Snow Tubing in Ontario

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Snow tubing is quickly becoming a favourite activity for families in Ontario The great thing is that everyone can do it! There’s no need for any special equipment, the cost is great and you just need to know how to have fun. Just sit on the tube and hang on for some super fun! Let the squeals of excitement beginnnnnn!

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Check who offers snow tubing fun in Ontario…

Barrie – Snow Valley Ski Resort – Whether it’s a family activity, a gathering of old friends or a company social, snow tubing at Snow Valley creates unique experiences and enjoyable times!  With a snow tube rope tow and lots of chutes with large lanes so you can go down along with your group of friends or your family, Snow Valley is the place for snow tubing.

Barrie – Horseshoe Resort Come out and enjoy winter in our Snow Tubing Park which features five big chutes to fly down and one magic carpet to whisk you back up to the top. Go down by yourself, or grab some friends and go as a group. Stand on the side lines and watch the kids laugh and scream all at once!

Brampton – Mount Chinguacousy – We are very excited to provide you our awesome ski and snowboard programs and tubing excitement. Best of all, our 2 story chalet has that winter feel, with the smell of cedar, a large cozy fireplace to warm up to, a great view of the hill and lots of hot chocolate for those cold winter days.  You won’t want to miss this!

Kitchener – Chicopee Tube Park – Bundle up and grab the family to zoom down the hills.   Enjoy the squeals and fun as you spend some super fun family time at Chicopee.

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London – Boler Mountain – Looking for a thrilling winter activity? Our Tube Park boasts 3 tube runs that are 10 stories high, where you can reach speeds of 70 km/hr!

Milton – Glen Eden – Snow Tubing is the easiest way to experience the speed and exhilaration of winter sports. Slide down one of our four chutes on a cushion of air and then relax by the fire to warm your toes. Our Snow Tube Park is a great adventure for the entire family.

Pakenham – Mount Pakenham – This is a walk-up and slide-down exhilarating experience! Tubes are provided and all you have to do is provide the joy! Snow Tubing at Mount Pakenham is a wholesome, fun filled activity and is perfect for family fun!

St. Mary’s – River Valley Winter Tube Slide – Fun outdoor activity for people of all ages (4-94 yrs).  Come on out to River Valley where memories are made, laughter is abundant and families & friends gather on our thrilling slide or cozy up in our warm chalet for hot chocolate and a sweet tubeflake. There is no skill required as a tow will bring you and your tube to the top of the hill. All you have to do is scream (snow and gravity will do the rest).

Thunder Bay – Loch Lomond Ski Area – Grab your family and friends and head to Loch Lomond for an evening of tubing.  Enjoy the speed and fun as you whip down the hill on your tube.  The squeals and laughter from all will have you coming back again and again!

Timmins – Kamiskotia Snow Resort – For the ride of your life…you have to try this slide ride out.  Careening down a slippery slope to slowly come to a stop some 800′ from where you began. This is one ride you need to experience with your friends and family.

Uxbridge – Ski Lakeridge – Snow tubing offers the thrill of speeding downhill with the ease of floating in a pool without the bumps and thumps of toboganning. Suitable for almost all ages, Snow Tubing is a great family or group activity in Lakeridge Resorts dedicated Snow Tubing Park. We provide the tubes and the snow, you provide the fun!

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Free & Frugal March Break Fun Ideas

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The kids are off school for a week … what are you going to do to the avoid the dreaded “i’m bored”?  Fun doesn’t have to be expensive!  It’s all about the memories that you can create and that your kids will remember for years to come.  Here are some of our  top ideas for fun, frugal and FREE things you can do with the kids this March Break.

Camping

Yes I know it’s too cold to go camping but why not camp out at home.  Set up a tent in your living room, make s’mores, tell camp stories and sleep together as a family.  Be sure to check out this yummy Nutella S’mores Dip

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Family Movie night

Rent a movie or pull out a family favourite and pop some popcorn.  Snuggle up under some blankets and enjoy just being together.

Baking

Kids love to bake and love eating it even more.  Have your kids choose their favourite baked good and make it together.  Or make some cupcakes and decorate them together to deliver to neighbours.

Snow Tubing

There are many places that now offer snow tubing for family fun.  There is no need for any special equipment, the cost is great and you just need to know how to have fun. Just sit on the tube, hang on and let the squeals of excitement beginnnnnn!

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Visit your local library 

Visiting a local library is great for everyone in the family as there is something for everyone.  Kids and adults alike can peruse the books, movies and video games at their local library and sign them out for additional enjoyment at home.  Many libraries are offering special March Break activities to keep the kiddies entertained and best of all it’s FREE!

Skating

Tim Hortons restaurants across the country are offering free family skate times at local arenas.  Get out and get some exercise and have some fun compliments of Tim Hortons.

Tobogganing

Tobogganing is great because it costs no money, needs very little equipment and it’s hours of fun!  Go to a neighbourhood park or change it up by trying somewhere new.  The key to tobogganing is finding a great hill.  Find a great hill and get safety info here

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Scavenger Hunt

Plan a scavenger hunt around your neighbourhood!  Send the kids out with a list of things they need to find in the neighbourhood.  The list can include: signage, people, animals, items in nature, certain coloured vehicles, house numbers, garbage, and the list goes on and on.  Be sure to have prizes or at least some hot chocolate waiting for them when they return!

Swimming

Tim Hortons is offering complimentary swimming at local pools across Canada. As a way of saying thank you they want to invite you to come out and swim for free to spend time having fun and being active with your family.  Find a location near you

Maple Syrup Festivals

The maple syrup is flowing at a conservation area or sugarbush near you! Get out and experience the tapping of the trees, sample some yummy maple products and skip making a meal by enjoying pancakes!

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Playdates

Not only fun for the kids but great for Mommy’s sanity too.  No cost out of your pocket, the kids get to play with their friends and the Moms can visit with another adult.

 

 

Weekend Fun Guide (February 6-8 2015)

Weekend Fun Guide

Well Winter definitely made an appearance this week for most of us.  Now we could sit back and complain about the shovelling OR we can get outside and have super fun in the snow!  Make your own family fun this weekend by going skiing, tobogganing, tubing or snowshoeing or check out a local event!!

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Family Ski Resorts in Ontario

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Snow tubing in Ontario

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Tobogganing – FREE family fun!

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$2.50 Movies on Saturdays

Looking for something fun and affordable to do with your family on a Saturday morning? Cineplex shows Family Favourites every Saturday morning at 11am for only $2.99. Check out what’s showing here… http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

Around Town …

Barrie

Winterfest – The City of Barrie’s Winterfest is a great way to celebrate the winter season. Grab your mittens and join us for winter fun adventures that the whole family will enjoy.  Outdoor activities include polar bear swim, horse-drawn wagon rides, dogsled rides, lumberjack show, ice maze, and much more including spectacular sculptures carved from 300lb blocks of ice.  

