June 2024

Rainy Day Ontario To Do List

Ten Things To Do in Ontario on a Rainy Day.

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Ontario, a province brimming with natural beauty and cultural richness, offers a plethora of activities for a rainy day. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, there’s no need to let a little rain dampen your spirits. Here are some top indoor activities to enjoy when the weather doesn’t cooperate:

1. Explore Museums and Art Galleries
Ontario is home to a myriad of museums and galleries. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto is a must-visit, with its vast collection of art, culture, and nature exhibits. Art enthusiasts will appreciate the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), which houses over 90,000 works spanning from the first century to contemporary art. Ottawa’s Canadian Museum of History and the National Gallery of Canada also offer fascinating insights into the country’s heritage and artistic achievements.

2. Visit Science Centers and Planetariums
For a fun and educational experience, head to one of Ontario’s science centers. The Ontario Science Centre in Toronto offers interactive exhibits and live demonstrations that captivate visitors of all ages. The Science North in Sudbury, with its IMAX theatre and digital planetarium, provides an engaging way to learn about science and technology.

3. Discover Indoor Markets
Ontario’s indoor markets are perfect for a rainy day outing. St. Lawrence Market in Toronto is a food lover’s paradise, offering a wide range of fresh produce, gourmet foods, and unique local products. The ByWard Market in Ottawa, one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets, is ideal for shopping, dining, and people-watching.

4. Relax in Spas and Wellness Centers
A rainy day is the perfect excuse to pamper yourself. Ontario boasts numerous spas and wellness centers where you can unwind and rejuvenate. The Scandinave Spa in Blue Mountain and the Ste. Anne’s Spa in Grafton offer relaxing environments with a variety of treatments designed to melt your stress away.

5. Enjoy Indoor Amusement Parks and Arcades
Families can have a blast at Ontario’s indoor amusement parks and arcades. Playdium in Mississauga features over 200 interactive games, simulators, and attractions. Meanwhile, The Rec Room in Toronto and other locations combine great food, live entertainment, and gaming experiences for all ages.

6. Take a Culinary Tour
Ontario’s culinary scene is diverse and vibrant. Rainy days are perfect for exploring the province’s best restaurants and cafes. Consider taking a culinary tour to sample gourmet dishes, local delicacies, and international cuisine. Wine tasting at one of the region’s renowned wineries, such as those in Niagara-on-the-Lake, is also a delightful option.

7. Watch a Live Performance
Ontario’s rich cultural scene includes numerous theatres and performance venues. Catch a live show at the iconic Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto or the Stratford Festival, which offers world-class productions of Shakespearean plays and other classic works. Ottawa’s National Arts Centre is another top spot for theatre, dance, and music performances.

8. Dive into a Bookstore or Library
There’s nothing quite like getting lost in a good book on a rainy day. Ontario’s independent bookstores and libraries provide cozy retreats for bibliophiles. Visit Toronto’s iconic Indigo bookstore or the Toronto Reference Library, a stunning architectural gem, to find your next great read.

9. Experience Virtual Reality
For a unique and immersive experience, try virtual reality. VR lounges and arcades, such as Levelup Reality in Toronto, offer a wide range of games and simulations that transport you to different worlds without leaving the city.

10. Discover Historic Sites
Ontario’s historic sites offer a fascinating glimpse into the past. Visit Casa Loma in Toronto, a Gothic Revival-style mansion and garden, or Dundurn Castle in Hamilton, a neoclassical mansion with guided tours that tell the story of its former inhabitants.

Rainy days in Ontario need not be dull or dreary. With so many indoor activities to choose from, you can enjoy the province’s cultural, culinary, and recreational offerings, no matter the weather.

Click here to view all the things to see and do in Ontario to add to your ultimate Ontario ToDo list. 

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Toronto, Ontario: A City of Lights, Music, and Adventure

Toronto, a vibrant metropolis, is teeming with events and activities that cater to diverse tastes and interests. Whether you’re a music enthusiast, a dance aficionado, or someone who loves unique experiences, there’s something for everyone. Here are some must-attend events to add to your Toronto to-do list:

1. Candlelight Concerts: A Magical Musical Experience

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Toronto’s Candlelight Concerts offer an enchanting evening of music performed by talented musicians in a stunning candlelit setting. This summer, indulge in a variety of themed performances:

  • Candlelight: A Tribute to Taylor Swift: Immerse yourself in the hits of Taylor Swift, beautifully reimagined by a live string quartet. This concert promises an intimate and moving musical experience for all Swifties. CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS.
  • Candlelight: Tribute to Queen and More: Celebrate the legendary music of Queen alongside other rock classics. The powerful renditions of iconic songs will leave you in awe. CLICK HERETO BUY TICKETS.
  • Candlelight: Favourite Anime Themes: Anime fans will delight in this unique concert featuring beloved themes from popular anime series. It’s a perfect blend of nostalgia and musical artistry. CLICK HERETO BUY TICKETS.

