May 2022

Indigenous People’s Day & Month in Ontario

Indigenous Events, Activities & Experiences

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Every June brings another chance to celebrate Canada’s rich history with National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st. First established as a national holiday in 1996, the day encourages Canadians to honor and celebrate the legacy and culture of the country’s Indigenous groups.

Whether you’re looking to celebrate your own Indigenous heritage or simply want to honor a piece of the country’s history, there are plenty of ways to get involved this year. Read on for more information about Indigenous Peoples Day, and find out how you can celebrate throughout the entire month of June!

A History of Indigenous Peoples Day

In 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now known as the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of a day that would recognize the rich culture of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, as well as the contributions they’ve made to the nation’s prosperity. 

Over a decade later, Governor General Roméo LeBlanc officially declared June 21st of each year to be National Aboriginal Day. Thanks to a statement issued by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2017, the holiday is now widely known as National Indigenous Peoples Day and honors the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples of Canada.

The Importance of Celebrating Indigenous Culture

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The contributions made by Indigenous peoples to Canada’s history and prosperity are overlooked. And thanks to a long history of colonization and discrimination, Indigenous culture has largely become invisible, despite the fact that Indigenous peoples make up nearly 5% of Canada’s total population. 

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day provides a space for these groups to be recognized and celebrated for their achievements and rich culture. It also allows non-Indigenous people to gain a better understanding of and a new appreciation for the Indigenous communities that surround them.

Celebrating Indigenous Culture Respectfully

If you’re a non-Indigenous person who would like to participate in the Indigenous Peoples Day celebration, it’s important to maintain a level of respect.

Respectfully observing the holiday largely means keeping the focus on Indigenous culture and history. This can be done in countless ways and can include anything from eating traditional foods to attending a celebration hosted by an Indigenous organization. 

Another crucial aspect of celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day respectfully is educating yourself about Indigenous history, which is often improperly taught. Staying educated can minimize misinformation surrounding Indigenous culture, and keep misconceptions from being passed down to future generations.

Ways You Can Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Month This Year

In 2022, there are plenty of things you can do to honor Canada’s Indigenous history all month long. Read on to find out what you can do for Indigenous Peoples Day this year!

Online Government Programs & Celebrations

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Be sure to check out National Indigenous Peoples Day virtual activities happening in your region through Celebrate Canada.

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David R. Maracle

Where: Picton, Ontario

David R. Maracle, Mohawk Bear Clan of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory will be performing an outdoor concert June 25 at the Macaulay Heritage Park  house in Picton Ontario with a Traditional Mohawk dancer accompanying him. David then will exhibit his artwork along with other Indigenous Artists at the same space on July 22 to August 11 at the Macaulay Heritage Park house.  

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Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival 

Where: Ottawa, Ontario

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Come celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day with our Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival, Competition Pow-Wow and much more.

JUNE 21 – 26, 2022


EDUCATION DAYS: June 22 – 24
FREE performances and interactive workshops that share and celebrate the diverse Indigenous cultures of Canada. All of this programming is designed to encourage interaction and engagement with our Indigenous artists and knowledge keepers who will help bring the curriculum to life in a fun, authentic and appropriate way.

POW WOW: June 25 – 26
This year the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is excited to feature both our Virtual Pow Wow and live Competition Pow Wow, presented by CN Railway & Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation.

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Mādahòkì Marketplace

Where: Ottawa, Ontario

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National Indigenous Peoples Day @ Sainte Marie Among the Hurons

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DATE: Tuesday, June 21, 2022
HOURS: 10 am to 3 pm*
Special Event Rate: $ 12.00 per person, plus HST

* The historic site and indoor museum are open until 5 pm (last admission at 4 pm).

This event will encompass a wide variety of unique Indigenous cultural and historical demonstrations such as music, art and traditional teachings.

Programming includes:

● Drumming and dancing demonstrations
● Tasting three sister soup and corn bread
● Corn husk dolls and okies workshop
● Canoe display and wigwam work
● Garden and animal presentations with our new Agriculture Worker
● Lacrosse, speed net and storytelling presentations with special guest, Chris Walser
● Indigenous art presentations
● Indigenous artisans market

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Anishinaabe Cultural Experiences @ Cape Croker Park

Where: Wiarton, Ontario

This team of experienced Anishinaabe naturalists and guides have developed a series of land & water-based activities to share with Park visitors.

