Monthly Archives: June 2013

Weekend Fun Guide (Canada Day Weekend 2013)

School is out for summer and we want to wish you all a fun and safe summer!  Happy Canada Day!  Be sure to get out and enjoy some great events this weekend that celebrate the birthday of our great country!

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Around Town this Weekend…

Amhertsburg 

Canada Day – At 9am start your day with a gorgeous course and 5 K run from the Fort.  Enjoy free activities and entertainment throughout the day and end it with a spectacular fireworks finale along the Detroit River!  This traditional event is the best in the region and not to be missed!

Barrie

Canada Day Fireworks – Celebrate Canada’s birthday with Barrie’s annual fireworks spectacular over Kempenfelt Bay beginning at 10:00pm.

Brantford

Canada Day Celebrations – There will be an amazing fire works show, MarketPlace, Citizenship Ceremony, Great Canadian Trail Run, Made in Canada Area, amazing entertainment and many more fun-filled activities!

Burlington

Canada Day Celebrations – Celebrate the beautiful country we live in at Burlington’s waterfront. Starting with a run in the morning the festivities including children’s activities and entertainment take place all day long until 10pm when the sky will light up with fireworks.

Calabogie

Calabogie Country Music Festival – The festival will feature one of Eastern Ontario’s best country music lineups including headliners Dallas Smith and Kira Isabella. A weekend fun for families and people of all ages – beer garden, vendor’s area, kids’ zone, and mountainside camping.

Caledonia 

Canada Day – Starting with a Parade at 11:00 am.  There will be all day children and adult entertainment in Kinsmen Park and the Park by the Dam.  Crafts, Steven Young Duck Race 3 pm, Fireworks at dusk.  Free Family Fun.

Cambridge

Canada Day – Come for the fun at Riverside Park!  There will be a fishing derby, carnival, parade, children’s area, beer garden, live bands and fireworks to end off the celebration!

Carleton Place

Canada Day – Celebrations commence in Riverside Park and include lots of children’s activities and entertainment for all ages. The day is topped off with the best fireworks in Lanark County, if not the Valley!

Cobourg

Waterfront Festival – Come out and have some fun with the family!  Grab a bite from a wide variety of food vendors, take a ride on the midway on the Pier, browse the Marketplace, and  enjoy the all-day entertainment on Cobourg’s Bandshell. Don’t miss the variety of special shows and demonstrations such as Canadian Forces Skyhawks, and Search and Rescue Teams, and Metropolitan Toronto’s Winged Wheels.

Dryden

Moosefest – Welcome to the Annual Moosefest website.   From Music in the Park to the Teddy Bear Picnic there are events for all ages.  Please visit our Calendar for a full listing of this year’s festival events.

Embro

Highland Games – In addition to watching our various piping, athletic and dancing competitions, you can inspect vintage cars, watch dogs at work, investigate Scottish clans, shop at our vendor booths, or enjoy a meal and licensed refreshments. If you want to become more actively involved, try your hand at log sawing or maybe the farmer’s walk. Youngsters have their own just-for-fun competition

Fergus

Twilight Canada Day Festivities – Twilight Canada Day Celebrations including: Kiddie arcade, live entertainment, food vendors and dazzling fireworks.

Gananoque

Family Ribfest – We’ll be rockin’ and a ribbin’!  Come and enjoy a great day or stay for the weekend in the heart of the 1000 Islands.  Browse, shop, relax, taste the delicious ribs and discover the sites, legends, and history Gananoque has to offer, See why we call it Paradise! •Something for Everyone!•4 days of fun for the whole family!•Music, entertainment, vendors, beer tent.•Lots of great ribs and pulled pork to eat!

Grand Bend

Canada Day – Grand Bend’s Canada Day Celebrations & Fireworks attracts thousands of people from throughout Southwestern Ontario – and for good reason! We’re the place to be to have fun, enjoy the beach and lake while listening to live music and top off the day with a professional fireworks display.

Goderich 

Children’s Festival – A fun free day for kids aged infant to 12. The Festival starts at 10 am with activities for all ages.
Bubbles, Balloons and Bouncers plus a model airshow by the Sky Harbour Modellers, Fincher’s Tent, Face Painting, Crafts, Playdough and Goop, and much more!

Guelph

Local Food Fest – A fun, colourful and delicious event. Join us for a Farmers Market, Exhibititor Market Place, Cooking Demos, Workshops, Tours, Wagon Rides, Children’s Activities, Live Music and Delicious Local Food.

Hamilton 

Summer Kick-off Celebration – Wild Waterworks invites friends and family to experience a hero-themed weekend at the Summer Kick-off weekend.  Visit with your favourite super heroes who will be visiting the park.  Don’t forget to wear your costume to enter the costume contest for great prizes!

Tall Ships – The majestic tall ships are coming to Hamilton’s waterfront as part of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemorations. The excitement will begin June 28 with the Parade of Sail and Opening Ceremonies. Daily June 29 and 30 visitors can go aboard the ships and sail on selected ships (for a fee), enjoy free on-land activities, music, food and more. Return for July 1 Canada Day celebrations at nearby Bayfront and Pier 4 Parks. Fireworks begin at dusk.

It’s Your Festival – Celebrating Canada’s Birthday at It’s Your Festival in beautiful Gage Park FREE ADMISSION. Food, entertainment, games, contests and Canada Day ceremony!

Keene 

Historic Dominion Day – Celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday with historic fun and games for the whole family.  The fun includes but is not limited to musical performances, wagon rides, reenactments, school yard games and crafts for the kids and FREE cake!

London

Canada Day – The Canada Day event is a family day that will begin with opening ceremonies and include live entertainment, children’s air equipment, food vendors, cake cutting, movies and fireworks.

Midland

Canada Day Celebrations – Celebrate Canada’s Birthday at Little Lake Park with Games, kid’s activities, Crafts, entertainment, Firewors and so much more!

Milton

Canada Day Celebrations – The largest attended one day event in Milton will provide an array of exciting activities to include fantastic live music, wide variety of entertainment, diverse food choices, arts and crafts, fun activities for all ages, and the finale featuring spectacular fireworks under the stars

Mississauaga

Celebrate Canada Day – Join us July 1st as we celebrate Canada Day with performances by Mississauga’s hottest DJ duo Kissette, Crystalyne, Eleven Past One, Young Empires and Down With Webster. Don’t miss the amazing performances, delicious food trucks, spectacular cirque shows and fireworks

Niagara Falls

Canada Day Celebration – Kicking it off with a parade in the morning the festivities also include face painting, entertainment, inflatables, car show, cooking demonstrations, food vendors and of course ends off with some amazing fireworks

Orillia 

Canada Day Celebrations – A fun-filled family day at Couchiching Beach Park! Midway, Children’s Village, parade Downtown, craft & food vendors, live entertainment, giant birthday cake & more! Fabulous fireworks at dusk!

Owen Sound

Canada Day Festivities – Owen Sound celebrates Canada Day with a spectacular fireworks display over the harbour, a classic rock concert, and lots of family entertainment, games and attractions.

