Summer is in full swing in Ontario, with places across the province offering a unique environment, history, and distinct character for visitors and locals to truly discover the province. Try new activities or go for the tried and true. No matter what you choose to do in Ontario, there are hundreds of fun things you’ll want to add to your bucket list.
** To reduce travel during COVID-19, search for similar experiences near the place you live. We have listed about 5 places for each (except unique places) experience/activity**
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1. Visit Canada’s Only Officially Recognized Unceded Territory
Located in Manitoulin Island is Wiikwemkoong, Canada’s only officially recognized Unceded Reserve. Home of the Anishnaabek people of the Three Fires Confederacy (Ojibwe, Odawa, Pottawatomi), Wikwemikong offers an experience unlike any other in Canada. Point Grondine Park by Wiikwemkoong is pure bliss of 7000 hectares of scenic natural and wilderness landscape. Hike, explore Wemtagoosh Falls, paddle through traditional routes of the Anishnaabek people and more at this secret destination. There are over 22 camping sites located in this fabulous wilderness park.
2. Walk on a suspension bridge
Suspension bridges are a fantastic man-made asset to complement nature, a place where you can look out at incredible views, whether lush greenery, great rocky heights, or other aspects of nature’s beauty.
- Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge, Trent Dr, Campbellford
- Scenic Caves Adventures Bridge, Collingwood
- White River Suspension Bridge, Thunder Bay
- Eagle Canyon Adventures Suspension Bridge, Dorion
- Roy Wilson Suspension Bridge, Dryden
3. Explore a Cave
Explore the hidden nooks and crannies of Ontario’s caves, some popular destinations include the famous Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves – the province’s oldest natural cavern, and the incredible Bonnechere Caves.
- Bonnechere Caves, 1247 Fourth Chute Rd, Eganville
- Greig’s Caves, 407 Scenic Caves Rd, Lion’s Head
- Warsaw Caves. 289 Caves Rd, Warsaw
- Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves, 2623 Harmony Rd, Belleville
4. Check off some Provincial Park or National Park adventures from your bucket list
Ontario’s provincial parks are truly yours to discover as the size of parklands to explore compares with the area of Nova Scotia. From climbing on a “sleeping giant” to walking the world’s longest freshwater beach and howling with the wolves, there are so many unique activities in Ontario’s Parks. Enhance your trip with camping. With warm weather in the day to explore and enjoy the outdoors, temperatures cool down at night, making it ideal for a summer camping trip at a provincial or national park. Having so many to choose from, each campground has its own charm and will cater to campers looking for specific features.
- Point Pelee National Park
- 1000 Islands National Park
- Rouge Urban National Park
- Georgian Bay Islands National Park
- Pukaskwa National Park
- Bruce Peninsula National Park
- Fathom Five Marine Park
5. Visit Ontario’s North
Go and explore Ontario’s North. With unspoiled wilderness and pure nature bliss, you can spend days hiking, canoeing, exploring local history and not seen it all. Pick any county, city or town and start exploring!
- Northeastern Ontario (north of Lake Huron and east of Lake Superior.)
- Sunset Country
- Sault Ste. Marie | Algoma Country
For the rest of Ontario:
From Windsor to Ottawa, see Things to Do This Summer in Ontario.
6. Drive the Long Sault Parkway
Between the major cities of Kingston and Montreal is the Long Sault Parkway, a parkway that connects a collection of eleven islands on the St. Lawrence River. The parkway is visually beautiful and has significant history surrounding it, and a drive around the area can allow you to explore the wonders and stories of the attractions along the way.
7. Visit a Lavender Farm
Opt for a calming, meditative activity out in nature this summer, with lavender farms offering up the opportunity to roam around beautiful fields of purple flowers and a place to shop for fresh lavender goodies.
