Province/Territory: Ontario

Great Cities and Pristine Nature

  • 250,000-plus lakes
  • 553m tall CN Tower overlooks Lake Ontario.
  • 90 plus Niagara region wineries offer award-winning vintages.

Ontario is a province that offers a diverse range of experiences. Visit world-famous Niagara Falls, then enjoy the culinary bounty in the wine country that surrounds it. With thousands of fresh water lakes and rivers, as well as the St. Lawrence River, Ontario is bordered on the south by four of five Great Lakes - Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Superior making it a perfect destination for boating, fishing, camping and more.

Nature lovers are particularly drawn to the rugged tranquility of Algonquin Park, as well as the cottage country of Muskoka, Georgian Bay, Blue Mountain, the Kawarthas, and the Thousand Islands where the opportunities for birding, wildlife viewing, hiking, skiing and snowshoeing are exceptional. Those looking for a urban beat head for the bright lights of Toronto and Ottawa - two of Canada's largest cities and the provincial and national capitals - which offer world-class attractions, dining, theatre, performing arts, museums & galleries, shopping and more.

Events & Festivals

  • Skate on the Rideau Canal, see ice carvers create giant sculptures, and play at Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park, the continent’s largest snow playground – all during Ottawa’s Winterlude from early to mid-February.
  • Celebrate the fruit of the vine at the Niagara Wine Festival, which features one of Canada's largest parades as well as more than ten days of free concerts, wine tastings and tours, and culinary events.
  • See the best of international, Hollywood and Canadian cinema at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) which includes screenings, lectures, discussions, festivals, workshops, industry support and the chance to meet filmmakers from Canada and around the world.

Urban adventures

Arts & Culture

  • See world-class theatre performances at Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
  • Venture into the past at Fort William, the inland fur trade headquarters of the North West Company of the early 1800s.
  • Cruise the mighty St. Lawrence River, through the 1,000 islands, on Gananoque Boat Lines or Rockport Boat Lines in search of romantic castles and sunken historical artifacts.
  • Be part of an authentic Aboriginal cultural experience on the Great Spirit Circle Trail as you're introduced not only to the culture and traditions of the Anishinaabe people of Manitoulin Island, Northern Ontario, but also to the history of the island’s original inhabitants – the Ojibwe, Odawa and Pottawatomi peoples.

Food & Drink

  • Indulge your palate with a unique Icewine experience at Niagara's Inniskillin Wines. Learn how the grapes are left on the vine into the winter months then taste the delicious Icewine that results.
  • Sample Toronto cuisine at the St. Lawrence Market; take a lesson with a celebrity chef and nosh your way through a vast menu of traditional ethnic foods: from Greek calamari to handcrafted pasta in Kensington Market where exotic global snacks await.
  • Learn cutting edge cooking skills at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts School where seasoned chefs teach students everything from classic French recipes, to indoor grilling and even “knife skills”.
  • Learn to identify and savour Giant Puff Balls, Oyster Shell, Golden Chanterelles and Black Trumpet mushrooms with a certified mycologist and naturalist leading the way on a Wilderness Mushroom Foray Adventure with Long Point Eco-Adventures.
  • Discover the delights of Prince Edward County food and wine on a Culinary Bounty of the County then relax in the heart of it all, at Huff Estates Inn and Winery.

Outdoor adventure

  • Take a helicopter to the snowy Haiburton woods for a day of dogsledding on pristine frozen lakes and hills on the Heli-Dog Sledding for a Day.
  • Connect with your wild self by Calling the Wolves as you learn about their life in the heart of Algonquin Provincial Park.
  • Escape to tranquility. Canoe, swim and fish off your own dock. Indulge in a meal made from locally grown produce and get a bird’s-eye view of lakes and islands with a Cottage Stay and Floatplane Adventure at Elmhirst’s Resort (Keene).
  • Hike a trail, paddle a canoe and fish for your dinner as you mix high-end comfort with the beauty of the rugged northern Ontario wilderness on a Glamping in the Canadian Boreal Forest trip with WildExodus Adventures or on an expedition into the beauty of Algonquin Park with Voyageur Quest: Algonquin Canoe and Log Cabin Adventures.

Weather

  • Winter, from November until March, offers weather that ranges from cool and dry, to snow. In the southern parts of the province, average temperatures range from -8 C to – 1 C while northern Ontario is significantly colder, with temperatures dipping as low as -25 C and colder.
  • Warm summer weather begins in mid-June and lasts until mid-September — with average daily July temperatures in the low 20s to low 30s °C in southern Ontario.
  • Spring extends from late March until early June, and brings moderate temperatures across Ontario.
  • Fall, from late-September to November, comes with cooler weather throughout ON and occasional snow as early as late October in parts of northern Ontario.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.
Quick facts

Area: 917,741 sq-km
Capital City: Toronto
Largest City: Toronto
Total Population: 13,505,900
Official Languages: English & French (English predominant)
Provincial Motto: “Yours to Discover.”

 

When to go
  • Toronto, Ottawa and Kingston - and other Ontario cities - are alive with theatre, music and great dining all year. And the Niagara Region delights year round.
  • Downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog-sledding and snowmobiling are best from December-March.
  • Though Ontario’s provincial parks are open all year, it’s best to boat, paddle, fish, hike and camp from April until October.
  • Celebrate Ontario’s festivals and events.
  • View the splendour of the fall foliage in Muskoka, Georgian Bay, 1000 Islands, Sault Ste. Marie and more in late September/early October.
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