Peterborough 

Multicultural Canada Day – Start your day on George Street and watch the Canada Day Parade in the morning.  At the end of the parade, make your way to Del Crary Park for lunch.  You will find many cultural clubs, groups and vendors selling traditional dishes from around the world.  Then, stay in the park for a rich programme of cultural performances and end the day at the Little Lake Musicfest with great music and a spectacular fireworks display.

Port Burwell

Canada Day – Canada Day Celebrations in Port Burwell – Parade line up starts at 11:00 and departs the Legion at 11:30am followed by cake and children’s festivities.

Port Hope

Canada Day Festivities – Port  Hope Kinsmen celebrates Canada Day, July 1st, with an Antique Car Show in Rotary Park and Town Hall Parking Lot at 9am and Rock the Dogwalk 9am-1030am.  The annual Calithumpian Parade commences at 11am at the corner of Ridout and Bramley streets and continuing down Heritage Main Street. Live local entertainment in the Bandshell from noon to 10pm.There will be food booths, and a beer garden.Fireworks at the Waterfront East Beach  at 10:15pm (dusk).

Ottawa

Canada Day in the Capital – Join us  to celebrate Canada’s birthday!  Canada’s Capital Region buzzes with activity, as Canadians from across the country flock to the Capital to show their national pride.  The festivities take place on Parliament Hill, in downtown parks and on the streets. Witness the ceremonies, take in the musical talent from across the country, see the fireworks — and more!

Peterborough

Peterborough Musicfest – Peterborough Musicfest is a non-profit charitable organization that presents concerts every Wednesday and Saturday at 8:00pm on the shores of beautiful Little Lake in Del Crary Park, downtown Peterborough. All concerts are presented free of charge to ensure that all members of the community can enjoy an evening of entertainment in spite of economic or social barriers.  Peterborough Musicfest is proud of the past 26 years and looks forward to its 27th season beginning on June 29, 2013 and ending on August 24, 2013.

Picton

Canada Day Celebration – Please join us in celebrating Canada at Prince Edward County’s biggest Canada Day celebration! Our celebration takes place throughout Picton and offers everyone the chance to explore our town. You can dine at our restaurants, explore our many shops and boutiques, visit the artisan market and enjoy street performers, catch Rising Stars and finish it off with the biggest bang!

Sauble Beach

Canada Day Celebration – Please join us for our Canada Day Celebrations. This year the Canada Day festival will explode on June 30 with our Canadian anthem and opening ceremonies, fireworks will discharge from a barge over the water, outdoor movie and live Canadian bands will perform on the beach. This is a family event for all ages. Come join our family and children’s activities on Canada Day, July 1.  There will be face painting, colouring, arts and crafts plus lots for fun and games.

Stouffville

Strawberry Festival – Free family festival that definitely has something for everyone. There will be entertainment, children activities, arts and crafts, carnival, lots of contests and plenty of delicious strawberries with fireworks on Canada Day!

Toronto 

Canada Day Weekend @ Canada Square – A multidisciplinary, culturally diverse, innovative and fun extravaganza in celebration of Canada’s birthday. Dance, in all ways, shapes and forms, is the central theme to the weekend. Plus enjoy some great food and  join us for fireworks on June 30!

Ribfest @ Centennial Park – Toronto’s largest charity event, held over Canada Day weekend each year! A great family destination with rides, attractions, music and live entertainment and, of course, great food!

Vaughan 

Canada Day 2013 – Celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday at the City of Vaughan’s Canada Day event on Monday, July 1, 2013 at Mackenzie Glen District Park. This fun filled family event held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The features include headline concerts and a host of other activities, including the   Inflatable Zone, a Zip Line attraction, Face Painting and an Official Welcome by the Mayor.

Windsor

Canada Day – Parade 11:00 am featuring local/regional bands, floats, entertainers & Parade starts on Wyandotte at Devonshire, and proceeds to Wyandotte at Glengarry , Cake Cutting is at Riverfront Festival Plaza.

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Thinking about taking in a movie with the family this weekend?  Check out what’s playing on Saturday mornings at Cineplex theatres for their Family Favourites.  At 11:00am you can watch a movie for only $2.50!  You can also load the family into the car and head to a drive-in near you for some family fun!

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Visit a a Farmer’s Market near you this weekend to get some super fresh local produce and support the Farmers of Ontario.

Run away with the Circus for the Night

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Look up….look wayyyy up!  Yep, that’s the Big Top which means the Shrine Circus is in town!!

We were invited to attend the opening night of the circus last weekend and of course we were thrilled and to say the kids were super excited would have been an understatement.  From the moment we could see the Big Top in the distance, the kids didn’t stop smiling!

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Before the show started we were given a special behind the scenes tour of the Big Top and to see the animals getting all prepped for their big performances.  Now I know most of us wouldn’t want an audience when we’re having our shower but thankfully the elephant didn’t mind us watching him get his spray down before the show. It was the coolest thing to watch as the elephant completely cooperated during the process and even helped out by lifting his foot to be washed.  It was so cute to watch the elephant interact with the circus employees as he would playfully poke them with his trunk. We also got to watch the tigers (from afar) resting up for the show and the horses looking beautiful.  The best part of the behind the scenes look was to hear about how well all the animals are cared for.

Ringmaster Richard Curtis

Once we grabbed our hot dogs, snow cones and caramel corn and took our seats we were greeted in song by the charismatic Ringmaster, Richard Curtis.  Richard was an awesome ringmaster that kept the crowd engaged with his booming voice, good looks (for the ladies) and all around enthusiasm.  You could tell he loves his job!

Tigers, Trapeze and Elephants…Oh My! 

Here we gooooo! Now I don’t want to give away the entire show as I feel you need to experience this amazement for yourself but i’ll give you a little peek into some  of what you can expect under the Big Top through pictures!  Get ready for amazing animals, feet juggling, heart stopping stunts and SO much more.  Watching these performers you will be dazzled by their strength, courage, love for the Circus and the overwhelming feeling of family!

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Get your Tickets Now

Grab your family and head to see this classic circus for a night of fun you won’t soon forget!  Oh and did I mention YOU can ride an elephant?  Right before the show starts and during the intermission you can take a ride on the back of an elephant! How cool is that?!  So don’t forget to bring money for the reasonably priced food, face painting, elephant rides and fun light up toys for the kids!  Most all, get ready for some family FUN!

Use the coupon code “FUN” and get your general admission tickets 50% off, 2 for the price of 1!! An amazing deal for an AMAZING show!

Show Dates

June 21-July 1 2013                Rexdale – Woodbine Centre Parking Lot

July 5 – July 14 2013               Brampton – Powerade Centre Park

July 18 – July 21 2013             Vaughan – Interchange Parking Lot

July 25 – July 28 2013            Oakville –  Entertainment Centrum Parking Lot

August 2 – August 5 2013       Markham – Markham Fair Grounds

August 9 – August 11 2013      Ottawa – RA Centre Parking Lot

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The Shrine Circus can’t wait to entertain your family!

