The balmy temperatures and sunshine provide the perfect opportunity for exciting, outdoor excursions. Take advantage of the season by embarking on an expedition with these 25-day trip adventures around Toronto.
All locations are within 3 hours of City Hall, Toronto.
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Georgian Bay Islands National Park
Visit the National Park that is accessible only by boat. Explore the visually stunning Georgian Bay Islands National Park that is composed of 63 islands where the windswept white pines and granite shores of the Canadian Shield and dense deciduous woodland-inspired the Group of Seven are yours to discover.
Address: 2611 Honey Harbour Road, Honey Harbour
Cost: National Park Admission + water taxi or Day Tripper cost.
Ride in a hot air balloon
Discover incredible views, lush scenery, and an experience of a lifetime with a ride in a hot air balloon. Sundance Balloons offers rides within the Toronto area that begin in Kitchener, Waterloo. After receiving proper instructions and safety equipment from your guide, find yourself soaring along the St. Jacobs Country region, high above the Conestoga River. This activity makes a great tourist destination or a festive way to commemorate a special occasion.
Address: 48 Crampton Dr, Belmont
Cost: Starting at $225 per person.
Go hang gliding
You don’t have to travel far outside of Toronto to experience the thrill of hang gliding! Only a 26-minute drive outside of Markham, Higher Perspective provides hang-gliding equipment, courses, and instructions for all experience levels. Embrace your inner daredevil while you soar high above the grounds.
Address: 1150 Hwy 7, Locust Hill
Cost: Starting at $170 per person.
Muskoka’s steamship heritage is older than Canada. Go on a narrated one or two-hour cruise and sail by small cottage islands, grand estates, the bay through the Narrows and past the famous Lighthouse into southern Lake Muskoka.
Address: Muskoka Wharf, Gravenhurst
Cost: $10 – $$44.30
Grey Country Waterfall Tour
Grey Country has various stunning waterfalls that make for an exciting day-trip adventure. Check out such areas as Eugenia Falls, Hoggs Falls, the Holstein Dam, Inglis Falls, Jones Falls, and more. Bring a bike or good hiking shoes and trek through these different wooded areas while surrounded by nature.
Cost: Free/conservation admission fees at select locations may apply.
Visit Scenic Caves
Located within the Niagara Escarpment, Scenic Caves offers a host of nature adventures. Choose from exciting activities such as cave expeditions, ziplines, hiking and lookouts, golf courses, suspension bridges and golf courses.
Address: 260 Scenic Caves Rd, The Blue Mountains
Cost: Starting at $25.75
Swim in a quarry
Approximately an hour’s drive outside of Toronto, the Elora Quarry offers swimmers and sunbathers the perfect place to cool off and catch some rays. Part natural phenomenon and part artifice are places within the quarry carved out to provide a beach area among the stunning scenery of rocks, hills, and glistening water.
Address: 319 Wellington County Rd 18, Elora
Cost: free but parking fees may be required.
Travel across the Ranney Gorge
If you travel forty-five minutes out of Toronto, you will discover the Ranney Gorge suspension bridge; a 30-foot-high bridge that extends 300 meters across the Gorge, south of the waterfalls. While thrilling and scenic, the structure is also family-friendly, incorporating safety measures for all visitors.
Visit Ferris Ferris Provincial Park as part of your trip.
Address: Trent Dr, Campbellford
Cost: free (cost of Ontario Parks admission if you visit Ferris Provincial Park)
Zipline in Niagara Falls
For an exciting day trip, take a 90-minute drive from Toronto to Niagara Falls and experience a thrilling zipline ride! The Wildplay zip lines in Niagara Falls offer a range of lines, from beginners of young ages to more experienced (and older) riders. With up to four parallel lines, you and your group can easily enjoy a scenic and thrilling ride together.
Address: 5920 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls
Cost: $69.99 +charges
It’s just not summer without a trip to this famous themed amusement park. With 17 roller coasters, a massive water park, concession stands, and a midway, Canada’s Wonderful is a fantastic place to enjoy all-day outdoor excitement with friends or family.
Address: 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive, Vaughan
Cost: Starting at $41.99
Hike the Dundas Peak Trail
If you travel approximately 90 minutes outside the city, you will discover the hiking hills and terrain of the Dundas Peak Trail. In addition to brisk exercise within the beauty of nature, you can also visit Tew and Webster Falls, which are two stunning waterfalls that will add to your scenic, outdoor adventure.
Address: 581 Harvest Road, Dundas
Cost: $5 per person entrance fee and a $10 per car parking fee.
Try Treetop Trekking
If you live within the GTA and are craving a thrilling escape into nature, you need only travel minutes north from downtown Toronto to visit the Treetop Trekking at Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area in Stouffville. This new park includes multiple zip lines and wooden bridges, monkey cables, and Tarzan swings; combine exercise and fun in one afternoon.
