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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Go buggy at the Outdoor Butterfly and Bug Hunt Weekend at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

    CAMBRIDGE, Ontario --Go buggy at the Outdoor Butterfly and Bug Hunt Weekend (July 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory.
 
   Visitors join nature interpreters on the hunt in the wildflower meadow that’s home to thousands of tiny critters.
The Golden Birdwing butterfly rests on a tropical plant at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. (Jim Fox photo)
    There’s an insect scavenger hunt, with a net and collection jar provided, and examining and identifying the specimens, face painting, crafts and seminars. 

Schedule of Events

Saturday, July 13, 2019

"Just a hunk, a hunk of burning love" rocks on for Elvis fans at festivals, stage shows


   One-Tank Trip for July 13/19

   (c) By Jim Fox

   This could be called the summer of Elvis as there will be numerous sightings of what appears to be the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” around southern Ontario.
   Keep a watch for multiple Elvi’s in Collingwood and Tweed at festivals in his honour.
   Even as Elvis “left the building” for good with his death at age 42 in 1977, his aura and popularity continue unabated.
   There are shows around the world and even an all-Elvis channel on Sirius-XM satellite radio.
   Fans from around the world show up daily to visit Graceland, his mansion in Memphis.
Visitors arrive daily to pay respects to Elvis at his grave site at the Graceland estate in Memphis. (Photo by Jim Fox)
   In Niagara Falls, Steve Michaels (Kabakos), of Milton who sings, moves, grooves and bears an uncanny resemblance to the king appears in concert from Sept. 5 to 15 at Fallsview Casino Resort.
   There’s a really big show in Collingwood with more than 100 Elvis “tribute artists” for this year’s 25th anniversary from July 26 to 28.
   Fans are still wondering if this will be the last Elvis fest there and are saying to the town council “Don’t be Cruel” and pull the plug.
   There’s new hope now even after councillors withdrew their support starting next year due to rising costs and administrative concerns.
   The town is considering turning it over to a suitable sponsor as a “facilitator” with council’s oversight.
Elvis tribute artists will be rocking and rolling at the annual Collingwood festival. (Photo by Dave West)
    Thousands of fans jam downtown streets and stages throughout town for what is recognized as the world’s largest annual gathering of Elvis tribute artists.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Scenic Elora and Fergus are hits on Instagram


   One-Tank Trip for July 6/19

   (c) By Jim Fox

   In years gone by, family and friends would gather around a slide projector to experience the latest holiday trip.
   Aside from trying to look interested, problems would crop up such as slides upside down and backwards, jamming and even the projector light bulb burning out in mid-trip.
   Instagram has changed all that as the photo and video-sharing social networking service highlights trip photos including who was there and, yes, showing what everyone was eating – at all meals.
Popular for adventurers, the Elora Gorge is one of the most spectacular natural areas in the Grand River Valley.
    “Scrolling through Instagram, people often find themselves stricken with a serious case of wanderlust,” said publicist Stephen Murdoch of Enterprise Canada.
   They dream of trekking to exotic destinations around the globe as “travel influencers and enthusiasts are constantly capturing mesmerizing shots and sharing captivating candids sure to make their followers jealous,” he added.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

The puppets are coming to Stratford, July 2019


 (News Release)

 STRATFORD – Stratford can expect sightings of unique creatures soon.

Puppets of every shape, size and colour hit the streets for the second annual PuppetWorks! mini-fest (July 12-14, 2019) brought to Stratford by SpringWorks Festivals. 



Market Square and City Hall will be the main venues for the festival, with shows for children, families and adults. You may also get pleasantly surprised by an impromptu puppet appearance or busking performance around the downtown.

Six different puppet troupes and three strolling street performance troupes comprise the puppet excitement ready to hit the Festival City.

 
“Les chasseurs de rêves”  of Simon Rioux- Les Oiseaux

“Puppets speak an international language, even when they are saying nothing at all,” says SpringWorks Artistic Director, Eileen Smith. “There is something about the art of puppetry that can communicate so well the spectrum of human stories, be they sad, dramatic, funny or whimsical.”