Weekend Fun Guide (June 21-23 2013)

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Well it is officially summer and there is only one more week of school until Summer Vacation begins!  Who’s excited?  Whether you’re renting a cottage or hitting a Water Park always be sure to check out our Weekend Fun Guide as we have you covered across Ontario.  This weekend you can take in a Ribfest, enjoy a multicultural Festival, indulge at a Strawberry Festival or enjoy one of the other fun things listed below. Whatever you plan, have a great first weekend of Summer 2013!

The Circus is Coming to Town!!  

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Starting in Rexdale on June 21st, the Shrine Circus will be making stops in Ontario and Quebec to bring the fun of the circus to families!  Check out all the information here

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Thinking about taking in a movie with the family this weekend?  Check out what’s playing on Saturday mornings at Cineplex theatres for their Family Favourites.  At 11:00am you can watch a movie for only $2.50!  You can also load the family into the car and head to a drive-in near you for some family fun!

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Visit a a Farmer’s Market near you this weekend to get some super fresh local produce and support the Farmers of Ontario.

Around Town this Weekend…

Blue Mountains

Salsa at Blue – A FREE family street party transforms the Village into a showcase of Latin Life with pulsating music, passionate dancing and lessons, fiery foods, kids soccer entertainment, sizzling night life & FIREWORKS! Don’t miss the New Friday night Party and the LIVE Soccer airing of Saturdays Italy vs. Brazil game!

Carlisle

Bronte Creek Family Fun Day @ Courtcliffe Park – Join Trout Unlimited Canada creekside to learn all about the critters that call Bronte Creek home!! Free! Fun, prizes! All welcome!

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Huron’s Multicultural Festival – Stage performances by Japanese, First Nations & Brazilian percussion troupes. Ojibway Storyteller Aaron Bell, International out-door games, indigenous crafts and opportunity to sample culinary delicacies & beverages from around the world. Programming features music & dance from around the world geared to appeal to a broad range of age groups and activity levels.

London

International Food Fest – London International Food Festival is the host to an array of savoury dishes from around the globe. Partake in games, food and fun in this annual London, Ontario event.

Lucknow

Strawberry Summerfest – Events include a Kid Zone, music and entertainment, movie night and Show n’ Shine. There will also be a soccer tournament, baseball tournament, Sunday church service at the Community Centre and breakfast served at the Legion.

Maxville

Agricultural Fair Weekend – Celebrating 125 years the Maxville Fair is a 4 day event. Features cattle, horse and horticultural events as well as shows and entertainment. Food available on site, Concert on Sat. June 22 features Emerson Drive.

Milton

Strawberry Festival –  Come out and try everything strawberry until your hearts desire.  Enjoy the fun of this event at the Milton Fairground on Saturday June 22 with entertainment, fun for the kids, vendors and of course lots and lots of fresh strawberries!

Niagara Falls

Fireworks over the Falls – Canada’s longest-running fireworks series is underway with fireworks every Friday, Sunday, and holiday until September 1, preceded by the popular Coca Cola Concert Series on the Victoria Park Stage. The best views are in Queen Victoria Park overlooking Niagara Falls.

Oakville

Oakville Family Ribfest – The Second Annual Oakville Family Ribfest is a fabulous summer event combining world famous ‘ribbers’, food vendors, great music, a kids’ Play Zone, Sport Zone, artisans and more. Summer fun for all ages.

Kerr Village Summer Celebration – Kerr Village presents the Carousel of Nations for the sixth year running. Part summerfest. Part multi-cultural festival. Total family fun. Pavilions from “around the world” showcase traditional arts and crafts, singing and dancing, and ethnic cuisine. Adults and children will enjoy live musical performances throughout the day. Don’t miss The KidsZone. Free admission.

Ottawa

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival – Nestled in the heart of beautiful downtown Ottawa, scores of music fans travel to enjoy the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, featuring some of the jazz worlds most renowned and cutting-edge musicians.

Dragon Boat Festival – Come out and enjoy North America’s largest Dragon Boat Festival.  The festival will include: Multicultural performances including live music, cultural presentations, and ceremonial activities, Roving entertainment, Children’s area featuring award winning family entertainment, Beer Garden, Food Vendors featuring international cuisine and summer desserts, Exhibitions and shopping opportunities.

Ribfest on Sparks Street Teams from Canada and the United States will competing for the top rank of best rib choice, best rib sauce, best chicken choice and best chicken sauce.

Smithville

PoultryFest – Don’t miss the 14th annual PoultryFest celebration on June 22nd 2013! It’s going to be buckets of fun! Admission is free so join us for a jam packed day of food and frolic in Smithville.  You’ll be entertained all day with shows, competitions, historical and educational displays, kid’s activities and lots to eat!!

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Strawberry Spectacular – Enjoy entertainment, beef on a bun, water and …. of course….strawberrries and ice-cream. Join us and take a tour of the past, you’ll have a blast. A great value for the entire family.  Great Value…Great Day!

Stratford

Blues and Ribfest – A three day summer festival featuring live blues music, world-class ribs, a  variety of quality non-rib food options,  and a beer garden for our Blues/Rib-loving friends 18 and over.

Strathroy

Hometown Turkey Festival – Say yes to Turkeyfest!  Have fun on the midway, enjoy vendor alley, entertainment, the car show and  hot air balloon rides and be sure to check out all the contests and competitions .  Oh, and don’t forget the turkey dinner!!

Tecumseh 

Art of Eating Festival – The Art of Eating Food & Wine Festival is a celebration of food, wine, beer and entertainment in this beautiful waterfront setting nestled on Lake St Clair in Tecumseh, Ontario. Come and join us as we enjoy the art of eating with food, award-winning wines, beer and great music! Must be 19 years or older.

Tilbury
Family FunFest – Funfest takes place at Memorial Park in Tilbury, with a special downtown kickoff Friday from 3 p.m.-7 p.m.  There will be a Petting zoo, Zero Gravity Circus, WWII military display, hypnotist Fernandez, kids crafts, puppet show and midway rides, games and live entertainment.
Tobermory
Chi-Cheemaun Festival – Come on out for a great weekend of fun, games, BBQ’s and more in Tobermory to celebrate the Chi-Cheemaun.
Toronto

Redpath Waterfront Festival – Toronto’s unique urban waterfront will be the best place to get on board and tour the international fleet of majestic ships that will grace our inner harbour. Enjoy the music, food, dance and a host of other great activities for adults, kids, families, and lovers of all things nautical, that will be part of the celebrations next year.

Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival – The 25th Tim Hortons® Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival promises a two-day fun-filled event that brings sports, team spirit and community spirit to Toronto Centre Island

TD Toronto Jazz Festival – When the Festival kicks off this summer from June 20 – 29, 2013, more than 500,000 music lovers will be entertained as 1,500 musicians take over the city performing 350+ concerts in just 10 days. From the young lions to the legends to undiscovered gems, the Festival is yours to discover. Let the music be your playground this summer.

Wasaga Beach

Wasaga Beach Fest – Once again the Wasaga Beach Fest marks the official start of summer and ignites the area’s biggest beach party.  The festivities start at noon each day with a guarantee to get your body moving and your heart racing.  And there’s something for everyone.  The festival also features a variety of food and a children’s amusement area against a backdrop of a sandy beach and the hot sun for all to enjoy at the Wasaga Beach Fest.

