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It’s summer. And as each of us plan our getaways, day trips and vacations, I would like to take a moment to share some thoughts on how fortunate I believe that we as Canadians are to enjoy the freedoms many of us now take for granted. Those freedoms have been safeguarded, and continue to be protected, by the dedicated men and women who serve in the Canadian Forces. I recently had the honour of visiting with some of these men and women while accompanying Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin, Commander of the Canadian Army, on a Middle East tour that took us to Israel, the West Bank, the Golan Heights and Afghanistan. In each of these areas, our soldiers are doing a remarkable job of helping others make their part of the world a better place in which to live. Along the way, we met a young corporal who talked of training Afghans by establishing trust and respect. Instead of telling them what to do, he explained, his role was to mentor and coach. Our soldiers are proving themselves empathetic and able to build bonds that create change in people’s minds and hearts. In the coming months, there will be events to mark important anniversaries in our military history. The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this September, and I am very honoured to be serving as Honorary Colonel of this renowned regiment. The RHLI, along with other Canadian soldiers, will be further remembered in August during events to mark the 70th anniversary of the disastrous Dieppe raid that cost more than 900 Canadian soldiers’ lives – 197 of them from the RHLI. And finally, there are numerous events commemorating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Look for details on events from Niagara to Kingston in a special feature, Defending our Border, on page 20. Take a moment to recognize the people past and present who have made this the best country in the world. And best wishes for a safe and happy summer!

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By Sandy Shores

Summertime just wouldn’t be the same without a beach chair, a good book and a bag full of sand toys for the kids. Welcome to summer in Ontario, the best time to take advantage of all our big, beautiful beaches (most of which are free). With thousands of lakes in the province, chances are good that you live within a short drive of one of these sandy paradises. So what are you waiting for? Make today a beach day!

Sauble Beach is a summer hotspot and it’s easy to see why – it’s packed with adventure and perfect for thrill-seeking families. Whether it’s a visit to the Sauble Fun World amusement park, a round of mini-golf at one of several local courses, hitting the arcades or taking in the action at the Sauble Speedway on Saturday nights, the hardest part will be deciding what to do first! Don’t forget the beach, tucked along the shores of Lake Huron and perfect for little ones still getting used to the water.

The Lutz family of Toronto has been spending their summers in Southampton near Sauble Beach for 28 years, and to say it has become a family tradition is an understatement. “It is a very special place, and it has become part of our family,” says Lois Lutz. “Not only is it beautiful, it offers something for everyone – our children have loved coming here at every stage of their lives.” Her son, Ryan, says it has “the best sunsets in the world.” Ryan plans to continue the family tradition of “Sauble summers” by bringing his own children there.

“The sense of community is outstanding, whether you’re a local, a cottager, or just visiting the beach for the day,” he says. “It’s so welcoming and it’s the perfect spot for families.” The Lutz family also takes advantage of local tennis courts and spectacular golf courses. “We just love that it’s still the same Sauble,” says Lois. “Of course business has grown and there is so much for families to do, but it still has the same summer feeling that means the world to us.”

Turkey Point is a family favourite, with many families returning to rent the same cottages year after year. The natural bay found here on the shores of Lake Erie makes this a perfect beach for beginning swimmers – the warm water is a plus, too! Access to the beach is through Turkey Point Provincial Park, which also offers camping facilities a

short drive away. Eco-friendly families will love the hiking trails, hatchery pond and stunning views from the bluffs. If you’re up for a round of golf after a day at the beach, Turkey Point is the perfect place – it’s the only provincial park with a golf course and rates start at just $10. Club rentals are even free for those camping in the park!

Here’s a hint for escaping the crowds – instead of turning left at the beach into the main parking areas, turn right and follow the road to the end. Go left, and left again at the beach. Find parking at this end, and you can stake out a section of beach ignored by the masses.