- Weir’s Lane Lavender and Apiary, 223 Weir’s Lane, Dundas
- Terre Bleu Lavender Farm, 2501 25th Sideroad, Milton
- Bonnieheath Estate Lavender and Winery, 410 Concession 12 Townsend, Waterford
- Christel Lake Lavender, 1381 Scugog Line 12, Greenbank – Scugog
- Laveanne Lavender Fields, 8667 Gilmour Road, Campbellcroft – Port Hope
8. Go Whitewater canoeing or Rafting
The wonderful Canadian waters are ideally exhilarating for whitewater canoeing or rafting past adrenaline-fueled routes or historical routes, or perhaps a mixture of both. Paddling is a popular Canadian summer activity that is integral to exploration on the water. From historic routes of French River to Petawawa River and Ottawa River, there are plenty of opportunities across Ontario.
If you do not want to be in the water, but rather walk by it, visit White Water Walk, Niagara Falls.
- Ottawa River (OWL Rafting), 40 OWL Lane, Foresters Falls
- Madawaska River (Madawaska Kanu Centre), 247 River Road, Barry’s Bay
- French River (Various Outfitters)
- Petawawa River (Various Outfitters)
- Gull River (AO Boatwerks), Highway #35, Minden
9. Relax on a beach
No summer bucket list is complete without a classic trip to a golden, sandy beach. Laying around in the hot sun, enjoying the sand between your toes, and going for a dip in the water, these little pleasures can’t be missed.
- Canatara Park Beach, Sarnia
- Grand Bend, Lambton Shores
- Woodbine Beach, 1675 Lake Shore Blvd E, Toronto
- Sandbanks Provincial Park, Picton
- Moonlight Beach, Sudbury
10. Visit a Lighthouse
Lighthouses are a great representation of the past, a time when the seas and lakes were of great importance for many historical reasons. With over 250,000 lakes in Ontario alone and 1/5 of the world’s freshwater, these lighthouses will add to that sea shanty feel.
- Big Tub Lighthouse, 264 Big Tub Rd, Tobermory
- Gibraltar Point Island Lighthouse, Toronto Islands, Hanlan’s Point Park
- Point Clark Lighthouse, 529 Lighthouse Road, Point Clark
- Lighthouse Point Provincial Nature Reserve, Pelee Island
- Terrace Bay Lighthouse, Terrace Bay
11. Chase waterfalls
Waterfalls are some of Mother Nature’s most eye-catching features, with the opportunity to see waterfalls in many styles in Ontario – punchbowl waterfalls, plunge waterfalls, cascading multi-step waterfalls, and more. Many of them have other valuable features and historical significance, as well as hiking trails around them.
- Kakabeka Falls, Oliver Paipoonge
- Inglis Falls, 107 Falls Rd, Owen Sound
- Rideau Falls, 1 Sussex Dr, Ottawa (Ottawa Area Falls)
- Niagara Falls
- Oxtongue River-Ragged Falls Provincial Park
- Hamilton Area Falls
12. Go Lazy River tubing
Tubing is the perfect way to float the lovely Ontario waters with a drink in hand. Relax and let the water take you down the stream at several well-known slow-flowing rivers around the province.
- Kam River (River Rat Rentals), 707 Harstone Dr, Kakabeka Falls
- Vermillion River (Chillin’ N Tubing), 5727 Nickel Offset Rd, Chelmsford
- Grand River (Tubing the Grand), 3734 King St E, Kitchener
- Saugeen River (Saugeen Springs RV Park), 173844 Mulock Rd, Hanover
13. Go on a Train Tour
A train tour will take commuters on scenic historical tours past Ontario’s most beloved sights. These rail tours are breathtaking and unforgettable, and range in length from just a few hours, to a few days.
- York-Durham Heritage Railway, 19 Railway Street, Uxbridge
- Agawa Canyon Tour Train, 129 Bay St, Sault Ste. Marie (closed for 2020)
- South Simcoe Railway, 28 Mill St W, Tottenham
- Polar Bear Express train, Cochrane and Moosonee
- Waterloo Central Railway, St. Jacobs Market station, 878 Weber St. N. Woolwich
14. Go Diving
With the number of shipwreck sites and underwater activity in the plentiful bodies of water around the area, you can’t miss a diving journey in these waterways with tons of shipping history. Just in the Fathom Five National Marine Park alone, 22 historic shipwrecks can be found.
