After a few long months, we have all truly earned this summer. So it's time to belatedly start on that adventure bucket list. Ontario waterfalls are abundant across the province, and provide a great spot to relax, soak up the sun, and reconnect with the great outdoors. 

There are tons of falls across Ontario, with hundreds within an hour's drive of Toronto.

Some are pretty easy to find, some require a little bit of effort, while others are hidden away from public view, just waiting to be discovered. 

It's not always just about the waterfall itself, though.

This spot near Ottawa flows right through historic abandoned ruins which once belonged to Thomas "Carbide" Wilson, a Canadian well-known for discovering ways to mass-produce calcium carbide.

Not to be outdone, Hamilton is well known for being the "City of Waterfalls," with almost 160 sparking falls to check out throughout the entire region. 

With the temperatures getting hotter and hotter, anyone who is looking for a place to take a swim this summer without the crowds, some of these spots will be for you.

When visiting a waterfall, remember there is a lot of fast-moving water and some slippery spots. So make sure to use caution and don't take risks just to grab that breathtaking selfie. 

High Falls

Price: Free to $21

Address: High Falls Trail, South Gillies, ON

Why You Need To Go: This breathtaking 28m waterfall is split on the border of Ontario and Minnesota. 


Ball's Falls

Price: $5 to $24

Address: 3292 Sixth Ave., Lincoln, ON

Why You Need To Go: Besides its, erm, unique name, Ball's Falls has pretty waterfalls and great hiking trails. 


Hogg's Falls

Price: Free

Address: Lower Valley Road, Flesherton, ON

Why You Need To Go: This hidden away waterfall is often called the "best-kept secret" in Grey County. You'll know exactly why when you see it.

Raleigh Falls

Price: Free

Address: Raleigh Lake Rd., Ignace, ON

Why You Need To Go: Surrounded by a lush forest, this beautiful spot is just off the Trans-Canada Highway, so it's easily reachable.

Rideau Falls

Price: Free

Address: 50 Sussex Dr., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Not far from the home of PM Justin Trudeau, this park features impressive views. 

Bridal Veil Falls

Price: Free

Address: Highway 540, Kagawong, ON

Why You Need To Go: Easily accessible, this treasure can be found on Manitoulin Island, already one of Ontario's coolest spots. 

Cataract Falls

Price: Free to $18.58

Address: 17760 McLaren Rd., Caledon, ON

Why You Need To Go: After a 30-minute hike on the Meadow Trail, you'll find this delightfully picturesque waterfall. 

 

Bala Falls

Price: Free

Address: Highway 169, Muskoka Lakes, ON

Why You Need To Go: It's a perfect slice of cottage country, and as it may soon be part of a major hydroelectric project, the time to visit is now.  


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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