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Embark on a classic Ontario road trip this summer

Fasten your seat belts and get ready to discover the beauty and charm of Ontario through this captivating journey through Toronto, Niagara Falls, and beyond.

Embarking on a summer road trip in Ontario promises an unforgettable adventure filled with a perfect blend of urban excitement and natural wonders.

Thanks to an expertly crafted itinerary from Destination Ontario, travellers can experience the best highlights of this diverse province. From the vibrant streets of Toronto to the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls, and from the breathtaking landscapes of Blue Mountain to the cultural charm of Ottawa, this road trip offers a delightful mix of experiences.

So fasten your seat belts and get ready to discover the beauty and charm of Ontario through this captivating journey.



Our journey begins in Canada's economic and cultural capital, Toronto, where the energy is palpable and excitement fills the air. Start your exploration by ascending the iconic CN Tower for a breathtaking view of the city. For the thrill-seekers, dare to take the EdgeWalk and walk along the tower's edge, suspended 1,168 feet above the ground. Toronto's vibrant art scene beckons with a remarkable array of galleries and museums, including the Art Gallery of Ontario and Royal Ontario Museum.


When it comes to shopping, Toronto offers a diverse range of options, from high-end fashion in Bloor-Yorkville to bohemian vibes on Queen Street West. Don't miss out on the city's thriving performing arts scene, with world-class venues like Roy Thomson Hall, the Princess of Wales Theatre, and the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. And for a serene escape from the bustling city, take a short ferry ride to the picturesque Toronto Islands, where you can enjoy a perfect view of the city skyline.


Niagara Falls:

Leaving the urban landscape behind, our road trip takes us to the iconic Niagara Falls. Prepare to be awestruck as you witness the sheer power and beauty of the falls. From exhilarating helicopter rides to experiencing the falls up close with the Journey Behind the Falls, there are numerous ways to admire this natural wonder. Hop aboard the Niagara City Cruises for an unforgettable adventure that takes you right to the edge of the roaring waters. For adrenaline enthusiasts, embark on a Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour and navigate the Class V rapids of the Niagara River.


As the sun sets, the falls come alive with a captivating display of colours. Each evening, witness the Falls illuminated in a mesmerizing rainbow of hues. To cap off your day, try your luck at one of the casinos and enjoy some evening entertainment.


But Niagara Falls is not only about the falls themselves. Take a leisurely drive along the Wine Route and indulge in the region's renowned wineries, with over 100 to choose from. Pair locally inspired cuisine with fine vintages and don't miss the opportunity to taste Ontario's award-winning Icewine. To round out your visit, explore the charming shops and quaint streets of Niagara-on-the-Lake, also home to the acclaimed Shaw Festival.

Blue Mountain Resort

Blue Mountain, Manitoulin Island, and Killarney:

Continuing our journey, we make our way to Blue Mountain Resort, a picturesque destination for year-round outdoor recreation. Whether you're into caving, hiking, golfing, or skiing, Blue Mountain has it all. Ride the gondola for panoramic views of Georgian Bay or experience a thrilling 777-meter zipline through the treetops. Stroll through the pedestrian-friendly Blue Mountain Village, browse boutique shops, and pamper yourself with luxurious accommodations, spa treatments, and gourmet dining.

Rock formations at the coast of Flowerpot Island in the Georgian Bay, Tobermory

From Blue Mountain, head to Tobermory to embark on a scenic ferry ride aboard the MS Chi-Cheemaun to Manitoulin Island, the largest freshwater island in the world. Immerse yourself in the island's natural beauty and end engage in cultural experiences guided by the local Indigenous people. Back on the mainland, venture east to Killarney Provincial Park, where you can paddle through crystal-clear blue waters and hike the majestic white quartzite mountains.


Muskoka and Algonquin:

Our road trip then leads us to Muskoka, a region famous for its pristine lakes, majestic boreal forests, and granite landscapes. Explore the enchanting lodges and resorts nestled in this picturesque area, where you can also discover the unique charm of the local towns. Enjoy leisurely shopping trips and take part in artisan studio tours, especially during the fall season when the landscape is ablaze with brilliant colours. Hop aboard the RMS Segwun, North America's oldest operating steamship, and cruise the stunning Muskoka lakes. For golf enthusiasts, tee off at one of the local courses surrounded by the rugged Canadian Shield.

Algonquin Provincial Park

Next, we venture into Algonquin Provincial Park, an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. With over 2,400 lakes and countless trails, Algonquin offers a haven for paddlers and hikers of all skill levels. Join a guided tour and keep your eyes peeled for abundant wildlife, including moose and beaver. Before reaching Ottawa, indulge in the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Ottawa River for an exhilarating experience.


Ottawa, 1000 Islands, and Kingston:

Arriving in Canada's national capital, Ottawa, immerse yourself in a blend of history and culture. Marvel at the gothic-inspired Parliament Buildings overlooking the scenic Ottawa River and witness the impressive Changing of the Guard ceremony. Explore a multitude of fascinating museums that showcase Canada's rich heritage. Take a leisurely bike ride along the historic Rideau Canal, which transforms into the world's largest skating rink during the winter months.

1000 Islands

Continuing south along the Rideau Heritage Route, visit charming towns and historic locks along the way. Experience a step back in time at Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg and learn about life in 19th-century Canada. Embark on a boat cruise through the stunning 1000 Islands, departing from various communities along the picturesque St. Lawrence River. Admire the timeless beauty of Kingston's 19th-century limestone architecture, and spend a relaxing night in a charming inn or bed and breakfast.


Prince Edward County:

Our road trip culminates in the foodie-favourite destination of Prince Edward County. This hotbed of vintners, farmers, and chefs celebrates all things local. Embark on the Taste Trail, where you can savour the county's bountiful harvest, from award-winning wines to locally crafted beers and ciders. Explore the county's towns and villages at your own pace, either by car or bicycle. Unwind on the sandy beaches of Sandbanks Provincial Park, home to the world's largest freshwater sand dunes.

Sandbanks Provincial Park/Ontario Parks

As our journey draws to a close, we return to Toronto for your flight home, reflecting on the incredible memories and experiences that have shaped our classic Ontario road trip. From the vibrant city life to the natural wonders and outdoor adventures, Ontario's diverse landscapes and cultural treasures make it the ideal destination for an unforgettable summer getaway.