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Father’s Day Gift Ideas For Ontario Dads

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make sure to take photos!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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


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Get ready for a weekend full of live country music at the Blue Mountain Inn in partnership with CountryFest Productions to benefit the Unison Benevolent Fund. From the comfort of your car, see great bands like Evan Farrell, Tianna Woods, Owen Barney, Jade Eagleson. Two events to choose from, one in July and one in September. 

Where: Blue Mountain Resort

More information: July concertsSeptember concerts


ToDoOntario, Sunbeam Bungalows fishing vacations

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

View Fishing Getaway Packages


ToDoOntario, Humdinger Bicycle Tours, Quest for Quayles Brewery

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

Learn More About Quest For Quayles


ToDoOntario, Island Queen Cruise, Huckleberry Island

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

Learn More About Island Queen Cruises


ToDoOntario, Nottawasaga Inn Resort, golf

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

View Ontario Golf Courses

Climb Like A Kid Again Canopy Tours & Treetop Trekking

ToDoOntario - Treetop Trekking

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

Haliburton Forest Canopy Tours Ontario Treetop Trekking locations


ToDoOntario - Blue Mountain Resort, attractions

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

Blue Mountain Village Blue Mountain Resort

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

Explore Scenic Caves

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

Private Blue Mountains Tour


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

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


ToDoOntario, Yours Outdoors, wild mushroom foraging

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

Book Dad's Mushroom Foraging Workshop


ToDoOntario - Yours Outdoors, Best of Barnum Guided Hike

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

Book Dad a Hike

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

We still need to be careful and safe though. Please continue to follow the government’s regulations with regards to travel, gatherings and overall health of the people of Ontario. 

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Ontario’s Best Summer Beaches

Coronavirus Note:

We would like to say, of heavy importance – please don’t crowd the beaches. If the beach is full (which is already too much), go home, go find something else to do, it’s not your beach day. Try again another time. It’s a challenging time to enjoy a limited resource and we need to respect that. Looking for a way to have a private beach? Read this blog about Where to Find a Private Beach in Ontario

This note being said, please check ahead for any beach closures before heading out. Stay safe, stay covered, stay spf’d, stay distanced. Thank you. 

Top Beaches in Ontario, by Region

Attention, all of you sun-worshipping water babies: these are our picks for the top beaches in Ontario.

ToDoOntario, Ontario's Best Beaches

Disclaimer: Ontario has many, many, MANY outstanding beaches. We know yours might not have made our list. It doesn’t mean your favourite beach isn’t awesome – it is! Believe us, it was HARD selecting our top picks for the best beaches in Ontario (hey, it’s a tough job, but we’re happy to do it!).

So what criteria did we use to select our favourite beaches? Amenities, ease of parking, clear swimmable water, accessibility for paddlers, nearby attractions and overall beauty were our top considerations.

Here are our top picks for Ontario beaches, by region:

Southwest Ontario

If you’re looking to recreate the experience of visiting the tropics, head over Port Dover Beach to lounge by the palm trees. Yes, you read that correctly – palm trees! Each year, 15ft palms are planted and grow happily outdoors for five months (when the summer season is over, the palm trees are transported to spend winter in a greenhouse). Lake Erie is the second-smallest of the Great Lakes, and its shallow waters are warm and inviting. Anglers can fish off the pier or charter a boat and head out on the open waters. The town of Port Dover itself is as charming as it gets. Just be mindful of visiting on a Friday the 13th: this town is known for hosting large biker rallies on that conspicuous date.

Southwest Ontario Tourism


Niagara Region

Sunset Beach in St. Catherines is a peaceful spot, situated on the southern shore of Lake Ontario. The 1200 ft beach is sandy and well-groomed, an inviting spot for swimmers, sunbathers and paddlers alike. There’s a playground for kids, paved trails for bikes and rollerblades, a boat launch, picnic area and public washrooms. Sunset Beach is also close to the Welland Canals Parkway Trail, a 45 km paved trail that is ideal for cycling.

Niagara Tourism


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Hamilton, Halton and Brant

The wee town of Winona is home to the Fifty Point Conservation Area, a massive, eighty-hectare park loaded with activities and amenities for nature lovers. The beach is clean and warm, making it an ideal spot for swimming. There are 340 docking spaces for boats, making this a great location for anglers. The surrounding parkland is known as a “hotspot” for birding, so bring your binoculars with you. Pack a lunch and come for the day or, if you’d like a longer stay, reserve one of their well-serviced, accessible campsites.

