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The Ultimate Huntsville Ontario ToDo List

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This is a little guide to visiting Huntsville, Ontario.
If you’re looking to plan a day trip or overnight holiday to this Muskoka gem, we can help. 

Where is Huntsville, Ontario located?

Huntsville, Ontario, nestled in the heart of Muskoka, is a charming destination that offers a variety of activities for visitors of all ages. Known for its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and vibrant local scene, Huntsville is the perfect getaway for outdoor enthusiasts, art lovers, and those seeking a peaceful retreat.

Huntsville is approximately 2.5 hours of driving from Toronto and 4 – 4.5 hours of driving from Ottawa.  

What are the top attractions in Huntsville, Ontario?

One of the top attractions in Huntsville is Algonquin Provincial Park, a vast wilderness area that offers endless opportunities for outdoor adventures. Visitors can hike along the numerous trails, paddle through serene lakes, and camp under the stars. The park is also home to diverse wildlife, making it a prime spot for birdwatching and nature photography. In the fall, Algonquin becomes a kaleidoscope of colors, attracting leaf peepers from all over. Check out our Fall Colour Report to plan your fall colour road trip to Algonquin Park. 

Where to find Huntsville’s hub of art and culture.

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Downtown Huntsville is another must-visit area, offering a mix of shopping, dining, and cultural experiences. The main street has quaint boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops, perfect for a leisurely afternoon stroll. Don’t miss visiting the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery, an open-air exhibit featuring murals inspired by the famous Canadian landscape painters. The town also boasts various restaurants and cafes, serving everything from gourmet meals to local delicacies.

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For those interested in history and heritage, the Muskoka Heritage Place is an excellent destination. This living museum features historic buildings, a pioneer village, and the Portage Flyer, a vintage steam train that offers scenic rides along the Muskoka River. The site provides a fascinating glimpse into the area’s past and is an educational experience for visitors of all ages.

Huntsville is also a hub for arts and entertainment, with the Algonquin Theatre at its center. This modern venue hosts a variety of performances throughout the year, including plays, concerts, and comedy shows. The theater supports local talent and brings in renowned artists, making it a cultural cornerstone of the community. Additionally, the Huntsville Festival of the Arts, held annually, showcases an impressive lineup of events, from music and dance to visual arts and literary readings.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to do beyond Algonquin Park. The Muskoka River and the numerous lakes around Huntsville offer excellent opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. During the winter months, the area transforms into a snowy wonderland, perfect for skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing. The Arrowhead Provincial Park, in particular, is famous for its ice skating trail, a unique and magical experience that attracts visitors from near and far.

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Treetop Trekking Huntsville

For thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts, Treetop Trekking in Huntsville offers an exhilarating way to experience the forest canopy. Located at the Deerhurst Resort, this adventure park features a series of zip lines, swinging bridges, and obstacle courses high above the ground. Suitable for various skill levels, Treetop Trekking provides an adrenaline rush as participants navigate through the treetops, enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Guided by professional staff, visitors are ensured a safe and memorable adventure. Whether you’re looking to challenge yourself or simply enjoy a unique perspective of Muskoka’s natural beauty, Treetop Trekking is a must-do activity that adds an exciting dimension to any visit to Huntsville.

In conclusion, Huntsville, Ontario, is a destination that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventure, cultural enrichment, or a relaxing retreat, this charming town in Muskoka has it all. With its stunning natural landscapes, rich heritage, and vibrant arts scene, Huntsville is a place that will leave visitors with lasting memories and a desire to return.

Where To Stay Overnight in Huntsville, Ontario

Cedar Grove Lodge

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For those looking for a memorable place to stay, Cedar Grove Lodge offers an exceptional experience. Located on the shores of Peninsula Lake, this rustic yet charming lodge provides cozy log cabins, each with a wood-burning fireplace and stunning lake views. Guests can enjoy a range of activities, from swimming and canoeing in the summer to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. The lodge also offers delicious home-cooked meals in its dining room, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. With its picturesque setting and comfortable accommodations, Cedar Grove Lodge is the perfect base for exploring all that Huntsville has to offer, ensuring a relaxing and enjoyable stay. Click here to learn more about Cedar Grove Lodge.

