As the flowers start to blossom and the snow begins to melt away, there will be tons of different activities happening within the city of Toronto. However, what happens if you want to escape the hustle and bustle? Explore something new? Or just enter yourself into the world of wilderness?
I lived in Vancouver for four years and I was blown away by how tranquil I would feel when I decided to escape the city for a day. However, I recently discovered that the beauty of the outdoors doesn't stop when you leave BC. Ontario also has tons of beautiful spots for you to explore on a spontaneous day trip with your besties or significant other.
Here are the top 12 you can't miss out on this Spring:
Ferris Provincial Park // Campbellford, Ontario
Distance from Toronto: 1h 55m
Buried in the town of Campbellford is Ferris Provincial Park. With over 10km of trails through forest and along the river, you'll be sure to get a workout in while enjoying all nature has to offer. In addition, there's a suspension bridge that crosses the river and makes for the perfect photo opportunity.
Lake Rosseau // Lake Rosseau, Ontario
Distance from Toronto: 2h 33m
Lake Rosseau is located about 200 kilometres north of Toronto and features STUNNING views of both the sunset and over 60 islands. There are tons of places to explore, camp, and picnic with friends. My suggestion if you're going to go? Stay for the sunset or arrive before the sunrise. You won't be disappointed.
Reif Estate Winery // Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario
Distance from Toronto: 1h 30m
Reif Estate Winery is located in Niagara-On-The-Lake and features stunning and features beautiful vineyard that you and your friends can frolic through. In addition, they have 'sensory wine bar' in which you are blindfolded and can sample tons of different wines and cheese!
Wasaga Beach // Wasaga Beach, Ontario
Distance from Toronto: 1h 40m
Wasaga Beach is one of the most popular spring/ summer destinations. Not only are the beaches stunning, but there are also tons of great bars and restaurants to check out.
Terre Bleu Lavender Farm // Campbellville, Ontario
Distance from Toronto: 50m
Terre Bleu Lavender Farm located in Campbellville, Ontario is perfect for anyone looking to take their Instagram to the next level this Spring. The farm is packed with rows and rows of lavender, that will calm the mind, and also features lavender ice cream that you can purchase onsite!
Elora Quarry // Elora, Ontario
Distance from Toronto: 1h 25m
Elora Quarry is the perfect getaway this spring for friends looking to escape the hustle and bustle. This limestone quarry contains freshwater that you can swim in. In addition, there are tons of shaded picnic areas that you and your friends can set up at!
St. Jacobs Farmers Market // St. Jacobs, Ontario
Distance from Toronto: 1h 15m
Growing up, St. Jacobs was one of my favourite places to visit with family and friends. Not only are all the people so nice and laid back, but it is also a hidden gem for people looking to try new and exciting foods! A lot of the local vendors bring their own heritage to each dish they make. Oh, and the baked goods are iconic, too!
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa // Muskoka, Ontario
Distance from Toronto: 2h 15m
It would have been so easy for me to recommend you go to the Scandinave Spa in Blue Mountain, which is why I wanted to offer you something a bit different! The JW Marriott Resort and Spa in Lake Rosseau is the perfect escape for people looking to unwind. Not only does it offer a spa with tranquil oxygen facials, but they also have beautiful patios that you can enjoy a glass of wine at after.
White Water Walk // Niagara Falls, Ontario
Distance from Toronto: 1h 15m
White Water Walk in Niagara Falls is a very popular tourist destination. Not only is the walk beautiful to take in thanks to the rapids, but its also a good hike to walk around and check out the surrounding area! The best part? You can stop by a winery after as there are tons in the vicinity!
Spirit Tree Estate Cidery // Caledon, Ontario
Distance from Toronto: 40m
Spirit Tree Estate Cider located in Caledon, Ontario is practically heaven for cider lovers. This estate grows their own apples, turns it into amazing draught cider, and also has a bistro where you can treat yourself to other apple goodies. This is the perfect place to take your bestie.
Northern Bruce Peninsula // Northern Bruce Peninsula, Ontario
Distance from Toronto: 3h 30m
The Northern Bruce Peninsula is the furthest destination on this list, but it is definitely worth the hike. It's located in Bruce County and features some of Ontario's most jaw-dropping views. For those of you who live in Downtown Toronto, this will be the perfect place for you to unwind and feel tranquil this Spring.
Spencer Smith Park // Burlington, Ontario
Distance from Toronto: 35m
Looking to go for a nice stroll out of the city with your dog? Look no further than Spencer Smith Park that won't just grace you with beautiful trails, but also gorgeous cherry blossoms! Now, these are only in bloom for the Spring so make sure you take advantage!