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2017 is Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation and of Ontario as a province. Join the year-round festivities and be a part of the country’s biggest party on July 1 – Canada Day! Of course the epicentre of Ontario150 celebrations will be the nation’s capital, with events taking place all year round to honour Ottawa2017. Canada Day promises to be a giant party on Parliament Hill featuring concerts, fireworks and plenty of red and white. TO Canada with Love is Toronto’s schedule of Ontario150 events, including the annual bash at Mel Lastman Square. Wish our country a happy 150TH birthday in Niagara Falls, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, Parry Sound or Sarnia.
Plan your urban getaway around one of our many music festivals, from New Music Fest in Sudbury, Barrie and London to NXNE and Field Trip in Toronto and Escapade in Ottawa. Admire the work of the Masters at the Art Gallery of Ontario then find new and inspiring local artists in West Queen West’s galleries or at one of Hamilton’s Art in Public Places locations. Join stars and filmmakers at a movie’s first screening during the Toronto International Film Festival or discover talented local cinema at the Windsor Film Festival. Bring your cowboy boots to the Royal Agriculture Winter Fair in November when a little bit of country comes to the city. Become a wine connoisseur at the Niagara Wine Festival.
Ontario is exploding with independent microbreweries creating fantastic new brews. Check out Ottawa’s craft breweries. Beer enthusiasts will love the authentic flavours at Sleeping Giant Brewery in Thunder Bay. Be one of the privileged to sample the new Sasquatch Black Lager from Lake of the Woods Brewery Company in Kenora. Some Toronto favourites include Amsterdam Brewhouse, Granite Brewery, Indie Alehouse and Bellwoods Brewery. Culinary creativity extends beyond the traditional kitchen, sample Toronto’s local food truck menus or take a cooking class at Le Cordon Bleu in Ottawa. Explore Ottawa’s vibrant micro-brewery scene with Brew Donkey Tours or if you’re more of a foodie, let C’est Bon show you around on a gourmet food tour. Reserve a table at Verdicchio, a local favourite in Sudbury that serves exceptionally good food.
Discover your own personal oasis in one of Ontario’s many city parks and urban green spaces. Visit Major’s Hill Park for great views of the Rideau Canal locks, the Ottawa River and the Parliament Buildings, or for major special events like Canada Day celebrations. Explore 53 kilometres of gorgeous scenery along the Niagara River Recreation Trail on foot or on bike. Take a short ferry ride to the Toronto Islands, where you can stop for a picnic, rent canoes, paddleboats or bikes and enjoy the fresh lake air. Photographers and nature lovers will enjoy the beautiful gardens and stunning panoramic views of Thunder Bay from Hillcrest Park.