Hamilton, Halton & Brant Tourism


Huron, Perth, Waterloo & Wellington

In a region best known for farmland, the only beaches to be found here are on the shores of Lake Huron, and most of those are rocky. There is, however, a treasure of a sandy beach at Point Clark. Aside from blue waters and sand, one of the cardinal traits about this site is the Point Clark Lighthouse and Museum. Climb the 114 steps of the limestone lighthouse (built in the 1850s) and take in the spectacular view! The beach itself also has a large boat launch for those hoping to spend some time in nearby open waters.

Huron, Perth, Waterloo & Wellington Tourism



Stuck in the city this summer? No worries, you can still have the sun and swim time you crave at Toronto’s Cherry Beach. Here you’ll find a surprising beach oasis in the city, with swimmable waters, a food truck and a great, big dog park if you’d like to bring your furry four-legged friend. You don’t need to bring your car, either! Cherry Beach is accessible by TTC (take the 121 bus from Union Station).

GTA Tourism


York, Durham and Headwaters

Sibbald Point Beach juts out into the waters of Lake Simcoe and is just a short, one-hour drive from Toronto. Here you’ll find many a family out for a day trip to splish-splash in the shallow, warm lake. Sibbald Point is another of Ontario’s provincial parks, which means it’s equipped with the usual amenities for changing, washrooms, and facilities for campers. When you’re ready for a break from the beach, explore the park’s museum (it was the original Sibbald Estate home), historic cabin, an 1870s Anglican church and churchyard, where you’ll find the resting place of famed Canadian author, Stephen Leacock.

York, Durham & Headwaters Tourism


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Bruce Peninsula

Okay, this was a tough toss-up between Tobermory and Sauble – both are outstanding choices for a day at the beach. However, for us, the scales tipped in favour of Sauble Beach. The 11+ km of public beach is soft and sandy, and the shores of Lake Huron are warm and shallow, making it a perfect spot for families seeking fun by the water. One of our favourite features: Sauble Beach is westward-facing, so the views of summer sunsets are quite spectacular. There’s plenty of other activities to be had too if you’d like to mix up your beach day with some golf, hiking or shopping.

BruceGreySimcoe Tourism


Southern Georgian Bay

Can we call this one a tie? Because we really can’t choose between the following two candidates:

Wasaga Beach is, reportedly, the longest freshwater beach in the world. Wasaga is a non-stop beach party; this is a community built for summer fun. There’s a colourful, touristy boardwalk filled with beach apparel, concession stands, bars and restaurants. If you’re looking to live out your full Frankie-and-Annette beach party dream, this is the right spot for you.

Alternately, if you’re looking for a beach experience that connects you to nature, we can’t think of a better spot than Awenda Provincial Park. Awenda – the second-largest provincial park in Ontario – has five beautiful mixed sand/stone beaches to for swimming and sun-worshipping. The drive into the park through protected forest is astonishingly beautiful, and there’s plenty of woods for hiking for those looking to commune with nature. There are campsites at Awenda for those of you who’d like more than a one-day getaway, but book early – spots fill up quickly.

BruceGreySimcoe Tourism


Lake Simcoe – Couchiching Beach Park

Couchiching Beach Park is an excellent place for families to play for the day. Here you’ll find a playground, picnic areas, gardens, a boat launch, and washrooms/changing facilities. Couchiching Beach Park is home to many summer events, and you’ll often catch live music playing in the bandshell. When you visit, bring your bike or roller blades – there’s an excellent paved trail along the waterfront.

BruceGreySimcoe Tourism


Kawarthas Northumberland

It’s a hard call, but we’re going to put our money on Coburg Beach as our top pick for the Kawarthas Northumberland region. A beautiful, well-groomed beach and amenities include a splash pad for kids, canteen, picnic area and basketball court. If you can, try and visit during the first weekend in August when the annual Coburg Beach Sandcastle Contest takes place. This is when master artists descend on the beach to create some pretty remarkable sand sculptures (bring your camera!).

