As Canada’s biggest province, Ontario is home to some of the most stunning and vibrant areas in the country. But with so many unique and exciting areas to explore, it can be challenging to pinpoint where to venture to this summer. Well, allow us to help! From the dynamic and exciting city streets to the vast, wild and rugged landscapes, there’s something to explore no matter what your preference is. Here are our three favourite destinations in Ontario to check out this year.
Located less than an hour from Toronto, this quaint city will make you feel like you’re far from the crazy Toronto buzz. Voted as one of the country’s best cities to live in, Guelph offers plenty of things to enjoy for art lovers, festival goers, or outdoor adventurers. With the Rockwood Conservation Area close by, you can explore towering limestone cliffs and caves, or camp out and enjoy a few days canoeing, hiking and exploring the lush nature. At the Art Gallery of Guelph, you can view some of Canada’s best collections of Inuit art, along with contemporary pieces and even a sculpture park. Or if you’re looking for a festival where you can enjoy live music and some cold refreshing brews, check out the Guelph Jazz Festival to enjoy a great line up of international musicians.
Ottawa has a never-ending list of things to enjoy. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, this city is the place to be! You can paddle along the Rideau Canal, go hiking in Gatineau Park, lounge on the beach, or enjoy some refreshing craft beers on the wide range of patios in Canada’s largest outdoor market. The stunning architecture and serene nature that winds throughout this city make it the perfect spot for a charming and exciting summer getaway.
This bustling world-class city is where you can find just about anything you’re looking for. Interested in top-notch international cuisine? Here you can explore Chinatown, Little Indian, Korea town, Greek town, Little Italy, Little Portugal, and everything in between to chow down on some authentic cuisine that will make you feel like you’ve been transported across the globe. While you’re there, you can plan a day at Canada’s Wonderland, or check out one of the many festivals that happen every summer like the Beach Jazz Fest and NXNE. If you’re a fan of theatre, you can spend an afternoon enjoying Shakespeare in the Park, or head to Second City for a hilarious night of comedy and improv. This city literally has just about everything you need to make your summer epic, which is why it’s another one of our favourite destinations in Ontario.
Whether you’re a foodie, a fashionista, a music buff, an art lover or an outdoor adventurer, each of these cities offer an eclectic array of things to explore, which is why they top our list for our favourite destinations in Ontario. So get out and explore what this stunning province has to offer. We guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!