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9 Hidden Ontario Paradises So You Can Plan Those Magical Future Day Trips

Brb, busy daydreaming about these spots.

If your wanderlust is getting the best of you from your couch right now, just know you’re not alone. We may not be able to travel to all of these incredible hidden gems in Ontario right now, but we can dream, can’t we? Besides, as we know, it’s never too early to start planning those future road trips. So if you’re ready to get your adventure daydreaming on, keep reading. 

From private swimming holes to mysterious limestone caves, there's so much for you to discover and explore in this province.

Currently, most places are closed to encourage social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

But that doesn’t mean you can’t add them to your future trips bucket list. In fact, it's all the more reason to do just that!

And in the meantime, we can at least admire them from afar via the internet.

Most of these hidden paradises are just one to three hours away from Toronto, meaning you could make it there and back within the day.

Other destinations come with a longer drive that will likely have you wanting to spend the whole weekend.

But truthfully, with all of the beautiful sights, you may never want to leave these destinations once you arrive.

So pack those virtual bags, and get ready to explore!

Old Woman Bay

Price: Free

Address: Algoma, Unorganized, North Part, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy sandy beaches, tree-covered cliffs and gorgeous views of Lake Superior.

Decew Falls

Price: Free

Address: Decew Road, St. Catharines, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy one of the Niagara Escarpment's breathtaking waterfalls. It may be slightly off the beaten path but the views are totally worth it.

Katherine Cove

Price: Free

Address: Algoma, Unorganized, North Part, ON

Why You Need To Go: About 30 minutes away from Old Woman Bay, you'll find the gorgeous Katharine Cove aka Bathtub Island. The perfect spot to soak your cares away.

Lennox and Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area

Price: Free

Address: 7980 Lennox & Addington County Rd. 41, Erinsville, ON

Why You Need To Go: You won't find any pesky light pollution at this gorgeous spot. Here, you can enjoy crystal-clear night sky views that are sure to take your breath away.

Sand Hill Park

Price: $10

When: May-October

Address: 930 Lakeshore Rd., Port Burwell, ON

Why You Need To Go: These stunning sandy hills stand 350 metres above Lake Erie, making them one of Ontario's true natural wonders.

Westminster Ponds Conservation Area

Price: Free

Address: 696 Wellington Rd., London, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can walk through lush forests on winding boardwalk trails, stopping to admire ancient kettle ponds along the way.

Barron Canyon 

Price: Park fees may apply

Address: Algonquin Provincial Park, ON

Why You Need To Go: After a short and sweet 1.5-km hike, you can enjoy a bird's-eye view of this gorgeous Ontario canyon.

Greig's Caves

Price: $10

Address: 407 Scenic Caves Rd., Lion's Head, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can take a self-guided tour of these peaceful limestone caves. Just be extra cautious around the slippery rocks.

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Price: Free

Address: 61 Claireville Dr., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Anyone is welcome to visit this gorgeous Mandir, just be sure to read over the visitor guidelines to ensure your visit is respectful.