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Additional Tourism Ideas
Outside of Toronto
There’s plenty to do in Ontario outside of Toronto, so if you’re considering venturing beyond the city and extending your trip to our beautiful province, here are some suggestions to get you started.
Witness 739,682 gallons of Niagara River water gush over the Horseshoe Falls for a 13 story drop. This is nature at its most beautiful and awe-inspiring.
“Niagara-on-the-Lake, often called the loveliest town in Ontario, has a long and distinguished history. Stroll back through history and enjoy world class theatre, fine dining, shopping, our estate wineries, farm markets and historical sites.”
Ontario is home to one of Canada’s only two wine regions (the other is in British Columbia). Enjoy the beauty of the Niagara Peninsula, The Niagara Escarpment, Lake Ontario, and Lake Erie, and sample superb Ontario wines along the way. The wine route planner in the link above is a helpful guide for planning your trip.
Located in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, west of Toronto, St Jacobs has been popular with tourists for decades. In spite of this, it has maintained its small-town charm, and it’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a day or two. Be sure to visit the fantastic farmers’ market, the Quilt Gallery, and the Maple Syrup Museum.
Between April and October every year, Stratford’s famous theatre company performs on various stages throughout the town. Though the focus is on Shakespeare, there is also a variety of more contemporary plays to be seen.
This attractive city is Canada’s capital. Come see Parliament Hill (perched on a bluff overlooking the Ottawa River), watch the Mounties’ version of a Changing of the Guard ceremony, and enjoy the many cultural events, shops, and museums Ottawa has to offer.
There are 7,800 square miles of lakes, forests, and quintessential Canadian wildlife in which to immerse yourself at Algonquin, and the only ways to access the interior of the park are by foot or canoe. Hiking, fishing, moose-viewing, and camping are just a few of the fun activities at Algonquin that will give you a real taste of Canadian wilderness.
A drive along the northern shore of Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes, is quite a bit farther out of your way than other suggestions mentioned here, but it’s well worth it if you’re interested in seeing a little of Ontario’s wilder side. Between Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay, Trans-Canada Highway 17 travels through about 350 miles of scenic shoreline and forests.
Plan your Ontario adventure at the Ontario Tourism website. Yours to discover!