Ontario’s mix of urban life and vast wilderness means there’s never a bad time to visit. With Hudson Bay to the north and the US to the south, the province is home to world-class attractions and a thriving entertainment scene, especially in multicultural Toronto. We pick the best outings in Ontario.
Ontario also offers plenty of opportunities to reconnect with nature and adventures outdoors. See an abundance of wildlife while exploring the province’s country roads, forest trails and 250,000 lakes.
Springtime in Canada brings with it the chance to satisfy your sweet tooth, as maple trees are tapped for their sap. This fascinating seasonal process can be witnessed at a range of sugar shacks, including Wheeler Maple – the largest producer of maple in Ontario. There are nature trails, two museums and a pancake house, and you can taste maple syrup in a variety of forms – from maple butter spread over fresh bread to chewy maple taffy.
For the ultimate taste of Canadian wilderness, Ontario’s oldest and largest provincial park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, including hiking, fishing and canoeing – you can even see the Northern Lights here. Situated in south-central Ontario, between the Ottawa River and Georgian Bay, Algonquin stretches across 2,946sqmi (7,630sqkm) and is home to more than 1,500 lakes. Highway 60 runs through the park, making it easily accessible if you’re hiring a car. Those not driving can take a day trip from Toronto.