We all love our city, but sometimes you just need to drive three hours away and forget about it. Luckily, you don’t have to drive long to be transported from the chaos of the city to a peaceful paradise. Whether you’re heading out with your significant other, besties, or your fam – these spots should definitely make your anticipated weekend vacay list!
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CHILL OUT AT BLUE MOUNTAIN
This place is always poppin’ no matter what season we’re in. Whether it’s skiing or snowboarding, touring their endless bike trails or shopping until your feet go numb, you’ll never be bored here. They also play host to some cool events from salsa dance parties to long weekend parties! Check their full schedule to see what stands out to you!
SIP SOME WINE AT NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE
What says relaxation more then wine? Check out any one of Niagara’s 26 wineries for an ultimate weekend of away from the city. Set a goal to become the ultimate wine snob and show your extensive knowledge to all your friends. If they don’t even know the different in tasting notes between a glass of Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, it’s time to find a new circle…
HEAD OVER TO HAMILTON
Up your #InstaGame and take a trip to Hamilton! Not only is The Hammer home to some chic shops and Supercrawl, there’s some pretty amazing waterfalls including the Albion Falls. Take a hike up to gorgeous falls and admire its beauty…then of course, take some selfies in front of it.
RELAX AT THE GRAFTON SPA
You had me at seasonal pool and outdoor hot tubs. Ste. Anne’s Spa in Grafton, Ontario was voted one of the top 25 spas in Canada and we can clearly see why. They have everything from their famous fieldstone grotto to tranquility gardens and walking trails. With all the amenities they have to offer, you’ll be coming out of Grafton like a whole new person!
GET WOODSY AT ALGONQUIN PARK
Head over to Ontario’s crown jewel for a weekend full of fun! Be one with nature and take part in either camping, canoeing, or hiking trails. With 7,700 square kilometers to work with, it’s hard to not find something interesting to do.
JUMP THROUGH THE TREES IN GANARASKA
Tarzan has nothing on you while you treetop trek at Ganarska! Check out this amazing aerial game and zipline park only an hour and a half away from Toronto. The park has a variety of structures including suspended bridges, cable traverses, swinging logs, and ziplines to keep you going all day long. When it’s time to wind down, head over to Port Hope and take time to admire the historical town.
ROCK OUT IN PETERBOROUGH
Did you know PTBO is home to a free, two-month long concert held in Del Crary Park?! It’s on every Wednesday and Saturday from June 30th to August 25th, and it’s seriously a good time. Artists like Tegan and Sara, The Strumbellas, and Walk Off The Earth have been there and performed for their annual 125,000 attendees. Don’t miss out on the fun!
CRUISE AROUND THE THOUSAND ISLANDS
Take a tour through the islands and look at the fabulous architecture that this place has to offer. Whether its the aw-ing over the Boldt Castle or wishing its modern homes were yours, there’s tons of cool sights to see. You can even take it a step further and go scuba diving to see some abandoned shipwrecks!
LIVE IT UP IN MUSKOKA
Would it be considered an Ontario getaways post is Muskoka wasn’t included? This place is synonymous with summer but anytime in this area is a good time! There’s so much to do from seeing stunning lakes, looking at windswept pines, gazing at rugged landscape, touring little towns, and so much more. Do you need more convincing?
DIVE INTO TOBERMORY
Head over to the Fathom Five National Marine Park, which is known as one of the best freshwater dive sites in the world! Scuba dive and see some sunken ships, submerged cliffs, caves, and more than 20 shipwrecks or paddle over them! If that’s not your forté, there are glass-bottom boat tours that will take you to them as well.
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