Winter may drag on forever in this province, but when springtime finally hits, the possibilities are endless. From charming small-town festivals to beautiful dewy beaches, there’s no shortage of stunning destinations for you and the squad to explore. So, if you’re looking for Ontario road trips for when it starts to thaw out, look no further.
Spring brings with it so many new beginnings, making it the perfect time to hit the road with your BFFs.
You can drive past cute little trees just starting to bud and make your way through fields of colourful flowers. Or head out to the water and cruise to an incredible castle just across the border.
Of course, this time of year also means the start of maple syrup season, so you’ll want to stop off at one of Ontario’s sugar shacks to satisfy that sweet tooth too.
As we said, your options are basically endless.
So why not take a look at the list below to see a few Ontario destinations that are totally worth the trip? We've even added dates of particularly attractive events so you can see them at their best.
And don’t forget to share with your besties so you can start planing those spectacular spring road trips ASAP.
When: Maple Syrup Festival held Saturday, April 4
Address: 24 Church St. W., Elmira, ON
Why You Need To Go: The start of spring is ripe with maple syrup festivals for you to enjoy. In Elmira, be sure to check out the Kissing Bridge trail after you've satisfied your sweet tooth at the festival.
Price: $18 Royal Botanical Gardens fee
Address: Burlington, ON
Why You Need To Go: Springtime in Burlington is simply beautiful. Between the cherry blossoms in Spencer Smith Park and the variety of flowers at Royal Botanical Gardens, you're sure to be blooming with joy.
Prince Edward County
Price: Prices vary
Address: Prince Edward County, ON
Why You Need To Go: Prince Edward County is full of cafes, wineries, and lavender farms that are sure to spring you and the squad into some fun times. If you're staying all weekend, then brunch at The Vic is a must. Be sure to check out the iconic June motel too!
When: Peony Festival held June 13-14
Address: Oshawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Sticking with the floral theme, you can check out a stunning display of flowers at Oshawa's Peony Festival to celebrate the end of spring.
Price: Prices vary
When: Elora Mill Hotel & Spa open daily
Address: 77 W. Mill St., Elora, ON
Why You Need To Go: Spring is the perfect time to give your skin a fresh start. After a relaxing visit at the Elora Mill Hotel & Spa, you can explore the rest of this charming small town with dewy glowing skin.
Price: $48.23 for cruise ticket
When: Boldt Castle Stopover Cruise starts April 25
Address: Gananoque, ON
Why You Need To Go: If we're being honest, the Thousand Islands are a sight to see at any time of year. But the Boldt Castle Stopover Cruise lets you hang out at this gorgeous castle just across the border.
When: Lilac Festival starting May 30
Address: Warkworth, ON
Why You Need To Go: Warkworth Ontario kicks off spring the right way, with an epic lilac festival. While you're in town, you can pop over to nearby Campbellford to check out the giant toonie statue and Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge.
Price: Free beach entry
Address: Bruce County, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can relax on the second-longest freshwater beach in the world this spring. You can even hike to the nearby Sauble Falls and pitch a tent for some spring camping in Sauble Falls Provincial Park.