5 road trips from Toronto you should do this summer!


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  1. michehopper says:

    Great post! Thanks… I’d personally like to add Elora Gorge and Cheltenham Badlands ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Brenda Speers says:

      Badlands is now closed. Getting ruined from tourists. Only the trail is open

      1. Fakename says:

        It’s not closed yet, I saw the article too but I saw some pictures on IG the other day and went up there. There was more people on the hills than I’d ever seen before.

        1. ky says:

          because every picture on the internet / IG speaks the truth.

        2. http://www.caledonbrucetrail.org/thebadlands.html

          Its closed temporarily

      2. Isabella says:

        I live up the street. its open, wont be closing.

    2. travelmammal says:

      Hey there! Yes totally love Elora. Too many great places, tough to narrow it down. Thx for the suggestion!!

    3. Brian Johnson says:

      Excellent addition. I am a photographer and this is one of my go-to spots in Southern Ontario.

    4. jay says:

      cheltenham badlands is now closed to the public. its sad they closed it but it will save it for mane more years to come

    5. The Badlands is just one spot in the beautiful Headwaters Region and soooooo central – just outsideToronto’s back door!

    6. Good choices…Elora is my backyard, just beautiful !!

    7. Cheltenham Badlands are now fenced off and entrance prohibited. You can drive by them but you will never experience them again. Sad.

  2. Brian says:

    Lake Superior provincial park Pictographs a must see!

    1. travelmammal says:

      Thx for the suggestion Brian. ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Doug says:

      Totally 100% agree, as well as Chippewa Falls (which is on the way) and Old Woman’s Bay (futher along 17, just South of Wawa). Unfortunately it’s a bit of a drive from Toronto.

      1. cswinnduench says:

        My family has a camp near Chippewa Falls, my go to place every summer!

  3. Harsh Patel says:

    Never could have known about Hamilton in so short time ! nice one.

    1. travelmammal says:

      Glad that you read the article and that you enjoyed the info Harsh. Appreciate it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Larry Flint says:

    please stay in Toronto

    1. char says:

      Too much construction and traffic there!!

    2. Why stay in Toronto when there is so much to see elsewhere? This seems to be such a narrow minded suggestion. Getting out of the city and experiencing the open countryside is really good for your mental and physical health.

      1. travelmammal says:

        Thanks for your comment Michael. There’s plenty to enjoy in the big city. But yes, getting out of it is also liberating!

  5. Jody says:

    Hamilton waterfall s were beautiful. We went in July. s an most of them were totally dry. I think early spring would be the best. We only saw 2 with water. To bad about Badlands. That was amazing.

    1. Yvonne Peard says:

      I lived in Hamilton and was at the Devil’s Punch Bowl a few times. I never saw a waterfall. The picture was interesting – especially the mattress that someone dumped at the top of the waterfall!

      1. Scott says:

        not a mattress its a graffiti painted on the concrete wall

    2. Darlene says:

      NIAGARA ON THE LAKE
      Beautiful in the summer with all the flowers on the main street. Great day trip. Choices of places to eat and shop.

  6. dano says:

    Hamilton. Where you see the air and breate it too…

    1. Jeff says:

      Try to stay current dano, it hasn’t been that was in many, many years.

      1. Dot Cole says:

        ya it still is Dano my kid lives in hamilton an i go reg so ya yu can see it an breathe it both lol

        1. jiz says:

          I am looking at it… ๐Ÿ˜›

  7. Janet says:

    How about Bayfield, Port Colborne, Georgian Bay?

    1. love Port Colborne

    2. Port Colborne is lovely!

  8. Lynne Tham says:

    Hi JIm! It’ Lynne – just noticed this article posted on one of my friends facebook pages. Great article and a good reminder of things to do that are close by.

  9. Brian Henson says:

    Suggestion: Mazinaw Rock on Upper Mazinaw Lake, Bon Echo Provincial Park, on Highway #41, between Kaladar and Eganville, in eastern Ontario.

    1. Hab Cooper says:

      Thanks for reminder–forgot about this beautiful spot.

  10. Rob says:

    How about Honsberger Estate Winery in Jordan Ontario ” over 200 years and still growing” great wood fire Pizza. Love love love.