2. We Call It Tango: A Sensational Argentine Dance Show

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Experience the passion and elegance of Argentine Tango with “We Call It Tango.” This show features world-class dancers and musicians who bring the rich traditions of Tango to life. The dramatic performances and captivating music will transport you straight to the heart of Buenos Aires.

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3. Toronto Tall Ship Boat Cruise

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Step aboard a historic tall ship and sail the picturesque waters of Toronto Harbour. This cruise offers stunning views of the city skyline and a glimpse into Toronto’s maritime history. Whether you’re a history buff or simply looking for a relaxing day on the water, this cruise is a fantastic way to explore Toronto from a new perspective.

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4. MIND OVER MATTER – Toronto’s Best Mentalism and Mindreading Show

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Prepare to be amazed by “MIND OVER MATTER,” Toronto’s premier mentalism and mindreading show. Featuring incredible feats of mental dexterity and psychological illusion, this show is a thrilling and thought-provoking experience. Perfect for a night out with friends or a unique date night, it’s sure to leave you questioning the boundaries of reality.

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5. Toronto Harbour Cruise

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Another fantastic way to enjoy the city’s waterfront is the classic Toronto Harbour Cruise. Offering scenic views, fresh air, and the chance to unwind on the water, this cruise is a great way to see Toronto from a different angle. Relax and enjoy the sights as you glide past some of the city’s most famous landmarks.

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Toronto is a city that never fails to impress with its rich cultural offerings and exciting events. Make sure to add these experiences to your itinerary for an unforgettable visit.


Toronto Accommodations

When visiting Toronto, selecting the right accommodation can elevate your entire experience. Two premier choices that stand out for their unique offerings and exceptional service are the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and the Chelsea Hotel Toronto. These establishments provide not only comfortable stays but also a touch of the city’s charm and elegance.

Fairmont Royal York Hotel is a historic landmark located in the heart of downtown Toronto. This luxurious hotel, with its iconic architecture and rich history, has been a symbol of grandeur since it opened in 1929. The Fairmont Royal York offers guests a blend of traditional elegance and modern amenities, including newly renovated rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a range of dining options that cater to all tastes. Its prime location, just steps away from major attractions such as the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, and the Toronto Eaton Centre, makes it an ideal choice for visitors looking to explore the city’s best sights while enjoying a sophisticated and comfortable stay.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR STAY.

On the other hand, Chelsea Hotel Toronto provides a family-friendly atmosphere with an array of amenities designed for both relaxation and entertainment. Located in the downtown core, the Chelsea Hotel is the largest hotel in Canada and offers a variety of room types to suit different needs, from cozy standard rooms to spacious suites. Guests can enjoy a range of facilities, including an adults-only pool and fitness area, a family pool with a waterslide, and a vibrant kids’ center, making it an excellent choice for families traveling with children. Additionally, the hotel’s central location allows easy access to popular destinations such as Yonge-Dundas Square, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and a variety of shopping and dining options.

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Both hotels offer unique experiences that cater to different preferences, ensuring a memorable stay in Toronto. Whether you’re drawn to the timeless elegance of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel or the vibrant, family-oriented environment of the Chelsea Hotel Toronto, you’ll find that these accommodations provide the perfect base for exploring all that this dynamic city has to offer.

 

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JW Marriott Rosseau Muskoka Resort Impress with Next Level Dining

Everything impresses at The JW Marriott Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa in Minett, and the dining is no exception. Here spectacular dishes are served with generous sides of ambience and scenery.

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“Expectations are high because of the JW Marriott brand. People have a right to expect a special dining experience, and we aim to deliver” says Executive Chef Prasanna Kumar.

The JW Marriott Rosseau Muskoka Resort is one of the premier resorts in all Canada. Its reputation – founded on quality of its hospitality, the award-winning Hydro Spa and numerous recreational facilities, an ambitious concert series with some of the biggest names in music, and guest rooms offering eye-wateringly beautiful views out onto the expanse of Lake Rosseau – is peerless.

