Have you been dreaming of taking a fabulous European vacation, but your bank account is laughing at the idea? Well, you're not alone, but you're also not out of luck. There are numerous enchanting places to visit in Ontario that look like Europe.
From open-air cafes to wondrous beaches and cobblestone-lined streets, you can be transported to a variety of European destinations without ever having to leave the province. So, if you're desperate to get that vacation vibe without having to spend or travel too far, you're in luck because there's so much on your doorstep — or at least, within easy reach.
Now you can frolic through lavender fields, sip fancy wine, and enjoy quaint downtown shops on the cheap. So, if you're craving some Euro-vibes on a budget, look no further than right here in Ontario.
Why You Need To Go: Galt, a part of Cambridge, has some serious European vibes. With old buildings lining the water, adorable little shops, old theatres, and a scenic Main Street bridge, there is no denying the Euro-beauty.
Blue Mountain Village
Price: Prices vary
Address: 156 Jozo Weider Blvd., The Blue Mountains
Why You Need To Go: If you're ever wanted to visit a European ski resort but paying for airfare is out of the question, then Blue Mountain Village is the answer. Open all year long, this breathtaking village offers something fun in every season.
Why You Need To Go: Surprise! You don't need to travel to London to enjoy rich culture and theatre, because there's plenty of that right here in Stratford, named after the famous Stratford in the UK which was the birthplace of the great William Shakespeare. In keeping with that history, you'll see lots of Victorian-style shops and cobblestone walkways throughout the town, as well.
Flower Pot Island
Price: Fees vary
Address: Northern Bruce Peninsula
Why You Need To Go: The awe-inspiring rock formations at Flower Pot Island are similar to those at Faro Island in Sweden, but you won't have to travel to Europe for these beauties. Just look at that!
Why You Need To Go: Known as "Canada's Prettiest Little Town" Paris brings a little touch of France to Canada. The downtown is full of quaint cheese shops, open-air cafes, and a variety of fine dining for you to enjoy.
Why You Need To Go: Merrickville, located not far from Ottawa, is a charming little Victorian-style village. With numerous little shops, vine-covered buildings, and adorable restaurants, there is so much to enjoy. Downtown, you can find this old-school red phone booth that looks like it came straight out of London, UK.
Prince Edward County
Address: Prince Edward County
Why You Need To Go: In addition to the bustling vineyards and enchanting little restaurants, the breathtaking lavender fields truly make Prince Edward County feel like a lot like Provence, France.
Why You Need To Go: Ontario's limestone city definitely has that European charm that you've been craving. As you wonder about the many cobblestone streets, you'll find an abundance of amazing cafes, pubs, and shops for you to explore. Be sure to check out the market in Springer Market Square every summer, or enjoy a beautiful outdoor skating rink there in the winter.
Why You Need To Go: Home of the infamous Elora Gorge, the small town of Elora has much to offer outside of its natural beauty. The streets and shops downtown will have you feeling like you're walking through Copenhagen — except, you know, without the expensive plane ticket.