  11. Schizo says:

    Georgian Bay is represented. Bruce Peninsula National Park! Cyprus lake etc.

  12. s says:

    bon echo provincial park

  13. Niagara
    falls offer a must see Angelo Rossi Galleria and Studio the high light of a lot of people passing to the falls he is located at the skylon tower exceptionel master glassblower like you never see before the show is better then venice Italy

  14. Brian Johnson says:

    I really enjoyed Goderich, along Lake Huron. The drive from Burlington takes you through Stratford, another great road trip destination.

    1. bob lewis says:

      Goderich was hit by a tornado 4 years ago, how does it look today?b

      1. Justin says:

        I was there for the outdoor market not too long ago, Its back on its feet and looking pretty great.

  15. Nancy says:

    Killbear park is spectacular!

    1. travelmammal says:

      Hi Nancy, thanks for the suggestion. The article about Killbear is now live on the main page. Check it out! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Rui says:

    Sadly Heinz is not longer located in Leamington. They closed their plant last year after 100+ years.

  17. susan says:

    great info – we took our kids camping during their younger years throughout Ontario – great way to see it and less expensive but they know their Province. Been to every Province and now working on our beautiful Territories

  18. eworgo says:

    Reblogged this on eworgo and commented:
    Summer plans

  19. Kelly Scott says:

    I’m so glad you included Sandbanks! We have a cottage nearby and we love it there. Our kids love rolling down the dunes right into the water.
    I had no idea about the waterfalls in Hamilton – gorgeous!

  20. ozze says:

    tobermory !!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Grizzle says:

      Tobermory is on the list essentially (Flowerpot Island/ Bruce Penninsula Nat’l Park) why you would ever want to spend your time in Tobermory while in the Bruce is beyond me,

      1. Greg D says:

        I agree while it has been a while since I have been to the Bruce…I always found Cyprus Lake and Lion’s Head to be much more interesting…

  21. Neil says:

    Dont bother with the scenic caves. Rammed on weekends and school holidays. Some of the caves are small and people cram in and don’t wait for those comiong out. Bad experience!

    1. marilyn says:

      we went to scenic caves in the fall – much less crowded and some beautiful fall colours

  22. Shannon says:

    Reblogged this on My LIT Student Experience and commented:
    I love that we have such amazing things to see so close to home!

  23. Linda says:

    Thank you so very much for this incredible article. You have reminded me of how beautiful Ontario is. So proud to be Canadian. Had no idea of these beautiful gems right in my backyard. A road trip is being planned thanks to you. Keep up the great work. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Mavis says:

    Must include Lake on the Mountain, Picton Ontario. Very picturesque and a great scenic drive.

    1. And don’t forget Birdhouse City while you’re out there as well!

  25. These look amazing! The only ones I’ve visited are Flowerpot Island and Collingwood, though the sand dunes look absolutely perfect for summer.

  26. Bonnie Sorensen says:

    are going to the sand dunes in august

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      If you have never been – – – You will love The County

  27. Maureen says:

    There are a lot of wineries surrounding Leamington if you don’t want to get on a ferry! Look up EPIC wines.

  28. Mike says:

    It doesn’t really matter where you go in Ontario, Its the most beautiful place on earth. My partner and I road trip all the time and never see the same thing twice

  29. Meaghan says:

    Manitoulin Island too

  30. bob lewis says:

    Sadly the scenic “caves” are merely cracks in the escarpment, take a sweater and plenty of mosquito repellant. If you want real caves, you need to travel a lot further.

    1. Bonnechere Caves in Eganville, Ontario are spectacular.

  31. joeythebuddhist says:

    I write a blog for Canadian buddhists and last year for the first time I enjoyed Toronto. Was incredible seeing that city coming from the Prairies! If anyone is ever looking to really have a great adventure and be around cool people I would recommend Tisarana Buddhist Monastery in Perth, Ontario. It’s a wonderful place to recharge and or just to meet lovely people and monks!

    Anyway just wanted to share that gem from my experiences in that part of the country. Great idea for a blog!

  32. judy lawless says:

    Reblogged this on Mind Traveler.

  33. Gerry Albert says:

    Wasaga beach is the best beach in Canada, bar none!