Batawa

Frostfest – Entertainment from 10 am – 2 pm at the Batawa Community Centre. Enjoy lunch and skating with the Trenton Golden Hawks on the outdoor rink, the community Bonfire with S’mores making, an outdoor petting and horse and carraige rides. Inside enjoy arts and crafts, facepainting and balloon twisting, cotton candy and live entertainment with Andy Forgie.

Campbellville

Winter Days in the Country @ Mountsberg – Enjoy the thrill of a brisk winter sleigh ride followed by hot chocolate and marshmallows around a campfire (additional fee applies). Mountsberg’s majestic team of percheron horses makes the experience unforgettable!  Call for details on children’s programming and live Bird of Prey shows! The Wildlife Walkway, Cameron Farm Yard and Play Barn are yours to explore!     Runs until Feb 16th

Cobourg

Winter Festivities – Come join us for the first 3 Saturdays in February. Free skating & music at the outdoor rink, horse drawn wagon rides, ice carving demonstrations, maple candy station, NZone Kids Club at Northumberland Mall and much more.

Cochrane

Winter Carnival – During February 6th to the 16th, everyone is invited to take part in Ontario’s Oldest Premier Winter Carnival. With over 110 different activities crammed into a week, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.  From the classic favourites like the Princess Pageant, Torchlight Parade and the Polar Bear Dip, to the new events like the Camao Snow Drags, there is no excuse to stay inside, curled up by the fireplace.

Georgina

Sno*Fest @ The ROC – Saturday 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Join us for this wintery FREE Family event with lots of activities for all ages! Inflatables, games, giveaways, and lots more frosty fun! With many activities for all ages, you and your family won’t want to miss out on this snowy event that will warm up your winter! 

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Winterfest – Winterfest Weekend has lots of activities this Friday to Sunday to get your family out and enjoy the winter weather. Fun events for the entire family include a candlelight walk, chili cook-off, snow-pitch tournament, childrens theatre, crafts, fireworks “Don’t Hibernate ~ Celebrate!”

Kingston

Febfest – This week long festival features tons of winter fun for the entire family including figure skating, hockey, free public skating, snow and ice sculptures, historic hockey and more! Great fun for the whole family!

Niagara on the Lake

Days of Wine & Chocolate – Warm up your winter with this match made in heaven! Explore pairings of two of your favourite indulgences – wine and chocolate, as you tour the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Milton

Season of the Snowsnake @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – Explore the beautiful snowy landscape on a pair of snowshoes courtesy of Crawford’s rental program. Join staff for guided tours of the reconstructed Iroquoian Village at 11am1pm and 3pm.  Each tour will have a unique focus such as games, archaeology or storytelling.   Warm up after the tour with a complimentary cup of nature’s tea. Children can create a craft or enjoy a discovery hunt from 10am to 4pm.

Ottawa

Winterlude – A unique winter festival featuring snow and ice sculpture competitions, snow playgrounds, skating, sporting events and let’s not forget the world’s largest skating rink. Celebrate the joys of winter at Winterlude, with three fun-filled weeks in February. Canada’s favourite winter activities are featured across Ottawa and Gatineau at this annual event.

Parry Sound

Snofest – Family Fun in Market Square Park includes activities, Dinners and dances, bon-fire, fishing derby, 3 on 3 hockey tourney, pancake breakfast, spaghetti dinner and much more!

Sault Ste Marie

Bon Soo Winter Carnival – A week long winter carnival that incorporates the entire city. Set in the middle of winter, events include a children’s fantasy ice kingdom, polar bear swim, and a diverse program of outdoor and indoor sports and activity events, as well as cultural activities including concerts and ice sculptures.

Toronto

Kuumba – Come down to Harbourfront Centre for FREE Black History Month events, including music, film, panel discussions and more.

The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront – Tucked away behind York Quay Centre and set against the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel® Rink has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Hot food and drinks are available at our rink-side restaurant, Lakeside EATS. Best of all – skating is FREE! Part of Skate Culture.

Nature Walk @ Rouge Park – Rouge Park invites you to join us for a guided walk along many of Rouge Park’s trails and discover parts of the Park you might not have visited yet, or learn and share a bit more about your favourite spot in the Park. Whether it’s a Sunday stroll, a fitness walk, a family outing, wildlife spotting or just to get out on the trail, we have the outing for you! With trained leaders to guide the way, we promise you’ll have a ‘natural’ Rouge Park adventure!

Sportsmen’s Show @ Direct Energy Centre – Canada’s biggest and best outdoors show!  More than 500 exhibitors displaying the newest selections in products for camping, fishing, boating, hunting and hiking. The four-day event includes a dog show, a birds of prey exhibit, a spring boat show, a Canadian forces display and an outdoor adventure zone.

Vaughan 

Winterfest – Fun-filled family event held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will feature FREE stage entertainment on the outdoor Amphitheatre stage, the Midway Zone,  a new Video Gaming Zone, IceZone Carving Demos, face painting, art, and pizza making workshops along with opera performances and workshops by Opera Bel Canto of York, displays and much more!

 

Weekend Fun Guide (January 16-18 2015)

Weekend Fun Guide

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There a few Winter Festivals starting to pop up this weekend for some fun but remember you can always make your own family fun by going skiing, tobogganing, tubing or snowshoeing and making the most of the snow!!

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Tobogganing – FREE family fun!

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$2.50 Movies on Saturdays

Looking for something fun and affordable to do with your family on a Saturday morning? Cineplex shows Family Favourites every Saturday morning at 11am for only $2.50. Check out what’s showing here… http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

Around Town …

Campbellville

Winter Days in the Country @ Mountsberg – Enjoy the thrill of a brisk winter sleigh ride followed by hot chocolate and marshmallows around a campfire (additional fee applies). Mountsberg’s majestic team of percheron horses makes the experience unforgettable!  Call for details on children’s programming and live Bird of Prey shows! The Wildlife Walkway, Cameron Farm Yard and Play Barn are yours to explore!     Runs until Feb 16th

Milton

Season of the Snowsnake @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – Explore the beautiful snowy landscape on a pair of snowshoes courtesy of Crawford’s rental program. Join staff for guided tours of the reconstructed Iroquoian Village at 11am1pm and 3pm.  Each tour will have a unique focus such as games, archaeology or storytelling.   Warm up after the tour with a complimentary cup of nature’s tea. Children can create a craft or enjoy a discovery hunt from 10am to 4pm.

