21 Stunning Road Trips In Ontario To Add To Your Summer Bucket List

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Ontario Road Trips That Are Perfect For Your Summer Bucket List
Associate Editor

While summer may still feel like a long way away, it's never too early to start dreaming about some road trip adventures. There are multiple dreamy spots across the province that are waiting for us to return, and you and your BFFs can start imagining your next adventure. These Ontario road trips need to be added to your summer bucket list. 

Thanks to its size, Ontario has tons of road trip opportunities that will take you and your friends on all sorts of adventures.

From hiking trails to charming villages, you can spend your time enjoying the beautiful scenery and attractions the province has to offer.

Grab your hiking boots, because Spirit Rock Trail is a unique adventure with a secret spiral staircase, historic ruins, and turquoise waters.

Anyone with a sweet tooth will want to adventure to Wheelers Maple, a charming sugar bush with lengthy trails, museums, and of course, a pancake house serving up fluffy stacks.

Thrill-seekers can visit Ouimet Canyon for some incredible panoramic views and a towering suspension bridge walk.

Daydream yourself away from the rainy weather by planning some future journeys to these spots around the province. No matter when you decide to explore these amazing spots, they are sure to fill your days with sunshine. 

Explore Cheltenham Badlands

Price: Parking fee

Address: 1739 Olde Base Line Rd., Inglewood, ON

Why You Need To Go: It's hard to believe this rocky red land exists in Ontario. The badlands feature a wide expanse of red clay hills that will transport you to another planet.

Smell The Flowers At PEC Lavender

Price: $10 per adult

When: Opens April 2020

Address: 732 Closson Rd., Hillier, ON

Why You Need To Go: Explore stunning lavender fields in Prince Edward County and shop for all sorts of floral products at the onsite boutique.

Catch A Show At Stratford

Price: Varies depending on the show

Address: Stratford, ON

Why You Need To Go: This picturesque town is brimming with restaurants, charming shops, and theatre performances.

Enjoy An Ice Cream At Whimsy Treats

Price: Varies depending on the item

Address: 90 Main St. S., Georgetown, ON

Why You Need To Go: This dessert shop lives up to its name by selling colourful, over-the-top treats and drinks. Enjoy ice cream stuffed donuts and more at this spot.

Indulge In Pancakes At Wheelers Maple

Price: Free

Address: 1001 Highland Line, McDonalds Corners, ON

Why You Need To Go: Wander through a stunning sugar bush, indulge in fluffy pancakes with fresh maple syrup, and adventure through the museums and exhibits the space has to offer!

Take A Boat To Flowerpot Island

Price: $7.90 per adult

Address: Flowerpot Island, ON

Why You Need To Go: Take a boat ride from Tobermory and explore this island featuring flowerpot shaped rock pillars, rare plants, and a historic lighthouse.

Window Shop In Bayfield 

Address: Bayfield, ON

Why You Need To Go: With a charming village, scenic trails, and a stunning beach, this spot is worth a road trip.

Take In The View At Ouimet Canyon

Price: Fees vary

Address: Greenwich Lake Rd., Pass Lake, ON

Why You Need To Go: You'll get all the views at this giant canyon, complete with boardwalk trails and a towering suspension bridge.

Explore Gananoque

Address: Gananoque, ON

Why You Need To Go: This historic lakeside town has delicious restaurants, theatre, trails, and more to keep you busy.

Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery

Price: Prices vary depending on the activity

Address: 1074 Cranberry Rd., Bala, ON

Why You Need To Go: Depending on what time of year you go, you can glide down icy trails, wade through a cranberry marsh, indulge in all sorts of cranberry treats, and more.

Take A Tour At Trius Winery

Price: $39 per person

Address: 1249 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Why You Need To Go: Take the Trius Tour through this Instagrammable winery, filled with tons of photo ops and dreamy drinks.

Breathe In The Fesh Air At Dorset Lookout Tower

Price: $2 to walk, $10 to drive

Address: 1191 Dorset Scenic Tower Rd., Dwight, ON

Why you need to go: Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy all the views you've been longing for from this lookout tower.

Indulge In Sweets At Mile And A Quarter Ice Cream

Price: 💸

Address: 772 Blackburn Mews, Kingston, ON

Why You Need To Go: Ice cream lovers will be in heaven at this spot, which serves up 55 flavours of soft serve and 18 Belgium chocolate dip options.

Snap A Photo Of The Big Apple

Address: 262 Orchard Rd., Colborne, ON

Why You Need To Go: Visit this giant apple to shop for drool-worthy pies and other baked goods and play a round of mini-golf outside.

Wander Through Niagara-On-The-Lake

Address: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

Why You Need To Go: Home to tons of Ontario's finest wineries, this quaint town hosts music festivals, boozy events, and more.

Hike Spirit Rock Trail

Price: $6 parking fee

Address: 92 Highway 6, Wiarton, ON

Why you need to go: Explore this lakeside trail with a hidden spiral staircase and ancient ruins.


Relax At Sauble Beach

Price: Free

Address: Sauble Beach, ON

Why You Need To Go: The ultimate warm-weather road trip, this place has tons of fun stores, sandy shores, and even a sand sculpture festival.

Take A Trip To Country Cut Flowers

Price: $30 for one mason jar bouquet

When: July - September

Address: 970 Miller's Sideroad, Newmarket, ON

Why You Need To Go: Take a trip to this floral wonderland and cut your own blooms. Make sure you book in advance.

Take A Dip At Decew Falls

Price: Free

Address: Decew Falls, St. Catharines, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can swim beneath a cascading waterfall and explore an old mill at this place.

Catch Some Rays At Sandbanks Provincial Park

Price: $2 + per adult

Address: 3004 County Rd. 12 RR#1, Picton, ON

Why You Need To Go: This park has the world's largest bay mouth barrier sand dune formations, as well as beautiful blue waters.

Become A Princess At Bolt Castle

Price: $10 per adult

When: May to October

Address: 1 Heart Island, Alexandria Bay, NY

Why You Need To Go: While this whimsical castle isn't technically in Ontario, it's an easy boat ride away. Located in the Thousand Islands, this magical building offers history and beautiful views. Don't forget your passport!

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.

Madeline Forsyth
Associate Editor
Madeline Forsyth is an Associate Travel Editor for Narcity Media focused on Canadian and global travel and is based in Toronto, Ontario.