Sleeping Giant in Thunder Bay
When the CBC asked its listeners to nominate the Seven Wonders of Canada, the Sleeping Giant came out on top, making it one of the things to do in Ontario. There’s no lack of whimsy and wonder in this remarkable natural rock peninsula, which resembles a reclining giant when viewed from the city of Thunder Bay. The park is an outdoor adventurer’s year-round dream, with steep cliffs that can rise up to 240 metres. Ojibwe legend refers to the Sleeping Giant as Nanabijou, who was forever cast to stone when the secret location of a rich silver mine was revealed.
It’s forgivable to crave a quick escape from the dense traffic and fast pace of Canada’s largest city. Luckily, you don’t have to go far. A 10-minute ferry ride from Toronto’s harbour will take you to Toronto Islands, a scenic and car-free community that’s just across the way – you’ll soon understand why there’s a 500-person wait-list to own a home on the Island. Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to take in a view of the city, or you’re hoping to spend a day with the family at the Centreville amusement park, the Island has all of that and more.
Pow Wow in Manitoulin
Every Canadian should experience a summertime pow wow. In August, the Wikwemikong First Nation reserve welcomes visitors from every direction to celebrate their culture through feasting, dancing and music. Now in its 54th year, the Annual Cultural Festival is a whirlwind of colour, movement and tradition from three local tribes. This pow wow has it all, from local foods to awe-inspiring artisans. An undisputed highlight of this yearly event is the dance competition, which showcases intricate and brightly adorned outfits covered in feathers, tassels and beading.