11 Incredible Ontario Road Trips That Aren’t Another Day At The Beach

Swimming holes, boozy slushies, and a u-pick garden!

Have you been going to the beach on repeat? If you are looking to try something new, these incredible Ontario road trips will help ensure you have the best summer ever.

There are so many fun seasonal activities you won't want to miss out on. Some top picks you'll want to try are seeing sweet-smelling lavender fields or taking a dip at a swimming hole.

The next time you're feeling bored, it could be time to try one of suggestions below.

Picnic At A Lavender Garden

Price: $15 per person

Address: 7484 6/7 Sideroad Nottawasaga, Creemore, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can pack a lunch and picnic next to the rows of thousands of lavender plants at Purple Hill Lavender.


Challenge Yourself On A Treetop Obstacle Course

Price: $64 per person

Address: 10818 Heart Lake Rd., Brampton, ON

Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like a kid as you walk across the swaying bridges at Treetop Trekking Brampton's six aerial courses.


Hike To Ruins And A Waterfall

Price: $9.50 per person

Address: 4985 Campbellville Rd., Milton, ON

Why You Need To Go: At Hilton Falls Conservation Area, you can hike to the stone ruins of an old sawmill, a blue water reservoir, and a stunning waterfall.


Feel Like You're In Jurassic Park 

Price: $37.77 per vehicle

Address: 2206 County Rd. 38, Indian River, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can drive through Canada's Dinosaur Park to see moving life-sized animatronic dinosaurs.


Have Cocktails At A Waterside Patio

Price: 💸

Address: 349 Wellington Main St., Wellington, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can sip cocktails with your friends next to the water at the impressive Lakeside Motel outdoor patio.


Kayak Over A Shipwreck

Price: $75+ for a guided tour or $55+ for a three-hour kayak rental

When: From Saturday, May 22, until October

Address: 110 Kate St., Gananoque, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can join 1000 Islands Kayaking tours, which will take you past crystal clear turquoise water to a sunken schooner.


Escape A Giant Hedge Maze

Price: $21 per person

When: From July 10

Address: 7893 Bleeks Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: At Saunders Farm, there are several colossal hedge mazes where you can try to find your way to the exit.


See A Dazzling Rainbow Tunnel Of Lights

Price: Free (donations accepted)

Address: 1 Block House Island Rd., Brockville, ON

Why You Need To Go: As you walk through the Brockville Railway Tunnel, the rainbow-coloured lights will move all around you.


Pick A Bouquet Of Flowers To Bring Home

Price: $8+ admission & $1-2 per flower

Address: 9365 10 Side Rd., Milton, ON

Why You Need To Go: At Andrews' Scenic Acres, you can walk through a dreamy field of flowers and pick all your favourite blooms to bring home with you.


Drink A Boozy Slushies Flight

Price: $12 for a flight ($8 a glass)

Address: 13762 Loyalist Pkwy., Picton, ON

Why You Need To Go: Did you love drinking slushies as a child? Well, now you can try a refreshing flight of alcoholic slushies at Crimson Cider Company.


Swim At A Turquoise Water Swimming Hole

Price: $10.50 per person (parking $15 for four hours)

When: Monday, June 7, to Monday, September 6

Address: 319 Wellington County Rd. 18, Elora, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you want to float your troubles away, you can swim at a 2-acre limestone quarry. Elora Quarry is a gorgeous swimming hole that you'll want to visit every weekend.


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.

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