The province of Ontario has so many beautiful places to discover, from picturesque small towns to expansion provincial and national parks! One of the things that I love about living in Canada is the huge range of places we can explore within a few hours of our own home. I have gone on some fantastic getaways within Ontario and would love to see more of this province myself, so I had some other bloggers submit their favourite places for this post, too. The next time you want to explore, choose one of these beautiful places for a weekend getaway in Ontario!
Weekend Getaways in Ontario
Killarney Provincial Park
Go on a road trip to explore the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario. This is the ideal region if you love exploring different small towns. Its most famous for Kawartha ice cream but its also home to some of the best butter tarts around (you can even go on a butter tart tour!) and beautiful small towns to stop in and explore. There is a beautiful, boardwalk section of the Trans Canada Trail that extends through the area, along with the Victoria Rail Trail which is perfect for long walks or cycling. Great stops along the way include Fulton Falls and the Kawartha Settler’s Village.
Algonquin Provincial Park
Beautiful Algonquin Provincial Park is only a 3-hour drive from Toronto and Ottawa, but it feels like a world away. This lovely park was established in 1893, making it the oldest provincial park in Canada. There are lots of things to do in Algonquin Provincial Park, such as fishing, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, and (backcountry) camping. During the summer months be sure to join one of the Discovery Programs that are organized in the park. Canisbay Campground is a lovely spot and offers all facilities you need for a comfortable stay. Next to the campground is Canisbay Lake, one of Canada’s beautiful lakes. Here you can rent a kayak, go for a swim or relax at the lovely beach. – Lotte of Phenomenal Globe
1,000 Islands & Gananoque
The 1000 Islands is a stunning destination, perfect for a weekend escape from Toronto, Ottawa, or the surrounding areas. The 1000 Islands is made up of 1864 islands, several of which are operated by Parks Canada and are opening for camping and visitors. There is a lot to do in 1000 Islands, ranging from relaxing boat tours to more adventurous activities like kayaking or a helicopter tour. Stay in the small town of Gananoque as the perfect starting point. For fantastic views of the 1000 Islands, hike to the Landon Bay Lookout or go up to the top of the 1000 Islands tower.
If you’re looking for one of the prettiest places in Ontario to visit for your next weekend getaway, then consider Paris. This adorable small town is located an hour outside Toronto and is set along the Grand River. It may be small but there are a ton of things to do in Paris to fill your weekend. For nature lovers, there are hiking trails or you can go rafting. For foodies, you’ll love the array of cafes and restaurants with river views. It’s rich with history, full of quaint local shops, and a unique hotel. – Stephanie off Lady’s Travel Blog
Located about 4 hours from Toronto, you’ll find the charming town of Tobermory. It’s ideal for a weekend getaway because you can experience some of the best nature that Ontario has to offer. Must-sees include Flowerpot Island, part of Fathom Five National Marine Park, and the Tobermory Grotto that is part of the Bruce Peninsula National Park. There are plenty of hikes around the area as well and a lot of wildlife to experience safely. Besides nature, there’s plenty of other things to do in Tobermory like great restaurants, boutique shopping, lighthouses and shipwrecks. – Liliane of My Toronto World
Prince Edward County & Sandbanks Provincial Park
Renowned for its lavender fields and vineyards, Prince Edward County is the perfect place for a laid-back weekend getaway. Prince Edward County is ideal for a couple’s weekend of a girls trip. Book a wine tour or make a day of it visiting vineyards and breweries on your own. For time outdoors, make your way to Sandbanks Provincial Park. You will feel like you’ve left the country!