Kumar knows the dining must be commensurately excellent. “The resort’s status informs all our decisions,” he explains.

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Kumar knows a thing or two about satisfying discerning taste buds. Before joining The Rosseau Muskoka Resort in April 2023, Kumar spent 18 years of acclaim crafting memorable dishes at some of the most prestigious hotels and restaurants in Dubai, including the 5-Star Dubai International Hotel – Dubai Airports. During that time, he earned the Best Cuisiner award from the Emirates Culinary Guild in 2017, a distinction that’s equivalented to winning a culinary Olympic gold medal.

Despite the heights to which he has honed his craft, Kumar didn’t originally intend to pursue a culinary career. “I originally wanted to be a software engineer, but my engineer father pushed me into cooking,” Kumar laughs. “It was his unfulfilled dream, not mine, and so I went into it reluctantly. But I soon fell in love with cooking. It became not a profession, but a passion, and two decades later I still love pushing the boundaries of my culinary skills.”

Kumar has been quick to put his own stamp on The Rosseau’s culinary offerings, no small feat as The Rosseau boasts several unique, atmospheric dining venues. The imaginative menus he created for each celebrate their distinctiveness.

Cottages, as the name suggests, is reminiscent of spending time at the family cottage with friends and family. It’s warm, casual and friendly. In the summer, take the meal outside to dine al fresco on a patio overlooking the azure waters of Lake Rosseau below.

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When the temperatures soar the lure of the lake becomes irresistible. The resort recognizes pulling people away from the beach for lunch is a big ask, so instead opts to bring lunch to the beach at The Deck, a lakeside eatery offering light dining options and ice-cold cocktails. Between noon and 3pm on an average summer day, the Deck makes 200 pizzas in its wood-fired oven. If you indulge in one, you’ll see why.

Muskoka Chophouse elevates the classic steakhouse. Refined décor, intimate booths, and a top-tier wine list served by knowledgeable sommeliers make the restaurant ideal for a special evening. Here, dining is all about great quality meat, prepared to perfection and with a simple presentation to allow the flavors to speak for themselves.  “It’s the finest steakhouse in Muskoka,” enthuses Kumar.

For something more casual head to Lakes ‘The Gathering Place’. Located off the main lobby and adjacent to the resort’s exuberant bar, Lakes is the ultimate place to unwind with cocktails, local beers, and a light dining menu.

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Finally, Teca is an Italian bistro featuring authentic cuisine. The lighting is dimmed but Teca offers a culinary ray of sunshine. “Italian food is a classic, and for good reason,” says Kumar, “but there’s far more to Italian dining than pasta and we explore those boundaries with our menu.” Dishes are approachable but with exciting twists. New menu highlights include a three-cheese stuffed agnolotti served on a bed of shredded duck, pan-seared salmon in a traditional Tuscan bean soup, and seafood linguine so rich in flavor you’d swear you’re in an oceanside ristorante on the Amalfi Coast.

Everything about JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa impresses, including the dining. Whichever restaurant you select you can expect inventive dishes, next-level service, and stylish vibes.

For more information about the resort and to make your reservation visit: https://www.marriott.com/

Article written by Andrew Hind. 
Photographs by Andrew Hind.

About JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa

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JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka is a luxury conference resort two and a half hours north of Toronto, in Ontario’s scenic “cottage country”.  Recipient of the AAA/CAA four diamond award every year since opening in 2008, plus prestigious Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence at two of its restaurants. The resort is set atop a granite bluff overlooking pristine Lake Rosseau. Visitors enjoy inspirational views, intuitive service and the opportunity to explore nature on their terms. 

For more information and to make your reservation, visit the JW Marriott the Rosseau Muskoka website.

About JW Marriott
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio of brands and consists of beautiful properties and distinctive resort locations around the world. Inspired by the principles of mindfulness, JW Marriott is a haven designed to allow guests to focus on feeling whole – present in mind, nourished in body, and revitalized in spirit – through programs and offerings that encourage them to come together and experience every moment to the fullest. Today there are more than 100 JW Marriott hotels in more than 30 countries and territories worldwide that cater to sophisticated, mindful travelers who come seeking experiences that help them be fully present, foster meaningful connections and feed the soul. 

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JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa Launches New Parasailing Experience

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JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa Launches New Parasailing Experience

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Muskoka Lakes, Canada – June 22, 2024 – JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa is thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership with Ski-Mazing Watersports to bring a unique parasailing experience to the stunning region of Muskoka. Starting this summer, guests can soar above the picturesque landscape and enjoy breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding scenery.

