Seven Great Festivals in Northern Ontario
As one of the largest regions in Canada, northern Ontario has so much to offer visitors throughout the year. Whether you are staying on an extended vacation or just passing through, these seven festivals are worth a look.
Here's an itinerary for your trip:
1. SUDBURY SUMMERFEST
Held in late August at Bell Park in the heart of Sudbury, the Sudbury Summerfest offers something for everyone.
Enjoy evening performances from established hard rock and pop stars as well as a show from the next big act. Don't miss family activities, delicious refreshments, and a water-ski show in Ramsey Lake.
2. COCHRANE WINTER CARNIVAL
Known as the largest winter carnival in northern Ontario, the Cochrane Winter Carnival welcomes its visitors with a week and a half of fun and games in late January and early February.
Take your pick from the demolition car derby, the fishing derby, a three-on-three pond hockey tournament, or the outdoor dance under the stars.
Cochrane Winter Carnival
3. THUNDER BAY KITE FESTIVAL
Held in late May at Thunder Bay's Chippewa Park, the Thunder Bay Kite Festival features kite flying workshops, demonstrations, and activities.
Join the fun and see hundreds of high-flying, colourful, and innovative kite designs. You'll have a hard time picking out your new favorite.
4. THUNDER BAY BLUES FESTIVAL
Held in early July at Marina Park, the Thunder Bay Blues Festival brings together world-class blues and musical acts for three performance-filled days. Don't miss concessions or beautiful views of Lake Superior from the park.
5. SIOUX LOOKOUT BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL
With over 140 blueberry-related events, the Sioux Lookout Blueberry Festival brings together fruit-lovers for a ten-day long celebration in early August.
Be sure to explore fun activities like the Blueberry Idol singing competition, music festival, floatplane rides, firemen's games, baking socials, and much, much more.
Summer Music Festivals.
6. DRYDEN WINTER FESTIVAL
Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, family fishing derbies, and snow sculpture building. If you're feeling active, be sure to stop by the sliding hill, skating area, and glow bowling lanes.
7. KENORA HARBOURFEST
Held at the Whitecap Pavilion in Kenora's Winkler Harbourfront, the Kenora Harbourfest brings music and fun to Kenora in early August. Enjoy beautiful views of Lake of the Woods alongside music headliners, delicious foods, and classic car shows.