How To See The World Without Leaving Ontario
The beauty of the world in our backyard.
In Ontario, it's possible to see the world without ever getting on a plane... Sort of. The province has little bits and pieces of the world scattered throughout its land that could serve as a precursor to your future globe-trotting adventures.
Although they may not be as good as the real thing, these 7 places will still fulfil your wanderlust:
Kariya Park is a place in Mississauga that is reminiscent of a dreamy Japanese garden. This makes sense because Kariya, Japan is actually Mississauga's twin city! The beautiful cherry blossoms, gentle ponds, and Asian-style buildings will make you feel like you hopped on a plane and landed in Japan.
Grand Bend Beach
Grand Bend Beach is one of the best sand beaches in Ontario. It's earned official Blue Flag status for its dedication to water quality and safety, and it really shows - the water is super clear and the temperatures can get so warm you'll feel like you're somewhere in the Caribbean.
Lindsay is a small town in the Kawartha Lakes area that has a whole lot of European charm. It's main street, Kent St, is riddled with old buildings similar to those you'd find in England. From museums, little shops and great local restaurants, you're bound to have a great time in Lindsay.
Sauble Beach is a sand dune conservation area in Ontario. Although it's dune systems only represent a small area, with a bit of imagination they can remind you of the much bigger sand dunes you'd find in the African Sahara. There are several things to do at the beach, from swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and beach sports.
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Tobermory's coastline is lined by stunning rock formations that are somewhat reminiscent of those you'd see at Cathedral Cove in New Zealand. Rich, blue waters, forested hiking trails and beautiful caves and grottos are all within the vicinity for visitors to explore.
Gage Park's greenhouse is a 18,720 that houses all sorts of greenery. Although it's nowhere as big and glorious as the Amazon in Brazil, its tropical plants will still make you feel like you're going through a magical rainforest.
The Sleeping Giant is a massive rock formation that looks like a giant lying on its back when viewed from the side. Its towering cliffs, which are lined with lush, green grasses are somewhat reminiscent of the ones you'd see at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails and nature watching in this area.
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