There’s no shortage of things to do, stunning landscapes to see, and places to explore.
Ontarians may be familiar with the province’s many gems, but what about visiting guests? For a tourist planning their stay in Ontario, things can get a bit overwhelming. To make it easier for you and your out-of-province (or -country) guests, here are five Ontario travel destinations to make this summer an unforgettable one.
Soak Up the City in Toronto
Toronto is a true must-see Ontario travel destination – not just because it’s the province’s capital, but because there’s really something for everyone:
What to Do
CN Tower: No tour of Toronto is complete without a trip to the CN Tower! Get a bird’s-eye view of the city and have an adventure at every level. Afterwards, enjoy a world-class meal at the revolving 360 Restaurant. Feeling brave? Give your out-of-town guests an unforgettable experience and do the EdgeWalk together!
ROM: The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is the perfect place to bring your visiting guests – enjoy the many exhibits, galleries, and activities offered by this world-class museum. This summer, featured exhibits include Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano and ¡Viva México! Clothing and Culture.
See Natural Wonders in Niagara Region
After exploring the city, unwind in Ontario’s picturesque Niagara Region:
What to Do
Niagara Falls: Soak up the majestic beauty of these world-famous waterfalls, then have a delicious meal and a ton of fun at the many restaurants and attractions at Fallsview Boulevard.
Niagara-on-the-Lake: After taking in the stunning Falls, take a stroll through Ontario’s wine country and experience the tranquil beauty of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Take a tour of the town’s many wineries, then enjoy some summer concerts, events, or shows.
Explore the Country’s Capital in Ottawa
More than just the capital of Canada, Ottawa is your gateway to exploring Canada’s history:
What to Do
Parliament Hill: Give visiting friends and relatives a look into the rich history, art, and functions of our country’s Parliament with a guided tour of Centre Block and East Block. In the morning, see a ceremonial Changing of the Guard, then take in the thrilling Sound and Light Show at night.
Rideau Canal: This UNESCO World Heritage Site, and National Historic Site of Canada, is the perfect place to take a walk, run, or bike while enjoying the beauty of “the canal.” If you’d rather get a guided tour for your guests, take a cruise – these are offered in multiple languages and run from May to October.
Get in Touch With Nature in Central Ontario
If your visiting guests want to experience the province’s natural beauty, there’s no better place to do so than Central Ontario:
What to Do
Algonquin Park: Get up close and personal with Ontario nature and wildlife at this popular provincial park – go canoeing, hiking, camping, or just take a leisurely stroll.
Algonquin isn’t just a great summer destination, though – when the leaves start changing colour, it’s the perfect place to take a scenic drive and see Ontario’s fall colours at their best.
Georgian Bay: Experience Ontario’s natural beauty at Georgian Bay – go hiking, biking, canoeing or kayaking. Prefer exploring from behind the wheel? Go RVing on the Georgian Bay Coastal Route RV Tour – just make sure your recreational vehicle is properly insured.
Get Theatrical in Stratford
Come experience Ontario’s theatrical side and treat your out-of-town guests to some world-class theatre:
What to Do
Stratford Festival: If you visit Stratford in the summer, there’s simply no doubt about it – attending the Stratford Festival is a must! See the works of Shakespeare and other theatre greats on stage, like they were meant to be seen. What’s on this summer? Hamlet, The Sound of Music, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and many more.
Blyth Festival: After experiencing the classics, get your fill of Canadian theatre at Stratford’s Blyth Festival, then make your way to the Blyth Festival Art Gallery to soak up the art on display.
Remember: Safety First
No matter where you travel in Ontario, remember: always put safety first. If you’re getting there by car, make sure that you have all the coverage you need, and that your vehicle is prepped and maintained for the road trip ahead. Taking your pet along for the ride? Make sure your furry travel companions are safe and comfortable by following a few simple tips.