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53 Best Day Trips From Toronto (2024 Local Guide)

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Day trips are the perfect way to get out and explore a new place without having to spend too much time or money.

And Toronto is a great city from which to launch day trips, thanks to its convenient location and wealth of attractions.

After living in Toronto for most of my life, I’ve discovered all of the best one day trips you can take from downtown Toronto or the suburbs out to nearby cities, towns, and hiking areas.

Don’t limit yourself to the downtown core on your next trip to Toronto.

Discover the 53 best Toronto day trips to explore more of what Ontario has to offer (and tips on how to get there!).

How to Get Around Ontario

There are a few different ways to get around Ontario depending on your budget and how much time you have.

If you’re just looking to get out of the city for the day, then the GO Train is a great option as it runs frequently and takes you right into the heart of most destinations.

If you don’t have your own car, other options are VIA Rail , although it can be quite expensive, and Parkbus.

The best way to get around Ontario is to rent a car and drive. This gives you the freedom to go wherever you want whenever you want.

If you’re looking for a cheap rental car in Toronto, I recommend booking via Discover Cars.

53 Best Day Trips From Toronto

niagara falls with boat

1. Niagara Falls

Distance from Toronto : 130 km

Drive Time : 1 hr 45 min

Niagara Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in the world.

It is actually a group of 3 waterfalls, namely Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.

The falls are situated on the border between Canada and the United States and they are absolutely stunning.

You can get a great view of all 3 waterfalls from Table Rock Centre.

To get even closer to the falls, you can take a ride on the Niagara Falls Incline Railway which will take you down 125 feet to the base of Horseshoe Falls.

For a more unique experience, you can take a ride on the Hornblower Cruise (formerly the Maid of the Mist), a boat that will take you right into the heart of the falls.

Just be sure to bring a raincoat as you will definitely get wet!

There are also plenty of other things to do in Niagara Falls such as visiting Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, taking a wine tour , or exploring the many shops and restaurants in Niagara Falls.

Toronto to Niagara Falls

🚗 Drive : Take the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) west towards Hamilton and continue on it until you reach Niagara Falls.

Read more about the drive from Toronto to Niagara Falls here.

🚐 Tour: The easiest way to get to Niagara Falls is on this one day tour from Toronto , that includes a ride on the Hornblower Cruise!

🚇 Train : The GoTrain runs from Toronto to Niagara from May to Thanksgiving annually, with direct service to Niagara Falls. You can also go to Burlington GO Station and connect on the 12B Go Bus to Niagara to be more flexible on when you leave/return.

🚌 Bus : Megabus runs a service from Union Station to the Casino in Niagara Falls.

👉 I recommend this day tour to Niagara Falls from Toronto !

canoes on the shore of a muskoka lake

Distance from Toronto: 220 km

Drive Time : 2 hrs 20 min

Muskoka is a cottage country region located in central Ontario.

It is a popular summer getaway for Torontonians and it’s easy to see why with its stunning scenery, crystal clear lakes, and a plethora of outdoor activities.

There are many charming towns located in Muskoka such as Huntsville, Bracebridge, and Gravenhurst.

In these towns, you’ll find plenty of cute shops and restaurants as well as some great museums and art galleries.

Some of the best things to do in Muskoka include taking a scenic boat cruise, visiting one of the many waterfalls in the area, or hiking to a lookout point for stunning views of the landscape.

Don’t forget to try the local craft beers!

Turn it into a weekend trip by staying at a cute Airbnb cottage.

Toronto to Muskoka

🚗 Drive : Take the 401 east out of Toronto and then take exit 269 onto Highway 11 North towards Huntsville.

🚌 Bus : Take the Ontario Northland bus from Downtown Toronto north to Gravenhurst. They run 4x per day in the summer. Or take ViaRail from St. Patrick Station to Highway 407 Station. Transfer to the Ontario Northland bus here.

👉 I recommend this day trip to Muskoka

paris ontario waterfall

Distance from Toronto : 115 km

Drive Time: 1 hr 45 minutes

Paris, Ontario is a beautiful small town located in southwestern Ontario.

It is known for its picturesque setting along the Grand River as well as its many bridges which earned it the nickname “The Little Venice of Canada”.

Some of the best things to do in Paris include strolling through the charming downtown area, visiting one of the many art galleries or museums, or going for a hike or bike ride along the Grand River.

Don’t forget to try some of the delicious local food such as maple syrup, fresh produce, and craft beer.

I highly recommend a stop at Twisted Treats for a $4 ice cream the size of a small child, topped with the best peanut and fudge sauces in Ontario!

Toronto to Paris

🚗 Drive : Take the 401 west out of Toronto and then take exit 275 onto Highway 24 south towards Paris.

red chair toronto islands

4. Toronto Islands

Distance from Toronto: 10 km

Drive Time: 20-30 min

The Toronto Islands are a group of small islands located just offshore from Downtown Toronto.

They are accessible by ferry and make for a great day trip or even a weekend getaway.

There are 3 main islands to explore which are Centre Island, Ward’s Island, and Hanlan’s Point.

There are plenty of things to do on the islands such as swimming at one of the many beaches, exploring the nature trails, or renting a kayak or canoe . You can also bring a picnic and sit in one of the lovely parks for the day.

Be wary of the beaches, as some are nude beaches (and many people don’t know the boundaries between them).

Kids will love visiting Centre Island to see Centreville, a cute amusement park.

Be sure to bring your camera as there are some great views of the Toronto skyline from the islands!

Toronto to the Toronto Islands

⛴️ Ferry: Take the ferry from Bay Street in Downtown Toronto to Centre Island. The ferry ride takes about 15 minutes.

🚖 Water Taxi: You can also take a water taxi from the Harbourfront to Hanlan’s Point. The ride takes about 10 minutes.

👉 This tour is my favourite in the Toronto Islands

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5. Turkey Point on Lake Erie

Distance from Toronto : 160 km

Drive Time : 2 hrs

Turkey Point is a small town located on the shores of Lake Erie in southwestern Ontario.

It is a popular summer getaway for Torontonians due to its beautiful sandy beaches, clear blue water, and lovely sunsets.

There are also many great restaurants and cafes in the town centre.

Some of the best things to do in Turkey Point include swimming, sunbathing, kayaking, and windsurfing.

You can also visit one of the many parks or go for a walk along the beach.

Don’t forget to try the local ice cream!

Toronto to Turkey Point

🚗 Drive: Take the 401 west out of Toronto and then take exit 359 onto Highway 3 east towards Turkey Point.

Small Town & City Lover Toronto Day Trips

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6. Stratford

Distance from Toronto: 150 km

Drive Time: 1 hr 30 min

Stratford is a small town located in southwestern Ontario, about two hours west of Toronto.

The town is most famous for being the home of the Stratford Festival, one of the largest theatre festivals in North America.

However, there is much more to Stratford than just theatre.

The town has a charming downtown area with many Victorian-era buildings and cute shops.

You can also visit one of the several parks, go for a walk or bike ride along the Avon River, or take a boat tour.

In the summer, you can cool off at the Splash Pad water park.

And in the winter, you can go ice skating at the Stratford Rotary Complex.

No matter what time of year you visit, there is always something to do in Stratford!

Toronto to Stratford

🚗 Drive : Take the 401 west out of Toronto and then take exit 268 onto Highway 7 towards Stratford.

🚐 Tour: You could also book a small-group or private day tour from Toronto. That way, you don’t have to worry about driving and can just enjoy the day.

🚇 Train : Take the VIA Rail from Union Station West towards Sarnia. Get off at the Stratford stop.

london ontario river

Distance from Toronto: 190 km

London is the largest city in southwestern Ontario and is about a two-hour drive from Toronto.

There is plenty to see and do in London, especially if you are a fan of history or art.

Some of the most popular attractions include the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum, the London Regional Children’s Museum, and the Banting House National Historic Site.

If you are looking for something more outdoorsy, you can visit one of the many parks or go for a walk or bike ride along the Thames River.

And in the winter, you can go skating at the Western Fair Sports Centre.

No matter what time of year you visit, there is always something to do in London!

Toronto to London

🚗 Drive: Take the 401 West out of Toronto. Follow signs for London.

🚇 Train : Take VIA Rail West to London from Union Station.

kingston ontario

8. Kingston

Distance from Toronto: 260 km

Drive Time : 2.5 hrs

Kingston is located in southeastern Ontario on the shores of Lake Ontario. It’s about a 2.5 hour drive from Toronto and makes for a great day trip.

Kingston is well-known for its many museums, including the Kingston Penitentiary Museum, the Fort Henry National Historic Site, and the Museum of Health Care.

There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors here. You can go for a walk or bike ride along the waterfront, rent a canoe or kayak and explore the Thousand Islands, or go for a hike in one of the many parks.

And in the winter, you can go skating on the Outdoor Skating Rink at City Park.

Kingston is a common stop on Ontario road trips, as it’s halfway between Toronto and Ottawa.

Toronto to Kingston

🚗 Drive: Take the 401 East out of Toronto and take Exit 617 for Kingston 10. Continue on this road until you reach Kingston.

🚇 Train : Take VIA Rail East directly to Kingston.

hamilton city centre

9. Hamilton

Distance from Toronto: 70 km

Drive Time : 1 hour

Hamilton is a city located in southern Ontario. It’s about an hour drive from Toronto and makes for a great day trip.

The city is home to some excellent museums, including the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, and the Dundurn Castle.

Hamilton is also a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Some of the best places to go for a walk or hike include the Waterfront Trail, Webster’s Falls, and the Devil’s Punch Bowl.

The most popular hiking spot is Dundas Peak.

Toronto to Hamilton

🚗 Drive : Take the QEW towards Hamilton.

🚌 Bus : The Go Bus runs from Renforth Transitway Station or Square One in Mississauga to Main St. in Hamilton.

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10. St. Jacob’s and the Farmers Market

Distance from Toronto: 120 km

Drive Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

St. Jacobs is a small town located in southern Ontario. It’s about an hour and fifteen minutes drive from Toronto and makes for a great day trip.

The town is home to the world-famous St. Jacobs Farmers Market. This market has been in operation for over 40 years and is one of the largest in Canada.

The market is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 7am to 3:30pm.

In addition to the market, St. Jacobs is also home to the Mennonite Heritage Village Museum. This museum is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the Mennonite people.

Toronto to St. Jacobs

🚗 Drive: Take the Gardiner Expressway West. Follow signs to exit onto the 427. Exit to the 401 West. Exit onto Highway 8 towards Waterloo. Continue to Highway 7, then follow signs for Highway 85 North. Follow signs to St. Jacob’s and the market.

guelph downtown

Distance from Toronto : 95 km

Drive Time: 1 hour

Guelph is a city located in southern Ontario. It’s about an hour’s drive from Toronto and makes for a great day trip.

The city is home to the McMaster Museum of Art, the Guelph Civic Museum, and the Church of Our Lady Immaculate.

Guelph is also a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Some of the best places to go for a walk or hike include the Royal City Park, the Eramosa River Park, and the Arboretum.

Toronto to Guelph

🚗 Drive : Take the 401 West out of Toronto and take exit 295 for Highway 6 North towards Guelph. Follow this road into Guelph.

🚌 Bus : From Renforth Station, you can take the Go Bus to the University of Guelph.

peterborough church

12. Peterborough

Distance from Toronto : 140 km

Drive Time : 1 hour 30 minutes

1.5 hours from Toronto is the city of Peterborough. This city is located in the Kawarthas, a region known for its many lakes and rivers.

The main attraction in Peterborough is The Liftlock, the world’s highest hydraulic boat lift. The Liftlock is located on the Trent-Severn Waterway and lifts.

1,500 metric tons of water 43 meters up in order to allow boats to pass through.

Definitely, a must-see!

Other attractions in Peterborough include the Art Gallery of Peterborough, the Petroglyphs Provincial Park, and the Fisherman’s Paradise.

If you’re looking for a short drive from Toronto, Peterborough is the perfect place for a day trip!

Toronto to Peterborough

🚗 Drive : Take the 401 east out of Toronto and take exit 437A for Highway 115/7 toward Lindsay/Peterborough. Follow this road into Peterborough.

🚇  Train: Take the Go Train to Oshawa Station. You will then need to transfer to a Go Bus. Take Bus 88 to get to the heart of Peterborough.

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13. Kitchener Waterloo

Distance from Toronto: 110 km

Kitchener Waterloo is a region located in southern Ontario. It’s about an hour and fifteen minutes drive from Toronto.

This region is home to the Waterloo Region Museum, the Mennonite Heritage Village, and the Doon Heritage Village.

Kitchener Waterloo is also a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Some of the best places to go for a walk or hike include the Huron Natural Area, the Grand River Trail, and the Walter Bean Trail.

It’s also home to Waterloo University and Wilfred Laurier University.

This has fostered a large pub scene with some of the best bars outside of Toronto.

Toronto to Kitchener Waterloo

🚗 Drive : Take the 401 west out of Toronto and take exit 275 for Highway 6 North towards Guelph/Kitchener. Follow this road for about 35 minutes before taking the exit for Waterloo/St. Jacobs. Once you’re in Kitchener, follow the signs to the attractions you want to see.

🚌 Bus : Take the 40 Go Bus from Renforth Station to Hamilton. Transfer to the 25J Go Bus and take it to Weber St. E @ Queen St. N.

14. Brantford

Distance from Toronto: 105 km

Brantford is a city located in southwestern Ontario. It’s about a one hour drive from Toronto with lots of activities to check out.

The city is home to the Canadian Museum of Indigenous History, the Bell Homestead National Historic Site (home to the inventor of the telephone!), and the Brant County Museum.

Brantford is also a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Some of the best places to go for a walk or hike include the Grand River, the Happy Rolph’s Bird Sanctuary, and the Elora Gorge Conservation Area.

Brantford makes the perfect summer day trip from Toronto.

Toronto to Brantford

🚗 Drive : Take the 401 west out of Toronto and take exit 298 for Highway 403 towards Hamilton/Brantford. Follow this road into Brantford.

🚇 Train : VIA Rail runs a direct service from Union Station to Brantford (the 73 to Windsor).

milton sunset road

Distance from Toronto: 60 km

Drive Time: 45 minutes

Milton is a town located in southern Ontario. It’s about a 45 minute drive from Toronto, past the airport.

The town is home to the Milton Museum, the Halton County Radial Railway Museum, and the Country Heritage Park.

Milton is also a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Some of the best places to go for a walk or hike include the Halton County Radial Railway, the Milton Heights Conservation Area, and the Bruce Trail.

Milton makes a great day trip from Toronto for anyone interested in history or the outdoors.

Toronto to Milton

🚗 Drive : Take the 401 west out of Toronto and take exit 322 for Guelph Line/Highway 25 towards Milton. Follow this road into Milton.

🚌 Bus : From the Union Bus Terminal, take the 21B Go Bus to Milton. This terminates at Milton Station.

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16. The Kawarthas

Distance from Toronto: 140 km

Drive Time: 1.5 hours

The Kawarthas is a region located in central Ontario. It’s about a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Toronto and makes for a great day trip or weekend getaway.

The Kawarthas is home to the Kawartha Lakes, the Haliburton Highlands, and the Peterborough Petroglyphs Provincial Park.

The region is also a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Some of the best places to go for a walk or hike include the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail, the Lindsay Tract Conservation Area, and the Otonabee River Provincial Park.

The Kawarthas make a great day trip or weekend getaway from Toronto for anyone interested in nature or the outdoors.

Toronto to The Kawarthas

🚗 Drive: Take the 401 east out of Toronto and take exit 436 for Highway 28 towards Lindsay/Peterborough. Follow this road into The Kawarthas.

🚇  Train: Take the Go Train to Oshawa Station. You will then need to transfer to a Go Bus. Take Bus 88 to get to the heart of Peterborough. You will then need to connect via local buses within the Kawarthas.

Fergus is a town located in southern Ontario. It’s about a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Toronto and makes for a great day trip.

The town is home to the Earl Grey Golf Club, the Fergus Market, and the Fergus Falls.

Fergus is also a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Some of the best places to go for a walk or hike include the Guelph Radial Trail, the Elora Cataract Trailway, and the Grand River Conservation Authority.

Combine a trip to Fergus with a visit to Elora.

Arrive in August to see the Highland Games, which are a holdover of Fergus’ founding Scottish members.

Toronto to Fergus

🚗 Drive : Take the 401 West out of Toronto and take exit 275 for Highway 6 North towards Guelph/Kitchener. Follow this road into Fergus.

Hiking Day Trips Near Toronto

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18. Algonquin Provincial Park

Distance from Toronto: 300 km

Drive Time: 3 hours

Algonquin Provincial Park is a large park located in central Ontario. It’s about a three hour drive from Toronto and makes for a great day trip or weekend getaway.

This is one of the best day trips from anywhere in Ontario!

The park is home to over 7,000 lakes, as well as numerous hiking trails. Some of the best hikes in the park include the Algonquin Lookout Trail, the Barron Canyon Trail, and the Booth’s Rock Trail.

Algonquin Provincial Park is a great place to see wildlife. The park is home to moose, deer, bears, wolves, and many other animals.

You can camp in the park or stay in one of the nearby towns, such as Huntsville or Dwight.

To break up the drive, consider a day trip from Toronto to Muskoka or Wasaga Beach before continuing on a weekend getaway to Algonquin Park in the summer.

Toronto to Algonquin Provincial Park

🚗 Drive : Take the 400 north out of Toronto and take exit 312 for Highway 11 North towards Barrie/Orillia. Follow this road into Algonquin Provincial Park.

🚐 Tour: A day trip via a small group tour like this allows you to see the best of Algonquin without being too exhausted to drive home.

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19. Scarborough Bluffs

Distance from Toronto: 20 km

Drive Time: 30 minutes

The Scarborough Bluffs is a park located in the east end of Toronto. It’s about a half-hour drive from downtown Toronto and makes for a great day trip.

The park is home to over 15 km of hiking trails, as well as Bluffers Beach.

The park is a great place to see wildlife. The park is home to many birds, including bald eagles.

You can also go for a swim in the lake or relax on the beach.

I love starting a summer morning on a paddleboard beneath the limestone cliffs.

Toronto to Scarborough Bluffs

🚗 Drive : Take Eastern Avenue to Kingston Road, continue on Brimley Road South to Bluffers Park.

🚌 Bus : Take the Go Train from Union to Kennedy Station. Take the 175 TTC bus to Bluffer’s Park.

20. Lions Head Provincial Park

Drive Time: 4 hours

Lions Head Provincial Park is a park located in Bruce Peninsula National Park. It’s about a four-hour drive from Toronto and makes for a great day trip or weekend getaway.

The park is home to over 15 km of hiking trails, as well as the Lions Head Lighthouse.

Toronto to Lions Head Provincial Park

🚗 Drive: Take the Gardinery Expressway West to the Ontario 410 North. Exit onto the 401 West and continue onto the 410 North. Continue onto Highway 10 to Owen Sound. Follow to Ontario 6 North, following signs for Tobermory.

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21. Thousand Island National Park

Distance from Toronto: 320 km

Thousand Island National Park is one of the most beautiful places in Ontario. It’s made up of over 20 islands and is a great spot for camping, hiking, canoeing, and fishing.

The park is also home to some of the best bird watching in the province. You can see bald eagles, ospreys, herons, and kingfishers, to name a few.

For a day trip, I would recommend taking a hike on one of the many trails in the park, and then spending some time exploring one of the islands by canoe or kayak.

Toronto to Thousand Island National Park

🚗 Drive : Thousand Island National Park is located on Highway 401, about 3 hours east of Toronto.

22. French River Provincial Park

Distance from Toronto: 325 km

Drive Time: 3.5 hours

If you’re looking for a day trip that’s a little off the beaten path, French River Provincial Park is the perfect place. The park is located in the heart of cottage country, and is a popular spot for canoeing, fishing, and camping.

The French River is one of the most popular canoeing routes in Ontario, and there are plenty of companies that offer canoe and kayak rentals.

For a day trip, I would recommend taking a scenic drive through the park, stopping at some of the lookout points, and then renting a canoe or kayak to explore the river.

Toronto to French River Provincial Park

🚗 Drive : French River Provincial Park is located on Highway 69, about 3.5 hours north of Toronto.

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23. Spencer Gorge Conservation Area

Distance from Toronto: 75 km

Spencer Gorge Conservation Area is one of the best day trips from Toronto for nature lovers. The park is home to two waterfalls, and is a popular spot for hiking and picnicking.

The trails in Spencer Gorge are relatively easy, and there are plenty of places to stop and take in the views.

For a day trip, I would recommend hiking to the top of Tew’s Falls, and then spending some time exploring nearby Hamilton.

Toronto to Spencer Gorge Conservation Area

🚗 Drive: Spencer Gorge Conservation Area is located on Highway 403, about 1 hour west of Toronto.

