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Exploring Ontario with the Ultimate Road Trip Guide

By Natalie Thursday, April 18, 2024

Embark on an unforgettable adventure through the diverse landscapes, charming towns and vibrant communities of Ontario with our ultimate road trip guide. From the pristine shores of Lake Huron to the charming towns of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario offers a wealth of experiences and exciting go to destinations waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, history buff, or foodie craving culinary delights, there’s something for everyone along the open road of Ontario.



buildings on water

Bet you didn’t know we had our very own Pah-ree in Brant, Ontario!

Make your way to Ontario’s prettiest small town, Paris. It may not be the city of lights but this quaint destination brings the European charm to Canadians with its intimate cafe’s, trendy shops and stunning architecture along the Grand River.

Spend a summer afternoon kayaking, rafting, or tubing down the Grand River. Snap a picture at Penman’s Dam, a historic pit-stop that’s been around for more than 100 years! For our history enthusiasts, learn about the first ever phone call made by Alexander Graham Bell from Brantford and received by what was previously known as the Robert White Shoe Store.

As Aubrey Hepburn once said “Paris is always a good idea.”



Cliffs and blue water

For outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, the Bruce Peninsula is a must-visit destination. Explore the rugged beauty of Bruce Peninsula National Park, where you can hike along the iconic Bruce Trail, swim in the crystal-clear waters of Georgian Bay, visit The Grotto, a must-see natural wonder and marvel at the dramatic cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the picturesque town of Tobermory, known for its vibrant harbour, colourful shops, and scenic boat tours to Flowerpot Island. Be sure to explore Fathom Five National Marine Park, home to pristine underwater ecosystems and historic shipwrecks waiting to be discovered.

Reservations are required to access many areas in the park so make sure to reserve your parking and accommodations well in advance as this is an extremely popular place. For a less crowded experience consider visiting in the late spring or early fall.


People taking a horse-drawn carriage ride

Save the best for last with a trip to Niagara on the Lake and indulge in wine country and gourmet delights.

Soak in the breathtaking views at every turn with a stroll down the prettiest street in Ontario – Queen Street. This street is filled with charming character, rich history and hallmark worthy boutique shops. Sample local wines at award-winning vineyards, indulge in farm-to-table cuisine at charming restaurants and be transported back in time with a horse drawn-carriage ride.

If you’re looking for accommodation that reflects the towns pleasant hospitality, then The Charles Hotel is where you want to be. The almost 200-year-old Manor mirrors southern-American architectural charm with a lovely backyard to explore, creating the perfect atmosphere for an enchanting road trip. For those looking for a little entertainment be sure to catch a performance at the Shaw Festival Theatre for a cultural experience unlike any other.



A city sky line and sunset

Steeped in history and culture, Kingston is a captivating city located at the eastern end of Lake Ontario.

Begin your exploration at Fort Henry National Historic Site, where you can step back in time and experience life as a 19th-century British soldier. Then, wander through the charming streets of downtown Kingston, lined with historic buildings, boutique shops, and waterfront parks.

Be sure to visit the UNESCO-designated Rideau Canal, where you can take a scenic boat cruise or rent a kayak to explore this engineering marvel. Wrap up your road trip with a tour of the Kingston Penitentiary which offers a unique and rare opportunity to go behind the walls of Canada’s oldest and most notorious maximum security prison.


With its diverse landscapes, rich history, and vibrant communities, Ontario offers endless opportunities for memorable road trip adventures. So pack your bags, hit the road, and discover the beauty of Ontario one kilometer at a time. For even more road trip insporation, check out our Discover ON category where you can search by region and save places of interest to your Free Itinerary so you will have all your favourite places saved to one place!



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