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25 Weekend Trips from Toronto


#9 – The 1,000 Islands (Photo: Bernard Garon)

Adventurists and antiques enthusiasts alike can find a multitude of weekend getaways between forty minutes and four hours from Toronto.

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1. Take the Taste Trail through Prince Edward County. Indulge the inner foodie with a sampling of restaurants, wineries, farms and unique food producers.

#2 – Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory (Photo: Jenna Rose Robbins)

2. Do Niagara Falls. First stop: admire the beauty of the falls. Then, if you’ve got kids, check out wax museums, haunted houses and the SkyWheel in the Clifton Hill entertainment district or head to the Bird Kingdom aviary. Fun for all ages are hikes along the rapids and the various Niagara Parks attractions like the Maid of the Mist (launching in April). Grown-ups can gamble at the casino and catch a show.

3. Get a dose of Shakespeare at the Stratford Festival. The annual festival provides many options to see the work of the Bard and other well-known playwrights.

4. Wander the hills and valleys of the Bruce Trail. Extending nearly 900 km along the Niagara Escarpment to the tip of Bruce Peninsula, this is one of the province’s favourite hiking trails. Choose a portion of the trail (there are nine main sections) and go.

#4 – Bruce Trail (Photo: Explore the Bruce)

5. Visit the nation’s capital. Take the a history tour of Ottawa through several small museums dedicated to the Capital Region’s past, or major museums like the Canadian War Museum. The Tulip Festivalin May creates a pathway of tulips from the city to the Outaouais on the other side of the Ottawa River.

#5 – Ottawa’s National War Museum (Photo: Alan Brown)

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6. Expand your palate in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Spend time sipping the bounty of the Niagara region’s vineyards and wineries and discover your new favourite vintage. End the day with an evening at the theatre (see #11 or at one of the area’s many excellent restaurants.

7. Spend time on the Bruce Peninsula. Cruise the Flower Pot Islands or dive for shipwrecks; Tobermory has plenty of water-related activities.

8. Follow the Apple Pie Trail in the Blue Mountains. No matter the time of year, there’s plenty to taste, learn, and buy along the trail for the apple-obsessed.

9. Tour through the 1000 Islands. By road or by water, there’s plenty of places to explore this part of eastern Ontario

10. Get back to nature in Algonquin Provincial Park. Whether it’s finding a rustic cabin, canoeing or waiting for that perfect moose photo op, the park offers many ways to find a place in the wilderness.

#10 – Algonquin Provincial Park (Photo: G. Briand/Ontario Tourism)

11. Experience the words of Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries. Pick a play or two at Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Shaw Festival, plan a picnic and sign up for peek into the costume and prop warehouse. Combine a play with a couple of wine tours.

12. Get the adrenaline pumping in the Ottawa River Valley. With four major river systems and almost 1,000 lakes, it’s the white-water capital of the province; rafting, kayaking and canoeing trips abound.

#12 – Ottawa River Valley (Photo: © Ontario Parks)

13. Spend time in Port Hope. Hunt for an antique treasure and see some 300 preserved buildings in this picturesque small town.

14. Cycle Wolfe Island. Explore this bucolic island—one of the 1,000 Islands (see #9), stay in a quaint bed & breakfast, experience small-town life or the annual Scene of the Crime Festival.

15. Make tracks to St. Jacob’s. Visit the farmers’ market (don’t miss the popular apple fritters!), browse the main street’s small-town craft and antique shops, or take a drive through Mennonite country

16. Take a break from the busy life at Ste. Anne’s Spa. Well known for its restorative powers, this is a popular spot for rejuvenation and relaxation.

#17 – Kleinburg, McMichael Gallery (Photo: Commodore Gandalf Cunningham)

17. Rejuvenate with art and nature in the village of Kleinburg. Drink in Group of Seven art at the McMichael Gallery or to explore the trails of the Kortwright Centre for Conservation.

18. Get outdoors in Collingwood. From skiing to waters ports to cycling, this town on Georgian Bay and the rural region around it has plenty to offer the outdoor enthusiast.

19. Explore Canadian history in Windsor. Visit one of the many heritage sites to learn about the city’s role in the Underground Railroad, as the birthplace of Canadian Club Whisky, and as a rum-running town during American Prohibition.

20. Pick a place in Muskoka. Ontario’s most popular “cottage country,”  the Muskoka lakes are perfect for a relaxing weekend on the water, on the hiking trails, or at the many art studios, concerts and festivals that run from May through September.

#25 – Elora (Photo: backintheworld)

21. Sip and sun on Pelee Island. Best known for its beaches and winery, the most southernmost area of the province is also great for cycling, kayaking and bird-watching.

22. Cruise Georgian Bay. Board a ship or a yacht for a cruise among the 30,000 islands of southern Lake Huron.

#6 – Niagara-on-the-Lake, wine-tasting at Stratus (Photo: wynlok)

23. Go geocaching in Bayfield. What? Never heard of geocaching? In this a real-world treasure hunt, you look for hidden objects using GPS-enabled devices. Objects are hidden by fellow geocachers, and there are more than 1 million hidden worldwide. This Georgian Bay town is a geocaching hot spot.

24. Antique your days away at Aberfoyle. For the devoted who are up for hours of searching, the Aberfoyle Antique Market is one of the best collections of junk and treasures around.

25. Go for arts, crafts and tubing in Elora. Unique arts and crafts shops line the streets of this riverfront heritage town. But you could also spend time cycling the region or, in summer, tubing at the Elora Gorge.

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10 responses to “25 Weekend Trips from Toronto”

  1. The Haliburton Highlands is a great getaway from the GTA offering all four seasons of outdoor activities.There is something for everyone here in the Haliburton Highlands.

  2. The Thames River is not on the list. It runs through
    Woodstock, London and Chatham in Southern Ontario. It actually was the location
    of an important battle from the War of 1812, so you would think Harper would
    want to protect the River. It’s also in the area of the proposed Enbridge Line
    9 Reversal. Not sure if that has anything to do with the decision to keep it
    off the list.

  3. Georgian Bay is gift within the province of Ontario North
    American country. it’s primarily placed to the east of Bruce land and south of
    Manitoulin Island. it’s enclosed by Bruce County, gray County, Simcoe County,
    Muskoka District, Parry sound district, Sudbury district and Manitoulin
    district. There ar 5 bays of Georgian Bay they’re Midland bay, Penetang Bay,
    Hog Bay, Matchedash Bay and ganoid fish Bay. there’s a legend behind the
    formation of those 5 bays they’re fashioned out of the indentations of a god
    referred to as Kitchikewana. additionally the formation of the near thirty,000 islands ar attributed to the
    legend of Kitchikewana.

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  5. Bette Frank says:

    I love the wilderness and Toronto is on my list of places. It’s full of adventurers and fun things to do. I remember when i was little we would always go to Niagara Falls for the weekend and now I can’t wait to go there again. I have never bin rafting before, but whenever i hear someone talking about it makes me want to go.

  6. BramptonDude says:

    Also consider visiting Brampton, it’s a fantastic place to spend the weekend!

  7. Adam Michalowicz says:

    The Niagara Escarpment Wineries are the region’s hidden gem. Skip the traffic of Niagara-on-the-lake and come try award winning wines and private wine tastings with the winemaker at King’s Court Estate Winery, http://www.ontario-wine.com

  8. Ronnie says:

    I still remember when first i i went Canada and my destination is Ontario. this article brings my memories back and i miss that time when i see Niagara falls.

  9. lovey says:

    Just a great article, i was planning weekend trips from Toronto. few of the places seems very good.

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