All aboard! If you’re someone who lives to explore and loves a good view but you’re not the biggest fan of hiking, then we’ve got just the thing. There are so many Ontario scenic train rides for you to choo-choo-choose from and they’re one of the best ways to experience the province's natural beauty.
Whether you’re chugging through a quaint lakeside village or soaring past incredible granite rock formations and rushing waterfalls, the sights from these locomotives are hard to beat.
Some of these trains will let you get off and explore the surrounding area a little further as well.
One open-air train in the Cambridge area will even take you past huge Asian elephants and reindeer.
Now, that’s not something you see every day. At least, not in Ontario that is.
Odds are you’ve taken a TTC streetcar at least once in your life, but have you ever taken one through a lush forest?
Well, now you can.
So take a peek at our list below and get ready to start planning those scenic day trips ASAP.
Your train car chariot awaits!
Agawa Canyon Train Tour
Price: Starting at $54.87
Address: 129 Bay St., Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can travel deep into the wilderness on this one-day adventure. From the train, you'll see plenty of northern lakes and rivers, granite rock formations, and lush sections of the Canadian Shield. You can even hop off the train for 30 minutes and walk to stunning nearby waterfalls. Wow!
South Simcoe Railway
Address: 28 Mill St. W., Tottenham, ON
Why You Need To Go: This one-hour scenic ride from Tottenham to Beeton, Ont. offers beautiful views of the rolling countryside. The adventure doubles as a fun history lesson complete with Conductor and vintage train coaches restored from the 1920s.
York Durham Heritage Railway
Price: Starting at $20
Address: 19 Railway St., Uxbridge, ON
Why You Need To Go: From the open-door baggage car you can soak in gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside. And from the caboose to the snack car, there's plenty of fun to be had on this locomotive. Plus, they frequently host themed events for something a little different!
Waterloo Central Railway
Price: Starting at $19.99
Address: 50 Isabella St., St. Jacobs, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can ride a passenger train from Northfield Drive in Waterloo to the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, giving you a chance to admire beautiful views of Southern Ontario along the way. You can expect plenty of themed rides throughout the year as well, including the popular Polar Express train.
Halton County Radial Railway
Address: 13629 Guelph Line, Campbellville, ON
Why You Need To Go: It's not every day you see an old Toronto streetcar in the forest. And while there's lots of nature to admire along the way, the best part of this ride is the destination. That's right, you can ride this little gem straight to an ice cream shop. Yum!
Portage Flyer Train
Address: 88 Brunel Rd., Huntsville, ON
Why You Need To Go: This 30-minute ride along the Muskoka River is truly a sight to see. And with wide-open train cars, your ride will be easy and breezy.
Nature Boy Scenic Railway
Price: Starting at $33.95
Address: 1386 Cooper Rd., Cambridge, ON
Why You Need To Go: It turns out you don't need to travel to Africa to enjoy a safari ride. From this little train, you can see birds, elephants, reindeer, and more.
Port Stanley Terminal Rail
Address: 309 Bridge St., Port Stanley, ON
Why You Need To Go: This train travels across the tracks of one of Canada's oldest railways and offers up stunning views of the lakeside village of Port Stanley.
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