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With over a million square kilometres of terrain to explore, Ontario is home to everything from lakes and rivers, to cities and culture. This means there are innumerable ways to enjoy everyone’s favourite summer activity: road tripping.
Niagara Falls to Niagara-on-the-Lake
Downtown Toronto to Newmarket
Whether or not it’s the longest road in the world (it’s debated), Yonge Street still takes you through all sorts of attractions — and stretches an impressive 83 kilometres in total. Start this road trip in downtown Toronto (after seeing all the top attractions) and zip along Yonge Street (or at least a 40-kilometre portion of it) through the suburbs of Richmond Hill, North York, and more, before you arrive in Newmarket. Here you’ll be treated to a bevy of options to keep you busy for an afternoon. Sip a glass of wine at the Holland Marsh Winery, enjoy a day in the sun at the Newmarket Riverwalk Commons, or immerse yourself in some history at the Elman W. Campbell Museum.
Though this route isn’t your typical meandering, scenic drive, it’s definitely cool, and definitely a historical Ontario road trip. In fact, Yonge Street was part of the infrastructure that helped establish Upper Canada in the 1790s. Now, it’s a connection to the Upper Great Lakes, meaning you can carry on past Newmarket and check out Lake Simcoe and even Georgian Bay.
Ottawa to Toronto via Algonquin Park
Hop from major urban center to major urban center and take in some nature along the way. Though this isn’t the most direct route from Ottawa to Toronto, stopping at Algonquin Park is a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of urban life. About 270 kilometres from Toronto, and 240 kilometres from Ottawa, this park is the perfect place to relax in nature. You can hike, canoe, camp, or just take in the wildlife, including moose, beavers, and black bears. About 6 hours total round trip, you’ll be able to see many different sides of Ontario, including the Ottawa River, local wildlife, and many small towns along the way.
The waterfall capital of the world
A one-hour road trip from Toronto, you’ll find yourself in the City of Waterfalls, Hamilton, Ontario. Though it looks industrial at first glance, once you head into nature, you’ll find over 100 waterfalls. All around the region, there are hiking trails and parks that allow you to see the thundering beauty of a variety of falls. If you’re looking to take as many in as possible, head to the Bruce Trail Conservancy, where the majority are concentrated. Hike the area, then head back to Toronto for dinner.