- Kingston Shipwrecks, Bath Rd, Kingston
- Fathom Five National Marine Park, 121 Chi sin tib dek Rd, Tobermory
- Sherkston Quarry, Port Colborne
- Lock 21, Long Sault Parkway
15. Go Camping
Within Ontario, there are many beautiful areas in which to enjoy overnight or multi-week stays in nature. Whether you want to enjoy backcountry camping, cabin camping or stay comfy in a yurt, there are plenty of options across Ontario.
- 25 of the Best Provincial Parks to Go Camping This Summer in Ontario
- 25 of the Best Parks to Go Camping Near Toronto
- 25 Places to Go Backcountry Camping in Ontario
16. Tour Ontario from the air
By bike, by foot, and by car, we’ve not yet talked about seeing the wonders of Ontario from the sky. Ride a helicopter or a unique biplane up in the air and tour the province from a birds-eye view.
- Toronto Heli Tours
- 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours, 88 County Rd 32, Gananoque
- Ottawa Biplane Adventures, 1495 Sir George-Etienne Cartier Pkwy, Ottawa
- Niagara Helicopters Tours, 3731 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls
17. Go on a Mine Tour
Ontario is a leader in mining and provides for more than $12 billion in Canadian GDP. You can head on a mine tour in Ontario at several sites that allow you to enjoy a hands-on experience of a demonstration mine that resembles real-life nickel and copper mining sites around the province.
- Dynamic Earth, 122 Big Nickel Mine Dr, Sudbury
- Cobalt Mining Museum, 24 Silver St, Cobalt
- Amethyst Mine Panorama (above ground), 500 Bass Lake Rd, Shuniah
- Silver Queen Mica Mine (open only during scheduled mine tours), Murphy’s Point Provincial Park, Perth
18. Go Treetop trekking/Ziplining
See the forest from new heights with a ziplining or adventure treetop trekking day out at one on Ontario’s amazing unique forest adventure parks. With these outdoor aerial game parks full of obstacles, ropes, and ziplines, you’re sure to have an adrenaline-fueled time with friends and family.
- Long Point Eco-Adventures, 1730 Front Rd, St. Williams
- Treetop Eco-Adventure Park, 53 Snow Ridge Court, Oshawa
- Skywood Eco Adventure, 1278 Thousand Islands Parkway, Mallorytown
- Logos Land Resort, 15906 highway 17, Cobden
- Various Treetop Trekking Locations
19. Swim in a Quarry
A great alternative to public swimming pools, quarries are a beautiful and natural way to enjoy a refreshing time in the water, all while surrounded by nature’s best work. These natural swimming holes have drawn visitors from around the province and country due to their sheer beauty.
- St. Marys Quarry, 425 Water St S, St. Marys
- Elora Quarry, 319 Wellington County Rd 18, Elora
- Innerkip Quarry, 51 George St, Innerkip
20. Go Stargazing/View the Night Sky at a Dark Sky Viewing Area
It is a rare feat to find a place that allows you to see the night sky in all its glory. With dark sky viewing areas and stargazing spots around Ontario, you can enjoy a pitch-black sky and marvel at the wonders of the night – stars, constellations, planets, and more.
- Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve, Southwood Rd, Gravenhurst
- Lennox and Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area, 7980 County Road Rd 41, Erinsville
- North Frontenac Dark Sky Preserve, 5”N County Rd 1, Lombardy
- Gordon’s Park Dark Sky Preserve, 18777 Hwy 6, Tehkummah
- Point Gordine Park, Manitoulin Island
21. Lookout From Some Scenic Spots
Experience a lookout point and its panoramic views at many spots around the province, including rugged natural terrain, geological formations, country terrain, and vibrant cityscapes. Trails lead you to amazing vistas, some naturally created and others man-made.
- Ouimet Canyon, Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park, Greenwich Lake Rd, Pass Lake
- Devil’s Rock, Temiskaming Shores
- Irish Mountain Lookout, 26556 Side Road 25, Meaford
- Lion’s Head Lookout, 5 McCurdy Drive, Lion’s Head
- Eagle’s Nest, 79 Eagles Nest Park Rd, Bancroft
22. See Some Giant Statues
Ontario is home to many giant statues that are crafted by independent artists and displayed in many cities across the province. Find a group of elephants ranging in size in Beamsville, a huge Muskoka chair in Ancaster and many more across Ontraio.
