Bingemans is a splashin’ good time for the entire family! #Review

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We are always up for trying out new places for family fun so when we were invited to visit Bingemans in Kitchener, my family was totally excited.  I had been years ago but had never been with the kids.

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Thankfully we got a nice sunny day so it was a perfect day for the waterpark and we spent our entire day there.  Big Splash has 7 different waterslides, a heated wave pool and a splash area so there’s something for everyone.

Besides riding the slides over and over again, we also enjoyed this about the water park:

  • There is cool music pumping through the speakers all day
  • Lots of loungers and chairs with shady areas available
  • There is an ice cream hut on location as well as a snack bar but I love the fact that you can bring in your own food.  We packed up a cooler with sandwiches, fruit, veggies and water and then hit the ice cream place for dessert.
  • Staff is super friendly and attentive to the safety of all guests
  • Bathrooms and the park in general were very clean

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Beyond the Big Splash water park… 

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For sure, the water park was the highlight of our kids day but there are so many other things you can do at Bingemans.  Included in your daytime entry, you can also use the pool, mini golf and beach volleyball.  We loved the mini golf!  As a competitive family, this course was a great family battle on this super cute course to see who would be victorious.  I am happy to say that the winner was…. ME!

Onsite there is also Funworx which has video games, a climbing area and a ropes course.  We barely made it there to play due to all the fun we had in the waterpark.  The kids were a little disappointed because we didn’t have socks for them which is required on the climbing structure and neither were wearing close toed shoes for the ropes course.  Now we could have bought socks but they were quite happy to play some video games, grab some fries and head back to our site for the night.  KingPin bowling looked cool as well but again there was the time factor.  That being said, when we return we will be sure to stay more than one night so we can make time to do everything.

Camping At Bingemans…

Because one day at Bingemans is not enough to take in all the fun, why not consider staying the night. In advance, you can book a campsite to tent or park your trailer or stay in a cabin or a yurt.  We stayed the night in a Yurt for the first time ever and it was a cool experience!

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In Yurt Village, you will find9 yurts that you can stay in if you are looking for a hassle free way to spend the night.  The best thing we found with the yurt is that there was barely any set-up required.  The yurt was equipped with 2 sets of bunks (single over single and single over double), a small table and chairs and a front locking door to keep all you valuables safe while you are away from the site.  Thick canvas sides keep you protected from the elements with the side windows allowing for good airflow.  Each site is equipped with a picnic table for outdoor eating or games and a fire pit for yummy nighttime snacks.  Oh and the kids were excited that the yurt had an electrical outlet so they could charge their iPads for a late night movie.  All in all it was a cool experience with an easy set-up.  When asked if they would yurt camp again I got 2 really loud cheers and 1 cheer for regular tent camping.  Whatever the liking, we can come back and enjoy Bingemans again in a tent or in a yurt and have a great time!

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Thanks to Bingemans for hosting us for a fun time and we can’t wait to return in the near future!

WIN a family fun day at Bingemans!!

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Snappy Towels – Our favourite new adventure towel

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Our family is all about Summer fun!  We spend most of our time swimming, visiting splash pads, running through the sprinkler and jumping in the lake.  Yep, Summer for us is pretty much all about water fun.

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I recently heard about a new company out of Toronto, ON called Snappy towels.  There concept is simple but one that makes so much sense.  You know one of those, “how did I not think of this myself” good ideas.

The 411 on Snappy Towels

Snappy Towels transform from beach towel to cape to hooded towel to cover-up in a snap!

Perfect for boys and girls 2 and up, Snappy Towels are fun at the beach, bath time, swimming lessons and everywhere in between. Sized just right for kids, Snappy Towels are 50″ x 27″, mid-weight 100% cotton.

Snappy Towels have colorful snaps that allow them to be worn as a super hero cape, princess robe, hooded towel, poncho, blanket wrap and more. The only limit is a child’s imagination!

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What the Kids love about their new Snappy Towels:

– They are “soft and cuddly”

– They are big enough to wrap up most of their body

– They can work the snaps by themselves

And their absolute favourite reasons is the different ways they can use them…

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  Here’s what Mom loves about Snappy Towels:

– The size is perfect for our every day outings, not too big and not too small

– The towels are customizable

– Pick your towel colour (pink, blue or green)

– Choose your snap colour (white, yellow or blue)

–  Add your name or a nickname

– Choose the font your would like your name written in (Choose from 3 fonts)

– Great quality!

Washes well.  After washing them I was happy to see there was no pilling, the snaps and embroidery were all in tact

– When the kids go to sleepaway camp this Summer there is no need for a label because they are embroidered with their names

– They are a Canadian company!