Deerhurst Resort

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Deerhurst Resort, a premier destination in Huntsville, offers an array of activities and amenities that make it an ideal vacation spot for families, couples, and groups. Spanning over 760 acres, the resort features two 18-hole golf courses, a spa, and numerous dining options. Guests can partake in various outdoor activities such as horseback riding, zip-lining, and water sports on Peninsula Lake. In the winter, the resort transforms into a snowy playground with ice skating, snowshoeing, and nearby skiing. Deerhurst also hosts events and entertainment, including live shows and themed weekends, ensuring there’s always something exciting happening. With its luxurious accommodations and extensive facilities, Deerhurst Resort provides a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation, making any stay unforgettable. Click here to learn more about Deerhurst Resort.

Whatever you choose ToDo, we hope you have a wonderful trip to Huntsville and don’t forget to tag us in your adventures when posting on social media #ToDoOntario. 

 

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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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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.

ToDoOntario - JW Marriott the Rosseau, pizza in the garden

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.

ToDoOntario - JW Marriott the Rosseau, seafood linguini

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

ToDoOntario - JW Marriott the Rosseau Muskoka, sunset aerial shot

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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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

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

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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

ToDoOntario, Island Queen Cruise Parry Sound

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

ToDoOntario - Algonquin Park Adventures with Voyageur Quest canoe trip

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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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:**

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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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PRIDE Celebrations and Events in Ontario, Canada

Supporting and Celebrating PRIDE 2024 

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Pride celebrations in Ontario, Canada, are a vibrant and inclusive series of events that honor the LGBTQ+ community, promote equality, and celebrate diversity. These festivities occur throughout June, which is internationally recognized as Pride Month, though some events extend into the summer.

Toronto Pride

The largest and most famous of these celebrations is Toronto Pride. Known for its high energy and massive participation, Toronto Pride features a range of activities, including the Pride Parade, Dyke March, and Trans March. The Pride Parade, which takes place on the last Sunday of June, is a colorful procession that draws hundreds of thousands of spectators. The festivities also include concerts, street fairs, and cultural events spread across the city, especially in the Gay Village around Church and Wellesley Streets.

Ottawa Pride

Capital Pride in Ottawa is another major event, combining political advocacy with celebration. The festival typically includes a parade, community fair, and various performances. The festival emphasizes inclusivity and often hosts events in both official languages, reflecting Canada’s bilingual nature.

Smaller Communities

Ontario’s smaller communities also host their own Pride events, fostering local support and visibility for LGBTQ+ residents. Cities like Hamilton, Kingston, and Windsor hold parades and festivals, creating a network of Pride celebrations across the province. These events may include family-friendly activities, educational workshops, and performances by local artists.

Unique Events

Some unique Pride events in Ontario include Pride Niagara, which features a week-long festival with a focus on community engagement and celebration in the Niagara Region, and Muskoka Pride, which combines the natural beauty of the region with festivities that include a picnic and a boat parade.

Impact and Importance

Pride celebrations in Ontario are crucial for fostering a sense of community and belonging among LGBTQ+ individuals. They also serve as a powerful platform for advocacy and education, promoting awareness about the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community and celebrating the progress made towards equality.

In summary, Pride celebrations in Ontario are a testament to the province’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Whether in bustling cities or smaller towns, these events bring people together in solidarity and joy, making Pride Month a highlight of the year for many Ontarians.

You can further check out these events and travel opportunities related to Pride. 

Night at the Aquarium

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A Night of Drag, Dancing, and Sharks Awaits You at Night at the Aqueerium! Get ready to dive deep into the most fabulous Pride event of the year! Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is hosting its legendary “Night at the Aqueerium” event on Friday, June 21.

For more details and to purchase tickets, you can visit the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada website.


Fairmont Royal York Hotel PRIDE Package

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Celebrate Toronto Pride with 10% off luxury accommodations at Toronto’s landmark hotel.

For every stay booked, a $10 CAD donation will go to the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) to help promote equality and safety within LGBTQ+ tourism worldwide.

