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The Best Road Trips To Go On From Every Ontario University This Fall

Temporary escapes from school work.

It's only the second week of school and several students are already feeling the stress. Assignments, essays and group projects are quickly piling up, and in no time it'll already be midterm season.

But as a student, it's still important to maintain a good balance between school work and leisure. A good way to do that is by going on quick road trips to places nearby your campus with your friends; to temporarily escape the wrath of your academic duties.

Below are the best road trips to go on from every Ontario university this fall. All of the destinations are approximately three-hours away or less, making them perfect for a day or weekend trip:

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Algoma University 

Destination: Charlevoix, MI (United States)

Travel Time: 2 h 24 min

About: A resort town by Lake Michigan known for its beautiful scenery, charming beaches and vibrant arts culture.

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Brock University

Destination: Buffalo, NY (United States)

Travel Time: 40 min

About: An industrial capital in New York with parks, museums and historic sites to explore.

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Carleton University

Destination: Mont Tremblant, QC (Canada)

Travel Time: 2 h 7 min

About: A four-season holiday ski resort located in the heart of Quebec's iconic Laurentian Mountains.

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Lakehead University

Destination: The Blue Mountains, ON (Canada)

Travel Time: 1 h 21 min

About: A cozy town centred around an award-winning ski resort with a community village and Scandinavian spa.

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Laurentian University

Destination: Manitoulin Island, ON (Canada)

Travel Time: 2 h 25 min

About: The world's largest freshwater island, consisting of a plethora of outdoor hotspots from lakes, waterfalls and boreal hiking trails.

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McMaster University

Destination: Port Colborne, ON (Canada)

Travel Time: 1 h 10 min

About: A quaint community by the lake that offers relaxation via outdoor recreation, entertainment and shopping opportunities.

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OCAD University

Destination: Port Perry, ON (Canada)

Travel Time: 1 h 15 min

About: A lakeside town known for its vibrant community and fun outdoor festivals.

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Queen's University

Destination: Ausable Chasm, NY (United States)

Travel Time: 3 h 48 min

About: An adventure park set in a large canyon in the Adirondack region of New York.

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Ryerson University

Destination: Belfountain Conservation Area

Travel Time: 1 h 9 min

About: An outdoor green space filled with suspension bridges, waterfalls and stone staircases.

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Trent University

Destination: Presqu'ile, ON (Canada)

Travel Time: 1 h 10 min

About: A provincial park that features waterside campgrounds, woodland trails, and a beautiful 1-km marsh boardwalk.

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University of Guelph

Destination: Penetanguishene, ON (Canada)

Travel Time: 2 h 10 min

About: A town by the Georgian Bay that offers great outdoor trails, community festivals, museums and seafood restaurants.

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University of Hearst

Destination: Cochrane, ON (Canada)

Travel Time: 2 h 30 min

About: Home of Ontario's famous Polar Bear Express train the Northern Lights and the world's only polar bear habitat.

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Destination: Prince Edward County, ON (Canada)

Travel Time: 1 h 48 min

About: The 'Gastronomic Capital of Ontario" known for its exceptional restaurants and wineries.

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University of Ottawa

Destination: Montreal, QC (Canada)

Travel Time: 2 h 5 min

About: A standard destination for Ottawa students that offers some of the best nightlife and urban attractions in the country.

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University of Toronto

Destination: Niagara Falls, ON (Canada)

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About: A classic destination for Torontonians that is constantly evolving with new and exciting attractions.

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University of Waterloo

Destination: Goderich, ON (Canada)

Travel Time: 1 h 10 min

About: A rustic, arts-centric community that once held the title of "Canada's prettiest town".

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University of Windsor

Destination: Cleveland, OH (United States)

Travel Time: 3 h

About: Historically a cultural hub for American heritage and rock and roll, presently a tour de force in the basketball universe.

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Western University

Destination: Detroit, MI (United States)

Travel Time: 2 h 22 min

About: A hipster city full of murals, outdoor markets, urban green spaces, distilleries and plenty of amazing restaurants.

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Wilfrid Laurier University

Destination: Saugeen Shores, ON (Canada)

Travel Time: 1 h 58 min

About: An outdoorsy town that offers cottages, campgrounds, beaches and scenic trails.

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York University

Destination: Horseshoe Valley, ON (Canada)

Travel Time: 1 h

About: A family-friendly golf and ski resort that offers fun activities for each season of the year.