Ontario Family Activities

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Staying active together as a family is important. You will find plenty of places in the Ontario area that can provide you with enjoyment and bonding experiences that your children are sure to never forget. Here are a few you may want to check out:

  • Toronto Zoo – One of the largest zoos in the world, the Toronto Zoo has more than 460 species of animals, each housed in the appropriate regions. Other features include a splash park, a children’s zone and plenty of entertaining and educational activities. The zoo has been upgraded in many ways, including becoming more environmentally friendly, and providing funding for global research efforts.

  • Ontario Place (Toronto) – This park offers the same types of roller coasters and giant water park, and plenty of games, that you will find at other theme parks. However, with its government affiliation comes an eco-learning center, where visitors can become more aware about nature and the environment, along with documentaries shown in an IMAX theatre. Ontario Place is open from mid-June to early September.

  • Canadian Museum of Nature (Ottawa) – This museum has a wide range of exhibits, from old-fashioned taxidermy mammals to more modern, interactive displays. There are skeletal dinosaurs and live insects, and the building is rich with history, much like a castle in its structure. For an added bit of fun, many claim the museum is haunted.

  • Black Creek Pioneer Village (Toronto) – You can travel back in time at the pioneer village, with preserved historic buildings and the staff in period costumes, demonstrating what life was like in pioneer times. The place is very child-oriented, but has an additional perk for adults – a microbrewery.

  • Science North and Dynamic Earth (Sudbury) – Situated conveniently together, these two science centers each offer their own brand of scientific knowledge. Science North gives information on butterflies and bush planes, air quality and emissions, and includes a planetarium and IMAX theatre. Dynamic Earth focuses more on geology, and guests can ride an elevator deep into the ground to learn about mining.

  • Rideau Canal (Ottawa) – The canal was built to link rivers, locks and lakes that made up a route between Montreal and Kingston. It was constructed post-War of 1812, to prepare for a possible American invasion on the St. Lawrence River. In modern times, bike paths and trees line the canal. Fun activities like canoeing and pedal boating can be done on the canal as well.

  • OHL Hockey – Ontario Hockey League is a junior league, and its players often move on to stardom in the big leagues. Players in OHL are ages 16-20, and therefore the games are generally pretty fast-paced. Ticket prices are far below NHL cost levels, and teams come from all around the province. Families will particularly enjoy the entertainment included at weekend afternoon games.

With so many activities to choose from, you and your family can find a wide variety of events to attend and places to visit. Not everything has to be costly, and all of these and more are conveniently located, so Ontario residents can make a day of it, but still have plenty of time to make it home.

 

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