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Holiday Festivals of Light & Drive-Thru Christmas Light Displays

Magical Light Festivals to Brighten Your 2021 Holiday Season 

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As Ontario re-opens, the holiday season of 2021 will have social events to celebrate this year. Christmas will be upon us before we know it. Annual light festivals near you or worth the drive have long been a tradition of the season. This year will be no different. If you’re lucky, it’s a winter wonderland, making the twinkling colourful lights sure to put the Christmas spirit into any Scrooge or Grinch. 

‘To Do’ List: Magical Light Shows In Ontario

With health and safety in mind, many large outdoor light events will be happening in 2021. This year there will be lots of drive and walk-thru displays, with music, Santa and the whole nine yards. Kids, adults of any age, can will make special memories this year seeing these beautiful holiday decoration displays. 

Make it a SPECIAL HOLIDAY SEASON

Outdoor light festivals, tree lightings and creative new walking and drive-thru experiences will be lighting up the holiday season all over Ontario. Demand will be high so buy your tickets and book your times early. 

If you’re looking to make special holiday memories this year, here are a few holiday nights of lights to check out. Again, if we can give any advice, it’s buy your ticket nice and early to avoid disappointment.

Holiday Magic at Blue
Where: The Blue Mountains
When: November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022

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Never have we so needed the holiday spirt. And never has that spirit been so beautifully presented as it is by Holiday Magic at Blue Mountain. The entire outdoor Village dressed up in garlands and bows. A whimsical gingerbread house, colourful characters and magical moments around every corner.

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Country Bright
Where: Milton
When: December 2, 2021 – January 2, 2022

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Take a walking tour and discover the charm of a winter country festival. Thousands of lights will illuminate acres of the alluring farm and small town setting at Country Heritage Park.

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Journey Into Enchantment Christmas Drive-Thru Lights
Where: Markam
When: 2021-2022 TBA

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Experience the magic of more than a million lights. You’ll encounter dazzling animated displays, static displays, music shows, simulated starburst fireworks lights, and a spectacular tunnel as you drive through in the comfort of your own vehicle. The 1.6 km route will impress and amaze you!

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Holiday By the Bay

Where: Discover Harbour, Penetanguishene
When: December 10-11 & December 17-18

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Holiday by the Bay located at beautiful Discovery Harbour on the shores of Georgian Bay featuring an outdoor holiday light display and a Christmas vendor market. Visitors will be delighted by outdoor interactive light displays, seasonal decorations, live musical entertainment and a large Christmas tree all located at Discovery Harbour’s south visitor area.

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Polar Winter Festival
Where: Bandshell Park, Toronto
When: Wed – Sun November 25 – December 26

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Conveniently located at Toronto’s Bandshell Park (210 Princes’ Blvd), Polar will submerge guests in a dazzling photo spectacular and holiday market suitable for all ages.

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Mystical Lights
Where: Oro-Medonte
When: December 1, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Mystical Lights, a magical drive-thru event for families to enjoy this holiday season! Join Oro-Medonte Chamber of Commerce starting December 1st to January 2nd, for this festive event, and purchase a ticket for the specific day you are able to attend.

A Gift of Lights at Bingemans
Where: Kitchener
When: November 13, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Gift of Lights is a family-friendly drive-thru holiday light display with two tunnels and over 300 animated and static light displays! Enjoy this holiday spectacle from inside the comfort of your own vehicle and tune into Gift of Lights Radio at 103.3FM.

OPG Winter Festival of Lights
Where: Niagara Falls
When: November 13, 2021 – February 21, 2022

The most enchanting of Niagara Falls attractions, the 39th annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights is Canada’s largest FREE outdoor light festival. Experience the spectacular displays with 3 million lights along the Niagara Parkway, Dufferin Islands and across Niagara Falls.

Holiday Night of Lights & Holiday Fair in the Square
Where: Toronto
When: November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022

After a sold out 2020, Holiday Nights of Lights is back bigger and brighter and as a WALK-THRU! ​An immersive experience like none other, featuring more than 1,000,000 LED lights animated and synchronized to your favourite Holiday tunes. This year the WALK-THRU takes you on a stroll through the newly built gardens at Assembly Park in Vaughan. Nights of Lights is the must-see walk-thru event of the Holiday season for all ages. This dazzling light display is the first of its kind in Canada and only happens once a year!

 
 
 
 
 
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Glow Gardens
Where: Stevensville (Niagara)
When: No 2021 event

Glow Gardens is transforming the outdoor park space of Safari Niagara into a 3-kilometer, twinkling Christmas landscape with over a million lights. It’s a drive-through, touchless light journey, creating a wonderful, warm and safe experience for the young… and the young-at-heart. Your health is our priority, and COVID precautions are in place from the start to the end of your experience.

Seasky International Light Show
Where: Niagara Falls
When: Opening November 18, 2021
Seasky International Light Show is coming to Niagara. This visually spectacular lantern and light festival will allow you to explore over 30 magical light displays on the illuminated trail that you can walk at your leisure. Light up the darkness and bring a smile to your face!

Burlington Lakeside Festival of Lights
Where: Burlington
When: November 26, 2021 – January 8, 2022
Seasky International Light Show is coming to Niagara. This visually spectacular lantern and light festival will allow you to explore over 30 magical light displays on the illuminated trail that you can walk at your leisure. Light up the darkness and bring a smile to your face!

Christmas Lights Across Canada
Where: Ottawa
When: 2021-2022 TBA
The Christmas Lights Across Canada program is being transformed for its 36th edition. All Canadians across the country will be able to enjoy Christmas Lights Across Canada. Stay tuned for more details. 

Magic of Lights
Where: Ottawa
When: 2021-2022 TBA
Magic of Lights™ is a unique and dazzling drive-through holiday lights experience to celebrate the season. Pile everyone into the car and experience Magic of Lights from the safety and comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path. At every turn, the magical route is overflowing with spectacular light displays that bring your favorite holiday themes and characters to life.

Winter Wonder at Royal Botanical Gardens
Where: Burlington
When: 2021-2022 TBA
trusty elves have created ‘Winter Wonders’, featuring twinkling displays along an outdoor pathway at Hendrie Park. It’s open Wednesday to Sunday until January 3rd for a light show extravaganza. Each stop on the 1.5km route has a challenge and a bit of magic for young and old. Gingerbread and hot chocolate awaits and for those craving more, the Greenhouse Café has a delicious prix fixe dinner, where reservations are a must.

Festival of Lights
Where: Belleville
When: 2021-2022 TBA
This year’s Festival of Lights is a driving event to enjoy the holiday magic in Belleville and the Downtown District from the comfort and safety of your vehicle. Pick up some hot chocolate and take a leisurely drive along the festival route to experience 5KM of holiday cheer with lighting displays and holiday music. 

