Sightseeing in Ontario
What is there to see and do In Ontario?
No visit to Ontario would be complete without a trip to see Niagara Falls. You can take a ride on a Hornblower Cruise around the base of the waterfall and spend the night at one of the nearby hotels in a room with a “fall view”.
The Toronto Zoo is home to an incredible array of animal life, home to over 5,000 animals representing over 400 species from a wide range of geographical locations. The stars of the African rainforest section are the hippos, while you can view prismatic-coloured Macaws or the jet black jaguars in the Americas section.
From Toronto, Blue Mountain a 90-minute drive away, and offers excellent snowboarding and skiing conditions throughout winter. Many of the ski lodges and resorts there have snow generators that are constantly adding fresh, silky powder to the slopes, so even if you go up on a snowless winter’s day, you’ll still be guaranteed great skiing conditions.
Eaton Centre is Toronto’s largest mall, and in terms of the number of visitors, is Toronto’s top tourist attraction with over one million visitors each week. Situated on the borders of Yonge, Queen and Dundas streets, the five-floor 330-store building has it all, from fashion to fast-food, department stores and supermarkets, jewellery stores, computer and technology stores, music stores and every retailer you could imagine.
Algonquin Park is one of the most scenic parts of Ontario, and it’s only a three hour drive from Toronto. Featuring forests and lakes, and the world’s longest network of canoe routes – its a natural wonder. With so much to do, like hiking, canoeing, fishing and more, it’s worth spending at least a weekend to take it all in before you head back to the city. Go up for just a day or spend a few nights at one of the nearby hotels.
In the heart of Toronto’s downtown area, the CN Tower stands above the skyline as Toronto’s most iconic building. Panoramic views are afforded from the top, dine in the revolving restaurant and even the ride to the top in a glass elevator is an experience you won’t forget.
The Rideau Canal
The Rideau Canal runs through in Ottawa, and is a beautiful location year-round. In the summer it’s host to boat tours through the city, and in the winter it is transformed into the largest ice skating rink in the world, with a total length of over seven kilometres. It’s open 24 hours a day and usually runs from January into mid-March.
Royal Ontario Museum
The historic Royal Ontario Museum (or ROM as its affectionately called) in Toronto is host to incredible exhibitions year-round and is well worth a visit. Tickets cost $16 for adults, with discounts for students and kids, while toddlers are free. Some exciting recent exhibitions include the “Bat Cave”, a South African dinosaur egg exhibition and an incredible collection of 17th century Japanese paintings. It’s also hosts dance parties on Friday nights, with live bands, DJs and refreshments.
Toronto Island is a 10 minute ferry ride across a small portion of Lake Ontario from the Toronto Queen’s Quay. Take a walk or hire a bicycle and explore the beautiful forests or cycle through the car-free neighbourhood of quaint old houses. During summer take a visit to one of the beaches that line the island and soak up the sun. There are also often boat parties for festivities in gorgeous natural surroundings – with so much to do and see, don’t miss out on a Toronto Island visit.