150 Things to Do with Teens in Ontario

Wondering what to do with your Teen in Ontario? From bungee jumping to great festivals, there is something to suit every taste and budget!

  1. Jump off a Cliff into Canada’s Largest Outdoor Freshwater Swimming Pool!
  2. Play Tarzan as you zip through the trees. Treetop Trekking is Ontario’s adventure leader with 5 zipline and aerial game park locations.
  3. Roll on up and get ready for some jams, checks, whips, blocks and walling at a roller derby show. The Toronto Roller Derby league is the largest in Canada.
  4. Let out some hot air and float gracefully through the sky in a hot air balloon. Skyward balloons has been creating unforgettable memories since 1993.
  5. #skimmingthetreetops #hotairballoons #skywardballoons #chasingballoons #balloonchasing

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  6. Honour the past, renew friendships and celebrate at a sacred indigenous Pow wow. Find updated schedules and events here.
  7. Shake off the winter blues and celebrate the joys of winter at Winterlude. A fun three-week long festival held in Ottawa each February.
  8. See who can scream the loudest as you enjoy the thrills and splashes at Canada’s Wonderland. Canada’s premier 330-acre amusement park located in Vaughn.
  9. Dig up your shovel and pail and see who can build the biggest sand castle. Cobourg Sandcastle Festival in August is an international award winning event.
  10. Pandemonium, uncontrollable laughter and jaw dropping fun at the Dundas International Buskerfest. A festival of street performers held in Dundas Ontario every June.
  11. What’s big, loud and dirty? Monster Jam! The intense action takes place in Toronto, Hamilton and London leading up to the big Las Vegas competition.

  12. Roll up your sleeves and eat with your hands as you watch medieval games, fighting and jousting at Medieval Times. A castle-like entertainment venue at the Exhibition grounds Toronto.
  13. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the Anishnabek people and experience sleeping in an authentic teepee. Spirit Island Adventures on Manitoulin Islands offers teepee stays and many activities.
  14. Challenge your bravery while you plunge 200ft into aqua-blue waters. The Rock, 25 minutes north of Ottawa is the site of Canada’s largest bungee jump the Great Canadian Bungee.
  15. Just finished jumping off this bad boy at 200ft! What a crazy experience! #GreatCanadianBungee #BungeeJumping

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  16. See an unrivaled collection of hockey memorabilia and photos at the Hockey Hall of Fame. A museum dedicated to preserving the history of ice hockey located downtown Toronto.
  17. Witness the latest trend setting styles on the runway of a fashion show. CAISA is one of the largest student run charity shows in all of Canada for 19 years running.
  18. Listen to stories of pirates and spot castles as you float along the St. Lawrence River. Depart from Kingston on one of the 1000 Islands cruises.
  19. Head to the fields and pick your way through an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables. Farm Visit offers up-to-date information on farms in your area and what’s in season.
  20. Be amazed as you watch 20,000 lbs of ice be transformed into an amazing work of art. Bloor-Yorkville in Toronto host it’s annual free Icefest every winter.
  21. Putt your way to a hole in one at an Ontario golf course. For a complete listing of courses in your area visit here.
  22. Descend into caves so deep ice and snow often remain in the summer. Experience caving, suspension bridges and hiking at Scenic Caves in Collingwood.
  23. Live the pretty posh lifestyle for a day and get pampered at a spa. Pretty in Pink spa in Oakville offers a one-of-a-kind experience for girls and women.
  24. Go on an adventure, marry a prince or watch a theatrical sword fight at the Stratford Festival. Held annually in Stratford April through October.
  25. I spy with my little eye a…… Moose! Spring time in Algonquin Park is a guarantee for moose watching and other wildlife.
  26. Roar with the lions at African Lion Safari. Canada’s original Safari adventure located in Hamilton.
  27. Just hanging out with the lions #africanlionsafaricanada #daytrip #mynewpet 🦁

