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Tourism in Ontario Through Time

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  • Ontario, Canada's Vacation Province 1947
    Ontario, Canada's Vacation Province 1947
  • The Falls of Niagara by Edward Hicks, 1825
    The Falls of Niagara by Edward Hicks, 1825
  • Vacationers in the garden at Preston Mineral Springs Hotel, Cambridge, ca.1890*
    Vacationers in the garden at Preston Mineral Springs Hotel, Cambridge, ca.1890*
  • Refreshment booth at Idylwild Park, Cambridge, ca.1910*
    Refreshment booth at Idylwild Park, Cambridge, ca.1910*
  • Canadian National Railways poster for Ontario's Lakelands
    Canadian National Railways poster for Ontario's Lakelands
  • Ottawa poster
    Ottawa poster

Laura, Queen's Square | June 1, 2016

See the roaring romance of Niagara Falls, the tranquility of cottage country and all points in-between as the Tourism in Ontario through Time exhibit visits Idea Exchange, Queen’s Square from June 6 to June 25, 2016.  These fascinating materials from the Ontario Archives will have you travelling back to the early days of our province’s most popular destinations – no suitcase required.

Want to make your own memories this summer? You don’t have to go far.

There are so many things to see in and around Cambridge, Ontario. While the old mineral springs hotels and Idylwild park may be long gone, you can still enjoy the trails that wend through the city. Relax in a tropical paradise at the Butterfly Conservatory, go wild at the African Lion Safari, take a tour of the Grand River Brewing Company, see a play at the Dunfield Theatre, or camp out near the Grand River.

If roaming further afield is more your speed, take a look at the road trip ideas on Ontario’s official tourism website, download the Discover Ontario app, or check out our great resources on Ontario travel:

100 Nature Hot Spots in OntarioBackroads of OntarioTop 125 Unusual Thingssee more books>>

Now you can't stop singing that old Ontario, Yours to Discover theme song? Watch the classic 1980s TV commercial here at Retrontario.

*Photos courtesy of Cambridge Archives