Offer Includes

  • 10% off luxury accommodations 
  • $10 CAD donation per stay to IGLTA

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Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto – After Hours

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA) will be hosting “MOCA After Hours” on Saturday, June 15 from 8:00 – 11:00 pm. (Free for members, $20 for non-members) 

  • Rose Hip will be DJing
  • There will also be two special back-to-back performances, featuring the “Black Widow of Burlesque,” Ravyn Wngz and trailblazing burlesque performer Dainty Smith, founder of Les Femmes Fatales.

This is a 19+ event. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

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Candlelight Concerts & Other Experiences for your Summertime Ontario ToDo List

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Attending candlelight concerts in Ontario this summer offers a uniquely enchanting experience, blending the magic of live music with the soft glow of hundreds of candles. Set in historic and picturesque venues across the province, these concerts cover a range of genres from classical to contemporary hits, performed by talented musicians. The intimate and serene atmosphere, coupled with the beautiful candlelit settings, creates a captivating ambiance perfect for a memorable evening out. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, these concerts promise a delightful escape into a world of music and light.

Beyond candlelight concerts, Ontario’s summer calendar is brimming with exciting events, from vibrant concerts to cultural celebrations such as Caribana and the Stratford Festival. Outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy numerous food and craft beer tours, art shows, and farmers’ markets, making Ontario a dynamic destination for a diverse range of summer activities.

Upcoming Ontario Events & Experiences

Things To Do in Hamilton

Candlelight: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at The Cotton Factory
Venue: The Cotton Factory
Dates: June 14, 2024
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Candlelight: A Tribute to Taylor Swift
Venue: The Westdale
Dates: July 6, 2024
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Candlelight: Coldplay & Imagine Dragons
Venue: The Cotton Factory
Dates: June 14, 2024
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Candlelight: Featuring Mozart, Bach, and Timeless Composers
Venue: The Cotton Factory
Dates: June 19, 2024
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Candlelight: A Tribute to ABBA
Venue: The Cotton Factory
Dates: June 15 & 19, 2024
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Candlelight: A Tribute to Adele
Venue: The Westdale
Dates: July 6, 2024
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Things To Do in Kitchener-Waterloo

Candlelight: A Tribute to ABBA
Venue: Maxwell’s
Dates: June 12, 2024
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Candlelight: A Tribute to Coldplay
Venue: Maxwell’s
Dates: June 12, 2024
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Candlelight: Classic Rock on Strings at Maxwell’s
Venue: Maxwell’s
Dates: July 18, 2024
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Candlelight: A Tribute to Adele
Venue: Maxwell’s Concerts & Events
Dates: July 18, 2024
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Things To Do in Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls: Boat Cruise + Journey Behind the Falls Tour
Prepare to be blown away by the most thrilling adventure of your life at Niagara Falls! Brace yourself for non-stop excitement with a guided 2.5-hour walking tour led by passionate experts. Get up close and personal with the awe-inspiring might of the falls as you gain access to the sensational Journey Behind the Falls and the world-famous Niagara Falls boat tour. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing beauty of this natural wonder while uncovering fascinating history and enthralling stories. Don’t even think about missing out on this mind-blowing opportunity of a lifetime!

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Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour of Niagara Falls
Get ready to have the most epic, heart-pounding experience of your life on the mind-blowing Devil’s Hole Rapids tour! Brace yourself for an adrenaline rush as you navigate through the jaw-dropping class 5 rapids in a super-cool jet boat. Choose the Wet Jet and embrace getting totally soaked, or opt for the Freedom Jet to stay dry but still get in on the wild fun. Prepare for absolute excitement and breathtaking scenery. Discover fascinating insights about the mighty Niagara River from your daring captain. And don’t even think about forgetting a change of clothes – this mind-blowing adventure is going to leave you breathless and utterly enthralled!

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Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
Escape from the city and hear the roar of Niagara Falls on this roundtrip from Toronto! Enjoy an in-depth narrated tour as you travel from Toronto to Niagra in comfort with your own private group and guide. There’ll be plenty of activities to fill the day from start to finish including a ride up to the Skylon’s observation deck with incredible views, and a boat cruise on the Hornblower to the falls’ plunge pool. You’ll want to put on your complimentary poncho because things can get real misty down by the plunge pool! Finish the day at the caves behind the falls for a unique view.

