Road trips, we all love road trips…but if you’re like us, you want to get away, but sometimes can’t think of or decide on where to go. We’ve compiled a list for you of destinations in Ontario where you can get there easily in a rental vehicle but won’t spend all the time on the road.
In Ontario there is no shortage of great road trips that include lakes, forests, land formations, small unique towns, festivals, and urban cities to explore.
The province is incredibly diverse with lots to offer for everyone. Below is a list of great places to consider, along with helpful links;
Boost magnificent landscapes, lakes, cliffs with 645 sq kms of wilderness to explore. Lake and boating activities are in abundance.
Is in the middle of wine country with many wineries to tour. Niagara-on-the-lake has a heritage downtown to explore with cafes, vintage hotels, fine dining, unique shops, art galleries, and live theatre. Additionally, only a short drive to Niagara Falls.
Is blessed with over 600 serene lakes, and is located in the rugged Canadian Shield. Amazing rock formations, fabulous fishing, and boating to experience. Many cottagers can’t get enough of the lifestyle Haliburton provides.
Is full of family fun. Quaint villages of the Blue Mountains with beaches, premier golf, scenic caves, kilometres of amazing cycling paths. Collingwood is home to many festivals, most notably its Elvis Festival.
- Sauble Beach
Sauble is a definite beach town with 7 kms of pristine sandy beaches, and cool places to eat and drink. Surrounded by camping and cottages with many water activities, SUP, windsurfing, boating, fishing and more. Plus amazing sunsets each night.
- Algonquin Park
As one of Ontario’s largest provincial parks is it best known for camping, hiking, swimming, and canoeing. However it offers many recreational activities and runs unique special events. This park has provided inspiration to many outdoors types and artists.
Features spectacular rock faces, sparkling clean lakes, forests, swimming, and is renown for its scuba diving with depths of 350 metres.
This small town is full of old world charm. Famous for its gorge and limestone cliffs, it also offers century old shopping in its downtown full of gift shops, galleries, cafes, restaurants. Festivals bring many visitors each year.
Muskoka is quintessential cottage country! It’s a premier destination for cottagers, boaters, festivals, and all around outdoor activities, with an abundance of small towns to explore, shops, and dining.
- Thunder Bay
Is home to Fort William and has history dating back 11,000 years. It’s an urban centre surrounded by a wilderness setting, situated on beautiful Lake Superior.
Excellent beaches are to be found here and a wonderful scenic boardwalk. Shops, fine dining, festivals, and live theatre. The big show-stopper here are the sunsets!
- Prince Edward County
This county consists of many small towns and has over 500 kms of shoreline. It has become a destination known for its wine, arts, culture, and food, dating back to the 18th Century.
- Thousand Islands
Here you can cruise among 1800 islands on guided boat tours, visiting famous UNESCO heritage sites. Plenty of museums, shopping, live theatre, and even a casino to keep you entertained.
- Point Pelee
Is the southern most point of mainland Canada. The park here is 15 sq. kms of protected land, jutting out into Lake Erie. Walk the boardwalk to the marshland and explore the beaches.The area provides cycling, golf, nature walks, local shops, and dining.
- Sandbanks Provincial Park
Is one of the largest and most beautiful beaches in Ontario. It boasts golden sandy beaches and a coastal sand dunes system. With trails, beaches, water activities, and playgrounds it provides for the whole family.
Our nation’s capital, Ottawa is a vibrant city with so much to see and do. Museums, national parks, parliament buildings, Rideau Canal, shopping, world class dining, nightlife, and HISTORY!
We’re confident you will find something on our list that will interest you. Book your rental, pack the car, plan your route, and get out there! Enjoy!