4 Side Trips to Take from Toronto

From the CN Tower to Casa Loma, Toronto offers a number of attractions within the city limits, but some top Canadian sites can be found a short distance from the city. Whether you are looking to explore the natural beauty that southern Ontario has to offer or tour a winery or vineyard with your significant other, here are four destinations that make for excellent day trips from Toronto.


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With its quaint 18th-century charm, Niagara-on-the-Lake is the perfect destination for adults and seniors who are looking to relax and recapture the feeling of a bygone era. Just 20 minutes from stunning Niagara Falls, this tourist town provides ample opportunity for dining and shopping. Relax and enjoy the sights with a carriage ride through Old Town, remember the past with a visit to Fort George, or sample wine at one of the nearby wineries and vineyards. Consider staying at a bed and breakfast to truly take in the experience of a visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake.


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If you’re looking for an adventure that the whole family can enjoy, be sure to visit Canada’s Wonderland, the first major theme park in Canada. Do you have a thrill-seeker in the family? Try one or all of the 16 roller coasters the park has to offer. This amusement park hosts a number of events annually, so check the calendar to see what events are available during your trip.

Consider staying in Vaughan so that the fun doesn’t end too early. Check out some Vaughan, Ontario hotels and motels to compare options before booking your trip.


For artists and art aficionados, Caledon is a must. In addition to the plethora of art galleries, the city offers The Alton Mill Arts Centre, which contains studio space for 25 artists, art galleries, and a heritage museum. You can even take a class or workshop at the center. Caledon is also known for its live theater. View a play put on by either the Caledon Townhall Players or the Blackhorse Village Players. Headwaters Arts hosts a festival every year that consists of an art show and sale, studio tours, workshops, and more.

While there are hotel and motel options in the city, its proximity to Toronto means that you can make it back to the city if you want to make Toronto your home base.

Algonquin Provincial Park

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Be sure to pack your hiking shoes if you visit Algonquin Provincial Park so you can experience one of the interpretive walking trailsĀ or backpacking trails. Enjoy a range of activities from canoeing to dog sledding. Stop by the Algonquin Visitor Centre, Logging Museum, or Art Center for more information about what the park offers. If your party is interested in camping, there are two options: drive to camping and backcountry camping.

While Toronto boasts a host of exciting things to do and see, there are also a number of fantastic day trips that you can take to surrounding areas based on what your party is interested in doing. Next time your travels take you to Toronto, consider checking out some of these terrific locations and their attractions.

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