Kawartha Northumberland Tourism


Southeastern Ontario

The largest sand beach on the St. Lawrence Corridor is beautiful and has a spooky twist. Milles Roches Beach is on the largest of eleven islands on the St. Lawrence River, but the islands are – wait for it – the tops of underwater ghost towns! In the 1950s, ten communities were permanently submerged to create the St. Lawrence Seaway. Around 6500 people were displaced as a result of the intentional flooding. Today, this area of the St. Lawrence is popular with scuba divers who explore the remains of the underwater ghost towns. For those who’d prefer a more traditional beach experience, Milles Roches Beach is surrounded by a canopy of trees, and is popular with swimmers and water sports lovers alike.

Southeastern Ontario Tourism


Ottawa and Countryside

Alas, the Ottawa area isn’t well known as beach territory, but we do have an excellent suggestion for a secluded swimming hole. The pond at the Caldwell-Carver Conservation Area is very private, and made from what was a gravel and sand pit in the 1940s. Today, this little swimmer’s oasis sits nestled in among the trees. Head’s up: this is a quiet area with several restrictions (no dogs, no bikes, no noise), so this spot is best intended for those looking for a serene swim.

Ottawa & Countryside Tourism


Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley

It is, perhaps, a bit overshadowed by the giant that is Algonquin Provincial Park, but nearby Bonnechere Provincial Park is a gem all on its own. Happily, this soft, sandy beach on Round Lake recently had an accessibility upgrade in the form of a wheelchair-friendly path from the park to the beach, and floating wheelchairs are available to sign out. The water is shallow, making it kid-friendly, but please note there are no lifeguards on site. If you’re bringing a 4-legged friend, they are allowed to doggy-paddle off of the boat launch.

Haliburton Highlands to Ottawa Valley Tourism


ToDoOntario, father & son walking the beach

Algonquin Park, Almaguin Highlands, Muskoka and Parry Sound

Sorry, we just can’t commit to one “best” beach in this region. I mean, this so isn’t fair. How do you even pick in an area scattered with lakes and 100’s of kilometres of Georgian Bay shore? You can’t swing a stick in this part of Ontario without hitting a beautiful beach! Whether you’re visiting the aforementioned giant Algonquin Provincial Park or one of the many small cottage country towns (Gravenhurst, Honey Harbour, Parry Sound, Bala, Bracebridge to name a few) you will have ample options for beach fun.

Algonquin Park, Almaquin Highlands & Muskoka Tourism


Northeastern Ontario

The clean, fresh waters of Lake Nippissing are one of our personal faves, and can be enjoyed by anyone with a visit to Marathon Beach, North Bay. This small Ontario city has happily maintained its public, downtown beachfront. There’s a government dock for launching your watercraft and if you don’t have a boat to paddle, no worries – kayak rental is available. Surrounding the water, you’ll find a paved path for cyclists, beautifully maintained gardens, a playground and ice cream stand. Sounds like the makings for a perfect summer day, doesn’t it?

Northern Ontario Tourism


Sault-Ste.-Marie and Algoma

North of “the Soo” you’ll find Pancake Bay Provincial Park,  another gem of protected, natural beauty in Ontario. The sandy beach at Pancake Bay is 3 km long and is met by the crystal blue waters of Lake Superior. As with other Ontario provincial parks, there are amenities for camping (RVs welcome, yurt rentals are available), great trails for hiking and birding, and  a lake full of trout for anglers. While you’re there, check out the Edmund Fitzgerald Lookout and take in the view of the spot where that famous ship met its fate back in 1975, inspiring the now legendary song by Gordon Lightfoot.

Northern Ontario Tourism


Northwest Ontario

Chippewa Park Beach, beautiful, sandy beach, a view of the legendary Sleeping Giant, areas for volleyball and baseball, and amusement park rides are just a few of the features that catapulted Chippewa Park Beach to the top of our list. There are concession vendors for hungry day-trippers, or bring a picnic and eat in the park. One great perk: Chippewa Park Beach has lifeguards on duty during the summer months for extra peace-of-mind when swimming in Lake Superior.

Northern Ontario Tourism


Remember if you head out to a beach this summer to be courteous and stay safe. Keep social distancing and our favourite rules of thumb “Take only pictures and leave only footprints”. It’s just that easy. 

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5 Tips on Visiting Microbreweries in Ontario

The Quick Beginners Guide to Microbreweries

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Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Ontario features amazing places to visit including microbreweries. There are a ton of unique microbreweries in Ontario that offer distinct craft beers and a guaranteed good time.

