Labour Day Weekend Fun in Ontario
End Your Summer with a Visit to One of the Province’s Many Parks and Attractions
It's not too late to plan a Labour Day weekend excursion. Whether you're interested in food, culture, wildlife or history, Ontario's provincial parks and other tourist attractions have something for everyone this long weekend.
- Experience Onguiaahra: Thunder of Waters Sound and Light Show in Niagara Falls
- Check out the Science of Rock 'N' Roll at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, and get a fresh look at the history of rock music from a science and technology perspective
- Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens' Earth Art Exhibition in Burlington to see art created using natural elements -- earth, stone, trees, plants and ice
- Celebrate the noble horse at Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, with auctions, a parade and riding demonstrations
- Explore The Forbidden City exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, and see over 200 national treasures from Beijing's Palace Museum
- Listen for the hauntingly beautiful howl of wolves at Bonnechere Provincial Park in Renfrew County
- View sunspots and the night sky through telescopes at Bon Echo Provincial Park in Lennox and Addington County
- Encounter hundreds of species of plants, fungus, butterflies, moths and mammals at Quetico Provincial Park
- Walk through time with historical figures and displays from as far back as the 1680s at Port Burwell Provincial Park in Elgin County
- Plan a Labour Day picnic or barbecue using fresh, local ingredients purchased from your community's local farmers' market
- Visit a farm with your family and meet with the farmers who grow your local food
- Enjoy nature by running, walking or cycling Ontario's beautiful trails -- stretching over 80,000 kilometres
- Learn about Ontario's most popular flying mammal - the bat - at Kettle Lakes Provincial Park near Timmins
- Watch living history performances at Huronia Historical Parks' Discovery Harbour and Sainte-Marie among the Hurons on Georgian Bay
- Ontario tourism generates more than $28 billion in economic activity and supports over 347,000 direct and indirect jobs.
- There are over 330 provincial parks in Ontario, covering over eight-million hectares — larger than Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island combined.
- In 2013, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 8.5-million visits from people around the world, bringing in $69 million in revenue and supporting jobs and businesses across the province.
- VQA wines are now available at over 100 farmers’ markets in the province. Use the new online map to find a market near you.
“Finish the summer on a high note this Labour Day long weekend by exploring Ontario’s parks, trails, and diverse cultural and tourist attractions. They offer almost limitless opportunities, indoors and out, to get active, learn something new, have fun and be inspired.”
“This long weekend, I encourage you to visit one of Ontario's provincial parks. Whether you want to take in one last summer swim in a lake, watch a magnificent sunset or take part in one of the many events, Ontario's parks offers this and more.”
“Ontario offers a bounty of fresh, delicious local foods that are available well into the fall harvest. This Labour Day weekend, I encourage Ontarians to visit a farmers' or on-farm market, plan a picnic with local foods and enjoy the weekend celebrating with friends and family.”