places to travel Toronto and Ontario
Buzzing urban centers with hip nightspots and eclectic shops.Creative chefs, international eateries, and plenty of local specialties.Historic sites and modern art museums.Romantic getaways, outdoor adventures, and activities for the kids. And all at a good value, too? That’s Ontario. Toronto is Canada’s most multicultural city. Then there’s Niagara Falls, Canada’s most visited tourist attraction; Ottawa, the grand national capital; and theater festivals at Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake.Beyond these well-known attractions, Ontario offers much more. Bordering four of the five Great Lakes as well as Hudson Bay, Ontario has more than 3,000 kilometers (2,300 miles) of shoreline. This vast forested province stretches from the southernmost point in Canada nearly to the Arctic.With all that space, Ontario has countless options for outdoor adventures. Skate along the world’s largest ice rink, hike one of Canada’s longest trails, or swim in its biggest “swimming hole.” Go cycling, canoeing, white-water rafting, cross-country skiing, and dogsledding. You can even scuba dive among shipwrecks on the floor of the Great Lakes.Home to Canada’s most diverse population, Ontario delivers cultural adventures as well. More than half of Toronto’s residents were born outside Canada, giving the city a vibrant multicultural buzz. You could breakfast on French croissants, lunch on Japanese okonomiyaki, and end your day with Italian, Greek, or indigenous fare.In central Ontario, Old Order Mennonites still travel by horse and buggy and sell homemade preserves at local farmers markets. Roughly 25 percent of Canada’s indigenous population lives here, so you can hike through the wilderness with a native guide or watch a performance at a First Nations-run theater. You can also follow the Underground Railroad, which sheltered people fleeing slavery during the U.S. Civil War.Ontario has laid-back college towns and scores of wineries, maple syrup makers, and apple orchards. Take in a hockey game or take the train to a remote eco-lodge. You’ll find the Thousand Islands and far more than a thousand things to do.
A thousand and counting. That’s Ontario.