Month: July 2010

Kingston, Ontario

A- Overview:
Kingston, Ontario is a city of elegance and charm. Its 19th century limestone homes and its red brick Victorian style architecture lend appeal to vacationers and prospective residents alike. Kingston is ideally located at the point where Lake Ontario enters the St. Lawrence River. For over three hundred years, marine traffic has passed through Kingston enroute to the Great Lakes. For most of those years, Kingston was a major shipbuilding center. Schooners and steamers built in the area have traveled all over the world.

Beyond Kingston’s sedate, well-ordered existence lies a fascinating secret. Not every vessel that set out for the Great Lakes successfully navigated the difficult course. Shipwrecks of all shapes and sizes stretch out in every direction far below the surface of the clear blue waters, preserved by the consistently cold temperatures of their final resting place. Amateur and professional scuba divers find Kingston the perfect place for a holiday filled with adventure and the prospect of “finding the big one.”

The city of Kingston features the amenities of an urban centre with the allure of a small city. Kingston has two universities and a community college which is highly unusual for its size, giving it an intellectual strength that touches all aspects of the community. The city’s military and naval history are captured and celebrated in area museums, galleries and theatres. From its geological beginnings to the vibrant contemporary arts scene, there is an eclectic range of experiences offered by these historic sites and cultural venues.

As an orientation, visitors can enjoy an historic one-hour tour of the “Limestone City” aboard the Confederation Tour Trolley. The tour includes an overview of the celebrated campus of Queen’s University, one of Canada’s oldest and finest institutions of learning.

Fort Henry, a majestic 19th Century British Military Fortress, features performances by the famous Fort Henry Guard, complete with canon fire, guns, and the music of the fife and drum. It is one of Kingston’s greatest historical treasures. Bellevue House, deemed a National Historic Site, has guides in period costume who welcome visitors to the home of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.

In the summer months, Kingston hosts many festivals including the Annual Buskers Rendezvous, which is held in July and brings in over a 100 street performers from all over the world, including musicians, magicians, jugglers and mimes throughout the Downtown area. Every August the city is a hub of activity when hundreds of sailors converge for C.O.R.K., the annual Canadian Olympic Training Regatta.

Kingston is known as the fresh-water capital of North America, and is a major port from which to cruise the Thousand Islands. A pleasant jaunt to New York State can easily be arranged aboard the Wolfe Island Ferry, which connects with Watertown New York via the summer vacation paradise of the same name, the largest of the Thousand Islands. The ferry runs frequently each day year round. Kingston is also convenient Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal by car or by rail.

From professional services to specialty boutiques and shops, dining and cultural experiences, Kingston has been ranked along with Halifax and Victoria as having one of the top three most vibrant downtowns of Canada. Populated by historic neighbourhoods, the ivy-covered buildings of Queen’s University, and a spectacular stretch of waterfront parkland, Kingston is perfect anytime. It is the place for a family vacation, for the pursuit of higher education at a leading university, for diving for long buried treasure, and for just enjoying time away in a storybook setting.

B- City Information:
Population: 143,000

Elevation: 305 feet

Location: Kingston is located on NE corner of Lake Ontario, equidistant between Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto, the area’s three major cities.

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (when it’s noon in Kingston, it’s noon in New York City, 11am in Chicago, and 9am in Los Angeles). Kingston observes Daylight Saving Time from April – October

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (same time as New York City). Daylight saving April-October.

Emergencies: Call 911 for fire, police, or ambulance.

Average Monthly Temperatures:

Month
High
Low

January
30F
16F

February
30F
15F

March
37F
23F

April
50F
34F

May
63F
44F

June
73F
54F

July
59F
79F

August
77F
58F

September
69F
51F

October
56F
40F

November
43F
31F

December
33F
21F

Kingston has higher winter temperatures than Ontario’s capital city of Ottawa. Summers are quite warm with considerable amounts of sunshine, averaging eight to nine hours a day. Some snow usually covers the ground from mid-December until mid-March, but heavy snowfalls are rare. The precipitation averages between 2.4 and 2.9 inches per month year round.

Packing : In winter, pack sturdy, waterproof boots, warm clothes that can be layered and a warm coat, gloves and hat. In summer, pack light cottons, comfortable walking shoes, a sweater and lightweight jacket or windbreaker, sunglasses and a hat. Be prepared with sunscreen for trips to the beach and waterfront.

National Holidays:

New Year’s (January 1 and 2)

Good Friday

Easter Monday

Patriots’ Day (second-last Monday in May)

Québec National Holiday (June 24)

Canada Day (July 1)

Labour Day (first Monday in September)

Thanksgiving (second Monday in October)

Christmas (December 25 and 26)

Government: Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II is the Queen of Canada and Canada’s head of State. This means that the Queen is the formal head of Canada. The Governor General is the Queen’s representative in Canada. The Queen is also represented in each province by a Lieutenant Governor and by a Commissioner in the territories.

Useful Conversions of weights and measures

1 hectare 2.471 acres

1 inch 2.54 cm

1 ft. 30.48 cm

1 oz. 28.57 grams

1 lb. 0.454 kg

1 cm 0.39 inches

1 meter 3.28 feet / 1.09 yards

1 km 0.62 miles

1 liter 0.26 US gallons

1 inch 2.54 cm

1 foot 0.39 meters

1 yard 0.91 meters

1 mile 1.60 km

1kg 2.2lb

1 gallon 3.78 liters

Currency: The Canadian currency is in dollars. There are one dollar coins called “loonies” because of the loon depicted on the gold colored coin ; two dollar coins with a gold colored center and silver border called “toonies” because they are equal to 2 loonies ; dime; nickel and penny. The paper currency comes in denominations of $5; $10; $20; $50; $100. The present exchange rate is between $1.42 and $1.50 Canadian for every US dollar. Rates vary widely depending on where money is exchanged. Banks give the best rate. The easiest method of securing cash at the best exchange rate is to make withdrawals using a US credit card from the ATM machines found at the major banks and stores.

Business Hours: Banks are usually open Monday to Thursday 10am to 3pm, Friday 10am to 6pm. Most stores are open Monday to Wednesday 10am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm, with extended hours until 8 to 9:30pm on Thursday and usually Friday.

Electricity: It is the same as in the United States: 110 volts, 50 cycles, AC.

Email retrieval: Many hotels have dedicated telephone outlets in the rooms for internet access.

Visitors with disabilities: Canadian Paraplegic Association National Office provides information about accessibility in Canada. 613/ 723-1033.

Embassies/Consulates: All embassies are in Ottawa, the national capital. US Consulate in Toronto is at 360 University Ave. 416/595-1700 .

Taxes: The provincial retail sales tax is 8%; on accommodations it’s 5%. There is an additional 7% national goods-and-services tax GST .

In general, nonresidents may apply for a tax refund. They can recover the accommodations tax, the sales tax, and the GST for non-disposable merchandise that will be exported for use, provided it is removed from Canada within 60 days of purchase.

The quickest and easiest way to secure the refund is to stop at a duty-free shop at the border. You must have proper receipts with GST registration numbers, or you can apply through the mail. It will take about 4 weeks to receive your refund. Pick up a rebate form at the registration desk of your hotel.

How to Get There

By Air

Air Canada

Norman Rogers Airport

1114 Len Birchall Way

Kingston, ONT, K7M 4M1

613-389-6404

888-247-2262

Airlines Serving Airport: Air Canada (Daily passenger and cargo service between Kingston and Toronto’s Pearson International Airport with connections to Air Canada’s global network.)

By Car

Kingston is easily accessible from the south from Highway 81, from the east and west from highway 401, and from the north from Highways 15, 16 or 17

By Bus

Greyhound Canada

Kingston Terminal

175 Counter Street

Kingston, ON K7K 6C7

613-547-4916
Telephone for schedule.

Voyageur Bus Service

613-238-5900

Provides bus service from Montreal and Ottawa

Via Rail

888 VIA-RAIL

Trains come from Ottawa, Toronto and Montréal

Getting Around

Sited as being both thrifty and environmentally friendly, Kingston Transit is a good transportation choice. Many routes have been established, and service is available seven days a week. The ‘Visitor’s Day Pass’ allows unlimited bus travel for the day, as well as special deals at several of Kingston’s attractions.

Immigration and customs formalities

Visitors from any country except the United States must carry a valid passport. American citizens need only proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate and an identity card that includes a photo. Visas are required for visitors from certain countries. It is always advisable to check with the Canadian consulate or embassy before setting out for Kingston.

Telephone tourist information from the US or Canada at 800-668-2746 or contact Canada customs 905-254- 6043.

Side Trip to Wolfe Island (Thousand Islands)

Wolfe Island is the largest of the 1000 Islands in Eastern Ontario. It is a long, irregularly shaped island, having numerous small bays running into it. Wolfe Island is well settled, and contains some good farms. At the present there are over 1300 full-time residents, but that number doubles in summer. Wolfe Island is located at the entrance of the St. Lawrence River between Kingston, Ontario and Watertown, New York. On the east is the St. Lawrence River; on the west is Lake Ontario. It is accessible by ferry from both Canadian and American ports and is connected to Kingston, Ontario year round by a free 20 minute ferry ride.