Magic of Lights
Where: Ottawa
When: November 19, 2021 – January 8, 2022
Add some light to your holidays! Magic of Lights is a holiday drive-thru light display located at the Wesley Clover Parks Campground in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Christmas Panorama
Where: Simcoe
When: 2021-2022 TBA
The oldest light festival is Ontario, the Simcoe Christmas Panorama is a holiday festival in Norfolk County.

Lights On
Where: Stratford
When: December 17, 2021 – January 28, 2022
With the City itself as a dramatic stage, Lights On Stratford winter festival of lights will transform the downtown core with luminous art and interactive light installations.

Eclipse Walk with Light
Where: Huntsville
When: November 7, 2021 – May 7, 2022
With the City itself as a dramatic stage, Lights On Stratford winter festival of lights will transform the downtown core with luminous art and interactive light installations.

Merry & Bright Christmas Events in Ontario Cont’d…

First Light 
Where: Midland
When: November 19, 20, 27, 27 & December 3, 4, 2021 
Sainte-Marie’s “First Light” is a must-see holiday event. Rediscover the historic site aglow from tranquil candlelight, as a beautiful amber glow illuminates the famous 17th-century mission. First Light returns for its 22nd year with an “Unplugged” experience. Experience the beauty of the season wrapped in history, with take home crafts, treats in the cookhouse and a selection of local vendors located in our Brebéuf Event Centre and museum, showcasing a variety of products for sale. Advanced Reservation Required.

Optimist Fantasy of Lights
Where: Uxbridge
When: 2021 TBA

Drive through fantastic light displays with over 75 light displays from community groups, businesses, schools, churches, families etc. from all around the Uxbridge area. 

Bluffs Winter Wonderland
Where: Scarborough
When: 2021 TBA
Bluffs Winter Wonderland drive-thru experience will bring holiday cheer to all, as visitors will get a chance to have a meet & greet with Santa.Drive along a 1KM decorated path inside the Bluffer’s Park west parking lot (1 Brimley Road South, Toronto), and you will wind through and around the base of the Scarborough Bluffs and will pass by Reindeer Way, Snowman City, The Enchanted Forest and end at Santa’s House.


Make it an Ontario Holiday Getaway to Remember

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Ontario Staycation Tax Credit & How To Use It

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How to make the most out of the new Ontario staycation tax credit

Ontario’s government recently offered a nice holiday gift to residents of the province, though it comes with a few very simple conditions.

Using terminology that more normally fits inside a twitter hashtag, the province of Ontario released a fiscal statement that highlights what tax authorities have dubbed the “Ontario Staycation Tax Credit“. This is a temporary measure by the provincial government that’s designed to promote tourism inside Ontario and thus alleviate the effects of the COVID pandemic while encouraging low-travel tourism.

According to the conditions of the credit, Ontario residents may get a refund of 20% of their spending on accommodations and other provincial travel-related expenses. This will apply for vacations that they embark on between January 1st and December 31, 2022.

The amounts that are allowed reach $1000 for a single individual and up to $2000 for a family. The refundable credit on these travel expenses can be requested by Ontarians when they file their 2022 personal income tax returns. As mentioned, the total refund quantity is no more than 20%, which translates to $200 refunded on individual maximum tax-exempted spending of $1000 and $400 on spending for a family amounting to $2000.

The deeper details of the Staycation credit have their fine print and exemptions but in general terms, they consist of the above, proof of expenditures and filing your income taxes. As for covered vacation expenses, they apply specifically for accommodations of less than a month in establishments such as hotels, motels, lodges, bed-and-breakfasts, vacation rental cottages, campgrounds and of course, motels too.

Why You Should Take Advantage of the Ontario Staycation Credit

If you’re a tax-registered resident of the province, it’s a great idea to take advantage of this new credit for any of your vacation needs throughout 2022. A visit to Ontario’s numerous hiking getaways and urban attractions is already something with plenty of lovely possibilities to take in.

Now being able to treat yourself or your family to such a vacation with the promise of at least $200 in expenses being given back to you eventually only makes things better.

The idea of $200 to $400 being given back to you as a tax refund only after a year or more has gone by may seem like a bit of a distant promise, but when that refund time does roll around, the extra cash will without a doubt be very useful for some random future expense.

How to Receive the Ontario Staycation Credit

Ontario is absolutely brimming with vacation getaways for both nature lovers and people looking for the best in urban sophistication. A trip to vast, cosmopolitan Toronto can result in a whole night’s stay at a fine hotel being given back to you through the Staycation refund you’ll eventually receive.

It’s also an opportunity for troy wonderful romantic getaways to the city’s numerous bars, restaurants, cultural events and other unique sights. Or you could visit the absolute spectacle of raw natural energy that is Niagara Falls, either in winter, fall or summer, or whenever you like in 2022. As far as family getaways go, Niagara is unbeatable.

Whatever your vacation ideas might be, Ontario’s government has made the credit as easy to use as possible. Even people who owe no personal income taxes for 2022 may file for the Staycation Tax Credit.

In addition to this, you are eligible if you fulfill the following obligations:

  • Your stay is at an eligible place of accommodation, including: hotels, motels, lodges, resorts, bed-and-breakfasts, cottages, campgrounds and vacation rental homes.
  • Your stay is of less than a month’s duration –
  • Your vacation was undertaken between January 1st and December 31st, 2022.
  • You made the trip for leisure reasons and not for work or business.
  • Your trip was paid for by whoever is filing the taxes in Ontario with receipts as proof of expense. Eligible partners, children and spouses can also pay for and file taxes for a trip.
  • Your vacation accommodation expense was not later reimbursed to you by family, friends or employers.
  • Your trip is subject to GST and HST taxes that should be part of the receipt

We can’t understate the sheer number of vacation possibilities that Ontario presents for taking advantage of this nice little tax windfall. If you’d like to enjoy your own $200 to $400 refund, take a look at the range of sights and attractions throughout Ontario that are just waiting to be explored.

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Ontario Travel Black Friday Deals

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You don’t have to board a plane to take advantage of Black Friday travel deals. You can still save and stay right here in beautiful Ontario.

Check out these 2021 Black Friday offers and deals and start planning a fun adventure.

Hockley Valley Resort
Mono

Save on spa services, private ski lessons, wine club membership and golf passes. 

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Bayview Wildwood Resort
Severn Bridge

Bayview Wildwood Resort is pleased to extend a 15% discount for a minimum two night all inclusive stay December 17-24.  Getaway includes accommodations, meals, resort amenities and entertainment.  Guests can reserve November 24-30 to secure the savings.