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  28. Go on a voyageur canoe tour over the historic locks at Peterborough!
  29. Walk to the southern most tip of Canada at Point Pelee National Park.
  30. Marvel at the awesome fall colours as you enjoy Algoma Canyon Rail Tours.
  31. Let your senses come alive as you stroll through a multi-media, multi-sensory, interactive night walk. Fort Henry Lumina Borealis in Kingston.
  32. Saddle up as you gallop and trot along the Niagara Escarpment. Spend a day at Niagara Riding Stables and enjoy a horse ride or lesson all year round.
  33. See who has the best balance as you roll around on a Segway tour. Go Tours Canada has award-winning tours of Toronto’s Distillery District, Zoo and Horseshoe Resort.
  34. Defy the laws of gravity and taste the thrill of free falling. Ifly Toronto allows you to experience what sky diving feels like in a safe environment.
  35. Who will fall out first as you challenge the rapids of the Ottawa river. Wilderness Tours has rafting adventures for all ages and skills.
  36. #rafting #ottawariver #thisweekend #cantwait #wildernesstoursottawa

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  37. Lace up your skates and glide along the world’s longest skating rink. The Rideau Canal in Ottawa is a prime skating destination every winter.
  38. Find a perfect spot and see who can pitch their tent the fastest. See Ontario Parks for a list of the best camping sites and their amenities.
  39. Feel the tension as the whistle blows and the puck goes down the ice. Check the schedule of the Ontario Hockey League for a game happening near you.
  40. Decode the writing on the walls of alleys and lanes in Toronto. Tour Guys has “pay what you feel” graffiti tours of Toronto’s Queen St. West area.
  41. Discover the unexpected and let your imagination be free at the Luminato Festival. A 10 day festival in Toronto celebrating arts and creativity.
  42. Be prepared to be amazed with acts that will take your breath away at Cirque du Soleil.
  43. Rides, games, crazy food and spectacular shows. Let’s go to the fair! Canada’s largest fair The EX at Exhibition Place every August for 18 days.
  44. Dive in and discover what life is like as a fish? Come visit Adventure Diver’s in Peterborourgh to begin your underwater adventure.
  45. Play detective as you search for clues to a murder mystery at the Royal Ontario Museum. Tickets and details for this scavenger hunt can be purchased with Urban Capers.
  46. Step into the Bata Show Museum and discover the history of shoes. A footwear museum in downtown Toronto showcasing exhibits from around the world.
  47. Become immersed in the lifestyles, customs and surroundings of the 1800’s. Black Creek Pioneer Village in North York is a completely recreated village from the 1800’s.
  48. Put your thinking cap on and invent something new at The Underground Studio Maker Space. A hands-on laboratory for discovery located inside The Museum in Hamilton.
  49. Put on your apron and hat and see who can bake the most mouth watering dish. The Chef Upstairs in Toronto offers teen cooking classes every Monday.
  50. Take some time and cast a line. Ontario Family Fishing Events are an opportunity to try fishing without a license.
  51. Enjoy a downhill or cross country day in the powder. Ski and snowboarding at one of Ontario’s many locations is truly uplifting.
  52. Engage your spiddy senses and see who can climb the highest wall. Climber’s Rock in Burlington is one of Canada’s largest indoor climbing facilities.
  53. Set your sails and let the wind take you away. Bronte Harbour Yacht Club in Oakville offers sail programs for 6-17 year old’s.
  54. Paddle from lake to lake on a wilderness canoe trip. Voyageur Quest offers family friendly guided canoe trips.
  55. Hear the roar of the engines as they race across the finish line. Shannonville Motorsport Park makes for a fun day at the race tracks.
  56. Create a list of all the plants and animals you can spot on a nature hike. Crawford Lake Trail in Milton is a good option with a reconstructed Aboriginal village.
  57. Who’s brave enough to take the highest plunge. Calypso Theme Waterpark near Ottawa is Canada’s biggest with more than 35 thrilling slides.
  58. Challenge each other to a race around the track and see who finishes first. Wasaga 500 promises awesome family go-kart fun on one of the worlds’ longest tracks.
  59. Learn the value in doing something for others. Find a volunteer opportunity you can do together through Ontario Volunteer Centre Network.
  60. Don’t forget your helmet as you peddle along Ontario’s Waterfront Trail. Bike trails stretching over 1600km along the shores of the great lakes.
  61. Tap into something sticky and sweet on a maple syrup tour. Sugar Bush Maple Syrup festival is held at three locations in Ontario.
  62. Be entertained as some of your favorite stories come to life. 51 years of youth entertaining youth at Young People’s Theatre.
  63. Look up to the sky and lift off with the Snowbirds, Hornets and Raptors. CFB Trenton is Canada’s largest air show base.
  64. Rock the night away at a live concert. Check out Ticketmaster for all the hottest upcoming shows.
  65. Who has the mental focus and strength to hit the bulls eye. Brockery Archery Club Hamilton offers introductory classes for 8-17 year olds.
  66. Get up close and personal with exotic wild animals. Toronto Zoo is the premier zoo in Canada with interactive and educational activities.