Napanee

Winter Chill Festival @ Market Square – Bring your ice skates and snow suit for some great winter fun at the Winter Chill Festival. Join us for a special public skate on the Outdoor Ice Rink created just for the event! Don’t miss marshmallow roasting, snow painting, snow volleyball tournament, chili challenge cook-off, snow mountain, horse drawn wagon rides and more! Dress warm, come out and have some fun in Downtown Greater Napanee!

Petawawa 

Cabin Fever – Check out the great line-up of activities planned including: Family skating, food, Snow drag races, ski races, children’s programming and more…

Peterborough 

Snofest – Celebrate the 38th anniversary of Snofest Peterborough with fun events throughout the month of January.  We have some great new events happening this year! New events include; YMCA Snofest Youth Night, VON Snowflakes arts and crafts and tea and many more events including: The Birds of Prey display and Jumping Mouse Nature Education organization,  “Come in out of the Cold Sidewalk Sale” and join in the fun at our “1st Annual Snofest NHL 2015 Tournament” at Mark Street Church and so much more!

Toronto

Toronto International Boat Show – The Toronto International Boat Show is back for another year, with over 1200 boats on display. The event features the world’s largest indoor lake, and offers free boat rides in canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and inflatable boats. Also, guests can enjoy a wakeboarding demonstrations, the discover boating centre where experts are on hand to give advice and tips, special guests and over 140 seminars. The event is family-friendly with a kids boating zone with paddleboats on a mini-lake. Runs until the 18th

Maple Leaf Monster Jam @ Roger’s Centre – Experience the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Trucks. Leading the charge is free- style champion, Northern Nightmare driven by Canada’s own, Cam McQueen. Don’t miss out on the twelve-foot-tall, ten thousand pound machines that will keep you at the edge of your seats with thrilling stunts and nail-biting action.

The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront – Tucked away behind York Quay Centre and set against the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel® Rink has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Hot food and drinks are available at our rink-side restaurant, Lakeside EATS. Best of all – skating is FREE! Part of Skate Culture.

Nature Walk @ Rouge Park – Rouge Park invites you to join us for a guided walk along many of Rouge Park’s trails and discover parts of the Park you might not have visited yet, or learn and share a bit more about your favourite spot in the Park. Whether it’s a Sunday stroll, a fitness walk, a family outing, wildlife spotting or just to get out on the trail, we have the outing for you! With trained leaders to guide the way, we promise you’ll have a ‘natural’ Rouge Park adventure!

Windsor

Winter Bites Restaurant Week – During Winter Bites Restaurant Week, January 12 to January 18, 2015, diners can visit participating restaurants and indulge in a 3-course meal starting at only $10.  Participants can dine on prix-fixe menus with $10, $15 $25 or $35 options. Each restaurant will offer a unique Winter Bites menu where diners can select from a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts.

 

Weekend Fun Guide (March 15-17 2013)

March Break is coming to an end and although you may be thinking you’ve already had too much fun this week, there is still so much going on this weekend.  Maple Syrup Festivals are in full swing, the weather is perfect for some skiingsnowshoeingtobogganing or tubing as a family or check out one of the events below.

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Check out Maple Syrup Festivals in your area here and read about our day out at one of our local Maple Syrup Festivals

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St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday!  While you enjoy some green beer, why not have the kids make some themed crafts

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Don’t forget that every Saturday until the end of March, Cineplex theatres show Family Favourites at 11:00 am for only $2.50.  Feel like you need to escape the cold?  Then check out what they’re showing this weekend http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

Around Town this Weekend…

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.

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Maplefest (Weekends March 16th-31st) @ 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

Campbellville

Sweet Water Season @Crawford Lake Conservation Area – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Daily until April 7th – The fun includes: Sweet Water Demonstrations, Taste complimentary samples of cornbread dripping with pure maple syrup, Taffy on Snow and Maple Syrup tastings, Explore the 15th century Iroquoian Village and reconstructed Longhouses, Fun for Kids – FREE Craft Making and Discovery Hunt with Prizes and more.

MapleTowne @ 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.

Haliburton Highlands

Maple Syrup Festival – Join us as we prepare maple syrup the old-fashioned way using our own maple trees and our 110-year-old syrup kettle. Make sure to sample the syrup and try the maple taffy! On Friday, join us for our open stage – everyone and anyone is welcome to perform – while on Saturday, Donna LeClair and Patricia Liverseed will fill the museum with music. We’ll also have crafts and activities for kids, as well as fun and exciting contests. Don’t forget to tour the main museum building and check out our new exhibits while you’re here!

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Hamilton

Wizard World Fun Park @ Careport Centre (Runs Sunday through March Break) – Southern Ontario’s best indoor March Break family fun park.  Treat your children to a day of magical March Break fun featuring over 20 rides and inflatables, an arts and crafts zone, petting zoo, 3D maze, games, a Bubble Show and more

March Break Madness @ Hamilton Children’s Museum – Put on your dancing shoes and groove to music from the jukebox at the Doo Wop Diner; dress up like cooks, create your favourite diner dishes and serve them to family and friends in our 1950’s-style family diner. Explore themes in nutrition, physical activity and science. Also, the Children’s Museum Theatre Space is back with a twist! Children and their adults can view themselves on T.V. while putting on their show.

Other events in Hamilton

Kawarthas

Presqu’ile Waterfowl Weekends – Come & experience the phenomenon of spring migration! See Up to 10,000 birds of 25 species can seen! Learn from volunteer naturalists with telescopes, & enjoy family-friendly kids

Kitchener

St. Patrick’s Day (March 15th) – Celebrate the luck of the Irish on Civic Square.  Join us for our annual St. Patrick’s Day lunch time event on Friday, March 15.  Live music, Irish dancing and fun for the kids! Activites include crafts for the kids, food, dancing and a chance to win Lucky Charms for a year!!

Listowel

Paddyfest 2013 – Entertainment for the whole family.  Event highlights include: Sno-Pitch Tournament, Curling Bonspiel, Dinner and Yuk Yuk’s Show, Several Concerts and Dances, Pot of Gold Treasure Hunt, Children’s Concerts, Public Skating.  Check out the website for a full calendar of events

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Ottawa

31st St. Patrick’s Parade and Grand Irish Party – Celebrate the Irish with this parade starting at 11:00am

Barnyard Break @ Canada Agriculture Museum – Through engaging and unique demonstrations, visitors can follow these ingredients from farm to table and learn how much work actually goes into producing them.With so much already going on, animal-related demonstrations and a fun craft for children are just icing on the cake! So come learn while enjoying yourself at the Canada Agriculture Museum this March Break and all month long.

