EHH, welcome back to Canada! If you haven’t read my Toronto Guide, be sure to catch up on all the lovely shenanigans that you can do in the big city! What’s better than going on a weekend getaway or a day trip on a gorgeous day? Uh, nothing! Getting away from your hometown for the day or weekend is just as exciting as going on an actual vacation. Road trips are a ton of fun. Being around your loved ones, windows down, sun in your face, blasting your favourite songs, packing some snacks and having the best conversations.
I thought I’d do a post about short trips you can do if you live around the Toronto area, or if you’re visiting, you might be able to check some of these amazing places out for a little extra adventure.
Niagara- On- The- Lake (NOTL)
About an hour and half from Toronto, this lovely small town is perfect for a day trip or a weekend. NOTL is a small quiet town that attracts people with colonial style buildings, festivals, proximity to Niagara Falls, and WINE! There are around 111 wineries in the Niagara region. They have cute shops along the main strip. They have all year round Christmas store, hot sauce shops, fudge, galleries and more! Be mindful that a lot of stuff closes around 5pm.
The best thing about this place is literally all the wine. Wine tastings are such a fun thing to do. Enjoy a summer day here then go for lunch at a pub for a delicious burger. All the wineries I have gone to are fantastic. You can also have a tour pick you up at your hotel and go meet some people on the ride together. Grape Escape was a a great tour, but there’s also something nice about doing it on your own.
If you stay here I recommend checking out a place called Orchid Inn. It’s a B&B run by a cute older lady named Cindy with her son. It’s a normal place, nothing too special with the room, however Cindy is the sweetest, and when you check in she asks for any nutritional recommendations for breakfast. The food is also so good! Don’t worry about trying to find a fancy place in NOTL, all the buildings are older and they are all basically standard rooms.
There’s been talk that NOTL is also haunted, so they do offer some haunted tours. 😉 If you’re into that!
A 23 minute drive from NOTL is Niagara Falls. The falls border the US state of New York and Canada’s province of Ontario. These are the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North America, and it has a vertical drop of more than 50 metres (160 ft). The Niagara region welcomes roughly about 14 million visitors yearly.
This place is a lot of fun and worth going to at least once in your lifetime. There are tons of things to do and see while you’re here. Obviously check out the falls, go on a boat tour that takes you up close and personal with the falls, Skylon tower, which is similar to the CN tower; just much smaller. Go take a ride on the Skywheel and see the falls change colour at night. Walking along the main strip is a ton of fun and pretty neat, they have so many cute shops, from a couple different Wax museums, to haunted houses, Ripley’s Believe it Or Not, fudge shop, bowling alleys, arcades, and more!
We have a ton of cottage rentals a couple hours out of the city, which make it a great long weekend thing to do with friends or family! Lake Muskoka, Gravenhurst, Caledon, Prince Edward County and more! So many great places to rent cottages! Gravenhurst is in the Muskoka region and we rented this one a couple years ago with some friends and it was a blast! They supplied a ton of fun water activities! We played games, drinking games too, chilled, explored and enjoyed the peaceful nature.
Visit The Badlands In Caledon
The Badlands are an exposed formation, which was formed between 420 and 415 years ago, during the middle and late Ordovician periods.
About an hour drive from Toronto to Hamilton is where you’ll get to hike on the peaceful trails, which lead to different lookouts; along with it ending with this gorgeous view! It can be dangerous, so please be careful.
Another thing to do in Hamilton, depending on Toronto traffic, it should be around an hour-ish to get here. 800 km long Bruce Trail. Enjoy the nature and get out of the busy city by going here. These waterfalls are truly stunning!
This conservation park is located in Milton, which is about an hour drive from the six.. No rattlesnakes there, just gorgeous views at the lookouts! It’s always nice to get out for the day and go for a lovely hike!
Looking for some thrill in your life? Go to Canada’ Wonderland where you can spent your entire day here on roller coasters, have lunch, go for a swim at the outdoor pool area, or play some games!
Blue Mountain is a ski resort located outside of Collingwood. Roughly about 2 and a half hours from the city. There’s more than just skiing, check out the Scandinave Spa, or walk/bike some trails!
Another amazing place to visit and get out of the city. Elora is a cute town that’s known for an old quarry that’s turned into a swimming hole. The strip also has some cute shops and pubs. Have a few drinks and a burger. You’ll need it from all the exploring!
Beach Day In Wasaga
Wasaga beach is located on the southern shores of Georgian Bay. It’s one of Ontario’s most popular summer destinations. I’ve only been once and I swear it reminds me of Jersey Shore. You have a beach that stretches 14 kilometres and a cute little boardwalk with all kinds of swim shops and places to eat and drink. It’s about an hour and 40 mins from Toronto.
Prince Edward Wine County
Prince Edward County is about 2 hours and 30 mins from Toronto. They are also known for their amazing wine, with over 35 wineries to explore and taste!
3 hours and 36 mins away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This place is a great way to spend a weekend and rent an Airbnb or cottage. Tobermory is a harbour village on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario. Bruce Peninsula is known for the Bruce Trails and a wave carved cave in Georgian Bay. This place is a magical adventure that everyone would enjoy! There’s also a shipwreck you can explore at the Fathom Five National Marine Park.