The Wolfe Islander III is in operation all year. It holds approximately 55 cars and 330 passengers per trip.

Crossing Time = 20 minutes Rates = Free

For more information call Ministry of Transportation:
(613) 548 7227

The Wolfe Island Ferry operates from the Marysville Dock (summer) from ICE OUT to ICE IN at which time it moves to the Dawson Point Dock (winter). Low water conditions in the village can cause an earlier departure of the ferry to the winter dock.

Ferrying to the Island has a long history. In 1904, Wolfe Island bought the original Wolfe Islander; in 1946, the Ontario government bought the Wolfe Islander II and in 1964, the province assumed ferry control and initiated free highway access.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Ride Kingston city buses with a visitor’s day pass

Kingston Transit partners with participating museums to offer visitors a unique opportunity to experience Kingston’s history and culture. For a small fee, one adult and two children (12 years and under) can ride the bus for one full day. Visitors who show their Visitor’s Day Pass at Bellevue House, Frontenac County Schools Museum, Kingston Archaeological Centre, or the Miller Museum of Geology receive special perks for using public transit. Visitor’s Day Passes are available at City Hall and the Tourist Information Bureau.

Community Spirit Bingo

68 Elliott Ave

Kingston, ON K7P 2P9

613-546-9051

Hours: Open 7 days a week, bingo sessions occur at 10am, 1pm, 6:15pm, 7pm and 10pm

Call for additional information

Eastern Ontario’s Bingo fun center is full of excitement and features Ultimate Link Bingo.

Bellevue House National Historic Site of Canada

35 Centre Street

Kingston, ON K7L 4E5

613-545-8666 or 800-230-0016

Discover the story of Sir John A. Macdonald and of the exotic Italianate villa where he lived. Restored house and grounds, with costumed staff, full language service in French and English, A/V presentation in English, French, German, Japanese, and Cantonese.

Confederation Tour Trolley

209 Ontario Street
Kingston, ON K7L 2Z1

613-548-4453 or 888-855-4555

Call for additional information

Discover Kingston aboard the Confederation Tour Trolley. Guides take you on a 50-minute exploration of Kingston’s beautiful waterfront and charming limestone heritage with highlights including Fort Henry, the Royal Military College, Penitentiaries, Olympic Harbour, and Bellevue House.

Fort Henry National Historic Site

County Road 2

Kingston, ON K7L 4V8

613-542-7388 or 800-437-2233

Call for additional information

Fort Henry National Historic Site is a living 1860 citadel with daily interactive programming, museum and exhibit tours, children’s activities, three Gift Stores and licensed food and beverage services. Special military and music events are presented throughout the summer with a special focus on the World Famous Sunset Ceremonies presented each Wednesday evening in July and August.

International Ice Hockey Museum

445 Alfred Street

Kingston, ON K7L 4V6

613-544-2355

Call for additional information

The first Hockey Hall of Fame and Sport Hall of Fame in Canada, formed in 1943; operating since 1966. Contains exhibits on the International and North American aspects of the game. The Bobby Hull display is a feature item.

Kingston Archaeological Centre

370 King Street West
Kingston, ON K7L 2X4

613-542-3483

Call for additional information

Experience Kingston’s 8000-year history of human occupation through illustrations, models, interactive exhibits and artifacts excavated from local archaeological sites. Library, archives, including Land Registry Records and collections available for research.

Kingston City Hall Tours

216 Ontario Street

Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3

613-546-4291

Call for additional information

Built when Kingston was the Capital of Canada in 1841, City Hall is a magnificent museum and historic treasure chest.

Kingston Mills Block House

Kingston Mills Road, North of Hwy 401

Kingston, ON

613-283-5170

Call for hours of operation

The sights, sounds and history of Canada’s oldest continuously operating canal beckon you. Discover the military lifestyle of 1839 by visiting our restored Blockhouse, or bring a picnic lunch and watch boats pass through the locks.

MacLachlan Woodworking Museum

2993 Hwy 2 East at Grass Creek Park
Kingston, ON K7L 4X8

613-542-0543

A great collection of wood working tools animates the story of early homesteaders and local trades people. Watch for demonstration days in bread baking, blacksmithing, woodworking and more.

Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston

55 Ontario Street
Kingston, ON K7L 2Y2

613-542-2261

Call for additional information

Tall tales, high adventure, bold exploration and mighty enterprise.

Military Communications & Electronics Museum

95 Craftsman Blvd.
Kingston, ON K7K 7B4

613-541-4675

Call for additional information

One of the largest specialized military museums in North America, it traces the history and development of Canadian Military Communications from 1867 to the present. Visitors can explore themes including the development of communications in Canada’s remote north, both World Wars, and UN Peacekeeping.

Miller Museum of Geology and Mineralogy

36 Union Street Miller Hall, Queen’s University
Kingston, ON K7N 3N6

613-533-6767

Call for additional information

Explore geology, the study of the Earth, at this fascinating museum at Queen’s University. Here you will find a large gallery of rocks, minerals and fossils from around the world (including a duck-bill dinosaur), and the oldest known animal fossils.

Murney Tower National Historic Site

18 Barrie Street

Kingston, ON K7L 4V6

613-544-3715
Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm mid May until Labour Day

Built in 1846 to protect Kingston from American attack. Its stout stone structure,
Bloomfield cannon, carronades and domestic artifacts have been maintained to tell the
story of soldiers and families who lived inside.

Museum of Health Care

22 George Street
Kingston, ON K7L 2V7

613-548-2419

Hours: Open year round

Call for additional information

Visitors to the on- and offsite exhibits learn about extraordinary developments and advances in health care.

The Penitentiary Museum

555 King Street West
Kingston, ON K7L 4V7

613-530-3122

Call for additional information

Explore the history of Canada’s federal penitentiaries. The museum is located in the former Warden’s residence of Kingston Penitentiary, built by inmate labour between 1870 and 1873.

Princess of Wales Own Regiment, Military Museum

The Armouries, 100 Montreal Street
Kingston, ON K7K 3E8

613-541-5010

Call for additional information

More recent military history can be seen at the Princess of Wales Own Regiment Museum.

Pump House Steam Museum

55 Ontario Street
Kingston, ON K7L 2Y2

613-542-2261

Call for additional information

Come and see what got the world fired up! Steam-fuel of the last century: powered engines, locomotives, and the pumps of the 1850’s waterworks.

Royal Military College of Canada Museum

Station Forces
Kingston, ON K7K 7B4

613-541-6000

Hours: 10am – 5pm daily from the last weekend in June to Labour Day.

Admission Free

Housed in the Fort Frederick Tower, which is the largest of Kingston’s Martello Towers, this museum records the story of Canada’s century-old seat of military education, the exploits of its graduates and the story of the Royal Dockyard, which once occupied Point Frederick.

Shipwreck Diving

Big Jims’ Dive Charters
4 Bishop St.
Kingston, ON K7M-3P4
613-389-4965

Limestone Dive Centre
61 Yonge Street
Kingston, Ontario Canada
Phone: 613-547-3483

Northern Tech Diver
4052 Bath Rd
Kingston, ON K7M 4Y4

888-895-4647

Kingston Charter Boat Information

Portsmouth Harbor

613-384-7074

For over three hundred years, marine traffic has passed through Kingston Ontario Canada on route to the Great Lakes. Kingston is located where Lake Ontario enters the Saint Lawrence river. For most of its history Kingston was a major shipbuilding center. Schooners and steamers built in the area have traveled all over the world. From the George A. Marsh, a three masted schooner to the Wolfe Islander II, a coastal freighter converted to a side entrance car ferry, Kingston has shipwrecks of all shapes and sizes. The cool waters have preserved wooden shipwrecks that elsewhere would have disappeared long ago.

Nearby Attractions

1000 Islands Skydeck

Hill Island
Lansdowne, ON K0E 1L0

613-659-2335

Open daily 9am to dusk, mid April – end of October

Admission Charged, children 5 and under are free

The Skydeck is a unique attraction. Running continuously, the elevator takes only 40 seconds to reach the first (glass enclosed) of three observation decks and provide visitors with a spectacular photographic opportunity as they enjoy the panoramic view of the 1000 Islands and St Lawrence River stretched out 130 metres or 400′ below.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Fort Henry National Historic Site

County Road 2

Kingston, ON K7L 4V8

613-542-7388 or 800-437-2233

Call for additional information

Fort Henry National Historic Site is a living 1860 citadel with daily interactive programming, museum and exhibit tours, children’s activities, three Gift Stores and licensed food and beverage services. Special military and music events are presented throughout the summer with a special focus on the World Famous Sunset Ceremonies presented each Wednesday evening in July and August.

Kingston Expert Tees

1165 Collins Bay

Kingston, ON K7P 2X6

613-384-8337

Call for information

Admission Charged

Visit two of eastern Ontario’s hottest attractions. Swing away at Canada’s largest aquatic golf accuracy range or putt around the Quarry Links Championship Miniature Golf Course, one of Canada’s largest and most realistic, featuring scaled-down reproductions of famous PGA holes.

Kingston Haunted Walk
200 Ontario Street

Kingston, ON K7L 2Y9

613-549-6366

Call for additional information and to reserve tickets

Take an evening tour of Kingston’s ghost stories and darker past by lantern-light or try the Ghosts of the Fort haunted tour of Fort Henry.

