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9 Ontario Road Trips To Try If You'd Rather Be In France Right Now

Feel like you are in Paris, Champagne, or Cote d’Azur. 😍
Ontario Road Trips To Try If You'd Rather Be In France Right Now

Are you dreaming about vacationing in Europe? If so, these Ontario road trips are perfect, as they will make you feel like you are in France without having to leave the country.

Even if you can't visit Paris's iconic landmarks or sip bubbly in Champagne, we have some affordable alternatives. 

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It is time to be a tourist in your home province while you save up for your plane ticket to Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Here are nine locations perfect for your next staycation.

Trius Winery

Price: $10+ per person

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

Why You Need To Go: If you dream about travelling to Champagne to go wine tasting at Veuve Clicquot, make sure to visit Trius Winery in Ontario. There, you can tour Canada's largest underground sparkling cellar and try some of their delicious bubbly too.

Port Stanley Beach

Price: Free

Address: Port Stanley Beach, Port Stanley, ON

Why You Need To Go: If soaking up the sunshine at one of the French Riviera's famous beaches like Saint-Tropez is on your wish list, one local alternative is Port Stanley Beach. Here, you can relax on the long stretch of golden sand and swim in the bright blue water.

The Sandwich Windmill

Price: Free

Address: Mill Street Heritage Park, Mill St., Windsor, ON

Why You Need To Go: Here, you can visit a glowing windmill that will give you major Moulin Rouge vibes.

Parkwood Estate

Price: $15.00 per person

When: From Saturday, April 3

Address: 270 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Just like Paris's famous Jardin du Luxembourg, it is an enchanting garden filled with ornate sculptures, fountains, and blooming flowers everywhere you look.

Sandbanks Provincial Park

Price: $10.84 per vehicle

Address: 3004 County Rd. 12, Picton, ON

Why You Need To Go: Similar to the Dune of Pilat, which is the tallest sand dune in Europe, at Sandbanks Provincial Park, you can climb to the top of the world's largest bay mouth barrier dune.

Christel Lake Lavender

Price: Free

When: From Friday, May 21

Address: 1381 Scugog Line 12, Greenbank, ON

Why You Need To Go: You don't need to visit Provence's famous lavender fields to see flowers in every shade of purple. Christel Lake Lavender is a 57-acre farm with 19 different varieties of lavender.

Dundurn Castle

Price: $14.00 per person

When: From Tuesday, March 30

Address: 610 York Blvd., Hamilton, ON

Why You Need To Go: It might not be the Palace of Versailles, but your jaw will still drop when you explore the lavish interior of Dundurn Castle and the colourful two-acre garden.

Paris

Price: Free

Address: Paris, ON

Why You Need To Go: Sure, this Paris doesn't have the Eiffel Tower, but the small town is super charming. While exploring the downtown, you can visit cafes and bakeries to enjoy freshly made croissants and desserts.

Oxford Cheese Trail

Price: Free admission to shops (tours & tastings are extra)

Address: Oxford County, ON

Why You Need To Go: Many regions in France are famous for their incredible cheese, but here in Ontario, we have the Oxford Cheese Trail. There are 24 stops on the self-guided tour where you'll get to visit local cheese producers and shops.

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

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