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5 Day Trips to Take from Toronto This Summer

Looking for an adventure this summer from the Toronto area? All of these trips are only located a short drive away.

Canada has numerous destinations that are a short drive away from the capital Toronto. From festivals to parks, wineries, historical landmarks, theater productions, to natural sites, these attractions are rated as some of the most popular in the country. For adventurous trips, consider the following attractions near Toronto:

5. Muskoka

A relaxing scene in Muskoka.

The Municipality of Muskoka is approximately two hours away from Toronto by road. It borders Georgian Bay, Algonquin Provincial Park, and Lake Couchiching. The region is teeming with tourist attractions making it one of the nation’s most visited destinations. It boasts of 1,600 lakes which have facilitated the construction of cottages, resorts, hotels, marinas, and country clubs. Muskoka becomes most populated during the summer, and it is home to many expensive vacation homes. The region’s lakes are popular for waterskiing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and windsurfing. Muskoka also hosts summer camps, and several retreats have been built in the area by Hollywood celebrities and sports stars.

4. Tobermory

The famous Flower Pot Island at Tobermory.

The community of Tobermory, situated in the Bruce Peninsula’s northern tip, is globally renowned as a freshwater SCUBA diving capital. Lying in the surrounding waters are many shipwrecks which attract divers from all over the world. The area’s beaches are also popular with tourists. Tobermory is home to the Bruce Peninsula National Park and the Fathom Five National Marine Park which preserve the region’s natural and historical heritage. The journey time from Toronto to Tobermory by road is 3 hours and 40 minutes.

3. Stratford Festival

Stratford is also home to a Shakespeare themed garden.

The Stratford Festival is an annual festival held between April and October in the Canadian City of Stratford in Ontario. It takes two hours to reach the city from Toronto. The festival is renowned globally for showcasing Shakespearean plays. In addition to the production of these plays, the festival also produces Greek tragedies, musicals inspired by Broadway, and contemporary works. The Stratford Festival is recognized as one of the country’s most notable art festivals, and is reputed as a world-class destination for live theater.

2. Algonquin Provincial Park

A small lake in Algonquin Park.

Algonquin Provincial Park can be found between the Ottawa River and Georgian Bay in central Ontario. It takes 3 1/2 hours from Toronto to reach the park. The park stretches over an area of 2,955.01 square miles and features a diverse landscape of rivers, streams, forests, rocky ridges, hills, marshes, swamps, and lakes. It is popular with hikers, and one may stumble upon many types of wildlife including deer, moose, lynx, and small wolves. The park encourages the use of canoes to get around, and it has established an extensive canoe route system. There are also several landmarks to be seen in the park such as the Algonquin logging museum and the abandoned OA & PS railroad bed.

1. Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

A vineyard in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a Canadian tourist attraction nicknamed the "loveliest town in the country". The town is strategically located at the meeting point of the Niagara River and Lake Ontario. It hosts the Shaw Festival which showcases theatrical productions by George Bernard Shaw. Also found in the town are historical sites including military sites, theaters, churches, and grand mansions. Niagara-on-the-Lake has managed to maintain its 19th-century charm and architectural structures from the Victorian era. The town prides in plentiful yields of peaches, grapes, and cherries in addition to numerous wineries. Tourists visiting the town can indulge in golfing, hiking, horse riding, biking, and recreation trails. It takes about 1 1/2 hours from Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake by road.

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