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Ontario Holidays

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Ontario holidays take you to two of Canada’s most important cities, unforgettable natural wonders, and beautiful lakes and parks. Whether you’re drawn to the bustling metropolises of Toronto and Ottawa, or the vast countryside, Ontario has it all. This province is perfectly placed for a longer adventure, too. You could go on a road trip through neighbouring Quebec, or hop over the border to spend a few days in New York City.

Canada’s impressive capital city, Ottawa, is a must-visit during your trip. You can wander down the wide streets, discover the grandeur of Parliament Hill, and admire the elegant Old Town buildings along the Rideau Canal. Make sure you also visit vibrant ByWard Market, to experience the diverse food scene of Canada’s capital.

But as urban hubs go, Toronto is more famous. Canada’s biggest city and a popular starting point for Ontario holidays, this place is one of the friendliest towns in the world – so you’re sure to feel welcome. There are endless activities here, too. With everything from sports, comedy and theatre, to music, markets and museums, this city has it all. The Toronto Islands offer outdoor activities, while the aquarium and theme park are ideal for families. And the bars and restaurants are second to none.

Niagara Falls lies just 90 minutes to the south. At this incredible waterfall, millions of tonnes of water splash down on the US-Canada border. You can sail into the mist it generates, explore the tunnels beneath the falls, or simply marvel at the power of nature. And there’s plenty more to see in the city. Couples and families alike will find a range of attractions, from casinos to waterparks. And no trip to Ontario would be complete without visiting the picturesque town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Elsewhere, you can sail out to the Thousand Islands archipelago from Gananoque. Get up close to thousand-year-old carvings and paintings at Petroglyphs Provincial Park. Take the family fine-dining in Blue Mountain Village. Or escape to the peace of Lake of the Woods wilderness resort. However you want to explore, our Travel Specialists will help you plan every detail of your Ontario holiday.

 

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Toronto

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Best time to visit Ontario

Things to do in Ontario

You’ll never be short of things to do on a trip to Ontario. City-lovers can dive into the entertainment and energy of Toronto, or soak up the grandeur and history of Ottawa. Enjoy a laidback day in quaint Niagara-on-the-Lake, where you can enjoy a leisurely brunch or afternoon tea. Then continue on to Niagara Falls itself, where you can marvel at the thundering waters of Horseshoe Falls.

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Ontario is great for a road trip, too, if you’re keen to explore more. Drive to the small towns and waterside resorts along the St. Lawrence River and sail to the fascinating Thousand Islands from Gananoque. Learn about Ontario’s history at Fort William on Thunder Bay, or take the family for an afternoon of theme park thrills at Canada’s Wonderland. Head north for a steamboat cruise on Lake Muskoka, and witness the ancient art of Petroglyphs Provincial Park. Or escape to the wilderness when you explore Algonquin, Killarney and the Bruce Peninsula.

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Toronto

Toronto is a must-visit during your trip to Ontario. You can climb the famous CN Tower to peer over the bustling streets of Canada’s biggest city. Beneath your feet, theatres offer the best of Toronto’s live music, shows and comedy. Culture-seekers will also love the Art Gallery of Ontario, while the Royal Ontario Museum is all about history and science. And you can see how Toronto is rejuvenating its heritage buildings in the Distillery District, which is filled with galleries, jewellery stalls and coffee shops.

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Have a sporting day out cheering on the Maple Leaves at ice-hockey, the Raptors at basketball, or the Blue Jays at baseball. Enjoy the lively art scene of Kensington Market, or step into Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Wander the Gothic halls of Casa Loma, which was used as a filming location for movies like Chicago, X-Men and The Pacifier. Or sail to the Toronto Islands for a day of cycling and kayaking.

When you fancy a daytrip, Niagara Falls is just a 90-minute drive to the south. You’ll meander past Lake Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake and pin-striped vineyards, before reaching the falls’ dramatic mists.

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Ottawa

Canada’s capital city oozes historical charm. You can tour the magnificent government buildings of Parliament Hill, visit the National Gallery of Canada, browse the Canadian Museum of History, and see the palace of Rideau Hall.

Browse the stalls, restaurants, and boutiques of ByWard Market, which stands in the shadow of the grand Fairmont Château Laurier and Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica. You can try your favourite cuisines from across the globe and taste the flavours of Canada. Popular bites range from hearty poutine to sweet maple pastries.

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Stretch out on Petrie Island’s beaches in summer, or skate the frozen Rideau Canal in winter. Enjoy a morning stroll through the hip streets of Westboro Village and grab a fresh pastry with artisan coffee. At sunset, you can see the beautiful Art Deco architecture of the Supreme Court of Canada, as it lights up over the Ottawa River. Why not end the day with an eerie ghost tour of Ottawa’s Old Jail after dark?

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Best time to go Victoria

There’s never a bad time for a trip to Ontario. With year-round entertainment – including live music, sporting events and festivals – Toronto always has something going on. Similarly, Ottawa is beautiful throughout the year. Parks, beaches, and outdoor markets are ideal for summer, while the frozen canal offers ice-skating in winter.

