Civic Holiday Weekend Events & Activities

The Civic Holiday Monday is August 5, 2019. Areas north of Toronto including Ontario Cottage Country and northern Ontario are the best place to find spots to cool down, relax and enjoy the long weekend!

You can find a number of Long Weekend Getaways packages on: August Getaway. For couples, families or groups looking for summer vacations in Cottage Country in the best spots of Ontario.


Civic Holiday Weekend Featured Events & Activities


Lake Simcoe & Barrie Area

Summer Activities at Horseshoe
There’s something for everyone at Horseshoe Resort. Experience one or many of our incredible summer adventures! New for Summer 2018 is the 1,000 ft urban slide and wakeboard cable. 

Civic Long Weekend Family Fun Pass
Nottawasaga Inn Resort, Alliston
Treat the kids this August Long Weekend to our Family Fun Pass available from Friday August 3 to Monday August 6! Your pass includes swimming, 100ft waterslide and 4 mini-golf passes for only $55.95 +tax for up to 4. Morning, afternoon and evening sessions available.

Slopeside Activities
Horseshoe Resort, Barrie
There is a world of Adventure waiting for you at Horseshoe Resort in our 600 acre playground! Bring your family for an adrenaline filled getaway.

Treetop Trekking
Treetop Trekking Barrie is Ontario’s original aerial game and zip line park. Located at Horseshoe Valley Resort, come spend an adventure filled day climbing and zipping from tree to tree in the setting of a full service year round resort.

MacLaren Art Centre
The MacLaren offers a warm, welcoming environment. The Gallery is open to the public seven days week, excluding statutory holidays. Admission is by voluntary donation. The building is wheelchair accessible. Adjacent parking is available. The facility also accommodates meetings, information sessions, corporate receptions and social events, such as weddings, memorial services and birthday parties. 

Haliburton Highlands

Abbey Gardens
Our gardens, hiking trails, Food Hub, educational displays and local business partners (including a craft brewery) are all located on site in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands, Ontario overlooking Grass Lake.

Yours Outdoors Authentic Experiences
Explore the beautiful Haliburton Highlands with one of their unique experiences, from glass blowing workshops to paddling and rock climbing adventures.

Learn more about the area Haliburton Highlands | Ontario’s Highlands

Midland | Penetanguishene

Learn more about the area Midland Tourism | Downtown Midland

Pirates of the Bay
Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene
TBA, 2019
Shiver me timbers, rumor has it that the infamous Captain Corbin will be joining the day. Walk the plank, learn how to speak “pirate” lingo, enter the Pirate’s hideaway for fun activities and games, hornswaggler magic, a treasure hunt for dubloons, face painting and ruffians.  Meet “Buccaneer Brant” for blimey juggling, swab the decks and learn me scallywag knots.  Be on the lookout for a Pirate Skirmish with the HMS Badger and Historic Military Establishments of Upper Canada.  

Live Entertainment
Midland Cultural Centre
Take in a show over the Civic long weekend.  Shows includes David Clayton-Thomas, Epic Journey Tribute & The Drifters featuring Rick Sheppard.

Cruisin’ Classics
King’s Wharf Theatre, Penetanguishene
TBA, 2019
Grab your poodle skirt, pull on your bobby socks, and get ready for fun with a rock ‘n’ roll musical celebration featuring classic hits of the Baby Boomer era!

Music in the Park
Little Lake Park, Midland
Enjoy free live music every Sunday night on the hill by Rotary stage in gorgeous Little Lake Park. It’s the perfect way to cap off the weekend in the Heart of Georgian Bay.

Wye Marsh
Uncover our wetland & woodlands this summer through guided canoe, kayak and walking tours, family programming, fun events and informative workshops!  Fun and informative activities are offered daily!

Georgian Bay Cruise
Midland, Penetanguishene & Port Severn
Take a sightseeing cruise aboard the Miss Midland or Serendipity Princess and experience the sparkling water, the windswept pines and rocky grandeur of Muskoka-Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands – the finest cruising area in the northern hemisphere.0

Downtown Shops & Docks
Downtown Midland
Check out the shops and docks in beautiful Midland! Walk about and strolling fun for kids – check out one of the largest outdoor mural collections in North America.

Huronia Museum
Huronia Museum is a fun place for taking the kids and is located in Little Lake Park, directly across from the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre. Fun exhibits for the whole family and be sure to check their website for specials events and activities.

Ghost Tours
Discovery HarbourPenetanguishene
TBA, 2019
A spooky guided tour by lantern light featuring encounters with tales of apparitions and spirits.  Tales of actual people associated with the Military and Naval Establishments will include that of the McGarraty brothers who died on the march from York in June of 1831 and the tale of Private James Drury who died New Year’s Eve 1836 on guard duty at Officers’ Quarters.

Sainte Marie among the Hurons
Ontario’s first European Community, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons was the headquarters for the French Jesuit Mission to the Huron Wendat people. In 1639, the Jesuits, along with French lay workers, began construction of a fenced community that included barracks, a church, workshops, residences, and a sheltered area for Native visitors.

S.S. Keewatin
Port McNicoll | Open Daily
Take a step back in time by touring the S.S. Keewatin, a 110 year old Edwardian-era passenger steamship.


Learn more about the area Muskoka Tourism

Sunset Cruises
Port Carling
The “Muskoka Experience” always includes a cruise on the big 3 Muskoka Lakes, with their rugged & beautiful Canadian Shield vistas & gorgeous cottages. Enjoy live commentary including history & local lore. Departing from Port Carling – 7 days a week – June to October. Sunset, dinner & private/bridal cruises too!

