April 2022

Ontario Summer Day Camps For Kids

Best 2022 Summer Day Camps in Ontario

ToDoOntario.com is best place to find summer day camps near you or worth the drive. 

Summer Vacation in Ontario is a time for kids to enjoy activities they love, or try some new ones. Kids who loves sports camps, nature camps, arts camps and more, can look forward to a fun summer. They can be doing their favourite activities while making new friends and perhaps, having ‘the best summer ever’. 

Full day and half day summer camps offer a flexible schedule for parents and kids alike.

Whether you’re looking for a kids summer day camp near your home or cottage, OR while on an amazing Ontario getaway – check out this list and start planning your children’s’ summer fun. 

Discovery Camp @ Snow Valley Resort

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Discovery Camp, Snow Valley will provide an exciting and engaging environment filled with outdoor activities that combine sport, nature, art, and free play. Discovery Camp will ensure each camper is given opportunities that will encourage them through play and supports their learning through guided exploration and experiences. Each camp week presents a new theme kids will love.

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Blue Mountain Resort Kids Day Camps
The Blue Mountains

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Unlock a new achievement every day at Blue Mountain Summer Camps. Watch as your children reach new heights in their outdoor development and conquer the summer one activity at a time.

Bike and Skills Camp: Multisport

We’re rounding out our summer camp line up with two new specialty camps, available for a limited time only this summer. Skills Camp offers two options specific to biking or multi-sport training that will help keep kids aged 8 to 12 fit and active during their time at Blue.

Mountainside Camp

Calling all junior mountaineers and wild ones! Mountainside Camp takes place at the heart of Blue Mountain with access to outdoor adventure all summer long including ropes courses, challenging hikes, daily swim lessons and more.

Beachside Camp

Spend your summer on the shores of Georgian Bay with Beachside Camp. This unique, water-based camp offers traditional beach games like capture the flag and volleyball, in addition to time spent in the clear and shallow waters of the Bay.

Monterra Tennis Camp

For those with dreams of being in Grand Slams, Monterra Tennis Camp is the perfect option for aspiring pros! Serve up some fun and friendly competition this summer at Monterra Tennis.

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Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre Summer Day Camps

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During Wye Marsh’s Summer Day Camps your child will have the opportunity to learn about reptiles, amphibians, and birds of prey through interactive live demonstrations; explore over 25km of wilderness trails; plus much, much more. 

Wetland & Wildthings Camp
Ages 6-12

Kinder Camp
Ages 4-5

Art Critters Camp
Ages 6-12

Discovery Camp
Ages 12-17

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Aquarium Camps @ Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

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Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is excited to welcome Campers eager to explore the wonderful world of water! Each day of Summer Camp includes adventuring through Aquarium galleries and participating in aquatic- and animal-inspired activities. Campers will enjoy various science activities, crafts, and games — all within a safe environment.

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Kids Summer Golf Camps @ Nottawasaga Inn Resort

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Plan ahead for your child’s summer holidays! The end of the school year is fast approaching and so is the warmer weather. It’s time to book summer camps for the kids before your schedule gets crazy and the kids are bored and restless at home. Nottawasaga Inn Resort is especially excited about their half day golf camp. Tailored to a variety of skill levels this camp not only offers more range and course time, it features more time with a CPGA certified professional. 

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Mountain Bike Camps @ Bike Trails at Hockley

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Bike Trails @Hockley summer mountain bike camp is geared towards kids who are familiar with riding their bike and have been exposed to riding on cross-country mountain bike trails. These camps run for 5 consecutive days, Monday to Friday and accommodates skill levels from beginner to intermediate. Camp participants will spend a minimum of 3 hours each day riding on our newly constructed trail network, being guided and taught by our team of instructors. Other daily group activities are also organized in the afternoon, including Archery, Beach Volleyball, Orienteering and more

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Summer in Ontario is wonderful time to enjoy nature and the great outdoors. Check out our Ontario events and activities calendar to help you plan things to do in Ontario.

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11 Fun Things To Do This Summer in Ontario

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Any time is a good time to start planning how you’re going to spend your time in Ontario with your family during the summer. Fortunately, if you live in Ontario, you have access to a huge amount of fun places and activities to check out for many many summers! 

