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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Stephen Leacock feted at his Orillia estate; Hamilton celebrates Canada 150



     (c) Postmedia Network/Sun Media Newspapers/Websites

    One-Tank Trip for July 15/17

   By Jim Fox

   Canada’s beloved humorist and author Stephen Leacock would be pleased to know the annual celebration of his life includes a “Feast of Thrones.”
  In fact, it will include “cosplay, food, drink and feats of strength” at his lakeside retreat on Old Brewery Bay in Orillia.
   For the unknowing, cosplay is a “contraction of the words costume play and is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character (thanks Wikipedia).”
The Leacock Summer Festival is on the property where the author wrote Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town 105 years ago. (Photo by Jim Fox)
   Along with medieval activities and entertainment, it takes place on July 22 at 4 p.m. as part of the Leacock Summer Festival, July 20 to 23, at the Leacock House (Museum) at 50 Museum Drive.
   This is where the world-renowned author and celebrated academic spent his most creative time in what he coined as Lake Simcoe Country.
     He built the house in 1928 on the scenic bay by the “Narrows,” where Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching meet.
   The building, designed by Wright & Noxon of Toronto, reflected Leacock’s success and prestige and is now an historic site.
   The festival includes readings, book signings, dinners and exhibits, starting on July 20 with a Mariposa Exposed book celebration including a “Canadian-themed” barbecue from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
   Mariposa was the name Leacock used when writing Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town about the people and comings and goings in what was said to be Orillia at the time.
An early photo shows a relaxed Stephen Leacock. (Leacock Museum)
   Leacock’s tales came from his lakeside retreat with most of the engaging cast of characters based on local townspeople (names changed to protect the guilty).
   Editors Dennis Rizzo and Ross Greenwood have completed the first volume of Mariposa Exposed and contributing authors and writers will tell the tales.
   On July 21, the history of the Mariposa Folk Festival is featured with Mike Hill and musical guests at 1 p.m.
   Later that day is a humour showcase and dinner with Leacock Medal for Humour winner Terry Fallis showcasing his latest novel, One Brother Shy.
   Also featured are shortlisted 2017 medal finalists Drew Hayden Taylor and Amy Jones at 5 p.m.
   A Writer’s Workshop and lunch with Janet Matthews is on July 22 starting at 10 a.m. followed by the Feast of Thrones that afternoon.
   It winds up with the Annual K. Valerie Connor Poetry Celebration with dinner on July 23 at 4 p.m.
This is the recreated writing studio/boathouse on Old Brewery Bay where Stephen Leacock got inspiration for his many books. (Jim Fox photo)
   Also on the spacious and manicured property is the Leacock Cafe, operated by Cornucopia Catering, called “Orillia’s Favourite Lakeside Restaurant.”
   During Canada’s sesquicentennial, admission to this National Historic Site is by donation with a “suggested minimum” of $5. For more information and tickets: leacockmuseum.com; (705) 329-1908

   Hamilton’s Signature Events
   Hamilton is among the cities across the country celebrating Canada’s 150th year as a nation with a series of “Signature Events.”
   The latest is a quilt Peace by Piece: Stitching Together Canadian Stories and continues until Aug. 16 at the Cotton Factory (270 Sherman Ave. N.), Hamilton’s creative arts centre.
The Quilt of Belonging is a Canada 150 “Signature Event” in Hamilton.
   This textile art project is comprised of 263 blocks, each created to recognize Canada’s diversity, said Brenda Branch of Hamilton Tourism and Culture.
   “It celebrates our common humanity and promotes compassion among people,” she added.
   Museums, artists, crafts people and musicians from across Hamilton Halton Brant are offering workshops, talks, concerts and demonstrations to engage our Canadian spirit and imagination.
   There’s also the Great Hamilton Scavenger Hunt app that’s a “passport to all of the exciting events, festivals, activities and quintessential Hamilton experiences happening throughout the city this summer.”
   It also allows users to earn points, win prizes and explore the city like never before.
   Throughout the summer, there are garden tours at Dundurn National Historic Site (610 York Blvd.).
   There’s also Our Hamilton: Through Their Eyes about the lives of soldiers at the Hamilton Military Museum at Dundurn and the Women of War, July 29 and 30 at HMCS Haida.
   For details on all the events: hamilton.ca/canada150; (905) 546-2489

