Canada is turning 150 this year!!! What better way to celebrate then checking out some of the fun things Ontario has to offer? We’ve put together a list of 10 (because 150 might have been a little much) things to do this summer.
1. Check out a music festival.Summer time is the perfect time to round up your friends, grab some cold bevies and rock out to some of your favourite artists. With festivals spanning across Ontario like NXNE in Toronto, Wayhome in Oro-Medonte to Hillside in Guelph there’s never a shortage of road trip worthy festivals to check out this summer.
2. Take a road trip.Ontario is home to some of the most beautiful travel destinations. If basking in the sun and lounging in the water is your thing, then you should head to Bruce Peninsula National Park in Tobermory. And if lounging isn’t your thing don’t worry because the park also boasts massive cliffs, amazing hiking trails and its very own hidden grotto.
3. Take fine dining to a whole new level. Why not indulge your inner foodie at some of Ontario’s most interesting restaurants? If you’re looking for a little excitement with your dinner, then you’ll definitely want to check out Ottawa’s Sky Lounge. Suspended 150 feet in the air guests enjoy the ultimate view of the city’s landscape while noshing on delicious creations by chef Stephen La Salle and his team.
4. Cool off at a waterpark. The all new Wet n Wild Torontowaterpark is opening this June occupying the space that used to be Wild Water Kingdom. The new park boasts over $25 million dollars’ worth of upgrades with some great new attractions like the Oh Canada! where riders plummet straight down before heading through a 360° loop. If you’re looking to make a splash this summer, then this is the place to be.
5. See some art. The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition transforms Nathan Phillips Square into a contemporary art show where visitors can purchase art and even chat with artists. The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is the largest outdoor exhibition in Canada running for two days in July from the 14th to 16th.
6. Witness the 6 God in action. Drake returns to host the eight annual OVO Fest. Running from August 5th to 7th OVO fest is one of the most highly anticipated fests of the summer. Fans will not be disappointed with the lineup for this festival as it rakes in some big names year after year with past performances by artists like Jay-Z, Eminem, Rihanna, Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg and others.
7. Cheer on the Jays. With tickets starting as low as $14, heading to see the Blue jays play is always a summer favourite. You may even be able to pick up some peanuts and cracker jack to help give you the real ball game experience.
8. Pack a picnic. All national parks are free this year to help celebrate Canada’s birthday so why not pack up some food and relax at one of the many beautiful parks in Ontario for a great cost-efficient outing this summer.
9. The Big Feastival. Jamie Oliver’s food and music festival was made popular in the UK 6 years ago and will hit Oro-Medonte, ON for the first time ever in Canada. The festival has world renowned chefs to keep you fed and big name musicians like The Strumbellas, Magic!, Weezer and more to keep you moving. Head to Thebigfeastival.comfor tickets and more information.
10. Celebrate Canada Day!! How else would you celebrate Canada’s big 1-5-0 without fireworks, family and friends? Head to any national park for what’s sure to be a fantastic firework display to commemorate the 150thyear of Canadian Confederation.
By Josette Lafleur