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Summer Vacation hasn’t even barely started yet and our Snappy Towels have already been on so many adventures with us with so many more to come!

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Follow Snappy Towels on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to keep up to date on this great new product and company

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Summer Fun Giveaways – Ontario Attractions

Summer Fun Giveaways

Summer Fun Giveaways

There are so many fun family-friendly attractions in Ontario that we think are great and we want you to experience them with your family.  Follow this post because over the next few weeks we will be giving away passes for you to take your family to some pretty cool places.

African Lion Safari

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Enter to win a  family pass (for 4) which includes admission for 2 adults 2 children

 

Bird Kingdom

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LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

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Win 1 of 3 family day-passes (admits 5 people) to Legoland Discover Centre in Vaughan

Santa’s Village

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Toronto Zoo

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Win 4 passes to the Toronto Zoo

Reptilia

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Win 4 passes to Reptilia

Coming Soon to our Summer Fun Giveaways…

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Weekend Fun Guide (July 18-20 2014)

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The weather is supposed to be beautiful this weekend and perfect to get out and have some family fun! Visit and amusement park, go to a zoo, cool off at a water park or check out one of the many cool events taking place across Ontario this weekend!

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Tim Horton’s FREE Swim

Tim Horton’s is sponsoring FREE swim times at community pools across Ontario until the end of August.  Need to cool down and escape the heat?  Check out where these free swims are located

Let’s All Go to the Drive-in

Drive-ins in Ontario

Ontario is home to so many great drive-ins!  Put the family in their jammies and head to a local drive-in for a night of family fun under the stars

Cineplex Family Favourites

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Sit back and relax with a family movie at Cineplex Theatres.  Saturdays at 11:00am you can catch a Family Favourite movie for only $2.50

Farmer’s Markets

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Farmer’s Markets are open for the season!  Be sure to check one out near you to find lots of fresh local produce, local offerings and homemade goods

Whatever your plans, have a great and memory making weekend with your family!

Around Town this Weekend…

Ajax

Family Fun Day – 5th Annual Community Family FUN Day! It’ll be held Sat. Jul. 19th, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1748 Westney Rd in Ajax. The day will be filled with prizes, face painting, a jumping castle, BBQ and more. Admission is a non-perishable food item for a local food bank. Expect great fun for the whole family, and with you there, it’ll undoubtedly be the best year yet!

Almonte

Almonte Fair – The annual fair of the North Lanark Agricultural Society is one of the oldest fairs in the Ottawa Valley.  Come with the family to enjoy the midway, tractor pull, vendors, food and fun!

Belle River 

Sunsplash Festival – Come see top racers from all over North America compete for national championships right here in Belle River on the Lake!  There will fun for the entire family with TD Family entertainment tent, live entertainment, a parade, vendors and food!

Blue Mountains

Famarama Children’s Festival – Come celebrate the family all weekend with amazing shows and activities!  Celebrating families with Juno award winner Fred Penner, live music, interactive drumming, variety shows, guided family hike & gondola ride and one million smiles

Bracebridge

Muskoka Arts & Crafts Show – Now in its 52nd year, Muskoka Arts & Crafts’ Summer Show is Muskoka’s oldest and largest outdoor art show. Set in a beautiful park, the Summer Show features 200 creative artists from across Canada. Approximately 20,000 to 25,000 enthusiastic people visit the Summer Show to meet the makers and see their work.

Cambridge

Highland Games – The 2014 Cambridge Highland Games will be the 39th year for the Games to be held in Cambridge. Cambridge highland Games is a not-for-profit organization managed and operated by a group of volunteers. The Games have long been part of summers in Cambridge with dancers, pipers and heavy games.

Cayuga

Cayugafest – A great family festival along the banks of the Grand River including live entertainment, contests, craft and food vendors, kid fun zone and so much more for a fun family weekend.

Clarksburg

Raspberry Festival – Come for an hour and end up staying for the full day; try your hand at some of our games, relax while you feed the animals, pick your own raspberries and mingle with both old friends and new.

Ennismore

Shamrock Festival Truck and Tractor Pull  Saturday, July 19th is a Family Fun Day, ball hockey and soccer tournament, bouncy castles, BBQ, face painting and more!

Fonthill

Summerfest – Pelham Summerfest is a four day celebration of local artisans, buskers, business exhibits, local farmers and street food vendors.

Hamilton

Fringe Festival – Accessible, playful, and engaging the Hamilton Fringe Festival is an action-packed performance event that takes place over 11 days each July in downtown Hamilton.  With more than 40 companies offering up musicals, dance, comedies, magic shows, dramas, and family entertainment in more than 300 performances- there truly is something for everyone!

