Explore Ontario


1 - Southwest Ontario
Shaped by nature and steeped in history, culture and charm, Ontario’s Southwest is a draw for people who enjoy festivals, dining and the great outdoors. With over 900 km of shoreline, lush Carolinian forest and parks filled with 400+ species of birds, it’s no wonder Ontario’s Southwest attracts so many nature lovers. Our waters boast great fishing and boating, and the highest concentration of beaches and warm waters in Ontario! Our vineyards craft award-winning wines, brewers make amazing small batch brews, and our talented chefs, hard-working farmers and food artisans offer up some of Canada’s finest culinary experiences. We have over 20,000 campsites and a growing list of glamping spots so you can connect with and experience nature in an unforgettable way. And Ontario’s Southwest is made for road trips; there are twists, turns, and scenic country roads galore, all making for two and four wheel fun.

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2 - Niagara Canada
When you go camping in Niagara, there’s more to do than roast marshmallows! Spend time in a vineyard tasting world-class wine; grab an ice cream cone and walk down the Niagara Parkway; escape a rainy day with some family fun on Clifton Hill; or trade in the canned food for a delicious dining experience at a top-notch restaurant. There’s always something to do in Niagara. Whether you are an outdoorsy type with a passion for wine, a foodie travelling with an adrenaline junkie, or parents with kids in tow, there is an event, attraction, or activity to suit you. www.visitniagaracanada.com

3 - Hamilton, Halton and Brant
Awe-inspiring attractions. Fantastic festivals. Knockout nature. Distinct downtowns. Canadian history and heritage. It’s all right here in the Heart of Ontario. Explore Hamilton Halton Brant and discover something new. Just a short drive from much of southern Ontario, Hamilton Halton Brant is home to signature landscapes, including the Niagara Escarpment, the Grand River, the Bruce Trail, Lake Ontario shorelines and a collection of more than 100 waterfalls. These unique natural settings create a beautiful backdrop for some of Ontario’s best trails, recreational routes and outdoor activities. The area also boasts renowned heritage sites, attractions and museums, a vibrant arts scene, diverse downtowns and delectable dining. Whether you’re planning a fun-filled family adventure, a romantic couples escape or a road trip with friends, you’re bound to be intrigued and entertained by all there is to see and do in Hamilton Halton Brant. http://theheartofontario.com/ 
4 - Huron, Perth, Waterloo and Wellington
Starting about an hour west of Toronto and stretching to Ontario’s west coast, Huron, Perth, Waterloo and Wellington offer some of the finest professional theatre and family-oriented outdoor experiences anywhere. The region features spectacular historic towns like Elora and Fergus on the Grand River; one of a kind St Jacobs with its makers and farmers market; dramatic Stratford with its gardens and swans; and the west coast port towns of Bayfield and Goderich with their beaches and breweries. Three theatre companies offer something for everyone: big musicals, comedies, Shakespeare and Canadian premieres at 12 different theatre venues. The outdoor-minded can experience the G2G Rail Trail, fly-fish on the Grand or Maitland rivers, canoe, zipline, and of course explore the 16 white-sand beaches along the shores of Lake Huron. This is the ultimate road tripping region.

5&6 - Greater Toronto Area/York, Durham and Hills of Headwater
Pursue your passion in Ontario’s Central Counties, a regional tourism destination that encompasses York, Durham and the Hills of Headwaters. With over 21,000 tourism-related businesses, the region offers lots to see and do. Ride the Leviathan, the biggest roller-coaster in the country, at Canada’s Wonderland. Shop at the Pacific Mall, the largest Asian indoor shopping complex in North America. Explore over 220 km of protected green space in Uxbridge, the Trail Capital of Canada. Visit local farmers’ markets for locally grown produce. Shop for one-of-a-kind keepsakes from local artisans, or stop by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection to browse over 6,000 Canadian works of art, including the renowned Group of Seven collection. Revisit the 1860s at Black Creek Pioneer Village or see historic national sites such as the Parkwood Estate or Leaskdale Manse (home of Lucy Maud Montgomery). Whether you are wild at heart, laid-back, fashionable, or outdoorsy, the region is packed with exciting experiences available all year round. centralcounties.ca

