Frequently Asked Questions

Ontario Travel Questions: Ontario Travel Answers

Travel questions for Ontario resort destinations north, northeast and northwest of Toronto.  If you don’t find the ‘Ontario travel’ answer here please e-mail and we will get back to you in 24 hours.

  1. When is the first day of Winter?

    A:  The first day of winter in falls on Sunday December 22.  Time to reserve Winter Getaways!

  2. What are the top family fun winter activities in Ontario?

    A: As there are many winter fun activities available it is difficult to put any in a priority list, however we have assembled what we think are the top 10 winter activities for family fun…..of course couples can also experience winter in Ontario fun.

  3. When is Christmas and Boxing Day 

    A.  Christmas Eve in on December 24, Christmas Day December 25, Boxing Day December 26.

  4. When is New Years Eve 

    A.  New Years Eve is December 31.

  5. When is Family Day holiday in Ontario

    A: Family Day is always the third Monday in February. See Ontario Family Getaways and more Family Day activities here.

  6. When is March Break for school break in Ontario Canada? 

    A: March Break or Spring school break holiday in Ontario runs over two weekends mid-March. See Ontario March Break Kids Camps and March Break Getaways

  7. What is an Ontario resort?

    A: Ontario resorts are sometimes equated with Ontario resort destinations. When Ontario residents say “I am going to a resort for holidays” it usually refers to stand alone accommodation north in Ontario at a lakeside facility with lots of recreation on-site including water sports.  Ontario vacation locations may be part of a cottage resort with lakeside couples cottages for accommodation. Going to a resort may also mean a golf resort with golf chalets along the golf course. Resorts are sometimes equated with lodges, inns, and hotels as in resort lodge, resort hotel, or resort inn. During the winter months ski resort becomes the reference point for winter accommodation.

  8. What is an Ontario resort destination?

    A:  Resort destinations are often icons in travellers minds with specific geographical images. Many resort destinations have been assigned based on political boundaries and can be somewhat confusing for consumers.  Some of the more generic references to popular resort destinations are Algonquin Highlands,Blue Mountains, Lake Simcoe, Wasaga Beach, Lake Nipising, Haliburton, Ottawa Valley, Georgian Bay, The Bruce, and  Muskoka or the Muskokas. In some cases a town name may also infer a destination such as Huntsville, Collingwood, North Bay, Barry’s Bay or Peterborough.  In many cases the resort name reflects the destination like Hidden Valley Resort, Nottawasaga Inn Resort, Horeshoe Valley Resort.

  9. Where is “Cottage Country” in Ontario?

    A: Cottage country starts north, north east and north west of Toronto. Historically cottage country vacations are summer lakeside vacations. There are many options to “cottage experiences” with private cottage rentals, cabins and cottages, or cottage resorts.Often a trip to cottage country starts at Hwy 400 and Hwy 401.  See Ontario Cottage Types to help make your vacation decision. You may also check Ontario Lakes to identify a specific lakeside location.

  10. Where can I go Fishing in Ontario? Do I need an ice fishing License?

    A: There are thousands of lakes in Ontario and they are divided into zones. See Fishing regulations summary to assess your specific location and type of fish? One fishing license is good for both ice fishing and regular fishing throughout the year in Ontario.

  11. Is Algonquin Park a National Canadian Park?

    A: No, Algonguin Park is a Provincial Park run by the Province of Ontario (More information on Algonquin Area and Algonquin Park Links). However, there are several National Parks in Ontario. See National Parks in Ontario links and information.

  12. Where does Northern Ontario Start?

    A: Northern Ontario’s location has three identities,…The Official Version, and the Perceptual Version, and the Political Version. We suggest you visit our Northern Ontario section and participate in the debate.

  13. Where is Barrie Ontario?

    A: Barrie is on Highway 400 north. The city is in an enviable geographic location as the strategic junction to the major highways leading to northern Ontario–Highway 400 and Highway 11, about a one hour drive north of Toronto. See Barrie tourist information

  14. Where is Muskoka (Muskokas)?

    A: This is difficult to answer for most new visitors or tourists. Residents of Ontario usually know that Muskoka is north of Toronto and accessed by Highway 400 and Highway 11. See the Muskoka Map. To the south, Muskoka Borders Simcoe County and the Severn River. To the south side of the Severn is mostly Simoce County, and to the North side is Muskoka. To the west, the main border is Tay Township which is also part of Simcoe County. Muskoka also touches on Georgian Bay and the 30,000 Island to the west. To the North Muskoka Borders on the Parry Sound District, and often Muskoka-Parrry Sound are referred as one destination. To the east and north east, North Muskoka includes Lake of Bays and borders on Haliburton County and the Algonquin Park area.

