Home to Canada’s capital city, its largest metropolis, forested national parks, shimmering lakes and the most powerful waterfall in North America, Ontario is a gatehouse to the country. Whether you’re looking to hop between cities by train, or self-drive through the province’s forests and open countryside, our specialists can help you plan a trip that takes in Ontario’s main highlights, and lesser-known attractions.
Few people visit Ontario without experiencing the thunderous waters of Niagara Falls, either by boat, helicopter or on foot. The falls are within easy reach of Toronto, where skyscrapers and the CN Tower are reflected in the waters of Lake Ontario. And, just a three-hour drive north of the city, you can canoe on Algonquin Provincial Park’s glassy lakes, often sharing the water with moose, beavers and otters. Walking and cycling trails weave through woodland and wildflower meadows. At night, listen for wolf howls echoing across the park from your log cabin.
Our specialists can also arrange for you to explore Canada’s First Nations heritage with a visit to Manitoulin Island. Here, you can become versed on the beliefs and traditions of the Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi tribes, from attending a smudging (blessing) ceremony to witnessing Canada’s largest powwow, which takes place on the island every August.
Places to visit in Ontario
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Ontario, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itineraries featuring Ontario
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Ontario, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Ontario
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Places in and around Ontario
- Algonquin Provincial Park Ontario
- Bruce Peninsula & Fathom Five National Marine Park Ontario
- Goderich and Lake Huron Ontario
- Gravenhurst Ontario
- Haliburton Ontario
- Huntsville Ontario
- Killarney Provincial Park Ontario
- Manitoulin Island Ontario
- Niagara Falls Ontario
- Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario
- North & West Ontario Ontario
- Ottawa Ontario
- Pelee Island Ontario
- Port Severn Ontario
- Prince Edward County Ontario
- Tobermory Ontario
- Toronto Ontario
Photos of Ontario
Our expert guides to exploring Ontario
Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Ontario, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Ontario at its best.
Seeing far fewer overseas visitors than Canada’s western provinces, Ontario offers forested landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and First Nations culture in a relatively compact area. Canada specialist Kayleigh outlines the region’s highlights, from touring Toronto’s markets to canoeing in Algonquin Provincial Park.
By self-driving in Canada’s Ontario and Québec provinces, you can explore peaceful parks filled with wildlife, secluded towns and villages, and multicultural cities at your own pace. Canada specialist Rebecca shares her ideas for self-drive routes that take in the best of each province.
Accommodation choices for Ontario
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Ontario. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Step back in time with a stay at Highland Manor, a stately house dating back to 1872. With period styling and an intimate atmosphere, it offers a tranquil stay in elegant surroundings.
As the name suggests, staying at Sheraton on the Falls gives you a bird’s-eye view of Niagara’s famous rapids. The hotel proves a good place to stay in Niagara, both for its vantage point and as a base to explore the surrounding area.
The Manitoulin Hotel offers comfortable, modern rooms with touches of First Nation décor. Its waterfront location, just 15 minutes from the nearby town of Little Currant, makes it a convenient base from which to explore the surrounding area.
Deerhurst Resort is well- placed to explore nearby Algonquin Provincial Park. Perched on a lakeside, surrounded by forest, there’s also a huge range of activities on-site for those who wish to stay close to the resort.
A landmark Ottawa hotel, the Lord Elgin is set in a stately limestone building and offers comfortable, corporate-style rooms and discreet service from its experienced staff. It's a convenient base with a central location for exploring the city.
This grand hotel has an excellent central location in Ottawa. From indulgent afternoon tea to a well-equipped health club, you’ll find plenty of ways to relax during your stay after long days spent exploring the city.
Lying close to the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Shaw Club Hotel provides the service of a private club with the convenience of a downtown hotel. You can expect plenty of amenities and clean, modern rooms, all in a great location for exploring the town.
This lodge occupies a low-key lakeside location deep in Algonquin National Park. Rooms are traditional log cabins, and the lodge can arrange for you to take part in many classic Canadian wilderness activities, including guided fishing trips.
Set in the lush green town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, historic Antique Slumber B&B offers an intimate base from which to explore this charming Victorian town, or head further afield to Niagara Falls itself.
Killarney Mountain Lodge is a comfortable resort on the north shore of Georgian Bay. Family owned, the lodge is well-known for its friendly ambience and wilderness activities.
The Fairmont Royal York is one of the most iconic buildings in Toronto. Located in the heart of the city, many of Toronto’s main attractions and transport links are within easy walking distance.
Le Germain exudes youthful, urbanite sophistication. Along with its prime central location, it has a few tricks up its sleeve, such as an inviting library-come-cafe, an outdoor roof terrace, and a small rooftop putting green.
A well-situated waterfront hotel offering expansive views over Lake Ontario and easy access to the Harbour Islands as well as all the city’s downtown attractions. It also has a good range of dining options and leisure facilities.
Located in downtown Toronto, close to the shops and restaurants, the Courtyard by Marriott is a modern hotel with spacious, comfortable rooms and a wide variety of facilities.