Address: 3291 Souffville Rd, Whitchurch-Stouffville
Cost: $8 to $64
Head to Blue Mountain Resort
The Blue Mountain Resort, located in Collingwood, is the perfect location for a day trip adventure, although many people also enjoy overnight lodging. Only two and a half-hour drive from Toronto, you can enjoy the many attractions available, such as mountaintop tours, an open-air gondola, and the Woodlot Low Ropes with your day pass ticket.
Address: 190 Gord Canning Dr, The Blue Mountains
Cost: Starting at $10.00
ATV Adventure Tours
Find yourself in the beautiful Collingwood area and ride the open road on an ATV! ATV Adventure Tours offers guided ATV excursions that are both safe and exciting. Tours are available for single riders as well as groups; fun for the whole family!
Cost: Starting at $50
Visit an Aeriel Park at Sauble Beach
While Sauble Beach is a beloved location for a beach trip and overnight camping, you can also visit this popular area for a day trip. Discover the Aerial Park, which features Canada’s first ‘zip coaster!’ Enjoy the surge of adrenaline and exciting thrills while surrounded by beautiful forested areas upon this famous, fresh-water beach.
Address: 11 Lakeshore Blvd N, Sauble Beach
Cost: Day pass starts at $49.
Travel to MacGregor Point Provincial Park
Nature lovers will revel in diverse ecological systems found along the 7-kilometer stretch that surrounds Lake Huron. The three-hour drive from Toronto will allow for a day of canoeing, fishing, and hiking along the 1.2 kilometer Huron Fringe Trail.
Try Turbo Tubing
Grand River Rafting offers paddleboard and kayak rentals, as well as turbo tubing, a unique outdoor adventure! Coast down the nine-kilometer-long meandering river where you will be privy to eagle sightings and forested areas that have been dubbed ‘the Canadian Amazon.’
Address: 181 Bethel Rd, Paris
Cost: Starting at $38 + tax
Fish for monsters in Bay of Quinte
Escape the edges of Toronto by taking a two-hour drive towards Belleville and enjoy The Bay of Quinte. The area offers various outdoor activities and recreation, a popular tourist destination, from a Bay tour, golf courses, cycling paths, and more! While many choose to stay overnight, visiting the Bay of Quinte is also the perfect daytime expedition. AND if you love fishing, perhaps there is no better destination than the Bay!
Address: 11 Bay Bridge Rd, Belleville
Try private caving lessons
If you were ever curious to discover the rocky, underground world of caves, One Axe pursuits offer six-hour private lessons with an expert guide. The experience will begin with a hike through a lush, forested area that will eventually take you to three separate caves with a plunge of approximately 80 feet below. Check out unique formations and freshwater springs through this unforgettable adventure.
Address: 24 Henderson St, Elora
Cost: $800+ tax for a group of 4 people
Caves, ruins and more
Get out and explore mother nature! Brave the dark and be rewarded with ancient stalactites, columns and flowstone when ou hike Cedar Ridge trail, paddle the serene Eramosa River, see the ruins of the Harris & Co. Rockwood Woolen Mill, fish, swim and camp at Rockwood Conservation Area in Guelph.
Address: 161 Fall St. S., Guelph.
Cost: $2.65 to $6.64
Go horseback riding
Spend the day horseback riding at Pathways on Pleasure Valley. Discover 225 acres of serene fields and forested trails. Pathways offer lessons for novices, and more experienced riders will love the beauty and tranquility of this equestrian adventure.
Address: 2499 Brock Rd, Uxbridge
Cost: Starting at $84.75
Bon Echo Provincial Park
Mazinaw Rock looms over Mazinaw Lake, 100 metres above the water, giving an impressive view within Bon Echo Provincial Park. Have a fun-filled canoeing, fishing, and hiking. Once the pandemic is over, you can also join the Boat Tour operated by the Friends of Bon Echo Provincial Park.
Address: 16151 ON-41, Cloyne
Cost: Free and ticketed days.
Address: Eagles Nest Park Rd, Bancroft
Explore the Secret Beaches of Long Point
Explore Long Point from the water. Long Point Island Hugger Tours offers unique tours of the inner bay of Long Point Biosphere which is accessible only by boat. Or you can opt for Turkey Point tour and see the beautiful properties of Lake Erie.
Address: Port Rowan Harbour Marina
Cost: $15 to $50
Go skinny dipping at Hanlan’s Point
Toronto and its surrounding areas offer plenty of beaches but Hanlan’s Point is best known for its nude beach area. Beat the heat, strip down and enjoy a summer’s day in the buff. It’s important to note that not all of Hanlan’s is clothing-optional; make sure you are at the right location before you decide to skinny dip!
Address: Toronto Islands
Cost: Ferry ride prices range from $3.95 to $8.15