Windsor

Summer Fest – Summer Fest is the annual event in Windsor, ON downtown that signifies the start of summer. This year’s dates are June 13 – July 1. Highlights include the Tug Boat Race on June 22, The Rediscover the Riverfront by bike on June 23, Summer Fest Riverfront Fireworks Party June 24, the Summer Fest Weekend Concert Series June 16,23 and July 1, World’s Finest Shows Midways, and it all Wraps up July 1 with the spectacular Canada Day Parade, Giant 5000 Piece Cake and The Symphony of Sound and Light

Make a Splash this Summer

Cool off and have FUN at a Water Park this Summer!

Great way to cool down in the summer is to hit a local waterpark for some family fun!  Thankfully there are some great Waterparks in Ontario and we have them listed here for you!  🙂

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Bracebridge – High Falls Water Park – Experience a day like no other at the truly unique gem in Muskoka. Play in one of the 5 waterfalls, build a sand castle, play volleyball or horseshoes, try out the floating trampoline and waterslides, play in the playground, relax on the beach or on a floating lounge chair or get some exercise on a kayak, water bike or paddle boat.  Don;t forget your picnic because you are going to be hungry after all the playing!

Brampton – Wild Water Kingdom – Situated on 100 acres of natural park land, Wild Water Kingdom is conveniently located just minutes north of Toronto. A great place to enjoy the summer weather.

Brantford – Earl Haig Family Fun Park – A fun-filled adventure for families and children of all ages, located conveniently in the centre of Brantford. With a variety of water attractions including a spray pad, swimming pool, waterslide, and a lazy river, and activities including batting cages, mini putt, picnic areas and inexpensive day passes, Earl Haig Family Fun Park is not simply an attraction, but a destination!

Collingwood – Plunge! Aquatic @ Blue Mountain – There’s something for everyone! Inspired from the tradition of cottage-style boathouses, Plunge! is an authentic and magical expression of a place and its people. Indoor-outdoor pools, indoor water playground, hot tubs, rope swing, dock and slides are sure to provide year-round fun. Or, if you prefer, simply watch all the action from the comfort of your dock chair. Plunge! has something for everyone, infant to senior. With swimming lessons, water fitness, and more, kids of all ages will have fun, as will the adults in the family.

HamiltonWild Water Works – At Wild Waterworks we take outdoor summer poolside fun to the next level!  Your day starts off in one of Canada’s largest outdoor wave pools. Get your heart pounding with our jaw-dropping waterslides or if you prefer a more relaxing ride, grab a tube and float around The Eazy River. Your little ones will love Little Squirt Works our fun wading pool with slides, mists and fountains.

KitchenerBingemans – Big Splash will give you hours of fun!  Zoom down the slides, jump the waves in the wave pool or have some fun in the interactive water playground.  When you’re done getting wet be sure to get something to eat, play some beach volleyball or check out Funworx, their huge indoor playground.

LondonWally World @ East Park –  You will have so much fun on Wally Tower which is 55′ high with 5 slides in addition to Intensity tower which features 2 flume water slides. Ride on a single or double tube, but whatever you pick you’ll be sure to scream with excitement!  The brand new Kids splash pad will be a hit with kids of all ages.  Be sure to check out the rest of East Park including the rock climbing, mini golf and bumper cars.

OttawaCalypso Waterpark –  We have spread water fun everywhere on this extensive 100 acres facility. From toddlers to teenagers to party dudes to grandma & grandpa, everyone will have its fair share of fun in this gem of a park. The 45 millions dollars investment was well budgeted into a hundred different water adventures just to keep you cool and busy. State of the art monstrous slides, river run, largest wave pool, fun rides and even white water experience, you really won’t have time to be bored.

OttawaLogosland Resort – You’ll have a blast in Roaring Rivers Waterpark. Some of our waterpark features include a crystal clear spring fed lake, giant waterslides, kiddie slides, huge splash pad, paddleboats, kayaks, canoes, giant water trampolines, animal farm, and mini-golf.

Prince Edward Count – Westlake Willy Waterpark  – If watersports are what you crave, get on down to Westlake Willy Waterpark to splash around, swim, or swoosh down the water slide. Jump from a tower onto the big bouncy “BLOB” and climb the 15 foot inflatable, floating iceberg. Don’t forget to bring those hotdogs and hamburgers to feed your hungry swimmers as BBQs are available and  complimentary.

Ridgeville (Niagara)Bissell’s Hideaway – A wonderful waterpark for the entire family!  Splash around in the huge 1 acre pool which has a diving platform, take a ride down their 130ft twisty waterslide, or play in the splash pad.  Beforeyou leave be sure to try out the pedal karts, zip line and mini golf.

Sarnia – Bluewater Fun Park – You won’t be bored with 2 320′ winding slides, 2 speed slides, bumper boats with water cannons, leisure lagoon pool, csacading water mushroom, mini golf, volley ball courts and picnic areas to sit down and relax.

Tillsonburg – Lake Lisgar Waterpark – Southwestern Ontario’s ultimate Family Waterpark Experience! Our accessible, heated pool has a 186’giant twister waterslide with a zero beach entry leading to several spray features for all ages. Come float on a tube, play on our thrilling large inflatable toys, enjoy the exhilarating slide ride, stand in the spray, and swim for one affordable inclusive price.

VaughanSplash Works @ Canada’s Wonderland – Canada’s Wonderland is your Splash Headquarters for the summer! Over 7 million litres of heated water fun in our 20 acre water park. Check out The Plunge, Supersoaker, the Lazy River, Pumphouse and one of Canada’s largest wave pools. There is something for everyone!

Keep safe with these tips on Water Park Safety from Canadian Red Cross

Know of a great waterpark in Ontario that we should include?  Let us know

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Rent a Cottage for a FUN Summer Getaway

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Some of your best summer memories can be made by renting a cottage for a summer getaway.  Imagine how much fun it can be swimming in the lake, building sand castles and sitting around a campfire roasting marshmallows and telling stories.  Oh the fun possibilities are endless!

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Not sure where to start when looking for a cottage rental?  Our friends at Online Cottage Rental have some great tips for you to get started.  They also have an awesome website where you can search an abundance of rental cottage listings from across Canada.

Communication is Key

Ask lots of questions

  • How much is the security deposit and when do you get it back?
  • What form of payment do they accept?
  • Confirm rental dates.
  • When can you arrive?
  • How many visitors are allowed at one time?
  • Ask if you can go look at the property before renting it (this is dependent on your proximity to the rental property).
  • Who should you call if there is a problem with the rental?
  • Confirm all amenities included.
  • What is the cancellation policy?
  • Confirm how much the cottages rent is.

Start Early

As most people plan both their summer and winter vacations in advanced so make sure you don’t miss out. If you happen to be late in your vacation plans check out their Last Minute Specials, you are bound to find an ideal rental spot there.
If you see a property you like with the right date’s available contact the owner right away. Most rentals tend to get booked up quickly for high season.
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Online Cottage Rental focuses on Canadian Cottage Rentals and Canadian vacation homes sales, allowing us to specifically target those searching for a cottage rental or sale in Canada. Whether you are looking for weekend cottage rentals, summer cottage rentals, beach cottages rentals or winter cabin getaways you’ve come to the right site.

