Ontario is a gem when it comes to the diversity of tourist activities and vacation venues. Our plethora of fresh water lakes, sand beaches and rugged northern landscape make Ontario an exceptional vacation destination. Popular resort vacation regions like Muskoka, Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton Highlands, Georgian Bay Region, Algonquin Park and dozens of other areas offer numerous seasonal activities. In summer the waters are warm, crystal clear and comfortable for swimming, canoeing, fishing or just hanging out on the beach. All tourist regions have plenty of golf courses to choose from ranging from beginner to professional. Fall is a great time for hiking and wildlife observation. Winter offers snowshoeing, ice skating snowmobiling and many ski hills for
snow boarding and downhill skiing. Spring is the time for fishing, maple syrup festivals and romantic getaways. Whatever your favourite season and activity interest, Ontario has much to offer for weekend getaways, couples escapes, group events, meetings & conferences and extended summer family vacations.
Loons have returned to Ontario Lakes
May is Moose Watching Month in Algonquin Park
Snowmobile trails have opened for the 2016 Winter season in parts of Central and Northern Ontario.
November is the Best Month for Storm Lovers, Storm Watchers and Storm Chasers.
Where do moose hide out during hunting season in Ontario? in Algonquin park!
The Fall Colour season in Ontario is spectacular this year. The leaves are starting to turn colour. Ontario is one of the few places in the world that can offer so many colours to see.
Smartphone update on the iPhone 6 and 6 plus
Best Smartphone for the Active Ontario Tourist.
Lots of availability left for Ontario resorts and summer cottages for the Summer of 2014 due to a long cold winter. People are just starting to book their holidays now.
New ATV trails are open in Muskoka near Baysville and Dorset.
Have you reserved your family cottage vacation in Ontario for this summer?
Moose sightings are numerous in Algonquin Park along HWY in May and June
Spring Fishing - A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work!
Outdoor Winter Weddings in March offered at the Sir Sam's Inn and Waterspa in the Haliburton Highlands.
There's just two more weeks of Winter Fun in Central Ontario. Last chance to build a snowman, do ice fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing or dog sledding.
A Full range of March Break Winter Fun activities will be available in Ontario due to the great snow conditions we have had this year. Snowmobiling, Ice fishing, skiing, dog sledding for family fun.
2014 Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships is in Haliburton, Ontario Jan 24- 26 and Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2014
Winter Carnivals happening all over Ontario.
Sea Monster sightings on Lake of Bays, Muskoka, two hours north of Toronto, Ontario
For the people that wish to get outside to enjoy winter in Ontario and have some fun - skiing, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, ice skating, dog sledding. There are a lot of tools you can use to make the most of your time away.
Ontario Ski Hills are open for another winter season of skiing and snowboarding.
In Travel Technology - Travel Lighter with the new Super Smartphone from Nokia Lumia 1020. It has a 41 MP camera.
Mobile apps to watch your Favourite Television shows when you are travelling
Ontario Tourist will focus on the "experiences" offered to tourists who visit Ontario Canada.
Pets are now welcome at Deerhurst Resort, Sherwood Inn and Rocky Crest Golf Resort
What is there to do for tourists in Ontario's Off Season
Where and When to see the Best Fall Colours in Ontario
Walking with the Dead
The Ghost Walk in Huntsville’s own Muskoka Heritage Place provides a delightful opportunity to dive into both history and creepy stories of times past.
Airplane Sightseeing Tours and Adventures
Take a trip back in history. Cruise Lake of Bays, Muskoka on a restored 100 year old ship - the S. S. Bigwin from Dorset, Ontario
Unique Wedding Venues in Ontario - resorts, ships or a turn of the century
Perseids Meteor Shower is best seen outside of the city on Sunday August 11 and Monday August 12, 2013 in Ontario.
Tall Ships 1812 Tour is coming to Georgian Bay in August. The ships will sail into Owen Sound, Collingwood August 16 -18, Midland and Penetanguishine August 24, 25.