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Just add water for summer fun in Ontario's Lake Country


   One-Tank Trip for June 29/19

     (c) By Jim Fox

   There’s an oasis of tranquility that’s a four-season playground away from the hustle and bustle just a little more than an hour north of Toronto.
   They call it Ontario’s Lake Country, the region north of Barrie, that’s one of the province’s most picturesque spots.
   Its major metropolis is Orillia, population 33,000 not counting seasonal residents, on the shores of Lake Simcoe, Lake Couchiching and the Trent Severn Waterway.
Cisco keeps a watch as another day ends at Bass Lake. (Jim Fox photo)
    This makes for some of the best boating, paddling, swimming, fishing and water sports, along with activities such as trail riding, mountain biking, hiking, skiing and snowmobiling.
   Orillia hasn’t lost its small-town charm as the downtown streets are lined with one-of-a-kind restaurants, cafes, shops and amenities.

Guelph Arts Council announces summer exhibitions at 10C Shared Space


Guelph, ON June 27, 2019 Guelph Arts Council is pleased to announce four summertime exhibitions in the street-level community gallery at 10C Shared Space, 42 Carden Street.

Three feature work by local emerging and newcomer artists, and the fourth celebrates the work of Art on the Street 2019 award winners.

Guelph Arts Council is grateful for support for its Making Art, Making Change project from The Guelph Community Foundation – Musagetes Fund. The project will continue in November and December 2019.

First up is After the Fires, in which emerging artist Anne Munroe uses photography to reflect on the devastation of forest fires in Williams Lake, BC. Anne’s project involved visits and interviews with affected community members. Anne is a photographer and painter, a senior Studio Art student at the University of Guelph, and a participant in the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project. The exhibition runs from July 3 – 15. Please join us for an opening reception with the artist on Wednesday, July 3 from 5 – 7 pm.

How to plan the ultimate family road trip

(Provided by Hyunda Canada publicity)

With summer fast approaching, many Canadian families are gearing up for some fun upcoming road trips. While road trips are filled with fun for all involved, planning a smooth sailing trip can sometimes feel like a bit of a bumpy ride.
 
Before buckling everyone into the car, parents need to organize themselves with the ultimate family road trip checklist.

Not only will this combat parental road trip anxiety, but it’ll ensure they get to their chosen destinations while limiting the amount of “ARE WE THERE YET?” heard from the back seats. Things to think about for your next family road trip include:

World cultures gather for summer fun at TD Sunfest '19 in London, Ontario



Find your summer vibe – hot dancing shoes and cool Sunfest Cerveza beer are a must! – during the landmark 25th edition of Canada’s Premier Celebration of World Cultures.  Voted one of the best overseas music festivals by the UK’s prestigious Songlines Magazine, as well as a TOP 100 event by Festivals & Events Ontario, TD Sunfest'19 is ready to transfigure London’s beautiful Victoria Park into a culturally diverse jewel where, for four days, 40 outstanding world music & jazz groups from all corners of the planet – Brazil to Reunion Island – will entertain on five stages.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

It's all happening this summer, adventures and more, in Ontario's Lake Country


(Provided by Ontario's Lake Country) Summer 2019)



A summer filled with fun and adventure is guaranteed in Ontario’s Lake Country north of Barrie

Orillia Events and Festivals
Summer Block Party July 27 - A downtown summer street festival like no other! Showcasing a fusion of art, fun interactive activities, music, food, kid zones, sizzling sales & giveaways.

Pirate Party – Aug 31 – Sept 1 - Join us at the Port of Orillia on the Labour Day Weekend for this fun-filled annual event, featuring live music, entertainment and a treasure hunt through Downtown Orillia. Prizes awarded for the Best Pirate Boat and Best Pirate Crew! Landlubbers in pirate garb expected!

Mariposa Folk Festival - Check out Showcase winning acts, spoken word performances & kids’ activities. For more than 50 years, Mariposa has been presenting world class creators and performers of folk, roots, blues, gospel, acoustic and world music traditions in a beautiful, family-friendly setting. Orillia’s largest festival is once again featuring the Downtown Stage & Story Stage!