The Circus is Coming to Town

The Circus is Coming to Town

The Big Top is going up because the Shrine Circus is coming to town!

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Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages we welcome you under the Big Top to see the largest exotic cat act in the world plus the TARZAN Zerbini Performing Elephants, Trapeze & Aerial Artistry, Jugglers, Unicycles, High Flying Acrobatics, Cavorting Clowns, the Incredible Circus Wheel and much more! And we want YOU to WIN Tickets  to take your family for some fun!

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Get your tickets

Use the coupon code “FUN” and get your general admission tickets 50% off, 2 for the price of 1!! An amazing deal for an AMAZING show!

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Show Dates

June 21-July 1 2013                Rexdale – Woodbine Centre Parking Lot

July 5 – July 14 2013               Brampton – Powerade Centre Park

July 18 – July 21 2013             Vaughan – Interchange Parking Lot

July 25 – July 28 2013            Oakville –  Entertainment Centrum Parking Lot

August 2 – August 5 2013       Markham – Markham Fair Grounds

August 9 – August 11 2013      Ottawa – RA Centre Parking Lot

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Join the Twitter Party on Tuesday June 18th from 8-9pm ET for a chance to WIN one of ten family passes for 4 to see The Shrine Circus LIVE in a city near you.  You can also enter to WIN the GRAND PRIZE (valued at $4,000.00)… a family trip for 4 to the Elephant Sanctuary, Two Tails Ranch (All AboutElephants), in Williston Florida!! RSVP to the party HERE and enter now to WIN a trip to the one of a kind Elephant Sanctuary.

Weekend Fun Guide (June 14-16 2013)

Here comes the weekend!!  There are a variety of cool and unique festivals taking place this weekend that will entertain the entire family.  Check out what’s happening in Ontario and find something fun to do with your family!

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Wishing all the awesome Dads out there a wonderful Father’s Day!  Enjoy celebrating your day! 

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Thinking about taking in a movie with the family this weekend?  Check out what’s playing on Saturday mornings at Cineplex theatres for their Family Favourites.  At 11:00am you can watch a movie for only $2.50!  You can also load the family into the car and head to a drive-in near you for some family fun!

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Visit a a Farmer’s Market near you this weekend to get some super fresh local produce and support the Farmers of Ontario.

Around Town this Weekend…

Bala

Muskoka Fest – Come out to Windsor Park on June 15th to this family geared event. There will be wakeboarding, barefooting, and a ski show. Plus many different vendors!

Barrie

Innisfil Summerfest – The 18th Annual Summerfest includes a Kids Fishing Derby, Crafts, Retail & Food Vendors, Midway and Entertainment all weekend long.

Family Fun Day @ Barrie Core Wellness Centre – Come join us for Family Fun Day! There will be a Bouncy Castle, Dunk Tank, Carnival Games, Face Painting, Prizes, A Man’s Corner and More!! All proceeds go to Camp Quality Southern Ontario to help send kids with cancer, to camp for one week with all the needed items. Hope to see you there!

Belleville

Quinte Rodeo – Rawhide Rodeo will be making a stop in Belleville as part of their North American Tour.  Cowboys and Cowgirls from 4 Countries will
be competing for spots in the Oklahoma City finals.  There will be Bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie down roping, bull riding, team roping, ladies barrel racing and saddle bronc riding.

Burlington

Sound of Music Festival – Take the family to Canada’s Largest FREE Music Festival this weekend. Enjoy live concerts featuring all types of music – Jazz, Rock, Folk, Pop, Blues, Latin, Big Band, Celtic, Country and Children’s Entertainment – spread out over 10 performance areas throughout Burlington’s Downtown and Waterfront.

Brampton

CeleBrampton – Join the kickoff to summer in downtown Brampton!  There are so many great events including: a free bbq and family fun, entertainment, kids zone, fit zone, bike rodeo and it finishes off with a great parade of floats and marching bands!

Brockville

Tall Ships 1812 Tour – Join us, as ten tall ships sail in to Brockville from June 14th to the 16th. You won’t want to miss all of the excitement that they are bringing with them. The weekend will not only include the arrival of the  tall ships but there will also be deck tours and sailing dinner tours, live entertainment, rare breed animals, antique boat showcase, farmer’s market, Wine & Food festival, fireworks & more

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Highland Games – Bring the family and enjoy the Pipe and Drum Solo competitions, Pipe Band Competitions with 25 Pipe bands competing, administered by the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario, Ontario Highland Dance competitions and Heavy Event competitions on the beach.   If you like shopping, there will be many Scottish and Celtic merchandise and food vendors in which to shop.

Georgetown

Festival on Main – Coinciding with the farmer’s Market, this years festival will have something for everyone.  There will be a balloon artist, a stilt walker and unicyclist, Wandering entertainers, caricature artist, bouncy castle, mighty machine, face painting and more.

Hamilton

Hamilton Air Show – This is a family event to get close up to many different aircraft and also watch them zoom through the sky  It is one of Canada’s largest airshows featuring the Snowbirds, CF-18 Hornet, de Havilland Mosquito and Avro Lancaster

Keene

17th Annual Father’s Day Smoke & Steam Show – Enjoy the largest show of its kind in the Kawarthas! Local collectors bring to life some of the oldest antique tractors and steam engines around. See fully operational, unique, working examples of the earliest gas and “hit and miss” engines as well as Lang’s own 1921 Sawyer Massey Steam Engine.  There will also be music, demonstrations, a parade, and fun things for the kids!

Kemptville

Ribfest – A FREE  fun filled family food Festival!  Come taste the gooey ribs from all the different ribbers while you watch live bands, cheer on at the rib eating competitions and the kids can do activities in the kidz zone.

Keswick

Open Ropes @ ROC – Come see what The ROC Challenge Course has to offer!  This one-day Open Ropes Event will take participants to the next level – LITERALLY!  Participants will be given the opportunity to experience the elements and enjoy an outdoor adventure at a discounted rate.  Adventure Passport Available for $5.00 per person (6+years)  Experience 2 elements (based on availability)

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Teddy Bear Parade @ Victoria Park – KIDS!! Decorate those wagons, strollers or yourself, and come on out and march in the Teddy Bear Parade!

King City

King City Festival – (Saturday) A fun festival for the entire family with Skate Park event hosted by Sanction Skate Shop, KC Firefighter Demonstrations, Lions BBQ, Kids Bouncy Castle Fun Zone, vendors and ice cream.

Kitchener

Bike Safety Fun Day – Children aged 14 and under can participate in the bike safety course – bring your bike and helmet.
Entertainment by Erick Traplin, bike inspections by Brauns, win a new bike, face painting, jump castle, mini golf, hot dogs, cany floss and much more.

Maker Faire – The Waterloo Mini Maker Faire will be taking place June 15, 2013, at Kitchener City Hall. This is a free event, and will appeal to Makers of all age groups and interests.  Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

London

Kids Expo – Kids Expo features free activity zones, paid amusement rides, food vendors, exhibits, and live entertainment including The Win Wheel Game Show, Corus/Sony Music recording artist Brooklyn Roebuck, and Captain Corbin. The Win Wheel is a game show where all contestants leave with a prize. This festival is enjoyed by 50,000 people.