Kingston Family Fun World
23 Limeridge Drive

Kingston ON K7L 4V4
613-530-2707

Movie hotline 613-530-2707

3 Screen drive in featuring the latest hit movies – 1/2 mile lit go kart track – 6 cages batting tent and 18 hole mini golf. Minutes from downtown.

MacLachlan Woodworking Museum

2993 Hwy 2 East at Grass Creek Park
Kingston, ON K7L 4X8

613-542-0543

A great collection of wood working tools animates the story of early homesteaders and local trades people. Watch for demonstration days in bread baking, blacksmithing, woodworking and more.

Miller Museum of Geology and Mineralogy

36 Union Street Miller Hall, Queen’s University
Kingston, ON K7N 3N6

613-533-6767

Call for additional information

Explore geology, the study of the Earth, at this fascinating museum at Queen’s University. Here you will find a large gallery of rocks, minerals and fossils from around the world (including a duck-bill dinosaur), and the oldest known animal fossils.

Pump House Steam Museum

55 Ontario Street
Kingston, ON K7L 2Y2

613-542-2261

Call for additional information

Come and see what got the world fired up! Steam-fuel of the last century: powered engines, locomotives, and the pumps of the 1850’s waterworks.

Nearby Attraction

1000 Islands Skydeck

Hill Island
Lansdowne, ON K0E 1L0

613-659-2335

Open daily 9am to dusk, mid April – end of October

Admission Charged, children 5 and under are free

The Skydeck is a unique attraction. Running continuously, the elevator takes only 40 seconds to reach the first (glass enclosed) of three observation decks and provide visitors with a spectacular photographic opportunity as they enjoy the panoramic view of the 1000 Islands and St Lawrence River stretched out 130 metres or 400′ below.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

Resolution Run

Held early January

Location: Royal Military College

613-541-6000

Kingston Road Runners annual 8 km New Year’s race. The race starts and finishes at the RMC Arch, and the course covers parts of the RMC campus, Fort Henry Hill and the Fort Henry heights residential area.

Winter Adapted Games

Held end of January

Location: Queen’s University
613 533-2000

The Winter Adapted Games (WAG) is a fun-filled day held at Queen’s University. Its primary goal is to provide children with identified special needs who are currently attending elementary school in Kingston and surrounding areas the opportunity to participate in a day of non-competitive games and activities. The purpose is to promote the importance of physical activity and having fun in a supported social environment. Each participant will have the opportunity to share this experience with a university buddy from Queen’s.

February

Valentine’s Lantern Snowshoe Hike & Evening Skate

Held on Valentine’s Day (February 14)

Location: Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area

613-546-4228
The Lantern Snowshoe Hike starts at the Outdoor Centre at 7:00 p.m. with an evening journey through marsh, field and forests and end with a warm drink by the fireside in the West Hall. Bring your sweetheart or bring the family for a lovely Valentine’s evening of either skating or snowshoeing or both.

Live at your Library Recital Series

Held mid February

Location: Central Branch Library

613-530-2050

Admission Charged

The Kingston Jazz Society presents Kingstonians with a chance to JAZZ up their winter! Expect a wide variety of jazz, including classic swing to warm ballads. Presented in an intimate setting in the Wilson room, audience members are given the opportunity to discuss jazz with the performers.

March

Kingston Canadian Film Festival

Held late February – early March

Location: various venues
613-547-0677
One of the world’s largest stand-alone showcase of feature films from across the country.

ReelOut Kingston’s Queer Film and Video Festival

Held mid March

613-533-3189

Call for specific information

Come and celebrate quality LGBT film in Kingston!

Maple Madness

Held mid March

Location Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area

613-546-4228
Throughout March Break, take a tractor-drawn wagon back to the sugar bush to see how maple syrup was made in the past and how it is made now.

French Canadian Heritage Day

Held mid March
Location: Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area

613- 546-4228

Join the education staff and special guests of different ages for presentations at the Outdoor Centre to learn French Canadian songs, dances, and vocabulary.

St. Patrick’s Day Guided Tours

Held March 17

Location: Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area

613-546-4228
Wear green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Guided tours of the sugar bush are featured throughout the day.

Presqu’ile Waterfowl Festival

Held mid March

Location: Presqu’ile Provincial Park
613-475-4324
Come celebrate the return of spring at Presqu’ile Provincial Park. Volunteer naturalists will help you identify over 25 different species of ducks, geese and swans. View Poster Contest displays and waterfowl carving displays and participate in daily children’s programs.

April

Good Friday Concert

Held on Good Friday

Location: Chalmers United Church
613-533-2558

Performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor at Chalmers United Church; with the Melos Choral Ensemble and the Choir of Chalmers United Church.

Sunday Flea Markets

Held every Sunday from 8am – 4pm during the last two weeks in April
Location: Frontenac Mall’s Parking Lot
Are you always listening to bargain hunting stories? Want to tell some of your own? Well, now you can when you visit Frontenac Mall’s Sunday Flea Market! You’ll find all kinds of bargains on books, videos, cd’s, furniture, fresh food and more!

Birds Returning

Held mid April

Location: Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area

613-546-4228
Kick off National Wildlife Week with the Kingston Field Naturalists leading a birding hike.

Greater Kingston Chocolate Cake Bake Off
Held late April

Location: St. George Cathedral Great Hall
613-548-4617

Admission Charged
In search of the best chocolate cake in Kingston. Contest categories: professional baker, non-professional baker, children aged 7-11, children aged 12-16. Includes cake social, coffee, tea milk, cake auction and wonderful entertainment. All proceeds benefiting the Children’s Fund of the Frontenac Children’s Aid Society.

Spring Arts & Crafts Show

Held late April – early May

Location: Frontenac Mall

613-544-9134

Spring Arts & Crafts Show featuring fine local and area crafters.

May

Ontario Senior Games

Held mid May

Various locations in Kingston

613-546-1359

For everyone 55+! Area Senior Games include euchre, cribbage, contract bridge, darts, floor shuffleboard, golf, horseshoes, carpet, lawn, 10-pin and 5-pin bowling, walking, swimming & tennis.

Haunted Walk of the Fort

Held late May

Location: Fort Henry

613-549-6366

Admission Charged

Reservations required

This tour takes place at Fort Henry National Historic Site, Kingston’s spooky 19th century fortress. Those who are brave enough to enter find that the Fort has become home to many active ghosts and some shocking darker history as well.

Queen Victoria Celebrations

Held May 24

Location: Fort Henry

613-549-6366

Join Fort Henry celebrate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Victoria with a special 21 Gun Salute, Feu de Joie and the daily Garrison Parade. Guided tours of Fort Henry will be offered throughout the day along with activities for children of all ages.

Lennox & Addington Fringe Festival

Held late May

Location: Napanee Market Square next to Town Hall

613- 354-3042

An outdoor artisan festival being organized by the Napanee Artisan Guild. Includes artisans and craftspeople from L&A and the surrounding area selling their wares to the public. There will also be acoustic musicians throughout the weekend.

Don’t Rock the Boat

Held late May

Location: Collins Bay Marina

613-549-1232

Admission Free

Win a prize, test paddle a Canoe or kayak, join in the Great Kay-duck Race, try the windsurfing and sailing simulators, enjoy the Fashion Show, see many different rescue demonstrations and see CFB Trenton 424 Squadron perform an on water helicopter rescue. Fun for the whole family, with special activities just for children, face painting, colouring, knot tying and games.

June

Canadian Forces Day Celebration

Held early June

Location: MacNaughton Parade Square

613-541-5010

The Andy Fund of Kingston Golf Tournament and Pig Roast

Held mid June

Location: The Landings Golf Club next to Norman Rogers Airport

613-544-4441

July

Kingston Buskers Rendezvous
Held mid July

Location: various venues in Kingston

613-548-4415 or 888-855-4555
Street performers with talents ranging from fire eating, to sword swallowing, to comedy, perform for crowds of thousands.

Twin Otter Skydiving Boogie

Held early July

Location: 258 Airport Road

613-382-5114

Book your tandem jump to join groups of 22 skydivers jumping from 13,500 feet! That extra altitude gives you up to 50 seconds of freefall!

FanFayr

Held early July

Location: Confederation Park

613-549-7706

Admission Free

FanFayr is a juried arts and crafts show featuring exhibitors from across southern Ontario and southern Quebec.

August

Live Steam Festival

Held: Late August 29 to September 1.

Location: Pump House Steam Museum

613-542-2261

Call for additional information

2004 Sheep Dog Trials

Held early August

Location: Grass Creek Park

613- 546-7998

One-hundred border collies and their handlers descended on Grass Creek Park – a 52 acre ‘paradise’ located along the St. Lawrence River – for the annual Kingston Sheep Dog Trials. The trials offer a unique opportunity for spectators to learn about and to watch these hard working dogs. It’s fascinating to watch them as they try and outrun, fetch, drive and pen a herd of Waupoos sheep.

Kingston Women’s Art Festival

Held mid August

Location: Kingston City Park

613-544-2725

Limestone City Blues Festival

Held late August

Location: Downtown Kingston

888-855-4555

Every August Downtown Kingston gets the beat as chords of great blues music fills the air!

