Best Road Trip Destinations in Ontario
If you’re looking for places to road trip in Ontario, there are no shortage of amazing destination in our beautiful province. From the shores of Lake Erie to Georgian Bay, there are many sights to explore within a few hours’ drive from your home.
Here are our top picks for road trip destinations to explore in Ontario this year.
The Bruce Trail
The Bruce Trail is a hiking trail that extends over 800 km from the tip of the Bruce Peninsula in Tobermory, all the way to the Niagara River. The Bruce Trail is broken down into nine sections that are managed by different trail clubs and there are many amazing spots to check out on each section of the trail.
One of the most spectacular sections of the trail passes through the Bruce Peninsula National Park from Wiarton to Tobermory. Here you’ll find many hikes with amazing views of the surrounding wilderness. Our favourite destination is The Grotto, a natural rock cave on the shores of Georgian Bay.
Did you know that Niagara Falls isn’t the only beautiful waterfall in the area? The area around Hamilton is home to dozens of other spectacular waterfalls along the Niagara Escarpment. Some waterfalls are easily accessible, while others will require a short hike to visit.
At the top of the list is the magnificent Tews Falls in the Spencer Gorge Conservation Area. At 41 metres high, this waterfall is almost the same size as Niagara Falls itself! It’s also located close to the another well-known local waterfall, Webster Falls.
Bird Watching on Lake Erie
The shores of Lake Erie are home to several amazing spots for bird watching and camping.
Point Pelee National Park is located in Essex County on the shores of Lake Erie. This marshy peninsula is a three to four-hour drive from the GTA, but it is well worth the effort. Each spring and fall, huge flocks of migratory birds and Monarch butterflies will travel to this sanctuary on the southernmost point of Ontario.
If you don’t feel like travelling as far, Long Point National Wildlife Area is a shorter drive from the Toronto area, located just south of Port Dover. It is also home to dozens of species of migratory birds and is a great spot to see the local wildlife.
Scenic Prince Edward County
Prince Edward County is a gorgeous region on the shores of Lake Ontario, a few hours east of Toronto and close to Belleville. It is known for its vineyards and is a great spot for bicycle touring, wine touring, or both!
Prince Edward County is also home to the Sandbanks Provincial Park, which includes three expansive sandy beaches that are among the best in Canada. Walking trails allow visitors to experience the dunes and wetlands, while seeing a wide variety of local wildlife.
We hope that you’ve found some inspiration in this list of the best road trips in Ontario. Remember to stay safe on the roads and enjoy exploring our beautiful province!