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Jim Fox can be reached at onetanktrips@hotmail.com
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Just add water: Vintage boat show, steamships and Royal Canadian Navy frigate



   One-Tank Trip for July 1/17


   (c) By Jim Fox

   For some hot fun in the summertime, just add water.
   Classic wooden boats that plied the blue-black waters of the Muskoka Lakes for decades and even a century will be making waves at the 37th annual Vintage Boat Show.
   It happens next Saturday (July 8) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst.
   To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial, the Antique and Classic Boat Society-Toronto is offering free admission to its popular show of the sleek and classy watercraft.
Cruises on the Segwun and sister steamship Wenonah II leave from Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst. (Jim Fox photo)
   This year’s theme is “Birch Bark to Fibreglass: 150 Years of Boating in Canada” and will feature more than 100 vintage boats.
   There will be exhibits, activities and ceremonies from the Muskoka Discovery Centre, Canadian Canoe Museum and the Chippewas of Rama First Nation marking National Canoe Day.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Boogie on down to music festivals this summer



   One-Tank Trip for June 24/17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Music fans will be able to “boogie” on down at numerous music festivals over the summer.
   Get a groove on at one of the many fests, “no matter your musical tastes,” says Nichole Fogarty of Festivals & Events Ontario.
   “With so many music festivals to choose from, we recommend you get your mojo working at more than just one this year,” she added.
Kenny Rogers will perform his “Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal” at the Ottawa Jazz Festival.
   Here are a few suggestions to get your toes tapping:
   - TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, June 22 to July 2, is the “premier music event” in downtown Ottawa that continues the tradition of bringing jazz to the National Capital Region.
   - RBC Bluesfest, July 6 to 16, in Ottawa is ranked by Billboard Magazine as one of the Top 10 music festivals with a world-award winning 10-day, multi-stage extravaganza.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

150+ seniors to exercise in St. Marys, Ontario to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday



   ST. MARYS, Ontario -- Wellness for Seniors will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with an exercise class with at least 150 people taking part.

   Participant Nelda Oliver said the Senior Services Wellness Coordinator and Head Fitness instructor will have the seniors participate in the exercise class on June 29th (2017) with everyone wearing red or white shirts for Canada Day.

   The event takes place next Thursday at 10:45 a.m. at the Friendship Centre, 317 James St. S., St. Marys, with the exercise class starting at 11a.m., she said.

   “We will be celebrating our wonderful country,” said Pauline White, Senior Services Wellness Coordinator for the Town of St. Marys.

Putting the 'wow' in summer fun; lakeside living tour; Toronto artisans



   One-Tank Trip for June 17/17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   It’s an event that’s sure to “wow” the spectators.
   In fact, all the pomp and ceremony is part of experiencing a traditional pow wow.
   You can take in all the action at the Na-Me-Res (Native Men’s Residence) Annual Traditional Pow Wow on June 24 at Historic Fort York in Toronto.
Pow wows feature native dancers wearing their colourful regalia. (Photo by Daniel Banko)
    The free event features traditional dancing, drumming, kid’s activities, craft vendors and a feast.
   Dressed in their finest regalia, the dancers and singers represent major North American native cultural groups.
   We anticipate well over 10,000 people sharing and celebrating National Aboriginal Day with more than 100 dancers,” said organizer Blanch White.
   Participants include head dancers Breanna Olsen and Matt Rutledge who will be “swinging and swaying” to the traditional beats.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

New visitor experiences this year in the "Festival City"



   One-Tank Trip for June 10/17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   The curtain is rising on a new visitor experience in Stratford.
   It’s a “year of transformation” in arts and culture, the culinary scene and “retail therapy,” said Cathy Rehberg of the Stratford Tourism Alliance.
   The new Market Square, set to be completed this month, will welcome people into a pedestrian friendly space.
   Among the trees, there are places to sit and relax with a good book, meet friends, enjoy lunch from a nearby eatery or wile away the day, she said.
Enjoying High Tea at the Revival House in Stratford. (Photo by Terry Manzo)
   Just a short walk through Queen’s Park to Confederation Park brings you to a new butterfly-shaped pollinator garden creating a welcoming home for bees.
   The alliance provides the following “brief synopsis” of what’s happening in the Festival City.

