August is bittersweet for many Canadians because it's a subtle reminder that summer is ending soon. But it's not officially over yet, so why not make the best what we have left of it?
Make the most out of the remainder of summer by visiting these 7 amazing places in Ontario:
The Sleeping Giant
The Sleeping Giant is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Canada, and rightly so. When viewed from the west, the monstrous rock formation resembles a giant laying down on its back. At certain angles, it even appears to have an Adam's Apple! It is located in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park near Thunder Bay, which features over 80 km of hiking and biking trails, several breathtaking lookouts, rentable full-service cabins, campsites, and boating opportunities on Marie Louise Lake.
La Cloche Mountains
The La Cloche Mountains are a stretch of Canadian Shield-derived hills, located along the northern shore of Lake Huron nearby Manitoulin Island. They are known to be one of the oldest mountain formations on the planet, with an age of 3.5 billion years. They are located within Killarney Provincial Park, which features several backcountry camping sites, hiking trails for different skill levels, and over 50 clear blue lakes for canoeing, kayaking and fishing.
High Falls is a glorious 75-ft tall waterfall located near Lake Superior Provincial Park that's perfect for a day trip. It can be adored at a designated viewing area which sits just across from the falls, or you can see it at the bottom via a path that leads you to a roped-off area near the base of the falls. Several other paths offer hiking opportunities to other gorgeous sites, such as the Steephill Falls Dam and the Mission Falls Dam.
Potholes Provincial Park is a beautiful area near Chapleau, Ontario that features unique rock formations within a thick, boreal forest. Several stunning caverns that were formed by past glacial river erosion cut through the bedrock, and most of them are filled with miniature waterfalls. There are also a few hiking trails throughout the park that you can take to go birdwatching. Though Potholes Provincial Park is a day-use-only park, campsites are available at Lake Superior Provincial Park, which is just a short drive west.
The Crack is one of the best lookout points in the entire province. It is a quartzite rock cliff that gives a scenic view of Killarney Provincial Park, which is located in near the Georgian Bay. From this lookout, you can also see the aforementioned La Cloche Mountains in the distance. Getting there isn't an easy task, however. The trail leading to The Crack is a whopping 4-hour long path, so it's definitely not for everyone; but I assure you that it is absolutely worth the hike!
Stormy Lake is a beautiful, cerulean lake found within Restoule Provincial Park near Parry Sound. The lake is surrounded by lush green forests as well as towering rock formations known as the Stormy Lake Bluffs. The lake offers many opportunities for water activities, including canoeing, kayaking, boating, fishing and swimming. There are also several hiking trails available, as well as group campsites for those looking for to stay overnight.
Sauble Beach is a white sand, freshwater beach on the eastern shore of Lake Huron. It is the second longest freshwater beach at 11 km next to Wasaga Beach, which is also in Ontario. There are several recreational activities to participate in, including swimming, beach volleyball, stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing, fishing, waterskiing, golfing, and much more. There beach is also a frequent site for local music festivals. Cottages are available for rent during the summer season, so make sure to book yours early before they're all taken!
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