- Muskoka Chair, Ancaster
- Elephants, Beamsville
- Giant Goose, Wawa
- The Big Nickel, Sudbury
- Tallest Inukshuk (Guinness Record), Schomberg
23. Take a Cruise
Cruises are another way to enjoy the cool summer nights, warm afternoons, and beautiful waters. Whether a dinner cruise, a sunset cruise, or something new altogether, cruising the waters and enjoying the scenery at a fast pace allows anyone on board to pass by an array of things to see.
- The Tall Ship Kajama, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto
- Lady Muskoka Cruises, 300 Ecclestone Dr, Bracebridge
- Hornblower Niagara Cruises, 5920 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls
- 1000 Islands Cruises, 280 Main St, Gananoque
- Stoney Lake Cruises, 610 Mt Julian Viamede Rd, Woodview
- Jet boat tours at Thousand Islands or Niagara Falls.
24. See How a Lock Operates
See and learn how Canada’s marvellous first in the world (some of them) engineering feats functions. Learn about historic waterways, boat lifts and locks work by visiting a site and watching these in action first-hand. These canals and waterways often have intense historical significance to the waters, so you’ll get a taste of history, too.
Ride a boat, tour a museum, or paddle the canal!
- Rideau Canal, Ottawa to Kingston (A Guide to Planning a Summer Boating Trip on the Rideau Canal)
- Trent Severn Waterway National Historic Site, Trent to Port Severn and Big Chute Marine Railway (Guide to Planning a Summer Boating Trip on Trent-Severn Waterway)
- Sault Ste Marie Canal Lock, 1 Canal Dr, Sault Ste. Marie
- Welland Canal
25. Go Cycling
There is a large range of sceneries in Ontario – farm country, forests, national parks, marshes, lakes, and more, that you can experience on a bike. Groomed trails and more rugged areas can take you through some of the best places in the province.
- The Waterfront Trail + Greenbelt Route
- G2G Rail Trail
- Elora Cataract Trailway
- Prescott & Russell Recreational Trail
26. Tour a Brewery
Ranging from independent small craft breweries to large-scale breweries, you can take a brewery tour (guided or self-tour road trip) this summer to places that showcase the best of Ontario’s beers and ciders. Afterward, shop for some product or take some time on a patio to sample some of the brewery’s best creations.
- Niagara Craft Brewery Tours
- Windsor Essex Barrels Bottles & Brews
- Saints & Sinners Bootleggers’ Run Trail
27. Hike some of Ontario’s Most Significant Spots
Just like cycling, hiking can take you around the most treasured natural areas in Ontario, taking the hiker past country settings, lakes, marshes, and dense varied forests. Hiking opportunities can be found far away from big cities, but also within them for a brief time away from the hustle and bustle.
- Coastal Trail – Lake Superior Provincial Park, 96 Broadway Avenue, Wawa
- Cup and Saucer Trail – Manitoulin Island
- Mizzy Lake Trail – Algonquin Provincial Park
- White Bear Forest Old Growth Trail – Finlayson Point Provincial Park
28. Go Fruit Picking
Summer is synonymous with fruit picking, the opportunity to pick mini-mountains of your own fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and plenty of others for a small fee. Spend an hour or two roaming the bushes and finding the best produce on a farm in the province.
29. Go horseback Riding
Take the reins and head on an adventure on horseback. These gentle creatures will accompany you around the ranch, through forest trails, or by bodies of water. Tours can take you to some breathtaking scenic spots and provide you with the tools to learn proper riding techniques.
- HorsePlay Niagara, 11061 Ellsworth Rd N, Port Colborne
- Pathways on Pleasure Valley, 2499 Brock Rd, Uxbridge
- Texas Longhorn Ranch, Strathroy
- Von Doeler’s Ranch, 1286 von Doeler Rd., Rutherglen
30. Reach New Heights by Rock Climbing
With the opportunity to climb indoors and outdoors, on easier, beginner’s routes, or those for veteran climbers, rock climbing is a varied, active sport that is ideal for the summer months. Head into an indoor climbing zone or gear up and get outdoors for a fun and challenging activity.
