By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: My wife and I are interested in some day trips or weekend trips around southern Ontario. Could you recommend any guides to help us in our research?

A: Doors Open Ontario is one popular program that has a glossy brochure packed with events from April until October across the province. In addition to a handy top 10 touring tips list over 30 cities and towns across Ontario are highlighted with descriptions and event dates on things to see and do.

The best part is the price. Doors Open Ontario has free admission to these heritage treasures. Last year the Ontario Herigate Foundation, the government agency that administers the program, reported that more than 400,000 visits occurred during the 2003 season.

For your free copy, call 1.800.ONTARIO. The Southern Ontario Tourism Organization (SOTO) publishes the "Southern Ontario Travel Guide 2004" which includes such chapters as Family Fun, Theatre and Entertainment, Shopping Secrets, Outdoor Adventures, Romantic Getaways and more.

For a complementary copy call 1.800.267.3399 or 519.756.3230 or order online at


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