If you want to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and have some fun in the sun then this one’s for you! Summer is flying by, so make sure you get out of the city and experience Ontario’s beautiful day trip spots before it gets too cold. In this article, we have rounded up the top 8-day trip spots that are a short drive from Toronto for you and friends or family to enjoy!
Just an hour and a half drive from Toronto City Hall, Elora Quarry is a beautiful spot to visit this summer. This swimming hole is surrounded by cliffs that are up to 40 feet high! Admission tickets and vehicle permits must be purchased in advance. Admission tickets are released on Friday afternoons for the following week so be sure to book in advance. Dogs are not permitted in this park.
Just an hour and a half from Toronto on the southeast side of Lake Ontario sit the charming town of Niagara-on-the-lake. This is the perfect day trip for any time of year. This town has a wide selection of upscale and casual dining experiences. It is the home of the Shaw Festival, a theatre festival that runs from May to late December. If you are interested in learning about Canadian history then visit Fort George National Historic Site. It is a military fort that was mostly destroyed during the war of 1812 but has since been turned into a historic site. The Niagara Region also has stunning wine vineyards that make some of the best wine in the country. Check out our article on Must-See Wine Vineyards to learn more about some of these experiences.
Algonquin Provincial Park
If you are looking to take a day trip with tons of outdoor activities, Algonquin Provincial Park is the place for you! Although it’s mostly known for its beautiful campgrounds, Algonquin Park is also a great spot for a day trip. Hiking, fishing, swimming, and canoeing are just some of the fun summer activities you can do. Algonquin Park has unique and incredible wildlife and geological forms. If you choose to hike, make sure you plan accordingly as some trails are meant for overnight backpackers who wish to camp. Permits can be purchased in advance for each section of the park and cost between $18-$20.
If you are looking to see some incredible theatre, then head to the city of Stratford. With plenty of dining and shopping options, this town is most known for its world-renowned theatre. The iconic Stratford Festival runs from April to October. This season you can see Romeo and Juliet, Three Tall Women, and a number of other plays. When you are not at the theatre you can visit Shakespeare Gardens, a breathtaking garden that initially only included flowers mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays.
Located in the Muskoka Region of Ontario, Gravenhurst is a stunning spot to spend a day. Hiking trails, beaches, canoe, and kayak rentals are just some of what this town has to offer. You can grab a bite to eat at one of the many delicious restaurants in town. Sightseeing steamship tours are also offered for $35 an hour or $45 for two hours.
As the longest freshwater beach in the world, Wasaga Beach is the perfect spot for a summer day trip. Along beaches 1 and 2 you can check out the variety of fun shops and restaurants. If you are looking to avoid the crowd head to beaches 3,4, and 5. Around an hour and a half out of Toronto, this beach is great for a shorter day trip.
Sandbanks Provincial Park
If you are looking for a more secluded beach to visit, then Sandbanks Provincial Park is for you. Located in Prince Edward County, around a three-hour drive from Toronto, this park is a great spot to escape the city. It has three large beaches as well as kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals. Hiking, fishing, and biking are just some of the other activities you can try at Sandbanks Park.
Blue Mountain Village
While Blue Mountain is known for being the largest ski hill in Ontario, it is also great to visit during the summer and fall. About two hours from Toronto, this resort has an endless supply of options. The Explore All Day Pass includes unlimited day access to hiking trails, 12 cross country bike trails, and the Open-Air Gondola. Mini putt, a water park, and a mountain coaster are just some of the other amenities this resort has to offer. You can also go zip lining through the mountain if you are looking for a more thrilling adventure.
It’s safe to say that all of these places have so much to offer. Make sure to check them out before the summer ends!