Kitchener

Ribfest and Craft Beer Show – Barbequed ribs and chicken, great craft-brewed beer, live entertainment – all in the great atmosphere of Victoria Park.  Life doesn’t get much better!  Bring your friends, family and co-workers and savour the flavour!

Lansdowne

Lansdowne Fair – Agricultural Fair featuring horse pull and harness racing competitions, demo derby, arts & crafts, culinary, floral, vegetable, photography, antique displays, grandstand entertainment and more.

Listowel

Agricultural Fair – The theme for 2014 is “Where Town & Country Meet!”
There are almost all of the same great events at the fair plus a few new ones! Plan to attend the Listowel Fair where ‘the town & country meet!’

London

Home County Music & Art Festival @ Victoria Park London – Home County presents its 40th Anniversary festival in downtown London. Hear some of Canada’s finest songwriters sharing the stories behind their songs on three afternoon workshop stages, and sit back and enjoy the evening main-stage concerts at the Kiwanis Memorial Bandshell.  Home County is renowned for its juried craft show, showcasing 120 Canadian artisans. Craft booths include pottery, glass, jewelry, fine art, textiles, metal, wood, photography and gourmet foods.

Longlac

Summerfest – Lots of activities for all ages. Baseball tournament (non-competitive and competitive). Fish fry, parade, beef on the bun, fish derby, family dance, beer gardens. Pop and hot dog sale, Show and Shine. Volunteer of the year award. Entertainment by local artists. Pony rides (free). And much much more.

Minden

Minden Hill Bluegrass Festival – This three day Bluegrass Festival is located at the Minden Fairgrounds, Bobcaygeon Rd, Minden, where you will have plenty of room for parking, rough camping, and level sites for easy RV parking and lawn chairs. There will be vendors, food vendors, open mic, and workshops.

Mississauga

Rotary Ribfest – Not only can you indulge in some sticky yummy ribs from many different ribbers but you can also enjoy some live entertainment, carnival and midway!

Mount Forest

Fireworks Festival – Amusement Park, Live Entertainment, One of the Largest Classic Car Shows in Ontario, Motorcycle Show n’ Shine, Helicopter Rides, A&W Outdoor Movie, Award-Winning Mega Magic Show, Friday Night Video Dance, Kids Entertainment, Vendors, Sidewalk Sales and the highlight: Saturday Night Fireworks Extravaganza!

Niagara Falls

Fireworks over the Falls – Canada’s longest-running fireworks series is underway with fireworks every Friday, Sunday, and holiday until September 1, preceded by the popular Coca Cola Concert Series on the Victoria Park Stage. The best views are in Queen Victoria Park overlooking Niagara Falls.

Orangeville

Ribfest – Come on out to the fifth annual Orangeville Rotary Ribfest at the Alder Street Rec Centre, July 18-20, for a weekend of fantastic ribs and great music! There will be six energetic ribbers serving up thousands of mouth-watering-barbecued-fall-off-the-bone-get-your-hands-messy ribs. There will also be a beer tent, midway for the kids and continuous live-entertainment on the big stage.

Orillia

Scottish Festival – A Scottish celebration! Ceilidh at Orillia Legion Friday & Sunday; parade Downtown at Noon, pipe & drum competitions, entertainment & vendors at Couchiching Beach Park Saturday!

Ottawa

Ice Cream Festival – Do you like ice cream? Visit the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on Sunday, July 20 and learn about the journey from cow to cone. Practice your milking technique on the Museum’s wooden cow and get the scoop on how dairying technology now includes milking machines, and even robotic milkers.  Try your hand at an old-fashioned manual ice cream maker, and taste your own yummy creation, as well as gelato, frozen yogurt and an ice cream smoothie.

Community Sports Day @ Nepean Museum – Celebrate Nepean’s sporting heritage and active living with this new event at the museum! Check out the diversity of games enjoyed by local residents (and maybe one or two you’ve never played before!) with our sports demonstrations. A friendly 3-on-3 basketball tournament will help you reconnect with or get to know your neighbours and our “meet and greet” with local athletes will surely inspire your little ones. We’re installing new artefact displays, too, to help put all the pieces of Nepean’s athletic heritage together.

Perth

Stewart Park Festival – Under a canopy of majestic maple trees, the Stewart Park Festival in Downtown Heritage Perth brings together an eclectic variety of Canadian and International musicians for a great weekend of over 30 outdoor concerts. The weekend has entertainment for everyone including children’s entertainment and an international food and artisans market.

