Ontario is one of the most picturesque provinces in Canada. Its diverse geology and landforms make it a prime destination for explorers to visit - soaring mountain ranges, mysterious forests, glorious waterfalls and secluded beaches can all be found in the Heartland.

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For your next Ontario road trip, you're going to want to consider these 10 amazing travel destinations within the province:


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Sleeping Giant

The Sleeping Giant is a massive landform in the Thunder Bay area that offers some of the most breathtaking views of Lake Superior. It is named as such because at certain angles it looks like a giant laying on its back. It features over 80 km of hiking trails as well as amazing wildlife viewing opportunities within its thick boreal forest.


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The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains is a community in Grey Country that is most famously known for its winter ski resort. However, it has evolved into a four-season destination, with its top-ranked pedestrian village being a popular location to visit in the warmer months. Whether you're looking to shred some powder or just relax away in a cottage, the Blue Mountains can provide the urban escape you seek.


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Bruce Peninsula

The Bruce Peninsula is characterized by turquoise waters, dramatic cliffs and unique granite rock formations. Adventurers will enjoy a range of scenic hiking trails, secret swimming spots like the Cyprus Lake Grotto, multiple campsites and a dark sky environment perfect for stargazing at night.


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Stratford

Stratford is one of the prettiest towns in Ontario. Although it has a rich theatre culture, it definitely offers much more than that - charming buildings, cute local restaurants and nearby green spaces make it a perfect town to visit for a provincial getaway.


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Pelee Island

Pelee Island is located in the western half of Lake Erie that can be accessed by ferry. Thousands of people visit the island each year for its exciting festivals, community events, concerts and marathons. On top of this, it is a great spot for photography as it features amazing nature sights and wildlife.


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Hamilton

Hamilton is on the rise as a tourist hotspot in Ontario. It is home to over 100 breathtaking waterfalls, and is also quickly gaining a reputation as a city for fooies because of its booming restaurant scene.


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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a must-visit destination for anyone who is visiting the province. Apart from the glorious falls, it also offers a plethora of family-oriented activities along Clifton Hill, a wide selection top-rated restaurants and affordable lodging by the edge of the canyon.


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The Thousand Islands

The Thousand Islands are an otherwordly place in Southeastern Ontario. Each island offers something unique, whether it be cottages, museums or even castles. The surrounding communities are also perfect for and old world experience, with several charming spots to shop and dine.


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Muskoka

Muskoka is a vacationer's dream destination. Even a few notable celebrities make the trip north to enjoy the beautiful lakes and cottages. The thick of the Muskokan wilderness offers a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.


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Cochrane

Cochrane is a northerly location that offers some of the most unique experiences that you could ever have in Ontario. It has a nature habitat where you can swim with polar bears, a quirky igloo hotel, and some of the best spots for seeing the northern lights in the entire province.


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