🚌 Bus : The Go Bus runs from Renforth Transitway Station or Square One in Mississauga to Main St. in Hamilton. From there you can hike to the conservation area or cycle.

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24. Killarney Provincial Park

Distance from Toronto: 275 km

Drive Time: 4.5 hours

Killarney Provincial Park is one of the most popular day trips (and multi-day trips) from Toronto, and for good reason. The park is located in cottage country, and is a popular spot for camping, canoeing, and hiking.

The park is also home to some of the best scenery in Ontario, with its rocky shores, clear waters, and lush vegetation.

For a day trip, I would recommend taking a hike to one of the many lookouts in the park, and then spending some time exploring the town of Killarney.

Toronto to Killarney Provincial Park

🚗 Drive : Killarney Provincial Park is located on Highway 400 North.

25. Craigleith Provincial Park

Distance from Toronto: 165 km

Drive Time: 2.5 hours

Craigleith Provincial Park is one of the best day trips from Toronto for hikers and nature lovers. The park is home to a variety of trails, ranging from easy to difficult. There are also plenty of places to stop and take in the views.

For a day trip, I would recommend taking a hike to one of the lookouts in the park, and then spending some time exploring the town of Collingwood.

Toronto to Craigleith Provincial Park

🚗 Drive: Craigleith Provincial Park is located on Highway 26, about 2.5 hours north of Toronto.

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26. Killbear Provincial Park

Killbear is another longer day trip from Toronto, and may work better as a weekend trip.

The park is located in cottage country, and is a popular spot for camping, canoeing, and hiking.

For a day trip, I would recommend taking a hike to one of the lookouts in the park, and then spending some time exploring the town of Parry Sound.

Toronto to Killbear Provincial Park

🚗 Drive: Killbear Provincial Park is located on Highway 400, about 4 hours north of Toronto.

27. Petroglyphs Provincial Park

Distance from Toronto : 210 km

Drive Time : 2.5 hours

Petroglyphs Provincial Park is one of the best day trips from Toronto for history buffs and nature lovers. The park is home to over 500 Indigenous rock carvings, as well as a variety of hiking trails.

Toronto to Petroglyphs Provincial Park

🚗 Drive : Petroglyphs Provincial Park is located on Highway 407 East.

28. Cheltenham Badlands

Distance from Toronto: 65 km

The Cheltenham Badlands is one of the best day trips from Toronto for nature lovers and photographers. The Badlands is a small area of exposed red clay, which was formed over 12,000 years ago.

The Badlands is located in the Town of Caledon, and is a popular spot for hiking, picnicking, and photography.

Toronto to Cheltenham Badlands

🚗 Drive: Take the Gardiner to the 410 North. Follow to Hurontario Street in Caledon. Continue to Olde Base Line Road, and follow signs to the Badlands.

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29. Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area

Distance from Toronto : 65 km

Rattlesnake Point is another great day trip from Toronto for nature lovers and photographers. The point is located in Milton, and offers stunning views of the Niagara Escarpment.

The point is also a popular spot for hiking, picnicking, and rock climbing.

30. Ferris Provincial Park

Distance from Toronto : 185 km

Drive Time : 2 hours

Ferris Provincial Park is a great day trip for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The park is located in the town of Bancroft, and is popular for its hiking trails and scenic views.

For a day trip, I would recommend hiking to the top of Ferris Provincial Park. The hike is about 3 kilometers long and takes approximately 2 hours.

The views from the top are absolutely stunning, and you can see for miles. There are also a few other shorter trails that lead to lookout points.

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31. Dundas Peak

Dundas Peak is one of the best day trips from Toronto for those who love hiking and photography. The peak is located in Hamilton, and offers stunning views of the city and the Niagara Escarpment.

The hike to the top of Dundas Peak is about 3 kilometers long and takes approximately 2 hours.

32. Kelso Conservation Area

Kelso Conservation Area is a great day trip for those who want to escape the city and enjoy some of nature. The conservation area is located in Milton, and offers hiking trails, a beach, and picnic areas.

Adventurous Day Trips From Toronto

33. eramosa karst caves.

Estimated time: 1 hr

The Eramosa Karst is a geological formation that includes over 600 caves and sinkholes. The caves are located in the city of Guelph, and many of them have been turned into walking trails.

If you are looking for an adventure, then exploring these caves is definitely for you!

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34. Elora Gorge

Estimated time: 1 hr 30 min

The Elora Gorge is a popular spot for tubing, swimming, and hiking. The gorge is located in the town of Elora, and is a great place to spend a day in the summer.

People come from across Ontario to rent tubes and float down the rapids of the Gorge. Then they head to the Elora Mill for a lovely meal after their fun!

If you are looking to cool off on a hot day, then the Elora Gorge is the perfect day trip for you!

35. Grand River Rafting

Distance from Toronto: 115 km

Driving time: 1 hr 30 min

Grand River Rafting is a popular activity for those who love adventure. The company offers both half-day and full-day trips, depending on how much time you have.

The Grand River is located in the city of Kitchener, and is a great place to spend a day.

If you are looking to get wet and wild, then rafting down the Grand River is the perfect day trip for you!

36. Collingwood Suspension Bridge

Distance from Toronto: 145 km

Driving time : 1 hr 45 min

The Collingwood Suspension Bridge is a popular spot for hiking and photography. The bridge is located in the town of Collingwood, and is a great place to spend a day.

If you are looking for a scenic day trip, then the Collingwood suspension bridge climb is for you!

37. Hardwood Hills

Distance from Toronto: 285 km

Driving time: 3 hrs

Hardwood Hills is a popular spot for hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. The hills are located in the town of Barrie, and is a great place to spend a day on 2 wheels.

Best Winter Day Trips From Toronto

38. blue mountain village.

Distance from Toronto: 170 km

Driving time: 2 hrs

Blue Mountain Village is a popular spot for skiing, snowboarding, and shopping. The village is located in the town of Collingwood, and is a great place to spend a day in the winter.

Don’t forget to stop in at the Nordic Spa to warm up after a day on the slopes. The outdoor hot pools will help you and your muscles forget about falling off the chairlift four times in front of your friends.

If you are looking for a winter day trip, then Blue Mountain Village is the perfect place for you!

39. Horseshoe Valley

Distance from Toronto : 135 km

Driving time : 1 hr 30 min

Horseshoe Valley is a popular spot for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. The valley is located in the town of Barrie, and is a great place to spend a day in the winter.

There are also several restaurants and bars in the area, so you can warm up with a drink after a day on the slopes.

If you are looking for a winter day trip, then Horseshoe Valley is the perfect place for you!

40. Ellicottville

Distance from Toronto : 240 km

Driving Time: 3 hrs

Ellicottville is a popular spot for skiing, snowboarding, and shopping. The town is located in the state of New York, and is a great place to spend a day in the winter.

The hills are always covered in snow, and the town is filled with quaint shops and restaurants.

If you are looking for a winter day trip, then Ellicottville is the perfect place for you!

Beach Day Trips Near Toronto

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41. The Beaches Neighbourhood

Distance from Toronto : 14 km

Driving time: 30 min

The Beaches neighbourhood is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking. The neighbourhood is located in the city of Toronto, and is a great place to spend a day in the summer.

There are also several restaurants and cafes in the area, including Tori’s Bakeshop which caters to all allergies.

If you are looking for a summer day trip, then The Beaches neighbourhood is the perfect place for you!

42. Grand Bend Beach

Distance from Toronto: 225 km

Grand Bend Beach is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and surfing. The beach is located in the town of Grand Bend, and is a great place to spend a day in the summer.

There are also several restaurants and cafes in the area, as well as a boardwalk that is perfect for people watching.

If you are looking for a summer day trip, then Grand Bend Beach is the perfect place for you!

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43. Sandbanks Provincial Park

Driving time: 2 hrs 30 min

Sandbanks Provincial Park is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and hiking. The park is located in the town of Prince Edward County , and is a great place to spend a day in the summer.

There are also several campgrounds in the area, so you can make a weekend of it.

If you are looking for a summer day trip, then Sandbanks Provincial Park is the perfect place for you!

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44. Georgian Bay

Distance from Toronto: 180 km

Georgian Bay is a great spot for swimming, sunbathing on sandy beaches, and sailing. The bay is located in the town of Midland.

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45. Wasaga Beach

Wasaga Beach is a popular summertime destination for Toronto residents. The long sandy beach stretches for 14 km, making it the longest freshwater beach in the world.

Visitors can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, picnicking, and hiking along the Georgian Bay shoreline.

There are also several restaurants and cafes located nearby.

Cabins on the beach make this a great weekend trip as well as a day trip from Toronto.

46. Cobourg Beach

Cobourg Beach is located on Lake Ontario and offers a wide range of activities for visitors.

The beach is popular for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking in the summer months.

There are also several walking trails nearby where you can enjoy views of the lake.

In the winter, the beach is a popular spot for ice fishing.

Wine Tasting One Day Trips From Toronto

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47. Niagara-on-the-Lake

Distance from Toronto: 135 km

Niagara-on-the-Lake is one of the closest day trips from Toronto, and definitely one of the most popular.

It’s renowned for its wineries, Victorian architecture, and charming shops.

This picturesque town situated along the Niagara River is also a great place to try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking .

There are dozens of wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake, so you’ll definitely want to dedicate an entire day to exploring them. Many of the wineries offer free tastings, so it’s a great way to sample what the area has to offer without breaking the bank.

Be sure to stroll down Queen Street, which is lined with cute cafés, restaurants, and boutique shops.

And if you’re a theatre buff, you can catch a show at the Shaw Festival, which runs from April to October.

👉 This is my favourite half day winery tour!

48. Prince Edward County

Distance from Toronto: 205 km

Estimated time: 2 hrs

This is another great wine region that makes for a perfect day trip from Toronto. Prince Edward County is located on the shores of Lake Ontario and has become a popular getaway for city dwellers looking to escape the hustle and bustle.

The area is home to over 40 wineries, many of which offer free tastings. So if you’re a fan of wine, this is the place for you.

In addition to its wineries, Prince Edward County is also known for its beaches, art galleries, and local shops.

If you’re looking for a place to stay, there are a number of bed and breakfasts, hotels, and Airbnbs in the area.

49. Caledon

Estimated time: 1 hour

Caledon is a small town located in the headwaters of the Credit River. It’s a great place for a day trip if you’re looking to get out of the city and explore the countryside.

There are a number of cideries in Caledon, making it the perfect place to go for a cider-tasting tour. The Spirit Tree Estate Cidery is one of the most popular and offers free tastings of their award-winning ciders.

Caledon is also home to a number of farms, so be sure to stop by one of the roadside stands to pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables.

Day Trips From Toronto With Kids

50. african lion safari.

Distance from Toronto: 90 km

Driving time: 1 hr 20 min

The African Lion Safari is a popular day trip destination for families with young children.

The park is home to over 1,000 animals, including lions, tigers, giraffes, and elephants.

Visitors can take a guided tour through the park on a safari bus or go on a self-guided tour in their own vehicle.

There are also a number of shows and animal encounters that take place throughout the day.

51. Canada’s Wonderland

Distance from Toronto: 45 km

Driving time: 45 mins

Wonderland is Toronto’s largest amusement park and a great place to take the kids for a day of fun.

The park has over 200 rides and attractions, including roller coasters, water slides, and live shows.

And if that’s not enough to keep the kids entertained, there’s also a 20-acre water park, Splash Works, that’s sure to make a splash.

Shopping Day Trips Near Toronto

52. aberfoyle antique market.

Driving time : 1 hr

Aberfoyle Antique Market is a popular day trip destination for antique lovers and bargain hunters.

The market is located in an old wool mill and has over 150 vendors selling everything from furniture to vintage clothing.

53. Buffalo (New York)

Distance from Toronto: 160 km

Just a short drive from Toronto is the city of Buffalo, New York. This American city is a great place to go for a day of shopping, as it has a number of large malls and outlet stores.

If you’re looking for designer brands at a fraction of the price, be sure to check out the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls.

And if you’re looking for a more unique shopping experience, head to Elmwood Village, where you’ll find a number of local shops and boutiques.

Map of One Day Trips From Toronto

How many days do I need in Toronto?

You could easily spend a week in Toronto and still not see everything the city has to offer.

However, if you only have a few days, I suggest spending at least two days exploring the downtown core and its attractions and then taking a day trip or two to explore some of the other great places nearby.

When are the best times to visit Canada?

The best time to visit Canada depends on what you’re looking to do.

If you want to experience all that the country has to offer, I recommend visiting in the summer or fall .

However, if you’re looking for excellent skiing, winter can be a great time to visit as well.

Best Spring Day Trips From Toronto

Spring is a great time to visit wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake, check out theatre in Stratford, or head to Paris for some lovely hiking near Toronto.

Best Summer Day Trips From Toronto

Summer is the perfect time to visit the beach in Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, go hiking in Algonquin Provincial Park, or take a dip in the pool at Blue Mountain Resort.

How to take day trips from Toronto without a car?

There are a number of ways to take day trips from Toronto without a car. You can take the GO Train, which offers service to many of the destinations on this list. You can also take the Greyhound bus or use ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft.

Or consider renting a car to allow yourself more freedom from bus schedules.

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Canada Travel Planning Guide

🚑  Should I buy Canada travel insurance?

100% YES!  — Canada has “free” healthcare but it’s only for citizens! Foreigners visiting need travel insurance in case anything happens on their visit. I recommend World Nomads – starting at just $5 a day!

💧 Can you drink the water in Canada?

Yes  — In all major cities in Canada, you can drink the tap water. There are very few, rural areas that you can’t. However, you should never drink river or lake water anywhere in the country! I recommend a Brita Water Bottle for long hikes and backcountry camping to stay safe and hydrated.

🚙💨  Is it safe to rent a car in Canada?

Yes  — Renting a car is a necessity in most of Canada! If you want to go on road trips or adventures outside of the major cities, you’ll need to rent a car. ( Read more )

📲  Will my phone work in Canada?

Maybe  — Some American companies work in Canada, but many will not. If your phone doesn’t work in Canada, I recommend getting a Canadian SIM card so you can get around and stay in contact with loved ones. We don’t have a lot of free WIFI in Canada, so you’ll need your phone for maps.

🏩  What’s the best way to book my Canada accommodations?

My go-to for Canadian hotels is Booking.com . For hostels, I use Hostel World . If you want a home-y feeling, check out VRBO (which is cheaper and safer than Airbnb).

Or get free accommodations with Trusted Housesitters!

✈️  What’s the best site to buy Canada flights?

For finding cheap Canadian flights, I recommend  Skyscanner .

🎫  Do I need a visa for Canada?

Likely Not  — US, UK, and EU passport holders don’t need Canadian visas. However, some other countries do ( check here! ). And if you plan to stay for more than 4 weeks (an average tourist visa length), you will need to look into visas to live in Canada.

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The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Toronto

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Are you in search of a package tour for a 7-day adventure departing from Toronto? We've conducted a meticulous analysis of all available week-long tour options leaving from Toronto in Canada, considering factors such as price, comfort, service, guest ratings, cuisine, and activities. Our goal was to identify the absolute best packaged tour options to make it easier for you to plan your next trip. Whether you crave a serene getaway or an exhilarating expedition, these guided tours offer the perfect duration to indulge in the best of both worlds. Prepare yourself for captivating excursions and fantastic cuisine as you embark on a 7-day escape that promises unforgettable memories and a revived sense of wanderlust. To begin planning your next trip, take a look at our top-rated list of tours departing from Toronto.

  • Indulgence in Eastern Canada (Small Groups, 8 Days) 8 Days, $4823.00
  • The Sky's the Limit: Eastern Canada By Design 8 Days, $2970.00
  • Ontario & French Canada 8 Days, $1761.00

What are 7-day (one week) tours from Toronto like?

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  • 9 trip options analyzed
  • $276 average price per day (USD)
  • 7 to 8 days in length
  • 4.41 of 5 average rating
  • 46 people or less on average

Curious about the diverse range of one week tours from Toronto? Prepare to be amazed by the array of options available to suit every traveler's preferences. It comes as no surprise that visitors adore these tours, given their exceptional average guest rating of 4.41 out of 5 stars. When it comes to group sizes, the average maximum capacity stands at 46 people, allowing for a comfortable and sociable experience. The shortest tour is 7 days, while the longest is 8 days. With a comprehensive analysis encompassing 9 one week tours from Toronto, you can rest assured that Canada has something tailored to your interests and preferences, promising an unforgettable experience for all.

(All tour prices are in US Dollars before taxes, and come from a base price that is reported by TourRadar. Peak season prices can vary significantly, particularly in destinations where seasonal travel fluctuates dramatically.)

So, let's get to it and see...

The 9 Best One-Week Tours from Toronto in Canada

Indulgence in eastern canada (small groups, 8 days).

  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.

This exceptional trip offering by Luxury Gold has received a 5 out of 5 rating. On this 8-day voyage, visiting Canada and USA, you can unwind while also making new memories. Uncover the beauty of 6 destinations on this itinerary, with highlights such as Quebec City, Niagara Falls (USA), Kingston, and Ottawa. Toronto will mark the start of your journey, while Montreal will serve as its final destination. With a group size of 40 people, it's suitable for travelers aged 5 or older. With an emphasis on local culture and family-friendly activities, you know you'll have an amazing adventure. This remarkable trip is priced at an unbeatable $603 per day.

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The Sky's the Limit: Eastern Canada By Design

Check out this trip that has received rave reviews, earning a stellar 5 out of 5 rating. Traverse through 5 enchanting destinations, with Kingston, Ottawa, and Mont-Tremblant among the must-see stops along the route. Toronto marks the starting point, while Montreal stands as the final stop on your incredible journey. Spanning across 8 unforgettable days, this voyage offers an intimate group experience with 46 participants, and it's great for travelers aged 5 to 80 years old. Brought to you by the renowned Globus , this exceptional opportunity is priced at an incredible $371 per day - an unbeatable value.

Ontario & French Canada

  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for one week tours from Toronto.

This 8-day journey, visiting Canada and USA, is ideal for travelers aged 5 or older. And priced at only $209 per day, it's a great value, too. Rest assured, this trip is all about local culture and family-friendly activities, guaranteeing an unforgettable adventure. This trip visits 6 destinations, including Kingston, Ottawa, Quebec City, and Niagara Falls (USA) along the way. Beginning in beautiful Toronto, you'll have a terrific journey that ends in Montreal. It's offered by Cosmos , a very popular company with rave reviews and knowledgeable guides.

Essence of Eastern Canada (End Toronto, 8 Days)

Priced at just $206 per day, this terrific 8-day journey, visiting Canada and USA, is ideal for travelers aged 5 to 80 years old. Experience a trip that takes you to 6 remarkable destinations, including Ottawa, Quebec City, Niagara Falls (USA), and Kingston. You'll start and end your journey in beautiful Toronto. Organized by the reputable Costsaver , this is one of the best tours on this list.

Eastern Journey

Check out this incredible voyage that has received a 4 out of 5 rating from previous guests. With a duration of 8 days, this journey ensures an intimate group size of 52 people, and is good for travelers aged 18 or older. Explore 5 incredible locations on this trip, including Niagara Falls, Ottawa, and Quebec City. Toronto kicks off your expedition, serving as both the starting and finishing point. This fantastic option, organized by Omega Tours , presents an unbeatable value at just $192 per day.

Essence of Eastern Canada (End Toronto, 8 Days, Toronto Airport And Post Trip Hotel Transfer)

Spanning over 8 days, this voyage has a maximum size of 52 individuals. Welcoming travelers aged 5 to 80 years old, it is organized by Costsaver , a very popular company with plenty of great reviews. Discover a journey that spans 6 destinations, with notable stops in Niagara Falls, Kingston, Ottawa, and Quebec City. You'll start and end this amazing trip in Toronto. Available at an unbeatable price of only $176 per day, this option also has a rating of 4 out of 5 stars from previous guests.

Essence of Eastern Canada (End Montreal, 8 Days)

Here's your chance to take off on an exceptional voyage, visiting Canada and USA, that has garnered a 4 out of 5 rating. With a duration of 8 days, this jouney will have 52 participants, and it warmly welcomes travelers aged 5 to 80 years old. You'll love the emphasis on local culture and family-friendly activities, too. Expertly organized by Costsaver , this amazing trip is an incredible value at just $176 per day.

Eastern Canada Discovery (Classic, 8 Days)

This memorable journey is offered by Insight Vacations which has received plenty of positive reviews. The trip itself has a guest rating of 5 out of 5 stars, and is priced affordably at $422 per day. With 6 destinations to explore, you'll get the chance to see Ottawa, Montreal, Niagara Falls, and Kingston, and more. Toronto marks the starting point, while Quebec City stands as the final stop on your incredible journey. The maximum group size is 40 people, welcoming travelers aged 5 or older.