Plenty of fun things are happening this upcoming Canada Day weekend at Casino Rama near Orillia, Ontario

   (News Release)

 
   Burton Cummings and Band plays Friday, June 28 & Saturday, June 29.
   Get there early on Friday as radio’s 104.1 The Dock will be joining us to kick off the long weekend with some pre-show fun and prizes.
   Both nights, one lucky audience member could win a chance to meet Burton Cummings.
   Check out the late-night all-you-can-eat Canadian themed snack bar for only $16.95 at Firestarter Lounge or grab a pint and listen to more live music with Dan Clancy performing in the Simcoe Yard House.
    On July 1st, we are running a Canada Day Hot Seat. You could win $1,000. From 2p.m. to 8 p.m., we’re giving away $1,000 within every 15 minutes and there EW free Canada Day t-shirts up for grabs.
   Complimentary cupcakes will be served at 12 noon on July 1st while quantities last.
   For more information on concerts and more, go to https://www.casinorama.com/Live
   From Natasha Borutski, Public Relations Specialist| Casino Rama Resort 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Tall ships 'a comin' to Toronto Harbour on Canada Day weekend; other Canadian and U.S. ports


   One-Tank Trip for June 22/19

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Ahoy matey, ready for a “mari-good time?”
   The tall ships are ‘a comin’ to the Great Lakes this summer.
   They’ll drop anchor on the Canada Day weekend, June 29 to July 1, for the Redpath Waterfront Festival on Toronto’s waterfront.
The return of the Bluenose II will be a highlight of the Redpath Waterfront Festival in Toronto.
    Along with a weekend of mostly free entertainment, there’s a chance for visitors to jump on board (with tickets) the fleet of 12 vessels some of which offer evening sailings.
   They’ll be participating in the Tall Ships Challenge Race Series, visiting ports in Canada and the United States.
   Among the highlights will be a visit by Bluenose II, Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, available for tours on deck, after a 10-year absence from Toronto.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Oh Canada, It’s Alive and the Puslinch Lake Home Tour make fun day trips


   One-Tank Trip for June 15/19
    
   (c) By Jim Fox

   Get ready for a big dose of “pure Canadiana” at a dinner show in Niagara Falls that’s been given a makeover in time for Canada Day.
   Oh Canada Eh? marks its 25th anniversary as an interactive theatre experience that celebrates the Great White North, said publicist Courtney De Caire.
   The songs, actors, production, rustic log cabin theatre – even the structure of the show itself – are pure Canadiana,” she added.
There’s lots of singing and dancing in the O Canada Eh? show.
    Featuring music from post Second World War to modern pop, Oh Canada Eh? tells a story about our culture and psyche and highlights the country’s special sense of humour.
   This includes singing Mounties, lumberjacks, Anne of Green Gables and a hockey player paying tribute to about 50 songs by 30 Canadian recording artists.
   With some 6,000 performances under its belt and entertaining 1.2-million people, Canadiana Productions Inc. calls this season a “showstopper.”

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Hit the beach, hiking and bike trails and leave the car behind


   One-Tank Trip for June 8/19

   By Jim Fox

   Trains, planes and buses are offering adventurous new ways of hitting the beach, parks, hiking and biking trails this summer.
   Leave the car behind and save that tank of gas with the Bend Bus, Parkbus, Erie Fun Tours, Porter Airlines, GO Transit and VIA Rail trains.
   “I’m pumped about getting people to the beach and making solid summer memories,” said Matthew Thomas, founder and chief beach bum of Bend Bus.
All aboard the Bend Bus, making trips to the beach throughout the summer.
    The London-based transportation service is expanding to offer weekend and holiday Monday round-trips to Grand Bend and Port Stanley beaches from London and Kitchener starting June 22.
   Thomas launched the service last summer with 12 trips to and from Grand Bend from London.
Grand Bend beach (Ontario's Southwest)
   “I wanted a fun, easy way to get to the beach, experience the Great Lakes and explore the incredible beachside towns,” Thomas said.
   Bend Bus offers morning and afternoon trips from London and morning trips from Kitchener and St. Thomas every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Mondays.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Paddle your own canoe, kayak on the Grand River with Bingemans, Grand Experiences