   Arts and culture
   The Stratford Festival presents 14 plays now through Oct. 31 around the theme of identity and brings the world premiere of the Breathing Hole by Colleen Murphy, specially commissioned to mark Canada 150.
Breathing Hole, marking Canada’s 150th birthday, features Randy Hughson as Sir John Franklin at the Stratford Festival. (Photo by Lynda Churilla)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Canada's iconic padde sports celebrated with a splash



   One-Tank Trip for June 3/17
 
   By Jim Fox



   Go ahead and “paddle your own canoe” while joining others across Canada “celebrating” recreational paddle sports, craft and heritage.

   National Paddling Week has events from June 10 to 18 for a sport that’s “truly ingrained in our Canadian culture, such as the iconic canoe.”
A record 138 canoes and kayaks jammed into the Peterborough Lift Lock last year on National Canoe Day.

   As well, the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough paddles in with a Voyageur Canoe Paddle PA Day on June 9 and the Lock n’ Paddle for National Canoe Day on June 24.

   Paddling Week was created in 2013 by Rapid Media, Paddle Canada and the canoe museum to promote recreational paddling through individuals, groups, families, events instructors, industry, clubs, communities and other recreational paddlers.

   Organizers say the goal is to “encourage as many Canadians to get into a canoe, kayak or onto a board and be counted . . . to show our national commitment to the fun, the benefits and challenge of paddling.”

   The iconic canoe throughout time has been the means of transport and commerce of the First Nations, then later as a vehicle for the fur traders.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Here's the pitch: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum scores



   One-Tank Trip for May 27-17


   (c) By Jim Fox



   An historic stone farmhouse jam-packed with artifacts in St. Marys is Canada’s shrine to baseball in an area linked to the first game ever played.

   Despite American claims that the call “play ball” originated a year earlier at Cooperstown,

N.Y., Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum archivists cried foul when the museum opened there in 1998 after moving from Toronto.
A replica 1940’s Girls Professional Baseball league uniform and historic bats can be seen at the museum. (Jim Fox photo)
   They chronicled the origin to 1838 when a game closely resembling that of today’s was played in nearby Beachville.
   The museum is among the sport’s area heritage sites including Beachville and London’s Labatt Park, the world’s oldest baseball grounds from 1877.
   The ball hall is a definitive repository of the game’s treasures, offering aficionados an insight into the “Field of Dreams.”

Monday, May 22, 2017

Camping options when Ontario Parks fill up quickly, including B&Bs nearby



   One-Tank Trip for May 20-17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   If you find a “no vacancy” sign posted for your favourite Ontario Provincial Park, don’t despair, there are other options.
   Heading toward the Victoria Day long weekend and the traditional opening for many parks after the winter hibernation, it was not unusual to find things super busy.

Drop me a line. Heading out to fish at Bass Lake Provincial Park. (Jim Fox photo)
   This is especially true at the five most popular parks – Algonquin, Bon Echo, Killbear, Pinery and Sandbanks.
   Parks’ bloggers have suggestions “we’re sure you’ll love” for alternate getaway locations.
   Another option is to skip roughing it in the wilds and stay at a cozy bed-and-breakfast and use it as a home base for exploring the parks.

   Switch it up
   When Pinery’s full, try Inverhuron Provincial Park near Tiverton, south of Owen Sound.
   Inverhuron is “prized for its sandy beach, dunes and sunsets” and has outstanding swimming and well-treed campsites.
This perfect campsite, just steps from the lake, will soon be taken for the season at Ontario Provincial Parks. (Barbara Fox photo)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A stitch in time for the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale's quilt auction



   One-Tank Trip for May 13-17


   (c) By Jim Fox

   Anytime is stitchin' time for these “material girls” for the 51st anniversary of the Mennonite Relief Sale’s quilt auction.

"Won't Ask for Directions," donated by Mary Martin.

   The sale of multi-coloured quilts happens May 26 and 27 at the New Hamburg Fairgrounds, between Stratford and Kitchener-Waterloo.
   Volunteers and donors have worked long and lovingly to create the some 200 works of art for this old-fashioned quilt auction.
The “Wild Rose” quilt was made for the first auction in 1967, Canada’s 100th birthday, and donated back for the 150th.
   The event began as a way to raise much-needed financial support for Mennonite humanitarian missions around the world.
   It’s a way of “bringing help and hope to those in need,” with organizers calling the 40 venues supported by 2,000 volunteers “a remarkable community event and a beautiful expression of community compassion.”