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Fairmont Royal York & Fairmonth Château Laurier
Toronto & Ottawa

Make your travel dreams a reality and take advantage of our Black Friday rates! With 30% off, plus an additional 10% off for members of ALL – Accor Live Limitless, it’s easy to find the perfect spot to unwind—near or far—at unforgettable destinations throughout North & Central America. Be sure to book this limited time offer by November 29, 2021 for stays until March 31, 2022.

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Treetop Treeking Sale
Various Locations

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Cross all those names off your holiday shopping list, and save big on gift cards valid at all 6 Ontario Treetop Trekking locations. SAVE BIG ON ADVENTURES FOR ALL AGES! Until November 28th Save 40% off Gift Cards.

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Best Places To Ice Skate Outdoors in Ontario

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Ice skating outdoors in fresh winter air is one of the most popular Canadian past times. But believe it or not, ice skating did not start in Canada.

Ice Skating is believed to have actually started in Scandinavia more than 2000 years ago, and not for fun, but as a means of transportation. According to the Canadian Encyclopedia the word ‘skate’ likely comes from the German word ‘shake’ meaning shank. The first skate ‘blades’ were not made of metal, but of animal shank bone.  The history of skates in Canada can be traced back to the French in the 1600’s and even the Iroquois before that.

From the Canadian Encyclopedia article:

“In Canada, according to legends, the Iroquois used to skate, tying animal shinbones to their footwear with leather thongs; and in Acadia, French explorers were skating as early as 1604. Skating as a sport was introduced into Canada by British garrison officers in the 1840s, and quickly gained a strong following. It was thought especially appropriate for girls and women, and thus became an important social pastime”.

Ontario’s Top Skate Trails for All Levels

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Today you can find ice surfaces all over from commercial setups to backyard DIY’s. People love to skate and play hockey, do figure skating, race or just plain hold hands and glide. Skating is definitely a beloved activity for people of all ages.

From the more modern days of shinny on the pond to the newest craze of skating trails, Canadians, and more specifically those in Ontario, have always been on the quest for the best ice to drop their skates on.  

In Ontario there is no shortage of outdoor places to lace up your skates, from frozen lakes, ponds and trails. Many municipalities also have indoor ice surfaces and public skate times if the outdoor weather is truly not cooperative.

Unique & Cool Skating Locations That Are Outside

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What is most exciting is that these surfaces are so neat – you can skate on historic sites, through parks, on mountain tops and the most unique – on a cranberry bog! Do not forget to bring your camera. These are memories in the making and the scenery is perfect for social media friendly snaps! That being said, remember to be safe and aware of yourself and other skaters. Don’t get in the way of other skaters, it could get dangerous.

Here are some favourite spots to carve and glide in Ontario.

Blue Mountain Village
At the steps to The Westin Trillium House and in the heart of the Village you’ll find the area’s largest free outdoor rink  – five acres of skating on the Mill Pond at the base of Blue Mountain. Skate rentals are available at the Skating Hut at the south end of the Mill Pond.

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Muskoka
Is there anything more Canadian than gliding across an outdoor rink? Whether you are going for a skate with the family, or watching the kids play a pick-up game of pond hockey well after the sun sets, outdoor rinks are a right of passage for Canadians of all ages. There are a number of outdoor rinks across Muskoka that are available for public use, and are maintained throughout the winter (weather dependent).

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Ottawa Valley
What could be more exhilarating than taking the family out into the cool, crisp air, slapping on a pair of skates and gliding the day away on one of our well-maintained municipal rinks. Our skating season is generally from December through to March (weather inclement).

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Ottawa Rideau Canal Skateway
A highlight of winter in Ottawa is the Rideau Canal Skateway. With a length of 7.8 kilometres, the Rideau Canal Skateway is also the world’s largest skating rink. Come and enjoy this scenic skating rink which begins in the heart of downtown and extends to Dows Lake. In between, warm up at rest areas, where there are toasty fires, hot drinks and tasty snacks.

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Toronto Harbourfront Centre Rink
Nestled along the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario, Harbourfront Centre’s rink is one of Toronto most scenic spaces. Its stunning and unique location is for visitors and tourists alike to enjoy our upcoming skating programs.

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Where To Do Skating Trails in Ontario

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Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery Ice Trail

Skating trails are growing in popularity and for good reason.  Who doesn’t want to skate hand in hand with their loved ones? Check out these fun Ontario skating trails, they might be near you or a little bit of a drive.

Muskoka has rapidly become the hub of skating trails in Ontario, offering several places to experience a twist to one of Canada’s most iconic winter experiences.

Deerhurst Resort An onsite waterfront skating trail! Lace up and hit their 250-metre trail this winter.

The Cranberry Ice Trail, Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery
Skate a 1.2 km loop around 12 acres of cranberries! This narrow designed skating trail really creates an intimate feel, perfect for hand holding with your special someone, or locking arms with your girlfriends.

Ice skating trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park, Muskoka
The 1.3 km Ice Skating trail winds through the thick Muskoka forest and is a winter experience like no other.

Memorial Park Winter Village, Bracebridge Muskoka
An ice skating rink that wraps around the park and carves in and out of Bracebridge landmarks, the Winter Village brings its own exciting take on a skating trail.

Lake Muskoka Ice Trail, Gravenhurst Muskoka
Muskoka Wharf Marine has cleared a huge trail on Muskoka Bay in Gravenhurst down at the Muskoka Wharf. The Marina is charging a flat fee of $5 per person (kids 7 and under are free), and the trail is open from 9am to 4:30pm for skating. There are no rentals on site, so bring your own skates.

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Other notable and picturesque Ontario places have some pretty cool ice skating trails too!

Woodview Mountain Top Skate Trail, Blue Mountain Resort
Sharpen your skates and cruise on our 1.1km ice skating loop while enjoying extraordinary views along the Niagara Escarpment. Ice skate rentals are available and all skill levels are welcome. After you skate, relax with a hot chocolate while enjoying the beauty of Blue Mountain.

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The Township of Laurentian Valley Skating Trail, Ottawa Valley
The Township of Laurentian Valley has established a free to use 1.5 km Skating Trail through a scenic wooded area.  The Township has several pairs of children’s skates which can be signed out at no cost at the Municipal Office through our lending hub program. 

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Resort Skating

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Ice Skating on the Lake at Bayview Wildwood Resort

Bring your skates (or rent or borrow) on your next family or romantic getaway to these fine resorts and destinations in snowy Ontario.

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5 Best Holiday Markets in Ontario

Be Merry and Bright With These 5 Best Holiday Markets in Ontario

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Bright festival lights, Christmas music, and hot poutine. We’re ringing in the holidays with the annual holiday tradition: Christmas markets.

If you’re looking for the best holiday markets to visit this holiday season, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of five of the best holiday markets throughout Ontario that combines food, crafts, lights, music, and most importantly, a strong festive holiday spirit!

