Caitlin Carpenter
Founder,
Days Out Ontario

We are so fortunate to live in Ontario. Adventures of every kind lie around each bend in the road. Let us open your eyes to places worth discovering. Here in Exploring Ontario you’ll get the inside scoop — direct from some of the biggest names in food, sport, and outdoor tourism — on something for every interest, age, and budget.

The best scenic backdrops

One of the best things about Ontario is that we have space — so much space that you can find your own personal sanctuary surrounded by some of the best scenery in the world. Whether it’s the soaring heights of Sleeping Giant, the remarkable dunes of Prince Edward County, the ferny trails of the Escarpment, or pristine forests of the far north, we can guarantee that there is a place in Ontario for you. Whatever landscape calls to you, there’s a way to enjoy it this summer.

Foodie finds and fresh flavours

With an abundance of farm-fresh products lining stalls at farmers markets, it’s no wonder Ontario is well-known for creative local cuisine. Your summer outings will be tastefully complete when they include a uniquely-Ontario food experience. You can taste award-winning vintages at an elegant Niagara bistro, peruse world flavours at the St. Lawrence Market, enjoy an orchard lunch complete with fresh-pressed cider in Caledon, or take a horse-drawn cart tour at St. Jacobs’ Mennonite farms. 

As new microbreweries, food trucks peddling bacon-wrapped meat balls or vegan desserts, and food fests (perhaps of the rib or strawberry variety) roll out their warm weather line ups, you’ll never have a dull meal this summer. 

Unforgettable active adventures

“Travel not only helps us learn about each other, but teaches us about
ourselves.”

Where else can you find a quarter of a million lakes perfect for boating? How about 1,800 kilometres of provincial park hiking trails (including the Bruce Trail, the oldest and longest trail in Canada)? Or try canoeing the Rideau Canal, the oldest continuously operating canal system in North America. 

Even the youngest children — or the young at heart — can find a way to stay active during their summer travels. To unleash your inner competitor, take advantage of Ontario’s many recreational facilities, arenas, sports fields, and athletic competitions. If you prefer something a little more meditative, try your hand at a multi-day canoe trip into Ontario’s backwaters, challenging cycling in the Hardwood Hills, or a golf outing on one of our many courses.

A history and culture all our own

Travel not only helps us learn about each other, but teaches us about ourselves. 

Ontario is particularly blessed to have dozens of world-class theatres, which in turn create charming and thriving towns around them with all the spas, art galleries, and shops a visitor could want. What better way to spend a summer evening than enjoying an outdoor performance by an up-and-coming Canadian playwright or a classic Shakespearean comedy at theatres, such as Fourth Line near Peterborough or the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival?

So leave your passport at home, support our communities and small businesses, and hit the road to get to know more about what’s just outside your back yard. And best of all — every time you explore Ontario, you’ll find out a bit more of what you are made of.