- Outdoor Skills & Thrills – Northern Ontario
- Niagara’s Glen
- Lion’s Head Provincial Park
- One Axe Pursuits (Milton & Elora Gorge)
31. Find hotspots for fishing
Ontario is home to 400,000 lakes, rivers, and streams, so it’s no wonder why many set out to go fishing year-round. In Northern Ontario in particular, the options are endless in search of freshwater fish with multiple experiences and an abundance of species. Enjoy free fishing for 10 days (2 weeks in 2020) every July.
32. Explore Some Ruins
The ruins found around the province include remnants from mills castles, and other historical structures that were once importance. Giving nature much of its character, these ruins are found within nature and have almost become one with it.
- St. Raphael’s Catholic Church Ruins, 19998 County Rd 18, Williamstown
- Darnley Grist Mill, Crooks Hollow Rd, Hamilton
- Harris Woollen Mill Ruins, 161 Fall St S, Guelph/Eramosa
- Merrickville Ruins, 306 Roadway St, Merrickville
- Guild Park & Gardens, Toronto
33. Visit a Donkey Sanctuary
The Donkey Sanctuary is a home for donkeys, mules, and hinnies who have been mistreated or neglected. This site allows visitors to volunteer, donate, and learn about the work they do for these forgotten animals.
- Donkey Sanctuary, 6981 Conc. 4, Puslinch
- Primrose Donkey Sanctuary, 1296 Bowmanton Rd. RR 4 Roseneath
34. Go see Some Geological Wonders
Rock formations like the Canadian Shield and Niagara Escarpment are a spectacular haven for activity, natural features, and flora and fauna. These wonders are demonstrative of an incredible nature in Ontario, and walking or viewing these structures is a breathtaking experience.
- Flowerpot Island, Fathom Five National Park
- Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
- Ouimet Canyon, Greenwich Lake Rd, Pass Lake
- Cheltenham Badlands, Caledon
- Bon Echo Provincial Park, Bon Echo
35. Climb some Towers
Ontario is a fantastic mix of city, country, and all that’s in between. It also contains architecture from all eras, and has some great examples of skyscrapers and tall buildings that present some sweeping views from high up.
- CN Tower, 290 Bremner Blvd, Toronto
- Skylon Tower, 5200 Robinson St, Niagara Falls
- Peace Tower (now closed, will open after about a decade), Ottawa
- 1000 Islands Tower, 716 Highway 137 Hill Island, Lansdowne
- Brock’s Monument National Historic Site, 14184 Niagara River Parkway, Queenston
36. Go Birding
Bird watching in the province is an incredible experience. The remarkable birdlife and many species that are found here trumps many spots in Canada, and you’ll find places to do so in provincial parks, in parks and gardens, and on tranquil islands. Ontario is also home to Point Pelee National Park, a nature sanctuary that is reknowned for its birds.
- Point Pelee National Park & Hillman Marsh Conservation Area, Leamington
- Rock Point Provincial Park, 215 Niece Rd, Dunnville
- Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary, 5591 Morrison Rd 2 Ingleside
- Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory, 6056 Long Point Rd, Milford/Presqu’ile Provincial Park, 328 Presqu’ile Pkwy, Brighton
- Tommy Thompson Park, 1 Leslie Street, Toronto
37. Step back in time at a Pioneer Village
Ontario has a diverse architectural and cultural heritage with many preserved historical sites like pioneer villages, old buildings, castles, forts, and more. Step foot into one of these sites and experience the past first hand with interactive activities and well-maintained, authentic structures.
