Ontario is stunning. Canada in general has so much beauty. When the long weekend approaches, you can find me adventuring out and exploring the beautiful nature of Ontario. Just a short drive from Toronto you can find these stunning spots.
Bruce Peninsula, Tobermory
- A piece of paradise 4 hours drive from Toronto.
- The Peninsula section has 170 km of main trail and 65 km of side trail between Wiarton and Tobermory.
- The Grotto, in Bruce Peninsula National Park, is one of the top tourism attractions in Ontario. A shoreline sea cave with the beautiful blue waters, the Grotto is a unique natural wonder and memorable place to experience. It is also a very popular and busy location, especially during the peak season of July and August and on long weekends. At those times, the parking lot will fill up and you may not be able to access the Grotto.
- You can take a short hike or a long hike to the grotto.
- You have to pre-book your parking spot in advance.
Scarborough Bluffs or Bluffers Park is located at the foot of Brimley Road in Scarborough. The bluffs are actually quite impressive visually and there is a nice walking trail below the bluffs that lead through the park as well as some of the naturalized areas in between the cliffs and the park.
- Scarborough Bluffs trail is located approximately 18 km outside of Toronto. The trail head is at Bluffer’s Park.
- The best feature of this park is that it puts a person in a natural setting within city limits. It has a beautiful view of Lake Ontario and the Scarbourough Bluffs and Marina.
- A fantastic spot for a beach day or a short hike.
Albion Falls, Hamilton
Albion Falls, 62 feet of water cascading down a jagged wall of stone in the Niagara escarpment. Fed by Red Hill Creek, the wall of stone gives the waterfall an effect of falling down a wide staircase. The upper half is a continuous fall until it hits somewhat of a shelf where the lower half seems to be a series of smaller falls when flow is low.
- To reach Albion Falls via a walking trail, take the Escarpment Rail Trail or the Albion Side Trail of the Bruce Trail.
- This particular falls is quite a busy place with lots of people at the foot of the falls. So expect a crowd of people there, especially if it’s nice outside.
- The route is steep and the rocks can be slippery.
- There are a number of waterfalls located in just this small area alone, another one being Webster Falls in the Spence Gorge Conservation Area.
You can easily visit Niagara Falls from Toronto as a day trip, or stay longer and explore all that the Niagara Region has to offer. It is an average of 1.5 hrs drive time, without major traffic. Niagara Falls is the collective name of three sets of waterfalls. Horseshoe
Falls, Bridal Veil Falls & American Falls.
- Horseshoe Falls is mostly located on the Canadian side.
- You can cross both ways on the Rainbow bridge to visit either American Falls/ Canadian Falls. Make sure you have proper travel documentation to enter into the country (passport, visa, etc)
- The boat tour (Maid of the mist) is a must as you can really get up close and personal with the falls.
- There are many other attractions in the town, including a tall tower overlooking the entire area and has a restaurant at the top.
- On the Canadian side you can walk right up behind the falls before it drops over the edge.