Sault Ste. Marie 

Summer Festival – Savour the lip-smackin’ BBQ at the Ribfest…Revel in the antics of the street entertainment at Cirque du ROTARYFEST…Frolic in the PlayZone where you get hands-on and creative, Boogie to the continuous free entertainment and take a ride on the midway!

St. Thomas

Day out with Thomas – Thomas is charged up and ready to GO GO for the 2014 Day Out With Thomas tour! Presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands, Day Out With Thomas provides an opportunity for kids to take a ride with their favorite tank engine, meet the railway controller Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in Imagination Station, and much more in a city near you! Ready, Set… Go, Go Thomas!

Toronto

Beaches International Jazz Festival – We are Toronto’s signature Jazz event, attracting millions of people far, wide, and across the street. Each component that makes up the festival is filled with great music, large crowds and an engaging atmosphere. Experience the robust stylings of Toronto’s fine music artists! Jazz, Blues, Funk, Soul, Disco, Swing, Ska, Reggae, World Beat, Hip Hop, Pop, Samba, Flamenco and more embody the symphonic fusion of sounds that make up Toronto and beyond.

Honda Indy – This summer’s event has a new identity, combining a rich history in Toronto and some of the fastest racing series on the planet, with an off-track schedule just as fast-paced as action on the track including a festival of craft beer & food, adrenaline packed stunt shows and competitions, charity events, celebrity appearances, interactive activities and live entertainment.

Live Green Festival -Please join us at the Live Green Toronto Festival – Toronto’s largest outdoor celebration of all things green.  The Festival will include live performances on stage at Yonge-Dundas Square as well as booths along Yonge Street between Dundas Street and Queen Street.

Trenton 

Downtown Trenton’s Festival on the Bay  – The Downtown Trenton’s Festival on the Bay is the highlight of the summer for downtown Trenton. There is a huge sidewalk sale with the streets closed to traffic. Live entertainment runs throughout the day on the downtown stage.

 Have an event you want us to share?  Email us at info@vacationingwithkids.ca

 

 

 

Weekend Fun Guide (July 5-7 2013)

Summer

Loving this short week as it means the weekend is just around the corner again!  Temperatures are expecting to stay high this weekend so try to keep cool by hitting the beach or a local Water Park.  There are also lots of fun things to keep you busy in our Weekend Fun Guide!

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Family Fishing Week 

Ontario Family Fishing Events is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card.  Events such as festivals, clinics, derbies and workshops are hosted across the province. To find an event near you, visit the Events List from Ontario Family Fishing. Each event provides a great opportunity to get outside, spend some wholesome time with the family, and develop a strong connection with conservation through the enjoyment of fishing.

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Thinking about taking in a movie with the family this weekend?  Check out what’s playing on Saturday mornings at Cineplex theatres for their Family Favourites.  At 11:00am you can watch a movie for only $2.50!  You can also load the family into the car and head to a drive-in near you for some family fun!

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Visit a a Farmer’s Market near you this weekend to get some super fresh local produce and support the Farmers of Ontario.

Around Town this Weekend…

Almonte

Celtfest  – A three day fun-for-all ages celebration of the Ottawa Valley’s music, song, and dance heritage. Held in Almonte’s Gemmill Park amphitheatre, local pubs and Old Town Hall, Celtfest features excellent concerts, workshops, artisans and food venues and children’s activities. Admission is by donation.

Amherstburg

Rotary Ribfest –  This is a family event – there is something for everyone – food, entertainment, midway rides, children’s activities, a licensed area, and best of all – great ribs! As an added bonus, parking and admission are FREE but donations are greatly appreciated.

Blue Mountain

Jazz on the Mountain – It’s Canada’s newest Jazz festival!  Over 30 free and ticketed concerts, master class workshops and the late night club series.  Children can enjoy outdoor animated acoustic musicians, face-painters and street performers.  This is a family-friendly fun for all ages.

Bracebridge

Reggae Muskoka – We invite you to join the celebration, as Bracebridge comes alive with the sound of reggae music, the sweet aroma of Caribbean food and the many vendors’ booths, decked out with a variety of crafts and other products.

Cambridge

2013 Forbes Park Music Festival – A fun-filled family day featuring clowns, jugglers, children’s rides/games, playground, splash pad, arts and crafts and food vendors. Various live bands on stage, refreshment tent and many other exciting activities for the entire family.

Chatham

Lavendar Festival – $3 admission (12 and under free) helps support the Growing Chefs! Classroom Gardening Project  As always there will be more lavender, local musicians, artisans and local producers bringing you the best Chatham-Kent has to offer!

Flamborough

John Burns Memorial Fishing Derby @ Valens Conservation Area – Catch the Big One and win great prizes for children and adults.  Prizes for the largest northern pike, largemouth bass and, for children, panfish.  Bait and boat rentals are available.  Runs from sunrise to 2 p.m.

