Summer is coming! Honest, it really is. At least, I’m pretty sure it is.
In the midst of March snowstorms and freezing rain, I’ve started to plan out our summer adventures. Here are some of our favourite places to visit:
1. Craigleith Provincial Park – Near Collingwood, Craigleith has lots of fossil-hunting opportunities.
2. Simcoe County Museum – This pioneer museum always has lots of fun activities going on during the summer, and there usually not too many people on weekdays. Always a bonus for crowd-resistant people like me. It’s also fun to see if you can pick out the buildings they used in the filming of Anne of Green Gables (that is, if you’re an Anne-fan like me 😉 ).
3. Wasaga Beach – Summer or winter, Wasaga is an amazing beach. In the summer, make sure you find a spot relatively close to the washrooms. You’ll likely end up spending the day there. The best time to go to avoid the crowds is mid to late afternoon during the week.
4. Barrie’s Waterfront – We often run over to Barrie on humid summer afternoons to cool down at the waterfront. With lots of picnic tables, a large playground, and even a man-made stream that we ended up splashing in one day, it’s perfect for a quick getaway.
5. Ontario Science Center – This science center is perfect for all ages. It is a bit pricey, but there’s something for everyone to do. You’ll end up spending quite a bit of time here!
6. Science North and The Big Nickel – Both of these places are great. From the hands-on museum to the mine tour at the Big Nickel, it’s totally worth the trip to Sudbury.
7. Canadian Bush Plane Heritage Center – Okay, the Bush Plane museum isn’t exactly easy to get to (it’s in Sault Ste. Marie), but it’s alot of fun when you get there!
8. Warsaw Caves – I love, love, LOVE visiting the Warsaw Caves. The caves themselves are so much fun to explore, and then a splash in the river close by is a great way to wrap up the day and clean up at the same time!
9. Riverview Zoo, Peterborough – The zoo in Peterborough is a great day trip. The zoo itself has free admission (always a bonus!). They have a large splashpad, and several large playgrounds with giant slides and kid-sized ziplines. What more could you want?
10. St. Marie Among The Hurons – I love visiting St.Marie for the history and the kid-friendly atmosphere. The buildings are always open and you’re free to roam in and out at your children’s pace. The Wye Marsh is right beside St.Marie, and the Martyr’s Shrine is quite close too. Discovery Harbour is also nearby, and exploring the ships and buildings there makes for a fun afternoon too.
As I write this, I’m thinking of more and more places that we’ve been to, right here in Ontario. It just goes to show that you don’t need to travel long distances to go sightseeing.
Be a tourist in your own area!