Special Programs for 2022

Anishinaabe Painting – An Exploration of Colours and Wildlife

ToDoOntario - Cape Croker Park, Woodland Painting workshop

Saturday June 18, 10am-12:30pm

Join Anishinaabe artist and teacher Geoffery Wimtik Johnston in an art lesson inspired by the paintings of the famed Anishinaabe artist Norval Morriseau (the “Picasso of the North”) and the stories of renowned Anishinaabe writer Basil H. Johnston. Using acrylic paints, you will explore colour and art techniques using motivation from Noval Morriseau, whose paintings were inspired by the stories of Basil H. Johnston, who is from Neyaashiinigmiing and spent many days strolling through the trails, shores, and forests of Cape Croker Park with his dogs.

In the Acrylic Canvas Painting your motivation will come from our local wildlife and the beautiful colours of Cape Croker Park, from which you will paint your own canvas to take home. You may also choose to choose a rock from along the shore to paint. You can paint more than one rock if you wish, and time allows.


Saugeen Sojourn

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The ultimate camping weekend at Cape Croker Park, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation (Neyaashiinigmiing)

Three nights and two full days of adventure on the Saugeen (Bruce) Peninsula.

This small group experience (maximum 12 participants) includes the comfort of double occupancy glamping tents, all your meals (featuring Naagan, A Foraged Feast), fully guided and curated exploration of the local waters, natural features and cultural significance of the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek people, as well as all your adventure equipment.

JUNE 3-6 • AUGUST 12-15, 2022

Mohawk Institute Public Virtual Tour

The Woodland Cultural Centre presents a screening of the Mohawk Institute Residential School. Join them every third Wednesday of the month at 7pm and help support virtual programming at the Woodland Cultural Centre with your donation.

The virtual tour video was created with local production company Thru the Reddoor, and it follows the guide, Lorrie Gallant, as she gives a tour of the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School. During the video Lorrie provides the history of the institution over its 140 year history. Viewers will get to see the different rooms in the school, from the girls’ and boys’ dormitories, the cafeteria, laundry room, and other rooms throughout the building, as well as hear interviews from five Survivors of the Mohawk Institute.

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June is month filled with things to celebrate in Ontario. Always check out the ToDoOntario Events Calendar for more things to do in Ontario. 

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas For Ontario Dads

Things To Do Father’s Day For All Kinds Of Dads

Ontario Dads are pretty special. They do an amazing job at teaching their children not only all the fun things to do in Ontario, but how to enjoy them like a kid. Ontario offers all kinds of activities that fathers love and love to teach their kids. 

Spending time with Dad on father’s day weekend is always quality time. Spending the day with your father and doing something dad loves is a wonderful way to show your appreciation for everything he does. Summer-like weather means there are plenty of things to do in Ontario on Father’s Day. 

Perhaps plan a hike, or fishing outing. Now that patios are open again, maybe you can go out and get a bite to eat. Definitely make some reservations no matter what you choose to do. 

If you’re staying home maybe you can plan an outside bonfire and watch his favourite movie outside with popcorn and snacks. If you have a bonfire, make sure you make the ToDoOntario Dessert Cones!

During the day a bike ride with a snack stop could be a fun way to spend the day. Don’t let a little rain stop you, either. Sometimes a small change in the normal can bring some extra special surprises.

Make sure to take photos!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

If you’re looking to get something special for your dad this year, here are a few fathers day ideas that are getaway packages or experiences you can send Dad out to do, or do together. 


ToDoOntario - Muskoka BeerSpa, pool

The new BeerSpa in Downtown Torrence has so many things Dads love. Craft beer, food, woods, pools, saunas, food truck and more! Open for day trips and overnight getaways, this Muskoka BeerSpa is so cool, we know your Dad will love it, a lot.

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Let Dad go and soak or steam his tress away at either of these new awesome Ontario hydrospas. 

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Hydrospa Wellness by Water Muskoka

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Saturday June 18 at the Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound you can send, or if old enough, take your day to see Practically Hip. 

Where: Owen Sound

More information: Practically Hip @ Roxy Theatre

If you’re looking for more live music festivals, visit our blog section and read the list of festivals back for 2022.


ToDoOntario, Sunbeam Bungalows fishing vacations

For a night, for a weekend, for a whole week, send Dad off to recharge his batteries on an Ontario fishing trip. 

