12:00 pm

Port Perry Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 5:00pm

Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @1:30pm

Toronto Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @12:30pm

Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 11:00am

Vaughan Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 2:00pm

Whitby Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 10:00am

Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

CENTRAL ONTARIO

Alliston Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 6:00pm

Apsley Santa Clause Parade – December 1st @2:00pm

Bala Santa Claus Parade
 – November 16th  @ 1:00pm

Barrie Santa Claus Parade
 – November 16th @ 5:00pm

Bancroft Santa Claus Parade 
- December 7th @2:30pm 

Barry’s Bay Santa Claus Parade
 – November 23rd @ 12:00pm

Bobcaygeon Santa Claus Parade – December 14th @ 5:00pm

Bracebridge Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade
 – December 1st @ 1:00pm

Bradford West Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 6:00 pm

Cobourg Santa Claus Parade
- November 17th @ 2:00pm

Coldwater Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 5:00pm

Collingwood Santa Claus Parade  – November 23rd  @ 5:00 pm

Cookstown Santa Claus Parade  -
 November 8th @ 6:00pm

Fenelon Falls Santa Claus Parade – 
November 30th  @ 5:00pm

Gravenhurst Santa Claus Parade 
- November 30th @ 11:00am

Huntsville Santa Claus Parade – November 29th @ 7:00pm

Lindsay Santa Claus Parade
 – November 17th @ 2:00pm

Mactier Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 3:30pm 

Midland Santa Claus Parade
 – November 30th @ 11:00am

Minden Santa Claus Parade
 – November 23rd @11:30am

Orillia Santa Claus Parade
- November 24th @ 1:00pm

Parry Sound Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 4:30pm

Peterborough Santa Claus Parade
 – December 7th @ 4:45pm

Port Carling Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 6:30pm

Port Hope Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 1:00pm

Wasaga Beach Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 1:00pm

Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO

Amherstburg Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 6:00pm

Angus Santa Claus Parade
- November 16th @10:00am

Arthur Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 7:00pm

Brantford Santa Claus Parade  – November 30th @ 6:00pm

Brussels Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 5:00pm

Cambridge Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 6:00pm

Chatham Santa Claus Parade – November 15th @ 6:30pm

Chatsworth Santa Claus Parade – December 22nd @ 10:30am

Dundalk Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 6:00pm

Elora Santa Claus Parade
- November 30th @ 6:00pm

Essex Santa Claus Parade – December 14th @ 6:00pm

Flamborough Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 6:30pm

Fergus Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 1:30pm 

Goderich Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 6:20pm

Guelph Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 1:30pm

Grand Valley Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 7:00pm

Hamilton Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 2:00pm

Hanover Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 7:00pm

Harrow Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 7:00pm

Hespler Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 12:00pm

Kincardine Santa Claus Parade
- December 7th @ 
6:30pm

Kingsville Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 6:30pm

Kitchener Waterloo Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 11:00am

Lion’s Head Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 1:00pm

London Santa Claus Parade – November 9th @ 6:00pm

Lucknow Santa Clause Parade – November 29th @ 7:00pm

Markdale Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 1:00pm

Meaford Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 6:30pm

Mount Forest Santa Claus Parade – December 6th @ 7:00pm

Owen Sound Santa Claus Parade
- November 16th @ 10:00am

Paisley Santa Claus Parade – November 29th @ 7:00pm

Port Elgin Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 7:00pm

Rockwood Santa Claus Parade of Lights – December 12th @ 7:00pm

Sarnia Santa Claus Parade – December 7th

Schomberg Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 3:30pm

Seaforth Santa Claus Parade – November 29th @ 7:00pm

Southampton Santa Claus Parade – December 6th @ 7:00pm

St. Mary’s Kinsmen Club Santa Claus Parade – November 15th @ 7:00pm

St. Thomas Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 6:00pm

Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 2:00pm

Stratford Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 4:30pm

Teeswater Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 6:00pm

Tobermory Santa Claus Parade  – December 14th @ 11:00am

Walkerton Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 7:00pm

Wiarton Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 7:00pm

Windsor Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 6:00pm

Woodstock Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 6:00pm

Zurich Lighted Santa Claus Parade – December 1st @ 5:30pm

Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

NIAGARA REGION

 Fort Erie Santa Claus Parade – November 17th @ 2:00pm

Grimsby Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 5:15pm

Hamilton Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 2:00pm

Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade – November 16th @ 11:00am

Niagara on the Lake Santa Claus Parade – December 14th @ 11:00am

Pelham Santa Claus Parade – December 14th @ 1:00pm

Port Colborne’s Annual Lighted Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 6:30pm

St. Catherines Santa Claus Parade – November 24th @ 2:30pm

Thorold Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 4:00pm

Welland Santa Claus Parade – November 23rd @ 4:00 pm

West Lincoln Santa Claus Parade – November 30th @ 2:00pm

Santa Claus Parades in Ontario

 

Hit the Slopes This Winter at Mount St Louis Moonstone

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Mount St Louis Moonstone

Mount St. Louis Moonstone is one of the largest family owned ski resorts in Ontario offering great ski hills for skiing and snowboarding. It was founded 49 years ago by Austrian Alpine skier Josl Huter. The resort is located just north of Barrie in the snow belt region of Ontario. Today, it contains 36 slopes, 9 chairlifts, 3 carpets and 2 terrain parks with over 91 features. The resort is known for being family friendly and prides itself on accommodating the beginner skier or snowboarder to the most advanced.

