From coast to coast, Canada is home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world with its soaring mountains, lush forests and stunning beaches. In the center of it all you will find a not so hidden gem just a couple hours north of Toronto that has captured the hearts of millions of people all around the world.
Located in central Ontario, The District of Muskoka, Ontario, is home to 60,000 permanent residents and 100,000 seasonal property owners who migrate every summer, according to Statistics Canada. In addition, 2.1 million tourists visit annually to experience its vibrant summer culture and scenic backdrops. According to National Geographic, the Muskoka Region was ranked number one for best trips in 2011. With some 1,600 lakes, scenic trails, beautiful rock faces, and picturesque towns, it is no wonder that Muskoka has captured so many hearts.
In the mid to late 1800s, steam driven vessels were placed on Muskoka’s three main lakes, Lake Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph, drawing wealthy travellers to its tourist built camps, and creating a rise of hotels and boarding houses. Later, with the invention of the automobile and the fiberglass boat, ownership of a summer home became a popular trend, continuing today with people travelling from all over Canada and the United States in the summer. Muskoka is still home to the oldest operating steam driven vessel in North America, the Segwun, built in 1887, which is now used for tours and events.
Muskoka has held my heart for as long as I can remember. Like so many families, it has been a weekend and holiday destination to escape from the busy every day life of a big city and enjoy the tranquility of nature. It is a time to unwind and reconnect with family and friends with s’mores over a campfire or a kayak on a calm morning. As you enter Muskoka the sign proudly reads, “once discovered, never forgotten”.
When I first went to Niagara Falls with my family, I was a baby. While the waterfalls were beautiful, there were few other attractions and the city was quiet.
Since then, my family and I have visited multiple times each year as a holiday. Every year, I came back to the city older and we watched Niagara Falls grow up too - from a quiet, occasionally visited town to a bustling, beautiful city filled with tourists and attractions for everyone.
Niagara Falls will always be my favourite Canadian destination. The waterfalls, hills, trees, parks, and many gardens are reminders of the country’s unique beauty and natural features. The arcades, restaurants, waterparks, and the stores in Niagara On The Lake are enjoyable for everyone.
The city is frequented by citizens, residents, and international tourists alike, a reminder of Canada’s admirable diversity, inclusive culture, and all of the things the country has to offer that make it a desirable place to visit and live. Each year, I enjoy the fireworks, the friendly atmosphere, and the natural beauty of the city.
Most of all, I enjoy visiting Niagara On The Lake, a quaint nearby town filled with old-fashioned stores, historical architecture, a beach, and beautiful trees and gardens. Happy families, couples, and even wedding guests always gather in the town during the summer.
Even in the winter, although cold, the architecture, shopping, and historical significance of the town are wonderful. Niagara Falls represents all that Canadians love about our country: the beautiful natural landscapes, the enjoyable and fun-filled attractions, the architecture, and the inclusive and wonderful culture that attracts people from all over the world.
Queen’s Park, Ontario’s Legislative Building
by Ayesha Basu
If there was one place I could visit right now, it would be the Ontario Legislative Building at Queen’s Park. Currently, Queen’s Park is one of my favourite places in the world, for a variety of reasons.
The Legislative Building is a beautiful, historical place that represents our democracy. Behind its wooden doors, I have made many happy memories.
Queen’s Park is meaningful to me because I served there recently as a legislative page. Several memorable moments in my life come from this experience. I will never forget the first time I wore my uniform and proudly walked the floor of the Chamber. I met so many people who truly embodied what it meant to be Canadian, including Speaker Levac, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Premier Wynne, as well as the peace officers, student ushers, and staff who made my time there enjoyable.
Queen’s Park was like my second home, and I will always remember it as such.
Since its completion in 1893, the building has become a monument to our culture and history. The carvings in the sandstone are symbolic and aesthetically pleasing - especially to me. Even the interior of the building tells a story. For example, one wing is built out of wood, and the other wing is built out of marble, all because of a fire that took place in 1909. These small quirks and events have made Queen’s Park charming and one of a kind.
Not only is the building grand, it’s home to one of the most important aspects of Canadian culture: its democracy. Inside the building, the legislative assembly meets, a tradition rooted in our Constitution. Although the MPPs may have differing opinions, all of them are passionate about improving Ontario. Every day, these men and women gather to discuss the challenges facing Ontarians, tirelessly problem-solving for a better Canada.
In conclusion, Queen’s Park is my favourite place in all of Canada; that’s why it’s the best place to be. It’s filled with wonderful memories, majestic architecture, and is beautiful both in looks and in its purpose. Queen’s Park will always have my heart.
Dorest, my summer destination for more than 60 years
by Lorna Bywater
What makes you proud to be a Canadian? There's no place like it. Nestled in trees, lofty white pines, tall black spruce, and maples, oaks and birch, the tiny village of Dorset, Ontario has been the place I've returned to every summer for over sixty years.
The village itself, invites visitors to take a walking tour, enjoy the fresh air, relax and unwind. The pristine waters of Lake of Bays beckon everyone to either jump in for a swim, skim across the lake in canoe or kayak, or sit on the dock to watch the boats come and go.
Dorset boasts Canada's best General Store, Robinsons, and any visitor to Dorset delights in the treats and treasures to be discovered while roaming around the aisles of the old store. You can buy penny candies, ice cream and even leather moccasins in the General Store. No one leaves the store without some memento of a visit to Dorset.
A major tourist attraction is the Lookout Tower, which operated as a forest ranger tower years ago. The climb to the top is invigorating and the spectacular view that awaits makes the climb worthwhile. Picnic areas abound around the village with ready access to thee fresh water of the lake.
A highlight of the summer in Dorset is the celebration of Canada Day on July 1st . Villagers and tourists gather at dusk on the two large docks in the village centre to enjoy the fireworks display. Entire families turn out to view the amazing colours that fill the night sky. Children wave tiny Canadian flags while shouting gleefully as each firework explodes over the water.
Part of our Canadian identity is the peace and tranquility we all treasure. Dorset, Ontario offers beauty of landscape, peaceful surroundings, friendly people and that's what makes it my favourite Canadian destination.