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ToDoOntario, Humdinger Bicycle Tours, Quest for Quayles Brewery

With this experience your dad can cycle to Quayle’s Brewery either on an easier route that is mostly rail trail bike path or take a more challenging route on the quiet roads of Severn and Oro-Medonte townships. The ride is a supported, self-guided ride with lunch & beer tasting and shuttle back to start.

Learn More About Quest For Quayles


ToDoOntario, Island Queen Cruise, Huckleberry Island

Any Dad would love to join Island Queen Cruises as they cruise through the inner islands of the Big Sound, an area many locals consider to be home to some of the most beautiful islands and channels on the Bay, including the famous Hole in the Wall! This non-stop two-hour morning cruise is the cruise that started it all. 

Learn More About Island Queen Cruises

ToDoOntario, Sunset Cruises Muskoka

Or head to Muskoka for lake cruise board Peerless II. Captain Pott’s stories of local history and interesting facts make this cruise extra special. Sunset Cruises in Port has a schedule all week long for you and Dad to sit back and relax for this really cool cruise.

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ToDoOntario, Nottawasaga Inn Resort, golf

Ontario has no shortage of beautiful golf courses and driving ranges. Buy your father a gift certificate to enjoy a course he loves or even a new one to try! 

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Climb Like A Kid Again Canopy Tours & Treetop Trekking

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In the treetops or on a zip line are a great way to have fun and make memories with Dad. Ontario has some pretty cool canopy tours and activities that will have your dad feeling like a kid again. 

Haliburton Forest Canopy Tours Ontario Treetop Trekking locations


ToDoOntario - Blue Mountain Resort, attractions

Enjoy the great outdoors at Blue, ride the attractions on the mountain or shop and dine at Blue Mountain Village. 

Blue Mountain Village Blue Mountain Resort

Does your dad like caving, hiking and incredible views? Scenic Caves Nature Adventures is a great place to explore the caves AND check out the view from the 420ft suspension bridge.

Explore Scenic Caves

You can also book Dad a private tour with Blue Mountain Adventure Tours, they’ll make sure your father has the best day ever, and no stress. 

Private Blue Mountains Tour


ToDoOntario, Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, Hiking Trails

Explore caves with Dad and take in picturesque views of The Blue Mountains and Collingwood. Situated within one of Canada’s eighteen UNESCO biosphere reserves and dating back 450 million years, our location is steeped rich in history and heritage.    Explore new heights from the longest Suspension Bridge in Southern Ontario, or take in our Hiking Trail Centre offering 15 kilometers of trails meandering through 370 unspoiled acres of natural beauty. Experience the unique views of the 200 year old forest, with well-marked trails offering gentle rolling slopes to steep climbs, and expansive, world class views!  

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Find a fun spot for a road trip near you and take your dad out for summer fish and chips or (and?) ice cream! Read out past blogs to easily find a place to try if you’re looking for something new.

If you’re 19+, read our blog about tips for visiting microbreweries in Ontario and have fun (safely) with Dad exploring some Ontario craft beers. The blog section contains YOUR list of favourite Ontario fish and chips places and also YOUR favourite Ontario ice cream shops. Does he love all things maple? Order him some Ontario maple syrup or maple products and have them shipped right to him. 


ToDoOntario, Yours Outdoors, wild mushroom foraging

This immersive wilderness learning experience will bring your dad into the forest with a single delicious goal in mind: how to find, identify, and harvest wild edible mushrooms! This isn’t for every dad, but for those who love nature, being the woods and learning about Ontario’s wilderness, this is for him! 

Book Dad's Mushroom Foraging Workshop


ToDoOntario - Midland Food Tours, Downtown Midland

Experience one of the best culinary tours in the heart of Georgian Bay. Join the thousands of Simcoe County residents, Toronto day-trippers and international visitors who have discovered the area’s history, culture, architecture and delicious food hotspots.

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ToDoOntario - Yours Outdoors, Best of Barnum Guided Hike

We’ve all done a ton of hiking since the pandemic but this guided hike in Haliburton is extra special. Sign your father up to join a knowledgeable hiking guide for a 2-3 hour hike around the Barnum Creek Nature Reserve, learning about everything the region has to offer, and the rich history and stories of the area. 