- Upper Canada Village, 13740 County Road 2, Morrisburg
- Fort William Historical Park, 1350 King Rd, Thunder Bay
- Sainte Marie Among the Hurons, 16164 Highway 12, Midland
- Fanshawe Pioneer Village, 2609 Fanshawe Park Road East, London
- Lang Pioneer Village, Keene
38. Visit an Ostrich Farm or an Alpaca Farm
- Ostrich Land, 8299 Concession Rd 2, Caistor Centre
- Serendipity Farm Alpacas & Llamas, Lanark
- Forget-Me-Not Alpacas, Beaverton
- Meadowview Alpaca Farm, Bruce Mines
38. Go on a Cultural Food Tour
Food tours are a great half-day activity to sample some delicious eats, whether Italian fare, fresh market produce, or other cultural dishes that you’ve never tried before. A tour will combine culture, history, an immersive experience, and end with a full stomach.
- Butter Tart Tour, Northumberland County
- Cheese Trail, Oxford County
- Chocolate Trail, Stratford
- St Lawrence Market, Toronto
- Byward Market, Ottawa
39. Surf Some Waves
Although surfing is rare in Ontario, there are still some incredible spots to catch some waves and practice your abilities on the water. Belleview Beach is one of them, known for its picturesque sunsets and fishing opportunities, it is also a hidden gem for surfing.
- Belleview Beach
- Or learn how to at
- Lake Ontario: Ashbridge’s Bay, Bond Head
Lake Erie: Wyldewood Beach, Port Stanley
Lake Huron: Bayfield, Kincardine
- Lake Ontario: Ashbridge’s Bay, Bond Head
40. Go for a Winery Experience
For a quick getaway and luxury relaxation, a winery experience can provide you with an intimate time taste testing great wines, touring the site, enjoying the sights, and perhaps indulging in farm-to-table cooking too.
- Wineries of Niagara Falls Region
- Wineries of Prince Edward County
- Lake Erie Shore Wineries
- Boreal Berry Farm & Winery, North Bay
41. View Some Unique Structures
Ontario is filled with hundreds of noteworthy architectural wonders with dazzling features like ornate ceilings, eye-catching external characteristics, and more. Head to a unique structure in the province and see for yourself the hidden gems in nooks and crannies of each city.
- Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, 385 Sussex Dr, Ottawa
- Murney Tower, 1421 King St W, Kingston
- The Stoney Creek Monument, Battlefield House Museum & Park National Historic Site, Hamilton
- Thomas Foster Memorial, 9499 Durham Regional Rd 1, Uxbridge
- Casa Loma, Ontario
42. Visit a Sunflower Farm
A visit to a sunflower farm is surely a cause for smile, photo ops, and plenty of sunshine. Walk on a path through a sea of yellow flowers and purchase a specialty product from a store on-site to commemorate your summer experience.
- Pingle’s Farm Market, 1805 Taunton Rd, Hampton (Oshawa)
- Rounds Ranch, 1922 County Rd 92, Elmvale
- Davis Feed & Farm Supply Ltd, 15770 Mountain View Rd, Caledon East (Closed in 2020)
- Bogle Seeds, 572 Safari Rd, Millgrove (Closed in 2020)
- Edwards Farm Sunflower, 1574 9 Line, Innisfil (Closed in 2020)
43. Go Island-hopping, Visit Southern Most Point of Canada or Checkout the Smallest Ferry
Travel to the tip of Canada – Pelee Island.
Explore St. Lawrence River, a hotbed for island hopping, with plenty of islands just dotted on the surface of the water. Each of them offers something unique, with Wolfe Island ‘s great biking opportunities and scrumptious bakery, and private “Just Room Enough Island” with one house that fits perfectly on its surface.
Book a ride on MS Chi-Cheemaun, travel to the southernmost point of Canada, or check out the three-car ferry from Wolfe Island to Simcoe Island. (Ferries in Ontario)
- Wolfe Island
- Howe Island
- Ferry to Manitoulin Island – MS Chi-Cheemaun
- Ferry to Pelee Island/Pelee Island
- 1000 Islands National Park
44. Explore Ontario Trails on an ATV
Checkout the backroads of Ontario on an ATV. Contact your nearest club for options near you.
- Renfrew County boasts a 750-kilometre network of trails for ATV-ing, that are built on a foundation of abandoned forest access roads and rail lines. The rural countryside views pass by as you ride through the area and get to appreciate the natural beauty of lush forests, glittering lakes, and wetlands.
