You don't need to venture too far from the city to have an epic adventure — there are several great destinations in Ontario that offer exciting experiences, all within an hour's distance from Toronto.
This summer, escape the city with these exciting one-hour road trips from Toronto:
The Millcroft Inn & Spa
Wash your troubles away at the Millcroft Inn & Spa, an award-winning wellness resort that features 17 state-of-the-art treatment areas, including 11 private rooms, 3 hydrotherapy rooms, a fitness room, indoor and outdoor baths and whirlpools, and herbal steam rooms. For $70, you can get full access to the hot springs so you can relax all day long.
Royal Botanical Gardens
See the beautiful flowers at the Royal Botanical Gardens, a tourist attraction that features multiple gardens, green spaces and trails that you can stroll through. Check out the beautiful plants at Hendrie Park, Laking Garden, Rock Garden and the Arboretum, which can all be visited on-site. Also make sure to visit this summer — a massive new rose garden is slated to open in the upcoming months.
African Lion Safari
Go on a wild ride through African Lion Safari, Canada's original safari adventure. It's the only park in the country where you can get up close and personal with your favourite jungle beasts, with lions, giraffes, rhinos, zebras, baboons and many other animals roaming freely as you drive by. One of their coolest offerings is their Wake Up The Wild experience, which lets you drive off-road in an open-air truck early in the morning so you can feed giraffes by hand.
Discover the historic town of Port Perry, a picturesque community that 10,000 visitors annually. The town is brimming with an old-world charm that is seen in its vintage shops and inns, cultural museums and quiet downtown district. For a relaxing time, head over to Palmer Park by the waterfront and enjoy the stunning views of Lake Scugog.
Immerse yourself in nature at the Belfountain Conservation Area, a spectacular green space that has everything you need for an outdoor adventure. The area features a scenic trail that cuts through a thick forest and leads to a suspension bridge over a beautiful waterfall. There are also flower gardens, fountains and small caves to check out in the area.
Get soaked this summer at Wild Waterworks, a 93-hectare amusement park that houses one of Canada's largest outdoor wave pools. Thrill seekers will enjoy the park's multi-storey slides, lazy rivers and heated pools, as well as the several outdoor attractions in the nearby vicinity, such as go-karts, batting cages, and mini golf.
Nestled in Niagara's wine country is Jordan Village, a small community that looks like a scene from the past. You'll enjoy the small boutiques, great restaurants and historic sites in the village, as well as the thriving night life and festivals that are often held throughout the year.