Silver Lake Traditional Powwow

Held end of August

Location: Silver Lake Provincial Park, Mayberly ON

613-268-2000

Admission Charged, children under 12 are free

Call for additional information

Canadian Olympic-training Regatta -CORK

Held for two weeks in August

Location: Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and additional venues
613-545-1322

In August of each year, sailors come from around the world to participate in one of international yacht racing’s premier events, which features over 20 classes and drawing more that 1,000 sailboats, more than 2,000 competitors and coaches from many countries as well as over 10,000 tourists and site-seers. The CORK venue spans the City of Kingston from its headquarters at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour (the site of the 1976 Olympic Sailing events). CORK’s Racing takes place on six courses which extend from the St. Lawrence River well out into Lake Ontario and cover a geographic area of over twenty square miles.

September

Kingston Fall Fair

Held mid September

Location: Downtown Kingston

613-542-6701

Dragon Boat Festival

Held end of September

Location: Kingston Rowing Club on Kingston’s inner harbour

613-542-2674

In addition to the racing itself, the Kingston Festival is a celebration of events on land; including Chinese cultural shows, a food fair and exciting events for the whole family.

November

Kingston United Music Festival

Held end of November

613-542-2674

Call for location and details

Dickens of a Festival – Festival of Trees 2002

Held end of Nov – the month of December

Location: Portsmouth Olympic Harbour

613-542-2674

Transport yourself back to the days of Charles Dickens. Stroll through the streets of a charming Victorian village, showcasing one-of-a-kind designer creations. A 10-day community event in support of Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital, Providence Continuing Care Centre and the Kingston Regional Cancer Centre. You won’t want to miss the unique shopping opportunities, live entertainment and a variety of exciting children’s activities the festival has to offer.

Santa Parade

Held end of November

Location: Downtown Kingston

Hours: starts at 5pm

December

Jingle Bell Walk

Held early December

Location: City Hall to City Park

Join in a walk to witness the lighting of the trees in City Park

Craft Creation Christmas Craft Show

Held mid December

Location: Portsmouth Olympic Harbour

613-256-1414

Rockin’ at the Clock

Held December 31

Location: In front of City Hall

613-546-7998

Admission Free

Bundle up and celebrate the New Year with the whole family in front of city hall with hot chocolate, a host of local entertainers, and a spectacular fireworks finale.

Arts

Kingston Symphony Association
77 Brock Street

Kingston ON K7L 1B2
613-546-9729

Call for performance schedule

Over 25 concerts of Orchestral and choral music are presented each season.

Grand Theatre
218 Princess Street

Kingston, ON K7L 5C8

613-530-2050

Call for performance schedule

The Grand Theatre is an 820 seat performing Arts Facility located in downtown Kingston in an historical building. It is the home of The Kingston Symphony, which provides a variety of concerts and stage productions appealing to a wide audience.

Thousand Islands Playhouse

690 Charles St. South
Gananoque, ON K7G 2T8 (20 minutes from downtown Kingston)

613-382-7020

Live, professional theatre in a picture-perfect riverside location. Dock at our front door! Comedy music and drama from mid-May to early November.

Sports

Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)

Ontario Hockey League
Kingston Memorial Centre

303 York Street

Kingston, ON
613-542-4042

Mississauga, Ontario

A- Overview:
Formed in 1974, Mississauga is now recognized as one of Canada’s largest and fastest growing cities with a population of over 600,000 representing cultures from around the world. It is located on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Mississauga is home to Lester B. Pearson International Airport and the greatest concentration of major highways in the country, all of which position Mississauga to serve local, national and international markets and travelers. Local public transit is linked to Toronto and other neighboring cities, offering a comprehensive network of bus, subway and commuter train routes.

Recognized for being one of the safest cities in Canada, Mississauga is a major focal point for commercial activity, rich in arts, cultural facilities, parks, entertainment, nightlife and world class sport and recreational facilities for all interests that attract residents and visitors alike. Full of tremendous shopping opportunities and home to Square One, Ontario’s largest mall, Mississauga is the place to shop till you drop.

Explore quaint historic villages, visit the bustling waterfront, or be inspired by Mississauga’s world-class art and theatre at the Living Arts Centre. Visit the Rhododendron Gardens, which feature beautiful hybrid rhododendrons along with other acid loving woodland and mountain plants that are in bloom from mid-May through mid-June.

You’ll want to make sure the peace memorial is on your itinerary when you visit Mississauga. It’s situated just east of the Central Library beside the Civic Centre and in front of the Civic Square. This unique memorial is 36 metres long with a 27 metre long waterfall flowing over the inscription “In Memory Of Those Who Gave Their Lives For Freedom”. It was unveiled in 1992 and honours all those in Mississauga who fought to keep Canada free. One can appreciate the memorial day or night, because it is illuminated year-round by lighting that comes on at dusk.

For a change of pace and a bit of activity, stop by the Skatepark on Matheson Boulevard. Whether a participant or observer, the skateboarders at Skatepark are sure to keep you entertained. Skateboarders can be found practicing their street tricks on ¼ pipes, banks, ledges, rails, transitions and even a bowl. Whether you choose an activity-packed weekend or a relaxing getaway, your stay will be memorable.

From stunning architecture and museums to lakefront parks and vibrant ethnic neighborhoods, Mississauga keeps visitors coming back again and again.

B- City Information:
Population: 624,000

Elevation: 556 feet above sea level

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone and observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October. When it’s 12pm in Mississauga, it’s 12pm in New York City.

Weather:

Month
Average high
Average low
Warmest ever
Coldest ever
Average dew point
Average precipitation

JAN.
28
15
59
-24
16
1.9

FEB.
29
15
59
-17
16
1.8

MARCH
39
24
75
-9
24
2.3

APRIL
52
35
88
12
33
2.6

MAY
65
45
90
27
44
2.6

JUNE
73
54
97
36
52
2.6

JULY
79
60
99
45
58
2.8

AUG.
77
58
96
36
58
3.2

SEP.
68
50
92
28
51
2.8

OCT.
56
39
81
15
40
2.5

NOV.
44
31
72
5
32
2.6

DEC.
33
20
68
-17
22
2.4

Local Seasons:

Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, this Canadian city offers four distinct seasons. Due to the proximity to the Lake as well as the warmer weather, summers tend to be the busiest time. With daytime temperatures reaching right around 80 F and the evenings dropping near 60 F, it’s the perfect time to enjoy many of the numerous outdoor activities available. Spring brings a rebirth as Mother Nature’s finest bursts onto the scene. As the temperatures begin to warm, the visitor is welcomed by the beauty of a widening range of colors throughout the area. Fall is even more vibrant as the leaves turn to a multitude of oranges, yellows, browns, and everything in between. With the daytime temperatures still near 60 F during this time, and with the colors abounding, it’s a perfect time to enjoy a stroll through any of the city’s numerous parks, and possibly a quiet lunch at one of the great restaurants located in and around the city. The winters tend to be cold, with a fair amount of snow. A nice warm drink by a roaring fire while snowflakes fall is a perfect way to end a day. Whatever the season, this lakeside city has something for everyone.

Location: Mississauga is bounded by Oakville and Milton to the west, Brampton to the north, Toronto to the east, and Lake Ontario to the south. The city is located at 43 35′ N, 79 37′ W.

Getting There:

By Car

Major highways include Highway 401 (the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway, connecting Windsor-Detroit to Quebec), Highway 403 (to Hamilton), Highway 407 (toll route across the north end of the city), Highway 410 (to Brampton), and the Queen Elizabeth Way (to Niagara Falls and Buffalo)

By Train

GO Transit

45 Thomas St

Mississauga ON

416 869-3200 or toll free 1 888 438-6646

Mississauga is on three major railways, which lead into Toronto; the GO Transit commuter rail service provides service to Toronto’s Union Station double-decked, green and white, and the cars are shaped like elongated hexagons.

By Plane:

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

3111 Convair Drive

Mississauga, Ontario L5P 1B2

416 776-3344

Toronto Pearson International Airport is Canada’s largest and busiest airport, accounting for one-third of all air traffic in Canada. It is a hub for Air Canada and provides flights to all regional, national, and international destinations

Getting Around:

By Bus

GO Bus

Clarkson GO Terminal

1110 Southdown Road

Mississauga ON
416-869-3200 or 1-888-438-6646

Call for fare and route information

The Greater Toronto Area’s GO Transit service also provides an extensive intercity bus service, which connects Mississauga to downtown Toronto and neighbouring suburbs. GO Buses are not double-decked, but they are also characterized by a green and white colour scheme. Most GO Buses are coaches. GO Bus connects to the TTC Subway.

By Subway

TTC (Toronto Transit Commission)

416-393-INFO (4636) 24 hours daily for information
Hours of operation: Weekday & Saturday service approximately 6:00am – 1:30am; Sunday service approximately 9:00am – 1:30am; Holiday start times vary.

