Ontario, it’s ours to discover. If you’re growing tired of city life, don’t sweat it. There are so many charming small towns in Ontario for you to explore and they look like the set of every Hallmark movie ever made. 

So, if you’re looking for picture-perfect destinations to add to your summer road trip list, then we’ve got you covered. 

From little villages nestled within the Niagara escarpment to towns littered with local shopping, there’s a little something for everyone on this list. 

We think all of these towns could easily be a movie set, and in fact, a few of them actually are. 

In the summer, these small towns go all out with lush flowers and foliage. At night, the skies are covered in a blanket of stars.

You don’t see that in the big cities. It’s basically like a real-life postcard that you can walk through.

So if you need a weekend away, why not consider one of these towns?

Just be sure to check local rules and restrictions before you visit.

Fergus

Price: Free

Address: Fergus, ON

Why You Need To Go: This little township is full of charming pubs like The Goofie Newfie and gorgeous outdoor spaces. If you want a view of the water, be sure to check out Templin Gardens when you visit. 


Elora

Price: Free

Address: Elora, ON

Why You Need To Go: Just down the road from Fergus you'll find the whimsical town of Elora. Filled with limestone buildings downtown and wonderful nature trails, there's so much beauty to enjoy.


Bracebridge 

Price: Free

Address: Bracebridge, ON

Why You Need To Go: You might recognize this gorgeous Muskoka town from the Netflix movie The Knight Before Christmas


Creemore

Price: Free

Address: Creemore, ON

Why You Need To Go: Nestled within the Niagara escarpment, this place really puts the "small" in small town. You just know they'd film a romantic scene in the local lavender field. Why wouldn't you?


Midland

Price: Free

Address: Midland, ON

Why You Need To Go: With over 30 stunning murals throughout the town, Midland is basically one giant outdoor art gallery. 


Tobermory

Price: Free

Address: Tobermory, ON

Why You Need To Go: With nearly turquoise water and rocky beaches, Tobermory looks like the set of a tropical vacation movie. And we live for that. 


Picton

Price: Free

Address: Picton, ON

Why You Need To Go: Picton is the perfect Hallmark town and it's filled with the most charming small businesses. You just know a Hallmark main character would be working at The Vic Cafe. 


Gravenhurst

Price: Free

Address: Gravenhurst, ON

Why You Need To Go: If life were a Hallmark movie, Gravenhurst would be the place where you film that "weekend at the cottage" scene. It's a nature lover's paradise. 


Paris

Price: Free

Address: Paris, ON

Why You Need To Go: Dubbed one of the prettiest towns in Ontario and part of the province's "European capitals tour," this spot is perfect for those who want to enjoy a Euro vacay on a budget. 


Niagara-On-The-Lake

Price: Free

Address: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

Why You Need To Go: You'll find nothing but good times and good wine in this charming little town. It's the perfect spot for a weekend away with the BFFs. 


Goderich

Price: Free

Address: Goderich, ON

Why You Need To Go: The Goderich lighthouse alone is so adorable that it looks like a real-life movie set. 


Merrickville 

Price: Free

Address: Merrickville, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you're looking to shop 'til you drop, Merrickville is the town for you. Be sure to find the old red phonebooth while you're here.


Almonte 

Price: Free

Address: Almonte, ON

Why You Need To Go: Walking through Almonte is like walking through a real-life postcard. It's no surprise they chose to film Christmas Scavenger Hunt here. 


Westport 

Price: Free

Address: Westport, ON

Why You Need To Go: The Westport harbour is one of the best places in the province to watch the sunset over the water. And it's just one of the many stunning sites in this small town. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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