Ontario Travel Ideas During Tourism Week And The Summer Season
During Tourism Week, which this year runs from June 1-7, a number of Ontario's Travel Information Centres are hosting open houses at locations across the province.
Kick-off events are taking place at travel centres in Niagara Falls on June 1, Barrie on June 2 and Toronto on June 3. The Toronto event will feature grand prizes of an Ottawa getaway, a Toronto getaway and a Dancap Productions theatre package. To locate a travel centre, you can visit www.ontariotravel.net/travelcentres.
Ontario's travel centres play an important role in enchancing local economies by generating additional visitor spending and extending the length of visitors' stay in Ontario.
- 61% of overall visitors expect to finalize their travel plans at a travel centre, while 69% of international visitors expect to finalize plans at travel centres.
- Visitors who stop at a travel centre:
- generate $74 million in additional spending in cities and attractions;
- spend an extra $219 per travel party, while international visitors spend an extra $385 per party; and
- extend the length of their stay resulting in $7 million in additional spending that was unplanned.¹
Ontario has 18 travel information centres conveniently located at border crossings, and at high traffic areas such as Yonge and Dundas, Toronto's busiest intersection, and on Highway 400 in Barrie, the gateway to Ontario's cottage country.
SUMMER TRAVEL IDEAS
You don't have to go far from home to experience the best of what this province has to offer. Ontario's diverse range of budget-wise travel destinations include sights, sounds, routes and attractions recognised as among the world's best:
In the South-East:
- follow the UNESCO-designated Rideau Heritage route between Kingston and Ottawa. National Geographic magazine rated the Rideau Canal as the second best preserved historical attraction in the world!
- take the bike train to Ottawa for a vacation on two wheels to discover one of the world's top bike-friendly cities.
- step back into Ontario's pioneer past by re-living history at Upper Canada Village.
- go camping and enjoy the beautiful sand at Sandbanks Provincial Park in Picton.
In the Greater Toronto Area:
- get creative when Luminato's theatre, dance, visual arts and music come to Toronto in June savour the flavours at Taste of the Danforth, Taste of Asia, Rib Fests and at festivals that celebrate the cultures of the world in Toronto.
- make a splash with the kids at Ontario Place.
- sing the blues at the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival.
In Niagara Falls and region:
- sip award-winning wines along the Niagara Wine Route.
- take in a play or two at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
In the South-West:
- take the kids or get in touch with your own inner child at children's festival such as Kids Funfest in Sarnia and Kids Expo in London.
- enjoy music festivals, offering fun for everyone, including the Tottenham Bluegrass Festival and Tillbury's FunFest.
- watch the world's best race pilots at the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Windsor.
In Central Ontario (Georgian Bay / Muskoka):
- cruise the Muskoka lakes on the Segwin.
- explore Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishe, a 19th-century British naval base and military base that defended Upper Canada during the War of 1812.
- splash in the clear blue waters of Georgian Bay on sunny summer's day.
In the North:
- hop on the Algoma Central Railway's Agawa Canyon Tour Train for a ride into the heart of the Canadian wilderness.
- swim with the bears at Polar Bear Habitat & Heritage Village in Cochrane.
- experience the adventure of the voyageurs at Fort William Historical Park.
- go underground with the Timmins Gold Mine Tour.
- watch amazing musical performances at Mattawa Voyageur Days.
For more ideas about travelling in Ontario, visit www.ontariotravel.net.
 Survey conducted by TNS Canadian Facts (May 21 - October 31, 2008).