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6 Ways to Spend a Long Weekend in Ontario

The many different options for spending a long weekend in Ontario can be dizzying. Throughout the mammoth province there are vibrant capitals, white sand beaches, back country adventures, charming small towns, and over 250,000 lakes creating an ideal backdrop for cottage getaways, camping trips, scenic road trips, and so much more. Arts and entertainment, cultural attractions, world class shopping and some of the country’s best festivals and fairs are all found throughout Ontario. When a long weekend finally arrives, scores of choices are available for almost any mood and lifestyle. Here are six ways to spend a long weekend in Ontario:

6. Niagara Region

The Niagara region of Ontario is a scenic summer destination that doesn’t disappoint. There are scores of attractions for families with kids of all ages and a ton of things to do for adults both day and night. During official Canadian holidays and long weekends, Clifton Hill entertainment district is ripe with deals, offering up deep discounts on attractions like the Niagara Skywheel, indoor water park, Wild West Coaster, and countless other kid-friendly and adult-focused stops. The many popular Niagara restaurants and bars also contribute to the overall savings with some great bargains on dining and cocktails, wine tours and tastings, and exciting helicopter rides over the falls. Pair the attractions with some great hotel and B&B deals (and an incredible fireworks show above the falls) and you’ve got one fantastic long weekend adventure. Journey beyond the falls to hot spots like the escarpment, Queenston Heights historic park, and Crystal Beach.

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5. Haliburton Tour de Forest

The county of Haliburton, called Haliburton Highlands, is an important part of Ontario’s popular cottage country area with Haliburton village holding the central spot. Brimming with more than two dozen lakes and rivers, Haliburton boasts swimming, fishing canoeing, kayaking, and beach combing. The incredibly scenic backdrop lures and inspires artisans, the catalysts for Haliburton Tour de Forest which happens annually over the August civic holiday long weekend. This tour of local work is a big deal and a terrific way to meet talented local artists; anyone appreciating art and culture will love it. Works from 20 artists throughout eight fine studios are displayed and include intricately formed pottery, extraordinary glass works, fine jewelry, textile arts, woodworking, an array of paintings, photography, and much more. For those road-trip adventurers, the area beyond Haliburton is home to many impressive tourist towns including Huntsville, Dorset, Bracebridge, and Gravenhurst, each within easy driving distance.

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