Book Dad a Hike

ToDoOntario - Happy Father's DayThere are so many great things to get dads or do with dads this year. Check out the ToDoOntario Events Calendar for events and experiences your dad might like and our list of summer getaway packages for more inspirational gift ideas.

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Ontario’s Favourite Ice Cream Shops

Ontario’s Best Ice Cream Scoops & Shops

Warning! A hot summer combined with limited events is going to call for a lot of ice cream this year.  Good thing Ontario also has lots of fun physical activities that help you justify eating the creamy rich and delicious good stuff. Summer is saved by ice cream you might say.

One of the most memorable things to do in Ontario while out enjoying summer activities in Ontario, is go for ice cream. And there is lots of amazing ice cream out there to be had. 

ToDoOntario, Best Ice Cream Shops

People of all ages who love sweet treats love ice cream. Ice cream is usually made with daily milk or cream that is flavoured with sweetener and an un-ending range of flavours. This combination, that sometimes contains eggs is pasteurized, homogenized and then churned and frozen. Churning the mixture ensures that ice crystals do not form, keeping it smooth and silky.

Ice cream is then kept in the freezer until serving. There are non-churn versions of ice cream production techniques along with homemade recipes and tasty at-home simple-to-make recipes. Lately there has been new dairy-free ice creams popping up to serve those with allergies or are vegan made with coconut milk and other delicious dairy alternatives.

However going out for ice cream has become a highlight of the summer for children, families and couples’ date nights, everyone really. It’s not just ice cream either, don’t forget about gelato, sorbet, soft serve and what is maybe harder to find, vegan and dairy-free ice cream. With everyone staying home, making close-to-home or short trips in Ontario this summer, personal favourites have been determined in all parts of the province and it’s getting serious. 

Best Ice Cream Shops Near You

Ice cream is known and beloved for having a creamy texture and rich flavours. Flavours can be as deliciously simple like vanilla or chocolate to mind-blowing and bizarre like salty bacon or even melon with prosecco (if you need the 411 on that one, let me know). These flavours will really wake up your taste buds. Seasonal flavours from Ontario are even more of a treat when made Ontario strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or other summer berries. The real scoop is that all of them are amazing and there are no bad ice cream flavours out there. If you watch Top Chef, you know it can be done with foods like paté. Everyone’s palette is different.>

How ice cream is served is another variable in the equation. The ice cream cone alone means making decisions like regular, waffle, sugar, dipped, sprinkled and whatever else your imagination might desire. You can have it in a bowl or a cup, or easy one-handed cookie ice cream sandwiches. There is little debate that ice cream is probably one of the best frozen treats introduced into the culinary world. Amen.

Tell Us Your Favourite Ontario Ice Cream Parlour

It’s time to list the best ice cream places in Ontario by region and create (and protect) a solid go-to list. Finding dairy-free or vegan ice-cream can also be challenging and hopefully you can help make this list inclusive in making sure everyone has options when looking to find Ontario ice cream shops for them. For now, this list is made from a few of the author’s personal favourite ice cream shops and favourites found in other articles online. These will stand to start the list while more intelligence is gathered. 

Cottage Country’s Favourite Ice Cream Brand

One of the stand-out favourites was started in cottage country and that is the well-loved is Kawartha Dairy. Over 80 years old this 100% Canadian business was started in Bobcaygeon and is still run by the same family. The company has grown to have ice cream shop throughout Ontario and has scaled the business to include buying the ice cream by the pint in grocery stores so it can be enjoyed at home. 

Pro tip – it’s worth stopping at their ice cream shops for way more flavours with names like “Bear Claw” or “Maple Sugar Shack”. Flavours like these are made to satisfy any sweet tooth out there. Pro-pro tip, some of their locations even have drive-through service. 

A few tips from excited ice cream lovers come including the locally known go-to for soft serve in the heart of Georgian Bay is Wyevale Jug City and that rare and sought after vegan soft-serve can be enjoyed at the Georgian Grill in Balm Beach. 


Fancy City Ice Cream Shops, Cones and Sundaes

If you’ve been to Clifton Hill lately in Niagara Falls or the city of Toronto, your eye was likely caught by the bright and silly Sweet Jesus ice cream shop or one of the whacky ice cream sundaes available on the hill. These are always list toppers for favourites.

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Toronto also has its famous ice cream, even just the names Bang Bang Ice Cream & Bakery or Dutch Dreams are fun and deliciously refreshing!