Keep reading for tips on starting your Ontario craft beer adventure!

1. Find a Brewery in Your Area

Not sure what breweries are in your area? Ontario Craft Beers can show you what craft breweries are in your area. The site lists what different types of unique beers each brewery offers.

JustBeer Ontario is another helpful site that will show you breweries based on your are. When you click on a brewery, it will show you the various craft beers that the location offers.

2. Understanding Different Types of Beers

ToDoOntario - Yours Outdoors, Sip Swill Savour brew tour

Yours Outdoors Haliburton Highlands breweries tour beer flight

The selection of beers and the different types of brews a craft brewery offers may seem daunting to beginners. But don’t fret. Part of the craft brewery experience is learning about different types of beers and which ones you like. 

Beers have different colors, aromas, and flavors, and are often characterized by what country that beer is from. Beers are categorized as lagers, ales, stouts, and porters.

Lagers and ales can range from light to dark. Lighter lagers are known for being crisp and refreshing. Darker lagers tend to have richer aromas.

Ales are made with yeast strains and ferment in warmer temperatures. Lighter ales tend to be more refreshing and may have a malty flavor. Darker ales have richer flavors and may have a hoppy, bitter taste.

Stouts and porters are described as having “deep, roasty flavors” and are neither sweet nor bitter. They tend to be thicker beers are strongly flavored.

If you are new to craft beers, you should ease your way into darker beers, and start off with something light and refreshing.

3. Picking the Best Time to Go

While researching a brewery in your area to visit, remember to check what their hours are. Not all craft breweries have specific visiting hours. If this is the case, you can schedule a tour so that you can still visit the brewery.

You can also see what times that brewery may offer promotions. Some breweries offer different special promotions depending on the day and time. So be prepared before you go!

4. Try Something Different

If this isn’t your first time visiting a brewery or trying craft brews, don’t afraid to go outside of your comfort zone. Microbreweries are a great place to expand your palette and try new things.

Many breweries offer beer flights so that you can get a taste of an array of flavors. By trying new beers, you may find a new favorite!

5. Pace Yourself

While you’re exploring the wonderful world of microbreweries, don’t forget to pace yourself as you drink. Remember to stay hydrated and eat in between drinks. Most breweries offer delicious food items that will pair well with whatever beer you are drinking. 

If you’re going out to your local brewery, make sure you follow Ontario’s drinking guidelines and have either a designated driver or a safe mode of transportation (i.e. a cab or driving service).

Check out these GUIDED ONTARIO BREWERIES TOURS & EXPERIENCES in the ‘To Do’ Events Calendar.

Enjoy Unique Microbreweries in Ontario

With these tips in your back pocket, you are now ready to enjoy all the amazing flavors that microbreweries in Ontario have to offer. Try some craft beers outside of your comfort zone on one of your summer outings. And don’t forget to stay hydrated and travel safely on your craft brewery excursion.

Looking for more exciting things to do in Ontario? Check out events page and start your next adventure!

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Campfire Dessert Cones

While at home under quarantine we had a campfire in our backyard. There is no fire ban where I live and it was a fun outdoor activity we enjoyed, on a nice sunny warm day. I had seen a picture of a tasty campfire cone treat on social media a while ago and thought this was the perfect time to try it. After some searching on Pinterest, I quickly realized I was merely at the doorstep of a wonderful sweet world of cones, campfires and stuffing them full of tasty eats. Since these are pandemic times, there would be no trip to the grocery store so our creations would be limited to what we found in the pantry – not a bad thing in my house.

The first order of business is the catalyst in this experiment – heat! In this case we used a campfire, but if you’re in an apartment or you’re community has a fire ban, I see no reason why these can’t be cooked up on a bbq, in a toaster oven or an oven if you were making several (gotta make it worth it, right?!). 

ToDoOntario - campfire building
It’s as easy as you think. Load the waffle cone (I think any kind of cone would do) with all the treats. I think it’s important to have something that melts. Could you do just fruit? Yes, but would it ooze and melt and turn into something tasty and delicious the same way a cone with marshmallow, chocolate or peanut butter would…I don’t think so. You need a binder, just like recipes that need an egg. 

