Looking for ideas for a day trip from Toronto? From provincial parks and fabulous lookouts to beaches and spas, here are 25 day trips north of Toronto to fill your weekends with fabulous fun and adventure.
Awenda Provincial Park [2 hours from Toronto]
2,900 hectares make up the Awenda Provincial Park. Sat on the shores of the Georgian Bay, this park provides great camping variety, several trails for hiking and biking, as well as beautiful natural beaches at driving distance from the campgrounds.
Address: 670 Awenda Park Rd, Tiny
Wasaga Beach [1 hr 45 minutes from Toronto]
Wasaga Beach is the longest freshwater beach in the world, drawing many visitors during the warmer seasons for swimming and relaxing on the hot sand. Hiking on the dunes, cross-country skiing in the winter, fishing, birding, and paddling are also just a few visitor favorites.
Address: 11-22nd St. North, Wasaga Beach
Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain [2 hours from Toronto]
Soak in a Scandinavian Bath and transport yourself into another world, where your worries are gone and your body is rejuvenated. A trip to the spa in the Spring season is especially rewarding, as you are able to indulge in the natural beauty of the surroundings as well.
Address: 152 Grey County Rd 21, The Blue Mountains, ON
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures [2 hours from Toronto]
There are adventures for the warmer and colder seasons at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures. From caves and cavern exploration and zip lining, to crossing a suspension bridge, to going on a guided night snowshoe hike, be sure to take in the incredible views and connect with nature.
Address: 260 Scenic Caves Rd, The Blue Mountains
Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Nature Reserve [1 hr 45 minutes from Toronto]
This non-operating park is nestled in the Niagara Escarpment and offers part of the Bruce Trail. Ravine habitats, wetlands, and moss-covered cliffs are prominent here, as well as rare plant species dotted around the nature reserve. Hiking is a dream here, where towering trees provide shade and the movement of nature complements your journey.
Mount St. Louis Moonstone [1 hr 30 minutes from Toronto]
This family-run, family-friendly ski resort is one of the largest in Ontario, known for its accommodating vibe and amazing ski hills for snowboarding and skiing. The mountain has a 550’ vertical drop, 36 total runs, and 170 skiable acres.
Address: R.R.4, 24 Mt St Louis Rd W, Coldwater
Island Lake Conservation Area [1 hr from Toronto]
Choose activity or relaxation at the Island Lake Conservation Area with yoga in the park, stand-up paddleboarding, ice-fishing, kicksledding, or windsurfing. Excite all your senses here by listening to the sounds of nature, looking at the incredible greenery around you, and breathing in the clear air.
Hockley Valley Resort [1 hr from Toronto]
Indulge at the Hockley Valley Resort and treat yourself to a spa day, a day out on the golf course, some time on the slopes, or just enjoy the culinary and winery experience. The resort has a two-acre fruit and vegetable garden that supports the farm-to-table philosophy at Hockley Valley.
Address: 793522 3rd Line EHS, Mono
Mono Cliffs Provincial Park [1 hr 10 minutes from Toronto]
Mono Cliffs Provincial Park is made for biking and hiking. The diversity of the cedars and ferns and the canyon and towering cliffs create a dramatic landscape to complement your adventure on this section of the Bruce Trail.
Adamo Estate Winery [1 hr from Toronto]
Spend a day tasting fine wines and touring the vineyards at the Adamo Estate Winery – a place that produces award-winning wines and hosts fun events such as an Easter Sunday Brunch. The winery has its roots in Calabria, Italy and a wonderful family tradition pushing the estate’s success.
Address: 793366 3rd Line EHS, Mono, ON
Phone: 519-942-3969 x5100
The Georgian Peaks Club [2 hrs from Toronto]
The Georgian Peaks Club likes to state that visitors’ lives will be peaked with a winter adventure on their slopes. A membership here helps to foster an active and healthy lifestyle, with programs such as the wellness sessions, and of course, classic snowshoeing, hiking, and skiing.
Address: 104 Wensley St, Thornbury
Sibbald Point Provincial Park [1 hr from Toronto]
Sibbald Point is a quintessential provincial park, offering adventures such as a walk through significant places in the history of the Sibbald Family, fishing at Lake Simcoe, and swimming at the sandy beaches in azure waters.
Address: 26071 York Rd 18 (Park Road), Sutton West, ON
Milne Dam Conservation Park [30 minutes from Toronto]
Just 30 minutes away in Markham, the Milne Dam Conservation Park provides a place of serenity for Torontonians and Ontarians alike. This park is a great piece of nature close to home, comprised of forests, wetlands, and open space for bird migration. 2.3 kilometers of trails can be used here for cycling and running.
