Ontario is home to both the largest and most exciting cities in Canada and the most breathtaking wilderness. Ottawa and Toronto populate the south-east corner of Ontario, and these vibrant cities are home to diverse arts, culture and music scenes. Further north there are over 250,000 lakes, which together contain a third of the fresh water on Earth. Ontario is bordered by Hudson Bay to the north and much of the southern border is edged by the Great Lakes. The unique geography of this state creates a stunning natural environment that outdoor enthusiasts will love exploring.
Canada’s capital city is culturally diverse and has plenty to offer all year round. The world-class museums are masterfully created and use cutting-edge architecture and technology to create a unique learning experience. The Parliament buildings are extremely striking and could be lifted straight from a fairytale. At their centre is the iconic Peace Tower which is the tallest structure in Ottawa. The cultural diversity of the city means it also enjoys outstanding culinary diversity, with dining options to tantalise every taste bud. In the colder months the Winterlude festival delights residents and visitors with a village carved entirely from ice and you can skate on Rideau Canal, the largest skating rink in the world.
Every visitor on holiday in Ontario is made to feel at home in Toronto. The state capital is extremely diverse and the city’s population collectively speaks over 140 languages. The many cultures in Toronto give the different neighbourhoods a distinct atmosphere, and people from every nation live together in peace and harmony. Toronto has the palpable buzz of a big city, with countless restaurants, bars, clubs and culture. This is also the best base for a day trip to the famous Niagara Falls. Feel the spray on your face from the Canadian side, or take a boat trip to the foot of the thundering falls before stepping back to see the bigger picture from an observation deck.
The impossibly beautiful Georgian Bay has inspired some of Canada’s best painters, and continues to do so today. This arty area has plenty to offer outdoor adventurers; Wasaga Beach, the world’s longest freshwater beach, is nestled in a nook at the southern edge of the bay. In winter, nearby Collingwood offers superb downhill and cross-country skiing.
As you follow the bay to the north, the scenery is wilder and the atmosphere more alternative - you won’t have to share the rugged beauty of Manitoulin Island with many other people on holiday in Ontario.
The vast, empty expanse of northern Ontario is not a priority for many tourists. However, if you crave stunning wilderness, then this area delivers on every front. The dramatic scenery is best seen on a road trip; take Highway 17 into the remote fjord area west of Thunder Bay to enjoy some of Canada’s most breathtaking views.