ToDoOntario - Campfire Dessert Cone Step 1
You can alternate layers of treats inside or just toss them in willy nilly. I used marshmallows, dark chocolate mint squares and chocolate chips. The possibilities are endless. Next time I’m adding fruit. Once you are satisfied with your stuffage, wrap the cone up in aluminum foil and place in the coals. Remember to move and turn it in the fire often, this will help cook it evenly and avoid scorch marks. 

ToDoOntario - Campfire Dessert Cone Step 2
I can’t say for sure how long it takes. I don’t profess to be any sort of expert, but I can say check often, and if you open it up and it’s not done, just wrap it back up and stick it back in! 

ToDoOntario - Campfire Dessert Cone, roasting
Like a campfire s’more and roasted marshmallows, we all have a toast-level preference. Some like just a wee hit of warm, some like brown ‘n toasty and others prefer the unique taste of thick black char. If this part takes practice, then so be it. Here was my level of toasty and melt-y and well, it was as delicious, messy, sticky and good as it looks! 

ToDoOntario - Campfire Dessert Cone, final
If you are planning to try this with little kids, I would suggest using the mini cones and if you don’t want a huge mess, stick to fillings that don’t melt and ooze so much. Have hand and face cleaning wet cloths nearby, for everyone, not just the kids.

Here’s an easy to ready recipe card! Enjoy and share your creations with us @ToDoOntario or #ToDoOntario

ToDoOntario - Campfire Dessert Cone Recipe Card

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11 Fun Things To Do This Summer in Ontario

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With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start planning how you’re going to spend your time with your family with a little bit of extra free time. Fortunately, if you live in Ontario, you already have access to a huge amount of fun places and activities to check out! 

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

Fingers crossed Ontario is not in a lockdown this summer, however, some of these the things listed below can still be done during a lockdown if they are in your region or city. 

1. Visit a Lighthouse

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

ToDoOntario - Big Tub Lighthouse, Tobermory

Big Tub Lighthouse – Tobermory

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

2. Check Out an Art Exhibit 

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

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

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

3. Explore Some Caves 

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

ToDoOntario, Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, Suspension Bridge

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, The Blue Mountains

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

4. Take a Hike or Ride a Bike

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

You can book guided hikes in The Blue Mountains with Blue Mountain & Collingwood Adventure Tours or Yours Outdoors in Haliburton. When the province or its regions are not in lockdown, check out and book one these awesome hiking getaway packages

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

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

5. Go For A Leisure Cruise

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

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

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

6. GPS Rally 

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

ToDoOntario - Treetop Trekking, GPS Rally

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

7. Explore the Treetops 

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

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Treetop Trekking – multiple Ontario locations

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

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

8. Chasing Waterfalls 

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

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

9. Go Rock Climbing or Hounding!

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

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

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

10. Hit the Beach 

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

ToDoOntario, beach activities, Standing Up Paddleboarding

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

11. Golf & Driving Range

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

Fun Summer Activities for Kids in Ontario 

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

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

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Activities To Do (From Home) On Earth Day

Earth Day Activities To Celebrate and Make Change On Earth Day

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Earth Day is April 22. BE A PART OF THE CHANGE

Earth Day was founded by Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson as a national day to recognize how a consumptive way of life was polluting the air, earth and water. The first Earth Day, was held on April 22, 1970.

This has long been a day where we reflect on our personal actions and make changes in our methods and ways so that together, all these actions make a big difference to creating sustainable living on the earth for generations to come. If anything, I hope the effect is that more actions and deeds are done by  the people staying at home. 

Many important environmental events have happened on Earth Day since 1970, including the recent signing of the Paris Agreement, as Earth Day continues to be a momentous and unifying day each and every year.

Earth Week Will Also See Multiple Days Of Climate Action 

On Earth Day, April 22, global activists, international leaders, and influencers will come together for the second-annual multi-hour Earth Day Live. 

From the press release:

“EARTHDAY.ORG along with lead organizers Education International, Hip Hop Caucus, and Earth Uprising are organizing three separate parallel climate action summits on April 20 and 21 ahead of the Biden Administration’s global leaders’ climate summit. The parallel summits are focused respectively on climate literacy, environmental justice, and a broad range of youth-led climate-focused issues. Earth Week will also bring thousands of groups and millions of voices together to stand up for climate action and bring awareness to humanity’s greatest existential threat. On Earth Day, EARTHDAY.ORG will bring together its partners, activists, educators, researchers, musicians, artists, influencers and more for its second-annual Earth Day Live”.

