Turquoise waters, wildlife and wineries — what more could you ask for?
If you live in Toronto, it can sometimes feel like the world starts and ends at the skyscrapers around the city. If you're craving an escape from the concrete jungle, Ontario has tons to offer outside of the 6ix and now is the perfect time to explore it all.
If you don't have a car, or if you're worried about finding somewhere to stay, there's a way to organize both your transportation and accommodation with one booking.
Outdoorsy is the world's biggest peer-to-peer rental marketplace for RVs, campervans and travel trailers. And it's affordable too: you can make a booking online for as little as $65 per night. Pile into a vintage Volkswagen with your pals, hitch up an Airstream or hit the road with your partner in a fully equipped RV.
Choosing your rig is the first step, and whatever your style, Outdoorsy has an option for you to get a taste of that van life. Their rentals are fully equipped with insurance and many are pet-friendly too.
Once you have your home-away-from-home in order, it's time to pull out the map and plan your destinations. Luckily for Torontonians, Ontario has tons of picturesque spots to check out. Read on to get inspiration for your road trip itinerary.
Visit Flowerpot Island In Fathom Five National Marine Park
Price: $7.90 for adults
Address: 121 Chi sin tib dek Rd., Tobermory, ON
Why You Need To Go: Famous for its unique rock pillars, historic lighthouse and diversity of rare plants, Flowerpot Island is the perfect place to spend the day swimming, snorkelling and hiking the island trails.
Park your camper in Tobermory and head over to the island by jumping on one of the private ferries. If you're an experienced paddler, you can also get there in your own kayak or canoe.
Dip In Cyprus Lake On Bruce Peninsula
Price: $7.90 for adults
Address: Cyprus Lake Rd., Northern Bruce Peninsula, ON
Why You Need To Go: The clear turquoise waters of the Georgian Bay attract travellers from all over the country. You can experience them for yourself at Cyprus Lake, where you'll also find dramatic cliffs, ancient cedar trees, wild orchids and even rare reptiles.
Cyprus Lake is located in Bruce Peninsula National Park, which has several campsites available where you can pull up your camper and settle in for the night. Check out campground bookings here. Showers at national parks are currently closed due to COVID-19, but that's no drama if your camper is equipped with one.
Check Out The Devil's Punchbowl In Hamilton
Price: $7.50 per day for parking
Address: Ridge Rd., Stoney Creek, ON
Why You Need To Go: While you can see two different waterfalls here (one at 5.5 metres and the upper falls at 33.8 metres), the real showstopper is the gorge itself.
Formed at the end of the last ice age, the colourful layers of rock are made up of red and grey shale, as well as limestone. Check out the view from the top of the upper falls, and peer down the seemingly bottomless gorge.
Learn About Indigenous Culture On Manitoulin Island
Address: Manitoulin Island, Ontario
Why You Need To Go: Located on Lake Huron, Manitoulin Island has been an important landmark for various Anishinaabe First Nations for centuries.
Drive your camper onto the MS Chi-Cheemaun at Tobermory and enjoy the cruise across Owen Sound before driving off and setting up camp at one of the many campgrounds on the island.
You can spend days immersing yourself in the experiences that Manitoulin Island offers, including arts and music festivals, crafts fairs, and museums. For the adventurous, there's horseback riding, paddling, hiking and more to guarantee you'll get a good sleep every night.
Go Wildlife Spotting In Killarney Provincial Park
Price: From $38.70 to $59.33 depending on campsite popularity and amenities
Address: 960 Hwy. 637, Killarney, ON
Why You Need To Go: Known as one of the best places in Ontario for seeing wildlife, Killarney Provincial Park is a necessary stop for any nature lover's road trip. The vast wilderness area is full of mountains, forests, wetlands and more, making it a great location to spot otters, moose, songbirds and the occasional lynx.
Reservations for camping are essential and can be made up to five months in advance via the park website.
Sip Wine in Niagara-On-The-Lake
Address: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON
Why You Need To Go: Home to some of Canada's oldest and most notable vineyards, Niagara-On-The-Lake is a must for any lover of wine. There are over a dozen wineries to visit, where you can uncover the history of the area and discover your new favourite glass of wine along the way.
Many rigs on Outdoorsy feature built-in kitchens or living areas so that after your day spent hopping vineyards, you can enjoy a glass of your new go-to wine with your S/O and relax for the evening.
Discover Shipwrecks In Tobermory
Address: Tobermory, ON
Why You Need To Go: In Fathom Five National Marine Park, you'll find incredible opportunities for freshwater diving with over 20 shipwrecks to see up close. If you plan to dive, you'll need to register online or at the Park Visitor Centre. Even if you don't know how to dive, swimmers of all levels can enjoy the shipwrecks that can also be seen by snorkelling or glass-bottom boat tours.
When you're done marvelling at the shipwrecks, take your rig to Bruce Peninsula National Park to park up for the night under the stars.
No matter where your wanderlust takes you next, renting a camper van or RV strikes the perfect balance between comfort, convenience and freedom.
Browse Outdoorsy for your ideal setup and arrange a time to pick up your wheels or have the vehicle delivered right to you. With comprehensive insurance (including 24/7 roadside assistance, if you need it), you can set off on your next adventure stress free.
It's time to get those wheels in motion!
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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.