Markham

Music Festival – From rock and roll to classical, from country to hip hop, you’ll find a sound to please your ears. As well as music, the Markham Village Music Festival features amateur and professional entertainers from Markham, York Region and the GTA. See dancers, jugglers, clowns and much more!

Midland

Buttertart Festival – So you think you make the best buttertarts in Ontario?  Well, here’s your opportunity to prove it!  Professionals and home bakers were invited to enter their buttertarts into this finger-lickin’ smack-down!  In the Assembly room of the Midland Public Library, kids of all ages can participate in Butter Making a craft with the BIA’s very own, Nicole DiPinto proprietor of Grounded Coffee, who is becoming famous for her amazing crafts.  Just outside of the library, while munching on Northern Kettle Popcorn, you will be entertained by The Amazing Frank Clarkson

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Teddy Bear Picnic @ Country Heritage Park – (Saturday) Children of all ages will enjoy the bouncy castles, pony and wagon rides, petting zoo, and access to the historical buildings. Bring your own picnic or purchase food on site.

Railway Quest @ Halton County Radial Railway – Test how much you know about streetcars and museum! Venture around the museum to answer the list of questions about the display cars, barns, or the East End Loop. The winner with the most correct answers will win a prize! Bring the family and see how much you know (or learned) during the Quest.

Mississauga

Waterfront Festival – If you’re looking for music, lights, interactive play, arts & crafts, vintage cars, and a whole pile of fun for children of all ages… come to Mississauga for The MWF!  Super fun events going on all weekend long!

Niagara Falls

Fireworks over the Falls – Canada’s longest-running fireworks series is underway with fireworks every Friday, Sunday, and holiday until September 1, preceded by the popular Coca Cola Concert Series on the Victoria Park Stage. The best views are in Queen Victoria Park overlooking Niagara Falls.

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Strawberry Festival – (Saturday) Celebrate the annual Strawberry Festival on the grounds of St. Andrew’s Church. Enjoy strawberry shortcakes, pies and family activities.

Ottawa

Carivibe – CARIVIBE is an annual celebration of Caribbean culture in the Nation’s Capital. Join us at Petrie Island for Canada’s Largest Caribbean Beach Party. Thousands of people of all ages will enjoy 9 hours of non-stop entertainment and plenty of Caribbean cuisine. There will be a licensed tent for adults, an all-ages section for teens and a Kiddies Carnival village for children filled with bouncy rides, inflatables, face painting, mascots and games.

Parry Sound 

Dragon Boat Festival – Fun games for children, music, food, vendors and more than 150 volunteers and numbers of spectators and participants make Waubuno Beach a great place to be on race day

Perth

Art in the Garden – Art in the Garden showcases artists and crafts people among the extensive and mature display beds at Kiwi Gardens. Stroll through the walkways and exotic plantings to find all handmade works of art. On display are such items as garden sculptures, obelisks and arbours, blown glass, outdoor furniture, wind chimes, pottery, and various other pieces of unique garden art. There will also be tasty food and beverages, live music, and plenty of benches to rest and enjoy the view

Peterborough

Taste of Downtown on Charlotte Street – The street will be closed down so you can enjoy tastings from local restaurants while enjoying the musical entertainment by Pop Machine.  Stores will be open for you to shop at the giant sidewalk sale and be sure to join in the fun at the Shoe Toss for Charity.

Rockton

Father’s Day Steam and Machine Show @ Westfield Heritage Village – Featured are steam engines, antique machinery, railway displays and demonstrations. Enjoy steam traction engine rides and tour over thirty historic buildings.

Sudbury

Downtown Rotary Blues for Food – Come listen to great music and support the Sudbury Food Bank.  Scheduled events include Manitoulin Transport, Children’s Play Zone, Free Wagon Rides, Family Entertainers, M&M Meat Shops BBQ and Refreshment Tent

Tillsonburg

Turtlefest – Our festival is based on a legendary promise by Tillsonburg’s founder, George Tillson, to return one day as a turtle to see how his town was prospering. Several years after his passing, a giant turtle was found on the banks of the Otter Creek near the Tillson homestead. Remembering his promise, Tillsonburg citizens brought the turtle to the downtown area & everyone was invited to come and see “George” and let him know how the town had prospered. It’s been over a hundred & thirty years since this event and Tillsonburg is still growing.

Toronto

Rogers TV Open House – Propose your own show idea or event coverage, meet our staff and volunteers, take a studio tour and learn all about our TV production training sessions. Plus you can enter for your chance to win a SONY HD action camcorder.

Father’s Day @ Canada’s Wonderland – Treat dad to the best day ever with in-park specials and family-fun this Father’s Day. Dads can enjoy a BOGO 50% cheeseburger at Coasters or get a FREE Tall Starbucks brewed coffee.  Check out these and other great in-park specials below, all in honour of dad on Sunday, June 16.

Roncy Rocks – On Saturday June 15 Roncesvalles Village will come alive with local music and art. Great local bands including Oh Susanna, Big Rude Jake, and the Monkey Bunch will entertain, and dozens of local artists will display and sell their works, and local merchants will be on the street in an all day sidewalk sale.

Father’s Day at Toronto Zoo – Why not bring Dad for a day at the Zoo and meet some of our WILD Dads including Brutus (Capybara), Inukshuk (polar bear) and Bucky (babirusa)

Wasaga Beach

Kitefest – Come out to the beach and watch the kites fly!  Or maybe you think you have what it takes to win? There wil be prizes for largest kite, best laundry line display and best ground control.

Welland

Strawberry Feast-ival – (Saturday) Fun for the whole family!  Everything strawberries…face painting, strawberry creations, strawberry kabobs & cupcakes, berrylicious culinary contest, strawberry pancakes, strawberry eating contest and outdoor games and activities.

Windsor

DadFest @ Heritage Park Alliance Church – A special service will be held from 10:30AM to noon which will be followed by family fun activities including: Beach Volleyball, Bouncy Castle, Car/Motorcycle Show, Face Painting, Family Picnic-Style Games, Kids vs Dads Soccer Match, Live Music with a Guest Musician, Photobooth, Wagon rides and Fantastic Food (burgers, hotdogs, fresh cut fries, vegetarian pasta, pop and ice cream)

Burgerfest @ Riverside Sportsmen’s Club –  Burger lovers rejoice! Windsor Essex finally has a festival to celebrate the beloved hamburger.The first annual Burger Festival will take place on June 15 & 16 at The Riverside Sportsmen Club in Windsor Ontario. The event is filled with lots of family fun, great entertainment and one of the largest assortments of hamburgers ever assembled in Windsor Essex in one place. Proceeds to support the Unemployed Help Center Food Bank and Operation Help the Hungry.