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Things To Do in Ottawa

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Ottawa Private Investigator: Mystery Exploration Game
Meet the people behind the scenes who have left their mark on the nation’s capital. They are architects, artists, everyday people, and leaders, but most importantly, they have made an impact that has forever changed our city. Enjoy Ottawa’s natural, green spaces, as well as the hustle and bustle in the heart of the city. Play this game using a bike or e-scooter. 

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Ottawa River Boat Cruise
Prepare to embark on an absolutely thrilling Ottawa River Boat Cruise! Brace yourself for a mind-blowing journey through Canada’s mesmerizing national capital region. Imagine yourself gliding along the peaceful Ottawa River, getting up close and personal with iconic landmarks such as the Supreme Court, Parliament Buildings, and majestic Rideau Falls. Picture yourself on the open upper deck, capturing jaw-dropping photos that will leave your friends envious. And let’s not forget about the captivating history of Ottawa that you’ll learn about along the way. With accessibility for wheelchairs, this 90-minute adventure guarantees awe-inspiring views and memories that will forever be etched in your mind. 

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The Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa
Get ready for the ultimate haunted adventure in Ottawa! Join this thrilling 1 hour and 15-minute Haunted Walk and prepare to be spooked! Follow your guide’s flickering lantern as they lead you through terrifying tales of crying dolls and phantom footsteps. Uncover hidden cemeteries, hear spine-chilling stories of mysterious mysteries and brace yourself for an unforgettable tour that will leave you with goosebumps.

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Ottawa Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour
Discover Ottawa like never before! Perfect for newbies, this city tour offers a fab intro to all the must-see spots, with plenty of day left to roam free and uncover more gems on your own. 

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Lilo Floating Tiki Bar on the Ottawa River
Set sail on the Ottawa River like never before! Jump aboard our Hawaiian-style Tiki Hut with your crew for an unforgettable adventure. Perfect for chilling with pals, romantic getaways, or even a unique school trip, this is your ticket to becoming part of the Ottawa Ohana. Make your way to Mill Street Pub, follow our signs, and embark on a journey of relaxation and fun. 

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Candlelight: A Tribute to Queen and More
Venue: Knox Church
Dates: June 21, 2024
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Candlelight: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen
Venue: First Baptist Church
Dates: June 28, 2024
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Candlelight: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac at The Gladstone Theatre
Venue: First Baptist Church
Dates: July 18, 2024
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Candlelight: From Bach to The Beatles
Venue: First Baptist Church
Dates: July 27, 2024
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Things To Do in Toronto

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2hr Shared Sailing Experience in Toronto
Set sail for an unforgettable 2-hour adventure through Toronto’s stunning harbor and beyond! Glide past the world’s shortest commercial ferry, dive into the cool breeze of Humber Bay and Lake Ontario, and catch the thrilling local sailing races. Drift by the unique Toronto Islands community, spot summer cruise ships, and marvel at urban beaches, sleek condos, and the iconic CN Tower.

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Candlelight Spring: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Venue: Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto
Dates: June 14, 2024
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Candlelight Spring: Featuring Mozart, Bach and Timeless Composers
Venue: Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto
Dates: June 14, 2024
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Candlelight Spring: A Tribute to Adele
Venue: Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto
Dates: June 15, 2024
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Candlelight Open Air: A Tribute to ABBA
Venue: Evergreen Brickworks
Dates: June 20, 2024
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Candlelight: A Tribute to Celine Dion and more
Venue: Paradise Theatre
Dates: June 27, 2024
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Overnight Accommodations in Toronto

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

Toronto in Bloom Package

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SAVE UP TO 15% OFF YOUR STAY. Spring is here and Chelsea Hotel, Toronto is making it easy for you to explore the city in full bloom. The hotel places you just steps away from the city’s attractions, shopping, sport venues & more. Enjoy a special discount for your stay when you book 1 day in advance.

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Drive, Stay & Play Package

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The Chelsea Hotel is making it a little easier for travelers to take a road trip. Book this package and parking is included.

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Fairmont, Royal York

PRIDE Package

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Celebrate Toronto Pride with 10% off luxury accommodations at Toronto’s landmark hotel.

For every stay booked, a $10 CAD donation will go to the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) to help promote equality and safety within LGBTQ+ tourism worldwide.

Offer Includes

  • 10% off luxury accommodations 
  • $10 CAD donation per stay to IGLTA

CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW

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