Top Attractions in Ontario
Ontario is home to Toronto, the nation’s largest city, and Ottawa’s capital, but it also covers vast
expanses of forest and pristine lakes, and includes Niagara Falls, one of Canada’s most visited natural attractions.
Around 15 times larger than the state of Texas, this
massive province provides endless opportunities for travel, adventure, and family fun.
People visit Ontario during the hot summer months to see some of the best museums and galleries in Canada; spend family time in the amusement parks; relax in lakeside
resorts; paddle or fish in the lakes and rivers; camp in the parks; and see some of the most famous landmarks in the country, such as the CN Tower.
Most turn their attention indoors to hockey games, shopping, dining, Broadway performances, and other cultural attractions in
the winter, while others venture outdoors to enjoy the ski hills, ice rinks, snowmobiling, and winter festivals.
This province will provide anything you’re looking for
on a holiday, from small towns to major cities.
Plan your travel with our
list of top Ontario tourist attractions.
1. Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is Canada’s most globally known
attraction visited by millions of visitors every year.
Although there are actually three sets of falls, the largest segment, known as Horseshoe Falls, falls approximately 57 meters, forming a large wall of water that extends between Niagara Falls,
Canada, and Niagara Falls, USA. Falls are popular mainly for the large volume of water pouring over them but combined with a huge drop, they are truly a spectacular sight.
The falls are situated right in the city
of Niagara Falls, making them convenient to visit.
It’s possible to walk down the main tourist strip of Niagara Falls, an outspoken spectacle in itself to the
edge of the gorge, where you’ll find great views all along the walkway overlooking the river and the falls.
Day trips can be organized easily
from hotels or hostels in Toronto.
The journey from Toronto takes
about 1.5 hours by car.
2. Toronto’s CN Tower
The CN Tower is one of Canada’s most
emblematic buildings, standing high along the Toronto skyline.
The 553-metre tower is illuminated at night and can be seen from all over the city and the surrounding area at any
time of day or night, but tourists are likely to want to take a ride up the tower to truly appreciate it.
The elevator provides access to the observation deck and the restaurant,
which are situated about three quarters of the way to the top.
The view is astounding, looking out
over the town and Lake Ontario.
It’s possible to see all the way to the plume
of mist rising from the Niagara Falls on clear days.
Looking out over the dazzling city lights
in the evening is also an amazing sight.
The tower is situated in the center of downtown Toronto, and the new Ripley’s
Aquarium and Rogers Centre, two of Toronto’s biggest attractions, are located at the foundation.
3. Parliament Hill in Ottawa
Parliament Hill in the nation’s capital is where
most of the tourists begin their tour of Ottawa.
The buildings are located in a lovely
setting on an elevation above the Ottawa River.
The Peace Tower is the most visible and most photographed building, standing
more than 90 meters high between the Senate and the House of Commons.
The Centennial Flame is in
front of the Parliament buildings.
During the summer, tourists can see the changing of the guard on the lawn in front of the Houses of Parliament, while
those lucky enough to visit Ottawa on July 1 can enjoy some of the biggest celebrations of Canada Day in the world.
4. Ontario’s Provincial and National Parks
Ontario has many excellent regional and national parks that provide
access to some of the most spectacular parts of the province.
In Southern Ontario, only two hours from Toronto, Algonquin Provincial Park is one of the most
popular outdoor and outdoor parks, with a large network of hiking trails and beautiful lakefront campgrounds.
Further on but equally stunning, Killarney Provincial Park
is another great location for hiking, canoeing and camping.
On the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula National Park offers its own attractions, and nearby
but offshore, boaters and divers can explore the Georgian Bay Islands National Park and the Fathom Five National Marine Park.
You will find history in
some of the parks, too.
Petroglyphs of Petroglyphs Provincial Park, a short drive northeast of Peterborough, offer a simple
and close-up look at an impressive array of 500 to 1,000-year-old Aboriginal rock carvings.
Somewhat more difficult to navigate, but still impressive, are the pictograms that line
the cliff walls on the shoreline of Lake Superior in Lake Superior Provincial Park.
Those looking for a truly remote experience will find pristine
lakes and forests in Quetico Provincial Park in Northwestern Ontario.
This is a popular area
for backcountry canoe and fishing trips.
5. Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
The Royal Ontario Museum in downtown Toronto is one of the largest museums in the province, offering
a wide variety of collections, from natural history and science to cultural exhibitions from around the world.
This museum, generally referred to as the ROM, underwent an expansion in 2007, which
saw the inclusion of a new and special extension known as the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.
The building is now a combination of
old and modern architecture with a striking look.