Toronto’s a great city to live and play in, but every once in a while, it’s also a relief to leave the metropolitan downtown core. From hiking trails with breathtaking views to hidden cavernous grottos, it's easy to take the time to plan a weekend escape and reconnect with nature close to the city. All of these locations are less than a few hours away from TO, and they’re definitely worth the drive!
1. The Grotto at Bruce Peninsula Park
Do you dream of travelling to an exotic seaside spot? Take a drive to the Grotto at Bruce Peninsula Park and explore the natural beauty of this shoreline cave. Believe it or not, it contains blue water reminiscent of the Mediterranean sea, without the hassle of having to fly for hours on end to experience it. It’s open year-round, but is most popular during the summer months and long weekends. So make sure to hop in the car in the early AM on the day you plan to visit to avoid parking issues!
2. Bonnechere Caves
Located in Eganville, four hours from downtown TO, Bonnechere Caves is a must-see destination for all outdoor adventurers. Spend a day wandering the mysterious caves and taking in the sights of their beautiful waterfall. There’s no better way to reconnect with nature than to get a little lost exploring natural sites! Especially on hot summer days, the caves can get pretty humid; keep smelling fresh with Old Spice’s Timber Deodorant. Its scent is inspired by nature, so you’ll blend right in with good ol’ Mother Nature.
3. Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Calling all outdoorsy adventure lovers! If you want to get your adrenaline pumping while in the great outdoors, head to Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, located in Collingwood, Ontario. There's something for everyone here, from eco-adventure tours and their thunderbird twin zip line to nature trails and even mini golf. And, of course, they also have caves and caverns to explore – their name isn’t just for show. Make sure you’re prepared by swiping some Old Spice Fiji Deodorant under those arms before heading out for a day of adventure!
4. Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area
Located just 48 minutes away from downtown Toronto, Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area is the perfect spot for a day trip or spending a weekend outdoors. If you’re looking for a camping experience near the city, look no further. Rattlesnake Point is the perfect camping getaway spot, with over 17 campsites where you can spend the nights stargazing and roasting s'mores over an open fire. It’s also the ideal place to pack your Old Spice Timber Body Wash and really feel at one with nature, but smell even better than the forests surrounding you. There are plenty of hiking trails to keep you busy and engaged during the day. And don’t panic: it’s called Rattlesnake Point due to the snake-like path that slithers along the Niagara Escarpment, not because it’s crawling with snakes.
5. Sandbanks Provincial Park
Sandbanks is well regarded for being one of the top spots in Ontario for a fun weekend enjoying the best of what nature has to offer. Definitely try and secure a campsite for the ultimate Sandbanks experience, but make sure to do so well in advance as sites get booked up months before the actual date. Spend your days lounging on the Park’s three sandy beaches; word has it that they’re among the best in Canada. It’s the perfect location for families or groups of friends to escape hectic city life and chill out by the water.
6. Belfountain Conservation Area
Just an hour outside of Toronto’s core lies Belfountain Conservation Area, which offers everything from hiking trails and a suspension bridge to flower gardens and a waterfall. It’s the perfect place to become reacquainted with nature and explore what lies just beyond the metropolitan limits of Toronto – with the luxury of being able to drive back to the city in a jiffy if you really do miss the hustle and bustle too much.
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