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. :)
Get out of the city and go snowmobiling. This is one of my favourite winter pasttimes. I'm the one on the machine and that's my sister beside me. Note the family resemblance :-)