Mount St Louis Moonstone

November 29th is Opening Day!!!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to hear about your next chance to WIN an EDGE Pass to Mount St Louis Moonstone

Ski Mount St Louis Moonstone

Skiing

36 runs ranging in difficulty from beginner to black diamond, there is a run that is perfect for everyone in your family!

Snowboard Mount St Louis Moonstone

Snowboarding

There are so many reasons to snowboard at Mt St Louis Moonstone.  Shred or session or carve? 91 snowboarding features within the Junkyard and Outback Parks.  No matter how you like to board we’ve got something for you.

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Buy Your Passes Now

Pass prices go up November 3rd

Some of the best values for season passes include:

The new EDGE Pass is available for anyone aged 6 and up. It is a mid-week pass valid Monday – Friday but excluding Christmas holidays December 26th-January 5th and Monday February 17th.

Value Membership holders are entitled to use facilities 7 days a week from Opening day to December 25, 2013, then Monday to Friday only from January 3 to February 28, 2014 and finally 7 days a week from March 3 to Closing 2014.

All of MSLM’s Season Memberships are on sale at deeply discounted rates until November 3rd. Buy online at www.mountstlouis.com

Mount St Louis Moonstone

Cool Upcoming Events at MSLM

November 2nd & 3rd 2013 – Annual Open House and Ski Swap

December 27th-30th – Freestyle Skiing Ontario’s Santa’s Workshop – Junkyard

January 10th-12th – Freestyle Skiing Ontario’s Timber Tour – Slopestyle and Halfpipe – Junkyard

February 27th-March 2nd – Ontario Winter Games – Snowboarding, Freestyle Skiing and Alpine Skiing –  Junkyard/Outback

March 15th – Women’s Snowboard Federation Ride Days

Find a list of all the cool events happening at MSLM here

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Contact MSLM

Phone:

GTA Toll Free: 877.835.2112
Local: 705.835.2112
Fax: 705.835.2831

mslm@mslm.on.ca

Mailing Address:

24 Mount St. Louis Road, R. R. 4
Coldwater, ON, L0K 1E0

Hours of Operation

Open Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
(Lifts open at 9:00 am)
Open Weekends/Holidays 8:00am-4:30pm
(Lifts open at 8:30am)

Family Fun at Downey’s Farm Pumpkinfest #Review

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I’d say you should go to Downey’s Farm for a couple of hours this Fall with your family but in reality you will need an entire day to fit in all the fun this farm has to offer!  Downey’s Pumpkinfest runs until the end of October and promises to be a super fun outing for your entire family. When we visited last weekend we had an absolute blast.  There was so much to do and see that we didn’t know where to start.

As we pulled in we were greeted by the enormous sea of orange pumpkins upon pumpkins just waiting for us to pick them to take home.

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Let the FUN begin…

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Enter in the play area and the kids (and adults) we’re excited to try everything out!  So much to do and see including a sand area, climbers, pedal carts, mini golf, wagon ride, boo barn, blackhole and the list goes on and on.

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Our kiddos could have spent the entire day on the Jumbo Jumper.  A couple big jumping pillows plunked in the middle of a field with cool tunes blaring in the background, who wouldn’t love these?!  Eventually we had to peel them off so that we could go and experience the rest of the farm.

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The band performing on stage wasn’t your typical band but man could they rock.  From the looks of it they had been rockin’ for years but still had the beat!

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Their corn maze was awesome.  One of the great things about it is that you can easily get a wagon, stroller or even double stroller through the paths that were cut out.  Complete a word scramble  with clues found throughout the maze and you will be entered to win a pass for a free visit to the farm.

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Every weekend during Pumpkinfest they offer live entertainment.   The weekend we went there was Magic Mike who entertained the young and old alike with his magic tricks.  Each weekend there are  different featured entertainers so check and see what the farm has in store for the weekend you are going.  Also be sure to catch their puppet show which had the kiddies cheering and laughing.

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My daughter loved the petting zoo area and did not want to leave.  The animals were super friendly and loved to eat corn out of your hand and loved being pet.

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Around every corner there were cool places to take pictures in cutouts and of course the kiddies were more than happy to pose for some photos!

