If you’re like most Ontario parents, you’ve had more than your fill of sharing bad news with your kids. Whether it was the return to online school, a long pause of their favourite sport or the cancellation of a vacation, parents have had to be the messenger for disappointing news far too often over the past year.

While the summer may still seem a little uncertain, the sunny weather gives parents an opportunity to prove to their kids that they haven’t forgotten how to pass on positive news too. This summer, make a plan to inject a series of unexpected little surprises into your family’s routine. Here are some easy ideas to get you inspired.


As the COVID-19 situation continues to change, a minute or two of extra planning is an important step in ensuring your surprises are  a success. Follow the latest travel guidelines for your community and any communities you plan to visit. Check with businesses and places you plan to go to ensure they are open and serving visitors in the way you’re expecting.

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Paris to Brant Park Route with Grand River Rafting Company

Grand River Rafting Company

119 Jennings Rd, Brantford, ON

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Guided or Self Guided Tour at Terre Bleu

Terre Bleu Lavender Farm

2501, Sideroad 25, Milton L0P1B0

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Glen Morris to Paris on the Water Route

Grand River Rafting Company

181 Bethel Rd, Paris, On N3L 3E3

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Experience the Orchard Patio at Howell Cidery

Howell Road Cider Co.

225 Howell Rd, Saint George, ON N0E 1N0

12:00pm - 4:00pm Saturdays

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Yoga at the Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

Date & Time: every Tuesday from 5:30pm - 6:45pm Fee: $15 per class + Service...

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Rock at the Rock

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

Date & Time: every Thursday from 5pm - 9pm Admission: Included with General Admission, Included...

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PYO Strawberries at Brantwood Farms

Brantwood Farms

251 Powerline Road, Brantford, ON, N3T 5L8

When: 8am-7pm, daily. (weather permitted)

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Hike the Yellow Bench Trail at Terre Bleu

Terre Bleu Lavender Farm

2501, Sideroad 25, Milton L0P1B0

Now thru September 6

Cambridge to Paris Route with Grand River Rafting Company

Grand River Rafting Company

181 Bethel Rd, Paris, On N3L 3E3

Trip Dates: June 19 through September 6, 2021. Monday-Friday at 9am. Pricing: Starting at $65...

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Experience Apiary at Terre Bleu

Terre Bleu Lavender Farm

2501, Sideroad 25, Milton L0P1B0

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