Ontario is full of amazing and wonderful things to do. Whether you are visiting or live here full time, there are hundreds of activities for all sorts of travel types. These places are just hours away from Toronto, making them an ideal day trip.
Are you an explorer? A foodie? Or how about a beach bum? There’s something for everyone in this list of fantastic day trips from Toronto.
City escaper? Day trip to Elora
Still love the urban experience, but want to get away from the big city, then a day trip to Elora is in the cards for you. This little village is close to my heart as I grew up not too far from here.
I love walking the downtown, especially hitting up my favourite cafe in the Elora Mews. Elora is best known for the Elora Quarry, an old quarry turned conservation area swimming hole right on the banks of the Grand River. It gets pretty busy in the summer and with the new cap of 1,300 people, don’t be discouraged if you get turned away. There are many other options to fill up your day in Elora.
MUST SEE: The Elora Quarry
Bucket Lister? Day trip to Niagara Falls
Every time I hear a non-Canadian want to go to Niagara Falls, it surprises me, maybe because I live so close to this natural wonder. Best viewed from the Canadian side of the river, Niagara Falls is a top destination for a person crossing off their bucket list. Explore Clifton Hill, a street filled with absolutely crazy tourist attractions. It is something unique to the area.
MUST DO: Niagara Skywheel.
Adrenaline Junkie? Day Trip to Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
I crossed off a bucket list item last year by going to Scenic Caves Nature Adventures. I had wanted to go for ages, and I finally decided, what the heck, let’s go! It did not disappoint. Spend the whole day there by exploring the caves, taking in the view from the Suspension Bridge, trekking in the treetops and riding on the longest twin zip line in Ontario.
MUST SEE: The view from the Suspension Bridge
Beach Bum? Day trip to Craigleith Provincial Park
I have to let you in on a secret.
I have been to many beaches around the world, all of them wonderful in their own way. But Craigleith will always have my heart.
Olivia, you’re crazy! Why yes, I am. But listen. No sand, not very busy, cool refreshing water and waves to delight anyone. Hands down, this place is perfect.
So secret’s out, and if you’re into a beach with no sand, then a day trip to Craigleith Provincial Park is in order.
MUST DO: Snorkel
Sand seeker? Day trip to Pinery Provincial Park
For those who want water and sand, then the Pinery Provincial Park south of Goderich is the day trip for you. The Pinery Provincial Park is located on Lake Huron’s shore, which is picture perfect sand. Explore the park and roast in the sand before jumping into the cold water. Pack a picnic and enjoy this taste of paradise in Ontario.
MUST DO: Lounge under a beach umbrella
Hiker? Day trip to Hamilton waterfalls
Cutting through the heart of Ontario is the Niagara Escarpment, a beautiful and ancient natural feature that gives us towering cliff faces and stunning waterfalls. Hamilton is known for the concentration of waterfalls within its borders. There are more than 100 waterfalls in the region, and most are accessible for viewing.
Hamilton is the perfect day trip for anyone looking to get some great hiking in just minutes from the city.
If you want to see all of the waterfalls, then jump onto the Bruce Trail as it hits almost all of them in the Hamilton area. But beware, it’s not an easy hike!
MUST SEE: The Bruce Trail
Apple Cider lover? Day trip to Thornbury
You may know Thornbury’s neighbour: Blue Mountains, but Thornbury takes the apple pie for my favourite place to visit in the Fall.
Rural Ontario is the heart of agriculture in the province. In the fall, the harvest is bountiful. For many years, I’ve hit the road in search of the perfect apples for fall. Thornbury is where I end up again and again.
Go for a walk in the plentiful orchards and pick your own apples then head to town and take in the quaint village of Thornbury.
MUST TRY: Apple cider
Foodie? Day trip to Downtown Guelph
For such a small area, downtown Guelph boasts a high ratio of eateries. From Italian fine-dining to delicious Canadian cuisines, there is something for everyone in this smaller city.
Everyone loves a good meal, so Guelph’s restaurants are great options for foodies.
Q: Which day trip will you go on next?