What can you do to celebrate Earth Day at home?

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Here are 3 easy-peasy activities for you ‘To Do’:

  1. Pick up garbage. Walk your street, the park, your ditch – anywhere! Bring a garbage bag(s), wear gloves and get cleaning! Remember to keep social distance rules in place AND if you find anything suspect, like a syringe, do not pick it up, call your city or municipality for them to clean it up safely. Be sure to separate garbage and recycling. The other obvious thing to do here for some people is, stop leaving garbage where it doesn’t belong. 
  2. Backyard birding. Grab a seat, sit quietly and watch and count the birds around you and your home. Check out this Birding Bingo card from the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre! Click on the image a printable copy.
    Wye Marsh Birding Bingo Card

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  3.  Check out the Earth’s Own Challenge on Instagram and help fight climate change with delicious plant-based ingredients and dishes.

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  4. Take a virtual tour and learn something new about the planet and the life on it. Many museums have posted virtual tours and programming on their website or social media for you to enjoy from home.

    Science North – Jenn Learns Stuff series on Facebook

Canadian Museum of Nature – Things To Do at Home

ROM – Online Earth Day Content: Learn What You Can Do To Help Migratory Birds

MacLaren Art Center – Virtual Sean George Exhibition

Whatever you do, thank you for doing it. It benefits everyone here today AND tomorrow.

Let us know what you do, feel free to share using the hashtag #ToDoEarthDay and inspire others ‘To Do’ the same!

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“And I’m helping you on the soul planet
And you’re helping me on the soul planet
And the animals and trees on the soul planet
They’re all you and me on the soul planet
There’s a slow stream of power on the soul planet
And the power is love on the soul planet
And the wind is music on the soul planet
Screaming through space, we’re screaming through space”

lyrics from Soul Planet, Phish

Looking for more things To Do? Check out the events calendar and find something fun near you to do. 

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Best Fish and Chips in Ontario

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

No matter where you live in Ontario, it’s pretty easy to find a few fish and chips stands or restaurants near you. And it’s important to know that when it is safe to travel again what your ‘to do’ list entails when it comes to delicious meal. 

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

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

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

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Best Fresh Fish and Fresh Cut French Fries

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

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

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

Larry’s Chip Stand
230 Main Street
Sturgeon Falls

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

Sullys Muskoka Gourmand
345 Ecclestone Drive

Shelby’s Chipwagon
191 Sharpe Street E

Tristan’s Tasty Eatz
2222 Highway 60

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

Herbert Fisheries
21 Channel Street

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

Jocko Point Fish and Chips
1 Jocko Point Rd
North Bay

Joeys Seafood
180 Shirreff Ave
North Bay

Duckworth’s Fish & Chips
750 Atherley Rd

Danny’s Fish & Chips
411 Huronia Rd

Kinmount Fish & Chips
4080 Kawartha Lakes County Rd 121

Cardinal Lodge Mattawa River Resort
6251 Hwy 17

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

Baked and Battered
128 Highland St

Lord Elgin Fish & Chips
5128 ON-21
Port Elgin

Reel Em In Fish n Chips
88-202 Huronia Rd

For the Halibut Fish & Chips 
220 Hastings St N

The Royal Oak – Centrepointe
117 Centrepointe Drive, Unit 105

Chips + Malt
201 Main Street South

Taylor’s Fish & Chips
417 Erie Street South

The Fish Shack
1099 Muskoka District Road 39

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

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

Duckworth’s Fish & Chips
2282 Kingston Road

Your favourite isn’t on the list? Tell us here:

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Best Ontario Fish & Chips

Google Map – Ontario’s Best Fish & Chips

Love to fish and looking for a getaway to help you catch your own shore line meal?

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

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

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

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

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

Ontario Cannabis Laws

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

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

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

Now, let’s move on to the fun part.

4-20 Rentals vs. Cannabis Events

Due to the pandemic, most cannabis events in Ontario are happening digitally. 

Check out this virtual free event!

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4-20 Digifest
Event Details

  • Music
  • Munchies
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Featuring 2 First-to-10 Exhibition Matches – Similar to Adult Swim but w/ BRUTALITIES & WEED

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Canna-Tourists are still able to rent an indoor space for a later time (after lockdown when it is safer) where smoking cannabis is permitted. Because cannabis in Canada is legal, there are generous rental options to choose from.