Grab your favorite pair of gloves and get ready to hit these Ontario Christmas markets!

1. Merry Market

Located in London, Ontario, this Merry Market is the festive holiday experience you need to ring the season in. They have both an indoor and outdoor market for you and your family to explore, take selfies at, and have fun!

For only $5 (free for those under 12), you have access to a weekend pass into this Ontario holiday market. Merry Market is open from Thursday to Sunday every week starting on the weekend of December 2nd, 2021, and concluding on the weekend of December 16th, 2021. 

Check out their website for more details.

2. Ottawa Christmas Market

Located right outside Lansdowne Park in the Casino Lac-Leamy Plaza, this holiday market runs from November 26 to December 22, 2021.

This Christmas market features over 35 local vendors of finger-licking seasonal foods and unique holiday gifts, but that’s not all. They’ve also scheduled a complete program of holiday and seasonal entertainment events including skate nights, family decoration, live music, and more.

Be sure to catch their tree lighting event on November 26th, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm! For more details, check out their website

3. The Distillery Winter Village

This holiday market at the Distillery Historic District is a must-see if you’re in the Toronto area. Restaurants, cafes, and holiday gift vendors line this outdoor shopping area, surrounded by Christmas lights and Christmas tunes.

This holiday market in Ontario is open from November 18 to December 31, 2021, seven days a week beginning at 10 am. You must purchase a ticket in advance if you plan to visit on the weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) after 4 pm.

Check out their website for more details!

4. XMUS Festival

Have you done your holiday shopping yet? If not, don’t worry. You will find a handful of local and non-local artisan crafts here at Huntsville’s XMUS Festival. You are bound to find the perfect holiday gift.

Save the date!

This Ontario holiday market takes place on December 4th, 2021 at Huntsville Legion from 12:00 pm to 8 pm. There’s a $5 entrance fee and all proceeds go towards supporting local food banks.

Find more information on this holiday market here.

5. Uxbridge Farmer’s Christmas Market

If you’re reading this article before the end of November, you can still catch Uxbridge Farmer’s Christmas Market before they close shop. This award-winning market channels the festive holiday spirit each Sunday in November, hosting:

  • craft fairs
  • artisan shows
  • holiday live entertainment

Make sure you check them out if you can! Follow their website for more details.

Yule Love These Christmas Markets Too

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Abbey Gardens Holiday Night Market
December 4, 2021

Holiday Night Market will be the ultimate gift shopping experience. The market will feature local artisans and handmade gifts, delicious treats, festive drinks on our Holiday Spirits patio, carolers, and more! Admission to the Night Market is by donation at the door. Due to capacity limits to ensure safe distancing during COVID-19 restrictions Purchasing tickets in advance will help limit wait times.  Reserve your tickets online at this link.

Holiday Markets in Oro-Medonte
Various dates

Celebrate the arrival of the holiday season with a visit to special events at Quayle’s Brewery, Valley Croft, Ayers Tree Farm. Enjoy shopping for artisanal gift items, tasting delicious food and drink, taking in live entertainment and festive decorations.

Holiday Shopping & Holiday Magic at Blue
November 19th, 2021 – January 2nd, 2022.

The Village is wrapped up in garlands and bows and illuminated with the sights and sounds of the holidays. Stroll the 1km Light Trail and enjoy enchanting moments around every corner while you shop, dine and celebrate the magic of the season.

Ring the Season in At These Holiday Markets 

Do you feel the Christmas spirit in the air yet? Well, you’ll most certainly feel it walking through these Ontario holiday markets! Bring your loved ones or come alone and meet some new friends! It’s a merry season here in Ontario.

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Things To Do on Remembrance Day in Ontario

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Remembrance Day has been celebrated in Canada for over a hundred years to remember and honor those who died to protect our freedom. Also known as Armistice Day, such a prestigious holiday has plenty of ways to celebrate.

But what can Ontario residents do each year to celebrate Remembrance Day? Are there any ceremonies and what about those who can’t attend any events?

That’s what we’re here to look at today. Read on to find out more about how things to do for Remembrance day. 

What is Remembrance Day?

Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day, takes place on November 11th, which is also the day that World War One ended in 1918. There’s a heavy focus on the number 11 during this day.

That’s because the armistice agreement that ended World War One was signed at 11 am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. As such, there’s always a moment of silence as the clock strikes 11 each Remembrance Day. 

The day is aimed at remembering the fallen on both sides of the conflict. Now that we have some more context on what Remembrance Day is for, let’s look at how Ontario’s residents regularly celebrate the holiday.

Remembrance Day Ceremonies

One of the most prominent Remembrance Day ceremonies takes place at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa. Thousands of Ontario residents have shown up to this ceremony, which starts at around 10:45 am.

Beachwood Cemetery also hosts its Remembrance Day service around 10:30 am. Military family members regularly attend this ceremony on the eleventh.

The Canadian War Memorial hosts a moving ceremony each year. As soon as the clock strikes 11 am, sunlight enters into the memorial through a single window and shines Canada’s Unknown Soldier headstone

Cities, towns and even small villages across Ontario will perhaps have in-person ceremonies this year. Check the local Legion or town website near you to learn more.

Ways to Stay Active on Remembrance Day

If you aren’t able to attend these and many other ceremonies happening in Ontario, don’t fret. There are plenty of ways we can all individually celebrate Remembrance Day and remain active.

Those who aren’t willing to go out in public due to safety concerns can watch a virtual ceremony or broadcast on television. Staying healthy and safe should always be your number 1 concern, even on Armistice Day.

One easy and traditional way is to wear a poppy, the main symbol of Remembrance Day. Poppies famously grew on the graves of soldiers who died during the Battle of Ypres.

Various poems have captured the significance of the blood-red poppies, marking them as an important symbol for Remembrance Day. Wearable poppies should be readily available in and around Ontario.

If you or someone you know has a family member in the armed forces, there’s no better time than on Remembrance Day to send them a letter or message. Let them know that you’re grateful for their sacrifice and service.

Whether they served in World War II or other conflicts, Remembrance Day exists for them too. Reach out to your veterans when you’ve got the time.

Ontario residents and Canadians from around the country also fold origami peace cranes and display them around your home. It’s an easy and fun activity for all to enjoy, and it’s a great symbol of international peace.

Finally, don’t forget to pause for two minutes right at 11 am. Reflect and remember those who lost their lives with your family and friends around you.

Celebrating Remembrance Day in Ontario

It’s hard to overstate how important Remembrance Day is in Ontario and in Canada more generally. Use this guide to help you decide how you’ll spend this year’s Remembrance Day. Remember to stay safe this year!

Looking for more information on things to do in Ontario, Canada? Visit the rest of our site and find out more today!

