Relax on the shorelines of the infamous Great Lakes before taking to the water by canoe, kayak or paddleboard. Unleash your inner child—and impress your kids—by cannonballing off the dock. Or feel your adrenaline surge as you battle the rapids on the Ottawa River.
Explore ancient caves and rocky escarpments where every crevice, edge and rugged pillar tells a story of the elements and time long past. Hike to magical lookouts and find yourself rejuvenated amidst the natural world.
In winter, a thick blanket of snow brings a freshness to the landscape and a changeover of activities. Embrace the fresh powder and frozen lakes by hitting the hills for your favourite winter activity. Or maybe try something new—snowkiting or a dogsled adventure perhaps.
Somewhere between the shorelines of The Great Lakes, the majestic power of Niagara Falls and the pull of vibrant city scenes, you will fall in love with Ontario. No matter what your reasons are for visiting—once you’ve experienced it—you will have many more reasons to return.
With an area of over 1 million km2 containing 15 regions to explore, you will run out of time long before you run out of places to visit in Ontario. While a Blue Jay’s game is a must-see when your feet hit the ground in Toronto, this massive Canadian province is overflowing with adventures at every turn.
Whether you want to cover a lot of ground or hunker down to explore one destination, Ontario—like most of Canada—is both road-trip and relaxation ready. We’ve broken it down below to highlight a few places that are uniquely Ontario.