Ontario isn’t just known for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the CN Tower, but rather for some of the hottest outdoor travel destinations. From beautiful summer sights, to majestic winters, visiting Ontario outdoors will guarantee you a trip to remember.
This year Canada celebrated its 150th birthday, and IHG created a country-wide contest to find the Top 150 Hidden Gems throughout Ontario and the entire country. From coast to coast, Canadians shared their favorite travel spots to inspire getaways for travelers all over the world. Here are a few from Ontario:
Devil’s Punchbowl Falls, Hamilton
Ridge Road, Stoney Creek, Hamilton Ontario
Did you know that Hamilton, Ontario is the waterfall capital of the world? It’s true. There are over 100 waterfalls scattered around Hamilton and Devil’s Punchbowl Falls in just one of the beautiful scenic views this city has to offer.
This stunning 5.5-metre classic waterfall is one of the Niagara Escarpment’s most amazing sights that was created at the end of the last ice age by huge melt-water rivers that plunged over the Stoney Creek Escarpment, resulting in the carving of the Punch Bowl.
Elora Gorge, Elora
7400 Wellington Country Rd 21, Elora
This beautiful hidden gem rushes past 22-mretre high cliffs. It is the perfect excuse to get your family and friends together and explore what this natural area has to offer. With many activities at your fingertips like kayaking, tubing and hiking, Elora Gorge has it all. You’ll catch lots of campers, explorers and hikers stopping by to admire the view.
Lake of Two Rivers, Ontario
Highway 60, Nipissing, South Part, Ontario
This hidden gem is the oldest and best known in the Algonquin campgrounds. Its home to a beautiful beach where visitors can cool off on hot summer days and is home to some of the best sunsets in the Muskoka region. This jaw-dropping view will definitely make you want to take out your phone and snap a picture for Instagram.
Niagara Glen, Niagara-on-the-Lake
3050 Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Located minutes away from the beautiful Niagara Falls, Ontario this gem overlooks the rapid waters of the Niagara River and provides stunning backdrops for that perfect Instagram photo. Not to mention, your adventurous side can go bouldering (with a permit of course) and take a guided tour of the beautiful natural surroundings.
Bonnechere Caves, Eganville
1247 Fourth Circle Rd, Eganville, Ontario
34 minutes to Holiday Inn Express Pembroke
Are you looking to learn more about fossils, cave stories and interact first hand with a bat? The Bonnechere Caves is your perfect destination. This historic, underground site is the perfect afternoon for you and your loved ones! With guided tours every 30 minutes, you’ll learn how these caves came to be and why they’re so special. After your hike, indulge in some delicious food in the unique underground dining restaurant. Make sure to take lots of pictures, as this is an experience you’ll never forget.