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Top 5 Weekend Trips in Ontario

By Edited Dec 20, 2013 2 9


Toronto is the largest city in Canada, and it offers everything you would expect to find in a large metropolis. There is a huge selection of restaurants, museums, art galleries, shopping malls - you name it!

CN Tower(72384)
Toronto's famous include the CN tower (which held the record as the world's tallest tower until 2010), the Casa Loma, and the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

Toronto is also famous for its multicultural neighbourhoods. You can find cultural representation from almost everywhere in the world. This creates a unique opportunity to experience a different culture through festivals and ethnic restaurants.  Some of the more popular neighbourhoods include Chinatown, Koreatown, India Bazaar, Greektown, Little Italy, and Portugal Village. 

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is an incredible creation of nature, consisting of two waterfalls (Horseshoe falls and Niagara falls). They hold the record for having the highest water flow in the world, and often feature on "top 100 places to see in the world" lists.  

Niagara Falls(72378)
A visitor has many other options for spending their time in the area. For a nature lover, the area offers plenty of parks along the scenic Niagara Parkway. Several outfitters provide adventure tours on the Niagara River, including the famous Maid of the Mist boat ride to the base of the falls. The nearby town of Niagara falls has everything a visitor may need: casinos, hotels, restaurants, museums, and even a water park. However, visitor beware: a lot of the business and attractions are tourist traps, so choose carefully. 


Parliament Hill
Ottawa is the capital of Canada. As such, many of its attractions are related to the Government of Canada: the Parliament Hill, the Royal Mint, the Prime Minister's residence, and the RCMP stables. An art lover should not miss the National Gallery of Canada, which has a great permanent exhibition of Canadian Art (including paintings by the famous Group of Seven).  

A visitor who is weary of the city will find plenty of ways to escape the hustle and bustle. Ottawa river and the Rideau Canal are lined with large parks and offer great scenic walks. Throughout the city, there are numerous smaller parks filled with public art.

Bruce Peninsula

Flowerpot Island
Bruce Peninsula is one of the most beautiful places in Ontario. You cannot avoid feeling awed by the crystal clear waters of the Georgian Bay, imposing cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment, sandy beaches of the Lake Huron, and tiny colourful harbours that litter the coast. 

An outdoor enthusiast will have no problems finding things to do in this area. There are many opportunities for hiking, wildlife watching, camping, and even rock climbing.

The less adventurous can enjoy the boat tours in the Fathom Five National Marine Park, explore the colourful town of Tobermory, and visit the numerous beaches in the area. 


The Thousand Islands

The Thousand Islands
The Thousand Islands is an archipelago of small rocky islands in the St Lawrence River. 

The gateway to the islands is the lovely town of Gananoque. From this town, you can drive on the scenic 1000 Islands Parkway, or take one of the boat tours to the Islands. Better yet, take a boat to one of the Islands in the St. Lawrence Islands National Park and stay for the night for a truly unique island camping experience.

Recommended Canada Guide Books

My personal favorite travel book for Canada is DK Eyewitness Guides. I've used it to visit all the places listed in this article, and would highly recommend it to anybody. 


Nov 29, 2011 10:55pm
So many beautiful places to visit in Canada. I hope to get there in the future. Very nice article along with a beautiful selection of photos.
Dec 1, 2011 9:37am
One other nice thing about visiting Canada is that it gets a lot less crowds compared to some of the more popular tourist destinations. I recently moved to California from Canada, and I definitely notice that there are a lot more people everywhere, even in the winter.
Dec 1, 2011 5:24pm
Nice article. I haven't visited Canada for a while, but when I do, I'll refer back to this.
Dec 1, 2011 7:51pm
Nice - great photos!
Dec 16, 2011 8:37pm
That photo of Bruce Peninsula sure looks inviting.
Nice article.
Dec 18, 2011 11:49am
Really nice feature and great photos as well
Dec 21, 2011 2:12pm
Great article with lots of pictures. I am not familiar with Canada and Ontario, so this helped a lot. Maybe you could post some amazon links to canadian travel guides to help with your revenue?
Dec 21, 2011 2:46pm
Thanks for the tip. Just added a new section with a link to my favorite guidebook - awaiting review :)
Dec 28, 2011 2:47pm
Lovely pictures. Really make me want to go there.
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