Toronto offers 11 fantastic beach options for families, with Woodbine Beach and the Toronto Island two of the most popular picks. Woodbine is just 15 minutes from downtown and located next to blocks of family-friendly shops and restaurants along Queen

Street East. The beach is long and sandy and kids love playing in the mild waves served up by Lake Ontario. There is even a wooden boardwalk and a paved trail, so accessing the beach with strollers is a snap. Take in a beach volleyball

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adjacent to the beach. There are even canoe and kayak rentals available at the east end of the beach so you can explore the lake at your own pace. Kids love the free playground and parents love the lifeguards! Check the water quality first: Jump on the ferry to one of four beaches on the Toronto Island for a totally different experience. Wading pools are close by and the beaches have lifeguards. Plus, kids love Centreville Amusement Park (, which boasts over 30 rides! Don’t miss Franklin’s Children’s Garden, the garden inspired by the popular children’s book character, Franklin the Turtle. End the day at the Gibraltar Point lighthouse, built in 1808. It’s the oldest surviving lighthouse on the Great Lakes.

Make no mistake – the lure of Wasaga Beach is its 14-kilometre long shore and its golden sand hugging Georgian Bay. Plan to head in June to catch Beachfest (June 23-24), which features buskers, beach games and live entertainment – all for free! Go fishing in the nearby Nottawasaga river, rent a boat, or cycle through more than 10 kilometres of park beach trails.

If you’re looking for stunning sunsets, this stretch of golden beach on Lake Huron won’t disappoint. Grand Bend is a tradition – kids love it for the plethora of ice cream stands and beach stores along Main Street, and parents love the hum of activity during the day and the serene parklands

at night. In fact, many have fond memories of coming to Grand Bend as children and that’s why they return year after year with their own families.

many amenities and wide, private campsites. “There is always so much going on in Grand Bend and it’s one of the few places where every generation happily coexists!” she laughs. “The population Londoner Justine Downing just explodes in the summer remembers summer days in because everyone comes to Grand Bend as a teenager. “It was always a popular spot have a good time, whether but back then it wasn’t nearly it’s to go camping, play on the beach, cycle or even as built-up,” she says. “Now they have everything and it’s just have lunch.” Downing a dream for parents! It’s just a spends her beach time with great destination at any age.” long walks along the nearly 50 continuous kilometres of Downing recommends the beautiful shore. beachside campsites at Pinery Provincial Park for young families because of its

Port Stanley’s Main Beach on Lake Erie is the perfect place for kids and parents alike; mom and dad will love walking along the long shore carved into clay cliffs, while kids will love the huge, sandy beach and the legendary French fries and Orangeade at Mackie’s. Buoys define a swimming-only section next to the pier, keeping boats at bay. There are also free volleyball and basketball courts, not to mention swings and a picnic pavilion – all right on the beach! Après-swim, fill up at G.T.’s on the Beach for a casual dinner, or cruise the strip for cute beach boutiques and cafes.

The main attractions at this provincial park on the shores of Lake Ontario are the giant sand dunes, which lead to two of the largest freshwater sandbars in the world. The park boasts three beaches –

Sandbanks, Outlet and Dunes Beach – but the real perk is that Sandbanks also provides campsites, so families can rest a while and take it all in. Book ahead for July and August sites as they

fill up quickly! And it’s no wonder why – the scenery is spectacular and the water’s fine for little ones as it tends to be shallow and calm. sand.html

By Victoria Ford

The Grand River has many faces, offering a variety of summer experiences as it flows more than 300 kilometres throughout southwestern Ontario from the highlands of Durham County to Port Maitland on Lake Erie.