Goderich

Festival of Arts & Crafts – The Festival of Arts and Craft is held in a park in beautiful historic Goderich. The event hosts as many as 150 craft persons who display their wares. The festival draws thousand of tourists to our lake-side town every year. You do not want to miss the opportunity to see and purchase unique, hand-crafted items. The festival is also the largest fund raiser for Huron Women’s Shelter.

Huntsville

Rotary Dockfest – Come out for this FREE day of family fun!  The starts with a yummy pancake breakfast and there will be face painting, children’s crafts and a magician.  Be sure to check out the DockFest parade of boats as well as the main events, the bathtub races!  The day winds down with a live band at the band shell.

Kincardine

Scottish Festival – Regarded as a world class Scottish Festival, patrons will be invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of Scotland on the shores of our own Loch Huron.  With 30 Pipe Bands, 200 Highland Dancers and plenty of talented Celtic performers, the Festival is a sure crowd pleaser.  The Festival offers a vast array of activities for young and old.  From our competitions of Piping and Drumming, Highland Dancing and Heavy Events, to the Parade, Clan Avenue and evening concerts, there is something for everyone.

Lakefield

Jazz, Art & Craft Festival – The 15th annual Lakefield Jazz Art Craft Festival invites you, your friends and family to come to a breezy day of outdoor summer living July 6 beside Lakefield’s scenic Otonabee River to enjoy a wide variety of Jazz music, colourful works for sale by artisans and crafters, plus interesting foods and ice cold beverages.

London

Victorian Teddy Bear Picnic – On Sunday, July 7th all the bears are gathering for a Victorian Teddy Bear Picnic.  Bring out your favourite stuffed friend for an afternoon of games in the park.  Watch a puppet show and make your very own teddy bear puppet.  Join Victorian Bear for a parade and enjoy a picnic of lemonade and cookies served in a china tea cup. Children and teddies alike will love many more activities throughout the Village.

Sunfest – TD Sunfest is Canada’s Premier celebration of World Music & Culture which is held over 4 days each July in beautiful Victoria Park, London, Ontario.

Milton

Farm Fun for Kids – Come to Country Heritage park all weekend for some good old fashioned fun!  Go for a tractor and wagon ride, play in the play barn, tour the buildings and pack a picnic!

Orangeville

150th Birthday Bash – Come out an celebrate the town’s 150th Birthday with a Community breakfast & lunch, Kids Zone, Strolling buskers, heritage walking tours,  juried art show, and lots of live entertainment.

Orillia

Mariposa Folk Festival – For more than 50 years, Mariposa has been presenting world class creators and performers of folk, roots, blues, gospel, acoustic and world music traditions in a beautiful, family-friendly setting.

Owen Sound

Music & Movies – On Friday nights for the month of July, see a family favourite under the stars at Harrison Park for FREE. The evening starts at 8 p.m. with supervised playtime for children, followed by an up-and- coming musical act at 8:30 and movie at 9:00.
Ottawa

RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest – This award winning, multi-staged music extravaganza is the biggest outdoor music festival in Canada and is considered one of the most important music events in North America. Thousands of national and international performers are featured annually at LeBreton Flats Park, in downtown Ottawa.

Toronto

Taste of Lawrence – This is an international food and cultural festival, celebrating the cultural diversity of the Wexford Heights community. The event features food from India to Italy to Jamaica, live entertainment, children can take part in arts and crafts and a chance to break a Guinness Book World Record to create the World’s Largest Necklace in the Kids Zone.

Afrofest – Afrofest is a FREE festival featuring music, dance, mouth-watering food, a large bustling marketplace and much more. It will take place on July 6 & 7, 2013 at Woodbine Park

Corso Italia Annual Street Festival – Enjoy streets lined with vendors offering a world of delicacies, amazing live entertainment, world-class shopping, fun contests and more!  Join us for a can’t-miss weekend of fun for all ages!

Warkworth

Warkworth Western Ram Rodeo Weekend – The Percy Agricultural Society (Warkworth Fair Board) and the RAM Rodeo Tour are pleased to announce this year’s RAM RODEO!  For 16 years the Warkworth Western Weekend has provided the thrills and live action of real Rodeo in the amazing little town of Warkworth just east of the GTA. Friday night starts the Weekend off with the Annual Western Gaming Show and Saturday and Sunday it’s the Ram Rodeo.

Wasaga Beach

Georgian Triangle Music Festival – A multi-venue, multi genre, three day music festival with over 60 Musical Acts all at the mouth of South Georgian Bay