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Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Ontario 2021 Getaways

Re-Discover Ontario With A Holiday Vacation Package

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The holiday season is back in Ontario. Experience the magic of Christmas or New Year’s Eve as a family or as a couple, at a party (yes! party!) or a quiet dinner to celebrate. Either way the hosts of the hospitality industry are prepared with some amazing experiences and events. You will not have a problem finding a getaway package that includes activities and meals.  

Depending on the weather, it is a beautiful time to travel within the province of Ontario. You will definitely see some beautiful scenery and have lots of things to do. To help ensure you’re prepared for a winter road trip, read our car emergency kit essential items blog

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Winter Wonderland Holiday Fun Activities

In Ontario, endless forests and world-class cityscapes abound in equal measure. With a stunning four-season palette, Ontario shines in the summer and winter alike. Whether you want to reconnect with nature, enjoy a book by a fireplace at a classic hotel or lose yourself in the thrills of Toronto’s multicultural landscape, you’ve found a friend in Ontario. The sublime scenery and warm people of Ontario Province can’t wait to make your Christmas vacation one for the scrapbook. 

Christmas time means skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and enjoying the snow in Ontario’s outdoors. Having fun outside makes cozy inside activities even better too! 

Ontario Christmas Getaways and New Year’s Eve Parties 

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The most wonderful time of the year is upon us, but it is not without stress. If you’re ready to hang up your apron and put all the yuletide planning and preparing on the back-burner, our Christmas vacation and wintertime holiday options are the answer. 

Forget about getting the roast just perfect and ensuring everyone is well-fed and not too tipsy; the creature comforts of Ontario invite you to rediscover what a stress-free holiday season really means. With ToDoOntario, you can now have the cozy Log Cabin Christmas of your dreams at Bayview Wildwood Resort with your children by your side, and perhaps event more extended family. 

COVID-Conscious Ontario NYE Getaways 

Chances are, the party or resort you will attend, will require proof of vaccination. It is up to you to know what is required upon arrival

Winter in Ontario is best enjoyed outdoors. You and your family can safely enjoy a socially-distanced skiing or snowboarding holiday in one of Ontario’s finest resorts. If you venture to go even more remote, ToDoOntario has discounts on the most luxurious and romantic stays in Muskoka, Algonquin, and beyond! 

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We believe that enjoying a memorable and luxurious holiday shouldn’t be cost-restrictive. Even if you’re convinced you can’t afford to attend the New Year’s Eve parties or Christmas getaways of your dreams, we invite you to browse Christmas package listings and the New Year’s Eve package listings. We think you’ll be surprised by our diverse and affordable Ontario escapes. 

Spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve 2021 in Ontario 

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Take advantage of Ontario’s many delights even during a pandemic. ToDoOntario has the best offers on Ontario Christmas Getaways and Ontario NYE Getaways available online. We are collecting the safest wintertime activities across Ontario to make it easier for you to plan your holiday adventure without worry. Browse getaways now! 

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Happy & Safe Holidays!

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Ontario’s Best Winter Activities to Try This Year

Ontario’s Best Winter Activities to Try This Year

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We are your go-to guides for all things fun and safe in Ontario. Finding the bestactivities to do in Ontario is our job, and we are good at it.

This makes it a lot easier for you to enjoy yourself without having to think about what to do next. Whether you want to enjoy a romantic getaway with your partner, spend a weekend in Ontario with friends, or are looking for a great adventure with the whole family, we got you covered!

Spend your winter in Ontario and let us show you Ontario’s best winter activities to try this year so you and your group can have some serious fun while visiting. Check out this winter activities video by friends at Ogopogo Resort in Minden. It will give you an idea about how you can safely go resorting this winter and toboggan, ice skate, cross country ski, ice fish or more! 

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Ice Fishing

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Ice fishing dates way back over 2000 years ago when early Native Americans speared fish through holes in the ice. While this way of fishing in the winter has changed a lot since then, the concept is still the same; we still make a hole in the ice to fish through. Enjoy spending quality time with family or friends while ice fishing during the winter in Ontario surrounded by a bed of fresh white snow. It’s a great way to embrace the winter months and a unique way to have fun.

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Snowshoeing 

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Take a load off during a cool weather excursion and have some real winter fun Snowshoeing. This fun-filled winter sport involves wearing snowshoes to walk through thick snowy trails while enjoying the fantastic outdoors. There are plenty of high-altitude trails to explore and snowshoeing is ideal for the whole family. It is the perfect alternative to snowboarding or skiing and a fantastic way to stay active. What began years ago as a way of transport, has evolved into a recreational fun activity for adventure seekers of all ages. 

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Downhill Skiing

Are you eager to ride the lifts this winter or hike up an icy mountain to hit the slopes? Whether you are a recreational skier who enjoys skiing down giant mountain slopes at top speeds or a competitive skier who is always looking for skiing competitions to show off your skills, you will love downhill skiing. Even if you are just starting out, most resorts offer lessons for beginners that can have you skiing like a pro in no time. They also rent out the gear you need, such as skis, boots, bindings, and poles.

New innovations have made improvements to skis that make skiing far easier than ever before. With shorter boards and more aggressive side cuts, it is easier to handle groomed runs, turn easier, and ski over bumps.

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Cross-Country Skiing

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Also known as “Nordic skiing”, Cross-country skiing is basically done on tracks and groomed trails. The type of skiing you do is determined by your skis. If they run parallel, they are designed for traditional XC skiing. However, if they are angled — in a herringbone pattern — they are designated for skating.

There are many cross-country ski areas that allow you to take in the beautiful sites that surround you while gliding down low-altitude trails during winter day trips. Whether you are a beginner ready to head down a blue area trail, an intermediate going for the red, or an expert ready to take on the black rated trails, you will enjoy being the first one to break through the freshly laid out white blanket of snow ahead.  

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Traditional Style Cross-Country Skiing

This skiing style is the most popular for winter getaways and uses a technique like walking only you will be gliding down groomed trails and tracks. The equipment for cross-country skiing consists of a ski boot and a binding combo that are low maintenance. So get your skis on and discover the beauty of a peaceful forest in the winter.  

Skate Style Cross-Country Skiing

This style of cross-country skiing is for those who favor life in the fast lane as the right equipment and good technique could have you soaring down steep sections of the trail at speeds more than 19mph.

Backcountry Cross Country Skiing

If you are looking for freedom to go off the track and venture out into vast forests and open fields, then backcountry XC skiing is your cup of tea. The skis designed for this style of cross-country skiing are lightweight, constructed with metal edges, and specifically made to handle various terrains. They are excellent for both fresh powdery snow and for deep impacted snow. Grab yourself some boots, backcountry skis, and bindings, and head on out to the lower mountain ranges for the coolest adventure of your life.  


