Our Summer Bucket List {Places To Visit in Ontario with Kids}

Our Canada Parks Discovery Pass just arrived!  I’ve had a general idea of what our plans were going to be this summer, but now I can really start to plan!

The snow is melting, the sun is shining, and this is the perfect time to work on our 2016 Summer Bucket List.

We’ll be spending a week in Prince Edward Island, and a week at Muskoka Bible Centre as it is.  But I love doing day trips as a family, and that’s where our Discovery Pass will come in handy.

So, in no particular order, here is our Summer Bucket List:

Places to Visit with Kids in Ontario

Fathom Five National Marine Park near Tobermory – Home to various shipwrecks and a Flowerpot Island, and close to Bruce Peninsula National Park, where you’ll find the Grotto, a cave with crystal clear water, perfect for swimming.

Wasaga Beach – Okay, this one doesn’t really need to be on our bucket list because we visit it over and over through the year.  But I’ll keep it on the list anyway.


Bethune Memorial House in Gravenhurst – Birthplace of Dr. Norman Bethune, this is a look at the life and accomplishments of a medical pioneer!

Canada’s Wonderland – Wonderland is probably the biggest amusement park in Canada, and it’s less than an hour away from us.  They’ve got great rides, epic food, and some pretty amazing shows!

HMCS Haida in Hamilton – The Haida is “Canada’s most fightingest ship”, and was active in World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Cold War.

Cheltenham Badlands – I just heard about the Cheltenham Badlands recently, and they’re not that far away from us.  We may be a little late to the party (officials have cordoned off the Badlands, and now you can only view them from a nearby trail), but they’re still worth a day trip to check out.

Science North – If there’s one thing our kids can agree on, it’s that they all love Science Centers!  We haven’t been to Science North in Sudbury in several years, so we’re looking foward to heading there this summer!


Bonnechere Caves  – Okay, so viewing the Bonnechere Caves seems to be only by guided tour, unlike the Scenic Caves and the Warsaw Caves.  But the photos I’ve seen are stunning – huge open caves with fossils and other formations.   We’ve never ever been there, so this is one I’m really looking forward to!

Camp X – This was Canada’s top secret spy training location in the Second World War, and the lore continues to grow with a TV series called X Company.  How cool would it be to check out how the spies lived and trained, right here near where we live?  It’s not open to the public, but there will be a special walking tour in May.  It’s not technically during the summer, but I think it still deserves a spot on our Summer Bucket List.

Have you started planning your summer excursions yet?



  1. March 9, 2016
    Sounds like you have a fun summer planned. We might actually be heading that way in July, so I will keep these in mind.

  2. March 9, 2016
    I think Canada is just about the most beautiful place you can go in the North. It has the stark, white brilliance in the winter and yet, when summer rolls around it’s so lush and green.

  3. March 9, 2016
    Ok that is a list that I would love to do myself. We are going to California, but I would love to get up to Canada and explore there.

  4. March 9, 2016
    I have never been to Canada, but these places sound like fun! I need to make a bucket list of places to go with my kids this year.

  5. March 9, 2016
    I am bookmarking this page. My husband and I are planning out trip to Canada 🙂 so excited

  6. March 9, 2016
    I’ve never been to Canada, but I would love to go one day. I hope your family has a great summer tackling your bucket list.

  7. March 9, 2016
    You’ve got a great bucket list going on for Ontario. I’ve been making one for Georgia travel.

  8. March 9, 2016
    Great bucket list!! I have never been out of the US and I would love to go to Canada one day!!

  9. March 10, 2016
    You have a great bucket list here! I also would love to visit Camp X and Canada’s Wonderland.

  10. March 10, 2016
    What a great list. Ontario is one of the places I dream of visiting one day. I will keep these places in mind.

  11. March 10, 2016
    This sounds like a super fun list. I would love to visit Canada one of these days. I have sent photos and it’s beautiful.

  12. March 10, 2016
    Love those photos of the beach! I’ve been itching to go to the beach lately. And I would certainly love to visit Ontario one of these days!

  13. March 10, 2016
    Ontario looks like so much fun! It would definitely be great for the kiddos, the excitement of going to ‘another country’! Thanks for sharing!

  14. March 10, 2016
    That’s a great planning right there. IT sounds like you will have a fun times this summer.

  15. March 10, 2016
    Canada’s Wonderland is a few hours away for us and we love to go there. It is a fantastic way to spend the day. There are several hotels that offer a deal if you stay with them you can get two days at Canada’s Wonderland for the price of one.

  16. March 10, 2016
    Some great things to do and visit on this list! I love Canada, such a beautiful country. I hope you manage to get all of these things done

  17. March 10, 2016
    Sounds like you have a wonderful Summer planned. We don’t have any plans yet but definitely want to do some travel in state and visit places we haven’t been yet.

  18. March 10, 2016
    Great bucket list!! Love it! I would love to go to Canada one day!!

  19. Bites for Babies24 October 2022 at 19:55

    March 10, 2016
    I can’t believe that I’m from southwestern Ontario and I have only heard and been to two of these places, Wasaga Beach and Wonderland!!! I need to travel more in my own province!

  20. March 10, 2016
    Looks like your going to have a whole lot of fun this summer! I’m still in the process of completing our bucket list. There’s just so many places my boys would want to visit this summer!

  21. March 11, 2016
    Travel and bucket lists are our jam! That pass sounds fabulous and worth every penny!

  22. March 14, 2016
    I would love to visit Ontario. Didnt know it was so much to do there with kids!

  23. March 20, 2016
    I’ve got to look into camp X. Rold Dahl trained there, making it extra cool.


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