If you and your partner or your family need help keeping busy indoors or outdoors, look no further! Here, we’ve compiled a list of 11 fun summer activities to do in Ontario this summer! 

1. Visit a Lighthouse

There’s something special about lighthouses that combine beautiful scenery of the outdoors and a distinct connection to the past. Lighthouses make a great educational opportunity for family activities, but they also feature great natural resources as well. 

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Big Tub Lighthouse – Tobermory

With over 250,000 lakes in Ontario, there is no shortage of lighthouses to check out! 

2. Check Out an Art Exhibit 

Ontario is home to some of Canada’s top art museums, like the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, as well as the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

These are especially great for older kids, but if you have younger kids, perhaps consider taking them to some art exhibits outdoors, like the Windsor Sculpture Park or the Toronto Sculpture Garden when they are open again, or if in lockdown, check out their virtual and online programming. In the Haliburton Highlands region you can check out the Haliburton Sculpture Forest, it’s outdoors, self led and best of all, free! 

MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie has over a dozen exhibitions in their online virtual exhibition gallery

3. Explore Some Caves 

Ontario is also home to some fabulous caves, which are great for exploring the natural history of the region. These caves come in all shapes and sizes, from large and maze-like like the Marmora Maze Caves to the natural sea cave at Bruce Peninsula National Parks. 

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Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, The Blue Mountains

Definitely check out the Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, situated within one of Canada’s eighteen UNESCO biosphere reserves and dating back 450 million years, this location is steeped rich in history and heritage. It also has a 420 ft suspension bridge that is one of the best places to get a view of Georgian Bay. 

4. Take a Hike or Ride a Bike

If you maybe don’t love exploring in the dark as much, don’t worry! There are plenty of wonderful hiking and biking trails you can take outdoors. Ontario is home to many, many beautiful natural areas just waiting for you to experience them. 

You can book guided hikes with Yours Outdoors in Haliburton. When the province or its regions are not in lockdown, check out and book one these awesome hiking getaway packages

If biking if your thing, you can book guided or self-led bikes through Georgian Bay region, Simcoe or Haliburton with Humdinger Bicycle Tours. Choose a biking adventure that is right like one-day brewery tours or multiple-day tours and even workshops to help you pack.

You should definitely check out places like Lake Superior Provincial Park, Manitoulin Island, Algonquin Provincial Park, and Finlayson Point Provincial Park. These are the Ontario parks most loved by people of Ontario.

5. Go For A Leisure Cruise

If your kids love boats, there are a lot of great places to take them to enjoy a ride on the water. Alternatively, a cruise is a very sweet romantic date outing.

If you’re looking for a romantic cruise, check out Sunset Cruises board the Peerless II touring the lakes of Muskoka. Captain Randy Potts is a well of knowledge when it comes to the history of the area and he is happy to share his stories. 

Ontario’s bays and waterways are endless. A day time or evening cruise is a great way to enjoy the fresh air feeling of boating without having the responsibilities of a captain or boat-owner. Vessel sizes range along with long or short trips. Island Queen out of Parry Sound provides a broad range of fun cruise options. They will take you to famous Henry’s Fish Restaurant (boat-only-access) and even quick trips to Huckleberry Island on Georgian Bay. These are places you can only access by boat. Their two-hour Big Sound morning cruise is perfect for families!

6. GPS Rally 

Looking for a fun new way to explore the great outdoors? Check out a GPS Rally this summer! 

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With your GPS, explore the forest with specific waypoints and answer fun riddles to earn points. Check out this one in Stouffville and many, many more! 

7. Explore the Treetops 

If you’re tired of having your feet on the ground, why not try exploring the treetops from a new point of view? Ziplining or treetop trekking is a great place to explore new heights and have a ton of fun doing it. 

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Treetop Trekking – multiple Ontario locations

Check out places like Treetop Trekking (multiiple locations), Long Point Eco-Adventures in St. Williams, Treetop Eco-Adventure Park in Oshawa, and Skywood Eco Adventure in Mallorytown for fun times filled with ropes, obstacles, and ziplines. 

For wee kids, check out Rounds Ranch in Elmvale. It has so many fun activities and at peak season has beautiful fields of flowers that are perfect for photos. 

