If you're in your element when surrounded by new sights, sounds, smells, excitement and atmosphere, you're in the right place. Ontario promises to Fire up your senses.
Breathe in the Atmosphere of ByWard Market in Ottawa
Love a good market? You’ll love this one! ByWard Market is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets and it oozes old-world charm. You'll find museums, cafés, specialty food shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, pubs and lots more! Spend all day meandering around and soak up the smells, sights and sounds. Make sure you munch on a Beavertail - a sweet, cinnamon-y pastry and a local favoured treat!
Raise a Glass at the Niagara Ice Wine Festival
For three weeks in January the Niagara Region is transformed into a wintry wonderland, celebrating one of Canada's most cherished products, Ontario Icewine. From Gala evening toasts to chestnut roasts, ornate ice bars and winery tours, and even late night Icewine grape picking and romantic carriage rides along Niagara’s famed wine route. The annual Niagara Icewine Festival offers plenty for every taste so come and join the celebration.
Discover Your Artistic Side at the AGO
If it’s art that fires up your senses then head straight to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). This masterpiece (yes the building is pretty cool too) is located in Toronto and home to the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre, which boasts more than 900 works of art. It houses everything from paintings and sculptures to models and ornate figurines, modern and ancient art, photography, and lots more. You can easily spend a day soaking up all that’s on display so make sure you are up early!
Useful Links: Art Gallery of Ontario
Take a Foodie Tour of Toronto’s Neighbourhoods
Nestled in Toronto’s multi-cultural neighbourhoods are some of the City’s most interesting food shops and restaurants. Your taste buds will be sizzling on local culinary historian Shirley Lum’s guided walking tours. Taste your way through Toronto with traditional Chinese treats, Canadian artisan cheeses and Greek snacks – and plenty of stories of the city’s colourful characters and past along the way. Love ghosts? Shirley has some haunted walks for you!
Useful Links: A Taste of the World - Toronto Bicycle Tours & Walks & Tourism Toronto
Breathe in the Aroma of Largest Tulip Festival in the World!
Inhale the wonderful aroma of thousands of tulips at the World’s largest tulip festival held each May in Ottawa. The festival began in 1945, when the Netherlands sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Canada in appreciation for the role Canadian troops played in liberating Holland. Today, there are over three million tulips, setting the city ablaze with colour. The Festival also presents entertainment, family activities and an international pavilion featuring foods and heritage presentations by countries from around the world.
Useful Links: Canadian Tulip Festival
Say it with Flowers at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton
Take an exhilarating trip through nature's most beautiful work. Royal Botanical Gardens features five glorious gardens, a 30-kilometer trail system and four nature sanctuaries. The Rock Garden features spring bulbs in May, summer flowers in June to September, and chrysanthemums in October. The Laking Garden blazes during June and July with irises, peonies, and lilies. The Arboretum fills with the heady scent of lilac from the end of May to early June, and the exquisite color bursts of rhododendrons and azaleas thereafter. The Centennial Rose Garden is at its best late June through mid-September.
Useful Links: Royal Botanical Gardens