  34. brittanie says:

    Rattle snake point is amazing for hiking. It has awesome paths that take you through the woods and it also has a lot of points that are perfect for photographing. I know they offer rock climbing up the side of the cliff. It’s located on appleby line in Milton. There is a small fee to pay on entry but it’s a day full of adventure and fun

  35. stefanmarchofer says:

    Awesome list! I’m a photographer and have taken images of some of the places mentioned above. What a beautiful province we live in! Check here for images…stefanmarchofer.wix.com/stefanhofer

    An area not mentioned that is close to Toronto is Rockwood Conservation Area. I love this park and its so close!

    Farther away, Killarney Prov Park is amazing, probably tops in my opinion. You guys already mentioned Bruce Peninsula National Park, obviously Algonquin is great too. So much beauty in this province…we are all so lucky!

  36. Go to Manitoulin absolutely beautiful, visit small Indian villages and Bridle Vail Falls. You can swim at the base of the falls, then take a walk on the trails.

  37. themofman says:

    YES! Do come and visit Hamilton. If it is the waterfalls and cascades you want to see, I’ll even meet up and accompany you if you like. I’ve hiked and photographed a few of them. I’ll do them again or explore any that I haven’t seen before.

    You might be amazed at how much natural beauty exists in and around the tenth largest city in Canada.

  38. Point Clark lighthouse is open now after being restored. You can go up the tower 100+ steps – http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/clark/index.aspx

  39. Great article, can’t wait to take some of these trips soon!

  40. What about Manitoulin Island….Hidden Gem and trumps all those and you can take the ferry from Tobermory when you go see the grotto.

    1. travelmammal says:

      Thanks for your suggestion Larry!

  41. A personal favourite of mine is Bala (Cranberry capital) and the Marine Railway at the locks at Big Chute (near Port Severn, part of Trent Severn waterway)

  42. Great info, Alot of beautiful places, I would love to see them all but have only seen a handful so far, !! It always baffles me that no matter what a post is about there are always negative people ! Yes if you are in the factory area of Hamilton, it does get pretty bad, but if you venture out where the waterfalls etc are it is beautiful with clean air, but no matter where you go,whether you are a local or visitor if you don’t take your trash etc out with you when you leave, it isn’t going to stay that way for long

    1. travelmammal says:

      Thanks for stopping by Ginny. And thank you for your comments. Hopefully you can get the chance to see them all and share your favourites as well. Keep checking back for updates on our site and on our other social platforms.

  43. Jon Farmer says:

    If you’re going to Tobermory stop in Owen Sound. It’s a small town on the way with waterfalls near by and a great music festival that happens in August. Check out http://www.summerfolk.org

    1. travelmammal says:

      Hi Jon, thanks so much for your suggestion! Yes, I agree Owen Sound is a great place to visit en route to Tobermory and even Sauble. I especially love Inglis Falls. Really a hidden gem in central Ontario!

  44. Sauble Beach is the most beautiful beach in Ontario …fine sand as far as you can see ….tall grasses whispering in the breeze ……Lake Huron blue and deep …as forever …try it ! You’d think you are in the Carrabean!

  45. snowtoseas says:

    I’m living in Europe, but I’m originally from Toronto. I’ll be home for 3.5 weeks this summer and I was debating what I would do. Thank you for these awesome suggestions! I will definitely visit as many of these places as I can (Tobermory has been calling my name again for the last few years).

    1. travelmammal says:

      Wow! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Tobermory has been calling my name since last summer. I’ll be going back for sure. I’m glad I could help with your plans in the Toronto area. Please let me know how you enjoyed your experiences. ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Rajat Chadda says:

    I would like to add “Singing Sands” beach and Sauble beach. Singing Sands is very close to Tobermory. You can walk a mile into the beach and still have the water only at sea-level. I thought it was very cool. By the way, Badlands is NOT closed – its only fenced and you can’t park right next to it. You can park about a couple of blocks further and walk to the badlands. If you park too close, a cop will roll-by and ask you to move.

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  49. Traveoport says:

    Perfect list, would love to follow every inch of it. Iยดm a wanderer myself and I could put quite a few check marks to some from these list and still willing t see more and more. So happy travelling to all of us!

    1. travelmammal says:

      Thanks so much Traveoport. Enjoy!

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