Summer Fest – Summer Fest is the annual event in Windsor, ON downtown that signifies the start of summer. This year’s dates are June 13 – July 1. Highlights include the Tug Boat Race on June 22, The Rediscover the Riverfront by bike on June 23, Summer Fest Riverfront Fireworks Party June 24, the Summer Fest Weekend Concert Series June 16,23 and July 1, World’s Finest Shows Midways, and it all Wraps up July 1 with the spectacular Canada Day Parade, Giant 5000 Piece Cake and The Symphony of Sound and Light

Carrousel Around the City – Travel the World without ever leaving Windsor!  Visitors can delight in the tastes, sounds and traditions of these cultures as they present the greatest music, dance, history, art, and especially the food of their country.  One warning – once you start indulging in Polish pierogis, German sausages, Italian pasta, and Romanian pastries – it will be difficult to stop!

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Oxford Renaissance Festival – The Oxford Renaissance Festival brings excitement to both the old and young at heart. Come out and enjoy live music, interactive games, jousting, authentic reenactments, amazing performers, vendors and lots of good food.

Why my Kids Love Ontario Pioneer Camp

It’s always fun to get a kid’s perspective on things, so I thought it would be fun to get my 5 year old daughter and 7 year old son‘s feedback on what they liked about our recent visit to Ontario Pioneer Camp (OPC) in Haliburton.  Also be sure to read our full retell of our awesome weekend at OPC as a family here!

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Why were you excited to go to OPC?

I was excited because I really wanted to meet new friends

I really wanted to go so I could try archery

What did you think when you first arrived at OPC?

I was really happy we were there even though I was tired from the long car ride.  The show at the Crow‘s Nest was cool and so was the campfire with s’mores

I thought that it was going to be fun! I saw that there were cabins and it was really big.

What was your room like?

The room was big and had bunk beds.  I slept on the bottom so I wouldn’t fall out. The bathroom had a shower

Our room was cozy.  It had bunk beds and a desk. Oh and we all got camp shirts!

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What your favourite part of the shows?

The Crow’s Nest is a cool building for shows.  I like the 3 Little Pigs and all the Mommys and Daddys being funny. 

The camp councillors acting silly…throwing balls in each others faces and dumping water on each other.  The songs they taught us were fun.  

What was your favourite thing you ate?

Ice cream sundaes

Pancakes

Note from Mom…The food was awesome and healthy despite their faves! 😉

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What did you think of the following activities?

Archery

It was good.  I think I was really good at it

It was awesome because you get to use a bow and arrow and i’ve always wanted to do that.

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Crafts

I was really excited to do the crafts because I am really really good at crafts

They were cool

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Low Ropes  Course

It was hard but fun

Epic obstacle course

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Rock Climbing Wall

It was really easy because they put gear on you and they helped pull me up

I thought it was really high but really cool.

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Canoeing in the war canoes across Clearwater Lake

It was really peaceful and quiet

Pretty long and there were a LOT of people in one canoe. 

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Fire Blazers game

That was my favourite part because they had water balloons

It was really fun.  Even the parents had fun

Going down the big water slide at the Girl’s camp

It was really fast and I had no goggles on so I got water in my eyes.  It was fun but cold

The water looked too cold for me so I just watched

What was your favourite activity?

I really liked doing the rock climbing and crafts

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Were the campfires fun?

Thumbs up!  Good for roasting marshmallows and I loved the campfire stories

S’mores were yummy.  I thought it was cool that they lit the big fire on the beach by using a flaming arrow

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What did you like about the Beach area?

We could swim and build sand castles.  There were canoes and they set fire works off from a canoe at night time. 

There was beach volleyball, canoes you could ride in and they had tons of life jackets.

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Can you tell me about the Camp Staff…

They were all lots of fun.  Stitch did Gangnum style on stage cause he loved camp so much.  They did a funny show the first night.  They were so nice

They are all funny.  They were kind because you could tell they liked kids a lot.

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Did camp make you sleepy?

YEP…a little bit

No not that much

Note from Mom…Both were asleep the minute their heads hit the pillow!

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What do you love about OPC?

I had a fun time and made new friends

There was so much to do and lots of outside time.  I also liked trying new things

What would you do to show how much you love camp?

I would eat a hot pepper

I would let people throw water balloons at me

What would you like to say to the staff at OPC?

Thank you for inviting us!

Thank you all for being so much fun.  I LOVE camp!

What would you like other kids to know about OPC?

You should go there because it is a lovely place. When they ring the big bell you have to come running because it means it’s time to eat or change activities.

OPC is a wonderful place because it has nice staff, you can make new friends and it’s a lot of fun

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Would you like to go to OPC as a camper?  Why?

Yes because it is really fun and I really liked the beach.  I liked everything

Yes…yes I would!  I really think it would be fun to be with kids my age.

Ontario Pioneer Camp is #1 in our Hearts!

How often do you get to step back into your childhood and play like a kid?  This past weekend I was given the chance to do just that as my family was invited to be guests at Ontario Pioneer Camp (OPC) in Haliburton!

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To be honest at first I was mostly excited for my kids as they have never been to camp (yet) and I thought they would have a blast.  Well I was right that they had a ton of fun but my husband and I had just as much fun …maybe more!  Sit back and enjoy as I retell our amazing time at OPC and also be sure to read about our kid’s thoughts on why they LOVED OPC!

Right from the moment we were invited I knew this was going to be a special place and a wonderful getaway for our family.  A week or so before we went we received a package in the mail.  Not expecting anything, I was totally excited because really who doesn’t love getting mail, let alone a package!  OPC sent us a camp care package filled with thoughtfulness!

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On the day we were leaving, the kids were up at the crack of dawn asking if it was time to leave yet and I only heard that asked about 40 more times that day.  😉 Finally we were overpacked and ready to go! With a little pit stop at Webers for dinner along the way (thanks to the certificates OPC gave us in our care package) we rolled into OPC after dinner.

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We were welcomed with big smiles from the OPC staff and let me tell you, those smiles and their enthusiasm never wavered through our entire weekend!  I truly think OPC hit the jackpot when they secured their staff.  Every single one of them were fabulous and helped to make our weekend a great time.

Day #1 – Getting to know OPC and their staff

Once were all checked in and settled in our room we went to meet up with the other blogger families in the dining hall.  The kids would have been happy to spend all of their time here on the ping pong table, Ed’s alley and playing the games but OPC had a night of fun planned for us.

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We went to a show at the Crow’s Nest that night that was full of humour, goofiness and even required a lot of audience participation much to my chagrin. I am not one to jump up and volunteer but I wanted to make the most of this opportunity so I agreed to participate in an eating competition.  It was absolutely hilarious to try and move an Oreo that was stuck to my forehead into my mouth using only my facial muscles to get it there!  I could hear my children laughing and cheering me on from their seats and I knew I was making the cool Mom category today.

Next stop….bonfire with s’mores!  The kids were in their glory stuffing their faces with marshmallows and s’mores and the camp staff was right there getting sticks, cooking marshmallows and telling stories to the kids. The kids could have stayed here all night but there were games and nachos waiting for us in the dining hall.

Day #2 – Rise and Shine Campers…it’s going to be a fun and busy day!

