Discovering Ontario…Really???

Yes really!  Ontario, Canada actually has some pretty amazing spots.

Flowerpot Island. Photo Credit:
Flowerpot Island.
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I know, who knew?!?!

I’ve lived in Ontario all of my life and of course other than our popular “cottage country” Muskoka region, “big city” Toronto, ever impressive “wonder of the world” Niagara Falls and of course our “nation’s capital” Ottawa,  I’ve never really thought that there was much else to see…

When checking out travel destinations, I’ve always looked outside of the province, even outside the country when considering great sights to see and spots to vacation to.

This summer however, I’ve decided to stick closer to home and search out the sweet spots that this great province has to offer. Yes, of course the west coast of this great nation has their mountains and the east coast has their beautiful oceanside cliffs, but Ontario has some pretty sweet spots as well, especially off the beaten path.

After spending a lazy Saturday afternoon researching on Google and Pinterest of the “best places to see in Ontario,” I’ve come up with a draft list of the top 20 places in Ontario that I’d like to visit this summer (in no particular order):

  1. Thunder Bay – Sleeping Giant + Ouimet Canyon
  2. Lake Superior – Agawa Rock
  3. Sandbanks
  4. Scarborough Bluffs
  5. Bonnechere Caves
  6. Bon Echo Provincial Park
  7. Bruce Peninsula, National Park – The Grotto + Halfway Rock + Tobermory + Indian Head Cove + Flowerpot Island
  8. Long Point Provincial Park
  9. Ganaraska – Ziplining + Horseback Riding
  10. Hamilton Waterfalls – Webster’s Falls + Tew’s Falls + Burk’s Falls + Albion Falls + Chedoke Falls + Spencer Gorge + Devil’s Punch Bowl
  11. Monocliffs Provincial Park
  12. Niagara on the Lake
  13. Ball’s Falls
  14. Cheltenham Badlands
  15. Manitoulin Island – Mindemoya Cave + Fairytale Trail
  16. Fathom Five National Park – Shipwrecks
  17. Bruce Trail
  18. Collingwood – Caves + Wasaga Beach + Blue Mountain
  19. Elora Gorge – Tubing + Cliff Jumping
  20. Algonquin Provincial Park – Algonquin Loggin Museum Trail + Barron Canyon Trail + Brent Crater Trail

Stay tuned as I discover each of these little gems!

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  1. Thanks for this post! I will have to keep it in mind. Ive travelled everywhere outside of canada but I would love to appreciate stuff that is actually here in ontario!

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