8. Chasing Waterfalls 

No one does waterfalls quite like Ontario. Niagara Falls is of course a must-see if you haven’t already (along with the many tours and activities you can check out in the town itself). 

However, there are also lots of other waterfalls in Ontario that you may never have even heard of. Check out Inglis Falls in Owen Sound, Rideau Falls in Ottawa, or Oxtongue River-Ragged Falls Provincial Park!  

9. Go Rock Climbing or Hounding!

Rock climbing is a great activity to participate in both indoors and outdoors. Indoor sites are a great place to learn the basics of rock climbing in a safe environment. 

If you’re a bit more advanced, you can start exploring outside. For a particularly exciting challenge in beautiful scenery, check out Niagara’s Glen and Lion’s Head Provincial Park. 

If you like to dig and chip, no matter your age or skill level, check out the Yours Outdoors Rock Hounding experiences and find your own special rock, mineral or crystal in the hills of the Haliburton Highlands. Pretty neat! 

10. Hit the Beach 

Ontario may not be known as much for its sunny beaches, but with so many natural lakes in the province, the summer is a great time to catch some rays (or even some waves) on the beach. 

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Check out places like Bond Head at Ashbridge’s Bay on Lake Ontario, Port Stanley at Wyldewood Beach on Lake Erie, or Kincardine on Lake Huron or visit our blog ‘Ontario’s Best Beaches‘ blog. 

11. Golf & Driving Range

Golf is a very popular activity in Ontario. Even for older kids and teens. Fresh air and body movement associated with golfing are a great way to stay healthy, keep your mind sharp and have fun. Ontario golf courses and driving ranges are a fun place to meet new friends and see beautiful areas of Ontario. 

Fun Summer Activities for Kids in Ontario 

No matter what your family is looking for in summer activities, there’s something for them in Ontario. There is no shortage of fun summer activities for kids in Ontario – you just have to know where to look! 

Check out To Do Ontario for more fun summer activities for a hot summer day, and don’t forget to check our events page so you don’t miss anything while you’re here! Remember to tag #ToDoOntario so we can share in your fun!

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Spring Flavours Returns to Orillia & Lake Lake Country

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Orillia & Lake Country, ON:  Spring Flavours of Lake Country kicks off this week, running from Friday April 22nd until Saturday May 7th.  The program offers lunch and dinner options prepared by nine local restaurants. Flavours provides an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to treat themselves to some of the finest dining in Orillia & Lake Country.

This season’s participating restaurants include Blue Moon Junction, Brewery Bay Food Co., Era 67 Restaurant, Grape & Olive Smokehouse, Lake Country Grill, Lighthouse45 Restaurant at Rawley Resort, Lot 88 Steakhouse & Bar, Riverside Hideaway, and Rustica Pizza Vino. Spring Flavours is an opportunity for chefs to be inspired by the season with new fresh and creative dishes mixed with signature favourites to develop intriguing menu pairings.

The lunch option provides menus with 2-3 courses for $15-$25, while the dinners include 3 courses for $20-$45. Please note the price does not include alcohol, taxes or gratuities. Visit our website FlavoursOfLakeCountry.com to view all participating restaurants and review the menus that are sure to tempt your taste buds.

Flavours is a well-known event around the region that many people look forward to. It is recommended to book dinner reservations in advance directly with the restaurant of your choice. The event supports our restaurant industry by moving people around the region and inviting new visitors during a usually slower season.

Support Local, Eat Local!


Media Contact: Shannon Hawke

Orillia & Lake Country Tourism


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Things To Do For Mother’s Day 2022

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For Ontario Moms

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Mother’s Day: Sunday May 8, 2022

Another spring, another Mother’s Day in Ontario is here. We are going out on a limb and say we don’t think your mom wants a weighted blanket. We know your mother wants to get back to doing the things she loves. After breakfast in bed, your mom wants to go out and do something fun because she hasn’t gone out in years!

What you’ll find below are just a few ideas from our events and activities tagged for Mother’s Day in our events calendar. 

Check out the National Women’s Show in Toronto on Mother’s Day weekend. 

