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Our family will be spending at least 6 months in Ontario starting October 4th. Dh has to work for a lot of that time but every 6 weeks he gets one week off and we want to try to see as much as we can! Any ideas or suggestions of things we shouldn't miss?<br><br>
So far we know we want to go see Niagara Falls (but I don't think that will need to spend a week there?)<br><br>
We also plan to see Montreal (I know that isn't in Ontario, but that is dh's favourite hockey team and we hope to see them play)<br><br>
Anyone have any suggestions??? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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This should give you some ideas:<br><br><a href="http://www.ontariotravel.net/TcisCtrl?site=consumers&key1=home&language=EN" target="_blank">http://www.ontariotravel.net/TcisCtr...me&language=EN</a><br><br>
A trip to Toronto has plenty to offer everyone. There's the art gallery, the ROM, plays, musicals (for kids and adults), the CN tower, fancy restaurants and hotels, etc.<br><br>
Around Windsor for day trips there is Point Pelee National Park which is gorgeous.<br><br>
There is also Colasanti's Tropical Garden: <a href="http://www.colasanti.com/" target="_blank">http://www.colasanti.com/</a> Kids love it there.<br><br>
London is also a very nice city with fun things to do. It's too bad your here through the winter as most of the attractions seem geared more to summer. I'm sure there are many, many things to do during the winter, I just can't think of them. I do know that in Quebec there is a HUGE winter festival called Carnaval that looks so cool.<br><br>
My sister lives in Windsor and she could probably point you toward some local things to do and see. If you want to get in touch with her once you get there PM me and I'll hook you up.
 

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KPduty, thanks for the links! Colasanti's looks wonderful! My husband is already out there and has heard great things about Point Pelee so that will be our first day trip so we can get there before it gets too cold. We might be out there for a year so we may get to see all the seasons.<br><br>
Saffiyya80, we will be spending most of our time in Windsor but I will be with out a vehicle and I was wondering how the public transit is. I was in Sask last winter and it was too cold to walk the distance to the bus stop, let alone wait for a bus, yikes! Is the African Lion Safari in Windsor? That sounds warm...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Thanks so much for the replys!!
 

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Hi again! Don't know where we will be staying yet. My husband is going to look for a place for us to rent while we are out there. I am hoping he finds a place near a rec center or pool or library, something to keep us busy during the days. Or at least a bus route to somewhere.<br><br>
That would be great if we could meet up! I have met one MDC mom and it would definitely be cool to meet more <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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But if you are still around and either of you are still wanting to get together I could probably help out with my van. I am always up for getting together with other mommies!
 

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Some things that are on our agenda to do in Ontario this Fall and Winter:<br><br>
Butterfly Conservatory <a href="http://www.niagaraparks.com/nature/butterfly.php" target="_blank">http://www.niagaraparks.com/nature/butterfly.php</a><br>
Grimo Nut Farm <a href="http://www.grimonut.com/" target="_blank">http://www.grimonut.com/</a> Fresh picked pecans, walnuts, chestnuts and hazelnuts - YUMMIE!<br>
The Royal Winter Fair <a href="http://www.royalfair.org/" target="_blank">http://www.royalfair.org/</a><br>
Kensington Festival of Lights <a href="http://www.toronto.com/profile/569149/?cslink=cs_generic_1_0" target="_blank">http://www.toronto.com/profile/56914...cs_generic_1_0</a>
 

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I knew there had to be other Ontarians!<br><br>
Don't forget the zoo-- <a href="http://www.torontozoo.com" target="_blank">www.torontozoo.com</a> --a bit of a hike from Windsor but I always have a great time there. It's open year round but it's probably more fun in fall than winter.
 

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here are some links for some beautiful areas of Ontario to explore:<br><br><br>
Niagara Escarpment is beautiful - lots of interesting areas and trails to explore<br><br><a href="http://www.escarpment.org/Travel/travel_links.htm" target="_blank">http://www.escarpment.org/Travel/travel_links.htm</a><br><br>
Bruce trail<br><br><a href="http://www.brucetrail.org" target="_blank">http://www.brucetrail.org</a><br><br>
Prince Edward County - a gorgeous part of Eastern Ontario - I drove through here on a motorcycle one summer and it was just lovely - very very picturesque<br><br><a href="http://www.pec.on.ca/Welcome.html" target="_blank">http://www.pec.on.ca/Welcome.html</a><br><br>
 

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My parents live in Windsor (I'm in BC now). The main Windsor Public Library is awesome - the best library for kids I've ever seen. There's lots more than books - toys, puppets, music, and more. I could spend days there!<br><br>
In London, check out the Children's Museum. And if you get a warmish day, go to Storybook Gardens - I think it's open year-round now.<br><br>
Back in Windsor, the sculpture garden along the river is cool. You'd want a warm day, though. There are a couple of playgrounds along the path, and lots of great sculptures - some of which are fun to climb on!<br><br>
I like Ojibway Park on Windsor's west end - mainly because that's where I was married! It's a good place for a walk - there are ponds with turtles and lots of winding paths. (Again, more fun on a warm day - although there's also an indoor nature centre.)<br><br>
The salt mines used to give tours -interesting for older kids.<br><br>
And of course - Colasanti's! My son (aged 3) still talks about our trip there last fall. Make sure to try the warm donuts with apple cider.
 
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