Jim Fox, Special to Postmedia Network

QMI Agency writer Jim Fox.

Freelancer Jim Fox writes Ontario travel stories. Email: onetanktrips@hotmail.com Website: http://1tanktrips.blogspot.ca


St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market is back in full operation with a new building after a devastating fire. (Barbara Fox/Special to Postmedia Network)

Visit a farmer's market in Ontario this summer

There’s something about buying food fresh from the farm, evident in the popularity of farmer's markets, like in Kingston -- opened in 1780 -- and the others that grew as pioneers settled across Ontario.

A young angler is proud of his big catch at the Orillia Perch Festival. (Handout)

Fall for fishing in Ontario

Is this the year to fall hook, line and sinker for fishing? If so, there are numerous fishing derbies and events to help whet your appetite for the sport.

Writer Jim Fox enjoying a ride in the Copeland Forest at Horseshoe Valley with Jenna Hunter and Natasha Ilic. (Barbara Fox photo)

Ontario is yours to discover by bike

That’s the suggestion and slogan of Ontario By Bike, a project of Transportation Options, a non-profit organization and leader in cycle tourism development.

The lavish interior of the historic Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, a part of many Doors Open tours. (Handout)

Doors Open once again in Ontario

History buffs, culture fans and the just plain curious can join in visiting some of Ontario’s historical and cultural gems.

Chef Javier Cotto explains Puerto Rico cooking during an excursion in San Juan. (Barbara Fox/Special to QMI Agency)

Culinary experiences for cruisers

Making mofongo in Puerto Rico, savouring sweet malasadas in Hawaii, clam bakes in Maine and tamales at the Hotel California in Mexico are among culinary experiences for cruisers.

Get your motor running for snowmobiling on Muskoka's vast trail system. (Handout)

Ontario: Take back your winter in Muskoka

Have you had enough winter this year? Well, it’s never enough for visitors to the four-season playground of Muskoka, north of Toronto.

Canada Blooms is an escape from winter with inspiring and engaging fantasy gardens. (Handouts)

Ontario begins to bloom with spring flowers

Everything’s coming up roses, tulips, daffodils, lilies, chrysanthemums, daisies – and even orchids – at flower shows in Stratford, Toronto and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

A youngster enjoys a “winter warmup” of hot chocolate during Family Day fun on the Toronto Waterfront. (Handout)

Family Day fun in Toronto

It’s a double whammy – Valentine’s and Family Day activities – falling on the same weekend.

Ride Guides offers guided rides on “fat bikes” on winter trails at Horseshoe Valley. (Handout)

Best winter activities in Ontario

Just as a furry rodent named Willie is about to predict whether we’ll endure – or enjoy – more winter, activities to embrace the season are in full swing.