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Away from the cities, the countryside comes alive in spring. Smaller resorts and outdoor attractions usually open in late-May and remain busy until the end of September. Temperatures during this time range from 10°C to 25°C, and rain is sporadic throughout the year. June and August are peak-time for festival. Toronto is especially lively with annual Jazz and Fringe festivals, and Pride. September brings the Toronto Film Festival – one of the biggest and most prestigious in the world – while Christmas starts early with the Cavalcade of Lights in the last week of November.

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Things to do

Things to do in Ontario

You’ll never be short of things to do on a trip to Ontario. City-lovers can dive into the entertainment and energy of Toronto, or soak up the grandeur and history of Ottawa. Enjoy a laidback day in quaint Niagara-on-the-Lake, where you can enjoy a leisurely brunch or afternoon tea. Then continue on to Niagara Falls itself, where you can marvel at the thundering waters of Horseshoe Falls.

Show More
Show Less

Ontario is great for a road trip, too, if you’re keen to explore more. Drive to the small towns and waterside resorts along the St. Lawrence River and sail to the fascinating Thousand Islands from Gananoque. Learn about Ontario’s history at Fort William on Thunder Bay, or take the family for an afternoon of theme park thrills at Canada’s Wonderland. Head north for a steamboat cruise on Lake Muskoka, and witness the ancient art of Petroglyphs Provincial Park. Or escape to the wilderness when you explore Algonquin, Killarney and the Bruce Peninsula.

Show More
Show Less

Toronto

Toronto

Toronto is a must-visit during your trip to Ontario. You can climb the famous CN Tower to peer over the bustling streets of Canada’s biggest city. Beneath your feet, theatres offer the best of Toronto’s live music, shows and comedy. Culture-seekers will also love the Art Gallery of Ontario, while the Royal Ontario Museum is all about history and science. And you can see how Toronto is rejuvenating its heritage buildings in the Distillery District, which is filled with galleries, jewellery stalls and coffee shops.

Show More
Show Less

Have a sporting day out cheering on the Maple Leaves at ice-hockey, the Raptors at basketball, or the Blue Jays at baseball. Enjoy the lively art scene of Kensington Market, or step into Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Wander the Gothic halls of Casa Loma, which was used as a filming location for movies like Chicago, X-Men and The Pacifier. Or sail to the Toronto Islands for a day of cycling and kayaking.

When you fancy a daytrip, Niagara Falls is just a 90-minute drive to the south. You’ll meander past Lake Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake and pin-striped vineyards, before reaching the falls’ dramatic mists.

Show More
Show Less

Ottawa

Ottawa

Canada’s capital city oozes historical charm. You can tour the magnificent government buildings of Parliament Hill, visit the National Gallery of Canada, browse the Canadian Museum of History, and see the palace of Rideau Hall.

Browse the stalls, restaurants, and boutiques of ByWard Market, which stands in the shadow of the grand Fairmont Château Laurier and Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica. You can try your favourite cuisines from across the globe and taste the flavours of Canada. Popular bites range from hearty poutine to sweet maple pastries.

Show More
Show Less

Stretch out on Petrie Island’s beaches in summer, or skate the frozen Rideau Canal in winter. Enjoy a morning stroll through the hip streets of Westboro Village and grab a fresh pastry with artisan coffee. At sunset, you can see the beautiful Art Deco architecture of the Supreme Court of Canada, as it lights up over the Ottawa River. Why not end the day with an eerie ghost tour of Ottawa’s Old Jail after dark?

Show More
Show Less

Best time to visit Ontario

Best time to go Victoria

There’s never a bad time for a trip to Ontario. With year-round entertainment – including live music, sporting events and festivals – Toronto always has something going on. Similarly, Ottawa is beautiful throughout the year. Parks, beaches, and outdoor markets are ideal for summer, while the frozen canal offers ice-skating in winter.

Show More
Show Less

Away from the cities, the countryside comes alive in spring. Smaller resorts and outdoor attractions usually open in late-May and remain busy until the end of September. Temperatures during this time range from 10°C to 25°C, and rain is sporadic throughout the year. June and August are peak-time for festival. Toronto is especially lively with annual Jazz and Fringe festivals, and Pride. September brings the Toronto Film Festival – one of the biggest and most prestigious in the world – while Christmas starts early with the Cavalcade of Lights in the last week of November.

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Niagara Falls

Witness 3,000 tonnes of water plunge down every minute at Ontario’s most spectacular natural attraction. Why not sail into the mist or walk behind the falls?

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Niagara-on-the-Lake

Halfway between Toronto and Niagara Falls, this quaint lakeside town is the ideal spot to stretch your legs. Stop for a bite and refreshing drink, and pick up a souvenir.

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ByWard Market

Browse stalls filled with fresh produce, artisan crafts, and tempting treats at Ottawa’s historic market. Or sit down and watch the world go by from the cafés.

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Thousand Islands

Enjoy a dinner cruise at sunset as you drift along the calm waters of the St. Lawrence River, admiring the historic homes and private retreats of the Thousand Islands

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Parliament Hill

Explore the majestic seat of Canadian Government, where the 80-metre high Peace Tower divides the Senate and the House of Commons, perched on the banks of the Ottawa River.

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