- Located around Mattawa, the Voyageur Multi-Use Trail System boasts a network of over 300km of trails. These trails also serve as a gateway for trails beyond. It’s easy to see why people come from all over the country to experience the majesty and challenge that these trails offer.
- Enjoy a guided tour in Haliburton.
45. Explore a Battleship
Go on a tour of a submarine, explore a warship and see historic ships at Discovery Harbour.
- HMCS Ojibwa, 3 Pitt St., Port Burwell
- HMCS Haida National Historic Site, 658 Catharine St N, Hamilton
- Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene
46. Stay in a Cottage or in an Ontario Resort
Dotted across Ontario’s cottage country from Kenora to Prince Edward County, there are cottages and resorts to suit almost every budget. Getaway this summer.
47. Visit a Jail or Stay in One
Ever spent a night in jail? Book a night at Ottawa Jail. If you rather see a jail cell from outside or want a guided tour visit Creemore Jail or book a Kingston Penitentiary tour.
- Creemore Jail, 141-151 Library St, Creemore
- HI Ottawa Jail, 75 Nicholas Street, Ottawa
- Kingston Penitentiary, 560 King St W, Kingston
- Burwash Correctional Prison – Camp Bison Prison, Burwash Trail, Sudbury
48. See some Fossils or some Petroglyphs
Ontario parks and conservation areas preserve not just natural wonders but also ancient secrets. Visit some or all this summer.
- Petroglyphs Provincial Park, 2249 Northeys Bay Rd, Woodview
- Bon Echo Provincial Park, 16151 ON-41, Cloyne (pictographs)
- Sioux Narrows Provincial Park, ON-71, Sioux Narrows (pictographs)
- Craigleith Provincial Park, 209403 ON-26, The Blue Mountains (fossils)
- Rock Point Provincial Park, 215 Niece Rd, Dunnville (fossils)
- Rock Glen Conservation Area, 8680 Rock Glen Rd, Arkona (fossils)
- Agawa Rock Pictographs, Lake Superior Provincial Park
49. Visit a Sculpture Garden
Explore a garden of art this summer. From artworks by famous Canadian artists to whimsical pieces from across the world, you will find both quirky and thought-provoking works of art across Ontario.
- Windsor Sculpture Park, Assumption Park, Windsor
- Screaming Heads Midlothian Castle & Gallery, Midlothian Road, Burk’s Falls
- Sculpture Garden – McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Vaughan
- Cambridge Sculpture Garden, 53 Grand Ave S, Cambridge
- Toronto Sculpture Garden, 115 King St E, Toronto
- ZimArt’s Rice Lake Gallery, 855 Second Line Rd, Bailieboro
- Haliburton Sculpture Forest
50. Go on a Road Trip
The best way to explore Ontario? Go on a road trip.
Circumnavigate Rice Lake, Simcoe Lake, Georgian Bay, drive from Peterborough to Ottawa on Highway 7, drive along Rideau Canal or St. Lawrence River (Highway 2), chart a path to follow Lake Erie shores from Windsor to Niagara Falls or Lake Huron from Sarnia to Tobermory.
- Niagara Falls to Ottawa
- Georgian Bay Road Trip
- Discover attractions along 401 from Toronto to Ottawa
- Road Trip From Ottawa to Kingston: Drive the Rideau Canal National Historic Site
- Drive the Trent-Severn Waterway
- Highway 7 Road Trip
51. Visit Some Small Towns
Ontario is dotted with lakes and full of charming little towns, each with its own personalities and unique attractions. If you’re looking for an excuse for a road trip, get out and see what each of these gems offers to brighten up your day.
52. Watch a Movie at a Drive-in Theatre
Experience a rare yet classic experience at a drive-in theatre. With 16 still in operation, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy snacks and a great flick from the comfort of your own car.
- 5 Drive-In, 2332 Ninth Line, Oakville
- Mustang Drive-In Theatre, 5012 Jones Baseline, Guelph
- Muskoka Drive-In, 1001 Theatre Rd, Gravenhurst
- Hanover Drive-In Theatre, 033277 County Road 28, Hanover