As Ontarians I think we can all agree that we're incredibly lucky to be living close to so much nature and beauty. There's no shortage of nature adventures all over Ontario and I think it's safe to say most of us don't take advantage of as much as we should.
Living in the big city gives us access to literally everything we could ever need so why leave? Well, there's tons of stunning adventures just waiting for us out there that just can't be found inside city limits.
This spring and summer we've all got to get out there and experience what our great province has to offer! Use this list as an adventure bucket list.
12. Belfountain Conservation Area
Where: Belfountain, Ontario
This stunning conservation area is probably one of the most peaceful areas in Ontario. It's located just over an hour from Toronto is made up of trails, suspension bridges and rushing waterfalls that will get you in tune with nature.
11. Terre Bleu Lavender Farm
Where: Campbellville, Ontario
Terre Bleu is one of the biggest and prettiest lavender farms in all of Ontario and makes for a beautiful escape from the city. You can walk among the fragrant rows of flowers, take a picture at the adorable yellow door and try some of their delicious lavender ice cream!
10. Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve
This is definitely the best spot in all of Ontario to view the stars in the night sky. The Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve is the perfect place to spend the night with a couple cozy blankets, some snacks and drinks and you'll be in for a the perfect night!
9. Sifton Bog
Where: London, Ontario
The Sifton Bog Boardwalk in London is the perfect place to escape into nature. It's a 1 km boardwalk trail that winds through a lush forest and wetland area. You can explore tons of stunning floral and fauna as well as spot tons of wildlife.
8. Bogle Seeds Farm
Where: Millgrove, Ontario
These adorable sunflower fields are the perfect place to appreciate the beauty of nature. This farm has up to 75 acres of sunflower fields to frolic through and admire up close and personal! Sunflowers are usually at their best and brightest around July and August.
7. Kakabeka Falls
Where: Thunder Bay
These are the second largest water falls in all of Ontario, right behind the massive Niagara Falls. If you want to visit a waterfall that's equally impressive and not given as much credit as Niagara Falls, this is definitely the an amazing alternative.
6. White Water Walk
Where: Niagara Falls
The stunning White Water Walk in Niagara Falls has officially reopened for the season! You can walk on a long boardwalk path past rushing Class 5 rapids! It's an impressive display of nature's power and will surely allow you to block everything else out and embrace the beauty of nature.
5. Cootes Paradise
Where: Hamilton, Ontario
Located in Hamilton is this stunning 7.5 km boardwalk trail that will take you through a beautiful nature sanctuary. Cootes Paradise is a marsh wetland that is a sanctuary for rare birds and threatened species that is an ideal spot for wildlife spotting.
4. Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain
Where: Blue Mountain Village
If you're looking for a peaceful place to escape from it all a spa should definitely be at the top of the list. The Scandinave Spa in Blue Mountain Village is literally the most relaxing place to spend a few hours and on week days you can get access to the pools for just $60!
3. Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge
Where: Campbellford, Ontario
The Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge is a super cool spot for a day trip to escape the busy city life. It spans 300 meters across Trent River and you can actually see the river rushing below you through the gaps in the metal floor!
2. Thousand Islands Kayaking
Where: Thousand Islands
If you're looking to explore the twisting waterways of the stunning 1000 islands, you should definitely check out the Thousand Islands Kayaking Co. You can take a kayaking tour of the Thousand Islands Water Trail which features 9 interconnected routes.
1. Niagara Botanical Gardens
The stunning 99 acres of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to escape. It's full of tons of beautifully maintained gardens including all different kinds of fresh flowers plus a world famous rose garden!