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8 Top things to do in the soothing city of Ontario

By Buvaneshwari Gopinath - July 28, 2020
Skyline of Ontario

Cambridge is located in the Regional Municipality Of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and it was formed in 1973. It also has nicknames called The Bridge and The Tri-City. Cambridge has got various places of attraction to excite you when visiting. It is a tropical paradise where you can relax, surrounded by thousands of butterflies flying free or if you want to taste luxury then enter into one of Canada’s top hotels to get some extraordinary pampering. Read on to know more about the things to do in Ontario, one of the best cities in Canada.

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1. Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is definitely a place to relax where you can experience thousands of free-flying exotic butterflies from all over the world. Also, you can witness an emergence of butterflies in front of the emergence window, if you are patient enough you can witness the magic. If you are a fan of bugs, you can check the Vietnamese Walking Stick, Scorpion or Giant African Flower Beetle. Not only butterflies and bugs, but there are also exotic birds & plants to look and spend quality time with nature.

You can even ask your questions and doubts related to bugs and insects where there is a knowledgeable staff team present at the conservatory to help you out. They are open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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2. Fashion History Museum

Fashion History Museum is a museum located in Cambridge and was founded in 2004 by Jonathan Walford and Kenn Norman. You can have a look at the history of fashion here. The museum has a collection of over 12,000 garments and other accessories from the 1660s to present. If you are in love with fashion then this is the right place for you. Alongside historical pieces, they are also constructing a contemporary Canadian Designer collection and also a library.

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3. Shade’s Mills Conservatory Area

Just a few minutes drive from the city you can reach the Shade’s Mills Conversion Area, it is a park for all ages. It is a beautiful spot to spend your day with various activities and it is well maintained. Swimming, sport fishing, hiking and canoeing are some of the activities that can be done here. It’s a really great place for hiking as it has 12 kilometres of trails in-between a forest along Mill Creek. You can also experience cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing during the winter season.

4. Art Gazing

There are three individual art galleries located within the city premises; the Queen’s Square Gallery, Design art Riverside Gallery and Preston Gallery. Each gallery has its own centre of attention and collections. Whereas the Queen’s Square Gallery and Preston Gallery are where the local artists’ work has been displayed. Special exhibitions are also present in both Queen’s Square Gallery and Preston Gallery. The Riverside Gallery’s design mainly focuses on design and architecture, displaying tapestries, wall hangings and furniture. Here in the Riverside Gallery also they conduct special exhibitions with the theme based on design and architecture.

5. Picnic Shelters

In Cambridge, you can find a lot of places where you can happily enjoy your picnic. There are also some chosen open-air picnic shelters to spend time. And there is one most famous spot for a picnic which is Riverside Park, where there are four shelters for picnic present there. You can also enjoy the features present there which are playing fields, hiking trails, a splash pad and tennis courts. There is also another famous Churchill Park which is a 27 hectare widely spread park that occupies two picnic shelters and also it has fourteen serviced camping sites which include a playground, football fields, a splash pad and baseball diamond.

6. Market Shopping

Eating seasonally is a great way to support local farmers and that is the reason behind the establishment of The Cambridge Farmers Market which started 1830 and it is one of the oldest markets in Canada. They sell a variety of products like meat, baked goods, cheeses, sausages, honey, etc. The Cambridge Farmers Market is a year-round indoor/outdoor market, it will be open on Sunday mornings and also on Wednesday mornings from June to September. If you are on the way to a picnic spot you can stop and buy fresh or prepared foods and enjoy your food. In the summer there will be outdoor vendors who open their shops outdoors and there also indoor vendors who will operate throughout the year.

7. The Cambridge Sculpture Garden

Not too far and not too less if you are looking to go for a walk by enjoying the view of the river and few artistic sculptures all over the way the Cambridge Sculpture Garden is one of the must-visit places in the Cambridge City. From the main part of the downtown, it is easily accessible and it is also a beautiful place to picnic and it is commonly known as Ontario’s best-kept secret. Every October they conduct an event known as ‘scare the crow’ family event where the people who visit the park can participate. There is no entry fee collected to enter the garden. It is 100% free of cost and for the event participation also it is free of cost. It is run by a registered charity and voluntary committee who are working in preserving the green space. The garden is always open to the public.

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8. The Theatre Show

For its share, Cambridge has also got quite a number of theatres present in the city. They are open throughout the year to entertain the people who visit with a variety of shows. The largest theatre in the city of Cambridge is The Dunfield Theatre which can occupy 500 members. Also, live music shows are being performed here. There is another recommended theatre which is The Cambridge Community Players which is a smaller theatre that helps the local productions. Also, if you are planning for your kids along with you, there is a dedicated theatre known as the Cookies and Kids Family Theatre.

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