By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: Before we go back to school, my boyfriend and I who are presently working wanted to take a short break north of Toronto. Do you know if there are any festivals coming up in the next couple of weeks?

A: Besides the 10-day Forest Festival ( set in the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve from August 22-31, Ontario destinations north of Toronto have many other festivals happening in the next few weeks. Until August 21st, the York Shakespeare Festival ( in Newmarket is on.

In Barrie, the sixth annual Dragon Boat Festival ( takes places August 22 with the big race scheduled August 23rd.

Also on August 23rd, Kincardine’s Victoria Park is the setting for the Mass Pipes and Drums Gathering Festival ( Come and help the pipe band celebrate 100 years. This annual summer fest is free and filled with plenty of entertainment along with an all-you-can-eat hot dog and corn roast. For more info you can also contact them at toll-free 1-866-546-2736.

Meanwhile over in Paris, Ontario the town is getting set to celebrate its 150th Annual Paris Fair ( Loads of performances, a demo derby, animal shows, and agricultural displays are all part of this festival mainstay scheduled August 21-September 1st.

For cycling enthusiasts, Windsor will be hosting Ontario's oldest competitive bicycle race, the 50th Annual Tour di Via Italia Bicycle ( on August 31st.


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