9 Amazing Vacation Spots You Can Visit Without Leaving Ontario
Your dream vacation is just a short drive away.
Are you looking to escape the city but you're short on funds? Well, there's nothing to worry about because you still have several options; all of which don't require you to buy a pricey plane ticket.
Ontario is a goldmine for vacation spots that are up to par with other destinations around the globe. For your next vacation, you might want consider one of these 9 amazing vacation spots in Ontario:
Bay of Quinte
The Bay of Quinte is full of gorgeous sandy beaches, clear blue lakes and lush green golf courses. There's much to do in this region - visit the Stirling Festival Theatre and catch a live show, learn some town history at the Glanmore National Historic site, or enjoy a glass of wine with cubes of cheese on a relaxing boat cruise.
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Land O' Lakes
Land O' Lakes is the perfect destination for the outdoors explorer. With over 5000 lakes in the area, there's plenty of space to engage in canoeing, kayaking, fishing and boating. On the land, there are almost 600 km of trails that cut through beautiful woodlands. Small towns are also plenty in this region and offer new places for visitors to explore and unwind.
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Muskoka has been coined "The Malibu of the North" by New York Times because even celebrities flock to there to vacation. There are three large lakes in Muskoka; each surrounded by a diversity of lush green trees and beautiful scenery. Several cottage rentals are available in Muskoka during peak season that will allow you to unwind by the lake and enjoy the warm Canadian summer.
Niagara Falls isn't necessarily the most unique place to vacation when you're from Toronto, but there's still a lot of fun things to do in the area. Of course you have the standard Falls, Clifton Hill, and casinos, but there are also several historic towns nearby that are worth exploring - Niagara-On-The-Lake is often referred to as the prettiest town in Ontario, and St. Catharines has some of the best wines in the country. Wherever you end up going, you're bound to have a relaxing time in Niagara.
Ottawa is a great place for sightseeing because there are several points of interests to visit in the city that are all relatively nearby to each other. The beautiful buildings that line the streets are all worth taking a picture with, from the stunning Canadian War Museum to the Neo-Gothic Parliament Hill. There are also several events that occur in Ottawa in the summer months, such as the Bluesfest music festival and the HOPE Volleyball Summerfest.
Prince Edward County
Prince Edward County has once been included in Maclean's top places to see in Canada, and for good reason. It's home to Sandbanks Provincial Park, which has some of the best sandy beaches in the province. You can also visit its vineyards, breweries, and restaurants, which are starting to receive international attention. Some other things to check out are The Festival Players theatre company, which puts on great live shows, as well as the Annual Great Canadian Cheese festival in Picton to indulge in great cheeses, wines and craft beers.
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Thousand Islands is something out of a fairytale. It's even got castles! Situated on the St. Lawrence River, which separates Canada and the US, the region has a mix of both Canadian and American cultures which offers a unique experience for visitors. There are several outdoor activities for you to do, including hiking in the Thousand Islands National Park and canoeing down the St Lawrence. Boat tours, fine dining, shopping, and live shows are also plentiful in the area.
Tobermory is a destination you have to visit at least once in your life. It's home to Bruce Peninsula National Park, which has some of the most beautiful landforms and greenery in Ontario. Apart from being a nature paradise, there are also several quaint shops, chandeliers and a variety of restaurants that you will definitely enjoy.
Wasaga Beach is the world's longest freshwater beach. It is kind of like a miniature Jersey Shore, with little shops that line a main boardwalk. Because the water is relatively shallow, it gets pretty warm; so much so that you could spend an entire day in it if you wanted to. Aside from beach activities, you can also enjoy cottages, camping and shopping in the area.
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