Oh Ontario…

There are so many beautiful little hidden gems across the province.  We’re truly in the perfect location for day tripping, staycations, or mini-getaways.  This summer we’ve had to cut-back on our little daytime adventures.  It’s been hard balancing housework, exploration time, and a few part-time jobs.  I’m an expert juggler… well, a juggler at least.  I’ve been known to drop a ball or two before.

This summer, the kids have enjoyed time at Grandma & Grandpa’s cottage on Sturgeon Lake.  They’ve gone camping with Oma at Ontario Park Awenda.  We went spelunking (and hiking and swimming) at the Warsaw Caves Conservation area.  We’ve spent countless hours on the shores of Lake Scugog and playing in Palmer Park.  We found a fantastic deal on Wonderland tickets and wore ourselves out with sun, rides, and junk food.  This week we headed west and explored the sights (and tastes) of the St. Jacob’s Farmers Market, with a stop at the Elora Gorge on the way home.

Before the summer ends we’ll be heading east and taking some much needed R&R at the Singleton Lake Family Campground with the whole family.  Fishing, campfires, swimming, boating, cousins, laughter, and fun!!!

We’re packing what we can into our summer… and exploring new and favourite haunts along the way.  Some of our favourite Ontario gems include the Warsaw Caves, Centre Island, the city of Ottawa, Cobourg beach, Niagara Falls, and many of the quaint little towns along the smaller highways and byways.  We also like taking in the occasional Jays game – the boys are headed to their first in September!

Our must-see list includes 1,000 Islands, Tobermory, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Kingston, the Badlands, Algonquin Park (nope – haven’t done it yet!), and the Algoma Central Railway. Did you know Ontario is as big as Spain & France combined?   There’s so much to see, and do, and explore!  I know there are conservation areas and beaches and activities practically in our own backyard that we have yet to experience.  Any others we should check out?  Our list is constantly growing and changing – memories can be made in the oft-overlooked lesser-known destinations just as easily as the top tourist spots.  Summer is perfect for getting out and having fun!

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