I know, it's hard to believe that any of these would be a few hour's drive from you. But it's true, and these remarkable places need to be put on your summer 2016 bucket list! These places are close enough to home that they won't break the bank travelling to, and you'll get history, adventure and an appreciation for nature out of them.
In no particular order, we came up with 14 surreal places in Ontario that you won't believe really exist. And if you don't believe that these pictures can be real, start planning a trip with your BFF's and see for yourself!
1. Bonnechere Caves, Eganville
Located in Renfrew County, these historic, unique caves are only an hour and a half drive from Ottawa. It's a history lesson in itself that is perfect for any adventure lover.
2. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Thunder Bay
Established in 1944, this beautiful provincial park is a must-see. There's a lot to see around this park, but we insist that you hike up to the rock formation, put your feet over the edge and soak in the view!
3. The Bluffs, Scarborough
An absolute unique feature on Toronto's waterfront. You can make a day trip out of it, eat at the waterfront restaurant and, obviously, take beautiful Instagram pictures.
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4. Cup and Saucer Trail, Manitoulin Island
Cup and Saucer Trail is located on Manitoulin Island, which translates into God's Island. This trail takes you to the edge of an escarpment and looks out onto the most amazing view of forests and Lake Huron.
5. Georgian Bay Grotto, Bruce Peninsula
The Grotto was carved out by waves of the Georgian Bay over years and years. This beautiful, stunning cave has an underwater tunnel, and it's blue turquoise water will make you feel like you're in the Caribbean.
6. 1000 Islands, Gananoque
The 1000 Islands straddles between the Canada-US boarder and stretches about 50 miles. There is an 1000 Islands Gananoque Boat Line cruise that is open to the public which allows you to see the most beautiful views of the islands.
7. Webster Falls, Hamilton
Located in Hamilton, you can view this stunning waterfall from a sheltered area above the waterfall. You cannot physically access the bottom of the falls, however the view is definitely worth it.
8. Algonquin Provincial Park
Algonquin Provincial Park is an amazing place to camp with loved ones in the summer. However, what attracts people the most is the stunning night sky. You can spend your nights stargazing, just make sure you stay away from the parts of the park that use artificial lighting.
Photo cred - @dianavlike
9. Niagara Falls
This might be an obvious choice, but we had to put it on the list. Straddling the border between Canada and the United States, these three waterfalls are an Ontario treasure that everyone must experience once in their lifetime.
10. Bridal Veil Falls, Georgian Bay
Easy and accessible to get down to to the falls by a short hiking trail. This waterfall along Lake Huron isn't just beautiful, but it also feels like you've been whisked away on a trip to Hawaii.
11. Pelee Island
You can get to this unique island by ferry service, which we definitely recommend. Pelee has miles of amazing beaches, and it's great for fishing, so it would be worth it to make a trip out of it to explore this secretive island.
12. Long Point
On the north-shore of Lake Erie, this place is perfect to go boating with the amount of beaches surrounding it. It goes on for 40 kilometres, so theres always something new and beautiful to look at.
13. Topaz Lake, Killarney
This clear, turquoise lake is surrounded by beautiful trees and rocks which makes for the most beautiful scenery. You can anchor here with your boat, canoe through the lake or hike along the rocks.
Photo cred - @samir_finally
14. Mazinaw Rock, Bon Echo Provinicial Park
Thinking that these rocks couldn't get more unique, you can actually rock climb along these rocks to get a better view. You can also hike to the top, which is a 2 kilometre hike, to get a view of the surrounding lake.
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