Eastern Canada City Stay: Toronto and Montreal

Set off on an extraordinary journey that has been awarded a 5 out of 5 stars by previous guests. With a duration of 7 days, this journey offers an intimate group setting, accommodating 30 individuals, while extending a warm welcome to people of any age. Beginning in beautiful Toronto, you'll have a terrific journey that ends in Montreal. Brought to you by Landsby , this exceptional deal is an incredible steal at a mere $125 per day.

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Also, if you're departing from a specific destination, see The Best 3-Day Tours from Vancouver , The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Calgary , The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Vancouver , The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Whitehorse , The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Halifax , The Best 10-Day Tours from Calgary , The Best 10-Day Tours from Vancouver , The Best 2-Week Tours from Vancouver , The Best 2-Week Tours from Calgary , The Best 2-Week Tours from Whitehorse , The Best 2-Week Tours from Halifax , or The Best 2-Week Tours from Toronto for more package tour options.

How much do 7-day (one week) tours from Toronto cost?

After analyzing 9 one week tours from Toronto in Canada, we found the average price to be a remarkably economical $276 per day. Naturally, this region has many fantastic options for one week tours from Toronto with a variety of prices. The individual costs will vary by the destinations, travel style, available dates, and other factors. If you're interested in more information about tours here, see our guide to tour prices in Canada .

And for more information on Canada, see Canada Travel Costs and Canada Hotel Costs .

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Bon Echo is is home to Mazinaw Lake, Eastern Ontario’s deepest lake with a beautiful 100m rock face with fascinating indigenous pictographs viewable by boat. *listing price includes canoe rental

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Pinery Provincial Park has the largest remaining tract of Oak Savanna and one of the largest freshwater coastal dune ecosystems in Ontario. Enjoy our most relaxed eco-adventure.

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Rock Dunder is a treasure that lies within the UNESCO Thousand Islands Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve. Rising 275 feet above Morton Bay, Rock Dunder provides breathtaking views of the surrounding lakes and woodlands.

Centennial Ridges Hike in Algonquin Park

Are you interested in a truly adventurous and unforgettable hike? This legendary route is the ultimate Algonquin Park trail. Centennial Ridges Trail is a demanding 10.4 km hike that affords spectacular viewing points along two high ridges.

Restoule Provincial Park Adventure

Escape the beaten path and join us on a special journey to one of Northern Ontario’s best-kept secrets: Restoule Provincial Park. Away from the crowded tourist spots, this hidden gem is the perfect escape for those yearning to discover the unexplored and spectacular vistas of Ontario.

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I went to visit Bruce Peninsula, thanks Toronto EcoAdventures. Javier is a great guy and a fantastic guide. I recommend 200% this tour. It was a safe trip, enjoyed every moment. I want to return, my next trip will be Blue Mountain. Thanks for taking care of us all the time and for those amazing photos and videos. You are the best.

We really enjoyed the adventure, it was an amazing experience from the beginning to the end, beautiful colors, relaxing hiking, and canoeing was an moment I’ll never forget. The guide was always kind and helpful.

I highly recommended this tour. I went on bruce peninsula with my wife. We both dont know how to swim so i brought our life vest with me and javier took us to the cave and it was the most unforgettable experienced we ever had. He took awesome pictures and videos ,he's not just an ordinary tour guide but an all in one. I guaranteed you'll have a blast.

The tour was amazing! We went to secret spots-waterfalls with unbelievable views before getting to Niagara. Javier is very kind and really know everything about the area. Highly recommended, plus he’s an excellent driver!

We visited Toronto for the first time and we bought a tour to Blue Mountains with Javier... who make us feel so comfortable and excited to discover Toronto. He’s a great photographer and the coolest guide, we felt like family and ready for adventure in other tours

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Niagara Falls Toronto & 1000 Islands – 3 Days Tour

Niagara Falls Toronto & 1000 Islands – 3 Days

Great Tour, compared with last year tour, which way excellent The tour this year was good

USA & Canada - Niagara Falls, Toronto and a Thousand Islands Tour

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American Triangle – 5 Days Tour

American Triangle – 5 Days

The tour was great and very informative. Our tour guide was awesome and friendly.

Canadian Capitals ( 8 days ) Tour

Canadian Capitals ( 8 days )

Essence of Eastern Canada (End Toronto, 8 Days, Toronto Airport And Post Trip Hotel Transfer) Tour

Essence of Eastern Canada (End Toronto, 8 Days, Toronto Airport And Post Trip Hotel Transfer)

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Essence of Eastern Canada (End Montreal, 8 Days)

The tour was quite interesting, the travel director was really great, professional, well-prepared.

Eastern Canada Adventure (Summer, 9 Days) Tour

Eastern Canada Adventure (Summer, 9 Days)

The add on's that Contiki offered were amazing adventures. The price of the tour was also great and completely worth it.
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Best of Eastern Canada (End Toronto, 9 Days, Toronto Airport Departure Transfer) Tour

Best of Eastern Canada (End Toronto, 9 Days, Toronto Airport Departure Transfer)

Very nice tour. Would have liked more time in a place or two but, overall, good.

Ontario & French Canada (6 destinations) Tour

Ontario & French Canada (6 destinations)

So nice to have arrangements made for you. Interesting and pleasurable sights, sites, and experiences.

The Sky\'s the Limit: Eastern Canada By Design Tour

The Sky's the Limit: Eastern Canada By Design

Best of Eastern Canada (End Montreal, 9 Days) Tour

Best of Eastern Canada (End Montreal, 9 Days)

Optional excursions were reasonably priced. Suggest you put together other places in each city as a walking guide.

Eastern Canada Discovery (Classic, 8 Days) Tour

Eastern Canada Discovery (Classic, 8 Days)

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The tour itself was fantastic, and the hotels were fabulous. Highly recommend.

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Great itinerary, hotels were generally basic, comfortable with good breakfasts.

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The tour was great and very informative. Our tour guide was awesome and friendly and making sure everyone is ok.
I LOVED this tour. This was my first time as a solo traveller. The tour guide and the driver were both excellent. The experiences were incredible. Trying to arrange the amount of cities, and experiences solo, with hotels, travel etc is not possible for anywhere near the amount paid. Value for money is excellent. Hotels overall were good. There were some that were a little out of the cities, however the tour guide and driver did their best to accommodate by driving everyone back into the city if they wanted to go. Most of the experiences were really good. The Montmorency Falls as an extra trip with meal was a little pricey. There was not enough time at the Falls and the best view would be down the bottom. This could have been a free trip, without the meal, I would suggest this is looked at. Also in Montreal the tour guide who took us round, was not very engaging and it was difficult to hear her. Everything else was spot on. Well organised, excellent value for money, lovely people, beautiful country, wide range of experiences. LOVED IT. Will definitely be doing another tour.

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If you want to explore outside of Toronto – and/or you’re short one time – a day trip around southwestern Ontario is a great idea. This area of the province is packed with day trip ideas that have something to offer you in every season (except beaches in winter, obviously).

Eric would know – he grew up north of Toronto (near Barrie) and spent lots of time driving around Ontario for work once upon a time. Recently, and with Lisa, we’ve played tourist quite a bit. Now that we call the “Greater Golden Horseshoe” home once again, it’s an area we know quite well!

While it’s true that many Toronto day trips are best done with a car , Ontario transit is improving so we’ll tell you about all the ways to get somewhere whether that be by car, bus, train, or tour!

From classic small towns like Elora or Niagara-on-the-Lake to attractions like Niagara Falls and plenty of beaches, here is our list of great day trips from Toronto in both summer and winter!

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Niagara Falls

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Did you know one of the top natural attractions in the world is a day trip from Toronto? Honestly, you probably did – but it’s good to mention it again anyway!

Niagara Falls is one of the best places to visit in Ontario and a popular sightseeing attraction in all of Canada – and for good reason!

Just so we are clear: Niagara Falls, Ontario is a city in Canada while Niagara Falls, New York is the city in the United States just across the river from it – and “Niagara Falls” is also the name of the three waterfalls that people come to see. This includes:

  • Horseshoe Falls also known as the “Canadian Falls” is the biggest one people think of first
  • American Falls is the name of a smaller waterfall on the American side (also beautiful)
  • Bridal Veil Falls is the smallest one right beside the American Falls!

In any case, a visit to the Niagara Falls region is a great idea. There are lots of great attractions that have to do with the Falls themselves like: the famous Hornblower Boat Cruise , Journey Behind the Falls , Skylon Observation Tower , and much more.

There are even fireworks each evening in the summer, and the Falls are lit up every night all year round for you to enjoy. In winter, the Festival of Lights means Friday and Saturday Fireworks from November to early January!

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The downtown core of the city – located around Clifton Hill – is loaded with restaurants, casinos, museums, games, and attractions for the whole family like the Niagara Skywheel, Dinosaur Adventure Golf, and many, many more.

North of the main falls area along the Niagara River, there are other natural attractions like the Niagara Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours , the White Water Walk , the Whirlpool Aero Car , The Botanical Gardens + Butterfly Conservatory , and more.

In short, you’d have plenty to do and see in Niagara Falls to fill up a day trip. Because Niagara Falls is so popular (especially in the summertime), it would be a good idea to book tickets for top activities ahead of time to make it easier for yourself.

You can start your visit at the Welcome Centre – it’s right at the edge of Horseshoe Falls.

We’ve also written extensive guides on visiting Niagara Falls:

  • Things to Do and See in Niagara Falls, Canada
  • How to Get to Niagara Falls from Toronto – More Detailed
  • Where to Stay in Niagara Falls (just in case you decide to stay over)!

Toronto to Niagara Falls By Car

Niagara Falls isn’t that far from Toronto – it’s just around the end of Lake Ontario to the southeast. That said, the driving distance is around 130 kilometres and might take as little as 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The most direct/popular route is to hop on the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW)/403 towards Hamilton but you could also take a more scenic route on Highway 81 through areas like Beamsville.

Once you get closer to the Falls on the QEW, follow signs and exit onto ON-420/ Niagara Veterans Memorial Highway East. You can then find parking near the Falls for a high price (but convenient) or find a cheaper lot (but have to walk a bit).

HOWEVER, if you are driving you have to account for traffic in and out of Toronto and through Hamilton. During morning and afternoon commuter times, you might expect to add on 30 minutes to an extra 2 hours of driving time.

Toronto to Niagara Falls By Train

If you want to take the train, you have two options which can be limited depending on the time of year: the GO Train and the ViaRail. Both trains leave from Toronto Union Station in downtown Toronto.

Address of Union Station: 65 Front St W, Toronto, ON

As of early 2024, the GO Train from Toronto to Niagara Falls Station now makes daily trips (not just weekend or seasonal). This new Toronto to Niagara Falls GO train schedule makes the GO train much more doable and convenient as a viable option for a day trip.

The ViaRail train also leaves from Toronto Union Station but only runs once per day in the morning taking about 2 hours to get to Niagara Falls. There is also one return ViaRail train each day. You can  check the ViaRail website  for schedules and details.

Address for Go/ViaRail Station: 4267 Bridge Street, Niagara Falls, ON

Both trains arrive at the same station in Niagara Falls located north of the main Falls area. You can hop on the WEGO bus (now operates year-round), call a cab, or just walk – it’s a nice walk along the river (about 25 minutes) to the Falls!

Toronto to Niagara Falls By Bus

For buses direct to Niagara Falls from Toronto, you have two options: Megabus or FlixBus.

The Megabus and the FlixBus now leave from the new Union Station Bus Terminal located right downtown beside Union Station (the central train station). It’s at the corner of Bay St & Lakeshore Blvd. on the 2nd floor.

Address of Union Bus Terminal Downtown: 81 Bay St, Toronto, ON

Megabus and Flixbus have numerous daily departures for trips that take about 2 hours and good fares (approximately 20 CAD one way). You can check here on the  Megabus website and here for the FlixBus website for their schedules to Niagara Falls.

Once you arrive in Niagara Falls, buses get into the bus station in Niagara Falls which is right across from the train station.

Address of Niagara Falls Bus Terminal: 4555 Erie Ave, Niagara Falls, ON

Toronto to Niagara Falls Tour

Another way to get to Niagara Falls that is easy and takes the stress out of the logistics and traffic is by hopping on a shuttle or tour.

Tours are also a good cost-effective way to see the Falls without having added expenses like daily parking. Luckily for you, Niagara Falls is very popular so there are many that you can choose from!

Before you book a tour, definitely look into the itinerary – some tours are just for Niagara Falls while others give you free time/wine tastings in Niagara on the Lake (mentioned below).

In any case, tours are a good way to sit back and relax while a guide takes you to the best experiences and sights!

  • This Niagara Day tour from Toronto is popular and includes different activities at Niagara Falls
  • This popular day tour from Toronto to Niagara Falls includes a stop in Niagara-on-the-Lake (another great spot for a day trip – read the next section!).

Niagara-on-the-Lake

Address for Downtown NOTL: 6 Picton St, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, Canada

cars parked along street with colourful buildings and red brick clock tower in road.

If you want to explore Ontario’s premier wine region, you have to check out Niagara on the Lake.

Yes, you COULD visit Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) when you visit Niagara Falls – but you could just as easily make either of them their own day trip since there is enough to explore.

Niagara-on-the-Lake is both a region and also a lovely little town in the region. Think of it as the capital of the area. This historic town is full of charm – shops, restaurants, historic sites, waterfront parks, and more.

red umbrellas and building through green vines at winery.

That said, the region is well-known in Canada for its wine. NOTL is a fertile area with a unique climate that is shaped by the Niagara Escarpment. As such, there are well over 90 wineries in the Niagara Region – many of which are in Niagara on the Lake.

Niagara-on-the-Lake is also one of the few places in the world that can produce Ice Wine – a sweet wine that is harvested from frozen grapes!

In any case, we would recommend a day in NOTL – the region has loads to check out on its own and it’s beautiful.

We did a wine tour of the region from Niagara Falls but you can sign up for a tour once you get to town. You can also do a self-guided tour which is easy when you have a winery map!

We wrote an article about some of our favourite wineries in Niagara on the Lake if you are interested in scouting out a few before you go!

  • Our Detailed Guide on Things to Do in Niagara on the Lake
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine Tours – Our Awesome Day Tasting!
  • Our Niagara on the Lake Accommodation Guide – Just in case!

Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake By Car

The best (and only) way to get to Niagara-on-the-Lake (the town) -and to get around the whole region once there – is with a car.

Niagara-on-the-Lake is located about 20/25 minutes north of Niagara Falls so you drive there the same way – on the QEW/403 highway towards Hamilton.

Once you get close, you can get off in St. Catharines or in Glendale and follow signs into the region (usually via Highway 55 which runs through the whole region) directly to the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The drive will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes in total. You’ll find paid parking downtown NOTL – and free (sneaky) parking near the Fort if you don’t mind a bit of a walk!

Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake By Train

There is no direct train from Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake (the town). You can get to “Niagara College” which is a campus IN Niagara-on-the-Lake if you train to St. Catharines but NOT close to the main old town.

Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake By Bus

You also can’t get to the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake by bus right from Toronto. You’d have to take a Megabus to St. Catharines and then take regional buses into the region (not super easy for a day trip).

The other option is to get to the Niagara Falls bus station (mentioned above in Niagara Falls) and then take the WEGO NOTL route (only in the summer) or take a taxi (about 25 minutes) from the bus station to NOTL.

Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake Tour

Since a car is the only way to get there for a single-day trip, you could also look into a tour to get there and back without hassle.

A tour is also nice because then you have a designated driver!

  • A classic Day Trip from Toronto to Niagara on the Lake (includes stops in Niagara Falls)
  • Another Day Tour from Toronto to Niagara Falls which includes a stop in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Toronto Islands

Address for Jack Layton Ferry Terminal: 9 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2H3, Canada

toronto buildings skyline with lake and benches in foreground.

If you want to get out of the city for a day – but don’t want to go too far at all, you can head across the lake to Toronto Islands!

“The Island” is made up of 15 large and small islands that are connected by bridges or walkways. It’s the largest car-free neighbourhood in any city in North America! The Islands are a popular escape in most seasons – you can even visit in the winter.

There are many attractions (like Centreville Amusement Park ), beaches (there’s even one clothing option), smaller parks, and green spaces for picnics, biking paths, the opportunity for boat rentals, and more! There are also a handful of cafes, bars, and restaurants around the island.

We visited the Islands this past summer and loved it. We took the ferry from downtown (more on that right below).

Once there, we went to the beach, walked almost the whole length, got a bite to eat, and came home after a long day just enjoying the slower pace compared to being in the big city!

Believe it or not – people do live on the island. Since there are no cars, a bike is a very popular way to get around. You’ll find bike rentals everywhere.

Our Tip: Check out this Island Bike Tour With a Local to make the most of your time on the island!

Toronto to Toronto Islands By Car

It’s a car-free set of islands. You can’t drive there nor can you drive on the Islands, silly.

Toronto to Toronto Islands By Ferry/Water Taxi

To get to the Island, you have to go by boat but you have two options: The official ferry or a private water taxi. We bought a ticket for the ferry.

Three ferry routes leave from the same spot (Jack Layton Ferry Terminal) in downtown Toronto – but the ferries run to three separate locations on the Island: Centre Island, Hanlan’s Island, and Ward’s Island.

The ferry only takes like 13 minutes to cross but loading and unloading can take a few extra (especially in summer).

The nice thing is that when you buy a ticket, it includes the price for a return ticket. So you show a ticket to get on the ferry but to come home from the Island you just get on any ferry you like.

For example, we took the first ferry to Centre Island and came home from Ward’s Island Ferry Dock. No problem. You can buy a Ferry Ticket online (which we recommend because the lineup to buy in-person was massive in the summer).

The other option to get to the island is to hop on a private water taxi. Because they are smaller to load and faster to cross, they are a bit more expensive than the regular ferry ticket – but generally worth it if you don’t like long lines.

There are a few companies if you want to shop around at the pier – or you can check out Toronto Harbour Tours for this.

Location for Mill Street W Intersection

old stone mill by riverside reflecting off still water with black iron fence in foreground.

If it’s a small-town vibe you’re after, then heading for Elora, Ontario is the day trip for you. Located to the northwest of Toronto (kind of between Guelph, Arthur, and Kitchener), this picturesque spot is consistently considered one of Ontario’s prettiest small towns.

We visited on an extended weekend in the fall (October) and the colours were amazing. Of course, there is so much to see and do in any season – we wrote a massive guide on visiting Elora !

Elora is known for a few things: the mighty Grand River running through it and creating an impressive gorge, the historic old architecture, local shops and restaurants, and loads of walking trails in the area.

Right on the water, the impressive Elora Mill Hotel and Spa sits in an old mill building – we stayed there and it was beautiful. Nearby, Victoria Park offers views of the Elora Gorge, the waterfall, and the iconic “Tooth of Time” rock formation in the river.

As for the town, we loved our dinner and drink stop at Elora Brewing Company and took to the walking trails along the river and beyond (we did a big loop towards Fergus and back).

In the summer, you can go river tubing at Elora Gorge Conservation Area (very popular) and swim at the Elora Quarry (very busy).

Read More: Check Out Great Inns in Ontario !

Toronto to Elora By Car

Driving from Toronto to Elora takes about 2 hours (plus or minus 15 with or without traffic) depending on where you leave from.

The best way is the 401 Westbound towards Guelph, then take the exit for Highway 6 (towards/through Guelph).

If you stay on Highway 6 after Guelph, you’ll end up in the nearby town of Fergus, so you’ll need to adjust your course slightly. Fergus is only 5-10 minutes up the river driving from Elora. The signs are pretty clear once you’re in the region.

Toronto to Elora by Transit/Shuttle

The only option to not drive to Elora is to take the ParkBus – a private company that runs day trip shuttles from Toronto to parks, conservation areas, and hiking trails around Ontario.

They run trips to both Elora Gorge Conservation and the Elora Quarry (both in the warmer months) which you can check out on the ParkBus destinations page .

Hamilton Area Waterfalls

Address for Albion Falls: 885 Mountain Brow Blvd, Hamilton, ON, Canada

cascading waterfall through green trees in hamilton ontario.

It’s been said that Hamilton, Ontario is the waterfall capital of the world – and we would believe it!

The region just west of Toronto on Lake Ontario is home to well over 100 naturally occurring waterfalls. The number of waterfalls is thanks to the Niagara Escarpment that runs through southwestern Ontario (and beyond).

You can visit Hamilton – the city – but we’d suggest checking out the conservation areas, parks, trails, and waterfalls in the region all around the Hamilton area as well.

We spent a day physically driving around the area chasing waterfalls and going for hikes in conservation areas – and it was awesome!

Read More: Our Guide to Exploring Hamilton Waterfalls

If you don’t want to read our whole post on waterfalls – linked right above – here are the quick notes to get you started. We explored a few popular waterfalls and a few smaller ones to get a variety.