Mono Cliffs is where my heart lives
by Hayley Cornelius
The one place that always feels like my own backyard is Mono Cliffs Provincial Park, near Orangeville, Ontario. I have travelled the Bruce Trail before I could walk, bouncing on my dad’s shoulders, as he paused to hear the symphony of bird calls, toss a stick for the dog, or call for my older brother to slow down or keep up. My mom has guided me lightly off the worn path to admire the trilliums, springing fresh from the cool shaded forest floors.
I have ventured deep into the skinny caves to feel ice on the limestone walls in July. I’ve explored the ruins of an old farm house, with my camera. I have started hikes at the east, south and west entrances, taking different routes each time.
My favourite journey starts along Cliff-Top Side trail, taking photos from the observation platform that never do the view justice. When I feel ambitious, I take a longer journey by McCarston’s Lake, then catch Lookout Trail up and up, huffing and puffing. Last summer I passed three men of varying ages wearing kilts on this trail. At the top, I burst from the shade into the sunlight to relish the glorious victory of reaching the peak. On clear days you can see the CN Tower 100 kilometres to the southeast.
My dog Lady, who loved hiking with me, carried sticks, greeted fellow hikers, and swam in the pond where Spillway, Carriage and Link trails all converge, while I would rest on the bench watching the turtles sunbathe on logs.
Ready to head back, I made my way around the pond, remembering only then, that I am at the bottom of the escarpment, and I need to make my way to the top up the endless stairs. I always forget about the stairs.
I enjoy travelling the world, but I would never call another country my home. There is so much here to love. I have lived and visited many places across Canada, but Mono Cliffs is where my heart lives. It never seems to change, but it always changes me.
Mount Albert: A wonderful place to grow up
by Alison Dent
My favourite place in Canada and where I put my heart in Canada is the village of Mount Albert, Ontario because it is a small village and it is my home. I could not ask for a better place in Canada to live.
The village is not a popular village but it is a wonderful place to grow up. Mount Albert is in the town of East Gwillimbury. In Mount Albert there are farms, stores, fire hall, a doctor's office, dentist's office, parks, library, schools, restaurants, nice homes and much more.
I like Mount Albert because I have lived in Mount Albert for all of my life. I have been to many places in our wonderful country. I have skated the river in Ottawa. I have travelled through the scenic Thousand Islands. I have walked the beautiful streets of Quebec and witnessed the magnificent water falls in Niagara. While Mount Albert may not be as famous or scenic as all those places, it is my favourite place and holds a special place in my heart because it is my home! There is no place that could ever change that.
I will always remember Mount Albert, even if one day I leave it. It will always stay in my hear as the place that I grew up and live and the memories will be buried in my heart.
It is the little places that people call home that make Canada great. I am proud to be a Canadian and I am proud to celebrate the 150th birthday of Canada!
Moraine Lake in Banff National Park
by Lisa D’Ascanio
As the second largest country in the world, Canada has seemingly endless amounts of landscapes that are unique and beautiful in their own way.
Personally, there are hundreds of places in my own neighbourhood that hold special memories in my life that I will never forget. But when I think about Canada as a whole and how this country has touched my life and shaped me into the person I am today, there is a particular place that comes to mind.
In the summer of 2015, I had the opportunity to travel to Alberta with my family for a week. I have always been an avid traveller and have been fortunate enough to travel to many different countries throughout the years. But oddly enough, I had never been interested in venturing around my own country and learning what it has to offer.
Therefore, when my family suggested a visit to Alberta, I was happy to go but not overly excited, as I couldn’t imagine what exciting things I would encounter. But, I am so glad that I had the opportunity to go on this trip as it showed me that Canada is one of the most beautiful and exciting places in the world.
The picture that I chose to showcase as my favourite Canadian destination is a picture from Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Alberta. I chose this picture because even now when I look at it, I remember how I felt while standing at that exact spot. I felt so small and insignificant in comparison to these large mountains that loomed over me and I realized that many issues we worry about today are meaningless when compared to these huge mountains that have stood tall through countless years and issues.
I believe this place truly encapsulates the true beauty of Canada and the love that myself along with all other Canadians have for this beautiful place. Might I say that 150 years has never looked better on anyone, Happy Birthday Canada!
Heart of Ottawa
by Daniel Ho
Ottawa is my favourite Canadian destination for these three reasons. For example how beautiful Ottawa is , the family gatherings that we have and the family restaurant that my grandparents started we my great uncle and more.
In Ottawa, we have a lot of family gatherings with all of our relatives. Every year, we gather at my great grandfather and great grandmother's grave to pay respect to our ancestor. After we pay respect, we will all go to a delicious dim sum restaurant. Every other year we attend a Christmas party where we meet all of are second cousin, my great uncles and aunts, my uncle and aunt and my grandparents and more.
Ottawa is a charming city because of all the historic buildings in downtown such as the Peace Tower, the Parliament Hill and Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica and more. Also, there are so many museums that are free on Thursday after 4 pm. There is a skating rink named Rideau Canal which is open only in the Winter when the water on the canal has frozen. It is also the longest skating rink in the world. It's so long that you can skate all the way to downtown and back.
Ottawa is also where my great grandparents migrated when they came to Canada. They started a restaurant called the Ho Ho restaurant because they were forced to leave their home country. Every time we visit, we go to the Ho Ho restaurant. We eat all of our dinner there. My favourite food at the Ho Ho restaurant is the dumpling.
Overall, Ottawa is the best Canadian destination for its beauty, family gathering and the family restaurant that I look forward going each year.
The W-Way I S-Speak
by Timothy Du, Grade 8
School is a place that many enjoy being at; surrounded by friendly faces and teachers that are always smiling and willing to help. However, school is something more than just a place to learn for me. It is the area where I dealt with my stutter.
