Some of Ontario's coolest hidden gems lie along a path from Toronto to the Thousand Islands. From gorgeous beaches to cozy little towns, there's much to explore along the northern border of Lake Ontario.

If you're looking for an interesting road trip to go on in the summer or fall, the following road trip from Toronto to the Thousand Islands will definitely satisfy your wanderlust.

Here's some quick information on the trip:

  • Time spent on road:  4 h 51 min
  • Number of stops: 6
  • Best times to go: Summer, fall

Port Hope

Porte Hope is a heritage community that has perfected a mix of urban and rural living. You'll find great cafes, quality restaurants, local shopping and even a beach with real palm trees!

Ste. Anne's Spa

St. Anne's Spa is a luxury resort set in an 1858 stone farmhouse on a 400-acre lot. The facility boasts several great amenities, including a fieldstone grotto, eucalyptus steam room, garden courtyard, lavender fields, treatment gazebos and much more.


Presqu'ile is a provincial park in Prince Edward County. There are over 300 car camping sites in the area, as well as 2.5 kilometres of sandy beach, 16 kilometres of trails, a one-kilometre boardwalk, and the second oldest operating lighthouse in the province.


Sandbanks is a provincial park with the world's largest baymouth barrier dune formation. Three beaches, walking trails and access to wineries makes this a perfect destination for exploration and play.


Kingston is known as the "Limestone City" for its beautiful 19th-century stone buildings and Victorian mansions. Aside from a plethora of historical sites, there are also great restaurants, a scenic waterfront and vibrant nightlife to try in the area.


Gananoque is a Victorian town brimming with old world charm and historic character. Located in the Thousand Islands region, the town offers several cool experiences, from boat tours to heritage-themed tours.

Once you've arrived at the Thousand Islands, you can use these helpful guides to plan your stay: