May 21, 2009

Ideas for fun getaways in York Region this summer


Central Ontario destination is big on thrills, culture, golf and small town charm


NEWMARKET – York Region is full of fun and excitement with so much to do and experience.  It would take several days to explore Canada’s Wonderland, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and some of the best golf courses in Ontario along with summer food and music festivals, quaint and historic small towns and a growing list of cultural opportunities.


You can find these ideas and many more to make your vacation in York Region a memorable experience by reading the magazine In Your Backyard or by visiting


The magazine features thrilling family fun at Canada’s Wonderland and other venues; opportunities to explore history as well as arts and culture, creativity, farmers’ markets, breweries and vintners, the great outdoors, food and music festivals, golf courses and much, much more!


In Your Backyard also features getaway packages that combine accommodations with admission to local attractions and activities.


What is so appealing?  You do not need to travel far for a great getaway!  Following are some ideas for your York Region summer getaways.


Urban Cowgirl or Outdoor Guy?

Are you urban-oriented or outdoors-oriented?  If you prefer urban activities, get acquainted with the city, cultural events, culinary experiences or the history of the area.  Visit the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinberg.  Experience international cuisine from every corner of the globe in the many restaurants along Highway 7.  Or if you prefer the outdoors, take a walk in the York Regional Forest on the Oak Ridges Moraine.  Visit a quaint small town and a farmers market. 


Family Thrills and Spills

What visit to York Region would be complete without exploring Canada’s Wonderland?  Pack your shorts, summer hats and sun screen and arrive early to enjoy the thrill of Canada’s largest roller coaster and other rides at this premium family destination.  Chill down at the Water Park.  Tip 1: Use a coupon in the York Region Discovery Guide (see below) to get $5 off up to six day passes.  Tip 2: Hotel partners offer great stay and play packages for Wonderland.


The Therapeutic Touch

Need some retail therapy?  York Region is full of options, from great shopping at Vaughan Mills that features a Bass Pro Shop to Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket, and Markville Mall and Pacific Mall in Markham.  Pacific Mall is an amazing oasis of Asian shopping and culture.  Follow up with a fine dining experience or perhaps something a little more relaxed, such as an outdoor patio.


Golfers’ Paradise

York Region is the place for you to experience a real golfer’s vacation!  Start your day with a morning tee-off at one of more than 70 lush, green golf courses spread across York Region.  Golf isn’t your spouse’s game?  Take in the Varley Art Gallery in a quaint village setting in Unionville, a small community located in Markham.  The century old main street offers cafes and restaurants, including outdoor patios for the nice days.


Festivals that Celebrate Music, Food and Culture

This summer, weekends in York Region are jam-packed with festivals celebrating a range of music and cultural traditions.  There’s the Markham Ribfest and Blues Festival, the Markham Jazz Festival, the 20th annual Eaglewood Folk Festival, the Maple Italian Festival, the Woodbridge Italian Festival, the Metis Arts Festival, the Greek summer Festival, Celtic Sounds Festival.  Music-in-the-park series are held every week throughout the summer in communities across York Region.


You may order copies of In Your Backyard by calling York Region Tourism at 905 883-3442 or toll-free at 1-888-448-0000.  Or visit to plan your perfect getaway.


For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit


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