Civic Day August Long Weekend Events & Activities

Ontario's Lake Country Paddling

The Civic Holiday Monday is August 6, 2018. 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 Long Weekend Featured Events & Activities

Lake Simcoe

NEW Lake Horseshoe
Opening just in time for August long weekend, the new lake will bring swimming, a sandy beach and waterfront activities to the resort. 

Civic Long Weekend Family Fun Pass
Nottawasaga Inn Resort, Alliston

This Civic long weekend don’t get stuck at home, treat the kids to our Family Fun Pass available from Friday to Monday August! Your day pass of fun includes swimming, 100ft waterslide and 4 mini-golf passes for only $49.95 +tax for up to 4.

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. 

Music in the Park
Horseshoe Resort, Barrie
TBA, 2018
Horseshoe Resort, in partnership with Molson Coors, are pleased to present Music in the Park! Music in the Horseshoe Valley has been a long standing tradition, and this year we are adding more dates, more talent, and more fun! Summer has never sounded so good! 

Treks for Treats
Horseshoe Resort, Barrie
TBA, 2018
The perfect adventure for the active family! Enjoy the calm and beauty of a mid summer’s day by getting outdoors and exploring the hillsides of Horseshoe Resort. New heights will be reached in a matter of minutes as our High Speed 6 Pack Chairlift zips you to the top of the resort, where breathtaking views await! Take a journey through our local landscapes and experience nature first hand from a number of scenic viewpoints along our Hilltop Trail. Let the golden rays of the summer sun guide you back to the valley below, where afterwards you can treat yourself to a delicious cone of Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream, or a glass of our finest House wine selections in the cosy ambience of our Apres Patio. 

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.

Algonquin Highlands Trails
Where adventure awaits. Just 2.5hrs from Toronto, in the heart of the Haliburton Highlands.

Annual Rockhound Gemboree
TBA, 2018
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 Haliburton Highlands | Ontario’s Highlands

Midland | Penetanguishene

Learn more about the area Midland Tourism | Downtown Midland

Floatie Fest
TBA, 2018
Little Lake Park, Midland
This year’s event will have Live Music, BBQ, some fun events for the kids and Floaties everywhere! 12-6 will be the Floatie fest portion of the event and the JAWS 2 on the Lake will be 9pm until the movie is over. 21′ screen!!! You can watch the movie from the water or there will be space available on the shore for lawn chairs.

Pirates of the Bay
Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene
TBA, 2018
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.  

Floatie Fest
Little Lake Park, Midland
TBA, 2018
Keep calm and float on! Join us for the 2nd Annual Floatie Fest at Little Lake Park. Bring your favourite inflatable water toy and beat the summer heat! More information to come, live music, food, and fun for the whole family.

Mary Black
Midland Cultural Centre
August 7, 2017
For over 25 years, Mary Black has been a dominant presence in Irish music. She has played a frontline role in bringing Irish music to an ever-growing global audience. At a time when less adventurous performers preferred to stick to the well-worn ballads from Ireland’s rich music heritage, Mary explored the best work available from new composers.

Jonas & Barry in the Home
King’s Wharf Theatre, Penetanguishene
July 19 –  August 5, 2017
Two seniors are searching for friendship, love, and elusive happiness at the Gateway Gardens assisted living home. Barry Butterfield, a newly retired dentist, is unsure of what to do with all his free time. Jonas Ainsworth, a suave stage actor, spends his days wooing the ladies. Proving opposites attract, the men quickly become an inseparable duo and embark on clever ways to spice up their lives – and the lives of those around them.

Music in the Park
Little Lake Park, Midland
TBA, 2018
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.

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, 2018
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 by Candlelight
Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, Midland
TBA, 2018
A guided tour of Sainte-Marie that highlights French and First Nations stories and the people who lived here from 1639 to 1649. Individuals such as Master Carpenter Charles Boivin and Blacksmith Louis Gaubert will be highlighted. The evening concludes in the Longhouse with a traditional First Nations story which is a memorable experience and not to be missed.

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!

Birds of Prey at Rousseau Brent and Sarah Comedy Magic ShowsBig Kid Entertainment: DRIVE’n Theatre
August 5-7, 2017
JW Marriott Rousseau The Muskoka Resort & Spa, Minett
Birds of Prey: During every live show an up close learning experience is included with live owls, hawks and falcons. Come watch as a bird handler explains each bird type, diet and unique characteristics as they soar around the room displaying agility, speed and grace.
Brent & Sarah: Join Brent and Sarah as they amaze with their fun-filled magic act tomorrow Friday July 21st from 7-8 pm! This dynamic duo is sure to make everyone laugh as they combine comedy with magic tricks.
Big Kid Entertainment: Enjoy this interactive family-friendly theatre show that is sure to
educate and entertain! All programs will include improve, drama and
sketch comedy. 

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. 

Civic Holiday Fireworks at Muskoka Wharf
TBA, 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.

The Urban Slide
TBA, 2018
The Urban Slide is literally the best time ever! Proudly brought to you by 365 Sports, a 100% Canadian owned and operated company that focuses on fun and customer experience, join us for 1000 feet of slippery awesomeness this summer.

Dwight Fire Fest
TBA, 2018
Firefest has been lighting the night sky over Dwight Beach in Lake of Bays for more than 20 years. Hosted by the area’s volunteer fire department, the event includes a family fun filled afternoon with the largest fireworks show at 10pm.

Sawdust City Music Festival
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, including the Jim Cuddy Family Band. 

Northern Ontario

North Bay Summer in the Park Festival
August 3-5, 2018
North Bay’s Summer in the Park Music Festival. Civic long weekend is going to rock with headliners Marianas Trench, Amanda Marshall, Headstones, Magic, Darenots, Michelle Treacy.

Festival of the Sound
July 20 – August 11, 2018
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

Jeff Dunham | The Australian Pink Floyd Show | Santana
Casino Rama Resort, Orillia
August 4-6, 2017
Enjoy live shows from the comedy of Jeff Dunham to the Australian Pink Floyd tribute show to the music of Santana.

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.

Fun Fest
TBA, 2018
Every Civic Holiday weekend since 1945 the Orillia Lions Club and the Orillia Rotary Club host an annual FunFest at Couchiching Park, featuring a mid-way, entertainment and vendors! We hope you can join us this year!

Ottawa Valley

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

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.