SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE! Save the date for June 21st (the first official day of summer, whoop whoop!) Have you been wanting to go on a road trip with your friends? Are you unsure of where to actually go? We've compiled a list of 10 cool places near Toronto to road trip to with your friends this summer. Let the summer festivities begin!
1. Port Elgin
Feel like chilling out and relaxing on a beach? This community is located on the shoreline of Lake Huron, and there are six beautiful beaches for you to lay out and about on. There's also a wide selection of hiking trails for you to venture through.
2. Wasaga Beach
Rent a cottage for a weekend with your friends or go on a day trip to Wasaga. You can rent a personal watercraft or take a ride on a banana boat if you feel like hitting the waves. If you're feeling adventurous, check out the Scenic Caves.
Photo cred – Jessica Lam
3. Niagara Falls
Niagara may seem like a cliché tourist spot, but it never gets old even for us Torontonians. Check out all the tourist attractions (there's a variety of wax museums and haunted houses), watch the beautiful falls, take a ride on the SkyWheel at sunset, then hit up the casino at night. You can even cross to the American side if you feel like doing a little shopping.
Muskoka is Ontario’s most popular "cottage country", so it only makes sense that you would want to rent a cottage here. There's a variety of fun activities to do in Muskoka including canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, boat cruises, fishing, cycling, horseback riding, hiking trails and more!
Are you and your friends looking for somewhere to go with lots of outdoor activities? Collingwood has plenty to offer for outdoor and adrenaline enthusiasts alike, including jet skiing, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking, wakeboarding, fishing, cycling, zip lining, an Apple Pie Trail, a high ropes course, and a low ropes course.
6. Algonquin Provincial Park
Get in touch with nature at Algonquin Provincial Park. There's a variety of activities to do in the wilderness including backcountry camping, backpacking, biking, boating, canoeing, fishing, hunting and trapping, swimming, hiking in the trails, and wildlife watching.
7. Bruce Trail
Feel like going on a good hike with your friends? There's over 800 km of main trails and 200 km of side trails along the Niagara Escarpment. Explore the beauty and take some scenic photos on the Bruce Trail. You can even camp along the trail.
Photo cred – Derek Purdy
8. Rice Lake
This is the prime destination for all you fishing enthusiasts out there, whether you're a pro or an amateur. There's more to do than just fishing, including zoos, tree top trekking, horseback riding, and sightseeing flights and charters!
9. Thousand Islands
The Thousand Islands are on the border of Ontario and New York, and you can cross the Thousand Islands Bridge to get to the U.S. Take a scenic cruise, check out the historical sites and museums, and maybe even see a drive-in movie at night. There's a whole bunch of things to do on both the Canadian and U.S. sides.
They call themselves "Ontario's Most Beautiful Village", and there's no way you can deny it. Even the name "Elora" sounds beautiful. It may be a little village, but there's a whole lot of outdoor activities to do including cycling, hiking, climbing, kayaking, swimming, tubing, zip lining, and hot air balloon riding.