Usually the biggest obstacle to your summer vacation is getting time off of work. For some of us, it’s just not possible to drop all responsibilities for two weeks while we backpack through Europe or sip mai tais on a beach somewhere. Yet, it’s important to still take time away from work and home responsibilities in order to unwind. These 5 day trips are the perfect solution to your time crunch. Not only are they super easy to get to, but they will make you feel like you’re on vacation in a whole different place.
Algonquin Provincial Park
Drive Time: 2 hours and 55 minutes
Nestled in between the Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River, Algonquin is the oldest national park in Canada – it’s also one of the most beautiful. Home to more than 2,400 lakes, 1,200 km of rivers and 19 trails, which range in length from one to 12 km, there is tons to see and explore. With a driving time of nearly 3 hours, you will want to get on the road early, so as not to miss out on a day filled with activities such as hiking, fishing, canoeing, swimming and biking.
Huckleberry Rock Lookout Trail
Drive Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes
Located in the heart of cottage country, Huckleberry Rock Lookout Trail offers some of the best views and sunsets you will see in Ontario. The 2.5 km trail, which can be shared by hikers and cyclists alike, is made up of some of the oldest rock in the world – over a million years old, in fact. A day of hiking is a day well spent, and just imagine the payoff as you breathe in those spectacular views.
Drive Time: 1 hour and 59 minutes
Located in the Kawartha Lakes region, Bobcaygeon is a popular fishing destination. Besides the water, visitors can enjoy the many pubs, restaurants and unique shops scattered around the area. Consider it a tribute to Gord Downie.
Drive Time: 1 hour and 57 minutes
The town of Collingwood is situated at the southern point of the beautiful Georgian Bay. Known for offering a variety of both winter and summer activities, Collingwood blends nature with small-town charm to offer a little something for everyone. Visit the waterfront and take a boat ride or catch a fish, or, if you’re feeling like a hike, explore one of the many trails that lead to different destinations including parks, the arboretum and the Collingwood Museum.
Glen Major Forest
Drive Time: 51 minutes
Located only 51 minutes from Toronto, this scenic forest is perfect for spur of the moment day trips. Featuring 48 km of trails that can be used for hiking, biking and horseback riding, all while taking in your daily dose of lush and beautiful greenery.
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