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Summer is just around the corner and you don’t have to go far from Treetops to enjoy it! Alliston is full of family-friendly activities, parks and places to visit that are nearby Treetops. So, whether you want to get outdoors and explore the beautiful green spaces this community has to offer, or you want to discover some new local foods and talent, take a look at our top picks for Summer 2018 below!

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Take Advantage of the Lush Provincial Parks In and Around Alliston

Forks of the Credit and Earl Rowe provincial parks are just a couple great destinations to enjoy for the day or as an overnight camping trip. Earl Rowe has beautiful self guided hiking trails including one paved trail for accessibility The park provides canoeing, swimming and fishing, group campsites and RV camping. Their fish ladder is a great place to view salmon and trout spawning. Forks of the Credit is on the famous Bruce Trail. It offers stunning views on their hiking trails and has a quaint little picnic area complete with tables to enjoy a lovely meal in the outdoors. It’s also a great spot for fishing and is very popular in the winter for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. For a full list of provincial parks click below.

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Indulge in Local Foods and Entertainment at the Annual Festivals

There’s no better way to get to know your own community than by attending a festival for some good ole fashioned fun, food, shopping and entertainment! Luckily the area surrounding Treetops is home to a number of Simcoe County’s most highly anticipated summer events -- many of which offer local craft vendors indulgent fair foods like funnel cakes, home-made pies, BBQ and craft beers plus live performances and activities! It’s a great way to connect with your fellow community members and neighbours.

In nearby Cookstown, the 32nd Annual Wing Ding takes place the first weekend of June. It’s a giant garage sale festival that consists of over 100 local vendors, crafts, foods and great deals! Just for the record, it’s not named after chicken wings. Its name was derived from the definition of a “wing ding” which is “a lavish or lively party or celebration”.

Alliston’s Inaugural Ribfest takes place June 8-10th at Riverdale Park. Enjoy award-winning BBQ smoked ribs and a variety of your favorite festival foods. There will be plenty of activities including a kids zone with jumping castles, face painting, a marketplace, plus live music and entertainment all weekend long.

The Alliston Potato Festival has been consecutively selected as one of the Top 100 Festivals to visit in Ontario! Taking place Aug 11-13th this year, the long running festival features a parade, a large midway, laser tag, science center, creature and canine agility show, poker tournaments, classic car show and of course, live music and entertainment all weekend long. For the 2018 Simcoe County Events Guide click the link below.

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Treat the Kids to a Family Fun Pass

You never have to be cooped up in your home with the Nottawasaga Resort located next door to Treetops! The Resort offers a Family Fun Pass on long weekends that features a variety of family-friendly activities including: a jaw dropping 100ft waterslide and tropical rainforest themed indoor swimming pool! Or try a round of action packed, Jungle Quest mini golf. This 18 hole, par 36, course takes you through winding paths of lush terrain while trying to get the perfect hole in one. Additionally, their Games Room is like no other. This interactive and retro space offers classic video games like Pac Man that test your gaming abilities. There’s nothing better than a little family competition, right? Throughout each holiday long weekend, Family Fun Passes can be purchased for morning, afternoon and evening sessions that includes swimming and a round of mini-golf for a family of four at just $55.95.

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PICK YOUR OWN PRODUCE AT MURPHY’S FARM

The kids will love the thrill of finding the perfect berries to pick and of course, filling their bellies with them! Murphy’s Farm Market is located right here in Alliston and grows a variety of fruits and vegetable options for you to pick. After spending a couple of hours hunting for the ripest strawberries or fattest sweet peas, let the kids burn some energy in their Fun Farm that includes a giant castle climber and slide, sandbox, duck races, an obstacle course and more! The smell of freshly baked pies and goodies will draw you into their Bakery where you can purchase homemade fresh bread, pies, tarts, biscuits and granola. By visiting a local farm instead of the grocery store, you're not only supporting the families that run them, you're also treating yourself to homegrown goodness. For a full list of pick your own produce in season visit click below.

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From Festivals to Farms, you don’t have to leave Alliston to have a great summer! For more information about what’s happening near your Treetops neighbourhood, be sure to follow our Facebook page for recipes, decor tips and local event listings!