   One-Tank Trip for June 1/19

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Take a “grand adventure” padding a canoe or kayak down a lazy river.
   You can combine canoeing, kayaking and camping with a partnership between Bingemans of Kitchener and Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Co.
   It happens on the Grand River, the largest watershed in southern Ontario that starts as a stream in Dufferin County and flows 280 kilometres to Lake Erie.
It’s a fun time getting out on the Grand River.
    This watery jewel running through southwestern Ontario is a great source of recreation including fishing, boating, paddle sports and swimming.
   It remains largely tranquil even as it flows through the urban areas of Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge and Brantford.
   The partnership adds more river attractions to its camping and entertainment options, said president Mark Bingeman.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Live music season has returned to the Blue Mountains

(News Release)

  A stacked season of incredible live music at Blue Mountain and South Georgian Bay
 
Blue Mountains, Ontario. May 22, 2019 --- Live music is the lifeblood of green season in Ontario’s premiere four season destination.

For 2019, the selection of incredible musical acts has grown and evolved to include a myriad of genres, cultures, flavours, and sounds.
 
Every day, all summer long, visitors and music lovers alike can take advantage of award-winning festivals, amazing headliners, and emerging talents all across the region.
 
The Blue Mountain Village location lends itself perfectly to taking in a great live show. With a distinct energy that sets it apart from other venues in the area, the Village stage is the beating heart of music at the foot of the mountain.

This year, we welcome over 90 free concerts to the Blue Mountain Village.

 
Peak to Shore Music Festival
 
The 2019 Peak to Shore Music Festival kicks off July 17-21 at 12 venues across the region and features 35+ concerts.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

The beat goes on as music milestones rock the summer; Motown's 60th party . . . Stones rock Canada . . .


   One-Tank Trip for May 18/19

    By Jim Fox

   The hits just keep on coming as this year marks several milestones in music history.
   They’ll really be dancing in the streets as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas sang at Motown’s 60th anniversary weekend from Sept. 21 to 23 in Detroit.
   The Motown sound changed America as it emanated from songwriter Berry Gordy’s home studio started with an $800 loan from his family.
Motown Museum dubbed Hitsville U.S.A. (Barbara Fox)
    At 2648 W. Grand Blvd., the house now is the home of the Motown Museum, nicknamed Hitsville U.S.A.
   That’s where the Four Tops, David Ruffin and the Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross and the Supremes, and Stevie Wonder became famous.
   And, don’t forget Michael Jackson & the Jackson 5, the Marvelettes, Gladys Knight & the Pips and Lionel Richie & the Commodores.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Niagara Wine Region growing taste for craft beers, including Wayne Gretzky


   One-Tank Trip for May 11/19
 
   (c) By Jim Fox

   Niagara Region – already known for its world-class wines – is acquiring a taste for craft beers.
   “Niagara is earning a growing reputation among beer lovers and foodies for its thriving craft brew scene,” said publicist Stephen Murdoch.
   “Just as the best wines reflect the area where they are produced, Niagara’s craft beers capture the unique charm and personality of the region and the passion of the brewmasters behind them,” he added.
How many “growler jugs” of craft beer are there on the wall at Lock Street Brewing?
    New entries include Lock Street Brewing in St. Catharines and Bench Brewing in Beamsville opening their doors recently.
   Niagara now pours at more than a dozen craft beer operations producing award-winning brews that are building a growing audience.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend at Presqu’ile Provincial Park – May 18-19/2019


PRESS RELEASE

BRIGHTON, Ontario -- The Friends of Presqu’ile Park are pleased to announce that despite the grey, cold, it really is spring.

While birds have been trickling back north for a couple of months, the big wave of tens of thousands of songbirds and shorebirds that migrate through Presqu’ile Provincial Park, are arriving this month.
 
Parula - David Bree photo
These are some of the most beautiful and sought-after birds for birdwatchers and this weekend is packed with activities designed to introduce visitors to these birds and the fine art of bird watching. 

On both Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19, we will start out with an ultra early bird walk for the ultra keen at 6:30am from the Lighthouse Centre.Want to sleep a bit longer?  We will also offer a repeat bird walk starting at 10am from the Lighthouse Centre.

