Labour Day Events & Activities

The last long weekend of the Summer is here, offering the perfect weather for weekend fun. Ice skating, caves, tree top trekking, concerts, art and so much more to see and do. Enjoy the perfect day trip or getaway to central and northern Ontario. 

When is Labour Day Weekend?
This year it runs from August 31 – September 3, 2018, with Monday September 53rd being the statutory holiday. 




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Lake Simcoe

Labour Day Long Weekend Family Fun Pass
Nottawasaga Inn Resort, Alliston
September 1-4, 2017
This Civic long weekend don’t get stuck at home, treat the kids to our Family Fun Pass available from Friday August 4th to Monday August 7th! Your day pass of fun includes swimming, 100ft waterslide and 4 mini-golf passes for only $49.95 +tax for up to 4.

Slopeside Adventures
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
September 2, 2017
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
September 2, 2017
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

See more events in the Haliburton Highlands & Ontario’s 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.

Haliburton Drumfest
September 2, 2017
What its all about: This is a great, all-day event, featuring the 17 piece Northern Lights Steel Orchestra, Earthtones with John and Dani, The Rails End Drum Troupe with Joe Truss, October Brown, Rythmicity with Bazza, and more.

Kawartha Lakes

McLean Berry Farm
McLean Berry Farm is a family owned and operated strawberry and vegetable farm located in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes Area in south-eastern Ontario. Visitors are welcome to visit the farms and take part in the delicious Ontario tradition of seasonsal berry picking (and eating!).

Kinmount Fair
2017 TBA
“The Fair with the Forward Look”.  World’s Finest Shows Midway, Demolition Derby, Truck & Tractor Pull, Canadian Raptor Conservancy Birds of Prey, Ruff Sport Dog Show, Children’s Entertainers Team T & J, Talent Show, Livestock shows and more.Learn more

Lanark County

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Perth Fair
2017 TBA
4 full days of agricultural fun for the whole family, featuring agricultural displays, demos, contests and shows, animals, vendors, food, midway, concerts and more!

Midland in the Heart of Georgian Bay

See more events in Midland and Downtown Midland

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.

Celebrate the Platters starring Norris Vines
Midland Cultural Centre
September 1, 2017
Celebrate the Platters starring Norris Vines, who joined the Platters in the 1960’s, features memorable songs like “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”, “Only You”, “The Great Pretender”, “I’m Sorry”, “Twilight Time” and many more, you won’t want to miss it.

Ghost Tours
Discovery HarbourPenetanguishene
August 30, 2017
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
August 31, 2017
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.

Explore Outdoors
Wye Marsh, Midland
Get out and get close to nature every day. Guided tours/programs by knowledgeable Naturalists – guided walks, canoe/kayak, ecotours, Birds of Prey demonstrations and over 20 km of trail including a floating boardwalk.

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.


See more events in Muskoka

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!

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. 

Northern Ontario

Georgian Bay Airways
Parry Sound
AMAZE at the natural beauty of Muskoka and Georgian Bay by seaplane! Let Georgian Bay Airways make your vacation a memorable experience. We provide many services with our legendary seaplanes including sightseeing tours and flying adventures. Join our nearly 1,000 passengers a year to experience our signature “Fly & Dine” to World Famous Henry’s Fish Restaurant.

Smoke ‘N’ Spurs Festival
September 1-3, 2017
Dust off those cowboy hats, shine up your boots and get ready to saddle up as the Rodeo comes to town! Come out and enjoy a fun filled weekend packed full of action.

Ontario’s Lake Country

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Fall Tours
Ontario’s Lake Country
September 1 – November 15, 2017
Ontario’s Lake Country is located just one hour north of Toronto and a perfect location to enjoy the peacefulness away from the busy city life. Take in the breathtaking fall colours! Escape and book one of our many distinctive fall getaways! Enjoy this beautiful and picturesque region on your choice of driving tours, cycling routes, scenic tours by boat or hiking the stunning trails along our waterways and landscapes.

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.

Paul Anka
Casino Rama Resort, Orillia
September 1 & 2, 2017
Known for the hits “Put Your Head On My Shoulder”, “Diana”, “You’re Having My Baby” & “My Way”

Ottawa Valley

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Ottawa Valley Rural Ramble
Throughout the Fall Season
The annual Rural Ramble – a free self-guided driving tour featuring four weekends during the fall months of Adventure & Exploration, Agriculture & Food weekend, History & Heritage weekend and Arts & Culture.

Southern Georgian Bay

Summer Sundown & Fireworks
Blue Mountain Village
September 2-4, 2017
Bid the season farewell as the hottest summer entertainment returns for encore performances and tons of live music, FIREWORKS, performers, hiking, biking and scenic gondola rides.

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.

Cranberry Comedy Night
Cranberry Golf Resort
August 31, 2017
Gather your family and friends and be entertained by the comedians from Comedy Records and let your taste buds be inspired by our delicious buffet dinner.

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.

Wasaga Beach
September 2-3, 2017
Come experience and take part in the largest gathering of amusement inflatables for all ages. Packed full of inflatables including traditional bouncy castles for youngsters to obstacle and warrior challenges for teenagers and adults alike. Get your tickets at the event! Cash only.



Algonquin Wildlife Research Station
Since its inception in 1944, the WRS has been providing access and logistical support for University and government researchers from Ontario and across North America. The WRS is situated on Lake Sasajewun in Algonquin Provincial Park and operates as a non-for-profit organization. The AWRS’s Tim Winegard in partnership with Tapley Nature Trail’s renowned naturalist, expedition guide and photographer Robin Tapley and Jamie Giardini have developed new programs to highlight wildlife research in Algonquin Park. Programs will focus on developing an understanding of wildlife life-history strategies (biology, ecology, and behaviour) and how this can benefit ones photographic, naturalist, or other outdoor pursuits.


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Port Elgin
September 3, 2017
This annual tradition kicks off with a bandshell concert featuring musical talent. Then with glow sticks, face painting and a fireworks display (at dusk). A great way to end the summer season!

Wasaga Beach
September 3, 2017
Celebrate the end of the Summer Season with the Memories of Summer Fireworks at Beach 2.

Long Weekend Vacation Ideas and Activities

The Labour Day Long Weekend is also the last weekend of the summer vacation in Ontario.  Find more August and Labor Day Ontario events and festivals north of Toronto.  Book early for the next official public holiday the Canadian Thanksgiving Long Weekend’

Fall Fairs in Resort and Cottage Country

Labour Day Weekend is the kick off for many of the Ontario fall fairs  and festivals north of Toronto.  Fall Fairs take place in Powassan, Meaford, Magnetawan and Perth (Ottawa Valley).  Get dates, locations driving times to Fall Fairs in Ontario Canada