Arts and culture lovers know that time and time again, Vaughan’s thriving scene more than satisfies and there’s a seemingly endless stream of entertainment activities. This fast-paced and fast-growing city located just north of Toronto can indulge any visitor’s agenda, making it the perfect getaway location.
No visit to Vaughan is complete without a taste of Woodbridge’s Market Lane. This heritage district offers the eye a streetscape full of historic buildings and character, but even more tastefully the district serves up Italian fare to satisfy any appetite. If you’re visiting in late June or early July, you may also be able to catch some Italian film on the big screen during Vaughan’s Italian Contemporary Film Festival, which showcases an average of 10 films per day across 3 venues.
Theatre enthusiasts will be pleased to know the City Playhouse Theatre is likely putting on a lively show, with an annual average of more than 15 productions to choose from. Vaughan Concerts in the Park will sound like music to your ears if you enjoy hearing free professional concerts featuring musical acts ranging from Queen tribute bands to all-star big bands. For a taste of award-winning local wine, take a tour of Magnotta Winery, a state-of-the art facility where you can take part in a tasting and shop the retail store’s many selections, including beer, spirits, gourmet foods and of course, wine.
A full line-up of festivals makes Vaughan an exciting place to be anytime of year. Join the CariVaughan Caribbean Street Festival celebrations in August for enlivened calypso and reggae music, dance performances, and a variety of food and local artisan vendors. Or stop by for the Lions Maplefest for carnival rides, fireworks or to visit with friends at the beer tent. For an afternoon of cultural proportions, join Vaughan for Culture Days and celebrate the city’s diverse and multi-talented cultural background.
Serious shoppers won’t want to miss browsing the stores of Vaughan Mills, where leading brands and outlet stores pack the mall corridors, and family-fun activities including bowling and LEGOLAND Discover Centre provide wholesome entertainment options. Reptilia, the reptile and amphibian zoo just north of Vaughan makes for another interesting family stop, where you can learn about venomous and non-venomous creatures among the 53 habitat exhibits. Special flashlight tours are available for a real glimpse into the life of the nocturnal residents.
Vaughan is also home to Canada’s premier amusement park – Canada’s Wonderland. Kids of all ages (and big kids, too) will find hours of entertainment among the thrill rides, family rides and waterpark. Conquer one of the world’s biggest and fastest roller coasters and after your stomach settles, grab a bite to eat at one of the snack carts or take a stroll through the life-sized dinosaur park.
For a park setting that’s more in tune with the natural environment, hikers, walkers, and cyclists can find the first 3.5 kilometre phase of the Humber Trail in Vaughan, as well as the longer, 15-kilometre Bartley Smith Greenway Trail. The latter trail winds past Langstaff EcoPark and a valley with new marshlands which many animals including beavers, coyotes, foxes and turtles call home. Nature lovers should also check out Boyd Conservation Area, connected to both the Humber Trail and Bartley Smith Greenway Trail, for an afternoon of picnicking and bird watching in the peaceful Humber River Valley.