Are these really the best? We will put it to the test and know ToDoOntario fans will fulfill and answer anyone’s questions. Not only that, the result will be one really awesome list of places to go get ice cream this summer, or any and every summer. 

Your job is easy, you get to brag about your favourite ice cream and see if it makes the list.  Just tell us your favourite place to go get ice cream, near you, near your cottage, on-the-road – whatever! If you are dairy free or vegan, we want to know that too. 

Here are a few of the nominations:

Kawartha Dairy – Huntsville
Cowan’s Dairy Bar – Brockville
Scoops – Mississauga
Ice Cream Dreams – Bala
Huckleberries Chocolatiers – Sudbury
Downtown Ice Cream Shoppe – Merrickville
Lorna Dunes Ice Cream – Wasaga Beach
Slickers Ice Cream – Picton / Prince Edward County

Stay tuned as we continue to build this list! Can you help? Yes you can! See below! 

Help Us Create The Ultimate Ontario Ice Cream To-Do List

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Best Fish and Chips in Ontario

Summer and Fall seasons in Ontario are the time of year to jump in the car and check out diners, food trucks, restaurants and more for the ultimate fish and chips. Indeed, cities, small towns and communities have fish and chips all season ensuring that people enjoy fish from Ontario’s vast fresh waters. 

No matter where you live in Ontario, it’s pretty easy to find a few fish and chips stands or restaurants near you. We are here to keep you in the know on where to find the most delicious golden fried batter fish. 

This is the season for eating locally sourced produce. Eating local in Ontario is easy!

Oh, and hey if you really want to eat local Ontario, it is very likely that the potato french fry is also local. It is very important that the accompanying ‘tater side dish is equally delicious and worth the drive. Mr. French Fry, we’re looking at you too!

In fact, other typical side dishes to fish and chips are likely locally sourced grown produce too. Summer and early-fall is a great time when Ontario gardens are bursting with cabbages, lettuces, carrots, beets and other tasty things to make coleslaw and side salads with. These help brighten the already delicious battered or pan-fried fish. 

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Where’s the Catch of the Day? – According to YOU!

We made a Facebook post last year and asked our followers to tell us their favourite fish and chips stops. We’ve compiled the list and ask you to try it for yourself, let us know if you agree or disagree, and even let us know if you think the list is missing someone!

Swiss Country House Restaurant @ Ahmic Lake Resort
50 Robinson Drive
Phone: (705) 387-3853

Larry’s Chip Stand
230 Main Street
Sturgeon Falls

JJ’s Chip Wagon (formerly Just Judy’s)
7597 Highway 89

Sullys Muskoka Gourmand
345 Ecclestone Drive

Shelby’s Chipwagon
191 Sharpe Street E

Tristan’s Tasty Eatz
2222 Highway 60

Mrs H’s Fish ‘n’ Chips
2190 Muskoka Road 38

Herbert Fisheries
21 Channel Street

Perky’s Fish and Chip
165 County Road 6 S
Perkinsfield (Tiny)

