Toronto is a great city. But sometimes you need to get the hell outta Dodge. No matter how sweet the seat deal, flying can get expensive. So when you need to get away, even just for a few days, the best thing to do is to get in the car and drive.
Here’re some of the best road trip weekend getaways from Toronto.
Prince Edward County
It’s the new Niagara On The Lake. Wineries, farms, cheese, and B&Bs galore make this weekend getaway a picturesque escape. The Drake just opened a location here, so if quaint isn’t your style, things are about to get rowdy. Check out our list of 10 things you’ve gotta do while you’re in the county.
Bruce Trail & The Niagara Escarpment
Niagara is more than rushing water and wine. If you’re looking for something more adventurous, head to the Niagara Escarpment and hike along the Bruce Trail. What’s unique about this hike are the many caves you explore along the way. Over 7,000 were carved into the escarpment, during the Ice Age, over 7,000 years ago.
Home to a 20,000 sq ft antique market, St. Jacobs is a blast from the past. It’s Mennonite country so expect to find handcrafted furniture, farmers markets, and yes, buggies. No passing! After a fire at their farmer’s market last fall, St. Jacobs is rebuilding and now couldn’t be a better time to visit and show your support for this great community.
Algonquin Provincial Park
Do we really need to tell you about Algonquin Park? It is arguably Ontario’s crown jewel. Hell, one of the first signs you see out of Pearson Airport doesn’t direct you to CN Tower but makes sure you know Algonquin Park is a mere 250 km drive north. If you’ve already explored Algonquin by canoe, do it faster next time: try an ATV tour along the Madawaska River.
River tubing is an annual event along river all over Alberta. It’s a basic summer ritual to grab a beer can and an inflated tube and float for hours. Torontonians can go for their own river run in Elora. Beyond tubing, there’s also river rafting and quaint shopping in the heritage town centre.
The drive to Lake Huron is almost as beautiful as the destination. It takes you through cottage country and Killarney Provincial Park. Once you get to Lake Huron, the sparkling crystal blue waters will delight. Under the surface there’s lots to see at snorkeling and scuba diving spots.