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Planning your Visit

Ontario

While its forts dramatically echo the gunfire of the War of 1812 and the Rebellion of 1837-38, Ontario's historic houses mirror the lives of Canada's prime ministers and a legendary hero. The historic canals and waterways unlock the mysteries of early transportation and commerce. The beautiful national parks and national marine conservation areas introduce you to Ontario's most spectacular landscapes and unique ecosystems.

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1,2,3, GO!

Stow the electronics and pack up the kids! It's time to get out and get active with your family, at a price everybody can afford. The little ones will beg to come back again and you'll be happy to oblige when you see how quickly they conk out after a day of outdoor fun. Now that’s awesome!

Children playing in the water at Beausoleil Islands Splashing around in Georgian Bay
© Parks Canada

Cabin glamping + beach = awesome family fun!

The kids won’t get out of the water and you can’t really blame them. It’s a hot, sunny summer day and the bay is SOOOO refreshing! Your husband is back at the cabin, just a stone’s throw away from the beach, looking up a recipe for grilled whitefish. It’s so relaxing here!

Georgian Bay Islands National Park


Child helping an employee to open the locks Get it in gear at the Rideau Canal
© Parks Canada

Feels like the first time, every time

Discover the Rideau Canal by bicycle, kayak, boat, or on foot... a national historic site that feels new each time you visit. The kids will love watching the boats go through the locks, and you’ll love the beautiful park settings, the village farmers' markets, or canal-side trails. Perfect for an afternoon picnic.

Rideau Canal National Historic Site


Kids playing on the beach at sunset Beach time in the Bruce
© Parks Canada

Busy Kids, Happy Parents!

After a morning of light hiking you kick off your boots and let the soft sand massage your feet. Before you unfold your chair, the kids are sprinting into to the calm shallow waters of Singing Sands Beach. You’ve arrived…this is what summer is meant to be.

Bruce Peninsula National Park


Kids jumping from a boat into the water Cannonball!
© Parks Canada

Boating in the islands

Stepping onto the dock in the warm sunshine, coffee in hand, you can’t remember a more relaxed morning. On the menu today: a short hike, an afternoon of swimming with the kids, boating and basking in the sun. With a bit of luck, you’ll fry up the day’s catch for supper and then let the river rock you to sleep.

Thousand Islands National Park


Group in a canoe Paddling the marshes of Point Pelee
© Parks Canada

All aboard!

Take a deep breath of fresh air as you glide through one of the largest marshes on the Great Lakes aboard a ten-passenger canoe. The kids are giggling with the park guide - with every dip of the paddle, a new mystery is revealed. This is summer in Point Pelee National Park - Canada’s Deep South.

Point Pelee National Park


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