Outside of a few hot spots, the province of Ontario as a whole doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Offering the perfect combination of city life and rural getaway, Ontario offers something for all interests and preferences.
If you’re itching for your next getaway, Ontario deserves to be at the top of your list for destinations to explore. To prove it, here are five wide-ranging things to see and do in Ontario.
A good place to start is Canada’s capital city, Ottawa.
Walking through Ottawa, you can’t help but feel like you’re in a different time. Unlike other, more boisterous cities in Ontario like Toronto, Ottawa’s Gothic revival architecture, plentiful brick roads, and political presence give it a less flashy, more cultured atmosphere. If you’re a history or political buff, you can tour the grounds of the Parliament buildings and snap a photo with the iconic burning fire. If you want to start and end your day inundated with Ottawa’s history, you can even stay at the Château Laurier across the street from the Parliament buildings. After touring the grounds, you can continue your trek down history lane at one of the museums and galleries scattered around Ottawa, such as the National Gallery of Canada, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Royal Canadian Mint. Or, if aimlessly strolling the streets is more your thing, Ottawa’s pedestrian-friendly city plan makes walking or biking anywhere a breeze. That said, be sure to take some time for the many food stalls, snacks, and artisanal gifts at Byward Market. If you go during the winter, you can end the day skating across the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s largest skating rink.