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Things to do in Ontario

Planning a visit to Ontario? Or maybe you're a local that's just looking for what's going on. Here's a sampling of some of the popular local events in the province.

Toronto Metro Area Events

August 2015

August 7-15, 2015
2015 Pan American Games

Thousands will flock to Toronto this summer for the 2015 Pan Am Games where thousands more will showcase their other-worldy talents in a variety of sports. Competitions are held at various locations.

August 21 - September 7, 2015
Canadian National Exhibition

This major Toronto event offers a look at a wide variety of interactive experiences and shows. Enjoy performances, food, celebrity demonstrations, air shows, and more.

August 2015

August 8 - 16, 2015
Rogers Cup

This annual Toronto professional tennis tournament features some of the biggest tennis names in the world.

September 2015

September 10 - 20, 2015
Toronto International Film Festival

One of the world's biggest film festivals returns to Toronto. Celebrity spotting will ensue.

Ottawa & Central Ontario Events

July 2015

July 31 - August 3, 2015
2015 Capital Ribfest

Foodies flock to Ottawa for this downtown event, featuring great food, live music, craft beers, and more. The event takes place outside Ottawa City Hall.

August 2015

August 19-22, 2015
2015 Arboretum Arts Festival

New to the Ottawa festival scene, the Arboretum Arts Festival brings music, food, art, and more to Albert Island this summer. The even start time is TBA.

August 7-9, 2015
2015 Upper Ottawa River Race & Paddle Festival

A three-day festival taking place in both Pembroke and Petawawa – featuring a film festival, two races, and live entertainment. Event start times vary by day and location.

August 28-30, 2015
2015 Ottawa Craft Beer Festival

Over 40 craft breweries bring their finest handcrafted creations to the Aberdeen Pavilion in Ottawa for a three-day festival. Event start times vary by day.

September 2015

September 12, 2015
2015 Baconpalooza

A celebration of smokey BBQ, also featuring beer and cocktail tents, food trucks, and live entertainment at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum in Ottawa.

September 17-20, 2015
2015 CityFolk

Hosted every year at Landsdowne Park, the CityFolk festival brings the city of Ottawa together for four days of music, visual arts, beer gardens, arts and crafts, and more family-friendly attractions.

October 2015

October 2-4, 2015
2015 Oktoberfest Ottawa

Celebrate the harvest with Ottawa and central Ontario residents at the Clarke Fields Park. There will be three days of live music, delicous food, and plenty of "bier."

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Must See in Ontario

  • Ontario Capital Cities

    Ontario Capital Cities

    Explore the many sports spots, historic sites, cultural centers, and kid-friendly activities of the Toronto and Ottawa areas.

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  • North Ontario Winter Fun

    North Ontario Winter Fun

    Experience northern Ontario winter activities like ice fishing, skiing, and ice skating from cities like Kenora to Thunder Bay and Cochrane.

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  • Ontario Festivals

    Ontario Festivals

    Across Ontario, from cities like Kenora to Toronto, you'll find a variety of exciting and unique festivals fit for all members of the family.

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  • Ontario Universities

    Ontario Universities

    Travel across Ontario and visit these choice universities and colleges. From Toronto to Ottawa. 

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  • Ontario Fall Colours

    Ontario Fall Colours

    Experience Ontario's stunning fall colours with drives to provincial parks, lakeshore escarpments, and rolling countrysides.

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  • Ontario Sports Teams

    Ontario Sports Teams

    Experience the wide world of exciting sports events around Ontario. MLS games, to NHL, and MLB. 

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  • Ontario for Kids

    Ontario for Kids

    Check out Ontario's kid friendly activities like the Miller Museum of Geology and the Centreville Amusement Park in Toronto.

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  • Outdoor Ontario

    Outdoor Ontario

    Possibilities are endless in outdoor Ontario. Visit wineries or play golf, take in a fishing trip, hike or bike the many trails, and hit the slopes.

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  • Ontario Agritourism

    Ontario Agritourism

    Attention agritourists! Explore Ontario cities and countryside for farmers' markets, wineries, and pick-your-own farms.

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  • Pet-Friendly Ontario

    Pet-Friendly Ontario

    Browse pet-friendly hotels in Ontario – plus pet-friendly events, parks, and facilities in the Toronto and Ottawa metro areas.

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