Events

Outdoor Festivals and Events are always in season across Ontario.

August


Wonderful Wilderness Weekend - Quetico - August 1-4 Learn to Paddle and perform rescues. Learn how to build fires for your safety. Learn to use a GPS and compass to become a Quetico Certified Navigator! Learn to build a shelter from just the forest.
Eager Beaver 100 - Mansfield - August 2 One big lap. 100 miles in one loop. Rolling hills, flowy single track, fast double track and some rolling scenic gravel roads make up the new bike course.
Wikwemikong Cultural Festival & Pow Wow - Manitoulin Island - August 2 Located in Wikwemikong First Nation, this is the largest Cultural Festival and Pow Wow on Manitoulin Island. Enjoy 2 days of Aboriginal culture in dancing, singing and drumming, traditional ceremonies, authentic foods and more.
Rocking Reptiles - Tillsonburg - August 3 What animal group has scaly dry skin, is cold blooded, and lays its eggs on land...REPTILES! Join us as we learn about a number of Ontario’s “at risk” reptile species, through crafts, costumes and an interactive presentation.
Muskoka Rocks - Minett - August 3 Three great distances to choose from. All three distances offer the classic beauty of Muskoka, rock, trees and if you are lucky a chance to get a glimpse of wildlife that call Muskoka home.
Le Tour de Terra Cotta - Caledon - August 4 The races feature: Full road closures (no yellow line rule), a challenging 8.68 km loop through the scenic hills of Caledon, youth events and adult events, events for beginning cyclists as well as elite racers, electronic timing, BBQ/artisan pizza lunch, free shuttle bus, and more!
Mother Earth Hiking Trail - Manitoulin - August 6 Enjoy a guided hike on one of Manitoulin’s most infamous trails! Sit upon a 280 ft high bluff with a 180 degree panoramic view overlooking the ‘Island of the Great Spirit’. Learn about local plant life used by First Nations people, local legends and historical facts of Manitoulin. Try the adventure trail with climbing, crawling in and under rocks, caves, side trails and wooden ladders.
Public Wolf Howl - Algonquin Park - August 7, 14, 21 & 28 Wolf howling expeditions take place only on Thursdays in August. We have a slide talk on wolf ecology and our changing perceptions of this elusive animal; event protocol is provided; and then we travel to a place where wild wolves may answer the imitations given by the Naturalist staff.
Cochrane Summerfest - Cochrane - August 8-10 This is Cochrane's very own summer festival on the peninsula which features an entire weekend of family fun. This little jewel of a festival caters to all age groups and tastes including an all-day music line-up introducing northern bands and talent, right on the lake.
Festival of the Giant - Sleeping Giant Provincial Park - August 8-10 Join us for the 28th annual Festival of the Giant! The fun starts Friday evening with a sing-a-long campfire and continues on Saturday with games, a corn roast, a sand sculpture contest and demonstrations. Join us that evening for prizes and a presentation. This is a great event for the entire family.
Bruce Peninsula Multisport Race - Wiarton - August 9 A wild one-day 5-stage endurance race on the Bruce Peninsula involving; paddling, mountain biking and trail running. For Solo Racers, Tandem Teams, Relay Teams. PLUS Bike & Boat Rentals, Live Entertainment, Outdoor Live Site, Local Food, Post-Race Massages, huge random prizes and a low-waste & functional welcome package for all racers.
Discover Trout Fishing in Algonquin Park - Hunstville - August 9 This Experience Algonquin Workshop will consist of a short session on land to learn the basic equipment required for trout fishing in Algonquin Park. The group will then rig their equipment, plus discover the fascinating biological similarities and differences of Algonquin's two trout species.The group will then head to a nearby lake to apply their new knowledge.
Fort William Historical Park's War of 1812 Bicentennial Salute - Thunder Bay - August 9-10 There’s plenty of smoke and gunfire as muskets crack and cannons roar while re-enactors demonstrate battlefield strategies employed during the War of 1812. Learn about the role of the North West Company in the war and how the fur trade companies were caught in the crossfire. The daily life of the rank-and-file soldier is also highlighted.