This exhilarating parasailing adventure will be available every Tuesday and Wednesday at the resort, providing guests with the perfect mid-week escape. Whether you’re seeking an exhilarating experience or simply looking to appreciate the beauty of Muskoka from a new perspective, this activity is sure to create unforgettable memories.

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Available from June 25, 2024, to October 9, 2024, guests can book their stay with us directly on jwrosseau.com and scan a QR code to book the parasailing experience.

About JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa

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JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka is a luxury conference resort two and a half hours north of Toronto, in Ontario’s scenic “cottage country”.  Recipient of the AAA/CAA four diamond award every year since opening in 2008, plus prestigious Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence at two of its restaurants. The resort is set atop a granite bluff overlooking pristine Lake Rosseau. Visitors enjoy inspirational views, intuitive service and the opportunity to explore nature on their terms. 

For more information and to make your reservation, visit the JW Marriott the Rosseau Muskoka website.

About JW Marriott
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio of brands and consists of beautiful properties and distinctive resort locations around the world. Inspired by the principles of mindfulness, JW Marriott is a haven designed to allow guests to focus on feeling whole – present in mind, nourished in body, and revitalized in spirit – through programs and offerings that encourage them to come together and experience every moment to the fullest. Today there are more than 100 JW Marriott hotels in more than 30 countries and territories worldwide that cater to sophisticated, mindful travelers who come seeking experiences that help them be fully present, foster meaningful connections and feed the soul. 

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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. 

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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

Use the survey or send us an email fun(at)todoontario.com. Thank you! 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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! 

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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7+ Things to Do on the Water In Ontario

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Ontario. Believe it or not, this province has a lot to offer when it comes to water activities. Part of the reason why is that Ontario has over 250,000 lakes in the province.

If you are not from Ontario, you may think it is just a province with a few big cold cities like Toronto, Ottawa, and Kingston that happen to be near the water.

However, there is a lot more that Ontario can offer when it comes to things to do in the summer. Here are seven of the best things to do in the water.

1. Rent a Fishing Boat or Book a Fishing Vacation

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For those of you that like to fish, you have the option of renting a boat and seeing what you can catch for the day. If you find the right marina such as Friday Harbour, you could find yourself having flexible options for boat rentals.

As far as time goes, you have the option of renting a boat for two hours if you are just looking to go out for the afternoon. You can also rent a boat for a half day or a full day if you want to take longer journeys out to sea.

Some of the fish that you may find out there include but are not limited to walleye, largemouth bass, several different types of trout, and more. For people that are passionate about fishing, this could be the perfect day trip for you.

Ontario is also home to a multitude of top notch fishing resorts. Let your host take care of the supplies and equipment while you enjoy a relaxing vacation that includes fishing Ontario fresh waters. 

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2. Take Sailing Lessons

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You may be someone that likes the water. If you know this about yourself, you may want to take this a step further and get more comfortable out at sea.

To do this, you may be interested in learning how to sail. Luckily for you, the marina mentioned above, Friday Harbour, also has a sailing school that gives you the opportunity to get certified. Here, you will have a team of instructors that can guide you every step of the way.

If you pass the certification test by the end of the summer, you may find yourself sailing your own boat the next season.

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3. Take a Sunset Cruise

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Are you planning an Ontario vacation with a significant other? Are you trying to get a special group of friends or family members back together?

Regardless of which group you find yourself in, a sunset cruise can be a great activity for everybody.

For couples, it can be the place to add a little romance to a vacation. For friends and family, it can be an activity that is good for all ages and interests.

The best part about a sunset cruise is that you can see the area that you have been walking and driving around all day from a totally different perspective. This sunset cruise from Lake Muskoka could be perfect for your needs.

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4. Take an Island Cruise

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Ontario has an abundance of islands.  If you take a cruise on the Island Queen when visiting Ontario, you can discover even more of what the province has to offer.

One option that you have is to take a morning cruise around the Georgian Bay area. Island Queen offers two or three hour cruises to choose from.

They also have options where you can take day cruises to specific islands. One of the main islands they go to is called Huckleberry Island.

Here, passengers are offered a guided hike around the island and a chance to swim in the water by the sand. It can be a great nature escape for those trying to see a different part of Ontario.

