It would be criminal to stay indoors with the warm weather finally starting to show. Summer is the perfect time to explore Ontario - hidden waterfalls, secret gardens, and secluded beaches are just some of the many things you'll uncover as you journey through the Heartland.
On your next date, pack some sandwiches, blankets and hot chocolate - you're going to want to head over to these off-the-beaten-path date spots in the province:
David Dunlop Observatory
David Dunlap Observatory houses the largest optical telescope in Canada. It offers a variety of astronomy-related programs and events that are open to the public. Though the observatory itself isn't much of a secret, there's a "hidden" bridge in the nearby area that lights up at night and makes for a romantic walk.
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls is a beautiful site found at the end of a river trail in Manitoulin Island. Many people like to bring their swim suits to take a dip in the small pool of water at the base of the waterfall. There's also a small village nearby with museums and art galleries available to explore.
Stormy Lake is located at the northeast boundary of Restoule Provincial Park. It's a great spot for water activities like fishing, boating and tubing, especially because it doesn't get as crowded.
Barron Canyon is a natural wonder that can be viewed from a 1.5-km looped trail. Several lookout points offer breathtaking views of the canyon, and the river that cuts through below is also a prime spot for kayaking.
Eigensinn Farm is a unique French farmhouse that offers farm-to-table multi-course meals. It is owned by the Stadtländer family, who grows and raises their own vegetables and livestock for their meals. Enjoy great eats like smoke house ham, lake fish, homemade black currant preserves and garden greens.
Misery Bay is a 1,005-hectare park that consists of four 5-km trails and a wide diversity of wildlife and flora. Many cool sights like mixed woodland, old beach ridges, and rare alvars are found along each of the trails.
Terre Bleu is a gorgeous lavender farm that consists of tens of thousands of lavenders. Open from June through August, visitors can roam through the farm's beautiful grounds for just $10 a person.
Deepwater Island is a unique accommodation located on a private island. Intended as a resort for couples or honeymooners, the tucked-away retreat consists of a beautifully decorated cottage with high-end finishings and picturesque views of the Georgian Bay.
Pamenar is one of the many amazing indie cafés in Toronto. Trendy drinks, tasty snacks and a cozy patio makes this Augusta Avenue spot well worth a visit.