7 - Bruce, Grey and Simcoe
Take the stress out of your camping plans and “plan ahead, book ahead” before you leave home and head to BruceGreySimcoe. The region is a natural outdoor playground and an ideal camping destination with its rugged landscape and many bodies of water, most notably Lake Huron, Georgian Bay, Lake Simcoe, the Saugeen and Nottawasaga Rivers plus hundreds of smaller inland lakes. Make it easy on yourself by reserving not only your campsite ahead of time – take it online and order tickets to new and favourite attractions and events. Add a new experience to your bucket list by booking a guided hike, cycling tour, guided paddling adventure, fish charter or boat tour. Golfers can choose from over 80 courses and beach lovers will be find themselves in beach heaven (tip: visit midweek or early fall when it’s less busy). Planning a visit to the Grotto in Bruce Peninsula National Park? Be sure to reserve your parking spot before you go to avoid disappointment. For help planning your trip, reach out to one of our local information centres. www.BruceGreySimcoe.com
8 - Kawarthas Northumberland
Make camp in Kawarthas Northumberland. It really is the perfect way to enjoy this region of over 350 lakes, rivers, forest and Canada’s largest self-guided butter tart tour all just 90 minutes away from the Greater Toronto Area. While you’re here, bring a canoe, kayak or standup paddleboard. The opportunities for wet ‘n wild wandering are wide. For example, if you find yourself camping and fishing in the Stony Lake area (and you really should), head over to Petroglyphs Provincial Park and check out the ancient First Nation rock carvings. Peg-stakers looking for something intense (i.e. not in tents) near Peterborough should pay a visit to the Canadian Canoe Museum for the world’s largest collection of kayaks and Canoes. The Bobcaygeon area is another ideal place to hang your tent flap, even if your name isn’t Bob. Kids of all heights will especially love the Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream outlet located just north of town…ask for their world famous Moose Tracks flavour. Of course, no camping experience is complete without a butter tart. Sorry, s’mores simply don’t compare! Fortunately, with 50+ bakeries serving some of the province’s award-winning tarts, your campsite is never too far away from an ooey gooey filling fix. Point your camping compass toward fun in Kawarthas Northumberland at http://kawarthasnorthumberland.ca/

9 - South Eastern Ontario
Our region’s fascinating history, quaint towns, and vibrant cities are alive with a unique culture of collaboration. We work closely with each community to help grow our region’s tourism while shining a spotlight on our thriving culinary scenes, growing wine country, live theatre, artists, makers, and outdoor enthusiasts alike at every turn along the sparkling South Eastern Ontario waterways.We span from Cornwall to Brockville along the St. Lawrence River. You’ll find Gananoque and Kingston in the heart of the 1000 Islands. To the north is Frontenac County, Rideau Canal, and Lennox & Addington, while the Bay of Quinte and Prince Edward County sits on the eastern border of the region. Whether you’re visiting us from Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, New York, or beyond, we aren’t hard to find. Whether food’s your thing, you’re here for sailing, or you’re looking to discover some of our most historic landmarks, South Eastern Ontario offers something everyone can enjoy. 

