Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Best Ontario Earth Day Activities

Take a Hike

Check out the trails north of Toronto and explore on your own this Earth Day,

Discover the rugged beauty of Muskoka by foot
Hike lakeside in Ontario's Lake Country
Take in the view and vistas in Ontario's Highlands
Explore Midland in the Heart of Georgian Bay.  
Go beyond the Village at Blue Mountain 
Escape into the Ottawa Valley 
Experience the historic beauty of the Algonquin's Highlands
Find your favourite spot in the Haliburton Highlands 

Eat Local

Go local, support a farmer near you and reduce the environmental footprint of your food.

This Saturday April 23rd, the Orillia Fairgrounds Farmers' Market and Orillia Farmers' Market have special Earth Day events happening!  Build a bird house, learn to grow your own food and more!

Explore the Outdoors

There really can't be a better way to celebrate Earth Day than by being immersed in nature. 

See some of Ontario's native reptiles and amphibians up close or take in a live birds of prey demonstration at Wye Marsh. Take a tour on the trails and hear the trumpet of the Trumpeter Swans. Starting this weekend you can explore the new exhibit - The Canoe: A Canadian Cultural Icon.  

Go on an authentic natural adventure at Scenic Caves and experience the view from their 420' suspension bridge or get rockin' at the gemstone mine.

Get Active

Get your adrenaline pumping this Earth Day by going on an extreme adventure high up in the canopy of the forest at Tree Top Trekking. Feel the rush as you fly like a bird on zip lines or balance like a squirrel from hammock nets, cable traverses, logs and wooden bridges.

Go hard or go home at Hardwood Ski & Bike, one of the best places north of Toronto for you to get your bike on this Earth Day.  Opening Saturday April 23rd, the trails will be waiting for you.

Art from Nature or Upcycled Items

Make your own art using what nature provides or what would normally get thrown out. Your imagination is the limit to what you can create! Or get inspired by a visit to the MacLaren Art Centre or get the whole family involved by taking part in a Family Art Workshop, held every Sunday.

Relax and Soak It In

Nothing says thank-you like a little bit of appreciation.  Take the day or weekend to appreciate the birds, the bees, the plants and the trees by surrounding yourself in the best of nature north of Toronto.  Whether on the lake, trails or hanging a line dockside there are plenty of places north of Toronto to celebrate Earth Day. Check out more Nature Adventures.

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Thursday, April 07, 2016

Spring Time North of Toronto and North in Ontario

Seasonal transition times are not always an easy time to plan an activity. We recommend always calling or emailing to check conditions first and always pay close attention to the weather.

You can find the following spring fun day trip and getaway options on our website,

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400eleven is a website that promotes tourism based on heading north in Ontario. Whether you're looking to stay close to Toronto, check out the rugged beauty of true northern Ontario, or vear off a little to the east or west - the website has over 150 members promoting getaway offers, events, activities and other day trip or vacation option to consider. 

Sunday, March 06, 2016

March Day Trips and Getaways in Ontario

Well? We made it. Almost. March is all about doing winter activities in spring-like weather!

What is happening in Ontario this March worth seeing and doing? LOTS!

A sure sign of spring to lift our long winter spirits. March Break is a spring tradition, and north of Toronto they are usually sunny with blues skies and warm enough to relax outdoors and enjoy winter activities one last time.

Maple and maple syrup activities are popular along with spring downhill skiing and snowboarding.

From day trip activities to getaways - you can find it all on our website,




Let's not forget about Easter too! Long weekend and spring breaks offer the best r&r for day trips or getaways to areas in Ontario north of Toronto.

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Be sure to also check out website out for great contest. The March contest is the Foodie Weekend Getaway to the Savour the Flavours Food and Drink show in Barrie.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Fall Pumpkin Patch Visit North of Toronto

Ever wonder where all those wonderful pumpkins come from that flood the markets and store in September and October? Most are grown here in Ontario, north of Toronto by friendly farmers.

Not only do farms north of Toronto supply Ontario with porch pumpkins but many offer pick your own pumpkin experiences and family fun farm visits.

Here are a few photos of a fun pumpkin visit north of Toronto.

