If you are looking for a perfect, inexpensive weekend getaways from GTA to relax and rejuvenate: look no further than Ontario Provincial Parks.
Whether you want to camp out under the stars, hike rolling woodlands and bio diverse marshes, or just laze around at Lake Ontario/Simcoe/Erie beaches – provincial parks in and around GTA are your best bet for a cheerful weekend getaway. With over 15 parks within 200 km of Toronto, Ontario provincial parks are also great day trip destinations to immerse yourself in nature and to have a fun family day out.
Day use Vehicle permit: Maximum of $20.00 (Best answer for what to do under $20.00 in GTA!)
Camping: Maximum of $51.13 (tent) per night.
Call: 1-800-668-2746 (toll-free) for more info.
The article lists 20 provincial parks (non operating parks not included) with activities and approximate distances from GTA cities. For city of Toronto, distance from Ontario Science Centre (~centre of Toronto) is mentioned. Provincial parks are arranged in alphabetical order.
Ontario Parks has a Learn to Camp Program to help you with the basics of camping – See here for more details.
Ontario Parks Day – July 15, 2016 – Free, See here for events