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Waterfront Artisan Market returns to Toronto's HTO Park this summer (2017)

(News Release)


DISCOVER UNIQUE ARTISANAL GIFTS AND ENJOY FRESH CULINARY DELIGHTS
Saturdays 11 am – 8 pm | May 20 until October 7 | Rain or Shine

Toronto, ON – The Waterfront Artisan Market (WAM) presented by The Waterfront Business Improvement Area (BIA) and operated by Scadding Court Community Centre, returns to HTO Park this summer.

Located at 339 Queens Quay West (between Rees Street and Lower Spadina Avenue), WAM will take place every Saturday from May 20 through Thanksgiving weekend, 11 am to 8 pm, rain or shine.

 Toronto’s own Waterfront open-air market features a carefully-curated mix of 75 local, up-and-coming artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers. Visit waterfrontbia.com for more information.
 
La Fiesta
“We heard from last year’s attendees, and the feedback was loud and clear”, states Carol Jolly, Executive Director, The Waterfront BIA. “We’re excited to announce that due to popular demand, we’ve made The Waterfront Artisan Market a weekly event, extended the hours and brought even more vendors to the park. The Waterfront is a vibrant community and makes for a perfect getaway - just a short walk from the Downtown Core.”

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame is open for its 20th season

(News Release)

ST. MARYS, Ontario -- The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, which will host more than 900 events in 2017, has opened for another season.

It is open on weekends in May (Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.) and on Victoria Day from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Starting on June 1 through August 31, the Hall will be open daily (Monday through Saturday) from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. Then from September 1 through October 7 we will be open Thursday to Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The heavy event schedule is because it is the home to the Ontario Nationals, Ontario Expos, Ontario Outlaws, St. Marys Minor Ball, St. Marys Slo-pitch, plus host games from the Great Lake Canadians, London Mens League and many other top quality baseball teams.

This year we also welcome back teams from Quebec and Ottawa. Baseball tournaments are being held on our site May 6-7, July 7-8, August 3-6 and Slo-pitch tournaments July 1-2, September 9 and 22-24.

Spring has sprung at Ontario Parks

(News Release)


After a long winter, spring is a season of celebration at Ontario Parks.Forests are a rainbow of green. Wildflowers carpet park woods. Songbirds are back.

Creatures bear young and lake ice has all but disappeared. It's an exciting time to reconnect with nature.

Opening dates for seasonal parks vary, so be sure to check park operating dates before you go at https://www.ontarioparks.com/operatingdates/2017.

Songbirds (Ontario Parks photo)

Here are five fun ways to celebrate Mother Earth this spring:


Get to know your songbirds
Provincial parks along Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and Lake Huron host songbird festivals every spring. If you're a budding birder, this is an opportunity to learn your birds through the eyes of expert birders and park naturalists. Join morning bird walks, guided night hikes and workshops with birdbanding demonstrations and nature photography. Here are this year's festivals and dates, http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/spring-birding-festivals/

Muskoka's three breweries brewing up maple fun


(News Release)

 HUNTSVILLE, Ontario --In celebration of the Muskoka Maple Trail & Festival, Lake of Bays Brewing Company, Muskoka Brewery and Sawdust City Brewing Company have teamed up to create their first collaboration beer, and it has been an instant hit.


The collaboration brew – Pancake Breakfast Specialty Maple Ale – is a toasted golden brown ale that is inspired by a perfectly flipped pancake. 

With a doughy malt centre, aromas of cinnamon and vanilla lead the way while the maple syrup provides a rich body and lingering sweet finish. 

The maple ale will remind you of sitting around the table enjoying a warm plate of pancakes drizzled with Canada’s favourite syrup.

KISS, Kenny Rogers, Frankie Valli to rock Casino Rama this summer

New concerts added to the 2017 event line-up at Casino Rama Resort

(News Release)

RAMA, ON -- Casino Rama Resort provides a unique kind of northern fun that can only be experienced indoors; it’s what makes it a place pretty much exactly like nowhere else.
KISS is coming to Rama this summer
Today’s announcement gives fans even more reason to come explore the Great Indoors, as new concerts have  been added to the already hot summer event line-up at the award-winning Entertainment Centre:
KISS
Freedom to Rock Tour
Friday, August 18
SHOWTIME: 9 PM, DOORS OPEN: 8 PM
Tickets are $110.62/$119.47/$150.44
“I Was Made for Lovin’ You”, “Rock and Roll All Nite”, “Detroit Rock City” & “Shout It Out Loud”.
No facial make-up/masks will be permitted.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Spending Mother's Day around Waterloo Region

