You don't need to hop on a plane and take an extravagantly long flight to some exotic location and have fun this summer.\nALSO READ: Quebecers Are About To Get More Vacation Time Thanks To New Legislation\nJust look to our very own backyard for inspiration. The Great Lakes of Canada are the largest bodies of fresh water in our vast country and the precious greyish granite shorelines are even more stunning in person than in photos.\nView this post on Instagram always jumping into the big blue, two of the good guys; happy birthday @zach_nagelvoort & @darthbader9 .... thanks for always exploring without hesitation A post shared by John Den Uyl (@john.denuyl) on Jan 30, 2018 at 4:08pm PST\nSome of the more popular areas for swimming, boating, and beaching are located not far north from Toronto, so consider stopping by the big city on the way to your nature escape.\nThat said, Georgian Bay Ontario is one of the most beautiful in all of the Great Lakes. Tucked away on Lake Huron - one of the smaller Great Lakes - this bay boasts 1,240 miles of shoreline and is a paradise for fishers, boaters, and all water-sports enthusiasts.\nView this post on Instagram #georgianbay #lakehuron #lakehuronsunset #sunset #lighthouse #lighthouse_lovers #lighthousesunset #ontario #canada #ilovecanada #ilovesunset #ilovesunsets #ilovecanada #lakes #greatlakes #chicheemaun #chicheemaunferry A post shared by Richard Bastey (@richietraveller) on Jan 27, 2018 at 4:07pm PST\nYou can access the crystal blue water from just about anywhere, sandy shorelines included. And most impressively, paddle out to any of the 32 historic lighthouses and 30,000 islands, making it the world's largest freshwater archipelago.\nOnly accessible by water, the cluster of islands is a sight worth seeing. Imagine gliding through those islands on a kayak or cruiser, sounds like a dream to me.\email@example.com_embedded via\nFor more information on when to visit and where to stay, click here.