Address: 8251 McCowan Rd, Markham, ON L3P 3J3
Black Creek Pioneer Village [30 minutes from Toronto]
Step back in time at the Black Creek Pioneer Village year-round and experience former village life through discovery stations, history actors, and hands-on activities. Sing popular songs from the 1860s, get a glimpse of historical documents in the history lab, and get crafty at a historic trade.
Address: 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy, North York
Cold Creek Conservation Area [50 minutes from Toronto]
The Cold Creek Conservation Area is an inspiration for all to get outdoors and get some physical activity in during both the cold and warm seasons. The winter chalet provides a space for visitors to set off on their adventure on the trails, and hiking trails cover the Oak Ridges Moraine for walks and bird watching.
Address: 14125 11th Concession, Nobleton, ON
Georgian Hills Vineyards [2 hrs from Toronto]
The Georgian Hills Vineyard overlooks the stunning Georgian Bay, offering wine tasting, tours of the vineyards, and artisan cheese pairings and charcuterie platters. Open year-round, this quaint little winery is peaceful and relaxing, a place where many are attracted to as a stop between destinations in the Blue Mountains.
Address: 496350 Grey Road 2, Blue Mountains
Hogg’s Falls [1 hr 50 minutes from Toronto]
For a journey to an oasis with waterfalls, head to Hogg’s Falls, a destination for hikes and quiet picnics. Many enjoy the 12-kilometer hike from Hogg’s Falls to Eugenia Falls for the ultimate scenic journey, and the fact that this trail is accessible for all ages.
Address: Lower Valley Rd, Flesherton
Craigleith Provincial Park [2 hrs from Toronto]
Nestled on the southern shore of the Georgian Bay, this provincial park is known for its 450-million-year-old fossils found within the fractured shale plates on the shoreline. Conveniently located at the base of Blue Mountain, this central destination allows visitors to access several trails as well as paddle or windsurf on the nearby waters.
Address: 209403 Highway 26, Blue Mountains, ON
Pretty River Valley Provincial Park [1 hr 50 minutes from Toronto]
This provincial park surely gets its name from the beautiful moraine and talus slopes, 400 species of vascular plants, meltwater channels, and other geological features that have formed from glacial processes. Mountain biking, fishing, and hiking are popular activities here.
Address: County Road 31, Nottawa, ON
Barrie Centennial Park [1 hr 10 minutes from Toronto]
Sat along Barrie’s waterfront, this green space is bustling with activity. With a boardwalk for biking and jogging, a beach for swimming and sandcastle making, you can easily spend a day with the family or with friends at the Centennial Park.
Address: 65 Lakeshore Drive, Barrie, Ontario
Glen Haffy Conservation Park [1 hr from Toronto]
Glen Haffy Conservation is synonymous with tranquility. There is a host of way to enjoy the park, from cross-country skiing, BMXX, paddling, fly fishing, geocaching, golfing, horseback riding, and ziplining. This destination is also the host of the famed Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival between the months of March and April.
Address: 19245 Airport Rd, Caledon East, ON
Boyne Valley Provincial Park [1 hr from Toronto]
As the Boyne Valley river flows through the southern areas of the province, the terrain at Boyne Valley is a diverse mash of natural communities, including swamp, fields, and hardwood forest. Being a non-operating park, there isn’t too much activity going on here, however, hikers and anglers will surely enjoy the views, the trails, and the waters.
Northwinds Beach [2 hrs from Toronto]
This sandy and rocky beach is a favorite in the Blue Mountains area. Diverging from other beaches, Northwinds Beach particularly enjoys promoting water sports and surf culture. Visitors can go stand-up paddleboarding, surfing, and kayaking on the waters of the Georgian Bay.
Address: 209605 ON-26, The Blue Mountains
McMichael Canadian Art Collection [55 minutes from Toronto]
Marvel at the art of the country at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, featuring wonderful collections and exhibits at the only publicly funded art gallery in the nation focusing on pure Canadian and Indigenous art.
Address: 10365 Islington Ave, Kleinburg
Horseshoe Hummer Tours [1 hr 30 minutes from Toronto]
Experience the thrill of the H1 Hummer with the Horseshoe Hummer Tour and ride through the rugged terrain of the Horseshoe Valley. The company is proud to run bio-diesel to reduce their carbon footprint and stay environmentally friendly.
Address: 90 Highland Drive, Shanty Bay
Phone: (705) 999-0905