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Family Attractions Reopening Across Ontario

Royal Ontario Museum

Welcome back! After all the closures we’ve had to announce, it’s a pleasure to be able to share with our readers news about family attractions reopening across the province. Some of these locations are open now, while others have dates set for early to mid July. All these venues will have new safety protocols in place, and some have limited what you will be able to take part in while you are there. Most have made online tickets mandatory, along with face coverings. Please visit the websites for full details on what you can expect when you visit.

As of July 7, 2020 Face masks are mandatory in Toronto at indoor commercial spaces, as well as outdoors when social distancing is not possible. This by-law also goes into effect over the next week in Peel, York Region, Durham Region and Simcoe County.

Bata Shoe Museum

The Bata Shoe Museum (BSM) will officially re-open on July 15. With an international collection of over 14,000 shoes, there’s so much to explore. In order to highlight different aspects of the collections, the museum will offer three changing exhibitions as well as one semi-permanent exhibition so that each visit offers new and fascinating for everyone to experience. New safety measures include online ticket sales, extra cleaning and sanitizing throughout the museum, lower capacity, and reduced hours. Visit their website for details on how to purchase advance tickets and other helpful information about our new guidelines and protocols. batashoemuseum.ca


The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) has announced it will re-open to the public starting Saturday, July 11. With new health and safety measures in place, visitors will soon be able to reconnect with one another through art, culture, and nature in a welcoming and safe environment. ROM Members have advance access to the Museum beginning Thursday, July 9. rom.on.ca

Scenic Caves

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures reopened to the public on June 23. The scenic destination is perched atop the Niagara Escarpment on 370 unspoiled acres of natural beauty. Park admission includes access to it’s new hiking trail centre offering 15 km of one way, well marked trails, Southern Ontario’s longest Suspension Bridge, and the Caves/Crevasse trail network. sceniccaves.com


The Art Gallery of Ontario reopens on July 2 to AGO Members and Annual Pass Holders and on July 23 to everyone purchasing single tickets. Members will be able to book timed-entry tickets starting June 25 and Annual Pass Holders starting June 26. Timed-entry single tickets can be purchased starting July 16. ago.ca

Hockey Hall of Fame

The Hockey Hall of Fame home to the Stanley Cup, will reopen it’s doors to the public on July 15 at a reduced capacity. Guests will be required to wear a face mask, rubber gloves and use stylus pens for interactive exhibits (all items will be provided). Shut Out and Shoot Out games will be temporarily closed. hhof.com

CN Tower

The CN Tower welcomes guests back to the observation levels starting July 15, 2020. The CN Tower will be open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Timed tickets go on sale online July 1. EdgeWalk is accepting bookings for Walks beginning August 1. cntower.ca

Casa Loma

Casa Loma will be reopening for general admission on June 26 – Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30am to 5:00pm. Last admission at 4.30pm. casaloma.ca

African Lion Safari

African Lion Safari announced that its drive through Game Reserves, situated on 250 acres, would open to the public on June 9. Guests have the opportunity to get closer to majestic birds and animals from around the world, as they drive along 9 kilometers of trail in the comfort of their own vehicle. There will be no access to the splash pad, walking areas, picnic areas, tours and presentations for the summer season. Tickets must be purchased online. lionsafari.com


York Durham Heritage Railways reopens on July 3rd with new safety protocols in place, and a 40% reduction in seating on coaches. YDHR will have hand sanitizers throughout our grounds, and visitors older than 4 years of age must wear a mask. Visitors will also be tested for any kind of fever at the gate. Join them for Heritage Days and Summer High Tea. www.ydhr.ca

Treetop Trekking

Spend an unforgettable day with Canada’s leader in zip line adventure parks and unique forest adventures! Treetop Trekking has now opened its parks in Barrie, Ganaraska, Hamilton, and Stouffville. Brampton opens July 1st. The parks will have reduced capacity and smaller group sizes in all activity areas, reservations will be required, outdoor check-in at all parks with plexiglass or other barriers, digital waivers that can be filled out on your smartphone, touch-free payment, enhanced sanitizing and rest periods for equipment. treetoptrekking.com

Ripleys Aquarium Toronto

With 20,000 aquatic animals and North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is now open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The aquarium is asking guests to wear face masks, follow social distancing markers, and all tickets must be purchased online. Some areas will remain closed. ripleyaquariums.com/canada

Toronto Railway Museum

Reopening on July 1st, The Toronto Railway Museum is dedicated to preserving the physical legacy, history and experience of rail transportation in Toronto and Ontario. Two, new guided tours will operate as well as the museum space in Stall 17. The Mini Train, Train Simulator, and Don Station Gift Shop will not open at this time. All visitors to the museum must pre-book a timed tour ticket. Access to the museum in Stall 17 is included in the tour price. torontorailwaymuseum.com

The Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo will reopen to members only June 27. Safety protocols include advanced purchased timed ticketing, one-way walking routes, mandatory face coverings inside pavilions for visitors 2 years and up. Some attractions will remain closed. torontozoo.com

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory has reopened it’s 25,000 square foot facility and 10,800 square foot indoor tropical garden featuring 1000’s of free flying butterflies from all over the world, over 100 different varieties of tropical plants, waterfalls, streams, reflecting pools, tropical finches, Chinese painted quails and red-eared slider turtles. Timed Tickets and face masks are required for all visitors and members. Face masks are optional within the tropical greenhouse. cambridgebutterfly.com

The Gardiner Museum

The Gardiner Museum will reopen exclusively to Gardiner Friends and Get Acquainted cardholders from July 7-10. This will be followed by two days of FREE ADMISSION for all members of the public on July 11&12. As of July 13, the museum will return to normal hours and admission prices. See website for safety protocols. gardinermuseum.on.ca

Rounds Ranch

Rounds Ranch located near Elmvale reopens to the public on June 27th. Things will be a bit a different this year in the interests of safety, but there is still plenty of fun for families on the popular fun farm! roundsranch.com

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