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5. Go Canoeing or Kayaking

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What if you want to take your own small boat out on the water? Well, in places like Algonquin Park or Orillia & Lake Country, there is plenty of accessible water to take a canoe or kayak out on. Algonquin Park Voyageur Quest is a special place for Algonquin Park getaways. You can even rent an entire island and cabin for your family and friends. You can choose from canoe adventures to kayak adventures.

Whether you want to kneel in a bigger area on a canoe or have a tight seated area on a kayak, you are bound to have enough open water to take either of these two out far during a summer vacation.


6. Chase Waterfalls

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For those that want to visit a more famous part of Ontario, one of the best Ontario water activities you can do is to go chase waterfalls.

Niagara Falls is obviously the most famous one in the region. It is also one of the most famous waterfalls in the world.

You can take a cruise out on the water to get upfront access to this waterfall. Also, you can go on a tour to discover even more waterfalls in the area such as Albion Falls and Tiffany Falls.

If you want to explore waterfalls a little further away, Haliburton Highlands has enough to fill a while week’s vacation. The Minden Whitewater Preserve is a 100 acre park with trails adjacent to a some of Canada’s best whitewater rapids for park’n play kayaking and canoeing. This is just one of many stunning and magical waterfalls in that region.


7. Go Swimming

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Perhaps the simplest option of the ones available here is to go swimming. The good thing about being around thousands of lakes is that you do not have to worry about big waves in these waters.

You can go out in a calm environment and just go for a swim in the water somewhere such as Lake Ontario. This is perfect for those that want to swim for exercise in favorable conditions and for those that just to relax in the water with their family and friends sitting in the sand.

Just remember that when you go swimming, you need to do it safely. That means sticking to designated areas for swimming and preferably only going in the water when there is a lifeguard on duty. If one is not available, then try to avoid swimming alone and do not go in the water at night.

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Discover More Things to Do in the Water

These are just seven things to do in the water in Ontario. Luckily, because there are hundreds of thousands of lakes in this province, you have a lot of easy access to all of these activities.

Whether you want to catch some fish, take a cruise, chase some waterfalls, or just have a relaxing swim, Ontario has it all for you.

Here are bonus water activity ideas!

Coca-Cola Mill Pond Activity Centre 

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The Blue Mountain Village Mill Pond has gotten a makeover care of Coca-Cola. Stop in and explore the new look Coca-Cola Mill Pond Activity Centre and take an aqua tour by Water Trike. These massive bicycles will have you pedaling your way across the pond in no time. Prefer to keep it mellow? Blue Mountain Village’s tried and true paddle boats are available for a more leisurely experience.

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Waterside Patio Dining

Summer meals are meant to be eaten on a patio, for sure! Ontario is home to a number of waterside patios that offer stunning views and cool breezes from Toronto all the way to cottage country. Here is a list you should check out. 

Algonquin Park Waterside Patios

The Broken Paddle Patio

GTA & Barrie Waterside Patios

Friday Harbour Resort

Georgian Bay & Muskoka Waterside Patios

Bayview Wildwood Resort
Christie’s Mill Inn & Spa
Deerhurst Resort
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka
Midland Food Tours
Rawley Resort
Sherwood Inn
The Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain

Ottawa Waterside Patios

Fairmont Château Laurier

The Blue Mountains & Collingwood Waterside Patios

Blue Mountain Village

Toronto Waterside Patios

Boxcar Social Harbourfront
Pie Bar
The Slip
Toronto Beach Club

Do you want to know more things to do in the summer? Click here to read more about some of the areas discussed in our article.

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Treat Dad to a Memorable Father’s Day at Friday Harbour

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Innisfil, ON – June 6, 2024

Celebrate Dad with an action-packed weekend on the shores of Lake Simcoe. Enjoy live entertainment, thrilling outdoor adventures, and exceptional dining experiences this Father’s Day at Friday Harbour Resort.

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DATES: Saturday, June 15 to Sunday, June 16
FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Delight Dad with a round of golf at The Nest, Friday Harbour’s award-winning, semi-private course. Spend quality time together in the great outdoors! Visit the Recreation Centre and rent a selection of bikes, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and Schiller water bikes.

Discover unique local finds at our charming vendor market on Saturday, and visit the collection of retailers along the Promenade for fashion finds, irresistible treats, and more.

Younger guests can have fun with face painting, an interactive Innisfil Fire display, and photo opportunities with roaming characters in the Piazza on Sunday.

