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Published on June 30th, 2016 | by Kamla Wray

Ontario’s Best Summer Attractions.

With so many attractions to consider visiting this summer, it can be overwhelming and costly. Rest assured, we have gathered a list of some of the best places to check out this summer that are guaranteed to inspire, educate and maybe help you save a loonie or two along the way.

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The warm weather tends to bring out the adventurer in all of us and that’s why Canada’s Wonderland, African Lion Safari and the CN Tower are ideal destinations for a seasonal dose of excitement. The EdgeWalk remains on my bucket list but my fear of heights is stronger than my will to experience the world’s tallest full-circle hands-free walk. Maybe next year.

If the EdgeWalk is too extreme but you still want to get to higher ground, you can’t go wrong with treetop trekking or a helicopter ride in Niagara because nothing can compare to a bird’s eye view of The Falls.

THE WAY WE WERE

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Parliament Buildings in Ottawa

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From catching the changing of the guard in front of the House of Parliament to posing in front of the Peace Tower, a trip to Ottawa is a memorable journey into Canadian history. Museum buffs, be sure to visit the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Science and Technology Museum, and the National Military Cemetery.

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Aerial view of the Thousand Islands Bridge.

Ottawa is not the only city in Ontario with rich history. Toronto is home to many landmarks but few are as visually striking as Casa Loma. It was Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellet’s childhood dream to own a castle and at one time, it was considered Canada’s largest private residence. Members save when pre-purchasing admission tickets to numerous attractions throughout Ontario including Casa Loma, Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, Westfield Heritage Village, 1000 Islands & Seaway Cruises and the Royal Ontario Museum.

Casa Loma

Casa Loma

Northern Ontario is rife with significant landmarks all detailing important moments in Canadian history. If your travels are taking you north this summer, be sure to stop in at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg for a personal look at one of the largest displays of works by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. If you’re hankering to head further north, Fort William, Sleeping Giant Provincial Park and Kakabeka Falls in Thunder Bay should be on your to-see list.

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE

Ian Lake. Photography by Don Dixon.

Stratford Festival, Macbeth. Photo: Don Dixon

Stratford & Shaw Theatre Festivals
Sometimes you just want to sit back and be entertained, and nothing says, “That’s entertainment” quite like taking in a stage performance. Theatre buffs, be sure to check out the Stratford Festival, hailed as North America’s largest classical repertory theatre or the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. These productions are among some of Canada’s most-acclaimed performances and should not be missed. Finally, if Hollywood blockbuster productions are more your thing, there are many summer releases to look forward to and Members, did you know you have access to Cineplex movie ticket discounts by simply visiting your local CAA Store?

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Cirque du Soleil: LUZIA

Cirque du Soleil
On the heels of performance art, Cirque du Soleil’s newest show LUZIA is being met with rave reviews. If you have never taken in a Cirque performance, let’s just say it cannot be compared to anything else in the live entertainment world. Remember, CAA Members get a discount when they pre-purchase their Cirque du Soleil tickets online.

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TTC Day Pass
Many tourists choose Toronto as their one-stop destination because of its diversity, especially when it comes to the 140 neighbourhoods officially recognized by The City of Toronto. There’s no better way to explore trendy Yorkville, busy Kensington/Chinatown or The Beach than by transit. TTC Day Passes are an economic and convenient way of getting from uptown to downtown and across town without having to deal with traffic and parking.

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Toronto CityPASS
If you’re planning on visiting several key attractions, then the Toronto CityPASS should be considered because the savings are pretty significant. You can hit up 5 attractions including the CN Tower, Casa Loma, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, the Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Centre and the Toronto Zoo for one price. Members get additional savings. Click here for pricing information.

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Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto. Photo: Kamla Wray

GET YOUR CHEER ON!

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Toronto FC. Photo: Kamla Wray

This year has been nothing short of spectacular for Canadian sports teams. The Raptors reminded everyone that basketball was indeed invented by a Canadian and the Blue Jays continue to pack in the fans thanks to a fantastic last season.

Toronto FC & Honda Indy Toronto
With Euro Cup 2016 underway, soccer (or football as it is referred to internationally) is on everyone’s mind and what better time to support our Reds, officially Toronto Football Club, than now? Member-exclusive discount tickets to Toronto FC games, the Rogers Cup and Honda Indy Toronto are available for purchase now.

Hockey Hall of Fame
It’s always hockey season in Canada. While players take a break from the on-ice action, fans can take in everything to do with our national sport at the Hockey Hall of Fame. From checking out a replica NHL dressing room to testing your wrist-action with state-of-the-art interactive games, there’s no denying this hockey shrine is must-see for fans of the game. Did we mention Members save on tickets?

There’s no shortage of attractions across Ontario to discover. These are but a few of the many to consider visiting this summer. Wherever you choose to go, drive safe and enjoy the sunshine!

 

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