For all transit needs from TTC:

905-615-INFO (4636)
Call for information about schedules, fares, routes, and service
Hours: Weekdays: 6:30 am to 9:00 pm; Weekends/Holidays: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

National Holidays

Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day
March or April varies – Good Friday
March or April varies – Easter Monday
May Third Monday – Victoria Day
July 1 – Canada Day
August First Monday – Civic Holiday
September 1st Monday – Labor Day
October 2nd Monday – Thanksgiving Day
November 11 – Remembrance Day
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 26 – Boxing Day

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Benares Historic House

1507 Clarkson Road North

Mississauga, ON L5J-2W8

905-822-1569

Hours: Open Sundays 1-5pm year round for guided tours. Summer Hours: July & August – Wednesday to Sunday 1-5pm

Admission Charged

Step back into the year 1918 and experience this Georgian style home, filled with original family possessions. This exquisite estate was home to four generations of the Harris and Sayers families.

Bradley Museum
1620 Orr Rd

Mississauga, ON L5J-4T2

905-822-1569

Hours: Open Sundays 1-5pm year round for guided tours. Summer Hours: July & August – Wednesday to Sunday 1-5pm

Admission Charged

In 1830, Lewis and Elizabeth Bradley built this small saltbox style farmhouse for their family, which included seven children. It has been lovingly restored to reveal the everyday life of early settlers in Ontario. Also on the grounds is The Anchorage, an Ontario Regency style cottage which served as the retirement home of John Skynner, a Royal Navy officer. The house was originally located on the shores of Lake Ontario and was moved to the Bradley Museum grounds in the mid 1970s. It houses changing exhibits and has a Sunday afternoon tea room.

Civic Centre

300 City Centre Drive

Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1

Hours: Mon – Fri 8:30am – 4:30pm, Tours offered Mon – Fri at 10am and 2pm

905-896-5054

Come for a tour of the Mississauga Civic Centre; a multi-function facility for both government and community use in the heart of downtown Mississauga. Enjoy a state-of-the-art presentation about Mississauga’s past, present and future. View the panorama from the Clock Tower. Visit the Council Chamber to see the Legend of the Bear and the Seven Hunters, and witness where City Council debates the issues that affect the community. Take a walk through the Mayor’s Office and, after the tour, have refreshments in the Tower Garden Cafe, wander leisurely through the Art Gallery or visit the Sports Hall of Fame.

Sports Hall of Fame

Civic Centre – 4th Floor

300 City Centre Drive

Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1

905-896-5054

Call for hours

The Sports Hall of Fame officially opened in 1992, and recognizes the success of local athletes, coaches, managers and others in their pursuit of sporting excellence.

Civic Centre – 1st floor

300 City Centre Drive

Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1

905-896-5054

Hours: Mon – Fri 8:30am–4:30pm

Call for additional information

Admission Free

Located on the south side of the Great Hall in the Civic Centre, the Conservatory is designed to be a restful indoor garden area. Various trees, plants and seasonal flowers, displayed among tropical plants surrounding six columns, make it a unique location to relax with a good book. The Conservatory contains the cornerstone of the Civic Centre, laid in the east corner in 1985.

The Conservatory

Civic Square

Civic Centre

300 City Centre Drive

Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1

On the exterior south side of the Mississauga Civic Centre is Civic Square, comprised of gardens and public activity areas. The Square has a reflecting pool which becomes an ice rink in winter, and an amphitheatre which serves as a venue for a variety of musical and theatrical performances. The Civic Square is also the location of the City’s annual Canada Day celebration, which is attended by thousands of people each year.

To the west of the Civic Square is an “English Walled Garden” based on the post modern architecture of the Civic Centre. In 2002, it was formally named The Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Garden in commemoration of Her Majesty the Queen’s 50th Anniversary of Her accession to The Throne. At the south-west corner, a daycare centre, administered by Sheridan College’s Early Childhood Education program, offers daycare services to the public.

Central Library

301 Burnhamthorpe Road West
Mississauga, ON L5B 3Y3

905-615-3500

Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 9pm; Saturday 9am – 5pm; Sunday (year round) 1 – 5pm

Admission Free

The Central Library of the Mississauga Library System is located beside the Civic Centre and in front of the Civic Square. It has five floors divided by subject departments. The Central Library opened in 1991 and is one of the busiest libraries in Canada. Immediately east of the Central Library, on the north side of Burnhamthorpe Road, you’ll find the City’s peace memorial, unveiled in October 1992 to honour all those in Mississauga who fought to keep Canada free. This unique 36-metre-long memorial with a 27-metre-long waterfall flowing over the inscription “In Memory Of Those Who Gave Their Lives For Freedom”, features year-round lighting that comes on at dusk.

Skatepark

706 Matheson Boulevard East

Mississauga ON L5R 3T2

Hours: Sunrise to dusk

Admission Free

Mississauga’s Skatepark feature many of the favoured street spots around the City along with other park elements such as transitions, banks, 1/4 pipes, funboxes, varied ledges, varied rails, gaps and a bowl! The facility is unsupervised and parents are responsible for the supervision of their children.

Mississauga Chinese Centre
888 Dundas St. E.

Mississauga L4Y 4G6
905-566-5606

Hours: Monday – Friday 9AM – 5PM

Call for additional information

The Centre affords a unique glimpse into the fascinating early history of China. It holds attractions for visitors with the replica of Nine Dragon Wall, Soo Chow Garden pavilion, stone sculptures and fortress at the Great Wall.

Old Britannia Schoolhouse
5576 Hurontario Street
Mississauga, Ontario L5R 1B3
905-890-1010 ext. 2911

Call for additional information

The schoolhouse opened in 1852 and closed in 1959. Artifacts were donated by those who attended school there. Through role-play students experience education in Ontario 100 years ago.

Playdium Entertainment
99 Rathburn Rd. W.

Mississauga L5B 4C1

905-273-9000
Hours: Mon-Thurs 12pm – 12am; Fri 12pm-2am; Sat 10am-2am; Sun 10am-12am
Charge for games

Call for additional information

Playdium is a high-tech, interactive and virtual entertainment center. There are more than 180 games, interactive spots, a 1.2 km go-cart track, rock climbing, mini-golf and more.

Square One Shopping Centre
100 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, Ontario L5B 2C9
905-279-SHOP

Hours: Mon-Fri 10am – 9pm; Sat 9:30am – 6pm; Sun 12 – 6pm

Square One is the largest mall in Ontario with 360 stores and services. It is conveniently located at Highways. 403 and 10, 20 minutes from downtown Toronto and 15 minutes from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Most of Canada’s leading national retailers, several American retailers, specialty shops, over 40 places to eat and four major department stores are located here.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Benares Historic House

1507 Clarkson Road North

Mississauga, ON L5J-2W8

905-822-1569

Hours: Open Sundays 1-5pm year round for guided tours. Summer Hours: July & August – Wednesday to Sunday 1-5pm

Admission Charged

Step back into the year 1918 and experience this Georgian style home, filled with original family possessions. This exquisite estate was home to four generations of the Harris and Sayers families.

Bradley Museum
1620 Orr Rd

Mississauga, ON L5J-4T2

905-822-1569

Hours: Open Sundays 1-5pm year round for guided tours. Summer Hours: July & August – Wednesday to Sunday 1-5pm

Admission Charged

In 1830, Lewis and Elizabeth Bradley built this small saltbox style farmhouse for their family, which included seven children. It has been lovingly restored to reveal the everyday life of early settlers in Ontario. Also on the grounds is The Anchorage, an Ontario Regency style cottage which served as the retirement home of John Skynner, a Royal Navy officer. The house was originally located on the shores of Lake Ontario and was moved to the Bradley Museum grounds in the mid 1970s. It houses changing exhibits and has a Sunday afternoon tea room.

Civic Square

Civic Centre

300 City Centre Drive

Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1

On the exterior south side of the Mississauga Civic Centre is Civic Square, comprised of gardens and public activity areas. The Square has a reflecting pool which becomes an ice rink in winter, and an amphitheatre which serves as a venue for a variety of musical and theatrical performances. The Civic Square is also the location of the City’s annual Canada Day celebration, which is attended by thousands of people each year.

To the west of the Civic Square is an “English Walled Garden” based on the post modern architecture of the Civic Centre. In 2002, it was formally named The Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Garden in commemoration of Her Majesty the Queen’s 50th Anniversary of Her accession to The Throne. At the south-west corner, a daycare centre, administered by Sheridan College’s Early Childhood Education program, offers daycare services to the public.

Skatepark

706 Matheson Boulevard East

Mississauga ON L5R 3T2

Hours: Sunrise to dusk

Admission Free

Mississauga’s Skatepark feature many of the favoured street spots around the City along with other park elements such as transitions, banks, 1/4 pipes, funboxes, varied ledges, varied rails, gaps and a bowl! The facility is unsupervised and parents are responsible for the supervision of their children.

Old Britannia Schoolhouse
5576 Hurontario Street
Mississauga, Ontario L5R 1B3
905-890-1010 ext. 2911

Call for additional information

The schoolhouse opened in 1852 and closed in 1959. Artifacts were donated by those who attended school there. Through role-play students experience education in Ontario 100 years ago.

Playdium Entertainment
99 Rathburn Rd. W.