Unique one of a kind Event held each year in Muskoka, Ontario - A Clam Race at Bondi Village Cottage Resort, Dwight
The Collingwood Blue Mountain Elvis Festival takes place July 25 - 28, 2013 Elvis Tribute Artists performances take place throughout the Town of Collingwood and the Blue Mountains.
Niagara Falls Ontario is a must see for tourists from all over the world. It is one of the 7 seven wonders of the world. People usually visit for the day and stay there overnight or in Niagara on the Lake. It's not far from Toronto. About an hour and half drive down the QEW highway.
TreeTop Trekking has locations in Barrie, Ganaraska and Huntsville, Ontario. Many activities in the trees, bridges, zip lines and tarzan swings. For the beginner, intermediate and advanced courses.
Ontario Farmers' Markets are a "must see" when touring around Ontario.
Each one is unique, with a blend of fresh produce, preserves, honey, baking, crafts and more.
Enjoy visiting a Farmers' Market in the area that you are staying. Muskoka, Peterborough/ Kawarthas, Haliburton, Huntsville, Bracebridge, Baysville, Lakefield, Lindsay or Bobcaygeon
July 8 -
Golf Courses will offer FREE golf to children under the age of 16, who are accompanied by a paying adult. A great way to introduce the game of golf to your children.
Ontario Free Fishing Week starts July 6, 2013. Adults living in Ontario, don't need a license to fish. Up to 18 years old, children don't need a license anytime of the year.
Ontario Tourist News: SS Bigwin Steamship has been restored and put back in operation on Lake of Bays Muskoka
June 2013 The water has warmed up so that it is suitable for canoe and kayak trips. Hiking on the many Ontario trails is popular at this time of year for bird watching. Many birds are returning to their summer home. One thing that concerns people travelling in the Spring are the "bugs". There are mosquitoes and blackflies but there is also a variety of repellents and clothing that will make your trek outdoors enjoyable. Please see our tips page for details. At any time of year, there are resorts that offer spas, music, wine tasting, new menus. In shorts, there's lots to do in the Spring.
Moose can be seen from the safety of your car at the side of HWY 60 in Algonquin
Park. Here's a video of a May 2013
male moose wildlife sighting.
Get your Boat on! Boating season has begun in Southern Ontario. The Trent Severn waterway opens for the season on Friday May 17, 2013
Opening weekend in the Magnetawan area for Walleye / Pickerel Fishing is on May 17, 2013
There is lots of timely information on our What's New page? New services like the Zamboni prepared ice skating trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park , Macgregor Provincial Park or the new spa services available at the Briars or Elmhirst's Resort Spas. In addition we will feature new products to take with you like the GoPro video camera or information about SUPs - Stand Up Paddleboards. Kayak and Canoe Insights into mobile technology for the traveller - what you need to bring, is another topic of interest.
Our Travellers Tips page can answer your questions like ... what do we do on a rainy weekend? How to pick the right snowshoes. Where can I get cell phone coverage or free internet Wi-Fi in a specific region.The latest in cameras for still and video. Unique places to stay ... like at a Ontario farm where you can milk some cows or stay in a railway car, or perhaps a getaway in a historic lighthouse?
The Experiences has topics like - where to see wildlife ... moose, deer, wolves. Best places to go bird watching. Tree top treking or zip lines and aerial tramways. Hiking in the treetops. Catching fish from a boat or a dock or in an ice hut through the ice. Where you can have a fish shore lunch of fresh caught pickerel. Get pampered at a spa, the best fine dining experiences. Where to find local Winter Carnivals. snow skiing, snow boarding, snow tubing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and where to get lessons for beginners. Want to attend a wolf howl or take a four day snowmobile trip around Algonquin Park? We know of a place where you can enjoy a moonlight horse drawn sleigh ride or cook smores over a campfire. Getaways where the skies are so clear you can see thousands of stars or a satellite passing overhead. Observing a meteor shower or seeing the Northern lights is a great way to spend an evening. Want to learn to canoe or kayak for the first time? How about a guided ATV tour through the deep woods forest trails? Or a bike tour - motorcycle or bike during the Fall colour season. We'll talk about resorts that offer weddings right by the lake.
