Summer is the perfect season to get out and explore the province. Beautiful towns, hidden spots and picturesque sights are all waiting to be discovered, and who better to discover them with than your beloved boyfriend?
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If you're looking for a fun adventure to fulfill your wanderlust this summer, these 8 options should do the trick:
Paddling and painting outdoors
The best way to learn how to paint is in plein air, amidst all the natural beauty and wonder of the great outdoors. The Land Canadian Adventures Inc. in Peterborough offers a unique experience that lets participants paddle the Otonabee River following the same path once taken by the Group of Seven. For $175, you and your boyfriend will ride a 36-foot voyager canoe and learn the basics of plein air painting.
Sauble Beach getaway
A short drive northwest of Toronto will lead you to Sauble Beach, Canada's #1 freshwater beach. It's a popular site for both tourists and locals alike, with several opportunities to shop, dine and relax available by the shores and in the nearby town.
Glamping in a stargazing suite
You don't have to be outdoorsy to enjoy camping - the Evergreen Forest Resort by the Georgian Bay has amazing accommodations available for rent, including a Woodland Suite (pictured above) which consists of a glass domed roof so you can truly sleep under the stars. Rates start at $219.
The highly-anticipated reopening of Ontario Place earlier this year, and the next few months are going to be really exciting ones. From newly renovated venues to an impressive line-up of food and cultural festivals, it's going to be a fun-filled summer at the lake shore.
Hike the Sleeping Giant
If you seek challenging hikes and amazing views, a trip to Sleeping Giant Provincial Park would do you well. It is known for its giant, elevated land mass that gives off the silhouette of a sleeping man when viewed from the sides. Over 80 kilometres of hiking trails are available here, including the Top of the Giant Trail, which takes you to a gorgeous peak overlooking the lake.
Located at the tip of the stunning Bruce Peninsula, the town of Tobermory is a haven for outdoor explorers. Crystal clear waters, rugged cliffs, and dark skies make it a perfect destination for both a day or night dates.
Characterized by colourful agate-covered shores, Agate Island in the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area consists of some of the best-rated natural beaches in the world. Hiking trails throughout the island lead to cool and unusual sites that you and your partner can explore, such as the Pukaskwa pits.
One of Ontario's most treasured spots is the Elora Quarry. It's one of the few natural places where people can take a dip, and admission is affordable too (it only costs $6.50 for a day pass). Beaches, forested cliffs and calm waters make this a relaxing spot to visit with your partner.