Great Waterfront Trail Adventure - Brighton - August 11-15 Ride with us from August 11 to 15, 2014 along the Canadian shores of the St. Lawrence River. 40-60 km of riding per day plus optional challenge loops of 50-60 km to take you through new communities off the Waterfront Trail. Includes shuttle van support.
The Forest Festival - Haliburton - August 12-17 This is the Forest Festival … six days, nine outstanding, all-Canadian performances, one unforgettable experience. Join us this August for a celebration of the senses that elevates the spirit, soothes the soul, connects music and nature and leaves you … spellbound.
Summer Loon Count 2014 - Killarney - August 16 Come check up on the loons we visited during the Spring Count and monitor how successful they have been raising their young.
Whitefish River Traditional Pow Wow - Whitefish River - August 16-17 Located just off of Manitoulin Island, this the Whitefish River First Nation traditional Pow Wow. Enjoy 2 days of Aboriginal culture in dancing, singing and drumming, traditional ceremonies, authentic foods and more.
Ghost walk at Spruce Lane Farm - Oakville - August 17 Everyone wants to know if the old house is haunted. We’ve had the paranormal experts in, and their stories will be told by staff... who have their own stories to tell. Some say yes.... and some, well... aren't saying. You decide.
The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival - Timmins - August 22-24 From paddling events, kayak sprint events to Arts & Culture Routes Vendors, kayak celebration is in the air and you cannot miss it in Timmins, Ontario. And even if you are not into kayaking competition, there is still something for everyone.
Algoma 1812: The Final Event! - Sault Ste. Marie - August 23 Algoma 1812's closing event for the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, commemorating the capture of the USS Tigress and USS Scorpion. Experience heritage performers, encampments and the Ghent Tent.
Beaver Valley Climbing Festival - Rob Roy - August 23 A full day of climbing clinics, competition, yoga and Aerial Silks Performance at Metcalfe Rock. Then come out for an after party complete with beautiful central camping, vendors, live music, pull up competition, aerial silks performance, entertainment, dancing, dinner, bon fires and much more!
Ghost Walk - Sault Ste. Marie - August 22-23 Come walk amid the candlelit pathways through the ruins of old Fort St. Joseph. Listen to the sound of Bagpipes and Native Drums, with the Milky Way shining brightly above. See and listen as the “spirits” of the past return to tell their stories of their lives at Fort St. Joseph during the War of 1812!
Zhiibaahaasing Traditional Pow Wow - Manitoulin - August 23-24 Located on the western side of Manitoulin Island, enjoy 2 days of Aboriginal culture in dancing, singing and drumming, traditional ceremonies, authentic foods and more.
Chippewas of Rama First Nation Pow Wow - Orillia - August 23-24 Come and enjoy competitions in singing and dancing. Everyone is Welcome. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Nipissing First Nation 26th Annual Traditional Pow Wow - North Bay - August 29-31 This year's theme is “E-bi-giiwewaad,” which means “Those who are coming home.” This is to honor those community members who were taken from our communities from the 60’s scoop, residential schools, and enfranchisement. We welcome them home.
Biodiversity and Conservation Weekend - Quetico - August 29- Sept 1 Quetico is host to a myriad of species. Friday Fungus, Saturday Plants from the Ground Up, Sunday Butterflies and Moths, Monday Mammals.
Birds of Prey - Tillsonburg - August 30 What group of animals has feathers, beaks, sharp talons and amazing hunting abilities...RAPTORS!! Join us as we learn about a number of Ontario’s raptors including some species at risk. Children’s crafts will be followed by an interactive family-friendly presentation.
M’Chigeeng Traditional Pow Wow - Manitoulin - August 30-31 Located in Central Manitoulin on M’Chigeeng First Nation, enjoy 2 days of Aboriginal culture in dancing, singing and drumming, traditional ceremonies, authentic foods and more.

