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August Long Weekend Canada 2013 Featured Events Activities Festivals

On Monday August 5, Ontario celebrates the long weekend in August as a Civic Holiday where various destinations pay tribute to Canadian Heroes.  In Toronto it is John Graves Simcoe and in Ottawa it is Colonal By.  In Alberta it is Heritage Day, and Nova Scotia Natal Day.  See Ontario Events and  Manitoba events

Canada Food Day Saturday August 3th, Civic Holiday Weekend

Food Day is a national celebration of restaurateurs, suppliers, growers, farmers and citizens. Join Canada on August 3, 2013  for the 9th annual coast-to-coast-to-coast event, heralding our regional diversity, culinary creativity and world-renowned reputation for throwing an amazing party! See dining and menus across Canada. Restaurant Events 

Ontario

OTTAWA-OTTAWA VALLEY

Heritage Mica Festival - Murphy's Point Provincial Park -Ottawa Valley South 
August 3 2013 
Lally Homestead Heritage Day and Local Market highlighting life in the early 1900's. Costumed interpreters, historical displays at the Lally Homestead site, music and story-telling, children's games, cultural hikes, showcase and market of traditional hand-made products, subsistence farming and homestead lunch (fee for lunch). Come and experience how the Lally family lived, worked and played. More information on Ottawa Valley Destination 

Toronto

Caribana: North America's largest Caribbean Festival 
Aug 1 - August 4, 2013 
The  Caribana Festival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, costumes, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. 

Fort York Celebrates Simcoe Day
August 5, 2013  John Graves Simcoe founded the Town of York (Toronto) in 1793 and was the first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada. Come learn about the birthplace of Toronto and thrill to the sounds of musketry, cannon and the fife and drum. Tours, cooking demonstrations and kids activities all add to this colourful event. The Fort George Guard joins us for this great day. Fort York National Historic Site

South of Toronto

Ice Cream Simcoe Day Long Weekend
Aug 4, 5 2013Westfield Heritage Village Ice Cream Festival, Rockton
Next Sunday and Monday experience the fun and nostalgia of ice cream at the 6th annual Ice Cream Festival! There's something for everyone, including live music, horse and wagon rides, magic shows and lots of tasty ice cream!

North of Toronto

Civic Long Weekend Events & Festivals

MacTier Big Weekend Festival
August 2-4

The Festival showcases Muskoka and the surrounding area and what it has to offer to new tourists, residents and cottagers alike.  Fun activities include the Muskoka Beach Volleyball Blast Tournament,  Children's Fishing Derby, Stewart Lake Regatta and  Parade of Boats. 

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in the MacTier area
More information on the Township of Georgian Bay

Blue Mountain:Village Beach Party
August 2-5, 2013
The Village at Blue  The summer's hottest party for all ages! Reggae & Calypso music, Fire Dancing, Moves Under The Stars, hiking, scavenger hunts, kids activities, Plunge! Aquatic Centre, gondola, Cascade Putting Course, Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, shopping & dining and family fireworks by the Mill Pond.
More information and Blue Mountain-Collingwood area resorts, inns, lodges, hotels.

Barrie Kempenfest:
August 2-5, 2013. A Top 100 Festival for Arts & Crafts, Kids Midway, Antique Hunters.
More information and  Barrie area resorts, inns, lodges, hotels. Discover Lake Simcoe Barrie Area Beaches

HaliburtonTour de Forest
Annual Artisans Tour
August 3-4 2013

20 Artisans. 7 Studios, Enjoy a dazzling array of finely crafted pottery, glass, jewellery, painting, woodworking, fibre art and photography. Enjoy the benefits of a compact tour and a chance to take in Haliburton’s gorgeous summer scenery. 10 am - 5 pm
More information and  Haliburton area resorts, inns, lodges, hotels
More information on the Haliburton Highlands

Muskoka Craft Beer Festival
Annie Williams Park, Bracebridge August 3, 2013
A great day of fun in the sun, with beer from over 30 Ontario craft breweries on site. There will be Ontario wine, cider, and spirits. Food will be provided from the Savour Muskoka roster. Entertainment will include beer/wine/spirit education, some of the finest bearded musicians in the province, and the brewmaster olympics.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Bracebridge

Huntsville Festival of the Arts: Continues over the long weekend More information and Huntsville area resorts, inns, lodges, hotels

Festival of the Sound
Parry Sound, continues to August 11th. Where the world's great musicians come to play!
More information and  Parry Sound area resorts, inns, lodges, hotels

The  Georgian Bay Steam Show -Family Farm Demonstraton Fesival
Cookstown, August 2-5, 2013
The show is filled with parades, tractor pulls, wagon rides, demonstrations, vendor booths, singing and dancing performances and more. The talent contest will be held on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. for adults, and Sunday evening for juniors. Admission for adults is $8 per day and children aged 12 and under enter for free. Parking is free and a shuttle service is available from the Cookstown Outlet Mall. 
Get overnight Accommodation in Alliston or Barrie

Tweed Stampede and Jamboree,
North Hastings, Trudeau Park August 2-5, 2013
Tweed recently became the destination event for Canadian Cowboys Association competitors when it announced it had become a double rodeo. That’s twice the competition and twice the prize money for the competitors. Also new this year is a bonus Friday evening full rodeo performance for all to enjoy. The Stampede Committee plan to kick-off the weekend with a new added concert on Thursday night featuring High Valley; Deric RuttanSaturday night; and close the weekend Sunday with Gord Bamford, taking full advantage of the long weekend and all happening on the Stage!
Featured Accommodation: Beachwood Hollow Resort 
More information on Land O' Lakes Destination

Alberta

Heritage Day - August Long Weekend Alberta - Monday, August 05, 2013
Heritage Day is celebrated the first Monday in August in Alberta. Monday, August 5, 2013 In Alberta. 

Strathmore Heritage Days Stampede
August 2-5, 2013
Celebrates town of Strathmore.  Since 1966, Strathmore has conducted an annual fair and “Heritage Days” Rodeo on the long weekend in August.

See Travel Alberta for more events

Manitoba

Western Canadian Aviation Museum
Winnipeg, Manitoba
August 1-29, 2013
The Western Canadian Aviation Museum features Unexplored: Bush Pilots Opened Up The Canadian North: Guided Tour
More about Manitoba

Nova Scotia

Natal Day Festival
Halifax, Nova Scotia
August 1-6, 2013
Celebrating the city’s 118th Natal Day and July 31 and-August 5th, 2013. Includes family activities, live concerts, the longest parade in Atlantic Canada and an elaborate fireworks show  

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