July 26, 2005

Enjoying the dog days of summer

York Region's summer attractions highlight lots to see and do for kid

NEWMARKET From thrills to spills, beaches to campgrounds York Region's summer family attractions cover a range of activities for day and weekend excursions including York Region's very own cottage country, a variety of historic sites and a whirlwind of family entertainment.
York Region's very own cottage country
Not everyone needs to travel far to enjoy a family weekend. Just 60 minutes north of Toronto, nestled on the south shore of Lake Simcoe in the quaint Township of Georgina lies Ontario's original cottage country.
 Covering Georgina's northern edge, sandy beaches and elegant shorelines overlook the beach communities of Virginia Beach and Jackson's Point Harbour. With small boutiques, street vendors and live music, summer in Jackson's Point is a focal point for both residents and visitors to the Georgina area.
 No longer will family camping excursions begin at Algonquin. A day's worth of activities at Sibbald Point Provincial Park can begin at the crack of dawn. Drag dad out of bed for the best pick of lake bass, grab the canoe and paddle beside 3,000 feet of lakeshore, grasp the beauty of the park's numerous eco-systems and end a packed day of activity nestled beside a fire's light. 
 Georgina Island, the largest island in Lake Simcoe, plays home to some of the most beautiful untouched shorelines on the lake. Travel across the waters on a ferry ride to Nanabush Trails, and discover the history, culture and community of the Georgina Island Fist Nation.
Be a part of history
York Region is the home of numerous historic sites and museums that offer history buffs a chance to do what they most enjoy -- go back in time. 
 Stroll through Robin's Mill and speak to the blacksmith and the cabinet maker at Georgina Pioneer Village or take a ride through time on the York-Durham Heritage Railway.
 Board a railway car once used by Princess Margaret and see one of the finest collections of horse drawn vehicles at Markham Museum & Historic Village.
 Feel the opulent lifestyle once enjoyed by an elite aristocracy at the Elman W. Campbell Museum in Newmarket and the Eildon Hall Museum at Sibbald Point Provincial Park.
 Visit the Sharon Temple, a National Historic site constructed to "inspire the beholder with astonishment," said Canada's pre-eminent rebel William Lyon MacKenzie who led the band of farmers and merchants down Yonge Street in a protest that helped instigate the introduction of representative government in Ontario 150 years ago.
Family Fun in York Region
 Do you feel the need for speed? Put your pedal to the metal at the NASCAR Speed Track Outdoor Racetrack.
 If you love the feeling you get just before you plummet down a hill at lightning speed, then Paramount Canada's Wonderland is the place for you! Canada's Wonderland is the country's premiere theme park with over 200 attractions, more than 60 thrilling rides, North America's greatest variety of roller coasters and a 20-acre water park.
 Children love to be a part of a shipwreck, travel through rushing waterfalls and a churning sawmill, all while trying to sink a hole-in-one at Timber Creek Mini-Golf and Family Fun Centre.
 You don't have to go down under to come face-to-face with a reptile. Visit Reptilia Inc. in Vaughan, the 6,000 square foot facility has an education centre, breeding facility and retail store.
 There is nothing better than feeling the rippling waves of the ocean crash against you. Why not experience the next best thing? The Wave Pool is York Region's first and only indoor wave pool facility. The four-foot waves and 160-foot waterslide are guaranteed fun for the entire family.
For more information on family thrills and spills in York Region, please contact York Tourism at 1-888-448-0000, e-mail tourism@york.ca or visit www.yorktourism.com.
Contact:  Megan Bomberry, Corporate Communications Services, York Region
   (905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, ext. 1234
   Email: megan.bomberry@york.ca

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