I was six when I was diagnosed with a case of severe stuttering. At first, I didn’t know what had become of me, for expressing myself was a great difficulty. I couldn’t seem to get the words out of my mouth, and in many cases I was left with a mouth open but with no sound coming out. I didn’t want to talk to anybody and I preferred to be alone, where I could do as I wished without having to see or hear the snickering comments and sarcastic remarks thrown at me. “Hey, you should run for president, you have a great voice,” or “Why do you open your mouth so wide, there’s nothing in the air?” Even those who wanted to help pressured me even more by making me think that stuttering was easy to deal with.
I was assigned a speech therapist named Stephanie Gabbot, who’s smile comforted and calmed me when I entered the room. She gave me lessons once a week and explained how stuttering was nothing to be ashamed of and how I should be happy that I was in such a unique situation. I was taught strategies to overcome my stuttering such as deep breathing and soft beginnings. I began to get better and I could speak more fluently and clearly after three years.
School is truly a wonderful place for me; it is a building where I learned to overcome something that almost doomed me for the rest of my life. I still remember all the help that I received from school and because of that, it is the place in Canada that has my heart.
Tobermory: A peaceful place
by Mary Ellen Colpitts
My favourite Canadian destination is Tobermory, ON. It is a place in Canada that truly has my heart. The reason why is simply that we have been there many times, and I imagine many more to come.Anyone that has been there can attest; it is a very peaceful place.
When we go, we stay at our favourite campsite, and we even take our two dogs. We enjoy hiking there on beautiful trails, and the dogs swim in the lake. All the lakes are safe and clean. We have many campfires and have met many people, all of them are very friendly. We go into town and the scenery is beautiful.
We enjoy going out on the water and this is truly breathtaking. We even took boats out that are dog friendly to Manitoulin island, which is also very beautiful.
I am truly thankful to be a Canadian; to have a nice place to live, health care, a roof over our heads and healthy food to eat. Other places in the world certainly do not have it as good as we do. All of us need to really appreciate what we have and to count our blessings. When I was a little girl, as a family we would go tobogganing; I still do this today with our three grandchildren. We would go to the lake and picnic and swim and we still do this today. I feel safe to do these things in Canada.
On July 1, 2017 it is Canada’s 150th birthday and I say thank you Canada for being all that you are!
Lake Louise: Simply mesmerizing
by Tatum Ellwood
My favourite Canadian destination. How could I possibly choose? The entire country is a work of art! The splendiferous, colourful nature and wildlife, the sparkling snow and flowing bodies of water, the towering mountains, and the crowded, bustling cities. It is all so amazing to see.
I personally enjoy quiet, peaceful nature more than the loud and hectic cities. So it would make sense that my favourite destination is Lake Louise, Alberta. And I’ll tell you why.
I am an Aquarius, so, naturally, I love the water. The way it glistens in the sun, the way it moves when I splash it with my hand. And Lake Louise is no exception.
I love the hue of turquoise that the lake represents. The colour is a result of the light filtering effect of the rock flour in the glacial runoff. Cool, right? It is just so hushed. It would be a great place to read a book, meditate, and decompress. In addition to that, I also love how the snow-capped mountains circle the lake so that it is tucked away into a little nook. It is the most gorgeous place that I have seen, and I’ve seen a lot. It is just so impressive.
I went there in the summer of 2014. The summer is when the lake shines the brightest and gives off the purest aquamarine shade of blue. It is just a gorgeous place. I could live there if I could!
Lake Louise looks so warm and inviting, but resist your temptations and don't go swimming! Looks can be deceiving, and even though the water resembles the toasty waters of the Caribbean, the water is rarely above 5 Celsius! That’s cold enough to be dangerous if you fall in.
But despite the frigidness of the pond, it is one of the most beautiful places in my opinion. The simple beauty of the body of water is just so mesmerizing. I love Lake Louise for its colour, science, and uniqueness. And that is why Lake Louise is my favourite Canadian destination.
The mountains of Rossland
by Cedar Wink, age 11
Most of the year I live in Orillia, Ontario but every winter I live in a small town called Rossland, BC. It’s seven hours away from Vancouver and 10 minutes away from Trail. The ski hill, Red Mountain, is it’s biggest tourist attraction. I love Rossland as every morning I get up and see the mountains. Rossland is like it’s own little bubble away from everything.
I am a cross country skier and a downhill skier so without the beautiful mountains and hills in Rossland and in BC there would be nowhere to ski.
Rossland is a small town of 3,556 people. It’s in-between the Kootenay range and the Rockies. I think that we get the best of both because we are in the middle.
One of the reasons why I like Rossland isI know everyone, is so if I go into town I know almost everyone I see. Another great thing is transportation, there is a freeride bus that goes all over town and gets a bunch of people to work and the ski hill. The freeride bus even goes by my house! Many people don’t have cars in Rossland because they live in town. This bus provides the mountain with more customers.
In Rossland there are only two elementary schools: the French school and the English school. Both schools are close together so all of your friends are close by for after school. The one problem with school is the ski hill closes before we get home from school. This means we can only ski on weekends and on night skiing days.
Canada has some great views and I think that mountains are a great part of them. Some of Rossland’s great views are Old Glory and Red Mountain.
Back in the day Rossland was an important part of BC’s gold rush. In 1897, at the peak of the gold mining the town had a population of 7,000! At one point in the gold mining days Rossland’s population was bigger than Vancouver’s! To this day people still walk into the gold mines and take photos.
CN Tower, a place of memories
by Sherry Zhou
Does anyone ever ask you about where is your is your favorite place? That has happened to me, and I always answer them, “The CN Tower” (Canada's National Tower) because I have lots of great memories there.
When I talk about the CN Tower, I always remember that night… It was a great night in August of 2016, I wanted to celebrate that my friend in China was going to come and prepare to live in Canada. My friend’s name is Lifei. She is a girl is China who is in the same grade as me. The interesting things is that she went to the same class in Canada as I did. Isn't that fantastic?
The view from the CN Tower is good. I could see an airport, a baseball field, (the one that was the main one the Toronto Blue Jays use to practice) Lake Ontario, and the whole entire city of Toronto. Personally, I think the meal at the restaurant there was not that good though.
My friend and I had a great night there, that is one of my best memories.
