Events

Outdoor Festivals and Events are always in season across Ontario.

July


Sunrise SUP Social - Toronto - July 4, 11, 18 & 25 What a great opportunity to wake up the body with some light exercise while the water is calm before the workday begins. Some simple SUP yoga will be introduced along with some lovely paddles out from the office. Come experience the difference the morning makes.
TrailCross - London - July 5 This style of race is a hybrid between a traditional trail race, and the tournament style format found in a Ski/BMX Cross race. Racers compete in multiple heats, advancing only by finishing in the top half of their heat.
Family Fishing Week - various locations - July 5-13 Local events and festivals around the province will mark these licence-free periods. Family Fishing Weekend and Week provide not only opportunities to fish, but also to learn about proper techniques, ethical angling and how to protect fish and their habitat.
Backcountry 101: Intro to Ultralight Camping - Burlington - July 12 This program is an overview of the equipment needed for a fast and light hiking/backpacking trip. Lose the bulk, protect your back and pack as light as you can.
5 Peaks Race 3 - Milton - July 12 A wide variety of groomed screenings where athletes can pass, spread out and warm up to some intense single-track, rocky limestone, boardwalk through swampy section, grassy sections, and a burning vertical back up the escarpment before the final stretch toward the finish line. Events for both kids and adults.
Beginner Birding - Tillsonburg - July 12 This hands-on introduction to bird watching and identification will help you become a bird detective. Get to know local bird species found in and around the park. A slideshow presentation will be followed by an interpretive hike and silhouette ID. Dress appropriately for the trail.
Greater Sudbury Blueberry Festival - Sudbury - July 13-20 Everything's blueberry as Sudbury celebrates the wild blueberry harvest.
Dragon Boat Race Festival - July 18-19 - Thunder Bay This family friendly event has something for everyone on and off water. Fresh new local entertainment, great food, a light show and the very first Thunder Bay LuminAqua.
The Ultimate Stand Up Paddle Challenge - Forester Falls - July 18-20 The first event of it's kind in Canada featuring both a whitewater and flatwater SUP races.
Muskoka Kids Triathlon - Port Sydney - July 19 The MKT swim-bike-run fun challenge is open to kids young and not so young (ages 6-96), with distances ranging between 50m swim / 3.2 km bike / 700m run for the 8 and under age group to 400m swim / 12.4 km bike / 3.2 km run for the 15 and older age groups.
Famarama Children's Festival - Collingwood - July 19-20 Celebrate the family all weekend with amazing shows and activities including scavenger hunts, guided hikes, drum circles and more.
Gabrielle's Ride - Oakville - July 20 This charity ride will give all members of the community, from elite cyclists to families and children, the opportunity to ride in support of the thousands of children in Canada who live with the affects of congenital heart disease and pediatric stroke.
Lake Superior Day - various locations - July 20 Lake Superior day is a special day that encourages people to appreciate living next to one of the world’s biggest freshwater lakes.
Voyageur Rendezvous - Mattawa - July 23 Come and join a group of hardy voyageurs as they set up camp on the beach for the day! Try your hand at making a woven sash. Challenge yourself to a voyageur’s test of strength, and don’t forget to get the full voyageur experience by paddling a 30 foot Canot du Nord!
Water and Wetlands Weekend - Dryden - July 25-27 Blue Lake wouldn’t be so cool without water! We have events for all ages. Join a naturalist to learn about Blue Lake’s very own Spruce Fen and discover how water is intimately connected to wetlands.
Canadian Wake Surf Nationals - Calabogie Lake - July 25-27 The premier wake surfing event in Canada. Evolving from its inaugural year as the Calabogie Wake Surf Championship, it will once again be held at Calabogie Peaks Resort on Calabogie Lake.
38th Annual Mattawa River Canoe Race - Mattawa - July 26 Retrace the paddle strokes of the who's who of Canadian Historical figures that have paddled the Mattawa River, a National Heritage River. This one-day 64 km OMCKRA race attracts participants from across North America. Recreational and family paddling races also available.
Owl Prowl - Tillsonburg - July 26 Children’s crafts start at 8pm, followed by a family-friendly indoor presentation at 8:30pm then a guided hike outdoors to call and look for owls. Bring your flashlight and dress for the weather.
Grand River Pow Wow - Ohsweken - July 26-27 Dance competitions, singing contest for drum groups, native craft and food vendors plus more.

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.
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.
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.