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Pumpkin Spice donuts sound good to you?  Oh yes they are!  Hubby and I absolutely loved them and left with…well let’s just say enough to feed more than us.  They were delish and didn’t last too long in our house.  Their farm market not only sells delicious baked goods but also decor, seasonal decorations, preserves and WINE!

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Be sure to grab a pumpkin and a bite to eat before you head out.  Food choices range from pulled pork sandwiches to hot dogs, candy apples and french fries. And they have the best apple cider!  Choosing a pumpkin may end up being a bit of an adventure.  There are so many different shapes and sizes of pumpkins to choose from, you’ll have a hard time just picking a couple!

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 Thank you to Downey’s Farm for having our family out for a day of super fun on the Farm!  We’ll see you soon :-)

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Not all farmed out yet?  Did you know that the sister Farm across the street, Berryview Farms,  has apple picking? Berryview is now growing 13 popular varieties of apples for you and your family. The choice is yours:  you can stop in and make it a family event to remember by picking your own apples, or choose from the pre-picked apples on hand.

 

“Harvest Fun Starts Here” Strom’s Farm #Review

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Strom's Farm Guelph Ontario

Just on the outskirts of the city of Guelph, you can find a fantastic family farm for some great fall fun with your family.  Strom’s Farm is a 2nd generation family farm currently owned by Channing and Amy Strom.  From the details of all the activities to the owner’s walking around and engaging with the visitors, you can definitely feel the love and pride of ownership as you spend time at Strom’s.  It is truly  a fantastic place and and that is why we wanted to share with you why our family loved it so much.  Strom’s Farm definitely deserves a visit from your family!

Harvest Fun Activities run every Weekend thru Oct. 27 where you can enjoy the 6 acre corn maze, tile, rope, cedar and straw maze, wagon rides, pedal carts, corn trail, sand pile, pumpkin chuckin’, puppet show and homegrown popcorn!

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Upon arrival we looked around and thought that we wouldn’t be there for long as at first glance there didn’t look like there was that much to do.  Boy were we wrong!!  When you go, plan to spend hours there as there is so much to do and see!

Unleash the kids from the van and they went running off in different directions to go have some fun.  We reeled them back in and the FUN began…

Pumpkin Chuckin’

Slingshotting gourds sound like fun?  Oh yes it is!  Safety goggles on and we were ready to launch gourds into the field to try and hit the targets.

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A Pumpkin of a Show Puppet Show

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This show will have the kids laughing, cheering and clapping.  The show takes place 3 times per day for your enjoyment so you can watch it more than once while you enjoy a little rest and some popcorn.

A-Mazing Mazes

Heading into the 6 acre corn maze you are given a word find and your mission is to go into the maze and find all the clue boxes which contains the words you need to circle. You are also given a map to find the clues and good luck wishes.  Really how challenging could this be?  HA I had no idea.  This maze is huge and very well laid out but I still managed to get lost and turned around a few times.  I think we were probably in there twisting and turning for a good hour.  A total blast though and a must do when you visit Strom’s.

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Made it out of the corn maze and ready for your next challenge?  Next you can move on to the Tile Maze, Rope Maze or Straw Maze.

The Straw Maze looks easy until you read the main rule…You can ONLY turn right in the maze!

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The Kids loved the Rope Maze and did it over and over again to see who could do it the quickest!

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The Tile Maze was my brain teaser for the day.  I stood there for 20 mins with a bunch of adults trying to figure it out.  I am happy to say that I did finally figure it out and then headed off to find my family as they had taken off long before!  I could share the secret with you but I think it’s more fun for you to figure it out for yourself when you go.  Good luck! :-)

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Also be sure to save some time for the sand pile, pedal carts, Spiral maze, wagon ride and of course to take some pictures!

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 Feeling Hungry?

All the fun made us hungry so we headed over to grab some hot dogs and fries from the food barn.  You can also get sausages, homemade pizza and homegrown popcorn to nibble on. Oh and we dare you to go into the bakery and NOT buy something!  The smells that welcome you when you walk into the bakery will make you salivate.  We tried their apple crisps, butter tarts and a pumpkin pie and they were all delicious.

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On your way out be sure to stop and grab one of their hundreds of pumpkins, beautiful fall arrangements and be sure to take some fall pics as their backdrops are fantastic!

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Thank you Strom’s Farm for a super fun day out with the family.  We loved your farm and will definitely be back to visit in the future! :-)

An additional great fact about Strom’s Farm… For every Harvest Fun Pass purchased this year, 50 cents of it will go to Beads of Courage Canada.

 

 

 

Weekend Fun Guide (Sept 6-8 2013)

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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…

Aberfoyle

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!

Arthur

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.

Kitchener

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.