Outside Greater Toronto area, Toronto
We went here for a picnic on my first trip to Canada in 1980. I remember it fairly well as me and my cousins were playing frisbee and then, inexplicbaly filling said frisbees with cut grass. I was only 4! We then went to the playground pictured which was a lot of fun until my cousin fell or something and we left. Good memories though! :)
Location: off Queen Elizabeth Highway, between Oakville and Burlington
We took a tour of the Civic Centre at Scarboroughs Town Centre. The most memorable thing for me were the rubbish bins that looked like frogs and when you put something in them it said 'ribbit! Keep Ontario beautiful! Ribbit!' Silly, but it appealed to my sense of humour I guess!
It doesn't matter where it is in Toronto and area, some place there is some filming going on. Toronto is used for many American locations, for movies and tv shows.
Sometimes they move out of the city too. For example, the tv show Wild Card, which supposedly takes place in Chicago, is filmed in Toronto. I mention this show, because just recently there was an episode about a suspicious insurance claim on a bull, and for that episode they needed some real farm footage. My cousin's farm was one of the locations used.... but in typical fashion, you needed to know the property to realise where it was. My picture is of the "nursery" which wasn't in the show, but was part of the interior of the barn.
Halton Radial Rail Museum
Open during summer months, with special events at other times. This outdoor museum features all kinds of electric vehicles, from trains to streetcars, and trolley buses. For those of you who have been recently deprived of trolley bus service, you can see old trolley buses here. Plans are to have a trolley bus loop, and have the buses running! This is a treat for fans of electric transportation. This museum is located west of Toronto in Milton at Highway 7 and Guelph Line. For more information:
Blue Mountain is just outside of Toronto. It is a great place to ski and paying Canadian doesn't hurt at all. Their packages are great if you are planning to stay there for a couple of days.
In the summer they offer lots of other acitivities. I've only been there during skiing season.
Don't want to go that far out into the wilderness how about just heading a bit West to Pinery Provincial park close to lake Huron.
The best camp ground site is the Dunes.
There are lots to do there such as canoeing, kayaking, swimming and nature trails. THere's even a visitor centre for kids.
If you like the outdoors as much as I do. If you are ever in Toronto during the summer and looking for some peace and quiet head over to Algonquin park.
You can choose to canoe to a specific camp ground to a nice bungalow within the park. There are also many camps for kids to join around Algonquin. For more information visit their website.
There's not much to see in this town within a city, but it has a lovely small downtown that I had a pleasure to visit. Every Spring they have a bread and honey festivalmwhich is a wonderful array of homeade goodiess for sale. In queen street downtown you will see many little boutiques shops. There's a store called "For All Seasons" and this where you can buy authentic Canadian goods that you will not find any where else--Price is not bad as well.
About an hour and a half East of Toronto you'll get to Canada's Capital a city called Ottawa. Ottawa is a classic city with the outskirts resembleing a Scandianiavian town. Though in the heart of the city it has a old english feel to it with classic buildings (parliment included) and stylish arctitechture. Ottawa is a fantastic place to visit in in the Wintertime. There's plenty of ice festival's and there is the Ottawa canal miles of frozen ice where thousands of people enjoy skate on every year.
If you only go to Toronto, you're missing the real Canada - and the real Ontario. Tourists really should plan a day in the summer at Sauble Beach (It's like Florida, only not as crowded, no algae attacks, jelly fish or SHARKS, and the water is much more comfy in the heat of the day). Algonquin Provincial Park is also a must-see. Northern Ontario - well, that is my own little secret (some things we like to keep from tourists!). The photo below was taken by me (I have to brag a little) and is watermarked (I hate piracy).
If you're here in the wintertime, take the opportunity to go skiing. This pic is taken at Blue Mountain, a few hours drive north of Toronto near Collingwood. Okay, it's not like skiing the Alps or the Rockies, but it's fun just the same.
Just remember to dress warmly, it was -20 Celcius the day this pic was taken.
The Village of ROCKWOOD. About 1 hour northwest of Toronto on highway 7 is a charming village that has everything you could possibly want. GREAT DAY TRIP or OVERNIGHT CAMPING TRIP from Toronto. Part of the village's charm is the historical buildings that make up the down town strip, and the ecclectic collection of businesses that inhabit them. Rockwood has a couple of excellent ANTIQUE shops, and a bakery that it reknowned for miles around (it's been a bakery since the late 1800s). There's the finest of fine dining at the Vieille Auberge, which regularly attracts crowds from Toronto. The chef has a thick French accent and weighs at least 300 lbs., so you know the food's gotta be good (SUGGESTED ITINERARY: hit the Auberge for Sunday brunch, and spend the afternoon exploring the village). If it's more casual dining you want, there are a couple of funky pizza joints and a cool cafe in town too. The CONSERVATION AREA in Rockwood is famous for its caves and other geological anomolies, and is just plain beautiful place to go walk, canoe or swim. You can rent a canoe there, and there are excellent picnic and camping areas in the park (it gets a bit crowded in mid-summer). (ALTERNATE ITINERARY: hit the conservation area for a light picnic lunch; spend the afternoon swimming, sunbathing, canoeing, spellunching or just tuling around the conservation area; work your way through town and explore the shops in late afternoon; and then head to either the Auberge or the Purple Pig Pizzaria for supper before heading back to the rat race of the city). Another part of the charm is just the green, rolling hills of southwest Ontario -- Rockwood's as good a destination as any for getting out of Toronto and taking in some country air or checking out the fall colours. Or you could sit in traffic and breathe smog for the whole time you're in southern Ontario. Check Rockwood out first by going to www.rockwoodheaven.com
BRUCE TRAIL: within an hour's drive to the west of Toronto. Great place to get out and go for a WALK or HIKE in the woods. There are fabulous places to go on the trail to see the FALL COLOURS. The trail features a section that is among the most DIVERSE ECOSYSTEMS in North America and which is part of the UN Biosphere. Difficulty of trails varies, but there's something for everyone. There's over 800 km of straight trail along the Niagara Escarpment between Niagara Falls, Ontario (Queenston Heights) and Tobermory, Ontario (Little Tub Harbour), plus 200km of side trails. Side trails are good if you're on your own or only have one car, because they loop back to your starting point. The Bruce Trail Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and maintenance of these trails and the protection of Niagara Escarpment ecosystems. Buy a membership ($40) or at least make a donation if you're going to use the trails -- it enables the association to develop more trails, maintain the ones already there, and protect more of the Escarpment environment. Go to www.brucetrail.org to join or to choose the section that best suits you schedule and location.
Take the QEW ( Queen Elizabeth Way ) from Toronto towards Niagara Falls, exit on Hwy ( Highway ) 55 to Niagara-on-the-Lake...... Just drive around and look for wineries.......they are everywhere.....
ANOTHER MUST DO..... Try their Pinot Noir and better still try the ICEWINE.... only place on this planet that produce excellent Icewine year after year....Others have tried...but nothing is like the original.
Camping in Ontario is always fun!
Consider Algonquin Park located in Northern Ontario. It's one of my favorites and one of the best in Canada. :)