Mississauga L5B 4C1

905-273-9000
Hours: Mon-Thurs 12pm – 12am; Fri 12pm-2am; Sat 10am-2am; Sun 10am-12am
Charge for games

Call for additional information

Playdium is a high-tech, interactive and virtual entertainment center. There are more than 180 games, interactive spots, a 1.2 km go-cart track, rock climbing, mini-golf and more.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

May

Mississauga Marathon

Held mid May

905-949-2931

This “Race-to-the-Lake” course highlights the beauty of the City of Mississauga. Starting at City Hall, the course finishes on the scenic Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail. Events Include Mississauga Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10K, Marathon Corporate Relay and a 10K Student Relay. There is also a two day runners’ expo, a pre-race pasta dinner and a finish line party.

Meadowvale Family Fun Day & Walk for the Dam

Held early May
Location: Meadowvale Community Centre, 6655 Glen Erin Dr., Mississauga

905-826-6558

Fee charged
A 5K Walk in support of The Dam, a resource for youth to help youth stay at home, in school and in the community. Throughout the 5K walking path there will be entertainers and refreshments. Starting at noon, there will be a Penny Carnival and food, located in the soccer fields behind the Meadowvale Community Centre.

Carassauga – Mississauga’s Festival of Cultures

Held late May

Location: Various locations

Admission Charged, Children 12 and under free with paying adult

905-615-3010

Call for additional information

Visit at least 16 international pavilions with cultural entertainment, cuisine, costume, and displays. Passports are available in advance and at the door.

June

Mississauga International Children’s Festival

Held early June

Location: Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga

905-306-6000

Call for schedule of events and admission information

The whole family can enjoy live performances in puppetry, acrobatics, dance, music and more! Come and meet some amazing Canadian authors and take part in the free craft making and outdoor activities!

Canadian Artistic Gymnastics Championship

Held early June

Location: Hershey Centre, 5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga

905-502-9100

Call for additional information

A 6 day event featuring top-notch gymnasts.

Streetsville Bread and Honey Festival

Held early June

Location: Streetsville Memorial Park, 335 Church St., Mississauga
905-816-1640

Enjoy free bread and honey, fairground, parade, games, crafts, bands, sports, food and plenty of

entertainment for the whole family.

Candlelight Tour of Historic Streetsville

Held early June

905-858-5974
Call for additional information

Within Streetsville, you will find the highest concentration of historic buildings in Mississauga. Tours start promptly at Red Hill Art Glass, 271 Queen Street South.

Mississauga Waterfront Festival

Held mid June

Location: Port Credit Memorial
22 Stavebank Rd. W.
Mississauga, Ontario
905-891-0002

Call for additional information

Enjoy a fun-filled weekend with something for all, including headline entertainment all weekend, carnival, crafters and much, much more.

Mississauga Heritage Kite Fly

Held mid June

Location: The City Sports Field at Matheson Blvd West and Falbourne Street (2 Blocks west of Highway 10 and just south of Britannia Road)

905-615-4415

Call for additional information

Kite flying for young and old; bring your own, make one in the children’s tent or buy one! There are Kite Makers Tents with demonstrations of making and flying traditional kites from around the world and a hand-made painted Kite Art display. Bring your own picnic lunch or treat yourself to lunch from the food vendors.

July

Canada Day in Streetsville

Held July 1

Location: Cenotaph Square (6 – 9:30pm), Streetsville Memorial Park – Fireworks (10pm)

905-858-5974

Call for additional information

Come out and celebrate Canada Day in the Village of Streetsville.

Live music, children’s activities, food, clowns, birthday cake, children’s sing along, award winning break-dancing show and audience contest, candle lighting ceremony, prize giving and much more. This will be followed by Streetsville Pipes and Drums band leading the parade down to Memorial Park for the Fireworks Show at 10:00 pm.

Mississauga’s Canada Day Celebrations

Location: Civic Centre
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga, Ontario

905-896-5056

Held: July 1st

Hours: 12-5pm

Mississauga’s Canada Day celebration is a free event open to all residents to commemorate Canada’s Birthday. The event features singers, dancers, sporting competitions, strolling entertainers, and fun for the whole family.

November

Toronto Toy & Doll Collectors’ Show

Held mid November

Location: International Centre
6900 Airport Road, Suite 120
Mississauga, Ontario L4V 1E8

905-945-2775

Admission Charged

Call for additional information

Collectors from across Canada, overseas and the USA come together at Canada’s finest show to represent an outstanding sale and display of their best toys, dolls and childhood memorabilia. Relive your childhood or add to your collection of Barbies, G.I. Joe, Dinky Toys, Matchbox, Corgi, Tonka, Britains, Superheroes, Banks, Boats, Puzzles, Marbles, Books, Marx or Meccano Sets on the 100’s tables. A free toy identification clinic from 12-2 p.m. is back by popular demand. Find out who made Granddad’s old toy and what it’s really worth.

Toronto Christmas Train Show

Held mid November

Location: International Centre
6900 Airport Road, Suite 120
Mississauga, Ontario L4V 1E8

613-378-0309

Canada’s largest toy & model train show with over 60,000 square feet of operating layouts in all gauges, live steamers, “How-To” modeling clinics, interactive layouts for the youngsters, “Thomas”, Railroadania, Historical Associations, Heritage operating railroads, vendors of all railway items, apparel, DVD’s, videos, photos, prints, Model Kits, computer railway simulation, and much more! Ontario’s model railroad clubs show you their operating layouts in gauges from Z to G and offer clinics and assistance to the beginner and advanced model train enthusiast. Train Collectors can find the golden oldies by Lionel, Marx, Hornby, and AF toy trains.

Erinoak Winter Wonders Craft Sale

Location: 2277 South Millway

Mississauga, ON L5L 2M5

Held early November

905-820-7111, ext. 2303

Call for exact date and time

A craft sale benefiting Erinoak, a children’s treatment centre servicing 6,000 clients, dedicated to supporting children and youth with physical, developmental and communication disabilities.

The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions

Held early November

Location: Hershey Centre
5500 Rose Cherry Place
Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 4B6
905-502-9100

Call for information

Admission Charged

The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions perform at the Hershey Centre.

Mississauga Celebrates the Season – Lighting of the Square

Held late November

Location: Civic Centre Square
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga, Ontario

Admission Free
The holidays are right around the corner and what better way to get into the festive mood than to join in the merriment with Celebrate the Season from late November to mid January. After the official lighting of the square, there is free entertainment and skating (weather permitting) in the Civic Square. The beautiful light displays at the Civic Centre are turned on every evening at dusk.

Santa Claus Parade through downtown Streetsville

Held late November

Location: Streetsville

December

Home for the Holidays

Held mid December

Location: Bradley Museum
1620 Orr Rd.
Mississauga, Ontario
905-822-1569
Celebrate an early 19th century “Christmas in the Backwoods” in the 1830’s farmhouse of Lewis & Elizabeth Bradley. Warm yourself by the open fire, enjoy some festive treats or treat yourself to tea in the Museum Tea Room. A short drive up Clarkson Road takes you to Benares Historic House where you can celebrate an early 20th century Christmas. See the table top tree and all the festive finery of this gorgeous home. Take part in the caroling in the parlour. Kids can make some crafts to take home, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Before you leave, be sure to take a ride on the horse drawn carriage!

Ice Fishing Show

Held mid December

Location: International Centre
6900 Airport Road, Suite 120
Mississauga, Ontario L4V 1E8

416-764-1642

Call for additional information

Exhibitors will include major manufacturers, retailers, travel outfitters, snowmobile and ATV dealers and more! There will be a unique, in-depth entertainment package. Seminars will be by top pros. The expected attendance is 5,000 hard-core ice fishermen.

Arts and Entertainment

Living Arts Centre (Home of the Symphony, Opera and Choral Society)

4141 Living Arts Drive
Mississauga, ON L5B 4B8

905-306-6100

Mississauga Symphony Orchestra
905-615-4401

Opera Mississauga
905-306-0060

Mississauga Choral Society
905-278-7059

Call for performance schedule

Admission Charged

From opera to symphony, jazz to blues, ballet to big band, the centre is place for performing arts in the city. The Living Arts Centre is a 225,000 square foot multi-use facility, which opened in 1997. It houses magnificent performance theatres and is home to the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, Opera Mississauga and the Mississauga Choral Society. Also located within the Centre are an exhibition gallery and eight professional art studios.

Art Gallery of Mississauga

Location: Civic Centre

300 City Centre Drive

Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1

905-896-5088

Call for viewing hours

Admission Free

Art Gallery of Mississauga on the southeast corner of the Great Hall. The Art Gallery features exhibitions of community and major artists.

Hershey Centre

5500 Rose Cherry Place

Mississauga, ON L4Z 4B6

905-502-7788

Call for schedule of events

Admission Charged

The centre is the city’s major sporting centre and home arena for the OHL team Mississauga IceDogs. It has been the venue for several notable musical acts.

Meadowvale Theatre

6315 Montevideo Road

Mississauga, ON L5N 4G7

905-615-4720

Hours: The Box Office is open Mon – Sat, noon-4pm and one hour before performances

Call for performance schedule

During the course of a typical season, Meadowvale can expect to enjoy some of the best live entertainment Mississauga has to offer. Music Theatre Mississauga brings five exciting musical theatre productions to Meadowvale each year. The theatre is also home to the Mississauga POPS Concert Band. You can also look forward to professional performances as well, as the Meadowvale Theatre Advisory Board brings the best in entertainment from around the world.

