Our summer bucket list

By on July 6, 2013

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By: Danielle Todd

It’s been a cold spring here in Ontario, but it looks like we are finally nearing the end. With that in mind, here are five ideas you must do with your friends this summer:

1. Blazing Paddles – Rent a Canoe on the Grand Rivercanoe

Spending the day paddling down the Grand River is not only an adventure, but also a great opportunity to catch some rays and get some exercise. It’s a perfect blend of nature, heritage and quality time spent with friends.

Starting of off in Cambridge, Ontario, the Grand River winds though a unique Carolinian forest, where you’ll see vegetation usually found in areas much further south. Along the way, you’ll also come across wildlife not often seen in the city, mill ruins and a sycamore tree thought to be 300 years.

Take your time, and stop for a picnic lunch on one of the many small islands along the route. Then, celebrate the end of your trek with a pint at one of the many cafes and pubs in the quaint town of Paris, Ontario.

camping2. Camp in Style – Spend a weekend in a luxury wilderness suite in Long Point

For those of us who want to enjoy the outdoors, but aren’t willing to giving up creature comforts, we now have glamping. Long Point Eco-Adventures offers this unique outdoor experience for the less rugged.

Unlike conventional camping, there’s no set up, leaving plenty of time for hiking, zip lining, or just chilling out in a deck chair. In the evening, hang out by the campfire, or look up at the stars in their observatory. There’s even a winery located right across the road, offering tours, tastings and dining. With all these amenities, it’s a perfect spot for a girl’s weekend or romantic getaway with a significant other.

3. Go West – Rent a Cottage on Lake Huronhuron

Lake Huron is Ontario’s west coast. Its expansive coastline features sandy beaches and small towns with unique shopping and dining. From Tobermory to Grand Bend, there are hundreds of cottage rentals available for you and your pals to get some well deserved rest and a bit of sunshine.

A cottage vacation is a great opportunity to catch up on your beach reading by day, then party at night while playing cards or board games. Take turns cooking meals, and dine al fresco, while enjoying a stunning summer sunset.

4. Pedal and Pour – Take a Bike Ride in Wine Countrygrapes

Niagara-on-the-Lake is known for its well preserved Victorian architecture, fine dining and even finer wines. The landscape that surrounds this beautiful historic town is also one of Ontario’s most scenic. Among the sprawling vineyards, you’ll find over 25 unique wineries. Spend a day on a self or guided bicycle tour of the region, stopping along the way for wine tasting and snacking. Don’t worry about the calories; you’ll burn it off on the way to your next stop.

design5. Seek Shelter from the Rain – Visit a Museum

As much as we’d like every summer day to be warm and sunny, the rain must fall every now and then. Although most of us would rather be outside, there’s plenty to do inside this summer. Stay out of the rain at Toronto’s Design Exchange where the Christian Louboutin exhibit will be available for viewing from June 21 – September 15, 2013. Then, with decadence in mind, treat yourself to afternoon tea at the King Edward Hotel.

 

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