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It was June, 200 years ago, that the United States declared war on Great Britain, setting up dramatic battles as Britain defended against attacks being launched across what is now the Ontario-U.S. border from Niagara to Kingston. This year Canada is celebrating the Bicentennial of the war that defined our nation, with numerous events as well as upgrades to facilities. It’s the perfect opportunity to step back to a time when British Empire Loyalists defended their territory along with British troops and Aboriginals. One of the great heroines of that war was a young woman named Laura Secord, who lived in Queenston with her husband James when the war broke out. Her trek through the wilderness to warn the British of an impending American attack was one of the great turning points of the war. Her homestead in the tiny town of Queenston offers an historic step back into Laura’s world of the early 19th century. “Laura is famous for her heroic walk , but most people have only a vague idea what it was about,” explains museum curator Melissa Bottomley. “By the time they leave the museum they have a far greater appreciation for this woman’s strength.” Laura’s strength came to the fore on October 13, 1812, when Americans crossed the Niagara River and attacked Queenston Heights, the dominating plateau that overlooks the Secord home. As a member of the militia,

her husband James was heavily involved in the fighting. In the fading sun word reached Laura that the British had won but that James was missing. Laura found him shot through the shoulder and knee, in agonizing pain and unable to move. She brought him home where she nursed him back to health. “James’ wounds were still healing when the Americans invaded again the following spring, and Laura was forced to perform even greater heroics,” says Melissa with obvious admiration for the woman. “She overheard American plans to surprise the British forces. She left well before sunrise on an oppressively hot day. Her clothing was soon soaked with sweat, and at one point Laura lost her shoes. She continued her agonizing journey on bloodied feet. Finally, after having covered 32 kilometres, Laura saw the glow from British campfires in the distance. The British officers were shocked at her condition, but grateful for her news. Armed with foreknowledge of American intentions, they were able to ambush and defeat the American army. Laura received no recognition for her role in the victory. It was only in the century after her 1868 death, and largely due to the popularity of the chocolate company named in her honour, that Laura Secord became a household name. The Laura Secord Candy Company was also behind the Laura Secord Homestead museum.

“Laura’s home was a private residence until the 1960s. The chocolate company purchased the home and did extensive restoration to how it would have looked during Laura’s time. In 1972 it opened as a museum,” Melissa explains. “When the company passed into American hands in 1998 the museum was gifted to the Niagara Parks Commission.” With an eye towards the War of 1812 bicentennial, the Laura Secord Homestead has seen some exciting changes. There is a large new gift shop on site, and the previous gift-shop has been transformed into an exhibit space that currently depicts the role of women in war. In addition, an 1850s-era church has been moved onto the property from elsewhere in the village, providing visitors with a glimpse into another aspect of 19th century life. Learn more at No trip to the Laura Secord Homestead is complete without a side-trip to Queenston Heights, site of the battle that almost took James’s life. The beautiful park-like setting maintained by Niagara Parks Commission includes a monument to Laura Secord, interpretive trails that trace the see-saw fighting of two centuries earlier, and a fine restaurant. The highlight, however, is the towering Brock Monument, a spire dedicated to the memory of British General Sir Isaac Brock who fell on these grounds leading a counter-attack against the American invaders. Climb the stairs to the top of this edifice for an unforgettable panoramic view of the Niagara region. Not far away along the Niagara Parkway is Fort George, a National Historic Site that has been restored to the War of 1812 period when British soldiers, Canadian militiamen and Aboriginal peoples fought to ensure that Ontario was not annexed to the United States. Visitors can tour soldiers’ barracks, where wives and children share living space with the fighting men, or taste the luxury of the Officer’s Quarters where upper class English officers live a more elegant lifestyle. Special events this summer a Canada Day celebration on July 1 with music, food, fireworks musket and cannon firings. On July 14-15, Fort George is hosting a naval encampment with five tall ships (four Brigantines and a schooner- 1812 Squadron) along with 22 longboats and 200 naval re-enactors. On August 18-19, celebrate the 200th anniversary with a weekend-long event that will feature