September


Frontenac Challenge - Sydenham - September 1 - October 31 Enjoy the splendour of the fall colour of Frontenac Provincial Park by hiking each of the 11 loops that form the Frontenac Challenge within the months of September and October.
Ontario Greenland Camp - Parry Sound - September 5-7 Ontario Greenland Camp is about sharing and promoting the joy of Greenland kayaking. Talented kayak mentors from around Canada and abroad convene to coach participants in all things Greenland. We believe every paddler will benefit from practicing Greenland skills, and what better time to perfect your form than when surrounded by world-class coaches and instructors.
Ride The Rideau - Ottawa - September 6 Ride the Rideau will feature a new 100 mile distance, in addition to the 100 km and 50 km events, and a new route that conveniently starts and ends at Ottawa’s EY Centre. Fundraising efforts support cancer research.
GBNFC 14th Annual Traditional Pow Wow - Midland - September 6-7 Types of Native dances will include Men’s Traditional, Woman’s Traditional, Men’s Grass, Women’s Jingle Dress, Women’s Fancy Shawl, and Tiny Tots. More than 35 vendors and artisans will be on site exhibiting and selling their crafts, jewellery, and foods.
Marvels of Migration - Port Burwell - September 6-27 Witness the fall migration of raptors, butterflies and other migrants as they head south for the winter. Port Burwell Provincial Park is located on a major migration flyway and is a great spot to check out this natural wonder.
Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic - Toronto - September 10 This session focuses on the basics of bike maintenance. Learn how to maintain your bike’s chain & components, how to change a tire & patch a tube and how to adjust your brakes. This information clinic will provide you with the basic skills to keep your ride safe & smooth along the road or trail.
Muskoka River X - Huntsville - September 12-14 Not your traditional marathon paddling event. Paddle 4 lakes and 2 rivers in one weekend carrying all of your provisions.
Crank The Shield - Haliburton - September 12-14 This is Eastern North America’s most challenging and popular mountain bike stage race that combines amazing food over the duration of the event, cabin accommodations, baggage transport, event goodies, great aid stations and some of the best and most rewarding days you will experience on a bike.
Dragonboat Festival - Stratford - September 13 This Annual Festival is a one day, recreational, Hong Kong style race. The Grand Champion and Community Division Champions are honoured with trophies at the closing ceremonies. Proceeds from the event support community activities.
War of 1812 Rendezvous & Fur Trade - Sault Ste. Marie - September 18-21 The British are coming! Join the troops as they muster up and drill visitors with muskets and perform cannon demonstrations. Fur trade re-enactors will be set up an encampment on the front lawn as they help visitors experience the life of those involved in the fur trade and War of 1812. Food, music and dance are all part of the Festival.
Hike Haliburton Festival - Haliburton - September 18-21 FREE Guided Themed Hikes! Family, kid and pet friendly hikes. Live entertainment and much more. Over 40 guided hikes for all ages and abilities!
Bushplane Days - Sault Ste. Marie - September 19-21 Exhibits from all areas of aviation will be represented. Look out for another fantastic CL-415 waterbombing demonstration (subject to availability) as well as chartered flights with Air Dale.
The Group of Seven and Glenn Gould Train Event - Sault Ste. Marie to Wawa - September 19-21 Board the Algoma Central Rail and head north into Algoma country to experience first hand what inspired these artists. Stay the night in Wawa and return to Sault Ste. Marie the next day. This year celebrates the 96th Anniversary of the Group of Seven painting on the Algoma Central Railway.
RBC Run for the Kids - Toronto - September 20 RBC Run for the Kids offers 5k, 15k and 25k races - in support of youth mental health. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned runner, this is the event for you. You choose the distance that works for you and we’ll help you every step of the way. Support goes to the Family Navigation Project at Sunnybrook.
Backcountry 101: Introduction to Map and Compass Navigation - Burlington - September 20 Learn how to navigate the world with a map and compass. Concepts include how to be familiar with topographic maps, the features that distinguish them from other types of maps and the reasons they are ideal for backcountry navigation, how to understand concepts and symbols on a topographic map and how to understand the features basic to all compasses, as well as additional features that may be desirable in a compass intended for backcountry navigation.
Curve Lake First Nation Annual Pow Wow - Curve Lake - September 20-21 This celebration consists of two days of dancing, contests and presentations, to re-establish old friendships and meet new people, with many vendors and performers in attendance. As every year, all of our neighbors from the surrounding towns are welcome to join us in most of the festivities. Come join us and enjoy traditional foods, dances, songs and stories!
Mountain Men 1838 Rendezvous - Tillsonburg - September 20-21 Observe re-enactors competing in challenges that include archery, tomahawk throwing, knife tossing, fire starting and trap setting at Backus Heritage Conservation Area. Tour the rendezvous encampment in the Heritage Village and learn about this era in Canadian history.
Monarch Butterfly Migration Festival - Morpeth - September 21 Join us for guided butterfly hikes, tagging demonstrations, adopt-a-monarch program, a bbq, face painting, children’s crafts, native plant sale and much more.
Dutch Oven Wilderness Cooking - Sydenham - September 27 Food in the wilderness does not have to be boring. Topics include: food preparation, food storage, food safety, recipes, types of stoves, utensils, and more. This explores the ability to have good and interesting food in the wilderness with the use of Dutch ovens and small twig stoves. A great opportunity to exchange recipes, ideas and techniques.
Tree I.D. Hike - Cambellcroft - September 28 In recognition of National Forest Week, we welcome guests to join us on a guided tree identification hike through the Ganaraska Forest. Learn which species grow in our area, and how healthy forests contribute to our everyday health. With over 11,000 acres of forested, recreational area, this event is sure to answer all of your curious questions.