13 Ontario Towns You've Never Heard Of But Must Visit At Least Once

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13 Ontario Towns You've Never Heard Of But Must Visit At Least Once

We all know Toronto is a busy city and sometimes, it's nice to get away from the chaos. There are approximately 90 towns in Ontario that have a cumulative population of 1,871,05090. These towns have plenty of attractions, natural wonders and historical sites to wander through.

Ontario is a beautiful province and there are plenty of towns to explore, so why not take a road trip to discover them? Here's a list of 13 Ontario towns you probably haven't heard of that are totally worth a visit:

Read also: 12 Fairy Tale Places In Canada You Must Visit

1. Gananoque

If you're an outdoorsy person,Gananoque is a beautiful place to explore. This community is located in the heart of 1000 Islands, having one of the most beautiful waterfront views in Ontario.

2. Fergus

This historic community is located approximately 25 km from Guelph. The Grand River flows through the city core and it's situated near plenty of natural settings such as the Elora Gorge and Conservation Area.

3. Paris

Paris was voted as one of the Prettiest Little Town in Canada. This fairytale-like community is worth the visit to enjoy the cute cafes, historic architectures and overall the breathtaking atmosphere it has to offer. The Lighting of the Paris Falls at the historic Penman's Dam is truly an extraordinary experience.

4. Goderich

Located on the shore of Lake Huron, Goderich offers several attractions to participate in during your stay. This community is well known for it's breathtaking sunsets, beaches, parks and historical museums. One of Goderich's unique features is "The Square" that is an octagonal traffic circle.

Photo cred- @worldshipping

5. Picton

Picton is Prince Edward County's largest community. Visit the downtown core for shopping or watch a movie at one of Ontario's historical theatres.

6. St.Thomas

One of St.Thomas's most recognizable monuments is dedicated to Jumbo The Elephant, who died in he city during a performance. St.Thomas also attracts many tourists to explore the Pinafore Park and its' waterfall, Waterworks park and the Railway City Brewing Company, one of the 29 members of the Ontario Craft Brewers.

7. Tillsonburg

Tillsonburg was rated 75th on the 100 places to visit Canada list. Some of the community's attractions include the Pea & Barley Mill, the Station Arts Centre, extraordinary camping sites perfect for star gazing and festivals such as Turtlefest and the Christmas Festival.

8. Lincoln

If you're a huge lover of vino, Lincoln should be on your bucket list of places to visit in Ontario. It's well recognized for it's spectacular vineyards and orchards, attracting several visitors from all over the province.

9. Petrolia

"Canada's Victorian Oil Town" brought acclaim to North America's oil production. Petrolia also has a National Historical Site, being Victoria Hall, that was a fire hall, municipal office, police station, jail, an opera house and now a playhouse.

Photo cred - @wikipedia

10. Elmira 

Elmira is situated within the Woolwich community, approximately 15 km from Waterloo. One of the most notable annual events in Elmira is the Maple Syrup Festival hosted every spring (it was rated as the largest single-day maple syrup festival by Guinness Book of World Records.)

11. Dorian

This beautiful township is located in the Thunder Bay area. It is the home to Canada's largest suspension bridge, one of North America's deepest Canyons, waterfalls, rock formations and several other spectacular natural attractions to explore.

12. Orono

If you're fond of hiking, you have to check out the Orono Crown Lands. You can explore the Ray Forrester Butterfly Garden and Jungle Cat world in Orono, that have both become very popular attractions for tourists. There are also many cute boutiques and cafes to go shopping and grab a bite at.

13. St.Jacobs

St Jacobs hosts Canada's largest farmer's market all year long. Take a day trip to go horse back riding, visit the farm and taste Ontario's delicious local produce. You should also check out the Block Three Brewery for a couple of beers and the Stone Crock Restaurant and Bakery for fresh baked goods.

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