Why Ontario is fun for all the family
Ontario is packed with can't miss attractions and experiences for the young and the young at heart. Here is a guide to just some of the attractions families will love to experience together.
Eaglecrest Aerial Park, Bracebridge.
The sky is the limit at the highest adventure course in Ontario. Test yourself on a number of courses offering monkey lines, flippy bridges, walking cables and more! Cap it off with a giant zipline ride that whisks you 350ft over an open lagoon. aerialparks.ca
Whitewater Rafting, Pembroke.
Experience the thrill of a family whitewater adventure along the Ottawa and Madawaska rivers. Every member of the crew gets a chance to paddle through gentle rapids and calm whirlpools. On the way take in the spectacular scenery and wildlife, learn about First Nation portage routes and stop for a riverside picnic. owl-mkc.ca, riverrunrafting.com, wildernesstours.com
Saint-Marie Among The Hurons, Midland
Travel back in time to this recreated 17th century French Jesuit mission to the Huron people. Take part in a hands on interactive tour led by costumed interpreters. Explore a giant longhouse and get the chance to try some 'Three Sisters Soup' made from corn, beans and squash. saintmarieamongthehurons.om.ca
Science North, Sudbury
Science North is Northern Ontario's most popular tourist attraction and an educational resource. Science North maintains the second- and seventh-largest science centres in Canada. It also features an IMAX theatre, digital Planetarium, butterfly gallery and Dynamic Earth, an earth science centre. sciencenorth.ca
The Bat Cave, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.
As the latest Batman film hits the silver screen, discover the real stories behind these flying creatures of the night. Explore a simulated bat cave and experience a spectacular dramatisation of bats in flight during a nightly exodus for food. rom.on.ca
Calypso Theme Waterpark, Limoges, Ottawa
Be prepared to get very wet at Canada's largest themed water park with slides and rides for kids of every age. Make a splash at the toddler friendly Zoo Lagoon or at the Pirate's Aquaplay for older kids. While for the teens, there's lots of choice including North America's highest free standing waterslide tower. Then slow things down with some family time on the lazy river. calypsopark.com
Saunders Farm, Munster
This award winning family-run farm in the village of Munster, an hour from Ottawa, is packed with exciting innovative ideas. None more so than an amazing maze section which features a host of themed mazes for the whole family to get lost in! saundersfarm.com
Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls
Expect the weird, wacky and wonderful at this amusement mecca in downtown Niagara Falls. Be spooked at haunted houses, play glow in the dark mini-golf, see celebrities at the wax museums or spend the afternoon at the 70,000 square foot arcade! Then relax with the whole family at a themed restaurant. cliftonhill.com
Wolf Howling, Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve
The reserve has its own unique wolf centre where visitors can find out more and get up close with the wolves at special viewing areas. But for a truly unique experience visit on Thursday evenings through July and August where Haliburton Forest staff offer a public Wolf Howl.Visitors hear a presentation on wolves followed by a short hike where the interpreter will attempt to 'howl up' the resident pack of wolves to see if they respond! haliburtonforest.com