There’s the Pink Elephant in Hamilton, Ontario. It’s a cannabis-friendly condo located in a high-class hotel that’s available for rent. The condo costs ~$149 per night and comes complete with smoking essentials. Please only book this for when it is safe to travel again and Ontario is not in lockdown.

Try Ontario’s Best Edibles and Eats

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

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

For this year though, due to the lockdown, you can make your own delicious treats at home.

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

Enjoy Cannabis Activities at High Park (if you’re from Toronto and IF it’s not already busy)

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

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

If it’s busy and crowded, please go home and come back another time. Please do not travel to Toronto for this activity until Ontario is travel friendly again.

Celebrate April 20th With the Ontario Cannabis Industry

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

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

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

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Things To Do For Mother’s Day in Ontario

Once again, it might be the strangest Mother’s Day she might ever have. 

Taking your Mom out for mother’s day brunch or other events again this year are likely not to happen. Mother’s day activities and things for Mom will need to be creative. It’s been a really long hard year for all us and Moms have been at the top of the list of team leaders. 

It doesn’t have to be a big or an expensive thing, because this last year, we’ve learned it’s all about the little things like a face-to-face visit or even a contact hug.

Little Girl Mom Tattoo

Spending Time with Mom these days is extra special. Depending on the age of the children. Grown up kids have not maybe seen their Moms in a long time and Moms of young children have have extra extra time. 

The list below comes with a big friendly reminder not to travel at this time. Stay local, hop on the internet to see each other, do an activity or buy now and enjoy an Ontario experience together later.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Mom Is Guaranteed to Love

Tasty Take-Out Mother’s Day Dinners &  Curb-Side Pick Up Meals

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Fast food or fine dining. If you aren’t living with mom, maybe this is something you can pick up curb-side and leave on her doorstep. If she lives far away, maybe you can order it for her and surprise her with a ‘surprise map’ to the resort to pick it up. 

Now is the time to get creative, and make the best of a challenging situation.Depending on where you live, you can likely pick-up take out food curb-side, local to you. For Mom’s with little kids, maybe let Mom have the house to herself while you and the family go get her meal…(and take your time!). Set the table, get out the nice dishes, pick a wildflower or make the paper flowers linked below and put them in a vase – it’s that easy.


Ontario Wine Tasting For Mom

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Adamo Estate Winery in Mono Ontario has you covered this Mother’s day Day. From gift baskets to wine memberships to smash boxes, visit the winery website to choose the perfect gift for curbside pickup (if you’re local) or have it shipped.

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On-Line Video Visiting Or Activities Together

Maybe you can’t physically see your Mother right now. That is hard. Tech programs and apps like Zoom, Facebook Messenger and Instagram are all reliable and quality ways to see and hear your loved ones during the quarantine. 

Together in person or online, you can both do an arts and crafts project or take in a virtual art exhibition. Some of the art projects you can do ahead as gifts for Mom!  

Check this one out!

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Online Art Workshop Project











This activity is great for kids and for adults. These easy to make beautiful paper flowers are something any Mom or Grandma would love.

Host: (virtual) MacLaren Art Centre

Cost: Free 

You may not be able to take Mom out this year, but you can still spend quality time by learning and creating together at home! In a special Family Sunday Online workshop, celebrate moms, grandmothers and all those who spread motherly love by creating beautiful flower bouquets together using coloured paper and tissue paper. All Family Sundays Online workshops are free of charge and can be completed with materials that are commonly found at home.

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MacLaren Art Centre has also a large gallery of online exhibitions you can check out and enjoy together.

Plan a Muskoka-Inspired At-Home Mother’s Day

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Missing the typical Mother’s Day out and about with your matriarch? Discover Muskoka haa compiled a list to celebrate the special day in. Order a tasty brunch, turn on an at-home movie experience, and spoil her with self-care items to celebrate the special day. Stay home, stay safe, and celebrate your mother.

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Ontario Travel or Experience Gift Certificates

Even though Sunday May 9 is Mom’s special day, you can always Buy Now, Travel Later. 

Know that Mom would love to receive experiences like the spa, a weekend getaway, a fancy or casual meal in a restaurant, let her dream about the post-Covid world and look forward to a public outing when things are better again. 

