Don't miss the Renfrew Fair this September
Since 1853, thousands of Ottawans and visitors have travelled just a few kilometres west for the Renfrew Fair, where, for five days out of the year (September 5-9), visitors can spend hours on rides, eating food or watching awesome live shows.
There's something for everyone to enjoy at the fair, including open-air market stalls with locally made and grown products, food eating competitions and carnival games the entire family can enjoy.
Gobble up the famous bacon on a bun
If travellers are looking for a meal that will tide them over from here to eternity, they should stop at the bacon on a bun stand, where meat lovers congregate every year to savour every last morsel of this truly decadent burger. Hailed as the ultimate comfort food of the fair, bacon on a bun is served all day, every day, so visitors won't have to worry about missing the opportunity to eat their fill.
Of course, people who travel to Ontario for the Renfrew Fair can also savour more traditional carnival bites, from crunchy candied apples and kettle corn to colourful cotton candy and barbecue chicken.
Catch a live show at the grandstand stage
All weekend long, visitors can catch numerous shows at the grandstand stage, including auctions and, of course, live music. Beatles fans should check the schedule for the sweet cover band, With The Beatles, which plays nearly all of the band's top hits from the '60s and '70s, including "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," "Love Me Do" and "Come Together."
On your marks, get set, go!
Ever seen a bunch of pigs race? How about a horse show? Visitors to the Renfrew Fair are in luck: nearly every day brings another cattle competition, or reptile showcases. Even if travellers don't know anything about livestock, they'll undoubtedly leave the fair with a newfound understanding of farming in Ottawa and throughout Canada.
Take a crafts class
Ladies and gentlemen interested in learning about needlework and crafts can attend any number of classes during the fair, while pros can enter in the annual hand quilted championship.
There will also be embroidery, crochet, scrapbooking and floral arrangement classes so that visitors can get creative between eating, riding and playing at the fairgrounds. Best of all - these handmade goods make for unique souvenirs to bring home.