Annual Maple Festival (February 28th-April 14th) @ 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.

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

Smith Falls

St.Patrick’s Day Celebrations @ Van Horne Manor – Live Irish music provided by Arlington Session, starring Alexis MacIsaac, a Fiddler for Grammy winning production of River Dance. Come celebrate with green beer and delicious snacks. A prize will be awarded to the best dressed person in GREEN. Admission is free

Stouffville

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (March 2 – April 7) @ Bruce’s Mill – 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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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.

Toronto

St. Patrick’ Day Parade – Sunday starting at noon from Bloor and St. George

National Home Show @ Direct Energy Centre – The National Home Show, presented by RE/MAX, is Canada´s largest and longest-running consumer show. More than 145,000 people attended the show in 2011, seeking helpful advice, thousands of solutions and new products for in and around their homes. Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2012, it features high-interest exhibits, high-profile industry personalities and the latest trends to keep consumers stimulated, motivated, educated and help with their home improvement projects.

Wizard World Fun Park @ Better Living Centre (Runs Sunday through March Break) – Southern Ontario’s best indoor March Break family fun park.  Treat your children to a day of magical March Break fun featuring over 20 rides and inflatables, an arts and crafts zone, petting zoo, 3D maze, games, a Bubble Show, camel rides and the Xtreme Wild animal show with live lions, zebra, wolves, leopards, and other fun animals presented by the Bowmanville Zoo.

Ultimate Dinosaurs @ ROM –  Giants from Gondwana, presented by Raymond James, features dinosaurs you’ve never seen before, displayed in ways you’ve never seen. Check out this world premiere exhibit featuring Dinosaurs unknown to North Americans – most have just been unearthed in the last 20 years.

The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront – Tucked away behind York Quay Centre and set against the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel® Rink has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Hot food and drinks are available at our rink-side restaurant, Lakeside EATS. Best of all – skating is FREE! Part of Skate Culture.

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Welland

St. Patrick’s Day Special @ Welland Market Square – Dress your best in shamrock green! Enjoy some family time with children’s arts and crafts, face painting, a Monster Mural, and a green egg toss with prizes to be won! Irish dance performance starting at 10am.

Windsor

March Break Madness at Colasanti’s – Enjoy discount pricing on All Day Ride Passes during March Break, beginning Saturday March 9 and ending on Sunday March 17. Passes for children are $13.99 plus tax (unlimited mini golf, zoo, bumper cars, inflatable, kiddie rides, and Miner Mike coaster ride – height restrictions apply), and passes for adults are $10.99 plus tax (unlimited bumper cars, Miner Mike coaster ride, mini golf and zoo). 

Woodbridge

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (March 2 – April 7) @ 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.

Weekend Fun Guide (Feb 15-17 2013)

Happy Family Day weekend!  Celebrate your family this weekend by doing things together and creating memories.  There are many Winter Festivals taking place this weekend or enjoy some time skiing, snowshoeing or tubing as a family!

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Every Saturday until the end of March, Cineplex theatres show Family Favourites at 11:00 am for only $2.50.  Feel like you need to escape the cold?  Then check out what they’re showing this weekend http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

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Around Town this Weekend…

Bayfield

Family Fun Day (Sunday only) – Activities include Free skating: 1 to 3PM, Clowns with face painting 2 to 4PM, Hot dogs, make your own sundae and crafts for the kids!

Brantford

Frosty Fest – Enjoy the returns of the popular ice carving, horse-drawn trolley rides, figure skating shows, a stree midway, free skating, pony rides, free Kids Zone games and fun winter fare like snow taffy!

Brockville

Front of Yonge Winter Festival – Family fun for everyone! Childrens games, food, magic show, prizes, silent auction, bake sales, horse drawn wagon rides and so much more. Fireworks and family skate night.

Burlington

Battle of the Titans @ Royal Botanical Gardens – Dinos like you’ve never seen them before!  In this battle for the ages, you will learn about ecology, the study of organisms and the environment that these majestic creatures lived through so long ago. Get ready to go back in time and see how science and nature come together in one amazing exhibit!

Campbellville

Moonlight Snowshoe Hike @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – Discover the magic of winter at night, the snow illuminated by moonlight and the stars bright in the night sky. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you on a snowshoe hike through this beautiful landscape. Hikes take place every Saturday evening in January and February from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each hike begins with basic instruction and some historical background on the sport of snowshoeing.

Season of the Snowsnake @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – Explore the beautiful snowy landscape on a pair of snowshoes courtesy of Crawford’s rental program. Join staff for guided tours of the reconstructed Iroquoian Village at 11am1pm and 3pm.  Each tour will have a unique focus such as games, archaeology or storytelling.   Warm up after the tour with a complimentary cup of nature’s tea. Children can create a craft or enjoy a discovery hunt from 10am to 4pm.

Cobourg

Winter Festivities – Come join us for the first 3 Saturdays in February. Free skating & music at the outdoor rink, horse drawn wagon rides, ice carving demonstrations, maple candy station, NZone Kids Club at Northumberland Mall and much more.

Collingwood

There’s no better way to spend Family Day Weekend than at Blue Mountain Village!  With lots of free events and activities – there’s something to do for everyone including Skating on the Mill Pond, The Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Horse & Wagon rides, Interactive Drumming Shows, Birds in Flight, Guided Snowshoeing Tours, Scavenger Hunts, Firedance Shows & Fireworks!

Cornwall

Winterfest – Great lineup of things for the whole family to enjoy. A great winter carnival with Midway rides and games, public skating at the Ed Lumley Arena, great musical talent inside the Civic Complex to warm up to, and three nights of world-class fireworks are just some of the events on tap at this awesome festival.

Dorset

Snowball – Snowball also hosts a bevy of winter activities such as a pancake breakfast, skating, snowball throwing game, chainsaw carving demo, minnow races, horse-drawn wagon rides, Mini Snowmobile rides, Snow Snake Games, Children’s Broomball Tournament, hockey shoot-out, kids vs adult hockey game, snowshoe races, Hockey Night in Dorset and more!

Grand Bend 

Winter Carnival – This year’s theme is Superstition.  Join in the weekend of fun filled events including a Parade, horse and carriage rides, puppet shows, fireworks, Snow sculptures, magic show, food, fun and so much more!

Haliburton

Frostfest – Starting with a Pancake breakfast at the Haliburton Legion Hall to warm the soul, this day is geared for excitement for all ages including horse drawn wagon rides, snow taffy, art activities, pony rides, dogsledding, skating,ice fishing demo, snowshoeing, broomball and lots more. End the day with a tasty Lasagna Dinner at the Haliburton United Church.