Saturday was jam packed full of activities!  Once they filled our bellies with a yummy breakfast we got to try our hand at archery, climb the awesome indoor rock wall, make some crafts and try out their low-ropes course.  Now let me tell you, the kids were excited about all the activities but I think the kid in every single adult came out as we tried to master all of the activities as well.  What a fun time to put the worries of your everyday life aside and have some good true fun!  I loved how the kids cheered on their parents as they tried out the activities and you could see pride in both the parents and kids eyes as they watched each other complete the activity.  We saw fear turn to courage, uncertainty turn to pride and most importantly we saw families having FUN!

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In the afternoon we got to spend some time on their beach where you could play beach volleyball, go for a swim, take a family canoe ride or just relax and take in the beauty of where we were!  Once again the staff was there checking us in to the beach area so that everyone was accounted for, getting us out on canoes, teaching the older kids to kayak and even showing off their volleyball skills.

At one point in the afternoon they loaded family by family into their huge war canoes and we paddled across the lake to see all the different areas of OPC.  It was amazing to see all the camps, cabins, dining halls and certainly one of the coolest things was their worship area, Chapel Point, which is a point where all the camps come to meet on a Sunday morning to worship the Creator of their beautiful surroundings.  We made our way to the Girl’s Camp where we were given a tour and the kids got to go down this awesomely fast water slide into the lake.  Now some watched (yes I watched) but others braved the speed and cold waters below and said it was a great thrill!!

After dinner we were split into two tribes based on our bandana colours, put on war paint and were challenged to defend our camp’s fire.  What a blast this was!!!  Kids and adults were to sneak up on the other camp’s fire and throw water balloons on it to try and extinguish it.  I think at one point this game was all about the adults as our competitive sides came out and felt the need to win.  In the end I don’t even know who won but there was a lot of laughs, some really soaked people from an impromptu water balloon fight (which I may or may not have started) and a great bonding experience.

Back to the dining hall where we all indulged in a late night snack of make your own ice cream sundaes and then off to bed.  I think the kids lasted all of 15 seconds once their heads hit the pillow this night.  Fun times = exhausted children 🙂

Day #3 – Our time at OPC comes to an end and nobody wants to leave

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When we woke up on the last day I felt a bit of sadness knowing we had to leave this wonderful camp, the great staff and blogger families we had met.  We all met for a another yummy breakfast, got in a few last chats, pictures and a couple last games of ping pong and Ed’s Alley.  As we packed up our room, I listened to my kids talking about all the fun things they did, all the friends they made and how they can’t wait to come back.  Their conversation ended with a pinky swear to each other that they would come back together without Mommy and Daddy and have a great adventure!  My heart melted at that moment as I knew they had seen, as I had, what a super special place Ontario Pioneer Camp is.

Summary of my Rambling Thoughts…

  • Ontario Pioneer Camp was amazing
  • Their staff and recreational facilities are top notch
  • Food was delish
  • My kids (and their parents) can’t stop talking about it to everyone
  • Nobody wanted to leave
  • We can’t wait to go back!
  • Your kids will LOVE this camp!  Register them now
  • Ontario Pioneer Camp was named as one of the Best Camps in North America  and we can see why

Would I send my kids to Camp?

Before this weekend I would have said nope they’re not ready.  As it turns out it was probably Mommy that was not ready.  After this experience I would send them to OPC in a heartbeat.  I think it gives children maturity, courage and a great sense of camaraderie.  You could tell the staff loved what they did and had a true passion for working with kids.  OPC you will see my kids in the near future!

From one parent to another trust me when I say that your kids will have the time of their life at OPC, will be well taken care of and NO they will not want to come home when their time at camp is over!  Check out what Ontario Pioneer Camp has to offer for your child (Ages 5-17) and you will keep sending them back year after year!

Things I learned at camp…

I know that we never stop learning but there were things I learned about myself this weekend that surprised me so I can only imagine what a child can learn and walk away with after a week at camp!

Trying Something new

I am not one to normally step out of my comfort zone so when they asked for volunteers at the camp show the first night I was NOT the first person to raise my hand.  After some encouragement (ahem finger pointing) from my kids I did get up there.  Little did I know I would be sticking an Oreo cookie to my forehead and trying to move it into the mouth by only using my facial muscles.  It was a hoot and I am so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone!

I AM Courageous

So I strapped on some climbing gear and decided to climb the rock wall.  The kids are doing it and i’m not afraid of heights so it should be pretty easy.  Boy was I wrong!  As I neared the top something came over me and I started to shake pretty bad and the first thought that came into my head was “I’m out!”.  How easy would it have been for me to come back to the stability of the ground and say I tried it.  From the ground I could hear my kids cheering me on as well as my new camp friends telling me “You can do it”.   In my heart of hearts I knew I could do it and persevered until I hit that bell at the top.  Although still shaking when I made my way back down, I was proud of the courage I found deep within with the help from my supporters on the ground.

You CAN make camp friends as an adult 

Going into this weekend I knew only one other family that was going.  From the moment we got there we were meeting and talking to all these new “blogger” families and instantly knew these were good people.  I enjoyed meeting all the parents and their fantastic children and by the end of the weekend we were all hugging each other goodbye.  The staff was the same way, we felt like we knew them when we left and we were very sad to say goodbye!

Coffee can NOT combat the tiredness of going to camp as an adult

I am not a child and do not pretend to be able to fully keep up with the energy that one has. I did think that the copious amounts of caffeine I consumed would keep me awake and raring to go all weekend.  I now know that there is nothing that can keep you awake after a fun-filled day at camp.

Mosquito repellant works

In our camp care package from OPC we received bug repellant.  Thankfully we brought it along as with spring time comes mosquitos.  Although the mosquitos were a swarming, we each only came home with a couple of bites.  So thank you OPC for thinking ahead for us and sending us bug spray!

Memories last a lifetime

We are so grateful that we were given this opportunity to visit OPC.  We took a ton of pictures and met great people but in the end each and every one of us left with great memories that we will always remember!

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Goodbye OPC!  

Thank you for welcoming us with open arms and sharing your wonderful camp with our family. See you soon!

Yep That’s me Rockin’ out in my Mini Van!

Our family loves to listen to music!  Our neighbours must think we’re nuts as we dance around our house and sing into whatever we can find (fly swatters, hair brushes, shoes, etc…).  Now our singing is not just limited to behind the closed doors of our house.  We also love to rock out in our mini van!  Like really, who wouldn’t?!  Mini Vans scream rockin’ out right?

I don’t mind the stares and laughs as people beside me at a stoplight look over and see me air guitaring, singing into a straw or waving my hands in the air.  The other day I got the thumbs up from an older gentleman that was beside us and I just smiled and carried on with my Katy Perry impersonation!  Now I will admit I have got some weird looks like i’d lost my mind or needed some sort of therapy but I laugh and feel sorry for the boring person in the car next to me.  lol

Our kids love music, love to sing and play instruments and I know that they will remember these fun moments in the car when they are older and likely will do the same with their kids.  So cheers to all you parents that think rockin’ out in your mini van is where it’s at!

Here are some of my fave videos of the kids loving their music…

This is my little man a couple of years ago but I just love this video!  He is king of the Robot!

Our little Diva in the making rockin’ out on the Wii to the Beibs  in her monkey jammies!