Jocko Point Fish and Chips
1 Jocko Point Rd
North Bay

Joeys Seafood
180 Shirreff Ave
North Bay

Duckworth’s Fish & Chips
750 Atherley Rd

Danny’s Fish & Chips
411 Huronia Rd

Kinmount Fish & Chips
4080 Kawartha Lakes County Rd 121

Cardinal Lodge Mattawa River Resort
6251 Hwy 17

Gilly’s Snug Harbour Restaurant & Marine
138 Snug Harbour Road

Baked and Battered
128 Highland St

Lord Elgin Fish & Chips
5128 ON-21
Port Elgin

Reel Em In Fish n Chips
88-202 Huronia Rd

For the Halibut Fish & Chips 
220 Hastings St N

The Royal Oak – Centrepointe
117 Centrepointe Drive, Unit 105

Chips + Malt
201 Main Street South

Taylor’s Fish & Chips
417 Erie Street South

The Fish Shack
1099 Muskoka District Road 39

Beamsville Fish & Chips
Location in Beamsville, Ste. Catharines, Welland

Erie Belle Restaurant – House of Fish & Chips
259 Harbour Street

Duckworth’s Fish & Chips
2282 Kingston Road

The Cheshire Cat Pub
2193 Richardson Side Road, Ottawa

Broadway Fish & Chips
 308 Broadway, Orangeville

@827 Fish & Chips
827 Hwy 64, Alban

British Cuisine Fish & Chips
1256 Mosley St, Unit 7, Wasaga Beach

Fish N Fry Inn
803 Vindin St, Midland

Captain Ken’s Diner & Pub
70 Main St, Penetanguishene

Bounty Fish & Chips
18 Colborne St W, Orillia

Goderich Harbour Restaurant
111 N Harbour Rd W, Goderich

The Oar
530 Muskoka Rd N, Gravenhurst

Tracie’s Place Restaurant & Karaoke
592 Upper James St., Hamilton

Stage Diner
518 Concession St, Hamilton

Captains Grill Diner
287 Madison St, Severn Township

Golden Fish & Chips
32 Main St S, Georgetown

Riverside Hideaway
1 Mill St, Coldwater

Napanee Fish & Chips
35 Jim Kimmett Blvd, Napanee

Annie’s Seafood Restaurant
698 Ontario St, Stratford

Captain George’s
237 Mapleview Dr E, Barrie

Manoll’s Fish & Chips
11 Buell St, Brockville

Minor Fisheries
176 West St, Port Colborne

Corner Fish & Chips & Grill
558 County Road 8, Fenelon Falls

Knechtel’s on the Beach
15 Walker St, Port Dover

The Fryin’ Guys
155a Lake Street, Saint Catharines

Len Duckworths Fish & Chips
2638 Danforth Ave, Toronto

Taylor Fish Company
419 Erie St S, Wheatley

Wickie’s Pub & Restaurant
274 Burton Ave, Barrie

201 Main St S, Newmarket

Fork On Main – Kearney
108 Main Street, Emsdale

The Fish Shack
1099 Main St, Dorset

The Muddy Moose Restaurant and Inn
14530 Government Road, Larder Lake


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Are You Ontario Experienced? – Summer Edition

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Ontario is bursting at the seams with great things to do every summer and this year is no different. With over 27.5 million visitors to Toronto alone, it seems the secret is out.

Whether you’re an Ontarian or planning to visit Ontario, don’t let the summer go by in a Purple Haze. Find out some of the best things to do in Ontario from an action-packed day out in nature to an exclusive dance party amongst Ontario’s history.

Island Queen Afternoon Cruise

ToDoOntario, Island Queen Cruise Parry Sound

Discover Georgian Bay’s famous 30,000 islands where there’s an adventure at every turn. On the Island Queen three-hour afternoon cruise, you’ll follow the path of early explorers and get up close to the rugged shoreline of the Bay’s remote outer islands and Parry Island. Passengers will enjoy meandering through narrow channels and provincial parks in an eco-system so special that it has been crowned with World Biosphere Reserve status.

Sunset Cruise Intimate Muskoka Cruise

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Cruise the inside lakes of Muskoka during a stunning sunset aboard Peerless II. The “Muskoka Experience” always includes a cruise on the big 3 Muskoka Lakes, with their rugged & beautiful Canadian Shield vistas & gorgeous cottages.

Niagara Falls

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If you live in Ontario, this might be an obvious choice but Niagara Falls still makes the grade as one of the best summer activities in the province. Plus, there’s always something new to discover on your visit.

Whether it’s getting close enough to feel the spray on a daring boat ride, learning about its long history at the Power Station, or embracing the fun of the city at one of the many attractions, Niagara Falls has something for everyone.

Treetop Trekking

ToDoOntario - Treetop Trekking, kids activities

Summers in Ontario are all about surrounding yourself in nature and Treetop Trekking is one of the most fun ways to embrace the outdoors. You’ll get to climb like a monkey, swing like Tarzan, and feel the rush as you fly through the forest canopy on ziplines. The best part is, you can find parks all over Ontario, including a new one at 1000 Islands.

Each park has something unique to offer but some of the adventures you’ll find include:

  • Treewalk village
  • Zipline courses
  • Aerial game treks
  • Kids courses
  • Night treks

Hit Up A Music Festival

ToDoOntario - Mariposa Folk Festival, kids dancing

Festivals have come a long way since Jimi Hendrix’s day and Ontario has some of the best. The hardest part is figuring out which one to choose. If you’re in to jazz, check out the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, African music lovers should schedule in Afrofest ASAP, and those who like to be the first to discover what’s new should take a look at NXNE.

