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The Glengarry Highland Games – Find your inner Scot!
South Eastern Ontario is alive with four seasons of festival fun to stimulate your sense of adventure. Communities all along The Great Waterway host live music and theatre festivals. Regattas take to the waters of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, and foodies will love sampling food and agricultural fairs. Visit the Kinsmen Lift-Off Hot Air Balloon Festivals in Cornwall.
A scenic-country drive immerses you in the local Scottish heritage at the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville. Every August since 1948, Highlanders have come together for the competitions to see who has the best bagpipe lungs and fiddling fingers. Traditional dance and sporting events add to the Glengarry Highland Games’ traditional feel.
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Catch the spray of speedboats at the 1000 Islands Poker Run
For a faster pace, come to Kingston in early August for the 1000 Islands Poker Run – three days of competition among beefed-up powerboats from all over Canada. With so much happening in Kingston, foodie events for ‘locavores’ and impromptu entertainment from street buskers add to the magic feel of midsummer nights. On the north shore of Lake Ontario south west of Kingston, the communities and wineries of
Prince Edward County offer lively events of their own. Try the pesto-stuffed ribs and regional wines at the Picton Food Festival accompanied by live jazz. Picton is also home to the Festival Players, who bring Canadian drama to life under the stars at area venues. Wherever and whenever you are in South Eastern Ontario, festivals and concerts are always happening somewhere close by.