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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.


Southern Ontario & Niagara Falls Events

December 2015

December 4-31, 2015
2015 Annual Winter Wonderland

Visit Last Duel Park in Perth on select nights in December. There, you'll enjoy sleigh rides, bonfires, hot chocolate, Santa Claus, and plenty more holiday fun. Event time is TBA.

Toronto Metro Area Events

November 2015

November 20 - December 20, 2015
2015 Toronto Christmas Market

For an entire month this holiday season, the Distillery Historic District in Toronto becomes a traditional European market place, specializing in holiday gifts, handmade goods, and other festive fun. The market opens at noon weekdays and 10 a.m. on weekends.

January 2016

January 29 - February 11, 2016
2015 Winterlicious

Known as Toronto's foodie festival, Winterlicious features more 200 Toronto restaurants putting their most delicious and cravable creations on display for over a week. Participation and hours vary by location.

Ottawa & Central Ontario Events

December 2015

December 4-6, 2015
2015 Mirror Mountain Film Festival

A new film festival hosted at various venues throughout Ottawa. Check out some of the region's best independent, alternative, and underground films Ontario has to offer. Screening times vary by day and location.

December 6, 2015
2015 Victorian Family Christmas Party

A family-friendly gathering held at the Heritage House in Smiths Falls, featuring festive music, warm beverages, treats, and plenty of holiday shopping from local artisans as well. The fun begins at 1 p.m.

January 2016

January 29 - February 15
2016 Winterlude

A fun-filled winter festival in Ottawa held at various locations, featuring activities like ice sculpture competitions, snow playgrounds, ice skating, and more. Event start times vary by day and location.

February 2016

February 4-7, 2015
2016 Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival

One of captial's favorite festivals, the Jazz Festival sees renowned regional and international jazz artists perform at various location throughout the city. Many details are still to come.

Northern Ontario Events

December 2015

December 31, 2015
2015 New Year's Eve Family Frolic

Help usher in the New Year at Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay. The event will features tons of family-friendly games, activities, and entertainment. The countdown begins at 6 p.m.

December 2015

December 9, 2015
29th Annual Hayleyfest

Get into the holiday spirit with an evening of holiday classics beautifully sung by local student choirs. The event is a North Bay tradition, held at the Capitol Centre. The evening begins at 7 p.m.

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Must See in Ontario

  • 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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  • Ontario Agritourism

    Ontario Agritourism

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

    Farm Fun in ON! ►
  • 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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  • Ontario Universities

    Ontario Universities

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

    Back to School in ON ►
  • 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.

    Adventure Awaits ►
  • 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.

    Festivals Across Ontario ►
  • Ontario Fall Colours

    Ontario Fall Colours

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

    ON Autumn Adventures ►
  • Ontario Sports Teams

    Ontario Sports Teams

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

    Ontario Sports! ►
  • 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.

    Find Pet-Friendly Hotels ►
  • 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.

    N. Ontario Winter Festivities ►
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