Justin Bieber museum exhibit extended, gets major refresh

Justin Bieber: Steps to Stardomadds new pieces to collection

STRATFORD, Ont. A year after it opened its doors, a one-of-a-kind museum exhibit devoted to Canadian pop superstar Justin Bieber has been given a major overhaul.
The Stratford Perth Museum — located in the small southwestern Ontario city of Stratford where Bieber grew up and launched his meteoric rise to the top of music charts as a teenager — has added more than two dozen new pieces of memorabilia provided by Bieber and his family to the collection.
 The revamped “Justin Bieber: Steps to Stardom” exhibit has taken place for the popular exhibit’s one-year anniversary.
“We’ve got some fantastic new items that Justin and his family have lent the museum,” said John Kastner, General Manager of the Stratford Perth Museum.

“This isn’t just a finetuning of the collection, it’s a real refresh. We wanted to make sure that people who may have been to see the exhibit before will really notice the changes if they come again.”
The museum worked closely with Bieber and his family members to ensure the exhibit gives an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the musician’s extraordinary path to success — beginning from his early days as a youngster in Stratford before he was discovered, to his present status as one of the world’s top-selling names in entertainment.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

It's all happening in Toronto this spring and summer (2019)

WHAT’S NEW & HAPPENING IN TORONTO, ONTARIO CANADA – SPRING 2019

TORONTO, CANADA (April 4, 2019)
– Spring is in the air in Toronto, Canada’s Downtown, as the ever-changing city welcomes new openings, and experiences to its spring line-up.  The season will not disappoint, with festivals, attractions, anniversaries and more! Read through our latest “What’s New” for a full list of updates and happenings around Toronto.  
Tourism Toronto photo



Hotel X Toronto by Library Hotel Collection will add Canada’s first Guerlain Spa opening late spring/early summer. Guerlain, a French perfume, cosmetics and skincare house, among the oldest and most prestigious brands in the world, will complement the hotel’s expansive 8100 square metre athletic center, 10XTO. The partnership will create an exclusive new menu of personalized treatments focusing on beauty and wellbeing while using signature products for facials, massages and body treatments. The Guerlain Spa at Hotel X Toronto will offer ten treatment rooms with views overlooking Lake Ontario.

Hotel X Toronto will also add a fine-dining Mediterranean restaurant and bar to its collection. Pétros 82, set to open this spring, will feature airy dining room featuring an open kitchen and high-ceilings, two full-service bars, outdoor patio, Pétros 82 lobby bar and three flexible private rooms that accommodate 20 to 60 guests. Reflecting the hotel’s dedication to the community and sustainability, the restaurant is focused on providing flavourful, all-natural dishes, farmed fresh and sourced locally.

On Saturday, April 6th, the Omni King Edward Hotel’s popular Afternoon Tea will transform into a Royal Baby Shower Afternoon Tea featuring a special menu in celebration of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby. The tea will be served in the Sovereign Ballroom from 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Hockey, baseball and golf halls of fame and museums are a winner for visitors


   One-Tank Trip for May 4/19

   (c) By Jim Fox

   “He shoots, he scores!”
   That phrase, coined by hockey play-by-play legend Foster Hewitt, was repeatedly heard during the era of superstars Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky.
   Now the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto pays homage to the most-prolific scorers with 9 & 99: The Howe-Gretzky Exhibition.
   Referring to their jersey numbers, this is an exhibit “unlike any other,” said Kelly Masse, director of corporate and media relations.
  Superstars Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky are being memorialized at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
    Visitors to the exhibition, on now through next March, can “witness the greatest compilation of milestone artifacts and rare personal memorabilia,” she added.
   Hall curators hand-picked the items from their family collections that reveal the “legacy and indelible bond of ‘Mr. Hockey (Howe)’ and ‘the Great One (Gretzky)’.”