  67. Acquire the skills you need to assist in a medical emergency. St. John’s Ambulance makes first aid a family affair. Find a course happening near you.
  68. Learn to connect mind, body and spirit at a yoga class. The Sivananda Centre Toronto makes yoga fun, engaging and appropriate for youth.
  69. Put down the remote and pick up a dumbbell. At Goodlife fitness gym locations in Canada, they offer free membership from July to September for teens.
  70. Prepare your mind and body for battle at a martial arts class. Martial Arts Club Directory is the complete listing of clubs and classes in Ontario.
  71. Spend the day searching for not so buried treasures at Aberfoyle Antique Market. Located in Guelph this is the largest antique market in Canada.
  72. Combine surfing and paddling to feel like your walking on water. Try Peterborough Stand Up Paddle boarding for some great summer fun.
  73. Develop your artistic eye through a photography workshop at Andrea L Sedgwick. Located in Ottawa, they offer summer and winter workshops.
  74. Test your limits and experience the thrill of a lifetime. Toronto’s CN Tower Edge Walk is not for the faint of heart!
  75. Feel the mist of the falls as you zip past. Wildplay Niagara Zipline and Aerial Adventure course is full of thrills.
  76. Put the nets aside and see the magic of thousands of freely flying butterflies. A tropical paradise for butterflies in Cambridge.
  77. Put on your bib and get your fingers sticky at Ribfest.  Burlington is the home of Canada’s largest Ribfest.  More Ribfests in and around Toronto.
  78. Listen to spine-tingling ghost stories. The Haunted Walk in Toronto, Ottawa and Kingston will send a chill down your spine.
  79. Take a walk down the “street of fun” and release the child inside. Cliffton Hill in Niagara Falls is a top destination for fun museums and attractions.
  80. Who will be the first to scream inside the haunted house. It’s worth the drive to Ayr Fear Farm. If you’re brave enough!
  81. Get into the pilot’s seat and test your flying skills. The Canadian Aviation Museum in Ottawa brings the world of flying to life.

  82. Discover what life is like under the sea without getting wet. Ripley’s Aquarium is the largest indoor aquarium in Canada, located downtown Toronto.
  83. Grab a blanket, kick off your shoes and find a shady spot in the park. Ontario is full of great parks to enjoy a tasty picnic together.
  84. Set your target, lock and load at the shooting range. The Range in Brantford promotes safe and clean family shooting for ages 12 and up.
  85. Put on a lab coat and explore your creative side at the Ontario Science Centre. Located in Toronto, a science museum with hundreds of interactive exhibits.
  86. Challenge each other to a game of ping pong. The Swing School has locations throughout the GTA area.
  87. Row, row, row your way to the Dragon Boat races. Toronto Dragon Boat Festival takes place on the Toronto Island in July.
  88. Imagine a winter wonderland of sparkling snow and trotting dogs. An exhilarating outdoor dogsled adventure in Haliburton.
  89. #happydogs #happymushers #winterwonderland #ComeWander #MyHaliburtonHiglands and #DiscoverON

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  90. Who can climb to the top of Canada’s tallest tower the fastest. Take part in the CN Tower climb and raise money for the WWF.
  91. Spread your wings at the world’s largest free-flying indoor aviary. Discover birds, reptiles and animals at Bird Kingdom in Niagara.
  92. Bring your video games to life at CTRL V. Canada’s first virtual reality arcade in Waterloo.
  93. Rally up your friends, family and neighbours and organize a clean up. Or, find one already happening in your area through your city council.
  94. Pick your way through local fruit, vegetables, crafts and baked goods at your local farmer’s market. Check with your city or Farmer’s Market Ontario for one near you.
  95. See where your imagination can take you at the library. Check where the closest public library is to you.
  96. Count the stars at one of the darkest points in Southern Ontario. Enjoy stargazing at Long Point Observatory. 
  97. Who can win the most games and collect the most prizes on the Million Dollar Midway! Dave and Busters in Vaughn is where the fun happens.
  98. Put on your kilts and get your bagpipes ready for the Glengarry Highland Games. A traditional Scottish competition held annually in Maxville.
  99. #ghg2016 #ghg #glengarrymyhome #glengarryhighlandgames #maxvillehighlandgames

