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Algonquin Provincial Park
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Widely recognized as the oldest land preserve in Canada, Algonquin Provincial Park is home to numerous lakes, thousands of kilometers of winding streams and rivers, 1,200 campsites and dozens of opportunities to explore the outdoors.

Travelers can stop by the popular Algonquin Visitor Center, which showcases the park’s extensive history and offers travelers a perfect starting point for any adventure. Visitors can map out their adventures on the massive relief map and pick up expert tips and travel guides to help navigate this scenic spot. Whether it’s canoeing to one of the Algonquin’s interior camping sites, mountain biking its network of extensive trails, horseback riding through thick forests or fishing in one of the pristine bodies of water, there’s something for every outdoorsman, regardless of the season.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake
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Often touted as one of Ontario’s most beautiful towns, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a great destination for anyone wanting a slow-paced, scenic and agriculturally-rich Canadian experience. Wine touring is a popular activity, as Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to over 25 wineries, most of which are open for tours and tastings. Visit everything from small boutique wineries to large estates, with each facility having its own distinct personality -- although all benefit from the area’s proximity to Lake Ontario and the Niagara River.

There are also a number of performance spaces, great for getting to know local culture, including the Shaw Festival Theatre, Court House Theatre and Royal George Theatre. There are also a number of art galleries, like the Angie Strauss Gallery, which showcases beautiful impressionist paintings, and the Romance Collection Gallery, where you can see works by local artists Trisha Romance and Tanya Jean Peterson.

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Canadian Museum of History
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The grand-sounding Canadian Museum of Civilization takes an up-close look at Canada’s history and culture with an entertaining and educational array of exhibits.

There’s a topic to intrigue every interest. Special exhibitions examine everything from the role of the horse in civilization to the history of Canada’s fur trade.

The museum’s permanent displays explore Canada’s natural world, social history and First Peoples, drawing on the collection’s 3.75 million artifacts.

The Children’s Museum is specially designed to spark the imaginations of little ones, and the on-site IMAX cinema entertains all ages with big-screen movies.

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More Things to Do in Ontario

1000 Islands Tower

1000 Islands Tower

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Kurtz Orchards

Kurtz Orchards

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PondView Estate Winery

PondView Estate Winery

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Jackson-Triggs Winery

Jackson-Triggs Winery

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St. Catharines

St. Catharines

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Although frequently overlooked by visitors in a rush to get to Niagara Falls, St Catharines is Ontario’s sixth largest city. First settled by Loyalists in the 1780s, it played a major role in abolitionist activity in 1850 thanks to William Hamilton Merritt, who granted land to refugee slaves from the United States. In fact, St Catharines was one of the final Canadian stops on the infamous “Underground Railroad” (a series of secret routes and safe houses used by slaves) for refugee African-American slaves, and therefore remains an important place in Black Canadian history to this day. By the mid-1850s the town's population was about 6000, 800 of whom were of African descent. St Catharines has since evolved into a thriving community based on trade, commerce, manufacturing and telecommunications.

In terms of attractions, St Catharines is often nicknamed "The Garden City" due to the 1,000 acres (4 square kilometers) of parks, gardens and trails scattered around the city.

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LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto

LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto

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LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is an interactive and fun filled activity for the whole family, where visitors can delve into the colorful and creative brick world of Lego. The first stop upon entering the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is the Lego Factory. A tour takes visitors through different stations showing how Legos are designed, manufactured and tested. And, just in case you were ever wondering, you can find out your weight and height in Lego bricks. Afterwards, the Miniland, a perfect replica of the Toronto skyline and waterfront in miniature awaits, including many well-known landmarks and attractions such as the CN Tower, City Hall and the Rogers Centre. The attention to detail is incredible and includes little Lego pedestrians and spectators, moving vehicles as well as daylight and nighttime adjustments.

The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is mostly geared towards children between the ages of 2 and 10.

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Canada's Wonderland

Canada's Wonderland

Canada’s Wonderland is Ontario’s premier theme park with over 200 attractions, 68 rides, Splash Works, great live shows and more. Due to the number of roller coasters--sixteen in total-- and known for premiering a new ride every year, Wonderland is known as one of the top roller coaster destinations in the world.

You can guess the type of popular rides through their names: The Bat, Skyrider, Top Gun, Vortex, Drop Tower and The Behemoth. The Leviathan is Wonderland’s latest attraction and Canada’s tallest and fastest roller coaster to date. Riders climb to riders climb to a record breaking 306 feet (97.7 metres) followed by an exhilarating 80 degree drop!. Dinosaurs Alive! is a seven acre dinosaur park, which was introduced in 2012, features more than 40 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and an interactive dig site.

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Georgian Bay Islands National Park

Georgian Bay Islands National Park

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With its dense carpet of white pines and red oak, hemmed in by rocky shores and punctuated by vibrant pockets of wild orchids and white trilliums, it’s easy to be swept away by the beauty of the Georgian Bay Islands National Park. Made up of 63 small islands and isles clustered along the southeastern shore of the great Lake Huron, it’s set within the world’s largest freshwater archipelago and makes a popular holiday destination.

The island is reachable only by boat and regular shuttle ferries run from Honey Bay on the mainland, to Beausoleil Island, the largest of the park’s islands. Here, there’s a vast network of hiking and cycling trails, ample opportunities for sailing, kayaking and canoeing, and a number of tranquil waterfront cabins and campsites. Along with its striking landscapes, the most compelling asset of the Georgian Bay Islands is its surprising diversity of wildlife, with a large variety of reptiles, including the rare eastern massasauga rattlesnake.

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Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG)

Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG)

Located 47 miles (75 kilometers) southwest of Toronto, the Royal Botanical Gardens unfolds with color, especially during the spring, summer, and autumn months. With in its 3,000 acres (1,200 hectares), the Gardens are a stunning nature sanctuary, with more than 1,100 species of plants thriving within its boundaries. The Royal Botanical Garden’s Rock Garden blazes with chrysanthemums in October, while the Laking Garden flourishes in summer with peonies, irises, and lilies. The Centennial Rose Garden is a must-see during late June through early September. Other attractions at RBG include the Arboretum, the Nature Interpretive Centre, and a network of trails and outdoor floral arrangements. The Royal Botanical Gardens hosts many festivals throughout the year, including the Ontario Garden Show (the second-largest garden show in Canada) and the Mediterranean Food & Wine Festival.

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