  15. Where do I get a map of Ontario?

    A: A map of Ontario is available on-line from the Government of Ontario. The map, considered to be the “Official Map of Ontario” divides the province into two sections. Map of Northern Ontario. Map of Southern Ontario. Ontario travellers and tourists can pick up a free map at one of the many Ontario Travel and Information Centres.

  16. Where do I get snowmobile information on current trail conditions

    A: Updates on trails can be found at the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs.

  17. Do I need a special snowmobile license to drive a snowmobile in Ontario?

    A: Please check the recent Government of Ontario website http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/ concerning current legislation and safety information.

  18. When can I see maple syrup production in Ontario?

    A: The “first boil” of maple sap north of Toronto may take place in late February or first week of March.  Many destinations south of Toronto may have independent operators with earlier starts. Check Maple Syrup Festivals page, or the resort getaway packages for maple syrup during the March break.

  19. When is Mother’s Day?

    A: Mother’s Day in Canada falls on the second Sunday of May.  See Resorts for Mother’s Day BrunchMother’s Day Gift and Spa Getaway Ideas.

  20. When is the Victoria Day May 24 Long Weekend?

    A:  Canada celebrates Queen Victoria’s Birthday on third Monday of May. This long weekend public holiday starts on the Friday for this traditional cottage and resort country getaway.  Pick a May Getaway for this long weekend getaway. See May 24 Weekend links.

  21. What is Open or Closed on May Victoria Day Public Holiday Weekend?

    A. Banks and government institutions (LCBO, Beer Stores) are closed on the Holiday Monday along with schools are closed. Shopping in tourist designated areas will be open as are most tourist attractions

  22. When is Father’s Day 2

    A: Usually the third Sunday in June.  See Father’s Day Special suggestions for getaway presents.

  23. When is the first day of summer?

    A: Summer arrives with the summer solstice on June 20.  Time for an Ontario summer getaway.

  24. When is Canada Day public holiday?:

    A: Canada Day always falls on the day July 1. See Canada Day Long Weekend.

  25. What is Open or Closed on Canada Day July 1 Public Holiday Weekend?

    Banks and government institutions are closed on the Holiday July 1.

  26. When is the Civic Holiday Event in Ontario?

    A: The first Monday in August is a holiday for a number of Ontario residents. It is not a paid statutory holiday so it is not taken by every resident. In Ontario there are various names for the holiday…the most prominent is Simcoe Day, and in Ottawa Colonel By Day. See Ontario Civic Holiday featured Events and festivals.  See August Getaways for your continued summer vacation

  27. When is September Long Weekend Labour Day in Ontario?

    A. The last long weekend of the summer before “back to school”– September Labour Day in Canada, and Labor Day in the United States. The first Monday in September, Monday September 5th, 2016. Labour Day is a time to plan fall fairs and fall colour road trips north for the leaf changes.

  28. Canadian Thanksgiving – When is the Thanksgiving Long Weekend?

    A: The second Monday in October each year celebrates the Canadian harvest. Start the Thanksgiving Day Weekend getaway on Friday before Thanksgiving Day. Find events and get news updates for Thanksgiving Weekend day trips.

  29. What is Open or Closed on Monday Public Holidays?

    Banks and government institutions are closed on the Holiday Monday.  See LCBO closingsBeer Store Closings.  Shopping in tourist designated areas will be open as are most tourist attractions.

  30. When does fall start?  When do the leaf colours peak in Ontario?

    A: The official start to fall is Thursday September 22, 2016 and the Peak fall colour season traditionally takes place from the last weekend in September to the first or second weekend in October September 20 – October 14, 2015.  Book your fall getaways early!  More information on Fall Colours (colors) road trips and links to current colour reports.

  31. When is Halloween?

    A: Halloween is officially October 31 each year.  Check October getaways and Halloween parties and events during the month of October.

More Ontario Travel Questions

Visitors and tourists travelling to Ontario are more than welcome to send your Ontario Travel questions and we will do our best to get back to you in good time to help with your Ontario Travel planning…or check the Ontario travel information centres. See the Featured North of Toronto Destinations.