Planning a visit to Toronto? While the largest city in Canada has a plethora of sites and attractions to whet a tourist’s cultural appetite, southwestern Ontario has much to offer. Here are some day trip ideas where travelers can drive to in two hours or less:
For those who want to experience the Niagara region in a more sophisticated way, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a charming little town about an hour from Toronto and half an hour from Niagara Falls. The town is amenable to walking around where visitors can do some shopping in the boutique stores or visit the historic site of Fort George. The large number of wineries and inns in the area give guests the option to take a wine tour by bike, car or airbus. From April to October, travelers can catch some shows and get their fill of the arts at the Shaw Festival.
Located approximately two hours north of Toronto, the Muskoka region boasts around 1600 lakes, making it a popular resort destination. In the winter, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are popular pastimes in the area. Because there are so many bodies of water, the area provides a welcome reprieve from hot cities during the summer months.
Located on Georgian Bay, Collingwood is a popular destination in both the winter and the summertime and is about a two-hour drive northeast from Toronto. Skiing in the winter and golfing, mountain biking, hiking and boating are all popular pastimes in the spring and summer. Wasaga Beach is a great place to lounge on a sunny day and is the longest freshwater beach in the world. The town’s main road, Hurontario street, is great for architecture lovers who will marvel at turn-of-the-century Victorian and Edwardian-inspired architecture. Foodies and shoppers can browse through the boutiques and restaurants along the street.
Famous for its annual Stratford Festival, the picturesque town is just over an hour’s drive away from Toronto. The town is located on the Avon River and is known for its beautiful gardens. Many bed & breakfasts are situated in the heart of the town and cater exclusively to festival-goers, mainly during the spring and summer months.
A visit to Niagara Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world, is definitely a must. The Falls attracts tourists from all over the world and is just an hour and a half away from the city. Once you’ve had your fill of the Falls, there’s still lots to do, including taking in the sites and attractions along Lundy’s Lane, sailing on the Maid of the Mist Boat Tour, trying your luck at the slots or tables at Fallsview Casino or Casino Niagara and shopping in the outlets on both the Canada and U.S. side of Niagara Falls.