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Ontario Parks' campgrounds are coming to life after a dormant, cold winter


   One-Tank Trip for April 27-19
  
     (c) By Jim Fox

   Campers are getting ready to come out of hibernation after a long, cold winter.
   Roughing it in the wilderness beside a lake, stream or river is entrenched in the Canadian psyche and, for newbies, there couldn’t be a better time to learn all about it.
   Trading the urban wilderness for the wilds of the woods isn’t all that difficult and Ontario Parks can help with its Learn to Camp program.
These campsites will soon be filled in Ontario Parks. (Barbara Fox photo)
    Family camping is one of the great summer traditions, with the launch of the season traditionally on the coming Victoria Day holiday weekend.
   Ontario has more than 100 provincial parks that offer drive-up camping, with most parks open from late spring (May or June) until fall (Labour Day or Thanksgiving weekend).
   For those hardy souls, parks such as Algonquin, MacGregor Point, Pinery and Killarney offer camping year-round.
Some people like to “camp” with the comforts of home at McRae Point Provincial Park near Orillia. (Jim Fox photo)

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Wet and wild summer fun at Canada's Wonderland, Great Wolf Lodge Niagara and Santa's Village


   One-Tank Trip for April 20/19

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Look, up in the sky!
   It’s the fastest, tallest and longest dive roller coaster in the world.
   Hang on to your hats – or better yet, don’t wear one – if you dare take a ride on Canada’s Wonderland Yukon Striker.
   It’s ready to roar when the park in Vaughan, north of Toronto, opens for the season on May 3 (closed on May 4 for a special event).
The Yukon Striker is the latest hair-raising coaster at Canada’s Wonderland.
    Here’s the hype:
   “Be exhilarated by Yukon Striker’s epic journey high above the park’s skyline where you'll hang over a 90-degree drop for three breathtaking seconds, staring 245 feet (75 metres) down into an underwater tunnel.
   “Then suddenly you dive, reaching speeds of 130 km/h and soaring through four dynamic inversions, including a complete 360-degree loop – the only one of its kind for a dive coaster.

   It requires 42 support columns and features floorless trains with stadium-style seating in three rows of eight.
   “Be prepared for the ride of a lifetime,” says the park’s publicity.
   They’re getting ready for a hot summer of fun at the Cedar Fair Entertainment Co.-owned 300- acre (122-hectare) theme park.
   It has more than 200 attractions including 17 rollercoasters and is the home to Splash Works, a 20-acre (8.1-hectare) water park.
   For details on operating hours, rides and admission prices, go to canadaswonderland.com or call (905) 832-8131.

   A howling good time
   They say that “family fun never ends at Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls.”
   This “kid-friendly” indoor water park resort means fun inside or outdoors.
   After splashing round the pools, there’s great food, shopping options, arts and crafts and activities that change on daily.
   Just add water and enjoy as the accommodation options are growing this summer to include a “new level” of rustic Northwood’s-themed luxury cottages.
Rustic luxury cottages are being added to Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls.
    These “exclusive and secluded accommodations” will comprise 15 two-bedroom cottages that provide accommodations for up to 10 people.
   Each cottage comes with a master suite and ensuite with a king-size bed and walk-in rainforest shower.
   The included loft bedroom with a treehouse feel includes a bathroom, two double beds and two twin bunk beds.
   Each cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, floor-to-ceiling fireplace, large covered patios, rustic hand-crafted decor antiquities, modern retro appliances and cozy oversized furniture.
   There will be five single-family buildings and 10 semi-detached units with lock-off doors between adjoining units available.
   All units have access to a central forested patio area with communal barbecue and fire pit. greatwolf.com/niagara; 1-800-605-9653

   Ho, ho, ho
   Santa’s adding some fun attractions to his summer getaway spot in Bracebridge.
   The off-season escape for the jolly gent and Mrs. Claus is Santa’s Village located halfway between the equator and the North Pole on the 45th parallel.
Bumper boats are the newest attraction at Santa’s Village.
    This “kinder, gentler” amusement park for youngsters is set on the scenic banks of the Muskoka River.
   New for this 64th season starting on May 18 are Santa’s Jolly Bumpers (bumper boats) that hold one or two passengers and “whimsical tractors” that can be ridden around Santa’s on-site farm.
   Suited for young children, adults can go on the village’s rides with their children.
   For older kids, there’s Sportsland with go-karts, bungee trampoline, a rock wall, mini-golf, batting cages, a bowling and soccer game and arcade.
   There are also the Muskoka Zip-Lines and Aerial Park, and on-site camping with cottages, rustic cabins, RV sites and tenting. santasvillage.ca; (705) 645-2512

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