My school represents Canada
by Matthew Doan
There are many places in Canada that I could choose as my favorite, so I chose the one I spend the most time at on a daily basis (other than my home, obviously). If you can’t guess by now, it’s my elementary school, Glen Shields Public School (or G.S.P.S. for short)!
Monday to Friday (usually), 9:00 to 3:20, this is the place I get educated. The education is very good quality, the staff is great, and it shows in math contests. Apparently, in 2015, our school placed first in the Grade 5 math contest, proving that this school is second to none at it’s purpose!
We (the students) are a diverse bunch, just like Canada! Different races (white, asian, black, etc.), and due to the gifted program, we come from all over Vaughan. We have different hobbies, different preferences, different backgrounds, even different educational programs (we have gifted!) and yet we all go to the same school.
We learn, we do activities, we participate in clubs, we help the community, and more! Some examples of stuff we do are sports events like track and field, music events (including a band!), eco club activities (nature walk, earth hour, etc.) and clubs to satisfy people’s hobbies (pokemon, chess, board games, robotics, and more).
We’re a quite proactive bunch, for the most part. This school really represents Canada, more or less, with all the similarities, from diversity to success to initiative, and that’s why it’s my favorite place in Canada!
by Lee Mortimer
My favourite place to visit in Canada is the Maritime Provinces and in particular the tiny village of Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia where about 700 people make their home. Although it's been over 15 years since I visited there, the feeling of serenity remains with me whenever I think of Peggy's Cove.
The memory of so many fishing boats both, moored in the harbour as well as bobbing out on the ocean water, the fisherman all hard at work earning their living while the faint smell of fish penetrates the ocean air, and the little wooden houses perched high on the rocky landscape still, to this day, brings a smile to my face.
A plaque, erected near the water to remember the victims of a Swissair Flight that crashed here Sept. 2, 1998 brings forth a sense of sadness as you read the names of the 229 who perished. Memories of how the inhabitants of this little village stood together and offered help, compassion and even housing to the relatives of the victims in their time of need strengthens one's feelings towards this community. Peggy's Cove will always remain an unexpected resting place for so many.
The famous lighthouse stands tall and proud holding its secrets of all that it has witnessed over the years as it carries out its duty and guides boats safely into the harbour. Tourists are in abundance but one doesn't feel rushed, crowded or stressed, just peaceful and serene.
Here you will not find shopping malls, high rise apartment buildings or subway systems but you will be sure to see friendly Maritimers, feel a gentle breeze blowing on your face and taste the salty ocean spray on your lips. You will be able to touch the rocky smooth landscape and hear the surging waters splashing against its shores as the Atlantic Ocea stares back at you for as far as you can see.
Although Peggy's Cove is only a tiny speck in this vast and beautiful country of Canada, it will always have a special place in my heart.
Algonquin Park's everlasting magic
by Marian Sweetland
There’s an excitement that the fresh air in Algonquin Park, can make the trees sway in delight whether it be in the anticipation of new spring buds, or in their pride of a breathtaking autumn palette.
How many clicks can my camera make focused on just one Bull Moose? Every which way his antlers bow as he sips water from a creek is worth a hundred clicks. There’s the close ups of his majestic body or the option of embracing the mysterious swamp that silhouettes it from behind.
A turtle sunbathing is as endearing as a deer with her “bottoms up stance” dashing for the safety of her forest. The lakes seem to echo with the cry of the loon and it entices canoers, kayakers and swimmers alike to be one with the early mists of fog at daybreak.
When winter dances, “snowshoers” and skiers are in awe of the newly fallen snow and even then, on the coldest of days, fox and pine martens welcome the visitors. Hiking paths and history lessons enlighten guests from countries far and wide.
And in the path of summer, campers take every opportunity to teach family the importance of letting go of the busyness of life and allowing the giggles of badminton or piñatas and screams of delight when a fish has been caught, embrace every moment. A cozy bonfire welcomes the spirit of sharing new memories and its shadows heighten the eeriness of the wolf as it howls in the distance.
The massive rock formations envelop the roadsides, and in winter, ice decorates them with an array of blue hues. It’s a photographer’s dream. It’s a child’s playground. It’s a parent’s stress ball. It’s phenomenal to newcomers and it’s home sweet home to many Ontarians.
It’s the lodgings to Canada’s National bird, the Gray Jay. How excited are we every time they kiss our hands to take another raisin?
It’s never ending. The beauty of Algonquin stretches from the West to the East entrances and encircles us with its everlasting magic. Algonquin Park has my heart and the thrill is certainly infectious.
The historical sites of Toronto
by Amy Woodcock
My favourite destination is the historical sites of Toronto. Toronto is one of the oldest and largest cities in Canada. The one house I like to visit is Spadina House. Spadina House pronounced Spa-deena, from an Ojibwe word espadinong, which translates as “hill” or “sudden rise of land”.
The original Spadina House was built in 1818 by Dr. William Warren Baldwin. The house burned down in 1835 and a smaller house was built. In 1866 an Irish immigrant, James Austin, founder of the Dominion Band and Consumers Gas, bought the property. The area was now where the wealthiest would live. In 1892 the house went through an expansion and a third floor was put on in 1912. The Austin’s would host a lot of parties. To go back in time and be a guest would be so much fun.
I came across the house when I visited another historical home, Casa Loma, which is also on of my go-to historical jaunts. I found Spadina House it still has all its cozy charm, unlike the impressive neighbouring castle. So much so that it has given inspiration in one of my historical romance books when I describe the large house my characters live in. I used some of Spadina’s charm. Others have thought so too as Spadina house has been featured in many production films. One of which is a Canadian Classic, Anne of Green Gables. Spadina House was Diana Barry’s rich aunt’s house in the original 1985 series. To this day I still point out Spadina house on movies and TV series.
So if you are ever in Toronto visiting Casa Loma look down the street and pop into Spadina House. If you show your receipt from Casa Loma they will give you an entry discount. You also get a tour guide to take you around the house showing you each floor and the history behind the walls.