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When: May 6-8, 2022
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
What: Shop ‘til you drop at over 450 exhibits and find everything from food and wine sampling, fashion shows, celebrity guests, free makeovers, health, wellness & beauty secrets, cooking demos, home renovation advice and travel ideas!
Link: http://www.nationalwomenshow.com/toronto-visitor/

Admittedly, we might be biased but we think Ontario Moms are the coolest Moms out there. Moms in Ontario are fortunate to have a ton of things to do. This means that no matter what your mom likes to do, there is something for you to get for her that she will love, and maybe you will too!

Some of these experiences and Mother’s Day events are near you, or worth the drive. Why not make part of the gift a roadtrip? 

Does your mom like biking? There’s things to do. 

Does your mom like hiking? There’s things to do. 

Does your mom like craft brew? There things to do. 

Spa? Things to do too. 

See where this is going?  

Unique Mother’s Day gifts are where it’s at!

How to Celebrate Mothers in Ontario

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Here are few Mother’s Day gift ideas of experiences, events or activities we think your mom would be most pleased to received this Mother’s Day. 

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas:

  1. Birding Experience

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ToDoOntario’s Birding & Breakfast experience is the perfect gift for mothers who love birding. This event will get your mom into the Wye Marsh before it opens to the public. She will enjoy a hike with a very knowledgeable birder, do some birding on her own and then enjoy a nice hot breakfast with birder friends. 

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  1. Mother’s Day Brunch

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Head to the nearest Ontario resort, restaurant or event centre for an indulgent brunch with the family. This year brunches are back and we’re here for that. Carving stations, dessert tables with chocolate fountains, we’ve missed you! 

If your mom is a foodie and loves delicious food, check out these events and venues for places your mom would love to check out.

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  1. Spa Gift Certificates

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Send mom to an Ontario spa, or make it a date for both of you to enjoy. Ontario’s has three new hydrospas you need to check out.

One is in the heart of Muskoka, the other one is conveniently located only one hour from Toronto. The last one is a beerspa in Muskoka! Yes! A BEERSPA!  Mom has had a doozy the last couple of years and could really use some pampering. 

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  1. Cheers to the Mom who likes Craft Beer

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Check out this experience, perfect for your mom to enjoy checking out Ontario craft beer and cycling. 

Pedals, Pints & Pubs Orillia Bike Tour (Orillia)

A perfect weekend getaway for recreational cyclists. Pedal, Pints, and Pubs, the Orillia version takes advantage of the area’s natural beauty, rich history, and two exceptional new craft breweries.

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  1. A Mom-Date Under the Sea

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Take your mom to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Downtown Toronto. From reefs to stingrays, you can spend a few hours here with mom having fun and relaxing. 

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  1. Winery Tours

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Ontario is home to some wonderful wineries and cideries. Many Ontario moms love a winery visit to see where the grapes or apples are grown and to enjoy patio views and delicious food. Your mom would love an experience like this, and if you’re old enough, you might too! 

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  1. Climb on Up for Treetop Fun

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Did you know you can rent a treehouse accommodation suite in Ontario? If you’re mom loves to take in amazing views from above, why not indulge her in a treetop experience for the day or even overnight. 

Treetop and canopy tours are also a fun way to spend time with Mom doing something adventurous and fun. 

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  1. Festival Tickets

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Have you heard? Festivals are back! Some of Ontario’s favourites festivals and events are back. You can surprise you mom with tickets to celebrate her favourite thing, whether that’s music, buttertarts or something else, we know there’s a festival for that. 

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  1. Cruisin’

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Ontario is abundant in fresh water. Lake, bays and rivers are a great place to relax and take in some incredible views. From Muskoka to Niagara Falls, take mom for a stress free cruise and see some new Ontario sights. 

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  1. Other Experiences in Ontario Mom Will Love

ToDoOntario is the one place that has all the getaway package offers, events and best activities in Ontario to do. We know you can find something not listed here your mom will love. The best gift is spending time together doing something fun. 

Find More Mother’s Day Events & Activities

Obviously, Ontario has so many cool things to do that you will not have any issues finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift for your mom. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, grandmothers and those people fulfilling that mother role. It’s a difficult but rewarding job and we appreciate everything mothers do. 


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Cannabis-Friendly Things To Do On 4-20 in Ontario

*The following article is intended for readers 19+ years of age.*

According to weed lore, a group of students who attended San Rafael High School coined the term “420” during the 1970s. 

