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5 weekend getaways in Ontario that will take your breath away

Weekend getaways are a great way to escape the daily grind, and with warmer weather around the corner, now is the perfect time to plan your summer escapes.

It's no secret that Ontario has breathtaking scenery and natural beauty to explore. With the varied landscapes of the rocky Canadian Shield contrasting with grassy lowlands, forests, and sparkling lakes, there is no shortage of beautiful destinations to see.

Here are 5 weekend getaways in Ontario that will take your breath away.

Bruce Peninsula

The Bruce Peninsula is strikingly beautiful, with rocky cliffs and crystal-clear blue waters to explore. Located between Georgian Bay and Lake Huron, the peninsula is also home to some of North America’s oldest trees, orchids, and a variety of wildlife including black bears.

Visitors can stay overnight in the charming town of Tobermory, or reserve a campsite within Bruce Peninsula National Park.

Point Pelee National Park

Not only is Point Pelee National Park the southernmost point of the Canadian mainland, it also has some of the most stunning landscapes in the province. Visitors can book campsites within the park, or stay in nearby in the quaint town of Leamington.

The park has beautiful dense forests and 20km of white sand beaches extending into Lake Erie, as well as marsh and woodland habitats to explore. Every fall, you can also see thousands of Monarch butterflies during their annual migration.

Ouimet Canyon

While Ouimet Canyon is still within Ontario, you might want to plan for several nights away as the drive alone is nearly 15 hours. That said, the massive canyon gorge is full of natural beauty and panoramic views. 

Naturally formed from glaciers and centuries of erosion, Ouimet Canyon is 100 metres deep and 150 metres wide. The park is only available for day use, but there are plenty of accommodations in nearby Dorion.

Thousand Islands

The archipelago, consisting of 1,864 islands, entices visitors from all over the world with its emerald trees and sparkling blue waters. Situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the area is home to castles, shipwrecks, historical sites, a vibrant food and arts scene, and so much more.

Visitors can embark on a boat cruise through the islands, stopping at wondrous castles like Boldt and Singer Castle, hike through Thousand Islands National Park, or check out the charming small town of Gananoque.

Sandbanks Provincial Park

Sandbanks Provincial Park is home to the world's largest baymouth barrier dune formation with sandy beaches, scenic walking trails, and shallow clear waters.

The park is also a great home base for exploring Prince Edward County. The latter is known for its wineries, vibrant food scene, antiques, and stunning landscapes. Visitors can camp in the park or stay in one of the various offerings available in The County.

Lead photo by

Sharon Mollerus at Ouimet Canyon

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