10 - Ottawa and Countryside
Get to know your Canada in Ottawa! Parliament Hill, where Canada’s business gets done, is at the centre of the city: come for free daily tours, the Changing of the Guard Ceremony and at night, the impressive Sound and Light Show, which is another free event. The Rideau Canal is Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site: stroll or bike beside it, take a boat cruise in the summer or ice skate on it in winter. Did you know that over the winter months, the Rideau Canal freezes and becomes home to the largest skating rink in the world? As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is home to several national museums, including the Canadian Museum of History (Canada’s most visited museum), the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Canadian War Museum. Plan your visit during one of the fabulous annual festivals, including the Canadian Tulip Festival in May, RBC Bluesfest in July and Winterlude in February. Ottawa residents love to be outdoors: you can explore the city on foot, on your bike, by car, by boat, by bus or even by rickshaw. There are also lots of fun athletic activities! Run in the popular Ottawa Race Weekend, explore beautiful golf courses, go whitewater rafting on the Ottawa River, or try skiing, snowshoeing or ice skating in the winter. You’ll also find great cycling routes and activities in Ottawa’s countryside. Take your bike over to the Prescott-Russell area and discover scenic routes as well as local gems such as the Domaine Perrault winery and the famous St-Albert Cheese Factory. www.ottawatourism.ca
11 - Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley
Throw away the schedule and follow your sense of discovery into beautiful scenery, down quaint main streets, over roaring rapids, and along the shores of serene lakes. Only 2.5 hours from Toronto or 30 minutes from Ottawa, Ontario’s Highlands offers you the chance to escape the every day and welcomes you home. Feel yourself unwind as you fall asleep with only the sounds of nature around you in one of our lush parks. Experience the breathtaking colours and fiery forests of the fall; let snowflakes kiss your cheeks as you cross country ski over a blanket of white in the winter; breathe in the wondrous new beginnings of fresh spring air; or be amazed by the summer sun sparkling off crystal lakes before diving into the deep blue to cool off. Wander the region to explore the landscape, feed your thirst for knowledge, ignite your imagination, and be embraced by the warm hospitality of locals. With something for everyone, Ontario’s Highlands is ready to amaze you. www.ontarioshighlands.ca
12 - Muskoka, Parry Sound and Algonquin Park
Known as ‘the great Canadian wilderness just north of Toronto’, this region of Ontario (which also includes the Almaguin Highlands, Loring-Restoule and South Algonquin) offers iconic camping experiences with easy access. With hundreds of public and private campgrounds, all located against the backdrop of thousands of sparkling blue lakes, lush forests and the rugged terrain of the Canadian Shield, here you will find every type of experience, from back country soloing to RV and tent campgrounds, from guided trips to “glamping.” Spend spring, summer and fall camping in a region that will leave you breathless from the natural landscape around you, relaxed, rested and rejuvenated. And don’t forget winter camping – with cabins and various guided expeditions available, you can experience the region from a whole new, incredible perspective. See you around the bonfire soon! For more info, visit www.thegreatcanadianwilderness.ca
13A - North East Ontario
Summer is a magic time in the Northeast. The air is warm and fresh, the landscapes are green, and the lodges, cabins, and hotels are open and welcoming new visitors from all over Ontario. Cycling, RVing, hiking, fishing, paddling—the list of activities on offer is endless, plus it's super easy to stay physically distanced up here. Up here we've got Nordic spas and innovative brewpubs in Timmins, the Canadian Polar Bear Habitat in Cochrane, the Big Nickel and a vibrant patio culture in Sudbury, innovative dining on the Temiskaming Tour Loop, diners and waterfalls in North Bay, and there's lots to explore in our historic small towns, too. Visit https://www.northeasternontario.com/ and https://www.northernontario.travel/
  13B - North Central Ontario - Algoma Country
 Framed by Lake Huron and the mighty Lake Superior, Algoma Country is 28,000 square miles of amazing adventures. We're the destination to indulge in your favourite activities: fishing, hunting, paddling, hiking, and epic touring routes, plus urban entertainment and attractions in our communities. Sault Ste. Marie, our largest community, is our gateway when traveling from the U.S. and a must-stop no matter what your reason for travel. Visit https://www.algomacountry.com/ and https://www.northernontario.travel/
13C - North West Ontario - Sunset Country
Choose your own adventure here in Northwest Ontario. You can find nirvana in Sunset Country’s vast wilderness or place yourself just outside of civilization’s reach. An outdoors enthusiast’s paradise, Sunset Country offers everything you could ever dream of and more. Explore our waterways by boat, paddling canoes, kayaks or SUPs, cruising in a houseboat, or even by plane. Along the way, you’re bound to spot abundant wildlife, cascading waterfalls, and vistas that will take your newly regained breath away. Visit https://visitsunsetcountry.com/ and https://www.northernontario.travel/