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Great Festivals in Northern Ontario
As one of the largest regions in Canada, northern Ontario has lots to offer visitors throughout the year. Whether you are staying on an extended vacation or just passing through, you will find there are year-round events and festivals happening for the entire family to enjoy.
One of the most popular festivals is Harbourfest in Kenora. Held in August of every year, this event features live music, car shows, and beautiful, natural scenery. All the action of Harbourfest takes place at the Lake of the Woods, and is the largest three-day music festival in the area. Another great summer time event is the Thunder Bay Kite Festival. Held at Chippewa Park, the Thunder Bay Kite Festival has previously landed on the "Top 50 Ontario Festivals" list. Continue your fun in the sun at the Sudbury Dragon Boat Festival at Bell Park - join locals and other travelers and watch as these 41 foot wooden boats are powered by 20 paddlers each.
For some great winter time adventure, the Dryden Winter Festival celebrates family day and winter fun in the middle of February. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, family fishing derbies, and snow sculpture building. If you're feeling active, be sure to stop by the sliding hill, skating area, and glow bowling lanes.
Sudbury Dragon Boat Festival
A celebration of the world's fastest growing water sport, the Sudbury Dragon Boat Festival takes place at Bell Park in Sudbury, Ontario, near the intersection of Paris Street and York Street in the northern Ontario region. Participants race across Hermit's bay in narrow, 41-foot wooden boats propelled by 20 paddlers along with a drummer and a steer person
Between viewing races from different vantage points along the Bell Park Boardwalk, visitors enjoy live entertainment, a variety of food options and vendors lining the park. Keeping the fun alive each year, sponsors of the event include TD Bank, Investors Group, Dalron and Integrated Construction Services.