Once you've had your fill of the bright lights and urban beats of Toronto and Ottawa, we highly recommend you take the opportunity to venture further into Ontario province and discover the wonderful wilderness beyond.
Just a few hours north of Toronto is the iconic Algonquin Provincial Park, an outdoor gem known for its rugged beauty, beautiful lakes, rivers and unspoiled wilderness. Excellent hiking trails allow access to some of this wild terrain and vary from around a mile to multi-day treks for avid hikers. Some are along flat trails or boardwalks while others follow a more challenging route that climb over ridges to outstanding lookouts. Wildlife to watch out for includes moose, white-tailed deer, black bear, beaver and even wolves; there are also more than 260 bird species in the park. The park is also perfect for canoeing enthusiasts with a network of over 1,300 miles of canoe routes. In winter, there is still much to do, with activities such as skiing and dog-sledding.
Also north of Toronto is Muskoka, a quaint and charming region affectionately known as Canada's cottage country. During the summer, visitors flock to the many picturesque lakeside locations to enjoy swimming, boating, kayaking, fishing, hiking and much more. The region is also known as a top golf destination with dozens of hidden gem courses or perhaps you'd rather discover the burgeoning craft brewery scene. For those who love to dive into the past, Muskoka features ten museums showcasing the fascinating heritage of the surrounding area.
In south eastern Ontario on the shores of the St Lawrence River lies the historic city of Kingston. No matter the season, downtown brims with activities, festivals, shops and eateries, and as Kingston boasts more restaurants per capita than nearly any other city in Canada, you certainly won't go hungry. The city's 20 museums and historic sites include the Fort Henry National Historic Site, a 19th century British fortification and UNESCO World Heritage Site; and Kingston Pen, for a unique behind the scenes look at one of North America's most infamous prisons. Be sure to also head out on a Kingston 1000 Islands boat cruise to take in the majestic scenery.
GMT -6 hours
The flight from the UK to Toronto or Ottawa is around 8 hours non-stop.
Ontario is a large province so the weather is variable, although there’s still plenty to do whatever the weather and time of year. Spring can be rainy with cool nights, summer brings hot and humid temperatures while autumn Is cooler and winter cold with snow.
A 15 minute boat tour to experience the Great Gorge, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the thundering water, awesome power and amazing mist of the mighty Horseshoe Falls. Available selected dates Apr-Nov from Niagara Falls.
Build your own Toronto experience with the freedom of a hopon- hop-off city tour aboard a double decker bus, with stops at/ near all major hotels in the downtown area. Ticket also includes a boat tour (seasonal) of the Toronto harbour and islands. Available selected dates year round from Toronto.
Take a short ferry ride across the harbour to experience the beauty of the Toronto Islands after dusk and incredible views of the Toronto skyline as it lights up for the evening. Car-free neighbourhoods, parks, beaches, cottages, historic landmarks such as the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse and the Royal Canadian Yacht Club are just a few of the highlights. Available selected dates Mar-Oct.
Combining a one hour Kingston Trolley Tours hop-on-hop-off tour of the city’s historic downtown and waterfront with a Thousand Islands three hour lunch cruise, this excursion features many highlights. Available selected dates May-Oct from Kingston.
This 9 minute helicopter flight offers a breathtaking view of Niagara Falls and the surrounding region. Highlights include the Niagara River, Whirlpool Rapids, Rainbow Bridge and Horseshoe Falls. Available selected dates year round from Niagara Falls.