If you've been practicing your French skills and brunching on croissants lately, it might be time for a little European escape. The south of France boasts stunning coastlines and charming old towns, and the best part is, you don't need a plane ticket to take in the views. You can be transported overseas by visiting these places around the province. Ontario's Southern France destinations will take you on a European adventure without leaving the province.

Put on your beret and start planning your own France vacation right here in Ontario.

From blooming lavender fields to historic gardens, these hidden gems will give you major European vibes.

Sip the day away at a stunning stone vineyard, and explore shops and cafes in several quaint towns.

Cyprus Lake in Tobermory has incredible turquoise water that will sweep you away to the coast of France. You can also find other bright blue pools at these spots around Ontario.

Extend your overseas vacation by brunching at these Toronto high tea places that will make you feel like you're sipping in London.  

You can even visit seven European capitals without leaving the province by taking a road trip to places like Paris, London, and Brussels.

Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery

Price: $10 tour per person

Address: 7258 County Rd. 50, RR #5, Amherstburg, ON

Why You Need To Go: Located on the shores of Lake Erie, this vast vineyard has a historic stone building that will make you feel like you're sipping wine in France.


Laveanne Lavender

Price: $5 + per person

When: July

Address: 8667 Gilmour Rd., Campbellcroft, ON

Why You Need To Go: Step into the French countryside as you explore this gorgeous lavender farm, complete with a blooming labyrinth. 


Templin Gardens

Price: Free

Address: Fergus, ON

Why You Need To Go: This hidden stone path leads down to the rushing Grand River and will make you feel like you're wandering through a European garden.


Kingston

Address: Kingston, ON

Why You Need To Go: This historic town on the shores of Lake Ontario boasts quaint shops, cute cafes, and cobblestone streets.


Chateau Laurier

Price: Prices vary

Address: 1 Rideau St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: This magnificent castle hotel in Ottawa will have you waking up in France every morning.


Elora 

Address: Elora, ON

Why You Need To Go: This quaint Ontario town is filled with stone buildings and charming shops and gives off major European vibes.


Cyprus Lake

Price: $7.90 + per adult

Address: Northern Bruce Peninsula, ON

Why You Need To Go: This stunning turquoise lake will have you dreaming of the French coast as you soak in the views.


Galt

Address: Galt, ON

Why You Need To Go: Bienvenue to this historic town near Cambridge, which will take you on a France vacation without a plane ticket.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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