Welcome to Ontario
From urban capitals of culture to the wild lands of the north, there is much for the RVer to explore and discover in thirteen distinct regions each with its own unique personality.
Explore the many sides of Ontario. Get wet by the spray from Niagara Falls, or simply immerse yourself in colonial history. Savor fine wine from the province's many vineyards, or ride up the CN Tower for an unbeatable view of Toronto and the lands beyond.
Between two Great Lakes, Ontario's southernmost region is a blend of history, bird watching, wineries, and beaches. The Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village features classic vehicles and a pioneer village. In Windsor tour Willistead Manor, a 36-room mansion built by Edward Chandler Walker, son of Hiram Walker. Explore the history of London and Middlesex County from 1820–1920 at the Fanshawe Pioneer Village.
Experience the breathtaking majesty of Niagara Falls. The Maid of the Mist takes you up to and almost under the thundering waters of Horseshoe Falls for a bottom-up view. Other attractions include Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara's Fury, White Water Walk, Butterfly Conservatory, Floral Clock, and Floral Showhouse. Cruise the Niagara Parkway stopping at Niagara-on-the-Lake, home of the Shaw Festival Theatre.
Hamilton, Halton and Brant
With Lake Ontario to the south and Niagara Escarpment through the center the Heart of Ontario has much to offer the RVer. Tour Dundurn National Historic Site, a 40-room Italianate-style villa built in the 1830s near the Hamilton waterfront. Share the stories of famous native sons including inventor Alexander Graham Bell and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky at local museums and halls of fame.
Huron, Perth, Waterloo, and Wellington
The world-renowned Stratford Festival features the plays of Shakespeare and other masterworks. Tour the 1877 Castle Kilbride and step back into the lavish Victorian Era. Explore St. Jacobs Country, home to 4,000 Old Order Mennonites, Farmers Market, and Village of St Jacobs. Admire the Grand River as it rushes through Elora Gorge in the Grand River valley. Towering limestone cliffs, caves, and glacial potholes are a few of the natural wonders at the Rockwood Conservation Area.
Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
Toronto's most iconic attraction is CN Tower and its EdgeWalk. Explore the world of science and technology at the Ontario Science Centre. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada's largest museum of world cultures and natural history. The Art Gallery of Ontario offers more than 79,000 artworks, the Toronto Zoo showcases over 5,000 animals, the Bata Shoe Museum displays more than 10,000 items, and Canada's Wonderland features 200 attractions including 69 rides. Other GTA attractions include the Hockey Hall of Fame, St. Lawrence Market Complex, Ontario Place, and the Distillery District.
York, Durham and Hills of Headwaters
Revisit the era of the steam engine aboard the York-Durham Heritage Railway through the Moraine countryside or ride the Credit Valley Explorer along the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. Journey into the past at Black Creek Pioneer Village and learn how settlers lived during the pioneer days of the 1800s. Discover what it's like to get lost among millions of LEGO bricks at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Vaughan Mills. In Oshawa tour Parkwood National Historic Site, once home to Canadian auto baron R.S. McLaughlin.
Bruce Peninsula, Southern Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe
Bruce Peninsula National Park is located on the Georgian Bay coastline, where cliffs and caves of the Niagara Escarpment create a dramatic setting. Walk the soft sands of Wasaga Beach, the world's longest freshwater beach. Explore cave s and crevices at Scenic Caves Nature Preserve near Collingwood. Tour Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, a 17th century French Jesuit mission.
Kawarthas and Northumberland
Wander along the north shore of Lake Ontario framed by the rural landscapes of the rolling hills of Northumberland County. The Kawartha Lakes Region features communities nestled amongst hundreds of lakes, rivers, and canals interconnected by the 210-mile-long Trent-Severn Waterway.
South Eastern Ontario
The 1000 Islands region of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River offers boating for every taste. Built from 1832 to 1837 Fort Henry protected Kingston and the naval dockyard at Point Frederick. Upper Canada Village provides an interactive, living history experience of a bustling 1860's community.
Ottawa and Countryside
As Canada's Capital, Ottawa is a showcase of national sites, monuments, and symbols that include Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, Laurier House, and the Supreme Court of Canada. World class national museums include the Canadian Museum of Civilization, The National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian War Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and Canada Science and Technology Museum. Other historic sites of note include Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, Billings Estate Museum, and Watson's Mill. Winding through the heart of Ottawa, Rideau Canal is the world's largest natural outdoor skating rink in the winter and a great place to cruise or paddle in the summer.
Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley
Journey through rolling hills that give way to vast hardwood forests set amidst the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield.
Algonquin Park, Almaguin Highlands, Muskoka and Parry Sound
From the waters of Georgian Bay to the lakes of Algonquin Park, this area boasts over 4,000 lakes and five major rivers. Ontario's beloved cottage country features sparkling lakes, dense forests, and the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield.
Board the Polar Bear Express in Cochrane for a train ride to James Bay. Hop on board the Agawa Canyon Tour Train for a rail excursion into the heart of beautiful Algoma Country.