The phrase “420” comes from “420 Louis”. This was a code for the group to meet by the school’s statue of Louis Pasteur. Since then, the number and the date have become synonymous with cannabis.

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The Ontario cannabis industry is thriving more than ever. Ontario is the best place for cannabis events, including your 4-20 celebration.

You’re guaranteed to have a high time in Ontario on April 20th with the following cannabis activities. Here are some of the best cannabis-oriented things to do in Ontario. 

Ontario Cannabis Laws

Canada’s weed laws resemble their cigarette and vape laws. As such, if you’re over the age of 19, you may use cannabis in Ontario.

As a rule of thumb, you’re allowed to smoke anywhere cigarettes are allowed. That means you’re allowed to walk down the sidewalk smoking a spliff. 

Along with knowing general Ontario travel information, it’s also important to know how much weed you’re able to legally carry. In Ontario, you may have up to one ounce on you in public.

Now, let’s move on to the fun part.

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4-20 Rentals vs. Cannabis Events

Niagara Falls 420 Expo is a celebration of all things cannabis & community. This year’s event is slated to take place on Saturday, April 23 2022. The event will feature 20,000 square feet of all things cannabis, including; exhibitors, educational seminars, guest speakers, manufacturers, and more. North America’s largest celebration of all things cannabis. Community. Culture. Cannabis. Tickets purchased for the 2020 date are valid for 2022.

There’s the Pink Elephant in Hamilton, Ontario. It’s a cannabis-friendly condo located in a high-class hotel that’s available for rent. The condo comes complete with smoking essentials. 

Tokyo Smoke in Downtown Toronto will be celebrating 4/20 with DJ’s and other fun activities at Airship 37. Learn more about the Tokyo Smoke party here.

Try Ontario’s Best Edibles and Eats

Thanks to there being legal weed in Canada, they have pot-related food establishments there. That includes the Cannabis Cooking Company in Toronto. What could be more fun than enjoying the best edibles in Ontario on 4-20?

There, the cooks are capable of making some of the best cannabis dishes in Toronto. However, all patrons (including tourists) must bring their own cannabis to be cooked into the food. 

After you get high on 4/20, maybe you can enjoy pancakes. Sure, you could buy Ontario maple syrup online, but enjoying it while legally stoned in Canada is priceless.

Enjoy Cannabis Activities at High Park 

To truly experience Ontario’s cannabis culture, go to High Park on the 20th of April. On any given day of the year, High Park is a central hub for cannabis smokers. On 4-20, though, the place smokes up like a chimney.

As part of the great outdoors, people enjoy going for high hikes and stoned strolls here. There’s nothing quite like communing with nature while you’re smoking a joint.

Celebrate April 20th With the Ontario Cannabis Industry

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1 in 4 Canadians smoked pot at least once in 2020. Visiting Ontario in the future for 4-20 means you’ll get to enjoy the same cannabis activities Canadians do.

Only 9% of people in other countries reported similar levels of cannabis use to Canadians. Sure, Canada has the Ontario cannabis industry, but there’s so much more fun to be had there. There are cannabis events year-round when it’s safe to throw/attend them, not just on April 20th.

Go up in smoke with a smile—check out our summer getaway deals. You’ll definitely find a time and place to smoke at some point while you’re there.

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Entertaining Things To Do in Toronto

Did you know Toronto hosts over 27 million visitors annually? It’s one of Canada’s leading tourist destinations. It’s also Canada’s largest city. 

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The list of things to do in Toronto is massive. Museums are freckled all throughout town, along with fine gardens, eclectic neighborhoods, and even a small span of islands! 

If you’re wondering, “What can I do in Toronto?” the answer is a little bit of everything. Let’s begin our journey with a few monumental landmarks. 

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Visit Ripley’s Aquarium and immerse yourself in a world of 20000 aquatic animals and discover your own underwater adventure at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada! Ripley’s currently offers timed visits, be sure to purchase your passes ahead of time to avoid disappointment. 

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St. Lawrence Market

When in Paris, you stroll the many outdoor markets. When in Seattle, you go to Pike Place Market. But, if you’re looking for tourist activities to do in Toronto, you stop by St. Lawrence Market. 

There are dozens of food stalls brimming with produce, meats, cheeses, and artisan crafts. If you have time for a date night, you can even enroll in a cooking class at The Market Kitchen. Of course, that will include shopping in the famous market for your items. 