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  100. Traverse Niagara River white water on Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours!
  101. Chisel a wooden masterpiece. The annual Kapuskasing Lumberjack festival is educational and fun.
  102. Aye aye captain! Feel like a pirate aboard one of the fabulous tall ships as they race their way across Canada. See when they will be passing by your area.
  103. Be mesmerized by the grace and elegance of the dancers. The National Ballet of Canada has performances and workshops all year.
  104. Explore the winter ice caves of Lake Superior.
  105. Get your groove on and celebrate a world of cultures. TD Sunfest in London features over 35 top music and jazz headliners.
  106. Attend the largest cultural festival in North America. Scotiabank Caribbean Festival explodes in Toronto for three weeks each summer.
  107. Put a little spin on the ball and try to stay out of the gutters. Check here for a bowling alley near you.
  108. Putt your way to a hole in one. Award winning mini golf at Dinosaur Valley Mini Golf in Sudbury.
  109. Create a new Christmas tradition and chop down your own tree. Search for a tree farm near you.
  110. Discover exotic foods, and colourful shops in China Town, an ethnic enclave in
    downtown Toronto along Spadina Rd and Dundas St.
  111. Find buried treasures and see the BIG nickel at Dynamic Earth. Part of Science North in Sudbury.
  112. Smell the flowers and see what’s in bloom at Canada’s largest botanical gardens.
    The Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington is open year-round.
  113. Get lost in the pumpkin patch as you hunt for the perfect jack-o-lantern. Whittamore Farm Pumpkinland in Markham is open from September till Halloween.
  114. Use your mental skills to find the way out of a cedar hedge maze. Saunders Farm in Ottawa is an a-MAZE-ing experience.
  115. Bundle up and zoom across the snowy landscape of Muskoka. Backcountry Tours
    has snowmobile and ski-doo rentals for all levels.
  116. Make waves and tour the waters of Ontario on a sea doo. At Northern Lakes Marine in Muskoka you can rent sea doos and boats for the day, weekend or week.
  117. Take a cruise on a glass bottom boat and discover an ancient shipwreck. Blue Heron’s 2 hour cruises depart daily from Tobermory.

  118. Boat, cycle, suntan, eat cotton candy and even watch planes take off on the Island. Toronto Island is a short ferry ride from Toronto Harbour.
  119. See if you can spot your house from atop North America’s highest tower, The CN Tower Toronto. 
  120. Can problem solve your way out of a locked room before your time is up? Chose from twelve different themed rooms at Escape Manor Ottawa.
  121. Build a connection with the elderly in your community. Check with the nursing homes in your city to see if they need volunteers.
  122. Investigate the history of Canada’s federal penitentiaries. “Cedarhedge” built in 1873 as the Kingston Penitentiary Warden’s residence, now houses Canada’s Penitentiary Museum. 
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  124. Learn about the world of plants in a sustainable urban paradise. GreenUP Ecology Park in Peterborough is five acres of sustainable landscape.
  125. Where can you see body slams, beat downs and tap outs!? At a Smash Wrestling show. Check for events coming near you. 
  126. Salsa, ballet, hip hop, belly dance, sign up for a dance class. Dance Ontario lets you pick your location and the style of dance you want to learn for a list of what’s available in your area.
  127. Practise your serve on the courts or take a lesson. Ontario Tennis Association can help you find a club near you to play or learn.
  128. Pick a run or cycle event and train together.Find upcoming races to train for or consider joining a training course with a centre in your area.
  129. Attend the must-see lighting extravaganza of the holidays. Get to Simcoe to see Ontario’s original Festival of Lights.
  130. Combine your hide-and-seek and tag skills with a game of laser tag. Laser Quest has locations throughout Ontario.
  131. Use your tactical skills to engage in some outdoor combat. Check the paintball field directory for a location or event close to you.
  132. Learn what happens to that plastic bottle or cardboard box you put in the recycling. Visit a recycling plant or waste management facility open house. Check with your county to see when the next one is.
  133. Come see which wacky float will make its way successfully down the ganny. Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny is a 10km race using homemade floats to remember the devastating flood in Port Hope in 1980.
  134. Dam good idea guys 👏🏼 #beaverdam #floatyourfannydowntheganny #clever #daymade #areyouabeavercuzdam