Santa’s Village & Family Campground
3 Great Parks & 1 Great Campground. All On-Site at Santa’s Village Family Entertainment Park. This unique 60-acre attraction nestles in a bend of the Muskoka River. Tour the village by miniature train or cruise the Muskoka River on Santa’s Summer Sleigh Jet Boat. You can try Rudolph’s Roller Coaster, the Ferris Wheel, and other amusement rides! Visit Santas Claus and then play at Elves Island or at our beach and splash-pad. You can also enjoy live Amphitheatre shows with clowns, magicians and roving entertainers! Santa’s Village is like Christmas in the summer! The older kids will enjoy Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Mini-Golf, Batting Cages and the Arcade!

Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh & Muskoka Lakes Winery
Take part in a Signature Canadian Experience as you follow cranberries on a guided journey from peat bog to delicious wine!

Treetop Trekking
Treetop Trekking Huntsville is the most exciting adventure activity in Muskoka! Located in a beautiful setting at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario, thrill yourself in our huge aerial game and zipline park. 

Taboo Muskoka
Take in a round of golf this Civic long weekend.

Civic Holiday Fireworks at Muskoka Wharf
August 4, 2018
Muskoka Wharf is the backdrop of this family favourite! Come by car, bike, boat, or on foot and see the show! Fireworks display takes place at dusk.

Muskoka Comic Con
TBA, 2019
The Muskoka Comic-Con is a NEW pop culture convention located in the beautiful Town of Bracebridge, Muskoka at the Bracebridge Memorial Community Centre. Muskoka Comic Convention strives to be one of Ontario’s best and truest comic con featuring fandoms of multiple genres. As long-time fans of comic books, toys, pop-culture, cosplay, animation, scifi and fantasy, the promoter wanted to bring that style event to Muskoka!

Sawdust City Music Festival
August 2-4, 2019 |  Gravenhurst
The 3-day festival is the creative brainchild of renowned Canadian Singer-Songwriter, Musician & Label Owner Miranda Mulholland and will feature an incredible lineup of musicians. 

Midnight Madness Street Festival
TBA, 2019 | Bracebridge
Don’t miss this night full of fun and excitement and bargains galore! Live music, great shopping and family fun at Memorial Park Kids Zone – $5 per child all night. Musical Entertainment.

Northern Ontario

North Bay Summer in the Park Festival
TBA, 2019
North Bay’s Summer in the Park Music Festival. Civic long weekend is going to rock with headliners Annie Sumi, Kira Isabella, Tebey, Dean Brody, Nicholas Cangiano, Johanthan Roy, Scott Helman and DNCE.

Festival of the Sound
TBA, 2019
Parry Sound
Canada’s premier summer classical music event at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts on the beautiful shores of Georgian Bay. Join us during the 38th season of Festival of the Sound. Classical, Jazz, Films & Cruises from July 21st – August 13th. 

Ontario’s Lake Country

Learn more about the area Ontario’s Lake Country

Live Entertainment
Casino Rama Resort, Orillia
Enjoy live shows from the Happy Together Tour and The Piano Guys.

Hardwood Ski and Bike
Hardwood Ski & Bike offers over 80 km of mountain bike trails which rate as “Fun”, “Gnarly”, “Serious”, “Radical”,”Crank’d”, “Sprockids” and a double track trail “Nice n Easy”, a favourite for all ages. Disc Golf is perfect for families and non-bikers to experience the best trail facility in Central Ontario. Children under 12 play free with a paying adult.

Downtown Farm to Table Dinner
TBA, 2019 |  Orillia
Come downtown and enjoy a magical evening of local fare prepared for you by downtown restaurants. Enjoy the ambiance, listen to the sound of music, see the treetops glisten & enjoy a delicious dinner on the main street.

Ottawa Valley

Park Concerts, Farmers Markets
Across the valley, the community vibe is all about music, food, art and people.

Annual Rockhound Gemboree
TBA, 2019
Join Rocky the Rockhound at the Nation’s most celebrated Gem & Mineral show! There’s something for everyone – enjoy shopping, exploring, learning, live music, and more! Rockhound Gemboree is a 4 day event! With Mineral Collecting Tours running every day.

Learn more about the area Ottawa Valley Tourism

Southern Georgian Bay

Mosaic World Music
Blue Mountain Village
August 4-6, 2018
A weekend of music inspired by world cultures. Featuring CBC Music favourite Alysha Brilla, the Neema dancers from Uganda, Latin sounds and much more. Hiking, scavenger hunts, groove dancing and free family activities, plus FIREWORKS!

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Blue Mountain
Venture over Southern Ontario’s longest 420ft. Suspension Footbridge which offers spectacular views of Georgian Bay and surrounding countryside. Hitch a ride on Rocky the train, and enjoy the additional features such as: children’s adventure playground, pan for gemstones, mini golf, trout pond, picnic areas, snack bar and gift shop. 

Scandinave Spa
Blue Mountain
Situated in a natural forest, minutes from downtown Collingwood & Blue Mountain Resort, Scandinave Spa™ Blue Mountain offers a unique & tranquil outdoor Spa experience. Open all year from 10am-9pm, enjoy the serenity of the renowned Scandinavian Baths & relaxing Registered Massage treatments. Guests must be 19+ yrs. old. Bathing suits are mandatory.

Rounds Ranch
Rounds Ranch is the place for families to have a country and western experience with over 18 attractions. Enjoy the large corn & straw mazes, petting zoo, pony rides, water maze, barrel train, shooting gallery, duck races, pedal cart race track, western playground, zip lines, giant jumping pillows, tractor rides, swinging tire horses, bouncy ponies.

Civic Long Weekend Getaway Packages

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More August Vacation Ideas and Activities

The August Long Weekend is also the last month of the summer vacation in Ontario.  Make the most out of August in Resort destinations north of Toronto with an August getaway package for families or a romantic getaway package for couples. Find more Ontario August events and festivals north of Toronto.