Although the focus is mainly on the food, the building itself is quite special, too. It was built in 1902, as part of the Old City Hall. This will be a memorable stroll, whether you’re just passing through or planning a special meal. 

High Park

If you have a mind to pack a picnic basket from St. Lawrence Market, then take it over to High Park once you’re loaded up. This is Toronto’s largest public park with a whopping 400 acres! There are manicured lawns all throughout and several themed gardens. 

Kind of like New York’s Central Park, there’s also a zoo inside and ice skating rinks. There are dog runs, too. So, if you’re traveling with your fine furry friend, this will be a memorable afternoon for him or her, as well. 

Casa Loma

After you’ve wined and dined on the finest charcuterie board in the largest park, head on over to Casa Loma. It’s a 20th century Gothic Revival castle chock full of character. 

Although it was opened as a private residence in 1914, it’s been a museum since 1937. Not only will the interior wow you, but so will the stables and gardens. 

When you plan a Toronto trip, the main idea is to escape from everyday life, right? Casa Loma will sweep you nearly a hundred years away into a most glorious time.  

CN Tower

CN Tower is one of the top Toronto tourist attractions. It’s what the Space Needle is to Seattle or the Empire State Building is to New York. Without question, it’s Toronto’s most famous landmark that towers over downtown. 

When you reach the top, it allows an expansive view of the city that you can’t find anywhere else. Of course, you should only consider this if you don’t have an aversion to heights. The CN Tower clocks in at over 1,800 feet (or 553 meters). 

If you plan accordingly and climb to the top on a clear day, you’ll be able to see out as far as Niagara Falls and New York State. The secret spot for that is all the way up at the top in the Sky Pod. 

Below that, however, is the Glass Floor. It takes a few moments to adjust. But, when you step out, you’ll have a unique bird’s eye view over the city. 

Bata Shoe Museum

In a bustling metropolis, there are many museum options. But, for something a little more quirky and fun, check out the Bata Shoe Museum

Sonja Bata was an architect who became an influential businesswoman. When she traveled the world, she didn’t collect postcards or earrings; she bought shoes wherever she went. (Imagine what her trips to Italy must have looked like!) 

Today, you’ll find over 13,000 shoes and related objects. If you’re a fashionista, this is an absolute must. A pair of Marilyn Monroe’s red stilettos are on display right alongside a pair of Queen Victoria’s silk slippers! We can never decide which pair is more enthralling.

Kensington Market

This isn’t another market. Rather, it’s a specific neighborhood that tourists need to travel through. In many ways, it’s the heart of Toronto tourism. 

What you’ll find is a wide array of multicultural shops and restaurants to dip in and out of. For over a century, immigrants from all over the world, including Africa, Central America, Ireland, and Scotland have been making this neighborhood their home. 

With such a fine, eclectic mix, the end result is a fascinating tour through many different cultures all within a few blocks. 

Toronto Islands

Finally, after the hustle and bustle of Kensington Market, you should take some time to check out a quiet expanse of pristine land. These islands are one of the best family things to do in Toronto.

Indeed, Toronto Islands are an 820-acre marvel. No cars are allowed! You might bump into one of the approximately 600 residents. But, by and large, you’ll be in good company with fellow day-trippers who are seeking out some peace and solitude. 

There are lovely beaches, parks, gardens, and yacht clubs to stroll through. There are also quaint coffee shops to laze the afternoon away. If the weather’s right, this is also one of our favorite places to launch a kayak. 


The Best Things to Do in Toronto

With so many things to offer, this list is just a small slice of the Toronto pie. However, it’s a well-rounded compilation of things to do in Toronto because you’ll enjoy a little bit of fresh air, the museum experience, and a full-fledged multi-cultural affair. 

If you’d like to partake in one of the many ongoing events in this lovely corner of the world, come explore our Events and Activities page. From couples’ events, to fall harvests, to holiday light drives, we’ll take you through all the ins and outs of this robust city. 

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Tips For Family Cycling in Ontario

Exercise, Fresh Air and The Easy Way to Bike With Kids

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With no shortage of fun things to do in Ontario, biking is at the top of the pack of family activities. So, who wants to go for a bike ride?

