Canada is a pretty big country. Although we know that Quebec is unlike any other place in the country, sometimes we forget how much there is to see and explore in the other provinces and territories. Just take our neighbour to the west for example. There are loads of places to see in Ontario that make for great escapes that are close to home.

Yes, yes, I know — Quebec and Ontario have a friendly rivalry about which is the better province, but the two are actually more similar than you may think.

When you think of a trip to Ontario, you probably think of a trip to Toronto and heading downtown to the CN Tower and maybe the aquarium.

But like Quebec, Ontario is incredibly diverse and offers a wide range of things to see and do.

And there's nothing better than finding that spot that makes you feel like you're in some exotic destination but are lucky enough to get to say it's right here in Canada.

Take a look at the list below for a trip across the border that'll make you feel like you're on the other side of the world.


Sandbanks Provincial Park

Address: 3004 County Road 12, Picton, ON

Sandbanks Provincial Park is one of the most popular beaches in the whole country.

Known for its white sand dunes and incredible water, you'll forget you're sitting on the shores of Lake Ontario and not somewhere in the South Pacific.

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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Address: 61 Claireville Dr., Toronto, ON

This sacred Hindu temple located in Toronto is hard to miss and you definitely won't want to. 

The mandir is the largest of its kind in Canada and actually was built by following the guidelines outlined in ancient Hindu scriptures. 

The inside is currently closed, but you can admire its beauty from afar!*

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Sauble Beach

Address: Sauble Beach, ON

Also in the Bruce Peninsula is Sauble Beach. The only thing more spectacular than the beach in the day is the beach at sunset, which boasts come of the most vivid and stunning colours against the calm waters.

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Parliament Hill

Address: Wellington St, Ottawa, ON

Our nation's capital is found in Ontario and although it is one of the most iconic symbols of Canadian life, it has many influences of our European roots, including English, French and many more.

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Flower Pot Island

Address: Northern Bruce Peninsula, ON

Located just off of the Bruce Peninsula and part of the Fathom Five National Marine Park, this rock formation is incredibly unique and will make you feel as though you're surrounded by Australia's Twelve Apostles.

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Cambridge

Address: Cambridge, ON

Montrealers know what it means to have that European charm and Cambridge, Ontario definitely has it. 

You can definitely see it in the historic limestone buildings built along the banks of the heritage Grand River.

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Dundurn Castle

Address: 610 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON

Less than an hour from Toronto, in Hamilton, is Dundurn Castle. Built in 1835, it is now a National Historic Site of Canada and found in Dundurn Park, which is a great place for a picnic and to explore.

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Colaneri Estate Winery

Address: 348 Concession 6 Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

This winery in the famous Niagara region has all of the rustic charms you'd look for in a winery in France or Europe. And the best part is, the wine is as delicious as the grounds are beautiful.

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Casa Loma

Address: 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON

If you're looking for more gorgeous architecture, head to Toronto for the breathtaking Casa Loma. This Gothic Revival style mansion in the middle of the city will give you absolute fairytale castle vibes.

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Enjoy your adventures!


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and obey any local laws.


* This article has been updated.


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