Discover beautiful parks and gardens in Ontario. Enjoying a vacation to many residents of Ontario means a week or two at the cottage or some time camping in one of the many beautiful parks in the province.
Nature is one of the most popular Ontario attractions. Canadian love their lakes and we have lots of them. Visitors are often amazed at the massive size of Lake Ontario. To get a feel for the mighty St. Lawrence River, take a Thousand Islands cruise out of Kingston-a popular destination in Eastern Ontario; it's an Ontario tradition, as iconic as a camping trip to Algonquin Park.
But you don't have to wander far from the city to experience the natural beauty of Ontario and enjoy outdoor adventures; every town and city has nearby parks and conservation areas where you can savour the great outdoors, one of the best-loved Ontario attractions.
Are you a culture vulture like me? What are the main Ontario attractions for art and entertainment lovers? Don't miss the biggies: the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the National Gallery of Art in Ottawa, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in the small town of Kleinburg.
If you can, time your trip to coincide with the International Film Festival or the International Festival of Authors, depending on your interests.
Theatre lovers rejoice. If you're looking for live entertainment, Toronto theatre is a magnet for theatre lovers, but you'll find excellent professional performances elsewhere too, in Ottawa, Stratford, and Niagara-on-the-Lake, just to name a few.
Do you enjoy seeing how our ancestors lived? Discover life hundreds of years ago at reconstructed Aboriginal sites like Crawford Lake, where you can listen to tales from long ago while sitting around the campfire in a longhouse. Or visit Old Fort Erie with a ghost-guide and shiver at stories of soldiers who still haunt their old battlegrounds.
SEASONAL ONTARIO ATTRACTIONS
It doesn't really matter when you come to Ontario because this is a four-season destination. Come in the spring for the tulip festival in Ottawa and blossoms in the Niagara fields, in summer for beaches and camping in Algonquin, in fall for the vineyards, autumn leaves and studio tours, and in winter for the Christmas lights, skating and skiing and snowmobiling, craft fairs and performing arts.
So don't think you're going to see everything in one visit, even if you're immune to museum fatigue and plan to stay all day.