This included Albion Falls, Buttermilk Falls, Devil’s Punchbowl out in Stoney Creek, and the classic Tiffany Falls.

We didn’t get to explore the amazing view from Dundas Peak with Webster Falls nearby. You can also explore Eramosa Karst Conservation Area (with caves) close to Albion.

If you need a great view and hike, Albion Falls is a great option with parking to go on a short hike (about 15 minutes) to Buttermilk Falls. It’s easy terrain – just watch the path in places because it’s a steep drop!

We also really liked Felker’s Falls in Felker’s Falls Conservation Area. You park in a small residential neighbourhood and walk into the small park to get a set of falls all to yourself.

The trails were nice, too – very dense bush even though the car was just a few hundred metres away!

Toronto to Hamilton Waterfalls By Car

Since this day trip is to “explore the waterfalls around Hamilton” it is a must that you have a car.

We spent a whole day driving around the countryside from fall to fall and had a great time – and we only saw a fraction of the waterfalls/conservation areas.

That said, you can get to Hamilton the same way you go to Niagara Falls – on the QEW/403 towards Hamilton. The drive from Toronto to downtown takes about an hour to 1 hour 30 minutes (or a little more) with traffic.

Once you arrive, you might want to know which waterfalls you want to head for and have a bit of a plan.

For example, Dundas, Downtown Hamilton, and Stoney Creek are three very different areas so you shouldn’t just “go for it” or else you’ll waste time crisscrossing your path! The good news: most of the park areas have parking lots (some free, some paid).

Toronto to Hamilton By Train/Bus

You certainly can get to Hamilton by GO Bus from Toronto Union Station Bus Terminal. The ride takes about 50 minutes to get to downtown Hamilton. You can find more information on prices and routes with GO Transit here .

That said, once you get to Hamilton – for a day trip – it would be hard to then get to enough waterfalls using other public transit to make the trip possible. This is a day trip that just requires a car to complete in a worthwhile way.

Address for Cheltenham Badlands: 1739 Olde Base Line Road, Caledon, ON L7C  0K6

fountain spraying water with green trees behind.

Caledon is one of those things on this list that you’ll have to read more into because we cover a lot when we say “visit Caledon”.

Caledon is a rural town that is located northwest of Toronto – and it is divided into several small little villages and areas.

There’s a tiny “downtown” in Caledon Village which you can check out, but the reason to head for the area is for the hikes and the nature.

Caledon is home to some top conservation areas (in the Credit Valley) with waterfalls, walking trails, fishing, and geological attractions unlike anywhere in Ontario. There are MANY but we will focus on three:

One of the most popular parks to check out is Belfountain Conservation Area . It’s popular for day-trippers because there’s a lovely bridge that overlooks a dam/waterfall.

We went for a hike there and it was beautiful. There is even a picnic place for families. If you head for Belfountain, be sure to stop for a coffee and treat at Higher Ground Café !

Another very popular feature of the Caledon area is Forks of the Credit Provincial Park . This small Provincial Park is day-use only and packed with hiking trails, bridges, and a waterfall.

The Bruce Trail and Trans Canada Trail – as well as the Park’s trails- all run through this varied, rolling landscape. We had a great visit and even made our Forks of the Credit guide with a sample hiking itinerary (with detailed photos)!

red rock formations with green trees behind.

The last feature of the area that you can check out is the Cheltenham Badlands . As the name suggests, this rock formation resembles the red, rocky Badlands of Utah or Alberta.

The eroding earth is very cool to see up close (but you can’t walk on it, which is good because that protects it from human activity).

They redid the visitor area so that you can now read all about the history, hit the hiking trails, and have a place to park that you must pay for and off the main road. Our advice is to go early since the lot is small!

Toronto to Caledon By Car

Spoiler: This Caledon “explorer’s day trip” is best/only done with a car. Caledon isn’t too far from Toronto – but where you are starting will greatly dictate your route. Generally speaking, Caledon is to the northwest of Toronto past Brampton.

Once you get out of Toronto in the west end, you can take any of Highway 10, Dixie Road, or Airport Road northwest into the area. The driving distance is about 60 km and will take 45 minutes or longer (like an hour) with traffic.

Toronto to Caledon By Bus

Honestly, it would be hard to maximize your time in the area if you travelled by bus to Caledon. That said, you could get to Brampton GO Station via bus or train from Union and then take bus 37 towards Orangeville and get off in Caledon Village.

You’d have a hard time from there, though. Maybe pay for a taxi to take you around?

Collingwood + Blue Mountain

Address for Blue Mountain Resort: 190 Gord Canning Dr, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 1C2, Canada

large old red brick town hall building with clock and flag on top in downtown collingwood ontario.

Summer or winter, it doesn’t matter – it’s always a good idea to head up to Collingwood and the Blue Mountains on a day trip!

The town of Collingwood – located on the shores of southern Georgian Bay – is small with a nice walkable downtown area full of shops and places to eat. The nearby Millennium Overlook Park or the Collingwood Museum are other places to visit!

We loved Duncan’s Cafe for brunch/lunch – but there are many more places to try!

You have to drive through Collingwood to get to the actual “Blue Mountains” which are a raised geological area. There, you’ll find Blue Mountain Resort – arguably the best summer/winter resort in the province.

From top slopes in the winter to dozens of activities in the summer, it’s a popular spot to check out. We went for a visit to The Village last summer (Lisa’s first time) and it was an absolute hub of activity.

Another place you can check out if you’re heading to this area of the province is the Scandinave Spa at Blue Mountain . This VERY popular spa experience is the perfect way to unwind (especially in the winter) with outdoor baths, waterfalls, massages, fire pits, and more.

Toronto to Collingwood By Car

By far the easiest way to get to Collingwood is by car. Collingwood is located to the north of Toronto on the south shore of Georgian Bay (getting into Ontario cottage country) about 2 hours and 20 minutes driving (about 160 km driving distance).

The best route is very similar to how you drive to Caledon – through Brampton, Orangeville (Highway 10), and then just follow County Road 124 the rest of the way.

The other route is up Highway 400 (past Barrie) but then heads west on Horseshoe Valley Road until it becomes Highway 26.

Highway 26 will take you right through Stayner, downtown Collingwood, and Blue Mountain. This route also takes longer because traffic is usually awful on the 400.

Once you arrive in Collingwood, there’s plenty of street parking. If you are heading for Blue Mountain, you will find that they have large parking lots, too.

Toronto to Collingwood By Bus/Shuttle

You can get to Collingwood in the winter season by private tour/shuttle services that run from Toronto to Collingwood. Check out AU Coach Tours with downtown Toronto pick-ups to Blue Mountain.

Wasaga Beach

Address for Nancy Island: 119 Mosley St, Wasaga Beach, ON L9Z 2X1, Canada

Speaking of southern Georgian Bay, how about a day at the beach? How about a day at the longest freshwater beach in the world?! Well, that’s Wasaga Beach for you.

Located in the town of Wasaga Beach north of the city (just east of Collingwood), the stretch of shoreline offers visitors 14 kilometres of sandy beach and summer and winter fun.

Officially Wasaga Beach Provincial Park , the beach is Blue Flag certified (that means it’s really good/safe for world standards) and also includes walking and cross-country ski trails in the winter!

Along the waterfront (in the summer), there are a TON (seriously, very many) restaurants, bars, stores, and shops – you name it, it’s there! The area also has a bit of natural and war history to check out at Nancy Island Historic Site.

Toronto to Wasaga Beach By Car

Once again, for a day trip, the best/only option to get to Wasaga Beach is by car. The town and beach are located about a 2-hour drive north of Toronto with a driving distance of about 150 kilometres.

The route is the same way you would head to Collingwood but instead head slightly east instead of west when you reach Georgian Bay.

You can also go up Highway 400, get off in Barrie, and snake along smaller highways and county roads to get there.

Once you get there, you’ll find ample parking. Some lots and spots are 5 dollars close to the beach. You can also park inside the official park – but it’s 3 or 4 times that price.

Prince Edward County

Address for Beacon Bike and Brew: 188 Picton Main St, Picton, ON K0K 2T0, Canada

concrete sidewalk entrance to winery with trees in prince edward county.

This is probably one of the farthest day trips we have on the list, but a day trip to Prince Edward County is worth it!

This “island-like” region (it’s technically a peninsula) extends into Lake Ontario. It’s a great region with unique geography from sandy dunes to fertile land for wine grapes!

As such, PEC – also often called “The County” – is known as another of Ontario’s wine regions! We really like PEC and we’ve spent quite a bit of time exploring the whole region.

That said, there are lots of things to see and do in Prince Edward County . The main towns – Picton and Wellington – offer you shops, cafes (like Beacon Bike and Brew ), restaurants, and more.

You can head for the beach or hike the massive dunes when exploring Sandbanks Provincial Park . It’s a great place in Ontario if you want to try day camping !

Read More: Our Guide to Discovering Sandbanks Provincial Park (+Dunes Trail)

However, the region is best known for its wineries. There are close to 40 wineries – bigger operations and smaller family-run ones. Check out Huff Estates or Sandbanks Estate Winery – famous for their Baco Noir.

We have a post on the best wineries in Prince Edward County (it’s a work in progress as we visit more)!

chips and salsa on plate with pint of beer on wooden table.

There are also lots of breweries like Parson’s Brewing Company and Lake on the Mountain Brewing Co . (another of our favourites).

You also can’t forget about The County Cider Company ! We really can’t do the area justice – you have to go and see for yourself. Just remember if you have alcoholic beverages, you shouldn’t be driving (and have a designated driver).

Toronto to Prince Edward County By Car

The best (and only) way to get to and get around the County is by car. There’s just no way around it. The drive from Toronto is pretty easy – just take Highway 401 east, get off in Belleville (or exit #522), and head south into the County.

To head right to Picton, the drive will be about 2 hours and 30 minutes (210 km driving distance) but once you’re there you have the whole region to explore!

Parking will vary but all wineries and breweries have parking plus there’s ample street parking in Picton, Wellington, etc.

Alternatively, if you have a group of people you could look into renting a limo or hiring a taxi for a whole day. If you split the cost, it would make for a more manageable trip – plus then you have a designated driver secured all day!

Toronto to Prince Edward County By Train

You can’t travel to Prince Edward County by train. The best you could do is to get to Belleville on the ViaRail.

Then you’d have to rent a car or get a taxi to get into the County – even then you’d need a direction like Picton or a specific winery.

Barrie + Oro-Medonte

Address for Flying Monkeys Brewery: 107 Dunlop St E, Barrie, ON L4M 1A6, Canada

city buildings with waterfront pathways and blue lake in front.

If you want to spend a day at the beach/another lovely little waterfront, then you should head for Barrie! Barrie is a relatively large city located north of Toronto up on the shores of Lake Simcoe at Kempenfelt Bay.

As a day trip, you wouldn’t need to visit most of the city (it sprawls out quite a bit). You would be perfectly fine heading for the small downtown area by the waterfront (Dunlop Street East).

Here, you’ll find a few shops, restaurants, pubs ( Donaleigh’s Irish Public House ), and even a great brewery – Flying Monkeys – with a nice patio.

At the waterfront, there are numerous parks with walking trails that run for kilometres. Heritage Park is close to downtown and if you walk south, you can find the main one – Centennial Park and Centennial Beach.

If you want to get out on the water, you can rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard from the small stands along the shoreline. You can even check out the Spirit Catcher sculpture – and there are stalls for ice cream, too!

If you are heading up to Barrie, you might also be interested in heading a bit further north. Just a bit farther up the highway, you’ll find the township of Oro-Medonte and more for a variety of the areas ski hills/recreation areas!

Specifically, check out Hardwood Hills Ski and Bike – mountain biking, hiking, and disc golf in summer and cross-country skiing in winter.

You might also try Snow Valley Resort , Horseshoe Resort , or Mount St. Louis Moonstone for winter skiing/tubing and some summer activities (Horseshoe is open in summer).

  • How to Get to Barrie From Toronto – In Detail
  • 25 Things to Do and See in Barrie !

Toronto to Barrie By Car

Barrie is located basically due north of Toronto. As such, the easiest way to get from Toronto to Barrie is by car.

The driving distance is about 100 km and it’ll take about one hour and 30 minutes (depending on traffic) on Highway 400 (the major highway you take all the way there).

As you get close to Barrie, get off at Bayfield Street to head for downtown and the waterfront. There is lots of paid parking once you get downtown or to the waterfront.

If you want to head for any of the ski hills north of the city mentioned above, you need a car. Many are accessible past Barrie on Highway 400 or Highway 11 northbound.

Toronto to Barrie By Train

Depending on the time of day, you could take the GO Train to Barrie but they usually only run at night in this direction (to bring commuters home).

So, to go to Barrie in the morning, you’ll need to take the GO Bus OR a combo of train and bus (see more below). The overall trip would take about one hour and 30 minutes. Here’s the  GO Route Planner for this Toronto-Barrie route .

If you do take the train, you will head for Allandale Waterfront GO Station which is right by the waterfront and a short walk to downtown.

Just so you know: Barrie city transit is included in your GO fare if you get off the train and travel within 30 minutes of getting into Barrie. You can learn more  on the city of Barrie website here .

Address for Allandale GO Station: 24 Essa Road, Barrie, Ontario

Toronto to Barrie By Bus

There are more options for taking the bus to Barrie. As we mentioned above, you can take the GO Bus or Ontario Northland.

To be honest, the Northland is a direct trip whereas you may have to change via the GO Bus so you pick your battle here. You can check for fares and times on Ontario Northland .

Both the GO Bus and the Ontario Northland now leave from the new Union Station Bus Terminal in Toronto at 81 Bay Street. It’s at the corner of Bay St & Lakeshore Blvd.

Whichever you take, all buses end at the same station near the Barrie Waterfront downtown.

Address Barrie Bus Terminal: 24 Maple Avenue Barrie ON L4N 7W4

Gravenhurst + The Muskokas

Address for Sawdust City Brewing: 397 Muskoka Rd N, Gravenhurst, ON P1P 1G3, Canada

blue lake with docks and ferry boat docked with blue sky above.

If you want your chance at getting a taste of the famous “cottage country” region in Ontario known as the Muskokas, then head to Gravenhurst! This small town just off Highway 11 has plenty of natural beauty to check out for a day.

Nestled up in the bottom of Lake Muskoka, Gravenhurst has a nice little downtown, some historic sites, and a great Wharf area with a boardwalk to check out.

Of course, you can go much higher up into Ontario – but these wouldn’t be day trips. You might be able to check out nearby Bracebridge, but that’s about as far as you’d wanna go in a single day. There are great Muskoka accommodations (like resorts) nearby you could visit for a day.

Once you’re in town, there are lots of great things to do in Gravenhurst . A classic thing to do is to take a cruise on the vintage Muskoka steamships and check out the Discovery Centre to learn about the area.

You might want to visit Gull Lake Rotary Park or Lookout Park overlooking the water. Just be sure to book in advance if you want to cruise because they can sell out in the summer WELL in advance!

Oh, and if you’re passing through downtown Gravenhurst don’t forget to check out Sawdust City Brewing . This brewery does amazing craft beer and has a great venue for tastings and events – we even wrote about our visit to Sawdust City !

Toronto to Gravenhurst By Car

Unsurprisingly, the best way to get to Gravenhurst and explore it is by car. Gravenhurst is located north of Toronto (past Barrie) up Highway 11.

It’s about 2 hours of driving (170 kilometres driving distance) so if you leave in the morning you can get in a whole day of hiking, eating, and enjoying!

Once you get to Gravenhurst, there’s free parking down at the waterfront Wharf area and street parking along the main street through “downtown”. We had no problem finding parking!

Toronto to Gravenhurst By Bus

The Ontario Northland bus does go from Toronto to Gravenhurst around 3 times a day – but the trip takes 2 hours and 50 minutes.

We’d say it’s a great idea but for a day trip you might want that extra hour back so perhaps driving is best. That said, you can see the prices and schedule for Ontario Northland here .

Address for The Bookshelf: 41 Quebec St, Guelph, ON N1H 2T1, Canada

small city buildings and main street through green trees.

If you are feeling the green vibes and want another option for the country, then you should head to Guelph! This growing farm town is very agriculturally-conscious, and there’s lots to see and do!

We like Guelph quite a bit. It’s got a nice downtown core with restaurants, bars, and plenty of shops.

As for things to do and see, there’s a famous Farmer’s Market on Saturday, a massive Basilica on the hill, a civic museum, The Bookshelf , and more. You can even skate at City Hall in winter!

If you want to connect with nature, you can rent a canoe/kayak on the rivers (and eat ice cream at “ The Boathouse Tearoom “), walk the numerous walking trails through the parks, check out the Arboretum, or head north of the city to Guelph Lake Conservation Area with a beach!

Oh, and Guelph is known for its breweries – so be sure to visit Brothers Brewing right downtown or Royal City Brewing for a taste of some great craft beer!

If you need more Guelph knowledge, we’ve got a bunch of great posts about travelling to and exploring Guelph, Ontario:

  • How to Get to Guelph from Toronto – All Ways in Detail
  • 21 Things to Do and See in Guelph
  • Awesome Pubs and Bars in Guelph

Toronto to Guelph By Car

As with most places on this list, it’s easiest/best to get to Guelph by car for a day trip. Guelph is located west (and a bit south) of Toronto. Just take Highway 401 for about 1 hour and 20 minutes (traffic depending).

It’s about 90 kilometres driving distance so not too far – and it’s an easy one. You then take Highway 46 (which is exit #299). This turns into Gordon Street and you’ll drive right downtown Guelph.

Once downtown, there are lots of places to park whether you’re looking for street parking or parking lots. Parking in the Baker Street lot means you can go eat at Baker Street Station Pub which is a quick walk from downtown.

Toronto to Guelph By Train

You actually can get to Guelph by train with ViaRail but it does not work for a day trip there and back.

There are now several train-only (direct, no transfers) trips from Toronto to Guelph one in the morning, then around lunch, then a bunch in the late afternoon (to serve the commuters heading home to Guelph from Toronto).

These train trips take about 1 hour 30 minutes – so a day trip on the GO Train is possible. It’s also cheaper with a Presto Card, FYI.

Also, since weekday and weekend schedules vary slightly, it’s important to check the GO Transit Schedule ahead of time to know how and when you are travelling.

Toronto to Guelph By Bus

As for the bus, you could theoretically take the GO Bus the whole way if you left early in the morning.

Otherwise, you’d have to take the GO train/bus combo later in the morning (you can check the GO Transit Schedule ) to make it worth your time for a day trip.

Grand River + Cambridge

Address for Downtown Cambridge: 25 Queens Square, Cambridge, ON, Canada

stone church with spire along blue river with bridge beside.

If you want more of a hidden gem day trip from Toronto, you might consider heading to Cambridge, Ontario!

Once known as Galt, this smaller city close to Kitchener is located right on the Grand River – an important feature in Ontario’s landscape and history. The city is made up of smaller towns like Preston, Hespeler, and Galt/West Galt – each with its unique charm.

There are lots of things to do in the Cambridge area such as shop/cafe/pub hop, check out the McDougall Cottage Historic Site, or just simply wander the Grand.

The historic buildings (Central Presbyterian Church, seen above) make for lovely photographs. There are many pathways along parts of the river that cut through tranquil parks and green spaces.

Outside the city centre (this is where a car comes in), there are things like the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, Shade’s Mills Conservation Area, and Chicopee Resort for winter tubing and summer fun, too!

Eric has played disc golf at Chicopee in the summer and it was an absolute blast!

One of the top activities along the Grand River is river tubing in the summer. There are a few places you can do it but Cambridge is certainly a popular location. Tubing the Grand launches north of the city centre just upriver!

Toronto to Cambridge By Car

No surprise, but it’s best to head to Cambridge in a car. The city is located to the west and a little south of Toronto (south of Guelph). Just take Highway 401 westbound out of the city.

You can then take exit #286 or #282 and head south into Cambridge. 282 takes you RIGHT into downtown along the river.

The total driving distance is about 100 km and 1 hour (of course, traffic-depending). Once you get there, there’s street parking and a handful of lots to park in.

Toronto to Cambridge By Bus

Since Greyhound shut down its routes in Canada in 2021, there is, unfortunately, no bus option between these two cities.

Kawartha Lakes

Maps Location for Lindsay

sunrise on blue lake with tree and rocks poking out of water.

One more day trip to the other famous Ontario Cottage region doesn’t hurt, right? Then you may want to check out Kawartha Lakes!

Kawartha Lakes is an actual place, the Kawartha Lakes are a grouping of lakes, and the “Kawarthas” is the name that has come to represent this area of unique rocky landscape and lakes!