Muskoka made me who I am
by Aly Guildford
My favourite Canadian destination is in Muskoka. Growing up in the city and moving to Huntsville was a complete change. From the suburbs to rural roads, concrete to grass, skyscrapers to forests. Everything was different but I was in love, once I got used to the environment. Everything was a new experience, bears, deers, the people, the main street, the festivals, the community, the snow and the bugs!
Wherever my home was, was my favourite place. In the beauty of winter, watching the fluffy flakes fall slowly to the snow covered ground. The lit up Christmas tree in the corner of my eye, warm fuzzy socks and a sweater sitting on the couch with a good book, surrounded by my family and pets. That was and still is, pure bliss.
The wetness of spring, melting all the snow away to reveal the beauty of Huntsville again, with its grass, flowers, trees, lakes, docks, parks and animals. It's a new beginning every year.
In the humidity of summer, waking to sunlight streaming through my curtains, a slight breeze off the lake, the birds chirping merrily in the morning. Laying in bed with my eyes closed for those few seconds of peace, it gave me the start to my day.
The cool, dampness of fall, my favourite season, watching all the leaves change and fall, piling them in the yard only to throw them around and in the air to start all over again. Thanksgiving dinner celebrations where all our family gathered for a huge meal, a huge family picture and huge bonfire.
Growing up in Huntsville, made me who I am today and I thank my parents for moving us here. I couldn't imagine a different childhood. I couldn't imagine not going to Dwight Beach almost every day in the summer, or stopping at Kawartha Dairy once a month to spend the weekend with my extended family from the city. I couldn't imagine not riding a four-wheeler through the forest or a snowmobile along the trails. I couldn't imagine not getting to skate on Arrowhead's skating trail.
Forest in my backyard
by Nubaira Milki
My favorite Canadian destination is right behind my house in Stouffville: a mixed forest and conservation area, which is a part of the Ontario Greenbelt.
The scenery never fails to relax me, even during exam time! The trees are always enjoyable, whether it is during the winter, teeming with fresh snow; the spring, with new vegetation abloom; the summer, with radiant green leaves; or—my personal favourite—in autumn, where a plethora of colors all merge together in one landscape.
I couldn’t think of a more invigorating view to have everyday, and I am very lucky to have it.
This forest in particular is my favourite place because of all the amazing memories of mine it has been a part of. From morning strolls to backyard barbeques, the forest has been a sanctuary for me since my family moved to Stouffville in 2009. Not a single party at our house goes by without someone complimenting the astounding scenery.
In school too, when learning about the Greenbelt, I was proud to say that I live right by the largest and most strongly protected greenbelt in the world.
Not only is the forest aesthetically pleasing, but it is also home to quite a few animals, a few of which even come out onto our deck. Some animals I’ve seen are deer, wildcats, squirrels, coyotes, and raccoons. It is very eye-opening to be able to witness an ecosystem first-hand, and realize the wondrous ways of nature.
I believe Canada has some of the most diverse physical geography of any country.
It makes Canada all the more outstanding, and I am definitely fortunate to be able to have a piece of it close to me, physically and emotionally.
Our cottage sanctuary
by Nancy Hopkinson
My favourite Canadian destination is our cottage home near Kinmount, Ontario. It transports us to another world. The loons are calling, the woodpeckers are rat-a-tatting. On a clear night, we can watch shooting stars, enjoy the colours of the Milky Way or see flashes of fireflies.
In the early summer, I love looking at the loon’s back to see if it is taller than usual. If it is, then I realize that there is a baby hidden on its back. Sometimes you can see a little wiggling foot sticking out from the loon’s feathers.
I love floating in this spring-fed lake with its cold and warm spots. One time, I swam half way to “frog rock” (see photograph, left of the fish). As I was treading water, a loon stopped about 10 metres from me. It made its eerie “Oh-oh-oh-oh” call and I imitated. Then the loon dove down and resurfaced about the same distance but on the other side of me. Again, it called and I answered. A magic moment!
A heron makes a raucous noise as it flies by. But have you seen a heron standing still on the shore amongst a lot of trees? It camouflages itself as a “stick with a right-angle branch”. The “branch” is its beak.
My husband likes to fish at dusk. I like to come along to watch for beaver swimming and giving a loud smack of the water when it dives.
One Thanksgiving weekend (with a turkey roasting in the oven), we looked out the window and saw twelve wild turkeys meandering down the path and flying together across the lake. Magnificent!
Can you imagine sitting around an evening campfire, singing songs accompanied by a guitar, and hearing a wolf howling in response? What a thrill.
After travelling to Algonquin Park to see a moose, much to our astonishment, we saw a moose calf on the cottage road. We had never seen a moose in this area. Yet another surprise.
Our cottage home is our sanctuary and my favourite Canadian destination. Our hectic life is forgotten as we enjoy nature’s wonders.
Canada’s Wonderland is cool
by Owen Brandon
Why is Canada's Wonderland cool? Well I’ll tell you why.
Canada’s wonderland is really Cool because I love that they think of new rides to add then they add one ride every single year like this year they're adding the Muskoka plunge. Canada's Wonderland is the most fun amusement park in Canada so far that I have seen because they have the most intense rides. Also Canada's Wonderland has the best prices on their entry tickets and there season's passes I know because if you look at the website the tickets are 39.99 and that’s cheap for an amusement park. They have the most nicest group of workers helping them out if you go there they will not yell or be rude they will be cheerful and try to make you feel better.
Canada's wonderland is a very fun place for kids and grownups to have fun together like a family.
They also have the best food ever. Now can you believe me when I say Canada's Wonderland is cool and I love it so much that it holds a big place into my heart and that's also why it's my favourite destination in Canada. It is located atVaughan, ON L6A 1S6, Canada.
Niagara Falls is fun
by Brian Xuan
I went to Niagara Falls four times. It was really fun. I went to the water park. The water park had a lot of extremely big slides. Some were steep, some had water cannons, and some slides even turned. I spent a lot of time sliding down. The water park is connected to the hotel.
In Niagara Falls, I can see the United States very clearly. I spent all day at Niagara Falls, and I even got some Canadian souvenirs. For example: caps, clothes and flags. One time I went across the border and visited the American side. I liked my Canadian side better.
