Upon visiting Ontario, a traveller’s initial thoughts may be to visit the magnificent Niagara Falls, or perhaps the CN Tower in Toronto; a 553-metre tower that offers amazing panoramic views of this vibrant city (would you dare to stand on the glass floor?). We thought it would be great to let you know about some of the stunning Ontario outdoor spots that may have missed your travel list.
Just a 30-minute car journey from Niagara Falls by car lies Niagara-on-the-Lake, a beautiful and quaint town set beside the water. Why not take a stroll around the neighbourhood filled with historic architecture, gardens, boutique shops and elegant hotels; it’s not hard to see why Niagara-on-the-Lake was voted the prettiest town in Canada. The Niagara Region is home to 90 wineries, many of which can be found in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Be sure to have a taste of the locally produced ice wine and learn the fascinating story of its production.
You don’t have to venture more than a couple of hours from Toronto or Ottawa to savour Ontario’s natural beauty. Discover the pristine air of Muskoka, a treasured holiday destination for generations of Canadians. Cruise in a vintage steam-powered vessel, dip a paddle into blue waters, get to know charming towns or simply relax lakeside. A picturesque area renowned for its deep-blue lakes, rugged granite landscapes and boreal forests, Muskoka is perfect for explorers. Cruise past luxurious cottages on the historic RMS Segqun in Gravenhurst. Explore charming towns like Bala and Port Carling. Wander through artists’ studios and galleries. Take the Bog to Bottle Discovery Tour at Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh.
Blue Mountain Resort, just two hours north of Toronto, overlooks the pristine waters of Georgian Bay. Go hiking, cycling, caving, golfing or skiing. Take a Segway tour or ride a gondola to get panoramic views. At Scenic Caves Nature Adventures discover ancient rock formations and sweeping views; for a real rush, try the tree top walk and zipline eco adventure tour. Rejuvenate at Scandinave Spa’s tranquil forest setting. Browse boutiques along the pedestrian-friendly cobblestone streets of Blue Mountain Village. Blue Mountain’s lively pedestrian village features accommodation, shopping, dining and entertainment, plus festivals and events all-year round. Further north, explore the ruggedly beautiful Bruce Peninsula National Park, a UNSECO World Biosphere Reserve.
Algonquin Provincial Park:
For unspoiled beauty on a large scale, make your way to the world-famous Algonquin Provincial Park home to more than 2400 lakes. With hundreds of interconnected lakes, the park is perfect for beginner or expert canoeists. Algonquin Outfitters offer a fantastic half and full day guided canoe excursions; enjoy paddling and seeing the wildlife on this quintessential Canadian experience. Ride a bike along an abandoned railway line or hike interpretive trails. The anglers among you might be lured by the brook trout and lake trout fishing – some of the best on the planet. Hikers will love the interpretive trails and come winter, everyone will enjoy snowshoeing or riding in a dogsled. On your travels you’re bound to see wildlife – from hawks and great blue herons to moose, beaver and deer. Book a secluded lodge or lakeside resort to truly immerse yourself into the beauty of Algonquin Provincial Park.
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