If summer is safe to things near you, there are lots of unique and fun workshops if your Mom likes:

Cruising | Arts | Golf | Nature | Live Music

This might be something she really needs right now, something to focus on and remind her that things will be ok. She has always done that for you, when you needed it, now is the time to support her. Spa resorts in Ontario are offering online products as well gift certificates redeemable later for day spa visits or weekend getaways.

Win a Momma Mini Getaway at Blue for Summer 2021


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Do you know a mom who could use some serious alone time? Tell Blue Mountain Resort about a hardworking, big loving and well-deserving mama who you want to send on a solo mini-getaway to unwind and recharge. 

Find more information here, on the Blue Mountain Resort website.

Everyone Loves Breakfast in Bed

And if all else fails, and you’re a kid who still lives their Mom, breakfast in bed always hits the mark. You can order coffee roasted right here in Ontario, order maple syrup made right here in Ontario and make her a stack of pancakes, fruit, with bacon or veggie bacon and that’s a wonderful and simply way to say ‘thank you’ too. 

Happiest of Mother’s Day to to all the Mama’s and Mama figures out there. We see you and we appreciate you! 

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Humdinger Bicycle Tours Announces Early Bird Pricing & 2021 Tour Dates

What’s new ‘To Do’ at Humdinger Bicycle Tours for Spring & Summer

April showers bring early bird pricing for Humdinger’s Intro to Bike Packing 3-Day Tour, dates for our updated Pedal, Pints & Pubs Haliburton tour, and a look at the full summer 2021 Humdinger schedule. Also a reminder that they specialize in custom tours, so please contact them about how we can arrange a tour just for your group.

Early bird pricing on Intro to BikePacking!

Do you want to learn about bikepacking in a supported small group learning environment? Register for this new Intro to Bike Packing 3-Day Tour. Book by April 30th and save $100

Dates: June 11-13 or September 10-12
Departure and Route: Depart Orillia, cycle the Simcoe Loop Trail
Cost: Until April 30 $799+HST pp, double occupancy, after April 30 $899+HST pp double occupancy.
Group size: Maximum 10
Includes: Essentials of bike packing instruction, demonstrations, and assistance each day
2 nights accommodation (1 night camping and 1 night hotel)
Cycling guide and vehicle support
2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
Humdinger cycling jersey

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Pedal, Pints & Pubs Haliburton Bike Tour

Pedal, Pints & Pubs Haliburton has been running since the beginning and is a guest favourite. Register for August 23-24 or September 7-8, or choose custom dates for groups of 4 or more. You will enjoy two nights at the newly renovated Bonnie View Inn on Lake Kashagawigamog, 25-30 kilometres per day of cycling in beautiful Haliburton and lunch and craft beer tastings at Boshkung and Haliburton Highlands Breweries.  The tour is offered in partnership with Haliburton experience brokers Yours Outdoors. If you haven’t visited Haliburton, summer 2021 is the time!

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Summer 2021 Bike Tour Schedule

Self-Guided Tours
Simcoe Loop Trail PLUS Georgian Bay & Severn * 5 days/4 nights * Intermediate
July 12-16
August 16-20
September 20-24
Custom dates for groups of 4+
Hills of Huntsville and Haliburton * 5 days/4 nights * Advanced
Custom dates for groups of 4+

Partially Guided 2 Day Tours
Pedal, Pints & Pubs Orillia * 2 days/1 night * Novice
Weekend dates:
June 19-20
July 10-11, July 17-18, July 24-25
August 7-8, August 14-15, August 21-22
Custom dates for groups of 4+
Pedal, Pints & Pubs Haliburton * 2 days/2 nights * Novice
August 23-24
September 7-8
Custom dates for groups of 4+

Fully Guided Tours
Signature Georgian Bay – Muskoka * 6 days/5 nights * Intermediate/Advanced
Custom dates for groups of 6+
Beautiful Bruce County * 6 days/5 nights * Intermediate/Advanced
Custom dates for groups of 6+

Custom Bike Tours

We specialize in customizing tours that fit our guests cycling needs and budgets. We can provide guiding and support, or just transfer your luggage – whatever works for you and your group. We will get a sense of what you are looking for and put together a proposal as a starting point for discussion. Please contact us with your ideas.


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