The hotels were very big. It had good food, movies, TV, and it has a free Wi-Fi. The bed was big and very comfortable. The hotel was connected to the waterpark.
Toronto, a diverse city
by Victoria McMahon
Canada is a gorgeous country but the one place in Canada that has my heart is Toronto. Toronto is the best place to be because there is never a dull moment. There are so many things to explore like walking downtown, going on a boat tour and taking a ride up the CN Tower it is breathtaking. It is amazing being in Toronto, it feels like the world is all together in one city.
The CN Tower is a must when in Toronto because it is AMAZING to see all of the city from so far above and it just feels like the world has stopped and it is spectacular. The tower is stunning when it lights up with different colours at night. It is a must see in everyone’s book.
The “Six” has many sports teams and the fans are very passionate. It brings the city together and it is a feeling that is unexplainable. The Raptors are known and their global ambassador is Drake. The games are so exciting and will keep you at the edge of your seat. If there was one tip I could give if you were in Toronto is to go to a Raptors game.
We are a diverse city with different roots and cultures. When you visit Toronto, you are bound to learn or try something new. You meet so many new people and can learn so much in a day. There are so many food trunks and amazing restaurants to try. The food in Toronto is delicious and there is a variety of everything and everyone to try.
As a city, we unite in difficult times and through the good. We support one another and lend a helping hand when it is needed. We the North and we stand together strong and proud. Toronto is the best place to be because it is where we unite.
The Golden Horseshoe is the area around the western end of Lake Ontario, mainly the south-central region consisting of such urban centers as Toronto,Mississauga,Oakville,Hamilton,St. Catharines,Niagara Falls,Burlington, and Oshawa. Half of the population of Ontario lives in or around these cities.
Golden Horseshoe Region – Ontario, Canada
400 Eleven. Ontario Travel Information North of Toronto. See also 411 Ontario Travel North with links to help you find up to date information on vacations, packages and getaways.
Golden Horseshoe. Check out the Must See list of a diversity of things to see, do and enjoy, from roses to roller coasters, historic homes to halls of fame, art to wildlife in the Golden Horseshoe area such as Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton/Burlington, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Cullen Gardens in Whitby, Parkwood Estate in Oshawa, Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum and Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, The Kortright Centre in Vaughan, Joseph Brant Museum in Burlington, Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa.
Ontario: A Tale of Three Capitals from Canada Travel Tourism News, Hotel Rates and Reservations. Ontario is the only province with three capitals, Toronto the Capital of the Province of Ontario, Ottawa the present Capital of Canada, and Kingston the first Capital of Canada in the historic Thousand Islands.
Ontario: More to Discover. This site is maintained by the Government of Ontario, Canada. Travel Experiences, Destinations, Vacation Ideas, Travel Guides, Postcards & Images. Find your region: Greater Toronto Area, Southwestern Ontario, Niagara Falls & Region, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Ottawa Region, and Northern Ontario.
Ontario Tourism Network. This site covers each of Ontario’s 12 areas in great detail. The suggested itineraries give you sample day-by-day tours. Local festivals and special events are listed, together with each area’s destination marketing organization so that you can contact them directly for detailed information.
Ontario WorldWeb Travel Guide: Ontario Travel & Tourism Guide. Ontario Hotels & Motels, Where to Stay – Other Accommodations, Ontario Tours, Activities & Adventures, Ontario Sights & Attractions, Ontario Events & Entertainment, Ontario Shopping and more.
Southern Ontario Road Maps include enlargement maps for: Barrie, Brantford, Cornwall, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Niagara, Ottawa, Peterborough, Sarnia, Toronto, and Windsor.
Things To Do – Ontario. Aquariums, Attractions (Hockey Hall of Fame, Shaw Festival Theatre, Granite Brewery, …), Events, Fairs, Historic Sites, Museums (Canadian War Museum, Ontario Science Centre, …), Maps, Parks, Province Info, Regional (Niagara – Midwest Ontario, Niagara Falls, Thunder Alley, Niagara on the Lake), Theme Parks (Canada’s Wonderland, Ontario Place, Playdium, Santa’s Village, Wild Water Kingdom …), and Zoos (African Lion Safari, Metro Toronto Zoo, Marineland …).
123Toronto. Toronto Tourism and Travel Guide. Links to Toronto Hotels, Car rentals, Airline tickets, Attractions, Maps, Nightlife, Toronto museums, Toronto shopping, Toronto recreation, Toronto arts, Toronto neighborhoods, Toronto bus, Dance clubs, Live music, and more.
City of Toronto. Check out the Must See list of excitement, events and attractions for all ages, all year long, including Art Gallery of OntarioAGO Flash Site, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Casa Loma, CN Tower, CNE – Canadian National Exhibition, Fort York, Historic Fort York & Old Fort York, Harbourfront Centre, Hockey Hall of Fame, Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts, Royal Ontario Museum, Skydome, Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto Zoo, Ontario Place, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Island Park – Hanlan’s Point, Centre Island, Wards Island, Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, and Woodbine Race Track.
Hotels in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from Open World. See also Toronto Hotels, Toronto Hotel Reservations from World Executive: Hotels and Resorts Direct.
Ontario Tourism Network: Area 5 – Toronto and Region. Suggested Itinerary, Special Events, Accommodation.
Rogers Television – Toronto. Brief description of TV programs, dates, and times.
Toronto: Official Web Site of the City of Toronto. Living in Toronto, Doing Business in Toronto, Visiting Toronto, and Accessing City Hall.
Toronto Net Guide: torinfo.com. Hotel Guide, Movie Guide, Food Guide, LIFE AND LEISURE: Arts and Entertainment, Health and Beauty, Sports and Leisure, Torinfo Business, Torinfo Shopping, Travel and Tourism. COMMUNITY: Toronto Education, Toronto Government, Toronto Organizations, Torinfo CyberWorld, Toronto Diversity, Toronto Information, Toronto Headlines (News).
Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Toronto is a cosmopolitan city with many parks, recreational, and cultural facilities. Toronto is the home of four professional sports teams and the third largest English-speaking theatre district in the world, behind New York and London. One of the world’s most ethnically diverse cities, Toronto is home to more than 80 ethnic communities from Africa, Asia, and Europe. Many useful links to: Travel/Transit, What’s On, Attractions, Restaurants, Culture/Entertainment, Media, Sports/Recreation, Education, Companies, Government, Organizations, Net Providers, Miscellaneous, and Newsgroups.
Toronto.com. Arts, Attractions, Bars & Nightlife, Hotels, Movies, Music, Restaurants, Shopping, Sports & Recreation, plus Travel and Getaways. Special links for visitors to Toronto include: Airport Webport, Online Reservations, Maps & Resources, and Postcards from T.O.
Living Arts Centre. From events designed for the young and the young at heart, to blockbuster musicals, from glass blowing, ceramics and wood studios, to painting and drawing, dance, textile and fibre studios – the Living Arts Centre has something for everyone! Directions & Maps on how to get to the LAC. General Info on theater Seating and Tickets. Event Listings, Event Planning, Gift Shop, Live Cuisine Restaurant, Photo Gallery 1, Photo Gallery 2, Take a virtual tour of the 9,146 square foot Atrium, or a virtual tour of Hammerson Hall, a theatre flawlessly suited for full-scale Broadway plays, concerts, etc.
Mississauga WorldWeb Travel Guide: Tourism and visitor information for Mississauga. ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES: Restaurants, Shopping, Sights & Attractions, Tours, Activities & Adventures, ACCOMMODATION: Where to Stay, TRIP PLANNING: Convention Planner, Maps, Rentals, Transportation, Wedding Planner, and more.
Discover Mississauga. Links to Accommodations Guide, Airport, Art Galleries, Attractions, Events, Golf Courses, Heritage, Large Banquet Halls, Meeting and Conference Facilities, Mississauga Maps, Recreation, Shopping, and Theatres.
Oakville. Town of Oakville Map, Government (Mayor & Members of Council, Municipal Elections), Official Documents (Bylaws, Permits, Licenses, Oakville Statistics), Finance (Development Charges, Property Taxes), Explore Oakville (interactive mapping, view, search, and print customized maps), Business & Community Service – Emergency Services (Fire, Police, Public Health), Education (Oakville Public Library, School Boards, Sheridan College), Town Services (Transit, Public Works, Cemeteries), Culture & Recreation – Around the Town (Seniors, Visitors, Image Gallery, Accommodations), Parks and Recreation (Arenas, Pools, Forestry, Greenhouse), Arts & Entertainment (Heritage, Oakville Galleries, Oakville Museum, Calendar of Events, Tourism), and more.
Oakville Tourism. Tourism is a $54.4 million industry in Oakville, attracting close to one million visitors annually. Arts and Attractions: Oakville Galleries, Area Galleries, Oakville Entertainment, Museums, Oakville Events Calendar, Outdoor Life: Hiking and Biking, Nature’s Treasures, Parks, Sports, Dining in and around Oakville, Shopping, Accommodations, and Maps.
City of Hamilton. Living in Hamilton (Maps, Mayor, Council, Churches, Community Events, Culture & Recreation, Emergency Services, Homes for the Aged, Library, Public Health, Services Listing A-Z, Social Services, Taxes, Transit, Waste, Garbage), Economic Development (Demographics & Statistics, Downtown, Copps Coliseum), and Attractions.
Hamilton WorldWeb Travel Guide: Tourism and visitor information for Hamilton.
myhamilton.ca. Arts, Sports & Recreation, Business & Industry, City & Government, Education & Careers, Health & Environment, Library Services, Tourism & Visitor Info.
Ontario Tourism Network: Area 3 – Hamilton, Brantford, Halton, Simcoe. Suggested Itinerary, Special Events, Accommodation.
St. Catharines Ontario Local Info. Contents: Classified, Hotel/Motel Prices and Availability, Real Estate – MLS, People/Business Search, Local News, Weather, Map of St Catharines, Churches, Clubs, Schools, Services, Lawyers, Health, Financial, Personal, Web Links, Recreation, Entertainment, Arts, Shopping, and more.
St. Catharines WorldWeb Travel Guide: Tourism and visitor information for St. Catharines.
Welcome to the Garden City: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Greetings from the Mayor, Economic Development & Tourism, St. Catharines City Council, City Hall Departments, About St. Catharines, Links to Local Web Sites, Municipal Elections, Community-Based Strategic Plan, Emergency Preparedness , Municipal Governance Reform, St. Catharines Hydro & Energy Competition Act, 1998, Quarterly Report – Water Distribution System, Highlight Report on Accomplishments and Plans, St. Catharines Arena Committee, and Employment Opportunities.
Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, Canada. Clifton Hill and Niagara Falls region: Hotels, Packages, Attractions, Dining, Entertainment, Shopping, Events, Maps, Directions, Niagara Falls Cam, & more.
Facts about Niagara Falls. Premier Vacation Guide for Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and Niagara Falls, New York, U.S.A. Attractions, Falls Intro, Falls Facts, Falls at Night, Falls Photos, F.A.Q. , 360 View, Maps & Info, Hotels, Boating, Camping, Tours, Restaurants, B&B, Travel Tips, Daredevils of Niagara Falls, Wedding Links, Print Niagara Travel Guide, plus an Interactive Map of Greater Niagara Falls where you can find information about hotels, tourist attractions and more, on both sides of the border.
Fall.net: Tourism Niagara Falls. Site features beautiful photographs of Niagara Falls and Niagara Region by renowned photographer Larry J. Fitzpatrick (large collection of thumbnail pictures of Niagara Falls in four seasons and other pictures may be enlarged). View Movies of Niagara, Things to Do and See in the Niagara Region, Bridge to Canada (information on visa requirements, currency exchange, customs, Canadian and Ontario Government regulations, possible tax credit on leaving Canada), History of Niagara and Region, Local Maps, Fort Erie Race Track & Casino, Bicycle Tours, etc.