Savour sampling opportunities including Happy Dad beverages and Havana Castle Cigar Rolling on Sunday.

Welcome Saturns Drives / Ace Spade Rally on Sunday afternoon as they detour to Friday Harbour for a special visit with super, exotic and high-end sports cars.

For full programming details, visit FridayHarbour.com/Events.

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JW Marriott Muskoka Canada Day Music Festival Announces Special Guest

**JW Marriott Muskoka Canada Day weekend music Festival Announces Special Guest Mylie Taylor!**

[Minett, ON, June 1, 2024] – The highly anticipated Canada Day weekend music Festival at the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa is thrilled to announce the addition of special guest Mylie Taylor to the lineup. Taking place from June 28th to June 30th, 2024, this year’s festival promises an unforgettable experience with a stellar roster of artists.

Festival Dates:

JUNE 28 – 30, 2024

Location:

JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa, Minett, Ontario

**Tickets:** Available now!

http://live-incorporated.com/tickets/

**Lineup:**

Friday, June 28

BRETT KISSEL | THE JIM CUDDY BAND | SAM POLLEY AND THE OLD TOMORROWS | ZACH OLIVER

**SPECIAL GUEST: MYLIE TAYLOR**

Saturday, June 29

K’NAAN | KARDINAL OFFISHALL | JARVIS CHURCH | MAESTRO FRESH WES SAM POLLEY | ZACH OLIVER | THE STRICTLY HIP

**SPECIAL GUEST: MYLIE TAYLOR**

Sunday, June 30

JP SAXE | KIEFER SUTHERLAND | CHILLIWACK SAM POLLEY | ZACH OLIVER | THE STRICTLY HIP

**SPECIAL GUEST: MYLIE TAYLOR**

Join us for an incredible weekend of live music set against the stunning backdrop of Muskoka.

Secure your tickets now and be part of this extraordinary celebration!

**Media Requests Contact:**

j.hoyle@live-incorporated.com

About JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa:

Located in the heart of Muskoka, JW Marriott The Rosseau offers a luxurious retreat with breathtaking views, world-class amenities, and unparalleled service. Perfectly blending nature and sophistication, it is the ideal venue for

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Where To Find A Private Beach In Ontario This Summer

How You Can Enjoy An Ontario Beach Without the Crowds

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Ontario’s Favourite Summer Thing To Do – Beach Fun

Welcome summer vacation time in Ontario! 

Ontario Beaches range from white sand shores and crystal clear waters, to beautiful rock shoal beaches being lapped by freshwater lakes and bays. They can be found in cities, towns, and national and provincial parks for day use and the cost is usually the associated parking or day-use fee. 

Time To Find Resorts With A Beach

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BEACH RESORTS are the answer for anyone looking to find hidden beaches. Hotels and resorts in Ontario often have swimming pools, but only a handful have a beautiful sand beach amenity included with your relaxing vacation. Often secluded and with friendly staff, the added bonus is most definitely the added luxury of the excellent service Ontario accommodators are known for. 

Soaking up summer on a private resort beach means most of your planning and preparing is taken care of and is worry-free. Being on a private property might also bring the added bonus of a pool bar. Most public beaches do not permit alcohol. If there is a bar, there is food – so that means your beach fun is likely going to have some pretty tasty snacks. 

If laying around on the beach is not your thing, remember that reading isn’t the only thing you can do at the beach. Many resorts offer beach use of canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and other fun sport or activity toys. Lots of resorts also have beach volleyball and other fun games easy to play in the sand. Resort beaches are often secluded, very private and are extremely well maintained. 

Top Ontario Resorts With A Beach

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Here is a short list of awesome resorts in Ontario with a beach:

Algonquin Park Voyageur Quest
Algonquin Park

Cobble Beach Resort
Owen Sound

Christie’s Mill & Spa
Port Severn

Bayview Wildwood Resort
Severn Bridge

Footprints Resort *adult only
Bancroft

JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka
Minett

Isaiah Tubbs Resort
Prince Edward County

Severn Lodge
Port Severn

Sherwood Inn
Port Carling

Cedar Grove Lodge
Huntsville

Pine Vista Resort
Douro-Dummer

Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Centre
Haliburton

Deerhurst Resort
Huntsville

Buttermilk Falls Resort
Haliburton

Sunbeam Bungalows Family & Fishing Resort
Callander

Friday Harbour Resort
Innisfil

Visit the above PLACES TO STAY page for more details and available packages. Have a wonderful time on the beach!

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