Springbanks Arts Centre
3057 Mississauga Rd. N.

Mississauga
Call (905) 828-9151 for more details

Monday – Friday 9 am to 4:30 pm

Set against a backdrop of trees and park land, this lovely old Heritage Schoolhouse is the perfect setting for artistic inspiration. Here artists exhibit a wide variety of works and anyone can participate in art and craft classes

Sports

Mississauga IceDogs

Ontario Hockey League

Venue: Hershey Centre

5500 Rose Cherry Place

Mississauga, ON L4Z 4B6

905-502-7788; 905- 502-9100

Box office hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Tickets cannot be purchased by phone.

Season runs September – March

Richmond, British Columbia

A- Overview:
On an island at the mouth of the Fraser River, Richmond first was settled in 1879. The town grew and prospered with its farming, fishing and waterborne trade industries. Today, Richmond’s major industries include aviation, berry farming, high technology and manufacturing.

Steveston, an early fishing village now part of the southwest corner of Richmond, has been restored and is an area of shops, restaurants and businesses. Hundreds of boats line the docks as fishermen dry their nets and unload their catches for sale.

The Richmond Nature Park, 44 hectares (109 acres) at 1181 Westminster Hwy., has a bird pond, beehive displays, mounted birds, a quaking bog and plants identified by markers. A naturalist conducts hour-long tours of the park on Sunday.

From fisheries to cranberries to whales, this exciting and beautiful city located in Western Canada. Many residents believe Richmond to be the most beautiful city on earth and, after visiting, you may agree with them. There are a host of attractions and sites to see, unique events, and some of the most beautiful scenery ever created by Mother Nature.

Easily accessible by air or car,. The Richmond Nature Park offers free admission and provides fun as well as education for all ages. Winding trails with a total length of approximately 5km provide visitors with the opportunity to encounter plants and animals in bog, forest and pond habitats.

Throughout the entire summer, a must-do event is the Richmond Night Market Summer Festival. The event is fun for the whole family with music, rides, fairway and electronic games. Sample delicious treats from over 30 food court vendors too. Speaking of fun, why not get wet! WaterMania, a local water theme park, offers an exciting wave pool, waterslides, 50 meter pool, diving boards, and, to soothe those sore muscles, a sauna, steam room and whirlpools as well. Of course, if just seeing nature at its best is what you like, be sure to take a chance and see whales frolicking in their own environment.

Richmond has a season for everyone to enjoy. With a temperate west coast climate, and, little or no snow most winters, and because of Richmond’s distance from the mountains, the average rainfall is light.

In spring, see and hear the territorial flights of hummingbirds as bog flowers bloom below. Summer days are long, and the trails provide cool evening walks. Fall brings owls, northern migratory birds, and spectacularly colored foliage as well as the annual Cranberry Festival. It’s the largest in Canada and a must see event. In winter, hear varied thrushes and see winter birds at the feeders, or follow coyote tracks in the snow. Summer is a special time in Richmond. Seeing a magnificent whale enjoying a day at sea is a sight never to be forgotten. Whatever the season, Richmond is rich in things to do and sites to see.

Richmond’s natural setting appeals to the adventurous spirit in us all and whatever your age or ability, activities abound year round. Enjoy the city’s spectacular scenery and fresh coastal air by strapping on a pair of roller blades, cycling or walking along any one of the many scenic trails. Catch the sunrise, and you’re likely to see kayakers and fishing boats course across the open water. When the wind picks up, look for windsurfers skimming across the whitecaps. And if you just want to enjoy nature at its very best, there are seals, whales, and some magnificent birds that help make this island community such a special destination.

One final interesting fact about this vibrant city: according to statistics, residents of Richmond have the greatest life expectancy in all of Canada. Just think, you might even add to your lifespan just by visiting.

B- City Information:
Population: 168,000

Elevation: 3 feet above sea level

Area: 50 square miles

Location: The City of Richmond is located on Canada’s Pacific Coast in the province of British Columbia within the Greater Vancouver Regional District in close proximity to downtown Vancouver and the U.S. border. It is comprised of a series of islands in the mouth of the Fraser River. They include Sea Island, most of Lulu Island, and fifteen smaller islands.

Time Zone: Richmond is located within the Pacific Standard Time Zone, which puts it three hours behind the Eastern Time Zone (when it is 11a.m. here, it is 2p.m. in cities like Toronto) and four hours behind the Atlantic Time Zone.

Area Code: The telephone area code for Richmond is 604. This area code must be used when dialing local telephone numbers (ie. 604-888-8888), and also when dialing long distance telephone numbers (ie. 1-604-888-8888). The 604 area code applies when dialing anywhere in the Lower Mainland.

Local Seasons:

Richmond enjoys a temperate west coast climate. Unlike other parts of Canada the west coast gets little or no snow most winters, and because of Richmond’s distance from the mountains, the average rainfall is 30% less than Vancouver’s, making this city a great choice to visit.

In spring, see and hear the territorial flights of hummingbirds as bog flowers bloom below. Summer days are long, and the trails provide cool evening walks. Fall brings owls, northern migratory birds, and spectacularly-colored foliage as well as the annual Cranberry Festival. It’s the largest in Canada and a must see event. In winter, hear the songs of thrushes and see winter birds at the feeders, or follow coyote tracks in the snow. Summer is a special time in Richmond. Seeing a magnificent whale enjoying a day at sea is a sight never to be forgotten.

Weather:

Average High Temperature
Average Days Without Precipitation

Month
Celsius:
Fahrenheit:

January
5.6
42

February
7.5
46

March
9.2
49

April
11.9
53

May
15.3
60

June
21.0
72

July
24.2
78

August
25.3
80

September
19.7
70

October
13.1
56

November
8.6
47

December
5.9
43

Month:
Avg:

January
11

February
11

March
14

April
15

May
19

June
20

July
24

August
23

September
20

October
15

November
10

December
10

Getting there

By Air

Vancouver International Airport

3211 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, B.C. V7B 1Y7
604-207-7077

Vancouver International Airport is your entry point into Richmond by air. The airport is located in the City of Richmond.

Regular bus service, taxi service, limousine service and hotel shuttle is available to take you to your destination from the airport.

By Car

If traveling by car, you can access Richmond via Highway 1, Highway 10 or Highway 99, depending on your starting point. From the U.S., Interstate 5 will bring you across the U.S. Border and into Canada. From there, follow Highway 99 Northbound into the city.

By Ferry

B.C. Ferries is another way in which to travel to Richmond. The Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal or the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal will both bring you into Richmond. From the Tsawwassen terminal you are approximately 30 minutes from the city, while the Horseshoe Bay terminal is approximately 60 minutes travel time.

Getting around:

By Ferry

604-277-0277

The B.C. Ferry terminal is only 20 minutes from downtown Richmond with sailings to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Regular daily sailings to Swartz Bay (Victoria) leave the Port of Tsawwassen every two hours on the odd hour with more frequent sailings during summer months and holidays. Daily sailings are also available on the Mid-Island Express from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo.

Call the Ferry Hotline at for rates and seasonal schedules. Advance reservations can be made for an additional fee. Paid parking is also available if you want to leave your vehicle at the Ferry Terminal on the mainland.

By Bus

The Coast Mountain Bus Company services operate throughout Richmond and Greater Vancouver and are easy to access and very convenient. Call 604-521-0400 for routes and schedules.

Taxation:

Goods & Services Tax (GST)
Provincial Sales Tax (PST)
Most goods and services are subject to both GST (7%) and PST (7.5%). These taxes may be in addition to the price of an item. Out of country visitors are eligible for rebates of the GST paid on certain goods and accommodations. Receipts will verify the amount of tax paid. Exemptions from GST exist for certain goods and services. For more information, call within Canada 1-800-66-VISIT, or outside Canada (902) 432-5608.

National Holidays:

New Years Day January 1

Good Friday Varies

Easter Monday Varies

Victoria Day Monday proceeding May 25

Canada Day July 1 The Holidays Act provides that July 2 is Canada Day when July 1 is a Sunday.

Labour Day First Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day Second Monday of October

Remembrance Day November 11

Christmas Day December 25

Boxing Day December 26

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Richmond Museum

7700 Minoru Gate,

Richmond, B.C., V6Y 1R9

604-231-6461

Open: Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 9:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Admission is Donation

The Richmond Museum is open to the public with a wide range of collections, temporary and traveling exhibits, programs, and special events for people of all ages. The purpose of these activities is to increase public awareness and appreciation of Richmond’s diverse history.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site of Canada
12138 Fourth Avenue

Richmond, B.C., V7E 3J1
604-664-9009

Open April – October, call for exact days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Situated atop wooden pilings over the mighty Fraser River, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is one of the few remaining 19th century salmon canneries on the coast of B.C.The Cannery is open to the general public April – October. Pre-booked tours can be arranged from March through November.

International Buddhist Society

9160 Steveston Highway

Richmond B.C., Canada V7A 1M5
604-274-2822

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free

The Kuan Yin Temple of the International Buddhist Society is considered by many to be the most magnificent and authentic temple of traditional Chinese architecture in North America.