Info Niagara. A comprehensive vacation guide for Niagara Falls. Site has been organized into six sections: Niagara Falls (Accommodations, Attractions, Dining establishments, Daredevil Gallery, Fast Fact & Travel Tips, History, Sightseeing Tours), Falls Shuttle, Wine Country, Niagara Parks (American Falls, Canadian Falls, Botanical Gardens, Great Gorge Adventure, Niagara Recreational Trail, Spanish Aero Car), Niagara Region (Murals of Welland, Welland Canal), and Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Niagara Falls: A WorldWeb Travel Guide. Site features online hotel reservations, attractions, restaurants, events, shops, and more. Includes Introductory Articles, Interactive Maps, and Photo Gallery.
Niagara Falls and Great Gorge. Take a slide tour covering: White Water Walk, Whirlpool Aero Car, Journey behind the Falls, Maid of the Mist, Table Rock Point, Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara Parks, Laura Secord Homestead, Old Fort Erie, Sir Adam Beck Generating Station, Queenston Chapel, and more.
Niagara Falls Live.com – Niagara Falls Premier Vacation Guide for Niagara Falls Ontario Canada & Niagara Falls New York U.S.A. Here you can actually hear the sounds of the Falls, and print a Niagara Travel Guide. Includes a Niagara Falls interactive image map, as well as links to Attractions, Falls Intro, Falls Facts, Falls at Night, Falls Photos, F.A.Q., 360 View, Maps & Info, Hotels, Parks, Camping, Tours, Restaurants, B&B (Bed & Breakfast), Travel Tips, Daredevils, Wedding Links, Discount Coupons, Take the Train, Plane, or Bus to Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls Official Live Falls Cam. Live video of Niagara Falls. Can also view the last 10 images. Archives provide: 360 Daytime View, 360 Night View, Sunrise, Rainy Day, Twilight, Victoria Park, South Roof, Niagara Gorge, and More Virtual Tours.
Niagara Falls State Park. Attractions and Adventures include: Illuminated American Falls, Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist, Aquarium of Niagara Falls, Niagara Scenic Trolley (Viewmobile), Festival Theater, Observation Tower, Schoelkopf Geological Museum, plus lots of beautiful images from Gallery of the Falls.
Niagara Falls – Thunder Alley. This site is dedicated to education and tourism of the Niagara Region. Includes a history & pictorial depiction of Niagara Falls (color photographs and painting of Niagara Falls). Topics covered: Niagara News, The Falls (Niagara River, Niagara Gorge, Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, Illumination Lights, Whirlpool, and Oddities), Attractions (colorful thumbnail photos may be enlarged), Directions to Niagara Falls, Customs Regulations, Origins of the Falls, Bridges, Daredevils, Maid of the Mist, Festival of Lights, Niagara Glen, Municipalities, Slide show of Clifton Hill and Falls Avenue, Urban Development, Ice Bridges, Dufferin Islands, Butterfly Conservatory, Oakes Garden Theatre, Carillon Tower, Floral Clock, Botanical Gardens, Greenhouses, and many more.
Niagara Parks. Over 20 natural wonders to discover. Attractions, Special Events, Horticulture, Dining, Shopping, Niagara Golf Trail, Media Centre, Golf Contest, and others.
Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, NY. History and information. View A Virtual Tour, The Fort Niagara Flag, 300 Years of History, Archaeology at Old Fort Niagara, and more.
Ontario Tourism Network: Area 4 – Niagara and Region. Suggested Itinerary, Special Events, Accommodation.
TourismNiagara.com Canada. Niagara Region’s Official Tourism Information Site. Links to attractions, accommodations, dining, festivals & events, services, shopping, sports & leisure, wine country, plus maps of Niagara.
City of Burlington, Ontario. Animal Shelter, Burlington Transit, Business Information, Mayor / City Council, City Departments, City Services, Feedback, Job Opportunities, Maps, Meetings & Agendas, Parks & Recreation, Special Events, Telephone Directory, Visitor Information, Community Links, and What’s New.
Tourism Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Links to Accommodations (Hotels, Motels, Camping, Bed and Breakfast), Dining and Entertainment, Recreation (Golfing, Parks, Arenas, Pools, Sports Club), Shopping, Attractions, Discover Burlington (Meeting and Conference Services, Transportation and Travel), Festivals and Events, Send a free Postcard from Burlington.
Oshawa from Open Directory. Categories of links to Oshawa’s Arts and Entertainment, Business and Economy, Education, Employment, Health, News and Media, Real Estate, Recreation and Sports, Society and Culture (include Religion – Churches), and Travel and Tourism.
Oshawa Hot Spots – Local Tourism. Accommodations, Attractions, plus Other Local Links including: Durham Post Newspaper, Oshawa This Week Newspaper, Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA), Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre, Durham Region Visitor Guide, Clarington Visitor Guide, Discover Scugog, and Whitby Tourism.
Oshawa Hotels. Site lists a number of hotels in Oshawa complete with address, phone number, how to get there, price range, and features. Hotel reservations may be booked online.
Oshawa Municipal Airport. Located 30 miles east of Toronto in the center of Canada’s economic engine. Oshawa is within a day’s drive for 120 million people. Oshawa Municipal Airport is the only full service commercial and general aviation facility in Durham Region.
Oshawa: The City in Motion. Live theatre, art shows, musical performances and special events abound in Oshawa. Check out links to Oshawa Tourist Attractions, Downtown Oshawa, Destination Oshawa, Arts & Culture, and Historic Oshawa which includes links to Oshawa Community Museum, Canadian Automotive Museum, Oshawa Military & Industrial Museum, and Robert Stuart Aeronautical Collection.
Oshawa WorldWeb Travel Guide. Shopping, Sights & Attractions, Tours, Activities & Adventures, Accommodation, Trip Planning: Maps, Rentals, Transportation, and Wedding Planner. Plus a link to Currency Converter.
Weather Network – Oshawa. Current weather conditions, Almanac (sun rise, sun set), Short-term Forecast, and Long-term Forecast. Other features include: Air Quality (in Oshawa), Bug Report (Severity of Biting Mosquitoes across Canada), Golf Report (Search for Golf courses in Oshawa), and Parks in the region.