Summer long weekends in Ontario for families with 4-year olds

We love nature but we also love a hot shower and a comfortable TV at night. Not to mention high-speed internet, free -)

Our solution is to book 3 nights at a hotel (Holiday Inn or Best Western) and then explore the Great Lakes beaches or Muskoka, during one-day trips.

It works great for us and our 4-year old, who is napping while I write this for you.

Here are some examples:
Canada Day 2009 – headquarters at the Holiday Inn Kitchener

DAY ONE: We took one trip to the magnifique Sandy Hill park on the Northern shore of Lake Erie. Hotel to the beach was a 70 minute drive.

DAY TWO:we drove Highway 7 all the way to its end, through Stratford, and ending up on the shore of Lake Huron at the public beach in beautiful Goderich.

We also enjoyed a stroll and an icecream on the round city plaza, and a stop on our way back for dinner in Stratford.

August long weekend 2009 – headquarters at the Holiday Inn in Fort Erie, Ontario

DAY ONE: Port Dalhousie, on the Southern shore of Lake Ontario.

DAY TWO: driving from Fort Erie to Crystal Beach on Lake Erie

Canada Day long weekend 2010 – headquarters at the Best Western in Midland Ontario

DAY ONE: Allenwood Beach at Georgian Bay (a 45 minute, beautiful drive from the hotel). Lunch on the main strip in Wasaga Beach (10-minute drive from Allenwood Beach)

DAY TWO:  Balm Beach at Georgian Bay, a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Lunch at the beach restaurant.

Allenwood Beach at Georgian Bay
Balm Beach at the Georgian Bay
Wasaga Beach main strip as seen from a restaurant patio

August long-weekend 2010: headquarters at Best Western in Jordan, Ontario – facing Lake Ontario

DAY ONE: Port Dalhousie beach + downtown St. Catharines

DAY TWO: Port Dalhousie beach + Niagara On The Lake + Port Dalhousie dinner

DAY THREE: Monday morning at Charles Daley Park by Lake Ontario, and then home.

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