Pop-Up Canada will promote play in the provinces
Representatives of Ontario will be Downtown next week in an effort to show there is more to the province than water running over a cliff at Niagara Falls.
“It is definitely a gateway,” Monique Smith says of the falls. “But once people are up here, they discover there is far more. From Toronto to the great outdoors, there is something for everyone.”
Smith, an Ontario representative in Washington, D.C., will be joining a chef, wine experts and guides to fishing and the outdoors at Pop-Up Canada at 623 Smithfield St. from April 7 to 11. Ontario envoys will be there the first three days, joining Quebec and Alberta in promotion of tourism, education and trade matters.
The program is being put together by the consul general in New York City, and the pop-up here is the only one in Pennsylvania.
“We want to get people to pop up for a visit,” Smith says.
There are 11 million American visitors to Ontario each year, she says. Records from 2011 say 425,000 of them came from Pennsylvania.
“It is an easy trip,” Smith says. “It's only four hours to Niagara Falls. Seven to Toronto.”
There is a big range of activities in the province, Canada's most populous. From the culture, restaurants, shopping and sports of Toronto, a visitor can head north to Algonquin Provincial Park for a near-wilderness experience. The plays of the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake are near one of the province's four wine regions, she adds. Plus, the nearness to lakes Ontario and Erie create great beach trips.
Pop-Up Canada will include:
• A visit by chef Greg Waters from Northern Edge Algonquin, a retreat near the park, who will offer delicacies from the wilds.
• Staffers from Cave Springs Cellars, a winery on the Niagara Peninsula. That region is joined by those in the greater Toronto area, Prince Edward County east of the city, and what is known as the South Shore Area alongside Lake Erie.
• A fishing simulator and information on fly-fishing areas.
• Demonstrations of EdgeWalk , a hands-free trip around the top floor of the 446-foot-tall CN Tower in Toronto in which adventurers are attached by harnesses as they take their circular routes.
Included are raffles for a weekend trip to Toronto, Niagara Falls and for outdoor adventures.
Bob Karlovits is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 412-320-7852.
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