The region is known to include towns like Bobcaygeon (also the name of a famous song by the Tragically Hip – a Canadian band), Lindsay, and Buckhorn, and features popular lakes like Stoney and Sturgeon.

There are a few parks in the area – such as Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park and Petroglyphs Provincial Park but they are farther to the east.

Heading more south (close to Campbellford) you’ll find the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge on the Trent-Severn Waterway. This is a great stop if you want another short walk and amazing photos!

Oh, and don’t forget to eat some Kawartha Dairy ice cream. You can find it all over Ontario but it bears the name of the famous region being founded in Bobcaygeon!

Toronto to Kawartha Lakes By Car

Given the large nature of the area, this day trip is best done by car. Luckily, there are a few ways to get to the area – and it depends on where you are heading in the region.

To drive to Bobcaygeon, for example, you’ll head to the northeast of Toronto for about 2 hours (traffic depending) on Highway 401 to Highway 115 then to Highway 35.

The distance is about 160 kilometres so it’s not too long but it’ll certainly be a bit of a trek. You will want to start in the morning to not waste the day.

Milton Conservation Areas

Address for Rattlesnake Point CA: 7200 Appleby Line, Milton, ON L9E 0M9, Canada

If you want an area that is jam-packed with outdoor adventure in all seasons, you should head for Milton, Ontario!

If you’re a local, you might be laughing, but hear us out. Milton is home to some top conservation areas with excellent trails for hiking, snowshoeing, and scenic views.

The reason Milton has such a great outdoor scene is because of the Niagara Escarpment. It runs along the edge of town (and includes part of the Bruce Trail) and shapes the landscape.

As such, there are three places in particular that – if you head out to Milton – you should check out: Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area , Kelso Conservation Area , and Crawford Lake Conservation Area .

In the summer season, these places can get pretty busy (because of the stunning views/vantage points from the high cliffs).

So if you plan on being a day-tripper from Toronto, be sure to be safe when you visit and be flexible enough to check out another area. If you go in the winter, bring your skis and/or snowshoes to make the most of the trails!

Toronto to Milton By Car

Exploring the Milton/Halton area is easiest by car – especially if you plan on visiting more than one place while out for the day.

The drive to Milton is pretty easy – you just take Highway 401 west out of Toronto and head for exit #320. All three areas above can be found from this exit.

The drive will take about an hour (for about 70 km driving distance) but since you are going against commuter traffic in the morning and afternoon you might be spared super stuffy traffic in/out of the west end. Good luck!

Toronto to Milton By Train/Bus

Milton has a GO Station in the town centre that is serviced by GO Bus and Train – the issue is much like the day trip to Barrie: if you wanted to go to Milton in the morning, the train would be coming against you to bring commuters to work. That said, you can still have a look at the GO Transit website .

Cobourg Beach + Cobourg

Address for Cobourg Beach: 138 Division St, Cobourg, ON K9A 3P3, Canada

If you haven’t had enough of beaches – and you don’t want to drive to get to one – then you have one more potential option: heading to Cobourg, Ontario!

This small town on Lake Ontario boasts one of the best beaches in the province – and it’s right downtown close to the centre!

Cobourg Beach is a public beach with lots of amenities and green space, food options nearby, a splash pad for kids, and there are even camping grounds.

A highlight is that there are walking trails along the water that extend along the shoreline – so there’s more to do than just visiting the beach.

As for Cobourg itself, the downtown core is small but full of little shops, cafes, places to eat, bars, an art gallery, and more! Oh, and don’t forget to photograph the lighthouse if you go. It’s quite nice down by the Harbour!

Toronto to Cobourg By Car

The best option (as per usual) is to drive to Cobourg. From Toronto, you head east on Highway 401 for about 1 hour and 30 minutes (120 km driving distance).

Take exit #472 and head south to the water. Once you get there, you can find parking on the street or in a paid lot.

Toronto to Cobourg By Train

You actually could take the ViaRail train to the beach (there is no GO service). Cobourg has a ViaRail station not too far from downtown. The trip will take an hour each way.

The good news is you could do it – leave in the morning and return to Union at night. The potential bad news is for the price you could rent a car and pay for a tank of gas for cheaper (season-dependent).

In any case, it’s an option! You can check for times and prices at the ViaRail website .

Buffalo, USA

Address for City Hall: 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY 14202, United States

city skyline with blue lake and speedboat in front.

If you’re looking for day trips to the USA from Toronto, Buffalo, New York is probably your best bet! Buffalo is surprisingly not far from Toronto – making it a popular spot for cross-border shopping.

Once you get downtown, you can check out the Canalside area, the Naval and Military Park, the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, and more!

Mind you, this is an international border so you will need to bring ID with you to go there and back!

Toronto to Buffalo By Car

Being located across the border and south of Niagara Falls, driving to Buffalo is a good option – but you should get a head start in the morning.

From Toronto, you take our friend the QEW/Highway 403 towards Hamilton and then head for Niagara Falls.

You can then choose: cross into the USA at Niagara Falls and the Rainbow Bridge OR drive south to Fort Erie and cross on the Peace Bridge (closer to actual Buffalo)!

The trip will take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours (about 170 km driving distance). The thing is, you pass through so many areas that MAY slow you down that it’s just hard to nail down an exact time.

Toronto to Buffalo By Bus

Luckily, because it’s a popular city, you can take both the Greyhound, Megabus, or FlixBus to Buffalo. Yes, Greyhound shut down Canadian operations in 2021 but only routes in Canada – they still run cross-border Toronto to Buffalo.

The Megabus, FlixBus, and Greyhound all leave from the new Union Station Bus Terminal located at 81 Bay Street Union Bus Terminal.

As for time, Greyhound can do it in about 3 hours one way (some slightly more, some slightly less). It depends on the day of travel.

You can check schedules and prices with Greyhound , FlixBus , or the Megabus . All buses arrive at the same station.

Address for Buffalo Downtown Terminal: 181 Ellicott St, Buffalo, NY 14203, United States

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And there you have it – a rundown of some of the best day trips from Toronto.

Of course, there are a handful more places to check out and dozens of single attractions, but we think we’ve rounded up the best trips to keep you busy for a full day! Let us know where you end up – we’d love to hear it!

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12 Epic Short Trips From Toronto

Last Updated on September 28, 2023

Want to escape the city? Here are 12 exciting short trips from Toronto that you can take at any time of year!

When I was growing up, Ontario’s slogan was “yours to discover.” I’ve always thought this was such a great slogan because there truly is so much to see in this province. And it’s all discoverable by taking a classic road trip.

Head out on a short trip from Toronto to embrace “Muskoka time” in cottage country, or to dine in Niagara-on-the-Lake’s cute restaurants. If you want to enjoy Ontario’s great outdoors, road trip to Algonquin Provincial Park!

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Public transit, 1. go wine touring in prince edward county., 2. stand at the southern tip of canada in point pelee national park. , 3. visit the quaint town of elora., 4. discover georgian bay at bruce peninsula national park., 5. enjoy art, history, and nature in thunder bay., 6. hike the crack in killarney provincial park., 7. visit creemore, the village with a big heart., 8. take in nature in algonquin provincial park., 9. relax and dine in niagara-on-the-lake., 10. go camping and kayaking at rockwood conservation area., 11. experience the historic town of almonte., 12. embrace “muskoka time” in cottage country., how to go on short trips from toronto.

Want to go on short trips from Toronto, but don’t have a car? There’s a few options!

Renting a car is the simplest way to go on short trips from Toronto. Discover Cars compares the prices for a vehicle from a variety of suppliers to ensure you get the cheapest rate, and you can reserve your car rental in advance. Reserve a car rental here!

If you live in Toronto, you can use a car sharing service instead of renting a car. There are a couple that operate in Toronto, but I use Communauto . Membership is free, and it allows you to use an app to reserve vehicles that are typically available within walking distance.

You’d be surprised how many places you can go using Toronto’s public transit system! The TTC combined with GO Transit connects you to many of the towns outside of the city.

Parkbus is a service that connects city dwellers with nature through accessible transportation options. They operate bus services to several National and Provincial Parks from major cities across Canada. While it’s possible to book this service for multi-day trips, I find that it’s especially awesome for when you’d like to go on a daytrip. You can check out Parkbus, here !

Short Trips From Toronto: Here are 12 You Should Do!

Unwind in Prince Edward County, a scenic region on Lake Ontario known for its wineries, cideries, and farm-to-table cuisine. The gastronomic area is a 2 to 3.5 hour drive from Toronto (depending on traffic), making it a great road trip destination for a weekend getaway in Ontario .

From Toronto, take HWY 401 east until you reach exit 522. This will take you south to the relaxed area with quaint towns, pretty farms and stunning beaches. One of the best ways to experience the countryside is to rent a bike and winery hop. Rent bikes in Wellington and bike to wineries such as Sandbanks Estate, Karlos Estate, Hinterland and Closson Chase. If you’re not a wine drinker, check out The County Cider Company. It has marvellous views of Prince Edward Bay from the hilltop. Enjoy a craft cider tasting, go on an orchard tour or have pizza on their outdoor patio. 

Prince Edward county has a mix of quirky places to stay. If you’re looking for a trendy place, try The Drake Motor Inn, a hip retro motel named one of the Best New Affordable Hotels in the World by Conde Nast. For a charming luxurious stay, try Merrill House, a gothic revival mansion beautifully restored with contemporary elements. 

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Point Pelee National Park is just a 3.5 hour drive south from Toronto. This National Park is known as “the point” because of the way that it stretches out into Lake Erie.

After reaching “the tip” of the park, which is as far out on the peninsula as is possible to go, visitors can say that they have officially stood on the most southern mainland point in Canada. This region of Ontario is so south, it’s actually aligned with the most northern border of California!

At 1,564 hectares Point Pelee is Canada’s smallest national park. Comparatively, Algonquin Park , which is further north in Ontario, is 763,000 hectares! This park may be small, but don’t let its size fool you.

The park’s unique ecology and location makes one of North America’s most renowned spots for birdwatching. In the spring and fall, you can watch bird and butterfly migrations. Throughout summer, come to Point Pelee to go swimming, hiking, kayaking, and more. 

Point Pelee is also a designated Dark Sky Preserve, which means that the park is one of the best places to admire the night sky in Canada. During the night, the sky glows from the light of millions of visible stars.

On Dark Sky Nights the park is open until midnight, which allows you to drive in for the evening if you’ve opted to stay in accommodations outside of the park. You can see the dates for designated viewing nights, here. This park is small enough to explore over the course of a weekend, making it perfect for short trips from Toronto.

For accommodations, consider staying in nearby Essex County , which is a short drive away and known for it’s fantastic wineries! Or, book the beautiful Rose Cottage – It’s a beautiful waterfront lakehouse that has modern amenities and treats you to beautiful views of Lake Erie. You can book the Rose Cottage, here.

Submitted by Erin from Pina Travels. Read more about Point Pelee National Park, here!

If you are looking for the perfect short trips from Toronto, consider a day trip to one of the cutest little villages in Ontario, Elora. Located along the Grand River, it’s a charming day trip destination about 90 minutes from Toronto.

One of the famous Group of Seven painters, A.J. Casson, called Elora Ontario’s Most Beautiful Village. 

There are tons of things to do in Elora . If you love the outdoors, there are parks and extreme activities like river tubing and zip-lining while hiking in the beautiful Elora Gorge will make you one with nature.

Another popular attraction is the Elora Gorge, where you can cool off with a refreshing swim during those hot and humid summer days.

In addition to nature, there are tons of authentic family-owned shops, with numerous places to eat and drink, from fine dining and cute cafes to brunch spots and Elora’s very own brewery. Elora also has several art galleries, where you can not only see art but make your own art at one of the many classes. 

No need to board a plane! With just a quick drive from Toronto, you’ll find yourself in a quiet and quaint place to relax.

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Bruce Peninsula National Park is a 3.5 hour drive north from Toronto. With the lush forest and stunning views of Georgian Bay at the edge of cliffs, it’s no surprise why the park is known as one of the most beautiful places in Ontario!

It is worthwhile embarking on a day trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park or book a camping site for a longer stay. Due to its popularity, campsites do sell out ahead of time so it is best to plan your visit far in advance.

Spending a weekend camping is the best way to see the park, especially because you can wake up early and explore the park undisturbed before the flock of day-trip visitors arrive.

While visiting Bruce Peninsula National Park you can hike through the forest, swim, canoe, scuba dive, and so much more. The Grotto is definitely the most popular place to visit in the park, and for a good reason. There, you can swim in the crystal clear waters and admire the unique and natural sea cave.

Head to the nearby town of Tobermory to explore boutique shops and great seafood restaurants. From there, you can take a glass-bottom boat tour. On your tour you’ll see shipwrecks or head to Flowerpot Island for more adventures.

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Looking to have truly epic short trips from Toronto that includes art, history, and one of the best hikes in the province? Head north to Thunder Bay.

This isn’t your traditional Ontario weekend getaway as Thunder Bay is roughly 1400 kilometres north of Toronto, along the Trans Canada Highway. The best way to make Thunder Bay a short trip from Toronto is to fly there. Otherwise, you may need some extra days to drive there and back.

Located on the northern shores of Lake Superior, there is a wealth of things to do in Thunder Bay . For outdoor enthusiasts, there are a bunch of incredible waterfalls like the mighty Kakabeka Falls. Thunder Bay is also known for its hiking trails, like the Top of the Giant Trail in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.

Thunder Bay is rich with history. To learn more about the area be sure to visit Fort William Historical Park, take one of the city’s four self-guided historic walking tours and don’t forget to stop at the Terry Fox monument.

A few other musts to add to your Thunder Bay itinerary is a visit to an amethyst mine, try one of their famous donuts at the Persian, and check out Ouimet Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the North. 

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Killarney Provincial Park is easily one of Ontario’s best provincial parks . Spanning 485 square kilometres, the park is home to turquoise and Gatorade blue lakes, the glistening quartzite peaks of the La Cloche mountain range and a never-ending horizon of windswept pine trees.

The park is located along the northern shores of Georgian Bay and is a 4 hour drive from both Toronto, making it a perfect short trip from Toronto to Georgian Bay.

Once you’re at the park, there is plenty to do. I highly recommend hiking The Crack. This trail offers one of Killarney’s best panoramic views. Ambitious hiker-paddlers can make the trek to Silver Peak, the highest point in the park, which has views of the surrounding lakes and Georgian Bay.

Considering the distance and the abundance of activities, you’ll definitely want to stay for a few nights in Killarney Provincial Park. I recommend camping – George Lake Campground is easily accessible and perfect for car camping.

Alternatively, you can rent a canoe for a few days and paddle to one of the many backcountry camping sites. OSA Lake is a personal favourite and can be visited on a two-night camping trip departing from George Lake Campground.

If camping isn’t your thing, however, you can stay at the Killarney Mountain Lodge, a beautiful hotel right outside the park.

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Only 90 minutes north of Toronto, an ideal short trip is to the charming village of Creemore . Take the scenic backroads where you will be treated to an idyllic countryside drive along the way, which is a highlight in itself.

Through the rolling hills of the incredible Niagara Escarpment, gaze upon the large heritage homes, farms, towering trees, creeks and ponds. This entire area is a huge draw for road cyclists and hiking enthusiasts for the nearby Bruce Trail. 

Creemore, first settled in 1842, was named after the Irish Cro Mor, meaning “big heart”. That’s why today, Creemore is often referred to as the village with a big heart.

There is a strong sense of community there, everyone is welcoming and proud to show off their village. It’s a thriving arts and culture hub filled with artists, galleries, and year-long festivals.

Stroll the lovely little shops that line the main street or stop in at one of Creemore’s many eateries. It’s also home to their very own Creemore Springs Brewery. Take a tour and learn about their unique fire-brew process using a copper kettle followed by a sampling on their patio.

Or, join the locals every Saturday morning at the lively Farmer’s Market. Creemore is that quintessential charming small town. It’s no wonder that it is often described as “one of the prettiest towns in Ontario” by Harrowsmith Magazine. 

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Algonquin Provincial Park is a lovely place for short trips from Toronto. This beautiful Provincial Park is just a 3-hour drive from Toronto via the ON-400 N and ON-11.  Algonquin Park was established in 1893 and therefore is Canada’s oldest provincial park! 

If you love water sports, Algonquin has plenty to keep you entertained. Rent a kayak and explore Canisbay Lake, one of Canada’s many beautiful lakes . At Canisbay Lake you can also build sandcastles at the small beach or go for a swim.

Canisbay Campground is located just a minute walk from Canisbay Lake, making it an excellent place to set up your tent or park your RV. The campground has many facilities available and due to all it’s trees, the campsites are shaded – which is especially nice during those hot summer days!  

There are plenty of hiking trails, both short and easy as well as more challenging hikes, suitable to any fitness level. If you are visiting during the summer months, be sure to sign up for one of the fun and educational Discovery Programs.

Rangers will share their extensive knowledge about the animals and plants that call Algonquin Provincial Park their home.  

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Read more about Algonquin Provincial Park, here.

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a charming historic town that’s just 20 minutes from Niagara Falls and about 90 minutes from Toronto along the QEW. This little town makes for perfect short trips from Toronto!

Niagara-on-the-Lake is on the shores of Lake Ontario and at the mouth of the Niagara River. It’s well known for its abundance of wineries (there are over 30 wineries there alone!), adorable shops, award-winning restaurants, gorgeous scenery and much more.

In Niagara-on-the-Lake you’ll be transported back into the Victorian era by the presence of horse-drawn carriages, tree-lined streets adorned with flower gardens, and stunning architecture.

There are plenty of boutique shops to browse through during your visit. Or, enjoy a quiet walk down at the lake and see some historic sites from the War of 1812, like Fort George, Fort Mississauga, or the Butler’s Barracks.

Be sure to visit Nolaa’s Bakery for some decadence (and everything is keto, so you don’t have to feel so bad!) or Balzac’s Coffee to get your caffeine fix while strolling through town.

There are some incredible restaurants to try like Treadwell Cuisine, a farm-to-table restaurant. And of course, drop by one of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s numerous wineries with fabulous restaurants like Trius, Peller Estates, or Two Sisters Vineyards.

For a real treat, stay at the Prince of Wales hotel and indulge in luxury with High Tea and an afternoon in the spa. While you’ll surely leave Niagara-on-the-Lake with some wine, keep in mind that there is lots to do in this quaint town that doesn’t involve wineries !

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Rockwood Conservation Area is a Grand River Park in Rockwood, Ontario, and it’s one of the best short trips from Toronto. This conservation is a great destination because it’s an easy 1.5 hour drive from Toronto. Simply take Highway 401 headed west, and at Campbellville exit onto Guelph Line 1 headed north.

If you don’t have your own vehicle, you can book to take the bus to Rockwood for a day trip or for the weekend, using the service Parkbus. If you’re staying overnight, book a site at Rockwood’s campground, or stay nearby in Guelph.

Rockwood has two easy hiking trails. The Pothole Trail and the Cedar Ridge Trail. The trails run along the Eramosa River, and although they aren’t very long or challenging, both trails give you stunning views overlooking the river below.

At one end of the Cedar Ridge Trail, you’ll find one of Rockwood’s interesting attractions, a collection of natural caves! Some of them stretch back quite far, so much so that you’ll need a headlamp or the flashlight to be able to explore them. 

Aside from the trails, you can spend an afternoon relaxing on Rockwood’s public beach. The beach has both a sandy area and a grassy area, and the swimming is perfect plenty of shallow water that eventually becomes deeper.

This is also the perfect spot to launch a kayak, canoe, or paddle board. If you don’t have your own, you can rent them hourly from Inside Out Nature Centre.

Submitted by Erin from Pina Travels. Read more about Rockwood Conservation Area, here!

The historic town of Almonte in the Mississippi Mills region is a fun destination for a weekend getaway or day trip. It’s just a 40 minute drive from Ottawa, or a 4 hour drive from Toronto.

The charming and old-fashioned downtown area features restored historic buildings that have been used as film sets in several TV movies! Notably, Almonte was the home of the founder of basketball, James Naismith, and his contribution is honoured with a statue and a museum. 

Visitors can start their day on Mill Street, which is lined with antique stores, bookshops, and independent businesses selling clothing, outdoor equipment, and home decor. There are lots of great things to do in Almonte and a walking path, called the Riverwalk, runs along the water just behind Mill Street and offers great waterfall views. 

Visitors who wish to learn more about the historic legacy of the regional wool and textile industry can stop by the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. Another unique spot to drop by in Almonte is The Dairy Distillery, which manufactures various vodka products and typically offers short tours and tastings. 

For accommodation, try the Almonte Riverside Inn, the Menzies Inn Bed & Breakfast or the Almost Home B&B. Otherwise you will need to consider staying in the western suburbs of Ottawa.

Plan your visit on Saturday morning from May to October when The Almonte Farmers Market operates it’s a great place to shop for groceries, baked goods and locally handcrafted items. 

