5 Best Ontario Summer Getaways

When people think of travelling, they tend to think of far-away, unusual destinations. But right here in Ontario, there are tons of beautiful towns, resorts, and parks that make for a perfect summer vacation. Relax and bask in the natural beauty of Canada at these gorgeous getaways:

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Niagara-on-the-Lake:

Located in the heart of Ontario Wine Country, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a quaint and picturesque 19thcentury town. The village is perfect for exploring, especially the Heritage District, full of shops, restaurants, and boutiques, and gorgeous gardens and clean streets that make for a perfect backdrop. There are plenty of attractions, such as the many wineries beyond the village, as well as the Shaw festival which runs from April to October. And don’t forget about the Niagara Falls themselves, just a short drive away!

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Blue Mountain:

This resort is a classic destination for couples, families, and vacationers of all types. There’s plenty of activities on offer: canoeing, kayaking, golfing, caving, and biking, to name just a few. Explore the mountain with a tour or a hike or take an open-air gondola up and down the slope. There are restaurants, wine-tastings, cruises, and even spas, not to mention excellent accommodations and the city of Collingwood just a short drive away.  

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Ottawa:

Canada’s capital city is a great option for a getaway. Get your dose of city life in downtown Ottawa with the bustling streets, shops, nightlife, and restaurants. There are museums, festivals, historic sites, and culturally-relevant attractions such as the Royal Canadian Mint, Peace Tower, and Parliament Hill. Boat down the historic Rideau Canal that runs through Ottawa, and don’t forget to check out the parks and markets of this beautiful city. 

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Stratford:

Stratford—named after Shakespeare’s birthplace—is a centre of culture in Canada, and a lovely picturesque getaway. It’s famous for the Stratford Festival, which takes place there April to October, offering a lineup of top-notch plays and performances. Beyond that, there is plenty of art, music, and culture to soak in. Full of gardens, parks, and well-kept 19thcentury architecture, this quaint town is a gorgeous backdrop to a vacation. 

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Kingston

Kingston is a beautiful yet underrated city, and a great vacation spot. Located on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, it offers beautiful views, access to nature, and a rich cultural scene. We recommend taking some of the tours and cruises exploring the river and the Thousand Islands. There are tons of summer activities on offer, anything from boating and fishing to scuba diving. The waterfront is the perfect place to walk along, and the city is full of restaurants, historic sites, gorgeous scenery, and a vibrant arts and culture scene—there’s something for everyone.