With summer just around the corner, our heads have been filled with tropical vacation daydreams. And although you might not be jumping on a plane anytime soon, you can still enjoy those vacay vibes right here in Ontario. Just a short drive from Toronto, the Topaz Lake swimming hole features beautiful turquoise water and it will totally transport you to paradise. 

Located within Killarney Provincial Park, this stunning swimming hole is only about four hours from Toronto, making it an ideal day trip destination. 

You can find this hidden gem along the 80-kilometre loop known as La Cloche Silhouette Trail.

It might be a bit of a hike to get here, but it’s impossible to not feel relaxed once you arrive.

Plus, the trees and rolling hills that surround Topaz Lake offer just enough privacy to make you feel like you’re in your own private oasis.

How perfect does that sound right now?

Unfortunately, Killarney Provincial Park is currently closed, but you know as soon as they reopen you will find us soaking up the sun at the lake.

So here’s to the sunny days ahead!

Remember it’s never too lake (sorry) to start planning those future adventures. Or too early, for that matter!

Topaz Lake is just one of many beautiful areas for you to enjoy within the 645-square-kilometre park. 

You’ll also come across a handful of exciting hiking trails of varying difficulties, canoeing and kayaking areas, as well as over 50 clear sapphire lakes for you to cool off in. 

Okay, seriously, are you adding “swim and hike through Killarney Provincial Park” to your summer bucket list yet?

If you’re like us and you can’t stop thinking about all of the tropical destinations you can’t get to right now, don’t worry.

There are plenty of places right here in our backyard that will make you feel like you’re in the Caribbean

Who needs a ton of cash to travel? Not Ontarians, that’s for sure!

Tropics not your thing? Why not check out these Ontario spots that will transport you to the streets of France instead?

Oui love it!

Or, there's always a similarly peaceful vibe available at this glorious hidden suspension bridge and waterfall in the province.

Happy summer dreaming.

Topaz Lake 

Price: Starting at $10.84

Address: 960 ON-637, Killarney, ON

Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you're in paradise at the gorgeous turquoise swimming hole. 


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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