military music by Fife and Drums Corps from Canada and the U.S. as well as a competition of 1812 drill teams from Fort George, Fort Malden, Fort York and Fort Erie, a collection of the premier 1812 military sites in Ontario. For more information on the Fort, which is open daily from May to October, visit The Canadian International Military Tattoo 2012 is an inspiring 2 1/2 -hour show of music, dancing, pipes and drums and military displays, with a special tribute this year to the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812. You’ll have to get past the sentries who guard the entrance to this military fortress, which was built from 1832 to 1837 to replacing an existing fortification from the War of 1812. On June 30, Fort Henry in partnership with the St. Lawrence Bicentennial Alliance presents Flight of the Royal George in celebration of the War of 1812. Head out to the hill on June 30th to witness an 1812 encampment, tour the new Discovery Centre and take part in our daily activities. Purchase a combo ticket to the event and also gain access to Fort Henry’s Evening Military Tattoo starting at 7:30 PM on June 30th. A small Naval Reenactment will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., prior to the Tattoo. Through July and August, celebrate the creation of Canada. It’s July 1867 and Canada has just become a singular nation within the British Empire. Every Wednesday and Sunday evenings the World Heritage Sunset Ceremonies at Fort Henry light up the stage with canons ablaze and bayonets at hand! Celebrate Canada’s 145th year by paying tribute to its grand history. The town of Ganonoque served as a supply depot throughout the War of 1812. Americans burned the warehouse of military supplies in the fall of 1812 A businessman and officer in the Gananoque area on the St. Lawrence, Joel Stone served through the war getting supplies and watching the border. The community celebrates its role in the war Aug. 24 – 26 with breakfasts, encampments and re-enactments and even a naval battle.


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The cold morning air is biting at my cheeks as I swing my Harley in behind two bikers at Upper James and Highway 6. We’re all heading south, and we know the final destination without talking. It’s Friday the 13th, and Port Dover is like Mecca to bikers from far and wide. There are three Friday the 13ths in 2012 – the first was in February, this one in April with the grand finale coming on July 13, a day that is expected to be the biggest Friday the 13th ever. The +1C temperature feels much colder on my face as the growl of more than 1600 ccs of Harley power takes me to 80 kilometres an hour, powering me through the spreading suburbs and farm fields between Hamilton and Caledonia. I’ve rented my Harley – a bright-red, shiny new Ultra Classic – from Rocky’s Harley-Davidson in London. It’s my first Harley and the biggest

bike I’ve ever ridden – I’m in heaven. I avoid the Highway 6 bypass designed to take traffic around Caledonia because I want to see how Friday the 13th impacts the town. I’m not surprised to see the town’s lone Tim Horton’s parking lot crowded with chrome and leather. For bikers, hot coffee on a cold morning is like honey to a bee. I park my bike, and walk over to a group whose bikes catch my attention because of the trailers they are hauling. “This one’s a Hummer and the other’s a Corvette,” says Hamilton native Norm Doucette, who drives giant industrial trucks at Arcelor-Mittal (Dofasco) when he’s not on his bike. He and and his buddies, including Jim Hahn

of Brantford (“my company makes the signs for Pioneer stations”), have been coming to Friday the 13th rallies for years. Why? It’s a good reason to get out, we like hanging out there, why not? That’s about the closest I can come to the ‘why’ of this migration. No one seems to know how it started, but they keep coming back. While Norm and his group get organized, I stow away my gear and head for Hagersville. The countryside is coming to life as the sun rises higher in the sky. Horses skitter across a field to my right, while cattle laze about in another. We pass by the most famous landmark on this stretch of highway – Hewitt’s Dairy Bar. For 50 years, it has been a Mecca in its own right, drawing city folk in for a taste of its famous ice cream. No bikes there yet, though. They’ll get the traffic when everyone heads back. My first stop in Hagersville is another Tim Hortons where I meet up with Wally Wydysz of Caledonia and his riding partner, Amy Wiltshire. They’re excited – it’s a perfect day for riding, albeit a little chilly right now. I explain my mission for ROAM magazine, and Wally excitedly tells me he just filled up at the Pioneer station in town. He shows me his well-worn Bonus Bucks card and I reward him with a pair of Pioneer sunglasses. Down the street, I meet up with Deb Tomporowski, on duty at the Hagersville Pioneer. “I’ve been here for two years, so I’ve been through this before. It’s busy this morning – lots of bikers coming in the store to get warm. The washroom’s also been on a revolving door.” I can hear the roar of bikes on the street outside – it’s almost 10:30 and the street is alive with motorcycles of all descriptions making their way through town. I thank Deb for her help, and mount my Harley to join the stream. Now I feel like I’m part of something – there must be 50 bikers ahead of me, and a swarm just as large behind.