  
(News Release)

   KITCHENER-WATERLOO, Ontario -- There are several events and attractions across Waterloo Region to fill your Mother’s Day, including:
  • Where else to start for Mom but to spoil and pamper her with a spa retreat? Check out the opitons for a massage, facial, skin treatment, manicure or pedicure at Langdon Hall, The Puddicombe House or The Rock Spa.
  • There is no shopping experience quite like that in Waterloo. The shops and boutiques of St. Jacobs Village offer wares you are unlikely to find anywhere else in the world. Or check out the historic Southworks Mall, an old factory converted into a truly unique experience or take a stroll through the Conestoga Mall for a more traditional shopping trip.

"Curd nerds" head for Oxford County's Big Cheese Days



   One-Tank Trip for May 6/17

   (c) By Jim Fox
   Postmedia News Network/Sun Media

   Say “cheese!”
   Many people will be doing just that today and the next three Saturdays at Oxford County’s Big Cheese Days.
   The year’s event in and around Woodstock is “bigger, better and cheesier,” organizers say with a month-long event, up from one day last year.
   After all, this is known as Canada’s Dairy Capital and is the place for “curd nerds.”
   Visitors are invited to tour and taste their way along the Oxford County Cheese Trail.
   There they can learn all about cheese-making, snack on creative cuisine featuring local cheeses, shop for cheese, related accessories and antiques or learn about the region’s more than 150 years of cheese history, said publicist Virginia Lewis for Oxford County Tourism.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Doors are opening across Ontario for visitors, tours


   One-Tank Trip for April 22/17

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Unlock the secrets and happenings behind closed doors in some 145 communities across Ontario.
   It’s time again for the Ontario Heritage Trust program that opens the doors, gates and courtyards of some of the most-interesting cultural sites often off limits to the public.
   This free event called Doors Open Ontario was launched in 2002 and now has had almost seven-million visits to “thousands of unique buildings and spaces.”
Watching ships squeeze through Welland Canal's Lock 3 including the bulk carrier Federal Mackinac. (Jim Fox photo)
   Things start today (April 22) with the Guelph open house and continue through to Halton Region on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
   Here’s a sampling of events to the end of June with variable hours, often 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

   Iconic watercraft
   Doors Open Peterborough on May 6 celebrates the boat-building industry at the Canadian Canoe Museum.
Canoes and kayaks jam the Peterborough Lift Locks during an event organized by the Canadian Canoe Museum.
   It highlights the “enduring significance” of the canoe, called one of Canada’s “seven wonders,” with displays also of kayaks and related artifacts.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Great eats! Come and get 'em



   One-Tank Trip for April 15/17

    (c) By Jim Fox

   Discovering food sensations and local dining favourites are a big part of day-tripping.
   We get some help finding these favs from Festivals & Events Ontario that has selected this year’s mouth-watering top events to “delight your taste buds.”
   “Pack up the family and your appetite and savour the season’s culinary delights,” said FEO’s Nichole Fogarty, who offers these food fest highlights.
Some of the two tonnes of fresh berries at the LaSalle Strawberry Festival.
   - Streetsville Founders Day Bread & Honey Festival, June 2 to 4, in Mississauga.
   This fun-filled family fest features a big parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, two stages of live entertainment, a petting zoo, pony rides, children’s inflatables, crafts and souvenirs. breadandhoney.ca
   - Lasalle Strawberry Festival, June 8 to 11, in this Greater Windsor community.
   The fest features a carnival, fireworks, pageants, a parade, live entertainment, vendors and juicy local strawberries. lasalle.ca
   - Jerkfest, Aug. 11 to 13, in Etobicoke (Toronto).
Tacos anyone? Spicy treats are at Jerkfest in Toronto.
   Experience tantalizing tastes, mysterious flavours and captivating aromas of spicy chicken, pork, beef, lamb, seafood and vegetables. Live entertainment, kids’ activities and prizes. jerkfestival.ca

Guelph Arts Council announces Doors Open 2017 sites

(News Release)

Guelph, ONDoors Open Guelph is a day-long celebration of Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces, and artistically or architecturally relevant sites.

Presented annually by Guelph Arts Council since 2002, the program showcases and celebrates Guelph’s hidden gems, as well as our great resources, businesses, and creative spaces.

