Plan a summer day trip that animal lovers will adore with any of the unique, interactive experiences below.

 

 

 

  • 1

    Have breakfast with lions...

    Enjoy behind-the-scenes access to African Lion Safari on a VIP Wake Up The Wild experience. One of the park’s game wardens will guide you on an unforgettable experience where you’ll watch lions devour their breakfast, hand-feed a giraffe and create memories that will last a lifetime.

  • 2

    Spot Bald Eagles at Canada's largest botanical garden...

    Royal Botanical Gardens’ Cootes Paradise is a nationally designated Important Bird Area (IBA) that is home to hundreds of species of birds during their spring and autumn migrations, including the Least Bittern, Hooded Warbler, White Pelican, Caspian Tern, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Osprey, Pileated Woodpecker, and the Prothonotary Warbler. A pair of nesting Bald Eagles has stolen the show in recent years, however, with the claim of being the first on Lake Ontario in more than 40 years.

  • 3

    Meet birds and bison...

    Mountsberg Conservation Area’s Douglas G. Cockburn Raptor Centre is home to two dozen different birds of prey, each with their own unique story. Learn about native birds of prey, ask questions and see Mountsberg’s raptors up close at Bird of Prey shows and raptor encounters.

    Mountsberg is also home to its very own herd of bison, which you can watch from the Wildlife Walkway.

  • 4

    Watch the great gliders...

    Go beyond the zoo and experience animals in their natural habitats at Mount Nemo Conservation Area. The thermal updrafts and air currents off the Niagara Escarpment create a perfect playground for turkey vultures. Watch these winged wonders glide on their six-foot wingspan for up to six hours without flapping a wing. The Brock Harris Lookout and North Loop Lookout are great locations for watching the show, and on a clear day, you can see all the way to the CN Tower!

  • 5

    Ride the river...

    Canoe, kayak or raft the Grand River with an area outfitter and they’ll help you spot wildlife along the way including snapping turtles, great blue herons, bald eagles, egrets and more. Grand Experiences, Grand River Rafting and Heritage River Canoe and Kayak Co. are all great local outfitters that will provide your group with the expert guidance and gear you need for a great trip.

  • 6

    Find farm animal fun...

    Want in on a secret? Baby animals in real life are even MORE adorable than the ones on your Facebook feed!

    Younger children will love meeting barnyard animals at Bronte Creek Provincial Park‘s Children’s Playbarn in Oakville, Springridge Farm in Milton and Puddicombe Farms in Stoney Creek. Take a Great Canadian Day Trip and see some of these cuties for yourself.

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Now thru October 13

The Natural Path

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

Now thru October 5

Rock Climbing

One Axe Pursuits

7200 Appleby Line, Milton, ON, L9T 2Y1

Rattlesnake Point from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, $200 + HST

Now thru July 28

Summer Cider Nights

Chudleigh’s Entertainment Farm

9528 HWY 25, Halton Hills, ON, L9T 2X7

4:00pm - 7:30pm

Now thru August 31

Virtual Reality Experience – BBC 1943 Berlin Blitz

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

9280 Airport Road, Mount Hope, ON, L0R 1W0

9 am – 5 pm daily at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Virtual Reality Experience...

Now thru August 21

Stand Up Paddleboard Group Lesson at Binbrook Conservation Area

Staycation Beach and Boat Rentals Inc.

Binbrook Conservation Area, 5050 Harrison Road, Hamilton, Ontario

December 6

Delicious Desserts: Historic Cooking Workshop

Dundurn National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Ages:       14 years and up Cost:        $50 per person. Pre-registration is required. Time:        6:30 PM...

Now thru November 24

The Grand Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

Now thru October 28

Whisper to the Moon

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

Price: From $99 per person, meet up at 7:30 pm and ends 10:30-11:30pm

Now thru November 3

Cook the Trout Survival Challenge

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

Now thru December 15

Ridge Road Wine Tour

Wine Tours Toronto

550 Eglinton Ave. W. Toronto, ON Canada

Saturday tours with 3 pick up locations. 9:30 am from Toronto, 10 am from Oakville,...

Now thru November 19

2-Day Bruce Trail Waterfall Hiking Tour

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

Now thru October 1

Wake Up the Wild

African Lion Safari

1386 Cooper Road, Hamilton, ON, N1R 5S2

3 hour experience, mornings only. Maximum 12 people.

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