Hamilton

Kidsfest @ Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum – Bounce, laugh & play in this family day weekend in Southern Ontario’s largest indoor inflatable festival. Children’s entertainment, rides, kids market place, & full access to the museum.

Honey Harbour

Winterfest – Winterfest  features a hot Georgian shore-lunch of deep fried fish & fries, hot-dogs, beans, cole-slaw with warming drinks, ice rink activities, snowshoe lessons, a student art exhibit and a big Raffle with great prizes donated by local businesses in support of the Co-op’s activities.

Kirkland Lake

Winter Carnival – 18 days of winter fun including sleigh rides, hockey tournaments, free kids matinees, kids carnival, free family swims, fishing derbys and more!

Niagara on the Lake

Days of Wine & Chocolate – Warm up your winter with this match made in heaven! Explore pairings of two of your favourite indulgences – wine and chocolate, as you tour the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Orillia

WinterActive – Winter Active is designed to help Orillians improve their health while having fun enjoying the best of Canada’s winter. The idea is to encourage residents to ‘Get up, go out and be Winter Active!’ Take part in a cardboard toboggan race, enjoy a skate party, play snow volleyball,  take part in some winter games or enjoy some of the many other activities.

Ottawa

Winterlude – A unique winter festival featuring snow and ice sculpture competitions, snow playgrounds, skating, sporting events and let’s not forget the world’s largest skating rink. Celebrate the joys of winter at Winterlude, with three fun-filled weeks in February. Canada’s favourite winter activities are featured across Ottawa and Gatineau at this annual event.

Frosty Fortunes @ The Currency Museum –  See how our country’s chilliest season has influenced the art and design of Canadian currency throughout history. Each weekend during Winterlude, you and your family can come and enjoy cool crafts, games and presentations, all inspired by this frosty time of year. We’ll even have some nice hot cocoa and coffee to warm you up from the chill outside. Admission is free for the whole family.

Penetanguishene

Winterama –  A celebration of Canadian seasonality, Winterama is an opportunity to renew an interest in outdoor activities including sleigh rides, hockey, animals, magician, live entertainment, snow sculpture competition, food and more!

Port Colborne

Sportsfest – It is a city-wide, family-friendly, community Festival of Sports event that attracts participants from across Niagara, with proceeds going to various charities.  The Mayor’s Cup Hockey Tournament, indoor volleyball, family skating, ball hockey, trivia and family skating are just some of the events that are traditionally offered to the public

Port Elgin

Sparkle in the Park – Join us at MacGregor Point for winter experience like no other. Be it the interpretive programs, snow shoe & cross country ski trails or the outdoor skating oval through the campground, enjoy all winter has to offer at MacGregor Point Provincial Park.

Thunder Bay

Voyageur Winter Carnival @ Fort William Historical Park – Carnival events include Sugar Shack, Tubing & Sliding Hills, Snow Maze, Winter Golf, Scavenger Hunt, Skating & Curling On The Kam River, Carnival Games, Dog Sled Rides, Cannonball Bowling, Snow Ball Slingshot And So Much More!

Toronto

Kidsfest @ International Centre – Bounce, laugh & play in this family day weekend in Southern Ontario’s largest indoor inflatable festival. Children’s entertainment, rides, kids market place, & full access to the museum.

Ultimate Dinosaurs @ ROM –  Giants from Gondwana, presented by Raymond James, features dinosaurs you’ve never seen before, displayed in ways you’ve never seen. Check out this world premiere exhibit featuring Dinosaurs unknown to North Americans – most have just been unearthed in the last 20 years.

The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront – Tucked away behind York Quay Centre and set against the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel® Rink has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Hot food and drinks are available at our rink-side restaurant, Lakeside EATS. Best of all – skating is FREE! Part of Skate Culture.

Nature Walk @ Rouge Park – Rouge Park invites you to join us for a guided walk along many of Rouge Park’s trails and discover parts of the Park you might not have visited yet, or learn and share a bit more about your favourite spot in the Park. Whether it’s a Sunday stroll, a fitness walk, a family outing, wildlife spotting or just to get out on the trail, we have the outing for you! With trained leaders to guide the way, we promise you’ll have a ‘natural’ Rouge Park adventure!

Waterloo

Winterloo – Come out for a weekenf of fun like dog sled rides, ice sculpture carving, great art activities at the Button Factory, free public skating at the Public Square, free family movies, and a great chili cook-off featuring some of Waterloo’s top eateries… there’s something for everyone!

Wasaga Beach

Snowman Mania – Enjoy a weekend full of activities including snow sculptures, midway, hockey, snow sculptures, snowman building contest, toboggan party, music and more!

Weekend Fun Guide (February 8-10, 2013)

February is flying right along and there is so much to do to get outdoors and enjoy time with your family.  Feel like some inside time?  Go see a Family Favourite at Cineplex theatres for only $2.50 or make some Valentine’s Day crafts.  Whatever your plans, have fun and keep warm!!

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Every Saturday until the end of March, Cineplex theatres show Family Favourites at 11:00 am for only $2.50.  Feel like you need to escape the cold?  Then check out what they’re showing this weekend http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

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Want to spend some time with the family on the slopes, snow shoeing or screaming your head off as you head down a tube slide?  Find all the great resorts in Ontario that offer skiingSnow shoeing and tubing!

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Around Town this Weekend…

Burlington

Battle of the Titans @ Royal Botanical Gardens – Dinos like you’ve never seen them before!  In this battle for the ages, you will learn about ecology, the study of organisms and the environment that these majestic creatures lived through so long ago. Get ready to go back in time and see how science and nature come together in one amazing exhibit!

Campbellville

Moonlight Snowshoe Hike @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – Discover the magic of winter at night, the snow illuminated by moonlight and the stars bright in the night sky. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you on a snowshoe hike through this beautiful landscape. Hikes take place every Saturday evening in January and February from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each hike begins with basic instruction and some historical background on the sport of snowshoeing.

Season of the Snowsnake @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – Explore the beautiful snowy landscape on a pair of snowshoes courtesy of Crawford’s rental program. Join staff for guided tours of the reconstructed Iroquoian Village at 11am1pm and 3pm.  Each tour will have a unique focus such as games, archaeology or storytelling.   Warm up after the tour with a complimentary cup of nature’s tea. Children can create a craft or enjoy a discovery hunt from 10am to 4pm.

Cobourg

Winter Festivities – Come join us for the first 3 Saturdays in February. Free skating & music at the outdoor rink, horse drawn wagon rides, ice carving demonstrations, maple candy station, NZone Kids Club at Northumberland Mall and much more.