That’s really just a taste of what’s on during summers in Ontario. Here are some other highlights to keep an eye on:

  • TD Salsa in Toronto Festival
  • VELD Music Festival
  • OVO Fest
  • Escapade Music Festival
  • RBC Bluesfest
  • Sound of Music Festival
  • Mariposa Folk Festival

Blue Mountain

ToDoOntario, Blue Mountain Resort, Mountain Coaster

Once it starts to warm up, a visit to Blue Mountain is on the agenda. As Ontario experiences go, this might be one you usually reserve for winter weather but Blue Mountain has a whole lot of fun summer things to do. Plus, you’re more likely to nab a great deal and find fewer guests to contend with.

First off, did you know that Blue Mountain has a beach? This exclusive coastal escape is only available to overnight guests at the resort and sits on the southern shores of Lake Huron. When you’ve had enough sunbaking, here are some of the summer activities available to plan on your trip:

  • Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster
  • Canopy Climb Net Adventure
  • Open Air Gondola
  • Cascade Putting
  • Chutes and Lumber Ball Run
  • The Rock Climbing Wall
  • Explore Park Hiking Trails
  • Mill Pond Activity Centre
  • Plunge! Aquatic Centre
  • Wind Rider Triple Zips

Go For a Run

The Ontario summer schedule is packed full of runs for all kinds of runners. Whether you’re just starting out or in it for the long run, there’s a run out in Ontario perfect for you. With a race on almost every weekend, it might be tough to nail down which you should sign up for but here are some of the highlights:

  • Pride and Remembrance Run
  • Canada Day 5k
  • Toronto Beaches Jazz Run
  • Toronto Island Run
  • Yorkville Run

Work Those Tastebuds

If you’re more a fan of eating your carbs than shedding them, these Ontario activities should get your mouth watering. Start with something everyone can appreciate at the T.O. Food & Drink Fest. Three days of food, drink, and culinary demos plus lots of shopping and live music to keep you entertained.

Ribfest should have meat lovers sprinting while the Toronto Vegandale Food and Drink Festival has the tree huggers covered. Have a little bit of this and a little bit of that at the Toronto Food Truck Festival or just indulge at some of Ontario’s best restaurants for a fraction of the cost at Summerlicious. There really are too many to mention so make sure to check out what food festivals are happening in your city or why not customize your culinary day out with a food tour?

Explore a Museum (or Two)

With constantly changing exhibits that cater to young and old alike, Ontario’s museums are one of the best things to do in Ontario. The Royal Ontario Museum always has something interesting to see but during the summer they often host special events, like Friday night dance parties, kids’ summer club, and special talks. And yes, dancing next to dinosaur bones is as fun as it sounds.

Art Gallery Ontario is another one to schedule in the calendar. Along with its enlightening exhibits, in the summer you’ll find special youth events and workshops, performances, and free entry for ages 25 and under.

The best museums aren’t all found in Toronto so if you’re looking for summer things to do, here are some other museums to check out:

  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Canadian War Museum
  • Canada Aviation and Space Museum
  • Fort Henry National Historic Site
  • Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
  • ROM

Go Caving, Walk the Suspension Bridge

ToDoOntario, Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, Family Caving

Find yourself in nature by experiencing unique summer adventures at Scenic Caves. 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.  Explore new heights from the longest Suspension Bridge in Southern Ontario, or take in the Hiking Trail Centre offering 15 kilometers of trails meandering through 370 unspoiled acres of natural beauty. Experience the unique views of the 200 year old forest, with well-marked trails offering gentle rolling slopes to steep climbs, and expansive, world class views!  If you’re looking to cool off on a hot sunny summer day, head for to Scenic Caves and ask for “The Refrigerator”, tell them we went you and enjoy! 

Immerse Yourself 

ToDoOntario - Immersive Bob Marley, Toronto

The Bob Marley One Love Experience showcases never-before-seen Marley photographs and memorabilia, while immersing you in a journey through his life, passions, influences, and enduring legacy. This exhibition runs from July 4 – September 25, 2022. 

Find More Things To Do In Ontario

These Ontario experiences are just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re keen to make the most of the summer, you can find more great things to do in Ontario at ToDo Ontario. Let us help with the planning and book a getaway package with us where you can have your accommodation, meals, and activities all taken care of.

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