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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

October 2014

October 29 - April 15, 2015
2015 Toronto Raptors Basketball

Join "The North" at Air Canada Centre and help cheer on the NBA's Toronto Raptors as they close in on the Atlantic Division title. Tip-off times vary by game.

March 2015

March 20-22, 2015
2015 Toronto ComicCon

Check out all things comics, sci-fi, and fantasy, with a chance to meet celebrities, artists, writers, and more at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. Show times vary by day.

March 12-15, 2015
2015 CIS National Basketball Championships

Be there when the best basketball teams of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport go head-to-head for a three-day tournament at the Mattamy Athletic Center in Toronto. Tip-off times vary by day.

April 2015

April 23 - May 3, 2015
2015 Hot Docs International Documentary Festival

Join Toronto residents, international travelers, and fellow film buffs when "North America's largest documentary festival" comes to town. Showtimes are at various venues.

May 2015

May 13-22, 2015
2015 Canada Blooms

Toronto visitors with a green thumb won't want to miss what many consider to be Canada's largest flower and garden festival – held at the Direct Energy Centre. Event start times vary by day.

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.

Southern Ontario & Niagara Falls Events

March 2015

March 27-29, 2015
2015 Home & Garden Show

For three days, visitors of the Scotiabank Centre in Niagara will be treated to some of the best gardening, decor, and home improvement demonstrations with plenty of entertainment on the docket as well.

March 21, 2015
2015 Niagara Falls Sports & Hobby Expo

Visiting sports fans won't want to miss this fan-friendly event – featuring appearences by several former NHL players, collectibles, interactive games, and more at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. The event begins at 10 a.m.

May 2015

May 29-31, 2015
2015 Springlicious

Downtown Niagara becomes a hub for local food, beverages, and family-friendly entertainment – all celebrating the arrival of spring. Event start times vary by day.

May 2015

May 1-3, 2015
2015 Niagara Food & Wine Expo

Enjoy handcrafted wines, beers, and spirits from around the world, as well as delcious samples from the premier restaurants in town at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. Event start times vary by day.

June 2015

June 5-7, 2015
2015 Niagara Falls ComicCon

Be there as the Scotiabank Convention Centre fills with all things sci-fi, fantasy, and comic books – complete with celebrity appearences and meet-and-greets. Event start times vary by day.

June 12-14, 2015
11th Annual Niagara Falls RibFest

This annual events features the essentials – great food, better fun, and excellent entertainment. RibFest will be held at Niagara Square Shopping Mall. Event schedules are TBA.

Ottawa & Central Ontario Events

October 2014

October 16, 2014 - April 7, 2015
2014 Ottawa Senators Hockey

The Ottawa Senators play 41 home games this NHL season. Visit the Canadian Tire Centre and be a part of the action this winter. Game start times vary.

December 2014

December 5, 2014 - April 30, 2015
Arctic Voices The Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa hosts this fun interactive exhibit displaying the diverse nature of the Arctic. Times vary.

March 2015

March 6 - 17, 2015
2015 Ottawa Irish Festival

Celebrate Owatta's proud Irish and Irish-Canadian culture with over a week's worth of Irish-themed activities, entertainment, and food throughout various locations and venues. Event start times vary by day.

March 26 - 29, 2015
2015 Ottawa Home & Garden Show

Visit the EY Centre in Ottawa for three days of gardening tips, decor displays, demonstrations, and plenty of expert exhibitors. The event start time differs each day.

May 2015

May 9 - 14, 2015
2015 Ottawa International Children's Festival

Join Ottawa residents at Lebreton Flats Park as the community enjoys a week's worth of performers from all over the world and fun-filled activities aimed towards young audiences. Event times vary by date.

May 8-10, 2015
2015 Ottawa ComicCon

For three days, the EY Centre in Ottawa becomes a hub for all things sci-fi, fantasy, collectibles, and plenty of celebrity appearances and meet-and-greets. The event start time varies by day.

June 2015

June 20 - July 1, 2015
2015 Ottawa Jazz Festival

Music fans of all types won't want to miss this collection of all things "cool," featuring over 10 days of renowned jazz performers showcasing their virtuosity at various venues in Ottawa. Showtimes vary by day and location.

Northern Ontario Events

March 2015

March 28, 2015
2015 Brew & Beethoven

Hosted by the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, this musical event sees an evening of classical music and locally crafted beverages provided by Sleeping Giant Brewing Co. Showtime is at 7 p.m.

March 14, 2015
2015 Haywood Ski Nationals

Join the community of Thunder Bay as they cheer on hundreds of world-class athletes participating in the largest cross-country skiing event in Canada. This an all-day event with plenty of vendors and entertainment in attendance.

April 2015

April 4, 2015
2015 Thunder Bay Easter Festival

This family-friendly event is a favortie among Thunder Bay residents, featuring a day's worth of children's activities – including an egg hunt, a play area, farm animals, and plenty of treats. The fun begins at 11 a.m.

May 2015

May 9, 2015
2015 Monster Truck Spectacular

Join Sudbury residents in an evening filled with "oo's" and "aww's" at the Sudbury Arena. They start their engines at 7 p.m.

May 2 & 3, 2015
2015 Folklore Festival

Thunder Bay and the surrounding communities celebrate their heritage and culture with a two-day festival chock-full of entertainment, festivities, and plenty of food. The festival begins at noon at Fort Williams Garden.

May 24, 2015
2015 Kite Festival

Get out and enjoy Thunder Bay's comfortable spring temperatures with a variety of kite-related activities, including workshops, demonstrations, activities, and more Chippewa Park. The kites starting flying at 12 p.m.

Best Western Rewards

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.

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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 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 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 Universities

    Ontario Universities

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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 ►
  • 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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