The days are getting longer as we move closer to the summer solstice on June 21, officially the first day of summer. That means there’s more daylight to enjoy, and really there’s no excuse to be lazy unless you’re in the mood to do nothing.
It’s also a great month to start enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) available at Ontario farmers’ markets. June means crops of cherries, rhubarb and strawberries are in abundance along with a huge variety of fresh vegetables. Before heading out, visit edibletoronto.com/farmers-markets-toronto-ontario/farmers-markets.htm to find a fresh market close to you.
Sound of Music
Fabulous music on the lakefront is on tap at this year’s Burlington Sound of Music Festival June 14-17. Don’t miss the annual Sound of Music Festival Parade on Saturday, June 16, featuring marching bands from across Canada and the U.S. along with whimsical floats and performers. soundofmusic.ca
A World of Fun
Windsor’s Carrousel of Nations runs June 15-17 and 22-24 featuring live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, fabulous cuisine and more. Look for appearances by celebrity cooks, like Christine Cushing, who is in her third season of Fearless in the Kitchen on the Oprah Winfrey Network carrouselofnations.ca
Don’t Forget Dad!
Okay, we didn’t. There’s all kinds of things on tap for Dad on June 17 – like The Father Day Beer Festival at Fort Henry in Kingston. This event at the newly constructed Discovery Centre has all kinds of Dad stuff like a grilling tent, eating competitions, sports car showcase, and booths highlighting the latest ‘Dad’ gadgets, golf and fishing gear and more. Oh, and lots of beer from craft brewers like Steam Whistle, Beau’s Old Fasioned, Barley Days Brewing, Wellington Brewery … well you get the idea. Cheers! http://tinyurl.com/7bxd6er
Behind Closed Doors
Doors Open Ontario lets visitors discover Ontario’s hidden heritage treasures, many of which have never been open to the public. June offers a chance for a peak behind closed doors in three communities:
• June 9 – Clarington: doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Clarington.aspx
• June 9 -10 – Burlington: doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Burlington.aspx
• June 16 – Blue Mountain: doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Georgian-Bay.aspx
More than four million visits have been made to heritage sites participating in the Doors Open events, which were launched in Ontario 10 years ago.
A Mighty Dragon
Ottawa is home to North America’s largest Dragon Boat Festival June 22-24 featuring over 190 teams in corporate, community and competitive categories. The Tim Hortons Dragon Boat Festival, celebrating its 19th anniversary, is held at Mooney’s Bay. In addition to the races, look for extreme sports demonstrations, amusement attractions, artisans and live entertainment including David Usher and Spirit of the West. http://ottawastart.com/story/16499.php
Be sure to stop by any Pioneer location on June 21 to get the latest edition of ROAM featuring a summer full of fun activities. Don’t miss our continuing Great Ontario Bucket List Challenge – check out the winners from our Spring contest atop the CN Tower!