Cochrane

Winter Carnival – During February 1st to the 10th, everyone is invited to take part in Ontario’s Oldest Premier Winter Carnival. With over 110 different activities crammed into a week, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.  From the classic favourites like the Princess Pageant, Torchlight Parade and the Polar Bear Dip, to the new events like the Camao Snow Drags, there is no excuse to stay inside, curled up by the fireplace.

Georgina

Sno*Fest @ The ROC – Saturday 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Join us for this wintery FREE Family event with lots of activities for all ages! Inflatables, games, giveaways, and lots more frosty fun! With live performances by Bernadette Connors Band, Unbound and Bandaloni!

Niagara on the Lake

Days of Wine & Chocolate – Warm up your winter with this match made in heaven! Explore pairings of two of your favourite indulgences – wine and chocolate, as you tour the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Orillia

Winter Carnival – Take the chill out of winter with some cool family fun.  Family fun includes fireworks, helicopter rides, ice castle, snow sculptures, midway, polar bear dip and more!

Ottawa

Kanata Winter Carnival @ Clarence Maheral Park – The day starts off with a breakfast at 8:30am and the rest of the day you can enjoy sleigh rides, Ray’s Reptiles show, Radical Science Show, hot chocolate and hockey!

Winterlude – A unique winter festival featuring snow and ice sculpture competitions, snow playgrounds, skating, sporting events and let’s not forget the world’s largest skating rink. Celebrate the joys of winter at Winterlude, with three fun-filled weeks in February. Canada’s favourite winter activities are featured across Ottawa and Gatineau at this annual event.

Frosty Fortunes @ The Currency Museum –  See how our country’s chilliest season has influenced the art and design of Canadian currency throughout history. Each weekend during Winterlude, you and your family can come and enjoy cool crafts, games and presentations, all inspired by this frosty time of year. We’ll even have some nice hot cocoa and coffee to warm you up from the chill outside. Admission is free for the whole family.

Oxtongue Lake

Winter Fun Day @ Algonquin Outfitters – You could drive a dog team, learn how to build a snow shelter, try skate skiing, go on a snowshoe hike, learn about winter camping, enter a snowshoe race (and hopefully finish!), play snow games and more!

Parry Sound

Snofest – Family Fun in Market Square Park includes activities, Kate’s Kart, BodyZorbs, Gyroscope, laser tag, fishing derby, plank walking, log sawing and food booths.

Ripley

Winter Carnival – Pancake breakfast, skating, ice painting hockey, horse-drawn sleigh rides, family bingo and more.

Sault Ste Marie

Bon Soo Winter Carnival – A week long winter carnival that incorporates the entire city. Set in the middle of winter, events include a children’s fantasy ice kingdom, polar bear swim, and a diverse program of outdoor and indoor sports and activity events, as well as cultural activities including concerts and ice sculptures.

Smith Falls

Winter Carnival – Games, food, skating and all around fun for the whole family! Call (613)283-4124 for more information.

Toronto

Chinese New Year @ Toronto Zoo – Join us as we celebrate the 2013 Chinese New Year – Year of the Snake! Visit some of our fascinating snakes in indoor tropical pavilions and learn more about these amazing creatures!

CIBC Lunarfest @ Harbourfront Centre – Join us as we celebrate the Year of the Snake with Canada’s premier presenter of contemporary expression in Asian arts and culture. FREE!

Canadian Motorsport Expo @ International Centre – The Canadian Motorsports Expo features racing stars, vehicles, equipment, suppliers, retailers and collectibles.

Ultimate Dinosaurs @ ROM –  Giants from Gondwana, presented by Raymond James, features dinosaurs you’ve never seen before, displayed in ways you’ve never seen. Check out this world premiere exhibit featuring Dinosaurs unknown to North Americans – most have just been unearthed in the last 20 years.

Kuumba – Come down to Harbourfront Centre for FREE Black History Month events, including music, film, panel discussions and more.

The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront – Tucked away behind York Quay Centre and set against the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel® Rink has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Hot food and drinks are available at our rink-side restaurant, Lakeside EATS. Best of all – skating is FREE! Part of Skate Culture.

Sportsmen’s Show @ Direct Energy Centre – Canada’s biggest and best outdoors show!  More than 500 exhibitors displaying the newest selections in products for camping, fishing, boating, hunting and hiking. The four-day event includes a dog show, a birds of prey exhibit, a spring boat show, a Canadian forces display and an outdoor adventure zone.

Nature Walk @ Rouge Park – Rouge Park invites you to join us for a guided walk along many of Rouge Park’s trails and discover parts of the Park you might not have visited yet, or learn and share a bit more about your favourite spot in the Park. Whether it’s a Sunday stroll, a fitness walk, a family outing, wildlife spotting or just to get out on the trail, we have the outing for you! With trained leaders to guide the way, we promise you’ll have a ‘natural’ Rouge Park adventure!

Vaughan 

Winterfest – Fun-filled family event held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will feature FREE stage entertainment on the outdoor Amphitheatre stage, the Midway Zone,  a new Video Gaming Zone, IceZone Carving Demos, face painting, art, and pizza making workshops along with opera performances and workshops by Opera Bel Canto of York, displays and much more!

Weekend Fun Guide (January 25-27, 2013)

Winter is in full swing and the activities happening across Ontario prove it.  Whether you want to stay inside to stay warm or get out and enjoy the winter wonderlands, there are SO many events to choose from.  Have fun this weekend and stay warm!

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Family Literacy Day is this Sunday January 27th! Literacy is so important for our children so be sure to celebrate this day with your family and make it special. For events in your area click here, contact your local public library for a list of their events or check your local paper.

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Every Saturday until the end of March, Cineplex theatres show Family Favourites at 11:00 am for only $2.50.  Feel like you need to escape the cold?  Then check out what they’re showing this weekend http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

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Want to spend some time with the family on the slopes or screaming your head off as you head down a tube slide?  Find all the great resorts in Ontario that offer skiing and tubing!

Around Town this Weekend…

Acton

Acton Winter Carnival – Happening on Sunday January 27th, this event has fun for the entire family including: Pancake breakfast, dog sledding demonstrations, horse & wagon rides, mini putt, kids crafts, face painting, hockey tournament, obstacle course, ice skating, food vendors and MORE!

Burlington

Dinosaurs: Battle of the Titans @ Royal Botanical Gardens – A formidable clash between a Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops. Discover the astounding truth about how nature can both create giants and send them off to oblivion.

Lowville Winter Games @ Lowville Park (Sunday January 27th only) – Lots of family fun to be had including:Horse drawn wagon rides, fabulous food options, tobogganing, Crafts, Halton Birds of Prey show, log sawing competition and much more!