The 2017 event will take place on Saturday, April 22, from 10 am to 4 pm. Site details are posted at guelpharts.ca/doors-open-guelph#thisyearsevent, and listed below.

On average, Doors Open Guelph attracts 6,000 people to its sites each year, 25-50% of whom are visitors to the city.

Since its inception, Doors Open Guelph has been part of Doors Open Ontario, an Ontario Heritage Foundation province-wide initiative that was also launched in 2002 to celebrate community heritage. Doors Open Guelph has had the distinction of being the kick-off event for Doors Open Ontario, opening the province-wide initiative for several years.

Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate

2017 Site Listing

Five ways to celebrate Earth Day at Ontario Parks

(News Release)

Celebrate Earth Day (April 22, 2017). After a long winter, spring is a season of celebration at Ontario Parks. Forests are a rainbow of green. Wildflowers carpet park woods. Songbirds are back.
 
Sunset at Bass Lake after the ice 'went out' or in. (Jim Fox photo)
Creatures bear young and lake ice has all but disappeared. It's an exciting time to reconnect with nature. Opening dates for seasonal parks vary, so be sure to check park operating dates before you go at https://www.ontarioparks.com/operatingdates/2017.

Here are five fun ways to celebrate Mother Earth this spring: 

1.  Take your kids on a kid-friendly hike
Matt Cunliffe, an Ontario Parks naturalist, has written a post for the Parks Blog that shows you how to get your kids interested in the magical sights, sounds and smells of the season. http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/5-kid-friendly-signs-of-spring/

Sunday, April 9, 2017

'Springlicious' starts Monday at Blue Mountain Village


(News Release)

Springlicious is back!

Find $25 prix fixe menus at 15 restaurants, plus retail offers, spa specials, accommodation packages and weekend dining specials at participating locations. 


Toronto Zoo's African penguin chicks hatched -- Easter weekend just became more "egg-citing"


For Video of the African Penguin Chicks!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPVjFARAq_c&feature=youtu.be

TORONTO, APRIL 7, 2017 - We are proud to announce the successful hatching of four African penguin chicks at the Toronto Zoo! The yet to be named chicks can be seen in their Indoor Viewing Area beginning Good Friday, April 14, 2017 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm daily.*

The first two chicks were laid by a new pair, Thandiwe and Matata, who were recommended to breed by the Species Survival Plan (SSP). Although the new pair bonded very quickly, they didn’t do well at incubating their eggs.
Toronto Zoo photo

Their first egg was laid on January 5, 2017 and the Keeper team swiftly intervened and swapped the egg to be raised by surrogate parents Ziggy and DJ, who have been great penguin parents in the past.

The second egg was laid by Thandiwe a few days later on January 8, 2017 and Keepers were initially delighted to see her sitting on the egg very tightly, however she had to sit on the egg for seven days in a row. In the wild, penguin parents trade off egg-sitting duties as they both need to hunt and drink for themselves, however, Matata was a first-time parent and did not participate in sitting on the egg. As a result, the second egg was also given to surrogates, proven parents Shaker and Flap.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Drop us a line at the Orillia Perch Festival

   One-Tank Trip for April 8/17

    (c) By Jim Fox

   Go fish!
   Orillia’s the place where they’ve even melted the ice at the great fishing spot, the Narrows connecting Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching.
   The perch are waiting as the waters warm and they’ll be quick to take the bait.
   If the fishers are lucky, they’ll pull in one of 70 tagged perch worth $500 each during the Orillia Perch Festival from April 22 to May 13.
Boats and anglers jam the Narrows for the Orillia Perch Festival.
   There are also thousands of dollars in daily, weekly and grand prize draws including five tagged fish worth $1,000 each, three of them a Bonus Jackpot perch from Casino Rama, in this live-release program.
   The Fishermen’s Dream Grand Prize is a Lund fishing boat with 50-horsepower Mercury motor and trailer sponsored by Gordon Bay Marine.
   Children’s Grand Prizes include $1,000, $700 and $300 shopping sprees.
   This is one of Canada’s largest registered fishing derbies and marks its 37th year.
   “The Orillia Perch Festival attracts anglers of all ages,” said director Doug Bunker.
   Those kicking off the fishing season at the festival are in for a good time.
Kerri-Anne Jeffels of Orillia holds her tagged perch worth $500 from the Bayside Restaurant.