Summer Getaways: Ontario -

Summer Getaways: Ontario

Sandy beaches, big city sights


Summer Getaways: Ontario - Sandy beaches, big city sights

Niagara Falls
Though it’s still the “Honeymoon Capital of the World,” and tacky tours and all-you-can-eat buffets are alive and well, a new attitude is changing this tourist mecca. Shops that once sold kitsch in and around the historic Queen Street Arts and Entertainment District are sharing space with elegant galleries, cafés, bistros and a renovated Seneca Theatre. The area is a recreational hub. Cyclists and joggers enjoy more than 50 km of paved pathways on the Niagara River Recreational Trail. And with the recent completion of several new championship courses, Niagara has joined the ranks of one of Canada’s premier golf destinations.

Lake Erie North Shore and Pelee Island
Tour the region’s acclaimed wineries and sample prize-winning vintages. Wander the sprawling greenhouses of Colisanti’s Tropical Gardens in Ruthven, home to flowering cacti and tropical plants, before making your way to Point Pelee National Park and Pelee Island, where you can dig your toes into the sandy beaches or explore the bird-filled marshes and Carolinian forests.

There’s plenty in T.O. for those passing through—and for locals who don’t have friends with cottages. Kicking things off is the North by Northeast Music and Film Festival (June 16-20), a showcase of 650 bands and 40 music-related films. Pride Week (June 25-July 4) attracts more than a million people and features one of the more eclectic parades you’ll ever see. The Toronto Fringe Festival (June 30-July 11) is the city’s premier grassroots theatre event. Just for Laughs (July 6-11) will leave you in stiches, while the Toronto Arts Exhibition (July 9-11), featuring 500 artists, will make you think. There’s Caribana (July 13-Aug.1), a cultural explosion of everything Caribbean. And plenty for sports lovers: the stars and cars of the IndyCar Series at the Honda Indy Toronto (July 16-18) and the world’s best male tennis players at the Rogers Cup (Aug. 7-15) at York University. Cap things off at the Canadian National Exhibition (Aug. 20-Sept. 6).

Quinte Country and Prince Edward County
Sandbanks Provincial Park, near Picton, is home to golden beaches and the world’s largest system of freshwater sand dunes. Sample culinary creations and tasty local wines on Prince Edward County’s Taste Trail. And the scenic Loyalist Parkway, from Kingston to Trenton, has 40 archaeological sites, plus 125 notable heritage buildings to explore.

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  1. Pitiful review of Ontario, what Northern and Eastern Ontario don't exist. The Rideau Canal is a unique travel destination with picturesque towns and villages along its length, terminating in Ottawa, which is a city of festivals both cultural and musical throughout the summer. And what about Algonquin Park and the trans Canada Highway through Northern Ontario and the land of a 1000 lakes. You can tell McLeans is situated in Toronto, it still thinks the world revolves around Canada's ugliest city.

    • Well the GTA is pretty much all Ontario has going for it. Been to Ottawa…..zzzzzzzz

    • You're an idiot. Just because the review doesn't mention what YOU want (like Toronto, you probably think you're the centre of the universe) doesn't mean you can't find something awesome to do.

    • I second that. The review ignored the entire Ottawa Valley and NCR, as well as the many beautiful parks in northern Ontario. Also worth seeing is the drive along the North Shore of Lake Superior. Other than that ugly blemish around Sudbury, the scenery is spectacular.

  2. tobermory is our vacation spot…..

  3. There are about a thousand places in ontario worth visiting, dont be upset if the review doesn't talk about all of them, everyone knows what exists in ontario, but to review it all there would not be enough time, and as for Ottawa zzzzzz, you must be a citiot (city idiot) born and raised.
    I have been to ottawa many times, great parks, sights and excellent museums and science centre, great for kids.


      • Tiresome, and inaccurate.

  4. where is quimet canyon kekabeka falls. thers alot more out there than
    the gta.c'mon city folk try the north.

  5. I love Manitoulin Island. It is beautiful and not crowded and the people are probably the nicest I have ever met. We try to get there at least once a year!
    By the way, stopped by Kekabeka falls last year. It was also very nice.

  6. They basically pointed out Toronto and the Ontario wine regions. I live in Belleville and work in Prince Edward County. I'm quite happy it got a mention not many people realize what a beautiful place Prince Edward County is and all it has to offer.

  7. The fact that each of you is that passionate about your part of Ontario, speaks volumes as to how lucky we are to have so many choices, so close to home. Where ever you are in Ontario, you're not far from something special. Oh, and I love Georgian Bay and the 30,000 Islands. Have a great summer!

  8. Niagara Fall is a very exotic place to visit. I just love the view of this most wonderful location.