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Lake Ontario

10 Best Great Lakes Beaches

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Great Lakes Beaches: Agawa Bay on Lake Superior (Photo: eskimo_jo)

Central Canada’s Great Lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world, and their combined coastlines add up to nearly 18,000 km—more than 40 per cent of the circumference of the Earth. That’s a lot of Great Lakes—and, consequently, a lot of Great Lakes beaches for landlocked folks to enjoy this spring and summer. See our list of the 10 best, must-visit Great Lakes beaches, and unpack those flip-flops!

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Hot Date: Santa’s Festive Boat

See Santa early on a Mariposa Cruise

DECEMBER 10, 11, 17 & 18 Santa Claus’s sleigh needs some maintenance in advance of his marathon night of work. While the sled’s in the shop, Saint Nick himself will be on board the Mariposa Cruises ship Northern Spirit for the sixth annual Santa Cruise. Bring the family to meet Kris Kringle and his elves on this hour-long boat ride around the Toronto harbour, where kids can pose for photos and negotiate their wish lists with the jolly man. After the cruise, Santa’s elves lead the way to free souvenir holiday photo frames available at the Queen’s Quay Terminal. $12; call 416-203-0178 or visit here for cruise times and tickets.

Canada’s Best New Attractions for Summer 2011

Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

For travellers planning their summer trips in Canada this year, the regional editors of Where magazine have released their top picks for summer travel. The winners of Where Canada’s Best New Attractions for Summer 2011 represent the most exciting attractions – new, significantly improved, or celebrating major milestones this year. A diverse group of attractions from coast to coast, this year’s winners offer a wide range of activities and events suitable for any family, art lover, sports fanatic, nature lover or adventurer. Together, these attractions serve as the top must-see and must-dos for anyone travelling in Canada this summer. (more…)

Essential to Toronto: The Action’s at Harbourfront

Photo by Mark Bradshaw

Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, Harbourfront Centre is a vibrant hub for family activities and cultural happenings. More than 4,000 events take place here annually, from contemporary theatre and music at the Enwave Theatre—including two performances by songstress Sarah Slean with the Art of Time Ensemble (May 24 and 25)—to visual arts exhibitions at The Power Plant, plus film screenings, readings and more. In warm weather, visitors can stroll the boardwalk, and children can take a spin on the artificial Natrel Kinder Rink year-round. After working up an appetite, enjoy a casual bite at Lakeside Eats restaurant or the World Café, which offers international cuisine throughout the summer. And don’t forget to stop by the Centre Shop for unique Canadian crafts and design products to take home with you.

Hot Entertainment: Santa’s Super Ship

Celebrate with Santa on a Mariposa Cruise

DECEMBER 4, 11, 18 & 31 Celebrate the season with dinner and dancing on the water, courtesy of Mariposa Cruises. Families can visit with jolly St. Nick on the 5th Annual Santa Cruise while adults can partake in the Holiday Dinner Cruise for a “Winter Wonderland” feast of such dishes as roast turkey and prime rib, then cut a rug on one of two dance floors. Or, ring in 2011 with the ever-popular New Year’s Eve Gala Cruise—the gleaming Toronto skyline provides the backdrop for an unforgettable night. Departs from Queen’s Quay Terminal, Santa Cruise 10:30 a.m., $10, Holiday Dinner Cruise 7 p.m., $72.95, New Year’s Eve Cruise 8 p.m., $124.95; call 416-203-0178 or click here for more information and to book.