Before long I can see the flashing lights of what turns out to be a police blockade at St. Johns Road (Highway 3). Visitors in cars are turned aside to a parking area where they can take a shuttle into town. Those of us on bikes are apparently VIPs today, waved through by smiling OPP officers (I wonder if they aren’t a little envious!). Our now-seemingly endless line of motorcycles moves ever closer to our destination, passing by Steve Travale’s house (he’s been welcoming bikers to Friday the 13th since retiring to Port Dover 10 years ago), and onto the lift-bridge that links the core of the town to the outside world. Ahead I can see we are being detoured away from the downtown core, and we wind through backstreets past hundreds, maybe thousands, of parked bikes. It’s only 11 a.m. but already I can see parking will be a challenge. Local residents post signs offering parking for bikers at a price ($10 to $15 seems to be the going rate), while others offer camping spots. I’m determined to find a free place to park. I do, on a backstreet about three blocks off the main drag. When I reach Main Street, I am greeted by a carnival atmosphere – bikers of all sizes and descriptions are walking up and down Main Street, checking out the array of motorcycles parked on both sides and down the middle. At the Arbor, staff are feverishly busy dishing out the landmark’s famous foot-long hot dogs and fries. Police are kept busy controlling traffic at every intersection, and the crowds pulse up and down Main Street, and along Plank Road toward the beach. Looking back toward the lift bridge, I can see hundreds of bikers streaming across the river and past the police detour. I wonder where they will find a spot to park, and how many more people the tiny town can absorb. Before the day is over, the town of 6,000 will swell by more than 70,000. Despite what seems to me an incredible influx, Hank, who has been to a dozen or more of these, tells me this Friday the 13th is relatively quiet.



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ACROSS ONTARIO - Canada Day 2012- July 1

Whether you celebrate this monumental holiday in our nation’s capital or in your own backyard, Canada Day 2012 is sure to go off with a bang! For more information about Canada Day festivities in your region please contact your local municipality, or visit

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE – Summer 2012 Haunted Ghost Tours

If you like ghosts, 200-year-old Niagara-on-the-Lake is the place to be this summer. Chilling tours tell tales of headless soldiers, mysterious disappearances and the historic Angel Inn,which is reputedly haunted by Captain Colin Swayze who was killed in the Inn by American soldiers during the War of 1812.

SUDBURY – July 6-8 Music Under the Stars

Grab a blanket and a spot on the grass this summer with the annual Northern Lights Festival Boreal, a weekend-long event featuring some of Canada’s best folk musicians, including Joel Plaskett, Daniel Lanois, Peter Katz and Sierra Noble. Be sure to stop by the Northern Lights Arts Village for visual art displays and family activities.

TECUMSEH – July 8-11 The Year of the Dragon International Dragon Boat Festival

Race for a cure at the International Dragon Boat Festival is in its 10th anniversary year on Lake St. Clair. Features four days of races, food and drink with proceeds going to cancer research.

BELLEVILLE – July 12-15 Waterfront and Ethnic Festival

This family-oriented ethnically educational festival will take you on a trip around the world! The event is free. Parking is $2.

MOUNT FOREST – July 20-22 Festival of Fire

Visit the town of Mount Forest as it’s illuminated by the 12th annual Firework Festival, a weekend offering activities for the whole family. Catch a free outdoor flick at the park, or a thrilling ride at the

Albian Amusement Park!

TORONTO – July 21-22 Go BIG on Bloor

BIG on Bloor is celebrating the downtown community from Bloordale to Dufferin to Lansdown, featuring exhibitions and events from various cultures around the globe! Sample foods from some of the most famous and diverse restaurants in Toronto.

COLLINGWOOD – July 26 - 29 Elvisfest

Hundreds of “Elvis’s” (or is that Elvii?) flock to the Blue Mountains to pay tribute to the king of rock and roll in a weekend-long event that’s bursting with flare.