Visit our Places to Stay page for tourist accommodations outside of the city. Where you can go for a romantic getaway, women's weekend, Super Bowl party, Stanley Cup party. Great locations to have your wedding or honeymoon. Resorts that cater to family reunions, multiple families or just your family. Places that are full service, all inclusive, or self catering rustic, luxurious, homey, in the wilderness, or close to civilization.
Our Tourist Visits page where we do in depth reporting on vacation experiences or events
- articles on Provincial Parks in Ontario - where each one is, what each has to offer
- articles on visiting some well known cities in Ontario and what they have to offer ... where to stay ... what to do e.g. Ottawa, Niagara Falls, Toronto
- article on micro breweries and boutique wineries in Ontario
- articles with list of where to go for these types of venues in Ontario: live theatre, downhill skiing, train excursions, boat excursions
- articles on each region that is part of Ontario-Tourist.com scene
Ontario Tourism has something for everybody that likes to travel, vacation or getaway for some relaxation and rejuvenation.
Welcome to Ontario-Tourist.com, whether you live in Ontario or reside outside the province - in the USA or overseas, you will find all the information you need to know to plan your vacation in Ontario. For those who live in Canada, you will know that Ontario is vast, with a diverse landscape where each region offers something unique to visitors. For those who wish to visit from Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, Africa or the United States, it is important to realize just how big the province of Ontario is, when planning an Ontario vacation.The province of Ontario covers an area of more than 1 million sq. km. (415,598 sq. miles). Canada's second largest province, Ontario is bigger than the countries of Spain and Italy combined. It is 3 times larger than Germany, 3.5 times larger than Italy and 4 times bigger than the UK. It is about the same size as the US states of Texas and Montana combined. If you are planning a lakeside vacation, Ontario is the place to go. One-third of the world's fresh water is in Ontario and, with more than 250,000 lakes to choose from, it's little wonder that Ontario attracts millions of tourists each year.
Toronto, the capital of Ontario and Canada's largest city, hosts more visitors than anywhere else in Canada (over 10 million over night visitors in 2011). Toronto is famous for its diversity and multicultural nature. Tourists come to Toronto, Ontario for its amazing array of attractions, superior convention facilities, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues. While the city of Toronto has more than enough to keep out of town visitors from entertained for days, for many visitors to Ontario, the highlight of their Ontario vacation is the time they spend outside of Toronto in the beautifully scenic lake regions of Ontario's cottage country. Many Ontario resorts and lodges, as well as great cottage country tourist attractions, are close to Toronto. Toronto's Pearson International Airport is just a 2 to 2.5 hour drive from the most popular Ontario tourist areas, including the Kawartha Lakes, Simcoe County, Muskoka, the Haliburton Highlands, Georgian Bay and Algonquin Park. Even closer to Toronto, there are several Ontario resorts that are less than an hour's drive outside of the greater Toronto area. Located in lovely rural areas outside the city, we can recommend a number of exceptional country inns and resorts that offer Ontario tourists the best in warm hospitality and a wide variety of services, such as gourmet dining, golf, spa services and more. There are Ontario resorts near the GTA in charming places like Zephyr, Barrie, and Sutton, Ontario where tourists can stay of the night or for a relaxing weeklong vacation.
Did you know that the longest street in the world is located in Ontario? Covering a distance of over 1896 kilometres (1178 miles), Yonge Street runs from the shores of Lake Ontario in downtown Toronto through southern, central and northern Ontario all the way to the Ontario/ Minnesota border. It has been acknowledged by the Guinness Book of Records as the longest street in the world. Named after Sir George Yonge in 1792, a good portion of the route follows an ancient aboriginal trail that linked Lake Ontario with the north. Today, while only the southernmost section of the street is called Yonge Street, most everything north of the GTA is referred to as Highway 11.