This is just the beginning to a fun day trip. Farms may include other activities and the fall leaf colour displays along the way are sure to delight. Activities available offer both families, couples and single adventurers a great time. 

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Happy Pumpkin Picking!

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

2015 Ontario Festivals in Fun Filled Cottage Country North of Toronto

From racing along a pristine northern Ontario lake to dancing under the stars to traditional French music, the region north of Toronto offers a rich cornucopia of things to see, do and even taste.

Things kick into a high and rather sweet, gooey gear on June 13 with Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival and Contest in Midland.

Amateur and professional bakers alike are expected to flock to the pretty Georgian Bay town to see if they can have their butter tarts declared the best in Ontario.

Besides the contest, the event features a full slate of activities to appeal to families.

Festival creator Barbara Rowlandson said she had worked for years perfecting her butter tart recipe and eventually started selling her creations in her downtown store.

photo credit: Shelby Mulligan

“Almost instantaneously, the tarts were a hit,” she recalled. “That first summer selling butter tarts, I watched an amazing thing happen in my shop. Complete strangers would linger, and have lengthy, and sometimes heated, discussions about what makes a good butter tart.” Rowlandson said that initial recognition of people’s passion for the pastry led to the eventual planning of the inaugural festival two years ago.

And history seems to be on the region’s side. According to organizers, the earliest published butter-tart recipe comes from Simcoe County with an entry in a Barrie hospital cookbook dated 1900.

Speaking of turn-of-the 20th century fun, the village of Coldwater hosts its Steampunk Festival on August 8 with a full-costumed meet and greet scheduled for the previous day.

Event chair Suzy Burtenshaw said the festival initially kicked off in 2011 with the seed being a local artist and the inspiration coming from a young “Steampunk” girl from Coldwater, who makes her own costumes.

“People like coming to the festival because it overlaps with the maker movement, which is growing in leaps and bounds as people return to loving the beauty of things made by hand” Burtenshaw said, noting the entire village is transported back in time throughout the weekend.

“With hundreds of fully-costumed festival goers, this visual alone creates a photographer’s dream, against the back drop of turn-of-the century buildings, vintage vehicles and amazing museums. Our festival is unique because the entire village gets involved.”

The initial offering has grown dramatically and now features high-quality, related offerings from a range of vendors and artisans along with food, music, headline entertainment and street performers. As well, visitors attend the festival from across southern Ontario and the northern U.S.

“We are listed on Steampunk Canada’s website which puts the call out to people who love dressing up and showcasing their elaborate Victorian and Edwardian-era costumes and characters.”

For those looking to delve into Canada’s other official language, Lafontaine hosts the Festival du Loup from July 16 to 19.

This year’s edition of the popular, family-friendly event will commemorate 400 years of francophone presence in Ontario with guests transported back in time to the 17th century.

The festival’s program includes French stories and music, local food, artisans, a “painted-wolf” art auction and the always popular howling contest. There’s traditional French music throughout the event, highlighted Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night with a performance by Bon D├ębarras and Coureurs des Bois.

A few weeks later, the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre holds its Get Outdoors Festival.

The family-friendly festival, which features a special Get Hiking portion, runs August 8 and 9 and provides a chance for guests to explore one of Ontario's largest wetlands by foot, boat or bike.

The site features more than 25 kilometres of scenic forested trails, floating boardwalks and canoe channels that allows one to “escape” into the marsh. The event also gives visitors the chance to experience hummingbird-banding and Monarch-tagging demonstrations while also taking part of in an interactive workshop on birding, backcountry camping or shelter building.

There’s also the chance to see the facility’s birds of prey soar above and learn how to identify native Ontario turtles and snakes during a live animal show.

As well, the Chippewas of Rama First Nation hosts its 30th annual Powwow with a full slate of activities highlighting traditional activities. Running August 22 and 23, the event features world-class singing and dancing along with related displays and the chance to taste traditional foods while also checking out the wares of area arts and crafts vendors.

For foodies, the award-winning agri-culinary event Savour Simcoe takes place August 30 at the Simcoe County Museum. The eighth annual event changes every year with new farmer/chef pairings and new offerings for beverages from area craft breweries and wineries.