Campbellville

Horse drawn sleigh rides @ Mountsberg Conservation Area – You can enjoy a wagon or sleigh ride through the fields and forests of Mountsberg on a crisp winter day. The jingle of the harness and the sound of the horses tromping along the trail will make for an enjoyable trip to our outdoor camp fire. Marshmallows for roasting and hot chocolate for sipping are included in the price of your ticket!

Season of the Snowsnake @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – Explore the beautiful snowy landscape on a pair of snowshoes courtesy of Crawford’s rental program. Join staff for guided tours of the reconstructed Iroquoian Village at 11am1pm and 3pm.  Each tour will have a unique focus such as games, archaeology or storytelling.   Warm up after the tour with a complimentary cup of nature’s tea. Children can create a craft or enjoy a discovery hunt from 10am to 4pm.

Moonlight Snowshoe Hike @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – Discover the magic of winter at night, the snow illuminated by moonlight and the stars bright in the night sky. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you on a snowshoe hike through this beautiful landscape. Hikes take place every Saturday evening in January and February from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each hike begins with basic instruction and some historical background on the sport of snowshoeing.

Cannington

Cannington Dog Sled Races and Winter Festival – Cannington Dog Sled Races & Winter Festival for a fun-filled weekend of pancake breakfasts, ice sculptures and outdoor activities as top teams from across North America take to the field for a fun-filled weekend.

Collingwood

South Georgian Bay Winterfest – South Georgian Bay is kicking off the New Year with 10 full days (and nights) of Winterfest … a festival that celebrates our area’s finest outdoor winter adventures, local food and fun family entertainment from January 18th to the 27th. South Georgian Bay WINTERFEST is 10 days of jam-packed fun, dining, live entertainment and outdoor winter activities for the entire family to enjoy!

Dalkeith

Winter Carnnival – Saturday January 26th – 9 am to 2 pm Broomball 11 am Euchre Tournament 1 pm Pool Tournament Finals Div. A & B 2 pm Come for the outdoor parade (floats, costumes) 3-5 pm Outdoor skating 3 pm Kiddies corner 5-7 pm Broomball 8 pm Pick up Hockey for everyone 9 pm Carnival Dance with live band – Misty

Lanark Village 

Frosty Fling Winter Carnival – This annual family event features skating and costumes. Family outdoor activities on Sunday feature sleigh rides in Lanark Village.
Info: 613-259-2220

Milford

Winter Carnival – Fun for the entire family.  Activities include pancake breakfast, Skating, Bed races, curling, tricycle races, Free hot dogs and hot chocolate, Horse drawn wagon rides, free family movie and popcorn!

Niagara Falls

Winter Festival of Lights – Get bundled up, gather your kids, fill their memories with winter fun as you enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights from November 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013. With over three million sparkling lights, fireworks, concerts, amazing performance of great artists, water parks, casinos and wine tours, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights is the most enchanting of Niagara attractions and has become a tradition for over one million people from around the globe on winter getaways.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Celebrations – Located on historic Queen Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake, your favourite wineries will be pouring liquid gold all weekend long. Icewine will be served with the swinging sounds of Canadian Jazz and culinary pairings to delight the palate.

Odessa 

Winter Carnival – Get outdoors and enjoy a week full of fun, food and family at the annual Odessa Winter Carnival.  There’s plenty of great things to do throughout the week.

Ottawa

Winter Bites Ottawa – The event will lure you out of your home and into the warmth of Ottawa’s restaurants.Visit as many as you like, as often as you like. And check www.ottawamagazine.com/winterbites-2012 occasionally; the list of participating restaurant is growing daily. WinterBites runs Thursday, Jan. 12 to Saturday,Jan. 28.

Pakenham

Frostfest – Join a fun-filled week of events with Pakenham’s celebration of winter.

Peterborough

Snofest – Family snow games and activities such as; 2 Ball toss game, Tug of war, Board Walk activity game, Capture the Flag, Scavenger Hunt, Tic Tac Sno, Hockey shoot out, snow shoe egg race and tobagganing. Refreshments such as hot dogs, chili, coffee and hot chocolate will be available for sale. There will also be an Endurance Run for the winter runner organized by Fit Corps Boot Camp.

Port Sydney 

Winter Carnival – Family skating, bonfire, pancake breakfast, BBQ on the beach, dance, free snow shoeing and cross country skiing.

Scarborough

Community Winterfest @ Port Union Community Recreation Centre & Charlottetown Park – Curling, TPL ‘Bingo’ Marathon, Face Painting, Outdoor Games, Outdoor Giant Games & Rides, HawksShadow, Winter Golf, Snow Clues & Snowshoes, Ice Sculpting, Maple Candy Station, Snow Sculpting, Indoor Entertainment, Clowns, BBQ, Popcorn, Bonfire, Cotton Candy and Prizes

St. Catherines

Winterfest in the Square – Celebrate the magic of winter in St. Catharines wtih VQA wines, gourmet cuisine, live entertainment by Jonsey and the hottest trend in culinary, food trucks. Purchase tokens for wine and Dairy Farmers of Canada wine glasses.

Sudbury

Imax Festival @ Sceince North- Explore the unbelievable! Ten films and ten exciting adventures to choose from!  Nothing brings you closer to the action and adventure than IMAX®, the most powerful and immersive movie experience in the world! The Festival’s flexible screening schedule offers you a great combination of giant screen excitement and show times!

Toronto

Toronto’s Ultimate Travel Show @ Direct Energy Centre – As our famous winter weather arrives, what better way to escape the winter blues than exploring warm and exotic vacation opportunities, or home-grown escapes?  Discover cultures from around the world through our exciting exhibitors, seminars and entertainment from around the world. Toronto’s Ultimate Travel Show has  everything you need to inspire you to plan your best vacation ever!

The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront – Tucked away behind York Quay Centre and set against the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel® Rink has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Hot food and drinks are available at our rink-side restaurant, Lakeside EATS. Best of all – skating is FREE! Part of Skate Culture.

Nature Walk @ Rouge Park – Rouge Park invites you to join us for a guided walk along many of Rouge Park’s trails and discover parts of the Park you might not have visited yet, or learn and share a bit more about your favourite spot in the Park. Whether it’s a Sunday stroll, a fitness walk, a family outing, wildlife spotting or just to get out on the trail, we have the outing for you! With trained leaders to guide the way, we promise you’ll have a ‘natural’ Rouge Park adventure!

Winterlicious – Winterlicious 2013 is Toronto’s biggest winter culinary celebration to date. Discover unique culinary events and 191 exciting local restaurants offering prix fixe menus.