GUELPH – July 27 - 29 Hillside Festival

Book your tickets asap for this popular threeday music fest at Guelph Lake Conservation Area featuring everyone from the Arkells and Kathleen Edwards to Valdy and The Wooden Sky.

MISSISSAUGA – July 29 Teddy Bear Picnic

The 18th annual features an afternoon of storytelling, games, crafts and face painting. There are Teddy Bear Picnics throughout Ontario this summer, with proceeds benefiting various children’s hospitals and cultural initiatives.

BARRIE – August 3-6 Kids at Kempenfest

An annual event in Barrie every August long weekend, Kempenfest features over 400 arts and crafts exhibitions, live music and a midway.

MILTON – August 4-6 The Pirate Festival

The town of Milton is blazing full sails ahead with the 5th Annual Pirate Festival. Catch the Mud Show, discover the Personal Power of Palmistry or visit Macfie’s Wizard Shop.

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HAMILTON – August 6 Westfield Heritage Village Annual Ice Cream Festival

Experience the fun and nostalgia of ice cream in pioneer, Victorian and Edwardian times at the historic Westfield Heritage Village. Event features live music, horse and wagon rides, games and living history.

SAUBLE BEACH – August 10-12 Sandfest

The celebrations are in full swing Saturday morning with the annual car show and sandcastle-building contests! The fun continues in the evening with live music featuring the hits of ABBA and a children’s PJ party on the beach!

WOODSTOCK – August 12-13 Cowapolooza!

Cowapolooza celebrates the rich heritage of “Dairy Capital of Canada”, featuring classic events like the soapbox derby, cow milking contest, strongman and woman competitions and live entertainment.

DUNDAS – August 17-19 Cactus Festival

The Dundas Cactus Festival is back in its 37th year and features three stages of live entertainment, an amusement park, a parade and appearances by your favorite cartoon characters.

WINONA – August 24-26 Peach Festival

The Winona Peach Festival is a wonderful way to get out of the city and spend time educating your children on your local farmers and the fruits and veggies they are producing. Plus there’s peaches and ice cream, live entertainment, arts and crafts, a car show and a midway!

OWEN SOUND – August. 24-SEPT. 2 Salmon Spectacular

The annual Salmon Spectacular Fishing Derby is back with an exciting week of competition for the fishers in your family.

WINDSOR - August 25-26 Balloonapalooza!

The festival is unique to Windsor and features over 80 gigantic cold air balloons taking form of your children’s favorite TV characters! Hitch a ride on the trackless Mini Express or stroll down Animation Alley to spot Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber from Veggie Tales!


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STRATFORD – September 8-9 Stratford Garlic Festival

If you’ve ever eaten Ontario grown garlic, you know why it’s the best. The festival features two full days of events, over 100 vendors, and the infamous garlic fudge.

HAMILTON – September 14-15 Arts Supercrawl

The culmination of monthly arts crawls, the Arts Supercrawl brings in thousands for arts displays, installations and live entertainment in the city’s emerging James Street North district. And it’s all free!

HALIBURTON – September 29 Colourfest

Colourfest is a day to celebrate local businesses, Georgian Bay heritage and the colours of the season. Traditional fall fair activities include a vintage car show; corn roast and pumpkin guess-the-weight contest, all taking place down the scarecrow-lined streets.