Further north in Timmins from August 28 to 30, plans for the seventh annual Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival are well underway, according to event co-chair Guy Lamarche.

“We’ve had paddlers register from as far away as the U.K.,” Lamarche said, noting the event that’s listed as a Top 100 festival by Festival and Events Ontario regularly attracts visitors from across Ontario, Quebec and the United States.

“We challenge you to finish what you enter. The rewards are secondary.”

But besides the many water-based activities, the overall production has become much larger since its humble origins.

There’s now demonstrations and fun activities throughout the weekend along with a huge fireworks display that visitors have said would “rival Ottawa on Canada Day” and both local and well-known bands playing throughout, including this year’s headliners the Box and Platinum Box.

“It’s a community festival first,” Lamarche said, noting there’s no charge to attend with even parking provided free-of-charge.

“We have 13,000 to 15,000 people come to the park. At the end of the day, we’ve got a program that appears to every demographic and every level of paddler.”

Across the bay, Collingwood’s Blue Mountain Village boasts a number of family-friendly events.

From June 19 to 21, the seventh annual Salsa at Blue event offers a free family street party that transforms the village into a showcase of Latin life throughout the weekend with pulsating music, passionate dancing and live performances and demonstrations.

 A little later in the summer on August 8 and 9, the village celebrates families with live music, interactive activities, variety shows, guided family hikes and gondola rides during Famarama.

These or other festivals happening this season north of Toronto are an excellent activity to plan a day trip or getaway around. Pack a bag, start the car and enjoy Ontario road tripping.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Canada Day Fireworks in Ontario Cottage Country Cities & Towns North of Toronto

Happy Birthday Canada!

Bring your lawnchairs, blankets and snacks and celebrate Canada's 148th birthday with evening fireworks.

Barrie's annual fireworks spectacular takes place over Kempenfelt Bay at 10:00pm and can be viewed from all waterfront parks.

Horseshoe Valley Resort: It's Canada's Birthday! What a better way to celebrate then with a BBQ, birthday cake and a fireworks display? It's all going down at Horseshoe. Make sure you don't miss out!

Canada Day Fireworks celebrations, with KABOOM! at scenic Bracebridge Bay.

The festivities commence at 5:00pm, at the Bradford and District Memorial Community Centre, and includes entertainment, music, food, the official ceremonies, the presentation of the annual Civic Awards and closing with an amazing show of fireworks at 10pm.

Celebrate Canada Day with friends and neighbours in Downtown Collingwood. Take in a special edition of Local Live Lunch, traditional Canadian flag birthday cake, citizenship reaffirmation ceremony, strolling entertainers, and the Collingwood Idol Finals. It all wraps up at dark with spectacular fireworks display over the harbour.

Blue Mountain Village: Celebrate Canada’s birthday in the Village with a variety of live music on stage throughout the day plus an official cake cutting & ‘Oh Canada’ ceremony capped off with evening Fireworks.

Launch location over Hunters Bay behind the Fire Hall at Dusk - 10:00 pm. Great locations to view fireworks: Avery Beach, Huntsville Public School and the Huntsville Fire Department. Tune in to THE MOOSE FM 105.5 and enjoy the fireworks set to music.

Parade starts at 10:30am followed by activities and games all day long at Little Lake Park. Fireworks to be held in Penetanguishene at Rotary Park.

At dusk, the Minden Hills Fire Department put on a spectacular fireworks show at the Minden Fairgrounds. Entry is by donation.

10:00pm fireworks at the waterfront.

The Orillia Canada Day Celebrations is a fun filled day! Enjoy the parade, midway, children's village, craft vendors, food vendors, entertainment and fireworks at dusk.

Go to the Stockey Centre for a full day of fun, family activities, food, vendors, entertainment.Don't miss the spectacular fireworks display at dusk.

Renfrew Canada Day Celebrations - Their will be a day filled with activites and vendors, so bring a friend and have some fun! July 1st Celebrations in the Township of Madawaska Valley, topping off with a spectacular fireworks display over the waters of Kamaniskeg Lake.

The Canada Day Parade will take place at 12:30pm. Park activities start at 1pm - fireworks at dusk.

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