Ice Skating

Ice skating is a winter activity that everyone can enjoy, once you get the hang of it. It’s extremely fun when on an ice trail, a pond or a professional rink and is something both young and old people can do, and do together. Read our BEST PLACES TO ICE SKATE blog and find a place to glide, play hockey or just spin around! 


Winter Holiday Dates In Ontario

Holidays and long weekends are a great opportunity to travel within Ontario. Find a great package that includes one or more seasonal activities to get your bubble people loving winter. Use the following winter holidays in Ontario to book your next vacation.

Christmas Getaway Packages (December)

New Year’s Eve Getaway Packages (December)

Family Day Getaway Getaway (February)

March Break Getaways (March)

Let This Be the Year for a Great Ontario Winter Getaway, Please!

Don’t put off a great adventurous vacation any longer. Visit our site to learn more about our exciting package plans available now. Find the perfect winter getaway package that includes the activity and/or the equipment you need to make it stress-free and fun. Sometimes a great winter experience getaway package is a great way to try a new sport or activity without too much preparation on your part. 

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Winter Driving Tips

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Even for the most experienced professional driving on winter roads in Ontario can be stressful and dangerous. Not every day is a driving day in winter but if you are heading out, read our helpful Ontario driving tips to help keep you safe and prepared in case of emergency. See what you need to put together to have a solid emergency road kit. 

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Best Fall Activities in Ontario

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When the summer heat subsides and the leaves change their color, it’s a great time to have fun outdoors. Ontario has some of the best activities for you to make the most out of this season. Here are ten things to do in the fall 2021.

Couple these ideas with the ToDoOntario Fall Leaf Colour Progression Report to help plan your activity, and your views and photography plans! 

Go On a Hike

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Photo: Huskey Hike at Haliburton Forest Wildlife Reserve

Hiking is one of the best outdoor fall activities you can enjoy. Get lost in nature and explore the abundance of fantastic trails Ontario has to offer. The picturesque aerial view waiting for you at the top is surely worth the hike. On the right trail, you’re apt to find a spectacular lookout spot too! 

Places ‘To Do Hiking’ (click on the partner links below to visit their website for more details and to book)

Haliburton Forest Wildlife Reserve, Hiking Trails & Huskie Hikes | Haliburton Highlands Trails | Muskoka Lakes Cranberry Farm and Winery | Abbey Gardens |Orillia & Lake Country Trails | Algonquin Highlands TrailsScenic Caves Natures Adventures | Blue Mountain Resort |Blue Mountain & Collingwood Adventure Tours | Muskoka TrailsWye Marsh Wildlife Centre | Abbey Gardens


Try Treetop Aerial Walking

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If you’re in for some adventure-filled fall activities, treetop aerial walking may be for you! Surround yourself in nature and enjoy its spectacular views. Whether you’re with family or friends, this is an unforgettable experience for everyone.

Places ‘To Do Treetop Walking’ (click on the partner links below to visit their website for more details)

Treetop Trekking Adventure Park Locations:
Barrie, Brampton, Ganaraska, Hamilton, Huntsville, Stouffville

Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve Canopy Tour |Scenic Caves Nature Adventures (Suspension Bridge) | Blue Mountain Resort Timber Challenge High Ropes


Chase Waterfalls

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Chasing waterfalls is a fun thing to do, especially in the fall. Ontario is home to the world-renowned Niagara Falls, the most powerful waterfall in North America. It is the perfect time to visit these pristine waterfalls and see the stunning colors of the season.

Places ‘To Do’ Waterfalls (click on the partner links below to visit their website for more details and to book)

Blue Mountain & Collingwood Adventure Tours | Muskoka Waterfalls 


Experience Cranberry Harvest

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Fall is an exciting time for cranberry harvesting and there are lots of activities you can try to celebrate a fruitful harvest. Make the most out of this by doing all things cranberry, from wagon tours and trying fresh cranberries to experiencing the famous cranberry plunge.

Places ‘To Do’ Cranberry Activities (click on the partner links below to visit their website for more details and to book)

Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery


Enroll in a Painting Class

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Unleash your inner artist by taking a painting class. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced painter, this activity will take your skills to the next level. It’s time to take out your paintbrush and get your creativity flowing this season.

Places ‘To Do’ Painting Activities (click on the partner links below to visit their website for more details and to book)

Yours Outdoors Painting With Wolves | MacLaren Art Centre


Enjoy a Boat Cruise

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Thinking of fall activities for couples? Boat cruises are a romantic way to spend time with your partner while taking in the natural scenery. You can explore Ontario through its myriad of waterways and rivers. From short boat trips to luxury cruises, there are plenty of options for you.

Places ‘To Do’ Cruises (click on the partner links below to visit their website for more details and to book)

Island Queen – Parry Sound
Sunset Cruises – Bracebridge


Join a Winery or Microbrew Tour

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There are many reasons why you should visit vineyards and brewhouses during the fall. Aside from fewer crowds, you have a gorgeous autumn backdrop while enjoying a glass of wine or sampling a flight of beers. Ontario has great wineries and craft breweries that offer wine, beer and cider tasting and delicious food pairings. If you’re new to the craft beer scene, read the 5 Tips on Visiting Microbreweries blog for some help.

Places ‘To Do’ Winery Tours (click on the partner links below to visit their website for more details and to book)

Blue Mountain & Collingwood Adventure Tours Experiences: Cheese Please, Wine Too | Waterfalls & Wine Too | Hops ‘N Brew Tour
Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery
Adamo Estates Winery
Yours Outdoors


Go Kayaking or Canoeing

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Kayaking and canoeing are not just for the summer; they are two of the best fall activities in Ontario. Discover some of Ontario’s endless waterways through self-guided adventures or guided tours. When planning your next getaway, kayaking or canoeing is definitely a must!

Places ‘To Do’ Kayaking & Canoeing (click on the partner links below to visit their website for more details and to book)

Yours Outdoors Canoe Like a Canadian Experience
Yours Outdoors Path of the Paddle

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Take a Fall Road Trip

During this leaf-peeping season, road trips are great fall activities for families. There are several parks or conservation areas in Ontario that are perfect for family excursions and day trips.

Visit Fall Fairs & Fall Harvest Festivals

Ontario has a multitude of fairs and festivals to celebrate the season. These fairs are held by the region’s agricultural societies. You can take advantage of the freshest produce, pick up some artisan products, and enjoy various amusement rides.

In the event of 2021 Covid-19 group event restrictions, smaller events or experiences may be the way to go. Stay tuned to the Fall Fairs page for updates and announcements. 

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No matter what you’re looking for, Ontario has many scenic views and fun things in store for you.