Family biking is a popular pastime in the province in Ontario. With city trails and rural trails of all skill levels, exploring Ontario by bike is a fun (and healthy!) way to spend time as a family. 

Parents who go cycling with kids can tell you that including your children in this activity is a great way to keep them active and entertained. Generally families use mountain bikes, as street cycling is more dangerous and difficult. 

The first tip in family cycling is of course, safety. Safety equipment for children’s biking range from training wheels, to productive padding and helmets. Without these items, you shouldn’t go on a family bike trip. It is the law to wear a helmet when biking in Ontario. 

The second tip in tips for biking with kids is to have the proper equipment that properly fits your child. A child should not ride a large adult bike. If your child is too small to bike there are rear mounted seats, front mounted seats or pull along carriers. These items are great if your children have an age gap. Some might be big enough to bike, some might not.

Even if you don’t have bicycles, you can still enjoy biking as a family. Many resorts in Ontario have bikes guests can use on trails near them. 

Hidden Gem Family Cycle Getaway Packages in Ontario

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Check out these Ontario getaway packages that offer bicycle tours or activities. From Muskoka to Ottawa, you’ll find a vacation package here to suit your bike loving family. These cycling trips can take you on woodland trails, waterfront trails and even city trails and have you back in a comfy hotel room or back at the hotel pool leaving parents less stressed and able to enjoy the activity too.


Family Bike Tours in Ontario

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Have you heard of Humdinger Bicycle Tours? Humdinger offers premium, single- and multi-day supported, guided, and self-guided bicycle tours in southern Ontario, specializing in Georgian Bay, Muskoka, Haliburton, Bruce, Grey and Simcoe. They also offer family friendly cycle tours! Humdinger will provide the support to make it fun for kids and parents alike.

Check out this 3 day, 2 night fully support family bike tour in the Thornbury region of Ontario!

Duration: 3 days/2 nights
Distance: Long or short – it’s up to your family!
Skill/Fitness Level: Kids & adults of all ages 

Trip Departure: Thornbury

Visit the Humdinger website for pricing. Ontario Staycation Tax Credit: Documentation for claiming the tax credit will be provided. Conditions apply. 

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Humdinger, who are Ontario cycling experts, also wrote a very helpful ‘Kids Love Cycling Trips Too!’ blog. 

Here are helpful tips from that blog:

“What ages work for family cycling trips? 

Keep in mind that every kid and family is different, and these are general guidelines only. That said, with lots of food, water, and breaks, and with very clear and concrete safety instructions, kids in the 6 to 10 age range should be able to cycle for a couple of hours each day. Kids 11 or older will generally have better stamina, and should have a better understanding safety issues and rules of the road.

Very young children, 6 and under, may need to use a bike trailer to go on a day or multi-day cycling trip and should be familiar with these before. A very helpful tool for kids 4 to 8 years old is the TowWhee bungee, remarkably easy to use, it will give a good boost when needed and can truly save the day.

For any age, following the kid’s pace is ideal.  If you are on a bike trail, riding side-by-side and chatting is often a great strategy. This allows kids to focus on the fun and social aspects of riding rather than on the physical challenge. 

As individual energy ebbs and flows, kids may alternate being slower or faster than their siblings or friends. Asking one to slow down or the other to catch up may be demotivating – we suggest letting each kid go at their own pace as much as possible. 

Cycling safety

A couple of excellent safe cycling resources are available through the Ontario government: a general guide to safe cycling and a young cyclist’s guide. Both are well worth reviewing. Some of the key takeaways are to ensure equipment is sized properly and is in good working order, and ensure all cyclists in the group know the rules of the road, including hand signals for stopping and turning. In Ontario, bicycles are considered vehicles, and must obey traffic laws of the Highway Traffic Act.

In some situations having one adult at the front of the group and one riding last as a “sweeper” is recommended. Proper-fitting helmets are, of course, a must. Cycling gloves give the kids a good grip, and protect their hands in case of a fall. They also make the kids feel like legit cyclists!”

Already, these are two fantastic tips. You can read more tips and the full blog, here

Bicycling adventures are a great way to enjoy the province of Ontario as both an activity and as transportation. We wish you great weather and fun family times! Be sure to tag #ToDoOntario on your travels. 

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