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Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

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Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

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 pow-wow, which takes place on the island every August.

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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 itinerary featuring Ontario

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Ontario, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    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.

    • Highlights of Ontario
      Niagara Falls

      Highlights of Ontario

      Highlights of Ontario

      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.

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    • Canada self-drive vacations: Ontario and Québec
      Algonquin Provincial Park

      Canada self-drive vacations: Ontario and Québec

      Canada self-drive vacations: Ontario and Québec

      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.

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    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.