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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.

Ottawa & Central Ontario Events

August 2014

August 23, 2014
North Lanark Highland Games The N.L.A.S Fairgrounds in Almonte fill with over 20 pipe bands, dancers, and heavyweight champions celebrating their Scottish Heritage. The games begin at 9 a.m.
August 29 - September 1, 2014
Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival Hop the river and experience the excitement of Canada’s largest hot air balloon festival. Balloons fill the sky over Parc de La Baie in Gatineau. It all begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

September 2014

September 12-14, 2014
Petawawa Showcase Stop by the Petawawa Civic Center for this family friendly event. There will be vendors from various different industries, from home baked goodies to local area businesses, and fun activities for the kids. The fun begins at noon on Friday.

November 2014

November 13-30, 2014
European Union Film Festival

Stop by the Library and Archives Canada for this annual exhibit by the Canadian Film Institute of what is deemed the best of contemporary European cinema. Times vary.

December 2014

December 6-7, 2014
Ottawa Tea Festival Pay a visit to the Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa for a celebration of tea, music, and dance. Times vary per day.
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.
December 1-24, 2014
Advent Calendar of Drinks The Hintonburg Public House in Ottawa hosts this festive fundraiser for the Parkdale Food Centre. Each day will spotlight a different drink and the proceeds will be given to the centre.

Northern Ontario Events

June 2014

Sundays June - August
Bell Park Gazebo Series Bell Park fills with music from various gazebos with Ramsey Lake as the background. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for the shows that begin at 7 p.m.

Must See in Ontario

  • 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 ►
  • 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 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 ►
  • 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 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 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.

    Visit Kid-Friendly 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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  • 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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