In case the activities above aren’t for you, golf, biking and fishing weren’t mentioned above but are three great ways to be outdoors doing something and enjoying the fall leaf colours as your backdrop. 

Places ‘To Do’ golfing, biking or fishing

Deerhurst Resort golf course
Rocky Crest Golf Resort
Blue Mountain Resort Golfing
Blue Mountain Resort Biking
Blue Mountain & Collingwood Adventure Tours Create Your Own Experience
Humdinger Bicycle Tours

Fishing Getaway Packages

In the event you’re looking for something completely new and different, consider one of these experiences:

Mill Pond Activity Centre @ Blue Mountain Resort
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Haliburton Sculpture Forest Guided Tour @ Yours Outdoors
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Pumpkin Mania @ Rounds Ranch
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Halloween Events in Ontario

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Adults and children alike enjoy a treat of seasonal foods and exciting games on this memorable holiday. Halloween events near me bring the entire neighborhood community together amidst an informal setting. Adorning spooky, creative, and funny costumes designed exclusively for this day is the norm.

Halloween, which means “hallowed evening” marks the beginning of winter and the close of the harvest season. Each year, celebrating it on Oct 31 is a tradition, and a host of fun Halloween events 2021 await you. 

You can indulge in trick-or-treating, wear unique costumes, carve jack-o-lanterns, and make the most of festive gatherings.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic, COVID friendly Halloween events come to the rescue. The tradition of wearing masks is a plus as it adequately protects you while interacting with the others present. Choosing an outdoor venue to celebrate in with a large expanse allows you to conform to prevailing social distancing rules.

From among the safe Ontario Halloween events in the pipeline, be a part of those that most excite you. There are some of the most popular (and Halloweenie) of our website calendar Halloween events). 

Stalking Dead, 2nd Wave
Otonabee, Ontario

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Corn farmer zombies, known as the “Stalking Dead” were thought to have been cured last year but new discoveries have convinced officials that we are in for a 2nd wave. Local law enforcement recalled the same pharmaceutical company to develop a cure to these brain craving idiots. Research stations were again set up at ground zero, a farmer’s field surrounded in high voltage fencing to secure themselves from new beasts. Scientists were convinced they found a cure to this new outbreak but before securing the data into the mainframe computer, the containment area was breached by zombie livestock. The community has reached out to the public looking for volunteers to retrieve the data at the research stations and enter it into the central computer system. Their hope lies with you.

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Little Pit Drive-In Halloween Edition
Haliburton, Ontario

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Little Pit is Canada’s first OFF-GRID Drive-In. Located at Abbey Gardens and featuring a variety of movies, including popular releases and classic favourites, the Little Pit Drive In is the perfect night out! See Halloween themed movies select nights throughout October 2021. 

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Pumpkins after Dark
Milton, Ontario

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In your vehicle’s comfort, you and your loved ones can safely view the Halloween exhibits on display. After dark, enjoy a drive through guided audio tours spread over 2.5 kilometers in the scenic Country Heritage Park location. With over 150 unique, hand-carved pumpkin sculptures on display, you can complete this tour within 1.5 hours. Over 70% new content this year. Sept 17th to Nov 7th. Tickets must be pre-purchased online.

You can purchase online transferrable tickets in advance to watch the jack-o-lanterns come alive at night without exiting your car. The event is on from Sept 17, 2021, to Nov 7, 2021, from Thursday to Sunday each week. All age groups, including children (free entry for kids three years or under), find the displays fascinating.

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Check out the Pumpkins After Dark photo gallery!

 


Pumpkin Mania
Elmvale, Ontario

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Bring your family and join Rounds Ranch for pumpkin fun this fall. Enjoy ranch land fun including crazy pumpkin games such as, pie eating contest, pumpkin toss, pumpkin sack races and more. Take a tractor rides out to the pumpkin patch to pick your own FREE any size pumpkin to take home. Pumpkin Mania happens on the weekends ONLY & Thanksgiving Monday.

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Flashlight Cornmaze
Elmvale, Ontario

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Can you solve the interactive maze puzzle to find the secret…in the dark? Bring your flashlight and try to navigate your way through the twists and turns. Try not to get lost! The Flashlight Corn Maze package also includes a Campfire. Come early to enjoy a wagon ride out to the patch and PYO pumpkin ANY size.

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The Witches
Haliburton, Ontario

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Head to Abbey Gardens for a frightful night of bewitching, magic, and fire. Bass Witch Coven and NorthFIRE Circus present: The Witches. Gather round for a mystical night you won’t forget!  This 45 min performance begins as a walk through Abbey Gardens Haunted Forest. Let mischievous townspeople take you on an adventure back in time and discover what dark and mystical surprises the forest has waiting for you!

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Spooktacular Light Show
Mississauga & Markham

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Experience one of the largest Halloween Drive Thru Light Event in the GTA!

The creators of Journey into Enchantment Christmas Drive Thru Festival are back with a brand new Spooktacular Light Show! Spooktacular Light Show will be featuring over 1.5 million lights on a 2KM route of your family fun favourite characters, pumpkin filled drive thru tunnel, from 2D to 3D displays, music lights and much more this Halloween season!

For your convenience, Spooktacular Light show is located at
Meadowvale GO station in Mississauga & Mount Joy GO station in Markham city!

Sundays to Thursdays:
from 7.00pm to 10.45pm.

Fridays and Saturdays:
from 7.00pm to 11.45p.m

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Hallowe’en Walk-About
Dorset

Announcing the first annual “Dorset Halloween Walk About” on October 30th. Head to Robinsons’ parking lot for treats and a spooky Halloween display! Bring the kids, get dressed up and have some family fun. Local businesses will be dressed up for your trick or treaters, providing another layer of fun for all. Adults don’t be shy, wear your costumes too! Don’t forget that if you bring a carved pumpkin to add to our display you will get a $10 credit for Robinsons General Store.
 

Bayview Wildwood’s Boathouse of Terror
Severn Bridge

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Families are invited to join us at Bayview Wildwood Resort for some Halloween Fun. Drop in any time between 1 and 3 pm and we will be collecting donations to support our local food bank.  The Haunted Boathouse is open for ages 6+ if you dare!  Explore the Resort and our BW Market is open to purchase treats, Hot Chocolate, wine and spirits and Kawartha Dairy Scooped Ice Cream. Relax around lakeside bonfires and enjoy a complimentary s’mores.


Stage Fright Night: Virtual Youth Coffeehouse 2021 TBA

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Join MacLaren Art Centre for a spook-tacular night of family-friendly musical entertainment. Attend from the comfort of home in your Halloween-costumed best and enjoy music and spoken word performances by local Simcoe County youth—along with a few scary tales as told by the Barrie Public Library! Prizes will be awarded for the best youth performer and the best-dressed ghoul and gal. Stay tuned for some special Zoom challenges too! 


