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Festivals Across Ontario

From Live Music and Boat Races, to Art & Kite Flying

As you embark on your next visit to Ontario, you'll have a slew of options when it comes to day time activities. There are a number of fun attractions and historic sites to visit, plenty of mountain ranges to ski and board during the winter, and more than a few lakes where you'll boat during the summer.

Land your share of fish during a winter ice fishing trip. You won't want to forget, however, about all of the local festivals – kite flying, dragon boat racing, live music, arts & crafts for the kids, and a wide variety of wine and food tasting events.

Southern Ontario hosts a number of fun festivals. Head for Kincardine and check out the Kincardine Scottish Festival & Highland Games, a staple of the summer festival season. Near Lake Ontario, find Kitchener and experience the Kitchener Blues Festival. Held in August at Victoria Park, the Kitchener Blues Festival is a sterling choice for a fun day on your next summer visit.

In Ottawa, you'll have many choices throughout the year, including the Ottawa International Children's Festival – ideal for families traveling with kids. It's held the last week of May and is a short drive from Cornwall. Not far from Ottawa you'll discover Pembroke, where during the summer, you can check out the Pembroke Arts Festival – a charming display of art from Pembroke locals.

Any visit to Toronto during the winter should also be met with a festive holiday experience at the Toronto Santa Claus Parade. Held in mid-November, the Toronto Santa Claus Parade is a popular destination for families during the winter.

To the north, make a plan to visit Kenora in August. Found at the southern tip of Lake of the Woods, Kenora proudly hosts the annual Harbourfest – one of the largest music festivals in the northwestern region of Ontario. Drive in from nearby Dryden and experience the fun.

No matter where you visit in Ontario, and no matter what time of year, you'll no doubt find the ideal festival for you and the kids – make your travel plans now and enjoy Ontario.