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Day Trips in Ontario

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Mac Johnson Wildlife Area

The beautiful Mac Johnson Wildlife Area spreads over 532 hectares (1,310 acres) of forest, fields, and wetlands. Originally called Black Pond, the region was named after a local conservationist, and is popular for hiking, canoeing, and fishing. When weather permits it, visitors can also ice skate on a pond.

Brockville, ON, Canada
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Dundas Valley Conservation Area

The Dundas Valley Conservation Area is truly a picturesque region that is blessed with lush green forests, streams and variety of birds and animals. Declared as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, it comes under the purview of Hamilton Conservation Authority.

Dundas, ON, Canada
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Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park

Welcome to the Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park and enter the land of natural beauty. It has a perfect ambiance if one is looking for serenity and a peaceful day.

Kirkfield, ON, Canada
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Point Pelee National Park

Point Pelee National Park is a lush forest situated on the southern tip of Canada. One of Canada’s smallest national parks, it attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, who come in droves to see migrating birds and Monarch butterflies.

Leamington, ON, Canada
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Georgian Bay Islands National Park

Georgian Bay Islands National Park is in the world’s largest freshwater archipelago, and consists of 63 small islands or parts of islands in Georgian Bay, the largest being Beausoleil Island. Visitors can bicycle through dense woodland trails, camp overnight, and hike along miles of beautiful shoreline. The park is accessible by boat and part of the Georgian Bay Littoral Biosphere Reserve.

Honey Harbour, ON, Canada
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Pukaskwa National Park

Shrouded in the beauty of remarkable boreal forests, the Pukaskwa National Park stretches across 1878 square kilometers (725 square miles) of unencumbered wilderness, the sparkling Lake Superior embracing its granite shoreline. The park was the settlement of the native Anishinaabe tribe, who left behind a legacy in the form of the Pukaskwa Pits, ancient rock structures that dot its cobblestone beaches. Born under the shelter of the Canadian Shield, the park features a diverse ecosystem that nestles its moraine landscape. Woodland caribou, lynxes, moose and timber wolves graze the pristine land, offering glimpses of a thriving wildlife. The Pukaskwa National Park is an open playground for outdoor enthusiasts who annually hike its rugged terrain, its 60-kilometer (37.28-mile) Coastal Hiking Trail inviting experienced bushwalkers to willfully drink in the park's uplifting scenery.

Marathon, ON, Canada
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Niagara River Recreation Trail

Built in the 1980s, Niagara River Recreation Trail is a walking trail which runs parallel to the Niagara Parkway. Not only is it a beautiful stretch of lush green countryside, but the entire trail also encompasses as many as 100 different monuments of historic significance. The trail can be divided into four parts, each as beautiful and filled with historic and natural wonders as the other. These are the Niagara on the Lake to Queenston stretch, the Queenston to the Whirlpool Aero Car trail, the Chippawa to Black Creek part, and the Black Creek to Fort Erie portion. Only cyclists and people on foot are allowed on this trail.

Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
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Ottawa

Canada's capital city is a grand exhibition of storied heritage that manifests in prestigious museums and Victorian era marvels, which it balances with a year-round love for adventure, culture, and an overall zest for life. Founded in 1826, the city is rich in cultural legacy and houses numerous museums, art galleries, memorials, and heritage sites. While it used to be an Irish and French Christian settlement, Ottawa has now transformed into a multicultural city with a diverse population. Its historic heart revolves around Parliament Hill, where an appealing assemblage of stunningly designed buildings and landscaped greens co-exist in comforting harmony. Amid the architectural splendor of Canadian Parliament buildings that dot its stony streets, the National Gallery of Canada, precluded by the iconic arachnid sculpture of Maman stands out splendidly. Outside of its political center, Ottawa hums with a decidedly vibrant spirit, shaped up by seasonal festivals and events. While the Winterlude festival celebrates the city's Christmas-postcard-like appearance, a host of other festivals pay ode to the city's summer-fed harvest, regional music, and other art forms. Ottawa's famous Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site winds along the city's labyrinthine landscape, its frozen waters during the winter serving as a popular recreational avenue.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Peterborough

Nicknamed the “Electric City” because it was the first town in Canada to use electric streetlights, Peterborough is a small town but a hub of cultural activity. The town is home to Artspace, one of Canada’s oldest-running artist colonies, and many cultural attractions including art galleries, dance troupes, local theater, and an improvisational comedy scene. Visitors often stopover in town on their way to the Kawartha Lakes.

Peterborough, ON, Canada
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Sandbanks Provincial Park

Nestled in the heart of Prince Edward County, Sandbanks Provincial Park is known for its beaches and natural beauty. Nature enthusiasts and ornithologists will find plenty to occupy them here, and there are trails like the Cedar Sands, Woodlands, and Sandbanks Dunes Trail to explore. Swimming, canoeing, and fishing are popular activities one the park’s three beaches. There is a visitor center near Outlet Beach, and boat and canoe rentals are available too.

Picton, ON, Canada
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St. Jacobs

St. Jacobs is a quaint town spread around the Conestogo River and boasts a rich legacy of the Mennonites. As the historic and modern retail center of Woolwich, it is a must-visit village for both history and shopping buffs. True to its history, the town has old mills such as the Old Factory, Mill Shed and Country Mill. It is a shopping paradise, but unlike modern shopping malls, it retains a vintage charm with historic, one-story shops that sell artisanal ware. Shop for Tiffany lamps, stained glass, quilts, chimes, pottery, adorable doll houses, antiques and vintage fashions. The St. Jacobs Farmer's Market is a famous market for local food specialties. Stay in a 19th-century hotel and dine at one of the numerous restaurants dotting this town. Nature buffs have plenty to do with surreal riverside trails such as the St. Jacobs Millrace Footpath and bird-watching tours. Step back in time and explore this town on horse-drawn carriages, cycle tours or a heritage railway and head to The Mennonite Story to learn more about the local culture.

St. Jacobs, ON, Canada
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