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Muskoka is one of the classic short trips from Toronto. It is home to crystal blue lakes, gorgeous views of the Canadian shield, and a variety of local wildlife. Not only is the region wonderful, but the drive in is also incredible.

You’ll love taking the regional highway 12 North from Toronto to drive through farmland and past stables full of horses. It may take 20 extra minutes to arrive, but the journey is well worth it, especially on a warm day with the windows rolled down.

Otherwise, you can take the 400N and highway 11 for a more direct route that will take you through great swaths of Canadian shield as you wind past the smaller lakes in mid-Ontario.

Rent a cabin for the full Muskoka cottage country experience. You’ll want to find one with the classic brightly painted Muskoka chairs on a dock where you can sip your morning coffee while listening for loon calls.

Adventurous travelers can take to the water, trailing behind motorboats on tubes or water skis. If you prefer a slower pace, take a kayak or canoe through the lakes, following the curves of different islands.

Even if you aren’t a water enthusiast, you’ll love visiting Muskoka. The region moves at its own, slower pace. In Ontario, it’s commonly called “Muskoka time.” So take a breath, slow down, and enjoy a slow stroll through the old villages. And, be sure to grab some local pastries from Don’s Bakery.

Submitted by Nina of Nina Out and About

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Erin has been traveling for over a decade, both solo, and with her partner. She’s now traveled to countries across 6 continents, and has lived in 2 countries abroad. Erin also hosts the travel podcast, Curious Tourism , where she interviews travel industry thought leaders and experts about responsible tourism. Learn more about Erin, and get in touch with her, here .

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All of these road trip destinations sound amazing! I really hope that I can visit Canada one day once we can travel freely again 🙂

All the trips sound great and the scenery in the photos is absolutely stunning

I have friends in Ontario, so this gives me so many more options when I next visit! I love the Georgian Bay area, and think it’s funny there is a ‘Tobermory’ there too (I used to live in Scotland, where the original Tobermory is) 🙂

I have a friend in Toronto that I’ve been meaning to visit for over the last decade. :[ These places would be great destinations to tack on–I’d love to check out the national parks!

Those cliffs look amazing! And those cute little towns could be charming European villages! Definitely worth a trip!

What great little trips to take! I think I would love to visit Elora. Usually I would pick more of a nature destination, but after this year I’m just longing to see people and towns! It looks like a great little town!

These are great ideas for road trips from Toronto! I’ve been to a couple of them before but most of them I haven’t managed to visit yet!

Thank you for curating such an excellent collection. Point Pelee National Park would be at the top of my list if I lived in Toronto. I learned something new… Creemore (a brand I’ve seen and tasted) comes from its namesake in Ontario!!

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16 Popular and Secret Weekend Trips from Toronto

Last Updated January 10, 2024 William Tang

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Whether you’re visiting the GTA or living in the city, there are surprisingly a lot of options when it comes to weekend trips from Toronto.  In this guide, you’ll find both popular and hidden secret Toronto getaways that can be done in the spring, summer, fall, or winter whether for a day or the full weekend.  With each trip, you’ll learn the details of what you can do there, where to eat, activities to book, and how to get there.

Simply put, Ontario is yours to discover and so let’s jump into those best weekend trips from Toronto.

Read more about Toronto

  • Best patios in Toronto in the summer
  • One day road trip itinerary around Toronto
  • Provincial Parks to see Ontario Fall colours
  • Best easy hike trails around the GTA
  • Amazing parks in Vaughan you probably never knew about
  • Curling clubs in Toronto that offer sheet rentals

Where to stay in Toronto?

  • If you’re looking for a place to stay in Toronto , I highly recommend 1 King West for it’s location, historic suites, and price in comparison with the other big hotels in the city. Make sure you’re also familiar with hotel corporate codes in case you’re eligible!

Table of Contents

Jump straight to the weekend trip ideas from Toronto of interest.

In This Article

Hilton Falls

Dundas valley, grey sauble county falls, wasaga beach, blue mountain, niagara-on-the-lake, niagara falls, prince edward county, bruce peninsula and tobermory, kitchener-waterloo, kawartha lakes.

  • Ferris Provincial Park
  • Point Pelee National Park

Frequently asked questions

Best weekend trips from toronto.

tobermory fish and chips is one reason to take weekend trips from toronto

Chasing Waterfalls

Let’s start off with one that is not so obvious.  We all know the BIG waterfalls that are easy to get to from Toronto but there are actually plenty of hidden waterfalls scattered all around Ontario that are only a couple of hours drive from Toronto.  There are a couple of regions of waterfalls that I first introduced in my day trip idea from Toronto so it’s worth breaking them down.

hilton falls near milton ontario

Right off the 401 and near the city of Milton is a conservation area that you might’ve passed by many times but never knew was there.  This is part of a Conservation Halton park with a great escape to nature and an athlete’s paradise with its 33.5 km of trail.

The Niagara Escarpment and flowing river is the perfect formula for a waterfall and what makes this unique is that remnants of old Mill Ruins can be seen right alongside the thunderous water.

Whether you’re hiking, trail running, mountain biking, or just walking the dog, the trails here are colour-coded and well-marked.  Other activities include bonfires for s’more making near the falls, horseback riding, geocaching, and tons of photography opportunities.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Address: 4985 Campbellville Road, Milton, ON

Hours: Daily 8:30AM – 9:30PM

Time to drive: 41 minutes

Website: Hilton Falls

  • Adult (15-64) $7.00
  • Senior (65 & over) $6.00
  • Child (5-14) $5.25
  • Child (4 & under) Free

Highlights:  

  • The Waterfalls
  • The Mill Ruins
  • Horseback Riding
  • Recreation Trails
  • Bonfire at the Falls

Nearby attractions:

  • Rattlesnake Point Conservation
  • Springridge Farm
  • Halton County Radial Railway
  • Terre Bleu Lavender Farm

Good restaurants nearby:  

  • Memphis BBQ & Wicked Wings
  • Goodfellas Wood Oven Pizza

Where to stay overnight:  

  • Best Western Milton
  • Home2 Suites Milton

READ THE REVIEWS

dundas valley waterfalls hamilton ontario

Carved out of glaciers some 10,000 years ago, Dundas Valley Conservation Area is one of Southern Ontario’s gems and natural treasures.  There is much to see and do here including a rich mix of plants, wildlife, geological formations, meadows, and streams.  The area features 1,200-hectares Carolinian forests, colourful meadows, cold-water streams, stunning geological formations and an array of rare plants, birds and wildlife.

dundas valley hiking in weekend trips from toronto

The environment is so naturally rich here that it is actually designated by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve since is part of the Niagara Escarpment.

Like Hilton Falls, this conservation area is extremely well maintained with its three main trail loops that are easy to navigate and explore.  Whether you’re here to walk your dog, mountain bike or just putting your legs to good use, it’s another great way to spend time away from the big city.

To start your trip, start with the Trail Centre which is housed in a replica of a Victoria train station.  Inside you’ll find food concession, brochures, maps, and interpretive displays.  You’ll be be able to orientate yourself here and it’s also the starting point for guided hikes and workshops.

The network of trail you’ll find here, one of which is the Heritage Trail that extends into the world famous Bruce Trail.  Along the way, you’ll encounter two other waterfalls – Canterbury and Sherman.  They may not be the thunderous kind but they evokes a certain a tranquil serenity as the water roll down jagged edges of rock.

Read next: We have a full guide of the best waterfalls of Hamilton that you should check out.

Address: 650 Governors Road, Dundas, ON, L9E 5E3

Hours: Daily sunrise to sundown

  • Off Season Hours: September to June Weekdays:  Concession closed, building open for washrooms from 8:30AM to 3PM Weekends:  8:30 AM to 4 PM

Time to drive: 1 hour

Website:   Dundas Valley Conservation Area

  • Vehicle $10
  • Vehicle Senior (65 & over) $8
  • Equestrians – per horse $15
  • Bus (school groups) $175
  • Bus (non-school groups) $275
  • Note:  Photo permits are required for photo shoots
  • Hermitage Ruins
  • Griffin House
  • Dundern Castle
  • HMCS Haida National Historic Site
  • Exotic Supercar Test Drive
  • Hamilton Waterfalls & Bluffs Hiking Tour
  • Hamilton Scavenger Hunt
  • Spring Sushi
  • Detour Cafe
  • Homewood Suites Hamilton
  • Sandman Hotel Hamilton

inglis falls in grey county ontario for weekend getaways from toronto

If you’re looking for a bit of a road trip adventure, this might be the weekend trip from Toronto you’re looking for.  In Grey Sauble County (or simply Grey County) there are a number of waterfalls you can encounter on your drive up north along Highway 10 towards Owen Sound.

These waterfalls are perfect for those looking for short hikes and impressively unique waterfalls.

The ones you want to see are:

  • Eugenia Falls
  • Hoggs Falls
  • Inglis Falls
  • Indian Falls

I won’t spoil too much for you so make sure to add this to your list of weekend getaways whether with a car or if you’re looking to build an itinerary with your RV rental in Ontario .

Address: 

  • Eugenia Falls – County Road 13, Eugenia, ON N0C 1E0
  • Hoggs Falls – Lower Valley Rd, Flesherton, ON N0C 1E0
  • Inglis Falls – Georgian Bluffs, ON N4K 5N6
  • Indian Falls – 318614, Grey Rd 1, Owen Sound, ON N4K 5N4

Time to drive: 2.5 hours to get to the farthest Indian Falls

Website: Grey Sauble Conservation

  • Entrance is free however there is a parking fee of $6.00 per vehicle ($8.00 at Inglis on weekends – from May long weekend to Labour Day Weekend & Thanksgiving Weekend) using the Mack Meters method
  • Snowshoeing
  • Tom Thompson Art Gallery
  • Grey Roots Museum & Archives
  • Casero Kitchen Table
  • Shorty’s Grill
  • Kettles Back Home Cooking
  • Quality Inn Owen Sound
  • Travelodge by Wyndham Owen Sound

REVIEWS OF INDIAN FALLS

Collingwood

The cottage are region of Collingwood is a popular getaway destination for locals living in the GTA and beyond as it’s easy to drive to, has an abundance of things to do, places to eat, and most importantly, has a large beach that’s perfect for those hot summer days.

wasaga beach summer time

Wasaga Beach is a long and sandy beach that lies at the southern end of Ontario’s Georgian Bay.  It is in fact the longest freshwater beach in the world at 14km.  Come here for swimming, walking along its trails, suntanning, and its connection with nature.

Address: 11-22nd St. North, Wasaga Beach, L9Z 2V9

Hours: 24/7

Time to drive: 1 hour 40 minutes

Website: Wasaga Beach

Price: Beach is free but parking lots are paid

  • Visitor centre
  • Recreation trails
  • Wasaga 500 Go Karts
  • Nancy Island Historic Site
  • Wasaga Beach Farmers Market
  • Catch 22 Fresh Market Grill
  • Grandma’s Beach Treats
  • Pizza Dee’s
  • Saga Resort
  • Oasis by the Bay

blue mountain in the summer

The other most popular place to visit in Collingwood is Blue Mountain resort .  In the winter, the mountain transforms to the region’s tallest mountain for snow sports such as skiing and snowboarding.  In the summer, there are plenty of activities on the resort grounds and surrounding areas to take advantage of its location along the Niagara Escarpment.  The most notable adventure activity is Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster .

Address: 190 Gord Canning Dr, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 1C2

Time to drive: 2 hours

Website: Blue Mountain Resort

  • Canopy tree top trekking
  • Mountain coaster
  • Golf course
  • Scandinave Spa
  • Side Launch Brewing Company
  • Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster
  • Georgian Hills Vineyards
  • Plunge! Aquatic Center
  • Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
  • FireHall Pizza Co
  • The Dam Pub Gastropub
  • Blue Mountain Resort
  • The Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain

niagara on the lake main street horse carriages

The famed wine region of Ontario is one of the most magical places to visit and while staying here overnight is preferable, it’s certainly possible to have a memorable weekend day trip.  Matched with the beauty of the flower-lined streets, cute boutique shops, and historic towns are the endless number of world-famous vineyards, the Shaw Festival , and Fort George .

niagara on the lake winery bike tour

NOTL for short, the epitome of a perfect Saturday or Sunday itinerary includes renting a bicycle, riding out to a winery for a tasting, walking along the main street, having a fabulous dinner, and slurping on ice cream from Moo .  More trip ideas can be found in this 3 day Niagara Falls itinerary .

While you’re planning your trip here, make sure to check the Niagara-on-the-Lake calendar for events.

niagara glen park fall colours aerial view with diagonal cut of water and tree foliage

When you’re here, also make sure not to miss out on one of my favourite hiking trails in the region, Niagara Glen .  From here, you get an incredible view of the Niagara Gorge.  In the Fall, the colours are absolutely stunning here.

Another area adjacent to NOTL you need to include in your trip is Queenston Heights Park, Whirlpool Aero Car, and White Water Walk.  Many of these spots you can find in our Fall Colours in Niagara video .

Time to drive: 1.5 hours

Website: Niagara-on-the-Lake

  • Historic town
  • Shaw Festival
  • Fine dining
  • Parks Canada
  • Recreational Trails
  • Peller Estates
  • Wayne Gretzky Estates
  • Reif Estate Winery
  • Konzelmann Estate Winery
  • Jackson-Triggs Winery
  • Fort George
  • Wine-tasting Tour with Lunch or Dinner
  • Cycle and Wine-Tasting Tour
  • Half-Day Winery Tour
  • The Olde Angel Inn
  • Hob Nob Restaurant
  • Prince of Wales Niagara on the Lake
  • Queens Landing

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niagara falls weekend trip from toronto

Now this is the big elephant in the room right?  Niagara Falls is commonly referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World, or at least Canadians would love for it to be declared with that title.  What more can I say about the 168,000 cubic metres of water that thunders down the edge of the Niagara escarpment as a plume of cool mist emerges from Horseshoe Falls.  It’s truly a natural icon in Canada.

niagara falls hornblower cruise

Without a doubt the Canadian side is the best side.  What makes the area a perfect weekend trip from Toronto is that there are so many ways to see and enjoy the Horseshoe, American, and Bridal Veil Falls.  You can see the Falls up-close from the Hornblower Cruise , in a cave as part of Journey Behind the Falls , or White Water Walk .  Just be prepared to get wet!

Beyond the falls themselves, there’s so much more entertainment to discover here whether it’s the zany Clifton Hills , the casinos, water parks, amusement park, gardens, and parks.

When planning your trip to Niagara Falls, consider the Wonder Pass to make your life easier with you and your family.  With advanced purchase, you get one-day access to Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury, the Butterfly Conservatory, and Floral Showcase.  You’ll also get two-day access to WEGO and Falls Incline transit and discounts to local shops and eateries.

If you’re looking for something organized, there’s the small group half-day tour or Gems of Niagara if you’re already in Niagara Falls or the full day tour from Toronto if you don’t feel like driving.

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While Niagara Falls isn’t far from Toronto, it is always a winner as a weekend getaway.  Make it better by staying at one of the hotels with tower views of the falls.

Website: Niagara Falls

  • Horseshoe Falls
  • Observation points
  • Clifton Hills
  • Behind the Falls
  • Hornblower Cruise Voyage to the Falls boat tour (Maid of the Mist but on the Canadian side)
  • Zipline to the Falls (or night time illuminated version )
  • Whirlpool Jetboat Tours
  • Niagara Falls helicopter tour
  • Niagara Falls Skywheel
  • Illuminations or Fireworks cruise
  • Marineland day pass
  • Hop-on-hop-off antique double decker bus
  • Table Rock House Restaurant
  • Blue Line Diner
  • Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria
  • Paris Crepes Cafe
  • Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview
  • Embassy Suites Niagara Falls Fallsview

parsons brewing company prince edward county

On the north shore of Lake Ontario is a county characterized by a charming rural lifestyle with tasteful urban flavour.  Located only 2 hours away from the GTA, you come here for a weekend day to take advantage of the region’s sandy beaches and dunes, beautiful slice of nature, wineries, breweries, and a town of creative and passionate folks.

Prince Edward County is known as “The County” by the locals but may be more modernly called, simply PEC.  What started off as an expanse of agricultural land, the past few decades has been a renaissance of developing must-visit highlights for local and international visitors.  What makes it such a gem is that you wouldn’t know it from driving by along Highway 401 as most people travelling east would continue to Belleville and onwards to Kingston.

In PEC, you definitely want to start off visiting a few wineries.  The most popular ones TerraCello Winery , ThreeDog Winery , and Sandbanks Estate Winery which is known for their Baco Noir .

parsons brewing company lunch weekend trips from toronto

From there, make sure to hit up my favourite Parsons Brewing Company , which has a fun, contemporary vibe of fresh hop creations, and a fantastic selection of foods to pair with your flight of beers.  There’s a ton of sprawling open space here at the farm and great for kids as well.

Another main attraction in Prince Edward County is Sandbanks Provincial Park .  With the world’s largest baymouth barrier dune formation, you have three sandy beaches that are among the best in Canada with their shallow waters and gentle drop off.  The large sand dune hills are also awesome for some sliding fun.

In the towns of Picton and Wellington make sure to look out for great locally-made goods and farm-to-table restaurants that serve with locally-grown ingredients.

If you come here during the right time of the year, Prince Edward County Lavender is another highlight that you have to visit.  Better yet, plan to come during the Lavender Festival so make sure to check the PEC event calendar .

On your way out, don’t forget about the Glenora Ferry which is an alternative way to get to Kingston as opposed to hopping back onto the 401.

Lastly, if you’re a fan of The Drake Hotel in Toronto, their second property is here and is the Drake Devonishire .

Website: Prince Edward County

  • Sandbanks Provincial Park
  • Boutique shops
  • Art workshops
  • Small-town charm
  • TerraCello Winery
  • ThreeDog Winery
  • Sandbanks Estate Winery
  • Parsons Brewing Company
  • Glenora Ferry
  • Prince Edward County Lavender
  • Agrarian Bistro Bar
  • East & Main Bistro
  • Blumen Garden Bistro
  • Drake Devonshire
  • The Village Suites

BOOK YOUR PEC ACTIVITY

tobermory bruce peninsula grotto

Another jewel of Ontario is the entirety of the Bruce Peninsula.  Stretching between Georgian Bay up to Lake Huron, the turquoise clear waters, stunning coastal landscape, are something you just need to see in person.  It is in fact part of a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

A weekend day trip getaway to the Bruce Peninsula might seem a little far but it’s totally do-able.  From Toronto, you take Hwy 10 and then Hwy 6 all the way up north until you reach the very end which happens to be the town of Tobermory.

Read next: We did an amazing weekend in Tobermory and Bruce Peninsula that will give you an idea of how to plan a trip up to here.

flower pot island tobermory

Tobermory is where your adventure starts.  It’s a charming town that’s packed with local artisan shops, fish & chip shacks, bars with patios, and live music.  This is also where you’ll find the harbor where you’ll be able to get on the thrilling Jet Boat Flowerpot Island Express by Blue Heron Cruises that takes you out to Flower Pot Island  and along the way see Big Tub Lighthouse, and two 19th century shipwrecks.

Flower Pot Island is a full day on its own.  There are several trails to follow here that follow a rugged terrain and takes you out to the the flower pot rock formations, picnic shelters on the shoreline next to Beachy Cove, areas to swim and snorkel, light station and lightkeeper’s cottage.

clear waters of bruce peninsula

The other place you have to visit is part of Bruce Peninsula National Park .  The renowned trails are a must-do but since you’ll only have one day to see it all, focus your efforts on getting to the park’s famous Grotto.  This area is known for its pristine waters and shoreline sea cave where the adventurous ones will go in for a jump and swim.  Note that the parking day pass to the park is $11.70.  Since this is a national park, you’ll be able to use the Parks Canada Discovery Pass .

For those looking for a bus tour from Toronto, there’s this tour of Tobermory and Flower Pot Island in a day that you can consider.

Time to drive: 3.5 hours

Website: Bruce Peninsula National Park and Flower Pot Island

  • Unique geological formations
  • Maritime history
  • Recreational trails
  • Snorkelling and diving
  • Flower Pot Island
  • Bruce Peninsula National Park
  • Bayside Astronomy
  • Greig’s Caves
  • Lions Head Provincial Nature Reserve
  • Shipwreck Lee’s of Tobermory
  • Tobermory Brewing Company and Grill
  • Crowsnest Pub
  • Grandview Motel Tobermory
  • Adventure the Bruce Inn

BOOK TOBERMORY ACTIVITIES

st jacobs farmers market kitchener waterloo

Home to my alma mater, the Kitchener-Waterloo region doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves but there are a couple of hidden secrets here that only those in-the-know will tell you.

