Do you crave an escape from the city? Then it is time to start planning your next road trip, as these adorable small towns in Ontario are even more spectacular in the summer.

From a turquoise swimming hole to patios overlooking the water, we have eight spots you'll want to check out for yourself. So the next time you are looking for something fun to do, it is time to go on a road trip.

Paris

Address: Paris, ON

Why You Need To Go: While in charming Paris, you can enjoy spectacular waterfront views from many of the walkways and patios.

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Picton

Address: Picton, ON

Why You Need To Go: Without question if you are in Picton, you'll want to go for a swim at one of the many beaches in Sandbanks Provincial Park. Another spot you'll want to add to your travel plans is the colourful patio at the Vic Drive-In, where you can start the day with pancakes.

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Perth

Address: Perth, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can explore Perth from the water by renting a kayak or canoe for the afternoon from Perth Major Outfitters.

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Cambridge

Address: Cambridge, ON

Why You Need To Go: Everywhere you look, there is something new to marvel at in this city, like fountains, tasty products in the market, and even a sculpture garden.

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Elora

Address: Elora, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can spend the morning wandering the streets covered in blooming flowers and then cool off by swimming in Elora Quarry.

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Campbellford

Address: Campbellford, ON

Why You Need To Go: Here you'll want to marvel at all the old buildings and explore all the incredible bakeries that are part of the Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Trail.

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Almonte

Address: Almonte, ON

Why You Need To Go: For a picture-perfect day, you can get a milkshake or ice cream cone at the Almonte Ice Cream Shop and go on a short walk to see the Grand Falls.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake

Address: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Why You Need To Go: It is a walkable city with eye-catching buildings like the Shaw Cafe Wine Bar. Nearby you'll also find tons of impressive wineries, like Peller Estates Winery And Restaurant, where you can find your new favourite wine.

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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.