The warm weather is finally arriving here in Ontario, and I think we can all agree this is the best time of the year! Everyone is happier because the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and we can spend more time outside.
We're super lucky to call the big, magnificent city of Toronto our home because we literally have everything we could ever need here. We've got hiking trails, waterfront beaches, cute cafes, and amazing restaurants all within our city limits, so why would we ever need to leave?
Well, Ontario is home to even more beauty than just what's within Toronto - and you definitely need to explore it all this summer. If you're will to drive less than tw hours from Toronto, you'll be rewarded with gorgeous hiking trails, white sandy beaches, turquoise swimming holes, and so much more!
The 2.3-km Singhampton Caves Trail will lead you to a sight you've never seen before. It's a super fun hike that will allow you to climb massive caves to complete the trail and offer you breathtaking forest views at the same time!
If you hike through the stunning Spencer Gorge Conservation Area along the 3.9-km Dundas Peak Trail, you'll be rewarded with scenic views! See the stunning lush forests expand in front of you at the top of the peak.
If you're down for a beautiful beach day, you should definitely take the short trip out of Toronto to Cobourg Beach. There are beach volleyball courts, tons of spots to set up camp for the day, plus cute restaurants and shops in the area.
Elora Quarry should be at the top of your day-trip bucket list this summer. It has bright turquoise water, a massive sandy beach to relax on, and tall cliffs for jumping into the refreshing water. There's also a lazy river, waterfalls, and a zip line in the area!
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
The Scenic Caves Nature Adventures is located just outside of Collingwood and makes for the perfect summer activity. There are suspension bridges, caves to explore, zip lines, and so many more adventures to be had!
Peller Estates Winery
The Peller Estates Winery and Restaurant is located in the stunning town of Niagara-On-The-Lake. If you're looking for a beautiful spot to go wine tasting and touring the vineyard, this is a great option. Their wine tasting is inexpensive and their tours are free!
Belfountain Conservation Area
Located just a short drive outside of Toronto is the gorgeous Belfountain Conservation Area, perfect for exploring this summer. You can walk across the beautiful suspension bridge above the flowing waterfall, through lush forests, and fun hiking trails!
In Milton, Ontario, you can hike along 12.7 km worth of trails that await you! Once you get to the top of the trail, you'll be rewarded with unreal scenic views from the top of Rattlesnake Point. The hikes are moderately difficult, but totally worth it.
Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge
Located in Ferris Provincial Park, this super cool suspension bridge gives some seriously picturesque views. Its spans over 300 feet above the rushing Trent River, and the bridge is even completely see-through so you can see the water flowing below you!
Crawford Lake Conservation Area
The Crawford Lake Conservation Area is a unique spot that you definitely need to explore this summer. Hike along the 1.4-km elevated boardwalk that will lead you to a rare meromictic lake, which means that the different layers of water don't mix. It's a super cool place to see!
Terre Bleu Lavender Farm
The Terre Bleu Lavender Field is located just outside of Guelph, Ontario, and is an exquisite place to visit during the summer. You can wander through the rows of sweet-smelling flowers, take pictures at their pretty yellow door, and treat yourself to some delicious lavender ice cream!
Decew Falls is located in the St. Catharines area and is a stunning swimming spot in Ontario for those hot summer days! This huge 22-metre-high waterfall plunges into a refreshing turquoise pool of water below.