A quick day trip to the KW has a few key highlights that are quite unique.  The attractions you’ll find here mostly centre on the international communities that have grown here.

st jacobs farmer market interior weekend getaway from toronto

The first comes from the large Mennonite community that goes all the way back to the 1790s when they immigrated here from the US, settling on the vast area of farmland and continue to do so today.  While they are easily recognizable by their traditional black suits and broad-brimmed hats for men, and ankle-length dresses and matching bonnets for women, they aren’t to be confused with the Amish.

To best understand their history and faith, the Mennonite Central Committee has an interpretation centre in the village of St. Jacobs, just north of Waterloo.  It’s at St. Jacobs where you’ll find many Mennonite stores selling farm-cultivated produce and goods.  Of particular interest is their maple syrup which is stupendously good.  The Mennonites are well-known for their woodworking skills so anyone in need of hand-crafted furniture would do well to visit here.  The area has grown to encompass the St. Jacob Market District which now also includes a farmer’s market, market road antiques, and small outlet mall.

The second large community in Kitchener-Waterloo is the German community.  Every October, huge tents are set up downtown for Oktoberfest and is billed as Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival, and you’ll be surprised to hear that this is the second-largest Oktoberfest in the world.

If you can’t time your visit to come during Oktoberfest, the Heidelberg Restaurant Tavern & Motel is as authentic as it gets when it comes to a German-style restaurant.  Its signature dishes include Pork Hock which is a giant dish of smoked pork knuckles or Schweinshaxe in German.

In addition to these two distinct cultural experiences, Kitchener-Waterloo is a growing scene for craft beer.

Time to drive: 1 hour 10 minutes

Website: St. Jacob’s Market District and KW Oktoberfest

  • Mennonite Village
  • Authentic German food
  • St. Jacob’s Market
  • The Mennonite Story
  • Block Three Brewing Co
  • Descendants Beer and Beverage
  • Kitchener Let’s Roam Treasure Hunt
  • Heidelberg Restaurant Tavern & Motel
  • Borealis Grille & Bar
  • Bao Sandwich Bar
  • Anna Mae’s Bakery and Restaurant
  • Quality Inn Kitchener
  • Kitchener Inn and Suites

port perry main street

This community of 9,500 may not be on the top of your list, but trust me, there’s more than meets the eye.

Located on the shores of Lake Scugog, Port Perry is seen as the gateway to a region known for its lake adventures but looking inwards, the city itself is rapidly growing whether it’s the historic Downtown Port Perry, or the parks that surround the lake.

In the summer, there are a number of festivals in Port Perry including the Mississauga First Nation PowWow , the Highland Games, the Dragon Boat Races, StreetFest, and the city’s own annual fair.  Downtown is becoming a small foodie paradise as well with its selection of bakeries, cafes, and restaurants.  On Queen Street, the main artery, you’ll marvel at Victorian-era architecture while shopping at unique boutique shops.

For those that are avid fishermen, the region offers something different for both winter and summer.  In the winter months, Lake Scugog freezes over and you’ll find many ice-fishing huts over the lake.  In the summer, you can easily take 1 of the 4 municipal ramps to take your boat out on the lake.

From Port Perry, you can also head out to the Great Blue Heron Casino where you’re guaranteed to have a great time whether you’re a high roller or you play the penny slots.  Make sure to try the Heron Burger here.

Time to drive: 55 minutes

Website: Discover Port Perry

  • Lake recreation
  • Historic downtown
  • Scugog Shores Historical Museum
  • Great Blue Heron Casino
  • Ocala Winery
  • Palmer Park
  • Nature’s Bounty
  • Old Flame Brewing Co.
  • The Piano Inn and Cafe
  • Pickles & Olives Bistro
  • Heath Haven Bed & Breakfast
  • Utica Guest House

kawartha lakes buzzard lake

There is a chain of lakes 90 minutes northeast of Toronto that create the most remarkable outdoor getaway.   With beautiful lakes, meandering rivers, rolling farmland, large park spaces to choose from, and well-preserved wilderness, there’s a panoramic beauty here that is why this is another popular weekend destination.  While the Kawarthas span several different counties including Peterborough, it’s the simplified marketing term for the area similar to Muskoka.

The Kawarthas are best known to be part of cottage country.  With many beautiful properties dotting the Trent-Severn Waterway , the overnight travellers will definitely be settling in one of these to relax on the dock, go fishing, or explore the local towns.

balsam lake provincial park reading

A different way to see the lakes is to actually be on the lake.  For fishing enthusiasts, taking a boat out is the obvious choice but there’s something else you can consider.  Did you know that the Kawartha Lakes is the Houseboat Capital of Ontario ?  Rent a houseboat with a company like R&R Houseboat Rentals for the day or more.  What makes the Kawarthas attractive is their tightly connected system of locks as you jump from one lake to the next.

kawartha dairy ice cream

Another fantastic option to consider are the wealth of provincial parks and conservation areas by the lake.  My particular favourite is Balsam Lake Provincial Park .  They have plenty of day-use space with the beach, easy hiking trails, canoeing, birding, and biking.  Overnights at the campsite are also a great way to spend the weekend here.  Otherwise there are the hotels you can see down below.

Lastly, on your way in or out, you must visit the Kawartha Dairy store in Lindsay as they have the best ice cream in Ontario.

Time to drive: 1 hour 36 minutes

Website: Kawartha Lakes

  • Interconnected Lakes
  • Lock system
  • Small towns
  • Best ice cream
  • Camping and cottages
  • Kawartha Settlers Village
  • Horseless Carriage Museum
  • Balsam Lake Provincial Park
  • Ken Reid Conservation Area
  • Lock 35 – Rosedale
  • Kawartha Dairy
  • The Cat & The Fiddle Lindsay
  • Just for the Halibut
  • Durham Cafe
  • Ramada by Wyndham Lindsay
  • Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lindsay

arrowhead provincial park ice trail

This is the heart of Ontario’s cottage country and where everyone flocks to in the summer for their cottage residences by the lake.  What makes it so popular is because of its proximity to Toronto and wealth of the quintessential Canadian outdoors – surrounded by 1,600 lakes, painters’ dream rocky landscape, rivers, beaches, rolling green countryside, it’s a lakeside retreat that everyone dreams about.

However, as much as it’s great for a week-long getaway, you can still enjoy the province’s premiere cottage country in a day.  You just need to know where to go.

huntsville ontario aerial weekend getaway from toronto

Huntsville is considered to be the gateway into Muskoka and this is where you’ll start.   In this town there are several attractions to check out.  There’s the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery which showcases 30 large-scale murals that have been reproduced and scattered throughout town.  These famous painters spent much of their time here and it really showcases the beauty of this region.

Right outside of town is Arrowhead Provincial Park .  It’s a great day-use camp with sandy beaches and a ton of incredible trails but where they really shine is in the winter with their 1.3 km outdoor ice trail and tubing hill.

algonquin twin lakes trail during winter

From here, you’re right by the entrance into the famed Algonquin Provincial Park .  The park itself is massive so you’ll have to pick one or two spots to visit near the West Gate.  Oxtongue River Picnic Grounds is a great place for a packed lunch or you can head straight for a hike.  I recommend Two Rivers Trail (easy) or Whiskey Rapids Trail (moderate)

South of Huntsville and great on your way back home is Sugarbush Hill Maple Farm which is a great opportunity to learn, taste, and purchase that Canadian liquid gold.

Anyone who’s interested in beer and wine will do well to visit Muskoka Brewery and Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh & Muskoka Lakes Winery .

If you’re interested in seeing Algonquin more thoroughly as a day trip, there are Algonquin Provincial Park day tours from Toronto or if you’re interested in multi-day tours, these activities can get you started.

Lastly, the SS Bagwin Lake of Bays cruise is quite the remarkable trip that includes a 2.5 hour trip from Dorset to Port Cunnington Lodge where you’ll have a 3 course dinner before returning back to Dorset.

Time to drive: 2 hour 18 minutes

Website: Discover Muskoka

  • Famous provincial parks
  • Breweries and wineries
  • Lake cruises
  • Algonquin Provincial Park
  • Arrowhead Provincial Park
  • Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery
  • Sugarbush Hill Maple Farm
  • Treetop Trekking Huntsville
  • Muskoka Brewery
  • Muskoka Lakes Winery
  • SS Bagwin Lake of Bays Cruise
  • That Little Place by the Lights
  • 3 Guys & A Stove
  • The Artisan House
  • Red Maple Inn and Suites
  • Deerhurst Resort

ferris provincial park

If you’re looking to head out east for a day-camping experience, Ferris Provincial Park is an excellent choice.  Located in Campbellford, Ontario, it is situated along the banks of Trent River.

ferris provincial park hiking trail

From the park, you have access to the suspension bridge above Ranney Gorge.  From here, you’ll get unobstructed views of Trent River, Ranney Falls, and an old tannery.  Just be careful if you’re afraid of heights!

The park also has several hiking trails to choose from, most of which will take you to or close to Ranney Falls and the Trent River gorge.  Along the way, also expect to see stone fences and rare flora and fauna.  The hikes to look for are the Ranney Falls, Ranney Gorge, and Drumlin Trail Systems.

If you’re staying overnight, the provincial park has excellent camping facilities.   You can also stay in Campbellford.

Address: 474 County Rd. 8, Campbellford, K0L 1L0

Website: Ferris Provincial Park

Price:  Pricing is by vehicle

  • Regular: $12.25
  • Senior: $9.75
  • Disabilities: $6.00
  • Suspended bridge
  • Toonie Monument
  • Church Key Brewing Company
  • Dooher’s Bakery
  • Antonia’s Bistro
  • Caper’s Tap House
  • Emilyville Inn
  • Campbellford River Inn

marsh board walk point pelee national park

This one’s a little further away from Toronto but if you’re up for a bit of an adventure, you can consider doing this stretch day-trip to the most southern point of mainland Canada or stay overnight to truly maximize what you can see and do here.

Point Pelee National Park is an ecologically diverse park that has a plethora of natural wonders to be discovered whether in the summer or winter.  70% of the park is composed of marsh that is and 21% is forest.

point pelee national park most stouthern point

One of the highlights is to visit the southern most point and you can visit there by shuttle which is offered between April and October.  From here, you can see wild flowers, local birds, dragonfly, and monarch migrations.   In the winter months, you can drive down here.

There are numerous hikes you can do in the old Carolinian forest.  There are simple hikes like the Marsh Boardwalk (1 km loop) that take you through the Ramsar Wetlands, the DeLaurier Homestead & Trail (1.2 km loop) to learn about the land’s history with the First Nations,  the Botham Tree Trail , the Tilden Woods Trail (1 km loop), or there’s the Woodland Nature Trail (2.75 km loop) .

Other activities you can enjoy while you’re out here is cycling, geocaching, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming.

The park also offers guided tours.  They have a Junior Naturalist Program in the summer for kids 7 to 11.  They also have a Freighter Canoe Tour, Wildflower Walk, and Family Migration Hike.

Point Pelee is not to be confused with Pelee Island which can be reached by ferry .

Lastly, since this is a national park, you can use your Parks Canada Discovery Pass for free access.

Address: 1118 Point Pelee Drive, Leamington ON N8H 3V4

Hours: Click here for the full hours.

Website: Point Pelee National Park

Price:  

  • Adult: $7.90
  • Senior: $6.90
  • Family: $16.00
  • Adult: $6.10
  • Senior: $5.10
  • Family: $12
  • Natural landscapes
  • Water activities
  • Leamington Municipal Marina
  • Pelee Island Heritage Centre
  • Pelee Island Winery
  • Birdies Perch
  • Freddy’s
  • Lakeside Bakery Deli Cafe
  • Point Pelee National Park oTENTik Yurts
  • Talbot Trail Inn & Suites
  • Best Western Plus Leamington

buffalo canalside downtown day trip from toronto

Last but not least is are our friendly neighbours to the south.  Buffalo is just across the border from Niagara Falls and is a great option as a day trip.  While it won’t be enough to truly see the entire city, there’s plenty of time to get a feel for what that revitalization of Buffalo that I experienced all those years ago is all about.

At Buffalo’s core, this is a city that has a glorious past and one that has seen tougher times but is on a new trajectory of growth.  This can be seen from the examples of art deco in its architecture including the City Hall .  Another piece of interesting architecture is the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House .

The best examples of revitalization can be seen from the RiverWorks , the waterfront that’s transformed into an entertainment complex as a venue for skating, hockey, curling, concerts, dining, bars, and concessions.  Canalside is adjacent to RiverWorks and closer to the downtown core.  Here, you’ll have access to waterfront views, public park space, and event venue space for things like summer concerts.

albright knox art museum canoe sculpture

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery and  Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site are two highlights for visitors.

If you’re looking for something with a bit more adventure, check out the ziplines at the abandoned grain elevators or paddleboard the Buffalo River.

When it comes to food, Watson’s Chocolate and and Anchor Bar are classic institutions in the city.  That said, some of the best hops are had at Resurgence Bar .

Of course, if you’re primarily interested in shopping and checking out the sights on the American side of Niagara Falls, there’s always that too!  Also, don’t forget to check out Fort Niagara and the lesser known Buffalo wine trail .

If you like what you see in your planning, add a day or two to your trip to make it a full weekend or long weekend!

Website: Visit Buffalo

  • Architecture
  • Entertainment
  • Local shopping
  • Outlet shopping
  • American Niagara Falls
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House
  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
  • Buffalo City Hall
  • Old Fort Niagara
  • Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls
  • Zipline at RiverWorks
  • Wings Beer and More Bike and Foodie Tour
  • Best of Buffalo on Bike
  • New Buffalo Foodie Experience
  • Resurgence Brewing Company
  • Watson’s Chocolate
  • Pearl Street Grill & Brewery
  • Hilton Garden Inn Buffalo Downtown
  • Courtyard by Marriott Canalside

ACTIVITIES IN BUFFALO

Whether you’re looking for a weekend trip from Toronto or just building your own itinerary for your visit to the Greater Toronto Area and Ontario, I’d love to hear from you about whether you agree with this list or have questions.  Drop a comment down below!

Once you’re outside of the GTA, public transportation options become more limited. It may be possible to use extended transportation in the Great Golden Horseshoe through GO Transit , however a car is highly recommended for the trips on this list. There are many locations to rent a car in the city.

Yes, it is quite easy to rent a car, whether it’s through the major car rental companies or car sharing companies such as Turo. Make sure to take advantage of car rental coupon codes when renting a car.

Summer is the best time overall to do weekend trips from Toronto but this is also the busiest time of the year, especially during school holiday. This is why spring and autumn are great times to explore outside of the city especially when you factor in new blooms and the changing of leaves.

What you should read next

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About William Tang

William Tang is the Chief of Awesome behind the award-winning Going Awesome Places which is focused on outdoor adventure, and experiential travel. His true passion lies in telling stories, inspiring photography and videos, and writing detailed itineraries and travel guides. He is a member of Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC), Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), and Travel Massive. He has also been featured in publications such as Reader's Digest, Entrepreneur, Men's Journal, and Haute Living. Make sure to learn more about William Tang to find out his story and how Going Awesome Places started.

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Jennifer Nicol Colwell says

September 24, 2020 at 2:26 AM

Thanks for this great guide on Weekend trip from Toronto. Next time, I am going to explore Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and other spots.

Will Tang says

September 24, 2020 at 10:38 AM

Thanks for stopping by! Yes, Niagara Falls is always a winner but make sure to look out for some of the hidden gems like Niagara Glen Gorge!

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The 12 Best Short Trips from Toronto in 2022

By Khadija Bilal | Published on 09 Oct 2022

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Toronto is a great city, with so much to see and do. From its museums and galleries to its world-class restaurants and beautiful parks. However, there may be times when you want to get away from the city and see something new.

Fortunately, there are lots of great short trips from Toronto you can make. Plus, the Ontario government has tax credits for staycations .The city is ideally placed for day trips and weekend getaways in Ontario and beyond. Let’s take a look at some of the top short trips from Toronto to consider this year.

Milton

When you’re talking about the best short trips from Toronto, the list simply wouldn’t be complete without Milton. In fact, for many locals, this is one of the best day trips from the area. It only takes about 45 minutes by car to get to Milton, so you won’t have to worry about spending long hours travelling.

Situated in Southern Ontario, Milton is technically part of the Greater Toronto Area. However, it’s much quieter than the busy streets of the big city.

There are lots of lovely things to do here, including plenty of fun-filled activities that are completely free. Such as walking along the Lime Kiln Trail or riding your bikes on the Bruce Trail.

The Crawford Lake Conservation Area is another great place to visit, and active individuals will enjoy spending time at the John Tonelli Sports Centre, or visiting the Glen Eden Ski & Snowboard Centre. Milton is great to see in the winter, with some excellent slopes for skiing and snowboarding.

So, how much will you have to spend? Well, it depends on what you do. You won’t have to use much gas to get here from Toronto, and a lot of the natural spaces are free to walk around. So, you can make an affordable day trip there. Or you can spend a little money to enjoy some attractions and food.

Estimated cost of a day trip to Milton from Toronto for 2: $114

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Want to see one of the world’s most famous landmarks for your next short trip from Toronto? If so, head to Niagara Falls! They are arguably the most famous waterfalls on the planet. They’re only about 90 minutes by car from Toronto via the QEW Highway, so you can make it there and back in a single day.

The falls are simply extraordinary and easily rank among the key landmarks to see at least once in your lifetime. You can bring the whole family here to appreciate the sights and splendour. Or if you’re a couple, simply enjoy a romantic weekend getaway to Niagara Falls. Either way, you’re sure to have a great time.

As well as walking around and admiring the falls, there are plenty of other activities you can enjoy here. Various companies offer cruises and boat tours all the way down to the base of the falls, or even jet boat rides among the rapids. There’s also a zipline you can take, which is particularly memorable at night, as well as helicopter tours, too.

Just make sure to compare travel insurance plans before you go if you plan to enjoy one of these thrilling activities. Remember that there are also plenty of other more relaxing ways to enjoy the falls, along with some great local restaurants and good shopping areas in the surrounding area.

Estimated cost of a day trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto for 2: $165

Dundas Valley

Dundas Valley

Dundas Valley is another great place to consider for your next short trip from Toronto. It’s less than an hour away from the city, and you can simply follow the road south-west along the coast of Lake Ontario to get there. So this is another location that is perfectly feasible for cheap day trips , as well as more relaxing and lengthy weekend getaways.

The Dundas Valley Conservation Area easily ranks among the true treasures of Southern Ontario. The area is a haven for wildlife and a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. It boasts all sorts of plants and animals for you to look out for as you explore and enjoy the various trails and pathways.

Classed as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO , the Conservation Area is a joy to look at. It’s the perfect escape when you’re feeling a little too tired of all the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Plus, there’s only a small fee to park your car. Once you get inside, you can enjoy a whole host of activities, like cycling, hiking, picnics, and more.

While in the area, you could also visit Dundurn Castle, a 40-room, Italian-inspired estate dating back to the 1830s. The castle was once home to railway magnate and Premier of the United Canadas, Sir Allan Napier MacNab, and the staff here offer some informative and fascinating tours.

Estimated cost of a day trip to Dundas Valley from Toronto for 2: $65

Elora

If you’re looking for a charming town for your next short trip from Toronto, or a romantic weekend getaway, you may want to choose Elora. One of the cutest and loveliest places in the Toronto area, Elora can be reached from Downtown Toronto in about 90 minutes.

Situated in Wellington County and founded in the 1830s, this town has a lot of history behind it. It houses the famous Elora Mill, for example, which stands five stories tall and was constructed in 1832. Over time, the mill has been a sawmill, a distillery, a flour mill, and is currently a luxury hotel and spa.

If you’re looking for things to do here, there are plenty of options. Couples may want to visit Metcalfe Street to enjoy some of the town’s boutiques and independent stores. They sell a range of items from attire and accessories, to handmade gifts and unique souvenirs you can take back home. Just remember to get the best travel credit card before you go.

There are also some great restaurants in the area, serving up farm-to-table meals with locally-sourced ingredients. Some of the best places have seats looking out over the river, perfect for a romantic evening. If you want something more active and adventurous, you can head out to Elora Gorge and admire the 80 foot deep chasm walls.

Estimated cost of a one-night trip to Elora from Toronto for 2: $600

Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain

Next up on our list of the best short trips from Toronto, we have Blue Mountain. It takes a bit of time to get here, with an average of two hours in the car from Toronto, but it’s more than worth it.

Many people make the journey from Toronto to Blue Mountain every single year to enjoy the unique beauty and activities of this popular ski and snowboard resort.

The Blue Mountain ski resort has been around since the 1940s. It’s arguably best in winter, when visitors can enjoy activities like skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, pond skating, snowshoeing, and sleigh rides . However, even in the spring and summer, there are things to do here, like golf, rock climbing, ziplines, rope courses, and hiking.