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Few experiences are more satisfying than the first hint of barbecued goodness on a spring evening following a long winter. For me, barbecued meat is the smell that best defines summer. By Chelsea Hellings

The technique of barbecuing meat is one of the oldest cooking methods in the world – in the form we know it within North America – which migrated from Caribbean culture. In Ontario, the annual Rib Festival or Rib Fest goes back more than two decades in some regions (the London Rib Fest has been ongoing since 1985). These festivals are the best place to experience the results of tried-and-tested barbecuing methods from prize-winning ribbers. Get ready to have your senses assaulted – smoke pouring from grilltops covered in racks of ribs slathered with sauces ranging from tangy and sweet to downright sizzling hot will greet you as soon as you hit the gate. Admission to Rib Fests is normally free, but be prepared to spend on food and drinks because that’s the main attraction. The ribbers are there to put on a show, and to dazzle your taste buds. Be sure to wander around and check out each rib stand before making your choice. Look for evidence of previous awards, particularly those who have won the coveted People’s Choice Award. Each year, new Rib Fests are established and the crowds are growing with them. Last year,

If you want to impress family and friends with fall-off-the-bone succulent ribs, here are some backyard tips from top ribbers on the circuit.

Tip #1: “Low and slow” This is a popular tip, but an important one. The method of cooking meat for long periods of time on low heat is indicative of southern-style barbecue, and ensures the meat is so tender it falls off the bone.

Tip #2: “Fruit woods are more forgiving for non-experienced ribbers” Although I couldn’t get Rob Butler of Horn Dawgs BBQ (www. to give me any secrets about their trademark sauce (available for sale) he told me to opt for a fruit wood rather than a hickory or mesquite wood to give the ribs a sweeter flavor even if over-smoked. Check out their website to find them this summer! And a special ROAM tip for those who can’t wait that long: there is a Horn Dawgs BBQ booth at the Pickering Food Market every Saturday and Sunday (9 to 5 p.m.)! Tip #3: “Buy your ribs from a butcher you trust” The quality of the meat is where it all begins.

more than 350,000 rib enthusiasts attended the Sparks Street Rib Fest in Ottawa. More than 150,000 pounds of ribs were sold on Labour Day weekend at Canada’s largest Rib Fest in Burlington! To put that into perspective, the maximum legal weight of an 18-wheel transport truck is 80,000 pounds. That’s a lot of ribs!! And most Rib Fests are raising money for charitable organizations, so you can digest those tasty morsels knowing it’s all for a great cause. The Rotary Clubs of Etobicoke and Burlington Lakeshore have each donated more than $2 million to community charities over the last 11 and 15 years, respectively. Professional ribbers participate in the Rib Fest circuit from May to September competing for top prizes for best ribs, best chicken, best sauce, and the People’s Choice award as voted by festival attendees (that’s you!). Cook-off teams from across North America enter the competition vying for these top prizes (you’ll see the trophies at each ribber’s stand, put there to help sway you to their line-up). While the succulent ribs always top the event as the main attraction, there are other delicious eats like funnel cakes and corn on the cob to keep everyone in the family happy. Beyond the food vendors and beer tent, there is often live

entertainment, craft vendors and even fireworks shows. Many Rib Fests offer childrenfriendly activities such as face painting or arts and crafts. Canada’s Largest Rib Fest in Burlington offers an entire Kids’ Zone for the younger rib enthusiasts, and Waterdown’s Oh Canada Rib Fest even has a family movie night under the stars. Many of the events advertise free admission so this is an affordable family outing. Be aware that most Rib Fests do not allow pets, so leave your furry friends at home to avoid disappointment.

Stratford Kinsmen Club Rib Fest– June 22-24 North Scarborough Rotary Rib Fest – June 22-24

Kitchener Rib Fest – July 20-22 cfm Cornwall Rib Fest – July 27-29

Gananoque Family Rib Fest – June 28-July 1

Timmins Rotary Rib Fest – June 29-July 1.

Waterdown’s Oh Canada! Rotary Rib Fest – June 29-July 2

London Rib Festival – Aug. 2- 6

Toronto Rib Fest – Canada Day Weekend June 29-July 2 Chatham Rib Fest – July 6- 8 Amhurstburg Rib Fest – July 6-8

Brockville Big Brothers/Big Sisters Rib Fest – Aug. 9-12 Quinte Rib Fest – Aug. 10-12 Windsor Family Shows Rib Fest – Aug. 16-19 park_005.htm