Whitby

Winterfest – Come to WindReach Farm and enjoy the wonders of winter! Explore our accessible trails and pathways, go tobogganing, skating, and take a wagon ride, feed the farm animals, crafts for kids and more. Some adaptive sports equipment will be available for use. Enjoy all winter has to offer, then warm yourself by the outdoor fire. Food and beverages available for purchase. $20/vehicle

Weekend Fun Guide (January 18-20, 2013)

The fun in Ontario is starting to pick back up and Winter Festivals are popping up all over Ontario for you to get out and enjoy with your family!  This weekend the snow is going to fly again so you can always hit the slopes at a local Ontario Ski Resort or try out some Snow Tubing.

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Around Town …

Bayfield

Winter Hike on Sunday – The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will be having a winter hike at the Varna Trail, located at the Bluewater Varna Complex. The Varna complex is 4 km’s east of Bayfield or 2 km west of Varna on Mill Road. Depending on the snow, this will either be snowshoes or hiking boots. Outside Projects will be on hand with snowshoes to rent, but best to book ahead at 519 440 8585 or email Tyler Hessel outsideprojects@tcc.on.ca

Campbellville

Season of the Snowsnake @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – Explore the beautiful snowy landscape on a pair of snowshoes courtesy of Crawford’s rental program. Join staff for guided tours of the reconstructed Iroquoian Village at 11am1pm and 3pm.  Each tour will have a unique focus such as games, archaeology or storytelling.   Warm up after the tour with a complimentary cup of nature’s tea. Children can create a craft or enjoy a discovery hunt from 10am to 4pm.

Moonlight Snowshoe Hike @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – Discover the magic of winter at night, the snow illuminated by moonlight and the stars bright in the night sky. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you on a snowshoe hike through this beautiful landscape. Hikes take place every Saturday evening in January and February from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each hike begins with basic instruction and some historical background on the sport of snowshoeing.

Collingwood

South Georgian Bay Winterfest – South Georgian Bay is kicking off the New Year with 10 full days (and nights) of Winterfest … a festival that celebrates our area’s finest outdoor winter adventures, local food and fun family entertainment from January 18th to the 27th. South Georgian Bay WINTERFEST is 10 days of jam-packed fun, dining, live entertainment and outdoor winter activities for the entire family to enjoy!

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Napanee

Winter Chill Festival @ Market Square – Bring your ice skates and snow suit for some great winter fun at the Winter Chill Festival. Join us for a special public skate on the Outdoor Ice Rink created just for the event! Don’t miss marshmallow roasting, snow painting, snow volleyball tournament, chili challenge cook-off, snow mountain, horse drawn wagon rides and more! Dress warm, come out and have some fun in Downtown Greater Napanee!

Newburgh

Canal Bash – Don’t miss the winter fun planned in Newburgh at the 20th annual Canal Bash.  A great line-up is scheduled that’s perfect for both the young and young at heart.

Niagara Falls

Winter Festival of Lights – Get bundled up, gather your kids, fill their memories with winter fun as you enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights from November 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013. With over three million sparkling lights, fireworks, concerts, amazing performance of great artists, water parks, casinos and wine tours, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights is the most enchanting of Niagara attractions and has become a tradition for over one million people from around the globe on winter getaways.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Celebrations – Locatedd on historic Queen Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake, your favourite wineries will be pouring liquid gold all weekend long. Icewine will be served with the swinging sounds of Canadian Jazz and culinary pairings to delight the palate.

Ottawa

Winter Bites Ottawa – The event will lure you out of your home and into the warmth of Ottawa’s restaurants.Visit as many as you like, as often as you like. And check www.ottawamagazine.com/winterbites-2012 occasionally; the list of participating restaurant is growing daily. WinterBites runs Thursday, Jan. 12 to Saturday,Jan. 28.

Petawawa 

Cabin Fever – Check out the great line-up of activities planned including: Family skating, food, Snow drag races, ski races, children’s programming and more…

Peterborough 

Snofest – Celebrate the 36th anniversary of Snofest Peterborough with fun events throughout the month of January 2013. Some exciting new events planned for this year include: Pony Petting, a Curling Media Competition, Snowman building event throughout the City, a Youth Art Show and Sale and a Library Story time, plus even more family fun at the Carnival on the Hill at the Peterborough Museum.

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Sauble Beach 

Winterfest – Winterfest is a special off-season event for year round residents and winter enthusiasts, reminding everyone that Sauble Beach doesn’t shut down after Thanksgiving! Make plans to join us for this year’s activities and enjoy some of the other things the beach has to offer. But leave your bathing suit at home!

Stratford 

Winterfest – Featuring The Fire Guy, Bobbi “The Wood Carver”, Loads of Winter Games for Kids, Entertainment for All Ages, and Much More!

Sudbury

Imax Festival @ Sceince North- Explore the unbelievable! Ten films and ten exciting adventures to choose from!  Nothing brings you closer to the action and adventure than IMAX®, the most powerful and immersive movie experience in the world! The Festival’s flexible screening schedule offers you a great combination of giant screen excitement and show times!

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Toronto

The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront – Tucked away behind York Quay Centre and set against the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel® Rink has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Hot food and drinks are available at our rink-side restaurant, Lakeside EATS. Best of all – skating is FREE! Part of Skate Culture.

Toronto International Boat Show – The Toronto International Boat Show is back for another year, with over 1200 boats on display. The event features the world’s largest indoor lake, and offers free boat rides in canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and inflatable boats. Also, guests can enjoy a wakeboarding demonstrations, the discover boating centre where experts are on hand to give advice and tips, special guests and over 140 seminars. The event is family-friendly with a kids boating zone with paddleboats on a mini-lake.

Maple Leaf Monster Jam @ Roger’s Centre – Experience the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Trucks. Leading the charge is free- style champion, Northern Nightmare driven by Canada’s own, Cam McQueen. Don’t miss out on the twelve-foot-tall, ten thousand pound machines that will keep you at the edge of your seats with thrilling stunts and nail-biting action.

Nature Walk @ Rouge Park – Rouge Park invites you to join us for a guided walk along many of Rouge Park’s trails and discover parts of the Park you might not have visited yet, or learn and share a bit more about your favourite spot in the Park. Whether it’s a Sunday stroll, a fitness walk, a family outing, wildlife spotting or just to get out on the trail, we have the outing for you! With trained leaders to guide the way, we promise you’ll have a ‘natural’ Rouge Park adventure!

Twenty Valley

Twenty Valley Winter Wine Fest – Sip, savour and celebrate with over 30 of Twenty Valley’s award-winning wineries. Sweet Icewine, festive sparkling wines and sensational VQA red and white wines will be on offer, paired with delicious offerings from our renowned local chefs. Centre stage will feature live entertainment and wine and food demos in the heart of charming Jordan Village.