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Ontario Waterfront Festivals:
A Summer Event

Ontario Waterfront Festivals are a celebration of ports and beaches and are a regular summer event for many Ontario cities on lakes, or even one on a big river, like the Ottawa River.

Festivals are held at Barrie, Belleville, Cobourg, Toronto, Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington, Orillia, and Pembroke (the one on the Ottawa River).

Ontario waterfront festivals include music, theatre, street performers, old-fashioned midways (or carnivals or fun fairs, depending on where you come from, they go by so many different local names), and always lots of different concession stands selling food, though not usually the sort your nutritionist would recommend.

Ontario waterfront Festivals: Cobourg and Whitby

Cobourg festival is on the Canada day weekend and, along with Cobourg's excellent beach right alongside the harbor, is a great way of spending a summer weekend, see our Cobourg page.

Whitby also has a similar festival, called 'Harbour Days', and held on the last weekend of July. The top attractions here are a nautical 'festival of lights' and a dinner cruise on the tall ship, Empire Sandy.

Waterfront Festival in Toronto and Orillia

Toronto's festival, generally held mid-July, also includes tall ships, see our Sail Past page for the 2010 festival visitors.

Being a sophisticated sort of place, Toronto has more sophisticated attractions than your everyday funfair, like this 'human statue', and the upscale restaurants and cafes of Queen's Quay.

Another place that has a big Festival, is the Sunshine City of Orillia. Based in Tudhope Park on Lake Couchiching, the Orillia Waterfront Festival includes an in-the-water boat show, water ski shows, musical entertainment, and a beer garden.

All the things the average water sport enthusiast likes to have nearby when they're at the water.

The festival is held in August each year and attracts cottagers and boaters from all around the two lakes and surrounding region. It's quite a party.

A waterfront festival is also a summer feature in Belleville, a town near Sandbanks and the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario. Generally taking place on the second week of July, the Belleville festival includes such attractions as music, international food vendors, a midway (carnival), and lots for small kids like Dora the Explorer and Sponge Bob Square Pants.

Another long-time festival is held in Barrie each May long weekend (third weekend in May for Victoria Day). The Barrie festival also features music. a midway and also a Buskers event. As always, there's lots for small children, such as face painting and rides. Food is a big part of these events and there are lots of vendors to tickle your taste buds.

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