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Labour Day Weekend Fun in Ontario

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Labour Day Weekend Fun in Ontario

Enjoy Activities Happening Across the Province

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

It's not too late to make Labour Day weekend plans. Ontario offers hundreds of fun activities for you and your family to take part in.

Whether it's discovering something new at one of our museums or exploring the great outdoors, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Ontario. Here are some of the fun activities happening across the province this long weekend:

  • Visit the Art Gallery of Ontario and see landscape paintings of Pan American countries - from Canada's Arctic to the southern tip of Argentina and Chile.
  • Discover Pompeii, the site of one of the world's most famous natural disasters at the Royal Ontario Museum. The exhibit features 200 artifacts, many of which have never before travelled outside of Italy.
  • Be a mythbuster for a day at the Ontario Science Centre. Test your experimental skills in hands-on interactive experiments to discover the truth behind popular myths.
  • Get aboard a tall ship at Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene. Experience history first-hand and learn what it was like to live on this original British Naval and Military outpost.
  • Explore the wonders of the universe from one of the largest telescopes in central Canada at the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory at Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay.
  • Treat your taste buds at Canada's Largest Ribfest in Burlington.
  • Wander through the Earth Art Exhibition at the Royal Botanical Gardens and see art installations created using natural elements like stones, trees and plants.
  • Go on the White Water Walk and see Niagara's famous rapids up close, and stay to see the fireworks at the Falls.
  • Discover the lost giants of the Ice Age at Science North and learn about the creatures such as the woolly mammoth from the last glacial period.
  • Drop by Harbourfront Centre for the Hot and Spicy Food Festival and try food from around the world.
  • Celebrate the end of the season at Blue Mountain Village's Summer Sundown and Fireworks and enjoy music, hiking, biking, scavenger hunts and more.
  • Take part in Upper Canada Village's Horse Lovers' Weekend, celebrating 350 years of the Canadian horse, with wagon rides, a parade and a mock horse auction straight out of the 1860s.

Quick Facts

  • This year, Labour Day weekend takes place from September 5 to September 7.
  • Tourism in Ontario generates more than $28 billion in economic activity and supports over 359,400 direct and indirect jobs.
  • Every $1 million spent by tourists in Ontario creates 14 jobs and generates more than $500,000 in wages and salaries.

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Michael Coteau

“This Labour Day weekend, I encourage families to get out, explore and discover all that our province has to offer. From visiting one of our many attractions to taking in a local event, there are countless opportunities to celebrate the last days of summer right here in Ontario.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Media Contacts

  • Jeff Costen

    Minister’s Office

    Jeff.Costen@ontario.ca

    (416) 314-4266

  • Denelle Balfour

    Communications Branch

    Denelle.Balfour@ontario.ca

    (416) 326-1724

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