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  135. Put on your pj’s and pack up the car for a movie at the drive-in. Take a look to see where the closest drive-in theatre is to you and what’s showing.
  136. Participate in an event of all out wreckage. Attend one of Ontario’s dynamic demolition derbies.
  137. Dress up as your favorite hero or villain and enjoy the spectacles at Comic Con. Where will the next convention be near you?
  138. I think he wants to kill me! 😱 😂 #toronto #cosplayer #comiccontoronto #pikachu #cool

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  139. Listen to some old favorites or discover new talent at a folk festival. Folk Music Ontario can provide you with all the events happening in Ontario.
  140. Race through 2.5 million cubic feet of vegan coconut foam during foam fest! The 5k Foam Fest is a non-competitive 5km obstacle course.
  141. Discover the neighbourhoods of Ottawa through it’s food. Experience Food has special youth tours to enjoy the culinary side and learn about the history of Ottawa.
  142. Learn the intricate and ancient art and traditions of henna. Henna by Holly in Toronto offers 3 hour learn to henna workshops.
  143. Make a new furry friend and experience compassion in action. Visit a local farm sanctuary, an animal-friendly alternative to a zoo, circus or aquarium.
  144. Be a spectator at a high-octane adventure you will never forget. Ice racing is a winter sport you probably haven’t heard about but won’t soon forget.
  145. Learn the art of shaping glass and create something unique to bring home. Kingston Glass Studio & Gallery is in the historic downtown and represents over 30 artists.

  146. Spend the purrfect afternoon at Ontario’s first cat café. My Kitty Café in Guelph lets you enjoy some kitty play time while relaxing with a meowshake.
  147. Step right up and take a ride on a historical wooden pony. Roseneath’s antique heritage attraction the CW carousel dates to 1906 and attracts tourists from all over the world.
  148. How many animal carvings can you spot at “The Teaching Rock”. Canada’s largest known concentration of aboriginal rock carvings (petroglyphs) located in Woodview.
  149. Spend the night in jail! A once in a lifetime experience not available anywhere else in the world. Only at HI- Ottawa Jail Hostel.
  150. Learn to be prepared for the unexpected and defend yourself. Krav Maga Waterloo is the regions largest self defense training centre and has classes for all ages.
  151. Enter a beautiful outdoor oasis of Shona Sculptures from Zimbabwe. The 5 acre Zimart outdoor gallery in Rice Lake welcomes guest to enjoy the art and the natural surroundings.
  152. Pass through a 14-inch intimidating bank vault door to explore a fully equipped underground bunker. The Diefunbunker, a 4 storey underground nuclear fortress can be explored at Ottawa’s Cold War Museum. 
  153. Take me out to the ball game! Enjoy a day under the reclining roof and shadow of the CN Tower as you cheer on the Blue Jays at the Toronto Roger’s Centre.
  154. ONE. MORE. SLEEP. Who's ready? #LetsRise

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  155. Laugh till you cry at a comedy show. Kitchener-Waterloo Comedy festival includes family variety shows for the whole family to enjoy.
  156. Hola, Bonjour, Ciao, Namaste! Bring the world closer by learning a new language. The YMCA offers course in English, French, Spanish, Japanese or Mandarin.
  157. Be intrigued as Ontario opens its doors to some normally unseen heritage sites. Doors Open Ontario takes place from April to October throughout the province.
  158. Practise your bird calling skills in the great outdoors. Huron Birding Festival held in Bruce Peninsula is a remarkable way to reconnect with nature.
  159. Feed your sense of curiosity by discovering buried treasure in the diverse geology of Ontario’s Highlands. The Beryl Pit in Quadeville can be independently explored for minerals and gems.
  160. Take a trip around the world. Carrousel of Nations is a 39-year-old ethno-cultural celebration each summer in Windsor.
  161. Happening Now #carrouselofnations #fusionfestival #yqg #eyesonwindsor

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  162. Roll out the red carpet and get ready to snap pictures of your favourite celebrities. TIFF, Toronto International Film Festival brings a buzz to the city as one of the largest publicly attend festivals in the world.

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