The "unofficial" start of summer is here! The Victoria Day long weekend (May 2-4) is widely known to be the weekend that kicks off summer. The weather is (usually) great, spring cleaning is done, the winter jackets are away, and the patios are set... So what are some ideas for this weekend you ask? We're going to cover a little of everything - we're sure you will find something to do depending on the location you're looking!
So, why not celebrate the Victoria Day Long Weekend the way it was meant to be.... Outdoors, at the lake, on the dock, by the fire, in the boat, under the stars, with great music, in an amazing environment, on a patio sipping drinks, and surrounded by amazing friends and family. Whether you're planning a day trip or a weekend getaway, there are events, activities, and solace options all around. We're going to break these down by region to help a little further...
Algonquin Highlands Trails
Explore 38km of hiking trails, hundreds of kms of ATV tarils. Backcountry camping, canoeing and kayaking. Excellent fishing. And finally, visit the Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower and Ontario's only full size historic Log Chute.
Alliston, Mono, Barrie & Lake Simcoe
Nottawasaga Inn Resort - Alliston
Treat the kids to a Family Fun Pass at Nottawasaga Inn Resort this weekend! Your pass includes swimming, 100ft waterslide, and 4 mini golf passes for only $55.95+tax for up to 4 people. Your pass is good for the whole weekend!
Treetop Trekking - Barrie
Sunday Funday! Beat the summer rush and find out why spring is one of the best times of the year to visit Treetop Trekking! Save $10 this weekend!
Slopeside Adventures - Horseshoe Resort
Have an adrenaline filled weekend at Horseshoe Resort with their 600 Acre playground! From rock climbing, disc golf and scenic chairlift ride to an inflatable obstacle course, mini putt, hiking and biking trails a skate park and so much more! It'll never be a dull day at horseshoe
Rounds Ranch - Elmvale
Have a Yee Haw Weekend! Kids can experience a petting zoo, jiant jumping pillows, zip lines, pedal cart racetrack, cornfield maze and the Ranchland Playground with jumbo slides! Don't worry adults, there's plenty for you to do too! Test your skills at target practice, shooting corn through a high powered corn cannon, or take a scenic ride around the 125 acre farm to view crops, horses and wildlife.
MacLaren Art Center - Barrie
Enjoy Spring 2018 exhibitions - Longevity or a Lack Thereof, Anthea Black and Thea Yabut, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Derek Liddington, Alex Morrison, Meghan Price
Adamo Estate Winery - Mono
Enjoy delicious wine tastings and tours offered daily. No reservations required, public tours are available. Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm and 3:00pm
Blue Mountains, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach
Blue Mountain Village
Kick off summer in style with Blue Mountain's May Long Weekend Celebrations featuring family-friendly activities and the Vague de Cirque under the marquee tent.
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures - Collingwood
Eco Tours and Outdoor Adventures invite you to get active with cave tours, nature trails, suspension bridge, Thunderbird Twin Zip, gemstone mining, mini golf, trout pond and eco tours.
Scandinave Spa - Blue Mountains
Enjoy peace and relaxation of the world famous outdoor spa. Situated in a natural forest, minutes from downtown Collingwood and Blue Mountain Resort, Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain offers a unique tranquil outdoor spa experience
Abbey Gardens - Haliburton
Learn about local food, gardening, energy, sustainable construction techniques, heritage agricultural animals, land restoration and cooking techniques! Enjoy local food shopping at the Food Hub, interpretive trails, heritage breed displays, picnics and special event spaces
Yours Outdoors - Haliburton
Some like it hot! Put a little sizzle in your life and warm up to the art within you with a full day introduction to glassblowing by artists inspired by the nature of the Haliburton Highlands. Create several pieces of glass art. Add some spicy cuisine and warm hospitality for a special adventure.
Medeba Adventure Learning Centre - Haliburton
Experience ziplining and conquer several elements of the high ropes course. This is a great adventure for friends and families who want to push the limits in a fun and safe setting
Midland and Area
Take a boat tour at one of the three locations: Midland 30,000 Islands Boat Cruise, Penetanguishene Historic Georgian Bay Cruise and Port Severn Boat Cruise
Discovery Harbour - Penetanguishene
Opening day, May 19th - Discovery Harbour is home port for two large replica historic ships and a fine collection of smaller vessels. Get on board and feel what life was really like for the people at the Penetanguishene Naval Establishment in the early 1800's.
Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons - Midland
Make your weekend historic! Marvel at a world that existed over 370 years ago. This impressive reconstruction takes you back in time to a story of cultural contact, determination, drama and survival.
Uke Fest at Midland Cultural Centre - Midland
May 18 - 20 the Midland Cultural Centre will be offering a number of ukulele workshops, jam sessions and performances for players of all skill levels. Headlining the Saturday night concert this year is ukulele-cello duo James Hill & Anne Janelle
Steamship Tours - Port McNicoll
Opening Day - May 20th. Experience the grace and power of luxury travel at the dawn of the twentieth century. The world's last UK-built Edwardian-era passenger steamship, S.S. Keewatin is a time capsule of the elegance and engineering achieved in the same period that spawned Titanic. All original, remarkably preserved.
Marsh by Moonlight - Wye Marsh, Midland
The Marsh by Moonlight Paddle Series features a guided voyageur-style canoe tour through the sparkling moonlight waters of the Wye Marsh. Twinkling voyageur canoes and boardwalk, night noises, bannock roasted over the open fire accompanied by a hot drink will make for an unforgettable night! Connect with nature and experience the Wye Marsh in a way that not many people have the opportunity to!
Huronia Museum - Midland
Discover Huronia's past and explore a replica of a "pre-contact" Huron/Ouendat village, including a lookout tower, wigwam, a full-size longhouse and much more.
Shop, eat and enjoy a stroll along one of the largest collections of outdoor murals.
Santa's Village - Bracebridge
Camping Sportsland and Arial Park. Enjoy Muskoka Zip Lines and Aerial park, Sportsland and camping is open for the season!
Treetop Trekking - Huntsville
Sunday Funday! Beat the summer rush and find out why spring is one of the best times of year to visit Treetop Trekking! Save $10!
Bog to Bottle Discovery - Bala
Johnston's Cranberry Marsh and Muskoka Lakes Winery's 'Bog to Bottle Discovery' runs every day at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. This guided tour of the cranberry marsh is followed by a tutored tasting of award-winnng wine. It's a Muskoka 'must do' and a Canadian Signature Experience! Taste wine, use the trails, or just shop at the store any time!
Top 50 Pike Series Fishing Tournament - Huntsville Tri Series
On May 20th The Top 50 Pike Series is back! The Tri-Lakes is always a great event with big fish! Register your team today!
Muskoka 24 Craft Beer Festival - Huntsville
On Saturday May 19th The Downtown Huntsville VIA is excited to host the third annual Muskoka 2-4 Craft Beer Festival! This festival will showcase some of the best craft beer that the region and province has to offer. Located in Downtown Huntsville's River Mill Park, patrons wil enjoy a view of the beautiful Muskoka River as they take in a day of sampling some exceptional craft beer and listen to some amazing local bands.