Northumberland Rib Fest, Cobourg – Aug. 17-19 Gravenhurst Rib Fest – Aug. 22-24 Sudbury Rib Fest – Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Canada’s Largest Rib Fest, Burlington – Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2012 Aurora Rib Fest – Sept. 7-9 Owen Sound Rib Fest – Sept.14-16

By Gordon Green, ROAM Publisher Luis Espinoza is here on a mission – he wants to conquer his fear of heights. Tabatha Sasseville is fulfilling item #18 on her bucket list, as a memorial tribute to her uncle who died prematurely three years ago at the age of 51. Today would have been his 54th birthday. Kirsty Coulson of Burlington is doing it simply for the thrill.

swabs, metal detectors and gentle patdowns. The only personal belongings allowed on the ledge are glasses, and they’re secured with lanyards.

The three Grand Prize winners in our Great Ontario Bucket List Challenge are joining me atop the CN Tower for EdgeWalk on a gorgeous, sunny Victoria Day weekend. EdgeWalk is the ultimate thrillseeker’s attraction putting you outside the tower’s signature dome on a 1.5-metre-wide catwalk 116 storeys above the city.

Soon we are rushing upwards at 22 kilometres an hour as the Toronto harbourfront spreads out before us through the glass of the elevator car. Up top, we are tethered to the overhead harness rail and get a briefing on dos and don’ts on the ledge. The main things – keep both feet on the walkway at all times (no swinging! Got that Luis), and have fun. Walking onto the catwalk, the Toronto Harbour and Lake Ontario stretch out at our feet. The cheers of Blue

Before going up, there’s a series of tasks. First a breathalyzer (no drinkers allowed), then chemical

After donning red jumpsuits, we’re fitted with harnesses that will connect us to our lifelines . Luis is focusing on his yoga breathing while Kirsty fidgets nervously. Tabatha says she’s feeling calm – maybe it’s the influence of her uncle’s spirit she suggests.

Jays fans remind us that we are standing in the ultimate nosebleeds for the Rogers Centre. And ‘Daffy’, our guide, begins pointing out some key sights below before engaging us in our first exercise – ‘toes over Toronto’. The objective is to reach the edge of the walkway with your toes extending out into space as you look straight down. We can see people as ‘ants’ scurrying about, oblivious to the six of us standing far above. We’re out on the walkway for about half an hour, and our exercises include hanging backwards off the ledge, leaning forward on our ‘tippytoes’, and walking along the edge. Back inside, the ROAM team is all smiles. “I’m still a little shaky, but it was great,” enthuses Luis. Kirsty is nodding in agreement. Adds Tabatha: “I just know my Uncle Doddy was smiling down on me.”

Thank you to ROAM readers for sending in so many great ideas for our Great Ontario Bucket List Challenge. Our Grand Prize winners experienced something truly unique by joining me at the CN Tower EdgeWalk attraction on Saturday, May 19. Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winners: Luis Espinoza of Toronto Kirsty Coulson of Burlington Tabatha Sasseville of Barrie Congratulations also to our runners-up, who have received $250 in Pioneer Bonus Bucks that they can spend like cash at any Pioneer location. Our winners are: Beth Dekoker of Cambridge Linda Walker of Wingham Tony Catojo of Chelmsford The response to our Great Ontario Bucket List Challenge was so overwhelming that the Challenge continues. Simply visit, and click on the Great Ontario Bucket List Challenge. Pick your top three from the ideas submitted by ROAM readers, and submit. Three Grand Prize winners will fulfill one of their top three Bucket List ideas, and will be featured in ROAM. Three lucky runners’ up will receive $250 in Pioneer gas ($250 in Pioneer Bonus Bucks).

Gordon Green, Publisher – ROAM Ontario *No purchase necessary. For full contest rules and regulations visit

2nd Annual

CHARITY GOLF in support of the RHLI Thirteenth (XIII) Regiment Foundation June 28, 2012

Funds raised through the Pioneer Energy Charity Golf Classic help build and sustain the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Thirteenth (XIII) Regiment Foundation, and will allow it to create sorelyneeded new initiatives in order to continue to support the Regiment and its soldiers.

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