Another interesting fact about Ontario is that the province boasts the world's largest freshwater beach. Wasaga Beach, located near the four season resort town of Collingwood on beautiful Georgian Bay. Wasaga Beach stretches 14 kilometers long (8.6 miles). Wasaga is a wide beach with beautiful sand and offers fabulous swimming and many tourist attractions. This very popular Ontario vacation destination is less than a two hour drive from Toronto. Every summer for generations, the town of Wasaga Beach and its fabulous beach has attracted hundreds of thousands of tourists, for daytrips, weekend getaways and family summer holidays on the beach.
The scenic town of Gananoque in the beautiful 1,000 Islands region of south-eastern Ontario, is not only a wonderful place to enjoy on the water, it also has many interesting land-based attractions, shops and restaurants, and comfortable family resorts and romantic country inns. One of Gananoque's many claims to fame is that it once was home to North America's shortest railway. Although the rail line hasn't been in use since 1995, the Thousand Islands Railway, formally the Gananoque & Rideau Railway, ran for over 100 years; traveling 8 km from Gananoque to the town of Cheeseborough. Today, tourists can still see locomotive #500 on display at the Sculpture Park by the Gananoque River, and find out more information on local history by visiting the Arthur Church Heritage Museum.
Beautiful Georgian Bay, sometimes called Canada's 6th Great Lake is another favorite Ontario vacation destination for Ontario tourists, cottagers and visitors from out of province, the states and abroad. World-famous and regarded by many to be the most spectacular fresh water cruising grounds in the world, Georgian Bay's shoreline extends over 2,000 kilometres and contains over 30,000 islands. Recognized for its crystal-clear blue water, tall cliffs of granite, beautiful beaches, and windswept pines and islands, Georgian Bay is also an angler's paradise. Here you can fish for Walleye, Pike, Muskie, Bass and Salmon. Georgian Bay's has a rich history and offers a wide variety of attractions to enjoy while on your Ontario vacation.
Georgian Bay covers a vast expanse of Ontario cottage country and is made up of several unique and diverse regions. These regions are The Bruce Peninsula (Lion's Head, Sauble Beach, Tobermory, Wiarton), Owen Sound and Area (Meaford, Owen Sound), Collingwood and The Blue Mountains (Collingwood, Blue Mountain), Wasaga Beach, Midland / Penetanguishene (Honey Harbour, Midland, Penetanguishene), Parry Sound and Area (French River, Killarney, Parry Sound), Sudbury and Area (North French River, Greater City of Sudbury), and Manitoulin Island (Espanola, Gore Bay, Little Current, Meldrum Bay, Providence Bay, South Baymouth).
If you'd like to try Georgian Bay for your next Ontario vacation, the hardest part will be deciding where you'd like to stay and what part of Georgian Bay you would like to explore. Every area offers something unique for Ontario tourists. Collingwood and Blue Mountain have great hotels, golf courses, ski-hills and mountain bike trails; Wasaga Beach has the world's longest fresh water beach, kitschy shops, family attractions and economical motels; Midland/Penetanguishene have extensive waterfront trails and world-class attractions like Ste Marie Among the Hurons, the Martyr's Shrine and Discovery Harbour; Parry Sound, the French River, Killarney and the North Channel offer outstanding fishing, boating and scenery, as does the Bruce Peninsula.
Muskoka, Ontario is perhaps the most famous cottage country vacation destination area in Canada. Renowned for its many beautiful lakes with craggy granite rock shorelines and towering pines, Muskoka has been an Ontario tourist destination for several generations. Muskoka's main claim to fame is it roughly 1000 lakes, both large and small. Muskoka's largest and most coveted lakes are Lake Rosseau, Lake Muskoka, Lake Joseph and Lake of Bays. On these "Big Four" lakes you will find century-old cottages, charming boathouses, ,million dollar vacation homes, as well as many resorts, cottage resorts, inns and historic lodges.