Blue Mountain Village is also a very charming place that hosts a range of events throughout the year. Including live music concerts, fireworks shows, harvest events in the fall, and more. Plus, there are some lovely shops and restaurants to try out in the local area, and some really friendly people waiting to welcome you.

How much will this all cost? Well, it depends if you choose to stick around for a couple of nights or head back quickly. But even if you do decide to stay, there are some affordable accommodation options in the area for budget-conscious travellers to consider.

Estimated cost of a one-night stay in Blue Mountain from Toronto for 2: $280

Collingwood

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When it comes to short trips from Toronto, a lot of locals tend to head up to Collingwood. It takes less than two hours to get there by car, and it’s a great place to base yourself for trips to other nearby locations. Including beaches, lakes, and ski resorts. So there really is something for everyone in Collingwood.

Wasaga Beach is one of the top spots to check out while you’re in Collingwood. Long, sandy, and golden, this beach is situated at the southern end of Georgian Bay. It’s actually one of the longest freshwater beaches on the entire planet. So, even on busy days, you should be able to find plenty of space for yourself and your loved ones here.

Visitors to Collingwood can also check out the aforementioned Blue Mountain ski area and village, or simply stick around in the city of Collingwood itself, enjoying places like Sunset Point Park, the Georgian Trail, or even the local Side Launch Brewery. There’s no shortage of great places to eat and drink, as well.

In terms of cost, the price you pay will depend on how long you stay. It’s good to have a full weekend here, as there’s so much to see and do. You can save money by enjoying free attractions and activities, like walking along Wasaga Beach.

Estimated cost of a two-night trip to Collingwood from Toronto for 2: $740

Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara-on-the-Lake

The next entry on our list, and one of the most romantic short trips from Toronto, is Niagara-on-the-Lake. Situated in southern Ontario, right on the shores of Lake Ontario, this little town is famed for its wineries and welcoming atmosphere, and you can reach it in about an hour and a half from Toronto.

A beautiful and one-of-a-kind small town, Niagara-on-the-Lake is the sort of place that visitors want to return to again and again. Its flower-lined old town area, for example, is filled with wonderful old buildings that date back to the 19th century. The town also has some interesting historic landmarks, like Fort George, constructed by the British as a base against American offensives.

There are some great places to stay here, too. Including luxury hotels for those with big budgets, and more quaint and quiet bed & breakfast places with uniquely-decorated rooms. In terms of things to do, you can visit local shops, dine at local restaurants, admire the architecture, or even visit the continent’s oldest golf course.

There are some stunning old churches dotted around the town, too. You won’t want to miss the Shaw Festival, which runs from April to December every year and involves various theatrical plays and performances based on the works of George Bernard Shaw .

Estimated cost of a one-night trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake from Toronto for 2: $350

Sooke

Another option you have if you’re planning short trips from Toronto is to head east from the big city and visit Prince Edward County, also just known as “The County” to the locals. It only takes about two hours to get to Prince Edward County from the Greater Toronto Area, and it’s an ideal escape for a relaxing weekend or romantic one night stay.

So, what can you do here? Well, PEC is an ideal location for foodies and wine lovers . There are several great wineries in the area, and many of them have tasting rooms, vineyard tours, and other fun things for visitors to do. There are some great breweries, too, and a lot of high quality restaurants.

There’s also quite a creative community in Prince Edward County, so you could check out some of the local galleries to see some great art, inspired by the beauty of the area. Or, if you’re looking to immerse yourself in nature, head to Sandbanks Provincial Park , home of the biggest baymouth barrier dunes in the world.

For a truly special stay that you won’t soon forget, you may want to visit during the area’s famous Lavender Festival. There are many other great events in PEC all through the year.

Estimated cost of a one-night short trip to Prince Edward County from Toronto for 2: $470

Tobermory

Ontario has so many beautiful, breathtaking places, and the Bruce Peninsula ranks among the very best of them. You can enjoy the wonderful views and activities of this area with a short trip from Toronto to the town of Tobermory. It takes about 3.5 hours to get there by car, or you can take the bus, which takes a little longer.

Tobermory is a wonderful little town. Here, you’ll find some great fish and chip restaurants and seafood bars with views over the water, along with lively bars and live music events in the evenings. There are some great shops, too, often selling handmade wares from local artists and creators.

Visitors can walk along the harbour and take in the scenic sights and vibrant atmosphere of the place, or head out onto the water by booking a local boat tour or cruise. You can also head over to Flower Pot Island and check out some of the local shipwrecks dating back to the 1800s.

Of course, the main attraction here has to be Bruce Peninsula National Park. One of the most visually impressive national parks in all of Canada, Bruce Peninsula is utterly picturesque, perfect for long, romantic walks, photoshoots, and cozy picnics.

Estimated cost of a day trip to Salt Spring Island from Vancouver for 2: $400

Muskoka

The District of Muskoka, otherwise simply know as Muskoka, is another prime destination to choose for a short trip from Toronto or a weekend getaway. Known as cottage country, this area attracts over 2 million visitors each year, and it’s a must-see spot for Torontonians, since it’s only two hours from the big city.

Instantly recognizable with its crystal clear lakes and dense pine forests, Muskoka is the sort of place you can lose yourself in for hours on end. It’s ideal for those who want to feel at one with nature, with a whole host of provincial parks to explore like Algonquin, Arrowhead, and Hardy Lake.

There are some highly luxurious and fancy resorts in this part of Canada, too. So, if you really want to indulge, you can book a night or two at a nice place and enjoy some of the resort’s own spa services and fine dining, or you can visit local bakeries and coffee shops for good food on a budget.

Estimated cost of a short trip to Muskoka from Toronto for 2: $200

Stratford

Looking for something a little more cultural for your next short trip from Toronto? If so, you may want to consider a day trip or short stay in the city of Stratford, about two hours west of Toronto. Named after the English city of the same name where William Shakespeare was born, the city is famous for hosting the annual Stratford Festival, with regular performances of classic plays.

The festival runs from April to November, so you can visit and enjoy live theatrical fun for large parts of the year. But that’s not all that Stratford has to offer. The city also has a great culinary scene, with some great chefs running local restaurants and serving up a fine array of gourmet meals.

Stratford is also home to some wonderful Victorian era architecture, and it can be pleasant to simply stroll along the streets and take in the views of the city that surround you. Plus, landmarks like Stratford City Hall and the Shakespearean Gardens are certainly worth a visit.

Estimated cost of a day trip to Stratford from Toronto for 2: $295

Buffalo

Last but not least on our list of short trips from Toronto, we can also recommend a trip over the border into the US to visit the cultural hub of Buffalo in New York State. It takes a little over two hours to drive here from Toronto, or you can take a bus straight into the city, which takes more or less the same amount of time.

So, what can you do here? Well, Buffalo is a great city to walk around, either on your own or as part of a guided tour. There are lots of impressive buildings and interesting architectural landmarks across the city, and no visit can be complete without a stroll through the Canalside area.

In terms of attractions, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin house will appeal to art and architecture lovers, while the Naval and Military Park is a fascinating place to learn more about military history. You can also catch a Buffalo Sabres game at KeyBank Center, or admire the plants at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

Estimated cost of a short trip to Buffalo from Toronto for 2: $230

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The BEST 5 Tobermory Tours from Toronto

Are you ready to embark on an adventure through the breathtaking landscapes of Ontario? ( Yes, we have them )… Picture crystal-clear turquoise waters, dramatic limestone cliffs, and a quaint coastal town brimming with charm.

Nestled on the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, is the charming town of Tobermory .

Tobermory is surrounded by some of Ontario’s most gorgeous national parks, including Bruce Peninsula National Park , Fathom Five National Marine Park and Lion’s Head Provincial Park .

As a Toronto local, one of my favourite weekend trips is Bruce Peninsula National Park. It is stunningly beautiful.  Tobermory and Bruce Peninsula are popular tourist destinations for both Ontario residents and visitors alike.

If you don’t have time to plan your own trip to Tobermory , consider one of these Tobermory tours from Toronto or multi-day trips to get your adventure started!

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Tobermory Day Trips from Toronto

Prices updated May 2024.

Bruce Peninsula Day Trip from Toronto by Travelling Chicken

Small group tour with a jam packed itinerary, free meal & snacks.

All park fees are included in the price with this Trip to Tobermory.

  • Tour Price : $219.00 CAD per person
  • Pick up: Downtown Toronto or Mississauga
  • Group Size: 14 people max
  • Length of Tour : 13 hours
  • Cancellation: 24 hours before tour
  • Transportation to & from Toronto to Tobermory
  • All park entrance fees
  • Water & snacks

Tour Itinerary

You will have three hours to explore the stunning Bruce Peninsula, with gorgeous hikes or refreshing swimming. 

Afterward, you will have the opportunity to visit the town of Tobermory, where you can indulge in a delightful lunch and explore its charming shops and ice cream parlour. 

A visit to the iconic Big Tub Lighthouse makes for a gorgeous final stop!

Additional Bonus (not included in tour price)

For those seeking extra adventure, the option to kayak is available for an additional $25.00 per person.

Paddle through the pristine waters of Tobermory, unveiling hidden coves and awe-inspiring beauty. 

Click here for tour information, booking & prices!

Indian Head Cove

Bruce Peninsula Day Trip by Toronto EcoAdventures

Trying to head to Bruce Peninsula on a day trip? Look no further, Toronto EcoAdventures offers a full day Tobermory tour from Toronto to the gorgeous crystal-clear waters of Ontario. 

  • Tour Price : $215.00 CAD per person
  • Pick up: Tim Hortons, 5 Christie St. Toronto, ON. Closest subway station is Bathurst Station.
  • Group Size: 6 people max
  • Cancellation: Non refundable
  • Admission for Inglis Falls, Cyprus Lake & Bruce Peninsula National Park
  • Transportation
  • Parking fees

Start your tour from Toronto and head to Owen Sound, Inglis Falls, a magnificent waterfall close to Tobermory. Spend 30 minutes here, soaking in the beauty of the cascading water.

Next, venture to Cyprus Lake, where a 30-minute hike awaits.

The highlight of the tour is next, spending 4 hours exploring the Grotto and Indian Head Cove. These natural wonders boast crystal-clear waters, mesmerizing rock formations, and opportunities for swimming and snorkeling.

Capture breathtaking photographs, take a refreshing dip, or simply bask in the serene ambience of the awe-inspiring location.

From here, you will head back to Toronto!

Natural Arch in Bruce Peninsula National Park

Tobermory Flowerpot Island Cruise Bruce Peninsula by Canaima Xpress

Visiting Toronto and want to add Bruce Peninsula on as a day trip?

Look no further, Canaima Xpress offers a day trip Tobermory tour from Toronto to the gorgeous crystal-clear waters of Ontario. 

  • Tour Price : $198.53 CAD per person
  • Pick up: York Mills, Toronto or Mississauga
  • Group Size: 23 people max
  • Cancellation: 24 hours in advance
  • Admission for the Grotto, Blue Heron Cruise Ticket

Pick up from Toronto and depart to Bruce Peninsula National Park. Stop at the Grotto and enjoy some time swimming and hiking around.

Following the Grotto, head to Tobermory town and have the option to take a cruise to Flowerpot Island.

Click here for tour booking & prices!

Flowerpot Island

Multi-Day Overnight Tours to Tobermory from Toronto

Bruce peninsula explorer 3 days from toronto by lake fever wilderness co..

Visit Bruce Peninsula National Park for longer than just a day trip, go on this multi day trip from Toronto by Lake Fever Wilderness Co.!

  • Tour Price : $679 CAD per person
  • Tour Length: 3 days
  • Pick up: Dundas St. W, Toronto
  • Group Size: 14 people max (minimum 2)
  • Cancellation: Full refund 7 days in advance, 3-6 days 50% refund, within 2 days no refund.
  • All meals (except x1 lunch at restaurant)
  • Boat Cruise & Shipwreck viewing
  • Campfire with s’mores
  • Accommodations
  • Park entrance fees (Bruce Peninsula, Grotto, Flowerpot Island, Inglis Falls, Lion’s Head Lookout)

Day 1: Leave Toronto, head to Owen Sound, Bruce Peninsula National Park and the Grotto.

Day 2: Cruise over the shipwrecks, Flowerpot Island

Day 3: Lion’s Head Lookout, Inglis Falls, home to Toronto

Bruce Peninsula National Park

4-Day Manitoulin Island, Tobermory & Surrounding Area

This is the ULTIMATE multi day trip to Tobermory and the surrounding area.

Visit Manitoulin Island and learn about Canadian history by visiting First Nations Territory and learning about residential schools, hike and enjoy the waters of the Georgian Bay, visit the Sauble Waterfalls, look at the shipwrecks and hike on Flowerpot Island!

ShortTrips.ca offers a very cool bucketlist multi day experience from Toronto you should NOT miss.

  • $1149 (Double occupancy)
  • $1049 (Triple occupancy)
  • $999 (Quad occupancy)
  • $1399 (Single occupancy)
  • Tour Length: 4 days
  • Pick up: Toronto, Mississauga, Vaughan, Innisfil
  • July 7-10, 2024
  • Sept 6-9, 2024
  • x3 breakfast, x1 dinner, x2 lunch (the rest is not included)
  • Boat Cruise over shipwrecks
  • Admission fees to parks
  • Tour of Manitoulin Island, tour of Residential School

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For more Ontario adventures, visit Niagara Falls for a day , or stop over at the Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries ! If you want to venture further outside of Ontario, stop over in Quebec for a few days in Mont Tremblant !

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5-day toronto to kingston, montreal, quebec city, niagara falls, ice hotel and ottawa tour (free airport pickup) tour code : gol-tor-105a.

5-Day Toronto to Kingston, Montreal, Quebec City, Niagara Falls, Ice Hotel and Ottawa Tour (Free Airport Pickup)

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5-Day Toronto to Kingston, Quebec City, Montreal, Queen's University, Niagara Falls, Olympic Park, Ice Hotel and Ottawa Tour (Free Airport Pickup) Tour code :

5-Day Toronto to Kingston, Quebec City, Montreal, Queen's University, Niagara Falls, Olympic Park, Ice Hotel and Ottawa Tour  (Free Airport Pickup)

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6-Day Toronto to Kingston, Niagara Falls, Montreal, Ottawa, Thousand Islands, Lake Ontario and Quebec Tour (Free Airport Pickup) Tour code : GOL-TOR-111A

6-Day Toronto to Kingston, Niagara Falls, Montreal, Ottawa, Thousand Islands, Lake Ontario and Quebec Tour (Free Airport Pickup)

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6-Day Toronto to Kingston, Niagara Falls, Peace Tower, Montreal, Ottawa, Thousand Islands, Parliament Hill, Lake Quebec and Ontario Tour (Free Airport Pickup) Tour code : GOL-TOR-112A

6-Day Toronto to Kingston, Niagara Falls, Peace Tower, Montreal, Ottawa, Thousand Islands, Parliament Hill, Lake Quebec and Ontario Tour (Free Airport Pickup)

9-Day Toronto to Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Kings Landing, Peggy’s Cove, Charlottetown, Hopewell Rocks and Covered Bridge Potato Chip Factory Tour Tour code : GOL-TOR-113A

9-Day Toronto to Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Kings Landing, Peggy’s Cove, Charlottetown, Hopewell Rocks and Covered Bridge Potato Chip Factory Tour

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10-Day Toronto to Quebec City, Ottawa, Montreal, Thousand Islands, Niagara Falls, Charlottetown and Kings Landing Tour (Free Airport Pickup) Tour code : GOL-TOR-110

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Highlights : Immerse yourself in the beauty of Toronto, Thousand Islands, Montreal,Boston and New York famous sights. On this 7-day tour guests can also visit the Philadelphia, Washington D.C and Niagara Falls with a professional tour guide and hotel stay.

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There's free, full access to Toronto's hidden gems this weekend

This year’s event has over 160 sites, including new locations.

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What to expect from Doors Open Toronto this weekend

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The city is holding its annual Doors Open Toronto event this weekend, a program that lets people tour the city's most iconic places and peak behind the curtain.

Digital creator and architecture enthusiast Anne Vranic calls it the Olympics for her and other self-proclaimed history "nerds."

"Typically, I plan weeks in advance because it is a race," she told CBC Toronto. "I just get so excited because it's the architecture nerds' and the culture nerds' time to shine."

For the last 24 years, the annual event has given people free access to the city's historical buildings, unique landmarks and museums. This year there are over 160 sites and running theme is hidden histories and untold stories. 

"It helps keep history and heritage on people's radar," Doors Open Toronto's program lead Kristine Williamson told CBC Toronto. 

New sites and popular mainstays 

This year's lineup includes multiple new buildings, including the historic University Club of Toronto and the Redpath Sugar Plant.

Popular sites such as the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant, known as "the Palace of Purification," are also back on the map. The art deco marvel was constructed in 1932 and is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.

A woman gives a history tour to a group of people at the University Club of Toronto, an Ontario Heritage site.

Plant manager Gordon Mitchell said last year there were a record 13,000 visitors during Doors Open. 

"It's a very beautiful spot on the lake. I'm very proud of our building and we like to maintain it," he said . 

Mitchell said this weekend will also provide a opportunity for people to learn about where their water comes from.

"They're curious about issues like fluoridation, lead in drinking water was a big issue a few years ago, so we like to reassure people that we have those issues well in hand."

Museums and interactive events

A number of museums in the city will also have free admission this weekend including the Aga Khan Museum, home to a vast collection of Islamic art.

"We exist to highlight the achievements and contributions of Muslim cultures and the way in which they're connected to everybody else," said Sascha Priewe, the director collections and public programs.

He said this weekend visitors can expect food, drink, performances and arts and crafts in the park.

A gorgeous white building with a pond in front.

Across the city at the Toronto Humane Society, tours will allow people to interact with animals while they learn about the organization's beginnings in 1887. 

It started with concern for the wellbeing of work horses and a $2-donation, said Lucas Solowey, Toronto Humane Society's manager of public relations.

"But as the organization grew, they also took on child welfare and animal welfare, so the organization's been working on a lot of issues for so many years," he said. 

An art deco building with yellow bricks and a green door.

Over a dozen neighbourhood tours will are also taking place, diving into local history, along with a series of talks by architects and urban designers.

Vranic says events like these help raise awareness about preserving Toronto's heritage. 

"Every time you open a newspaper, a building is at threat… and it really fills me with hope that that's people aren't taking that lying down. People are passionate about our buildings."

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10 things to do in Toronto this weekend

Things to do in Toronto this weekend include Doors Open Toronto , one of the most anticipated street festivals of the season and a food festival celebrating one of the most popular cuisines in the city.

Here's our roundup of things to do in Toronto this weekend. For more ideas, check out our previous roundup for the week  and be sure to head over to our events section for complete listings.

Events you might want to check out

  • Bentway Summer Opening Night Party May 24 Bentway Summer Opening Night Party Celebrate the opening of one of the city's most unique venues with local DJs, food truck eats, line dancing and more. The Bentway Skate Trail
  • Classic Albums Live: Bob Marley and the Wailers May 24 Classic Albums Live: Bob Marley and the Wailers Nothing says summer quite like classic tunes by reggae legend Bob Marley — and you can hear them performed live this weekend. Massey Hall
  • Red Bull BC One Cypher Canada May 24 Red Bull BC One Cypher Canada Catch some of the country's best break dancers at the national championship, held in Toronto this weekend. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
  • Archive Market May 25-26 Archive Market Peruse vendors offering curated collections of vintage and Y2K threads all weekend long. 55 Kensington Ave
  • Doors Open May 25-26 Doors Open Check out some of the city's most intriguing, significant and breathtaking sites and buildings for free with the return of this highly-anticipated annual event. Multiple Venues
  • Not Another Day Party May 25 Not Another Day Party The sun is out, and where better to soak it up than poolside at Lavelle, alongside some of the city's hottest DJs spinning Dancehall, Hip Hop, R & B, Amapiano and Afrobeats? Lavelle
  • West Toronto Artists 2024 Art Tour May 25-26 West Toronto Artists 2024 Art Tour This annual tour will allow you to experience original art by 30 local artists across the Bloor West, Swansea, High Park, The Junction, Roncesvalles and Runnymede neighbourhoods. Multiple Venues
  • Kensington Market Pedestrian Sundays May 26 Kensington Market Pedestrian Sundays Kicking off this weekend, the streets of Kensington are closed off to traffic and flooded with vendors on the last Sunday of every month. Kensington Market
  • Taste of Korea Food Festival May 26 Taste of Korea Food Festival Take a culinary trip to Korea with this festival featuring a slew of food vendors, immersing you into the flavours of Korean cuisine. IYF centre
  • 2024 Toronto MS Walk May 26 2024 Toronto MS Walk Get your steps in for a good cause at this walk, celebrating community and uplifting those who are affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Downsview Park

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