Halloween Weekend Getaway

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Looking for a ‘fang-tastic’ Halloween family getaway? Deerhurst has you covered! Enjoy a safe and fun weekend full of activities for the entire family to enjoy. From a trick or treat scavenger hunt to a craft beer hike to the top of the Lookout Trail and spooky specials available at our restaurants, there will be no shortage of stress-free fun for the whole family. Dress up in your favourite costumes and join us for a spooky time!

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Halloween Extravaganza Getaway Up North

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Join Mattawa River Resort for the first ever “Halloween Extravaganza Weekend”, Friday, October 29-31. Family fun for everyone as we will have special activities available including Cookie decoration, Apple Cider, Bonfires, and a costume contest where the winner will receive a future 2 night stay at the resort and more. Call or text to 647-293-0089 the website at  to book your stay. (activities subject to change without notice if necessary due to covid or weather).

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Happy Howl-O-Ween

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Head to Haliburton Forest for alternative Howl-o-ween fun at Haliburton Forest. Start the evening with a delicious dinner at The Cookhouse featuring some ghoulish themed foods.

Wear your best costumes (a great way to dress up your required mask mask/face covering), for a chance to win our costume contest and a special dessert! Bring your flashlights – after dinner our staff will guide you on a haunted hike to the Wolf Centre, with some spooks and scares along the way. Inside the centre, use your flashlights to hunt for individually wrapped, peanut-free treats and sweets to take home while still following physical distancing practices! Last but not least, to end off the evening, howl alongside our staff in hopes of getting a reply from our resident wolf pack.

Happy Howl-o-ween! 2021 Dates: October 30 & 31

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Ontario Heritage Trust

Get spooked at:

  • Waterloo Region Graveyard Driving Tour: This driving tour highlights four heritage cemeteries through three cities and four rural townships of the Waterloo Region. Each stop tells a historical tale of mischief, mystery, mayhem or murder: the Bean Puzzle tombstone (the poisoning by chocolate of Meta D. Cherry), ghostly nights with the founder of Castle Kilbride, and a bodysnatching in Kitchener. This event is part of Digital Doors Open, with a video open.
  • Fanshawe Pioneer Village: The pioneer village will be hosting its annual “The Abandoned Village”  in collaboration with ByronScaryHouse until Nov. 30. They will be transforming the buildings into haunted attractions.
  • Eldon House: London’s oldest residence will be opening its doors for three events this Halloween. Visitors can take a walking tour and learn about the crimes and scary happening of early London. There are also opportunities to learn about Victorian rituals of death, traditions of afterlife, and the paranormal phenomenon during a guided tour.  
  • Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre: Take a virtual ghost tour from the comfort of your own home of the last operating double-decker theatre facility in the world and learn about the Lavender Lady, the Rehearsal Interloper, Sam the trombone man and more.

The Ontario Heritage trust works with communities across the province to bring Doors Open Ontario to life, inviting Ontarians to learn about the provinces heritage sites and their stories – even the spooky ones. In 2020, Doors Open Ontario began offering digital experiences giving Ontarians, and Canadians, the opportunity to explore heritage beyond their region.

Kreepy Kortright

This outdoor event is organized by the Kortright Centre for Conservation from 2021 Dates TBA. To celebrate the spirit of the festival, get set for scary Halloween events from 8:30 pm onwards.

A haunted house tour and a frightening forest walk with live owls are some of the store’s activities for you. Families with children can together enjoy this creepy experience.

Howling Hootenanny

Black Creek Pioneer Village is planning a spooktacular fun treat in October. They are taking measures to limit visitors’ flow in one go so you can have an intimate family outing.

While in this historic village, you can treat yourself to a wacky science show, and brave the haunted maze. Challenge your family members by competing against each other in a pumpkin bowling competition. The 2021 Howling Hootenanny has yet to be announced. 

So far for 2021, Haunted Walks are being offered featuring some of the oldest buildings in the city, the Village is the perfect creepy backdrop for a night of spine-tingling ghost stories. A must-do for paranormal enthusiasts!

Ghost Walk Tours

Small group bubble tours are a safe way to breathe in fresh air while listening to Ottawa ghost stories. With social distancing measures in place, you are led with lantern light to famous haunted spots. The haunted walk appeals to all age groups in 75 minutes; it covers the Fairmont Château Laurier, Bytown Museum, and the eerie high school.

The Ottawa jail tour takes you through cellblocks where inmates were once imprisoned. You can also retrace the final footsteps as death row convicts walked to the gallows. Only 12 people at a time are allowed to participate in these evening tours.

Four unique story-telling walking tours on offer range from the very daring to the slightly toned-down versions for younger audiences. Such tours collaborate with creative professionals like musicians, actors, and storytellers to make these walking adventures even more gripping. Since walk tours attract artists from various spheres, it adds to their overall spooky appeal.

Make Halloween an unforgettable experience for you and your loved ones in Ontario. Events that prioritize your safety above all else in these challenging times are worth your while.

Dress the part so you can immerse yourself entirely in the spirit of the occasion. Above all, enjoy the festivities without letting your guard down so that Halloween does not come back to haunt you before the year ends.

Downey Farm Tour

In the absence of the traditional Pumpkinfest this year, the Farmyard play area is where kids Halloween events will take place. With pumpkins and activities galore, there is plenty to make your children make some happy memories.

The choice is endless from a chicken show, duck races, hop-along horses, and a skeleton band. Suggest you book online tickets in advance as few can be accommodated at a time to ensure social distancing. Currently waiting for 2021 event details.

Paranormal Investigators

Your Phantoms of Yore hosts give you a feel of the latest paranormal technology in the most haunted historic sites. After briefing you on the equipment to be used, you can wander in the dark to discover new findings.

Being part of the paranormal investigation team allows you to witness experiments being conducted and evidence analyzed. You also learn about the history and supernatural accounts that have previously taken place at the site you visit.

Horror Hallways

Toronto’s horror hallway transports you deep into what appears to be a never-ending maze of horror. The insanely frightening adventures in the store may unnerve you as you tremble in the pitch dark. At the cost of making your hair stand, the haunted maze features that you will be treated to are terrifyingly thrilling.

Navigating Corn Mazes

You can get lost as you navigate through the world-famous Ontario corn mazes. From picking pumpkins, cuddling bunnies, to milking goats, there are many activities on offer at these farms. Your family can spend the entire day picking fresh produce and exploring the vast expanse.

Many of these farms grow sweet peas, tomatoes, strawberries, and beans, too, besides pumpkins. You get to experience an abundance of Ontario’s harvest in the outdoors, with some farms offering wagon rides to their pumpkin patch. Family-run farms often challenge you with gripping treasure hunt like activities that keep you entertained.

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