Richmond Art Gallery Association

7700 Minoru Gate

Richmond, BC, Canada

604-231-6457

Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 – 9:30 pm, Saturday/Sunday 10:00 – 5:00 pm, closed on statutory holidays.

Admission Charged

The Richmond Art Gallery Association’s Vision for the Richmond Art Gallery is: to be one of the most important public galleries in Canada, and to increasingly enlarge our audiences and their understanding and enjoyment of contemporary art.

Richmond Nature Park

11851 Westminster Highway

Richmond, B.C. V6X 1B4
604-718-6188

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free

The Park provides recreation and education for all ages. Winding trails with a total length of approximately 5km provide visitors with the opportunity to encounter plants and animals in bog, forest and pond habitats. The shortest trail, which surrounds a pond, is an elevated boardwalk accessible to wheelchairs. Other trails are soft-surfaced with wood chips. All trails are well-marked, and a free trail guide is available in the Nature House.

The Basketball Centre

Richmond, B.C.

604-241-0700

Call for schedule and operating hours

Admission Charged

“Hoop Heaven.” Premier Hardwood Sports Facility in Canada. Full sized NBA gyms featuring basketball courts, 6 volleyball courts and ability to convert to other hardwood court uses. Accompanying change rooms with lockers and glassed viewing area make the facility ideal for leagues, tournaments as well as special event bookings.

Greenacres Golf Course

Richmond, B.C.

604-241-0722

Call for tee times and additional information

Admission Charged

Year-round Par 70 Public Golf with special winter rates. Practice putting and chipping greens, outstanding pro shop with rental carts and clubs. Licensed lounge and outdoor eating area. Full service dining room, complete banquet facilities available.

Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club

Richmond, B.C.

604-276-0505

Call for tee times and additional information

Admission Charged

One of Lower Mainland’s premier golf facilities, located minutes from downtown Vancouver and the International Airport.

TBC Indoor Racing

Richmond, B.C.

604-232-9196

Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Grand Prix style kart racing at its best. TBC Indoor Racing is the only facility that utilizes indoor kart racing as a basis for Team Building. Offer events for special occasions, parties, celebrations, promotions and much more.

Richmond Go-Karting

Richmond, B.C.

604-278-6103

Open seven days a week, weather permitting, call for directions and additional information.

Admission Charged

1/2 mile track with single and double-seater karts, concession facilities and arcade.

WaterMania

Richmond, B.C.

604-448-5354

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

WaterMania offers an exciting wave pool, waterslides, 50 meter pool, diving boards, sauna, steam room and whirlpools. Also includes fitness centre, meeting rooms, concession, swimwear shop, sports therapy clinic and much more.

Trev Deeley Motorcycle Museum

13500 Verdun Place (at the south end of the Knight Street Bridge, at Bridgeport and Viking Way)

Richmond, B.C.

604-273-5421

Open: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.

Admission Charged

Home to more than 250 antique and classic motorcycles, representing 51 brands.

Nearby Attractions

Britannia Heritage Shipyard – National Historic Site

5180 Westwater Drive, at the foot of Railway Avenue

Steveston Village, B.C.

604-718-8050

Open: May 1 – September 30: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm, closed Mondays and October 1 – April 30: Saturday 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm.

Admission Charged

Built in 1889, it is the oldest cannery building on the Fraser River. In about 1918 the building was converted to a ship yard and repair facility for the ABC Packing Company. The Britannia Shipyard Museum features displays about Steveston ship building and fishing. Often, wooden boats are being repaired using traditional boat building skills.

London Heritage Farm

6511 Dyke Road (between No. 2 & Gilbert Roads)

Steveston, B.C.

604-271-5220

Open for tea and tours on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm.

During Summer July and August, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Admission is Donation

Dating from the 1890s, this restored and furnished farm house offers a tea room and tours as well as Herb and Flower Gardens. The site also features the Spragg Barn, chickens, Territorial Seeds Demonstration garden, a collection of prewar farm equipment, rose arbor and gazebo. Picnicking, special events, horseshoe pitch and washrooms.

Steveston Museum

3811 Moncton Street

Steveston, B.C.

604-271-6868

Open: Mon – Sat, 9:30am – 1:00pm and 1:30pm-5pm

Admission Charged

A community museum in the area’s first bank building. The main floor “general store” display includes a working post office. Pick up a walking tour guide and enjoy a day in Steveston Village. Step back in time to a history rich in diversity and culture. The Steveston Museum offers a glimpse into the past of this historic village.

Vancouver Whale Watch

Tours leave from and return to Steveston, BC

604-274-9565

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Killer Whales, bow riding Dall’s porpoises, sea lions, seals, and other wildlife can be seen on daily trips, April to October, leaving from historic Steveston. Professional naturalists are on board our 12 and 40 passenger zodiac-type vessels.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site of Canada
12138 Fourth Avenue

Richmond, B.C., V7E 3J1
604-664-9009

Admission Charged

The Cannery is open to the general public April – October. Pre-booked tours can be arranged from March through November.

Richmond Nature Park

11851 Westminster Highway

Richmond, B.C. V6X 1B4
604-718-6188

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free

The Park provides recreation and education for all ages. Winding trails with a total length of approximately 5km provide visitors with the opportunity to encounter plants and animals in bog, forest and pond habitats. The shortest trail, which surrounds a pond, is an elevated boardwalk accessible to wheelchairs. Other trails are soft-surfaced with wood chips. All trails are well-marked, and a free trail guide is available in the Nature House.

TBC Indoor Racing

Richmond, B.C.

604-232-9196

Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Grand Prix style kart racing at its best. TBC Indoor Racing is the only facility that utilizes indoor kart racing as a basis for Team Building.

WaterMania

Richmond, B.C.

604-448-5354

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

WaterMania offers an exciting wave pool, waterslides, 50 meter pool, diving boards, sauna, steam room and whirlpools. Also includes fitness centre, meeting rooms, concession, swimwear shop, sports therapy clinic and much more.

Nearby Attractions

Steveston Museum

3811 Moncton Street

Steveston, B.C.

604-271-6868

Open: Mon – Sat, 9:30am – 1:00pm and 1:30pm-5pm

Admission Charged

A community museum in the area’s first bank building. The main floor “general store” display includes a working post office. Pick up a walking tour guide and enjoy a day in Steveston Village.

Step back in time to a history rich in diversity and culture. The Steveston Museum offers a glimpse into the past of this historic village.

Vancouver Whale Watch

Departs from Steveston, BC

604-274-9565

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Killer Whales, bow riding Dall’s porpoises, sea lions, seals, and other wildlife can be seen on daily trips, April to October, leaving from historic Steveston. Professional naturalists are on board our 12 and 40 passenger zodiac-type vessels.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

Late February – Early March

Annual Community Art Auction

604-231-6425

Admission Free

Richmond Art Gallery’s Annual Community Art Auction. Each year there is a different theme to pique the visitor’s interest. Call for exact dates and additional information

Mid May

Chorfiesta!

MacNeill Secondary School, 6611 No. 4 Roador

604-276-2747

Admission Charged

The Richmond Orchestra & Chorus is proud to host Chorfest 2004, the BC Choral Federation’s annual gathering of singers from all over BC. “ChorFiesta!” features Latin-American music. This intensive three-day event culminates with a grand performance on Sunday.

Call for exact dates and additional information

Early July

Steveston Salmon Festival

604-718-8080

Steveston Community Centre and Community Park, Parade 10:00 am, Free Admission to the Fair Grounds, Bull Head Derby at Garry Point Park, Chowder Contest, and Flower & Garden Show. Fun for the whole family

Call for exact date and additional information

Summer

Richmond Night Market Summer Festival

At the Bridgeport Market.

604-244-8448

The annual season of the Richmond Night Market Summer Festival is usually held from early June to early October. The event attracts tens of thousands of families and tourists.Music, rides, fairway and electronic games. Sample delicious treats from over 30 food court vendors. Variety of clothing, accessories, electronics, crafts and household goods for sale.

Call for exact dates and additional information

Mid-October

Cranberry Harvest Festival

Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond

604-718-6188

Celebrate Canada’s largest cranberry harvest. Fresh Cranberry Sales, Guided Tours of Cranberry Fields and the Ocean Spray Cranberry Plant, Stalking the Wild Cranberry, Puppet Shows, Story Telling, Face Painting and Games and Live Entertainment.

Call for exact dates and additional information

December

Nature Comes to Light

Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Highway, at No. 5 Road,

Numerous nature themed displays and 200,000 lights greet the guests as they take a 15 minute stroll along the board walk through the Richmond Nature Park

Open 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm daily, call for exact dates

Arts and Entertainment

Richmond Orchestra & Chorus

10691 Shellbridge Way

Richmond, B.C. CANADA
604-276-2747

Call for schedule

Admission Charged

The Richmond Orchestra & Chorus have entertained Richmond since 1986. We perform up to six concerts per season and also make several public appearances.

Gateway Theatre

6500 Gilbert Road,
Richmond, B.C. V7C 3V4

604-270-1812

Hours: Monday – Friday: Noon to 6 pm, Saturday: 2 pm to 6 pm

Admission Charged

As one of the most beautiful theatres in Canada, this 560-seat theatre offers some of the best live performances in the Lower Mainland.