Ontario National Parks

Explore Ontario’s National Parks

At over 14 million people Ontario may be the last place you would think of to get away from the hustle and be at one with nature. The truth is that Ontario has some of the best National Parks in the country. So rent an RV from Toronto and head out of the city and let’s explore the National Parks in the province of Ontario.

Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula National Park is a small park, with an area of only 154 square kilometres. Being that it is on a peninsula it is mostly surrounded by water. The most popular spot in this park to explore is The Grotto. The 45-minute hike (each way) leads you through giant cedars spiralling off cliff edges and through wetlands filled with native orchids and ferns. And if the beauty of the trail is not enough, at the end you will be greeted with a stunning cave filled with crystal clear turquoise waters. Parking fills up quickly so go early. The only complaint about The Grotto is the parking, but parking can be reserved online through the Parks Canada website. There are bathrooms and nice little spots to have a picnic lunch. Everyone who visits wants to come back, this is a must-see.

Photo Credit: Narcity

There are many lakes in this park, Halfway Log Dump may not sound very inviting, but maybe that is why it is one of the quieter lakes offering day use. There are other lakes like Cyprus Lake that offer overnight camping.

Point Pelee National Park

Point Pelee National Park is a tiny National Park, just 15 square kilometres, located on Canada’s most southern point. This National Park is great for bird watching as it is on the flight path of many migratory birds. As this park sits out in Lake Erie with no cities around it makes for the perfect place to go stargazing. The park staff host lots of kids educational programs. Marsh Boardwalk is a great trail for all fitness levels. The two large towers provide amazing views of the ponds and cattail marsh.

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Pukaskwa National Park

Pukaskwa National Park is located on the northern side of Lake Superior. A four-hour hike will take you to Chigamiwinigum Falls. Geocaching adventurists will turn their hikes into a treasure hunt, a GSP can be rented at the Hattie Cove Visitors Center or park kiosk. Rent a canoe and travel the shorelines for days without seeing a single soul.

Cascade Falls
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Georgian Bay Islands National Park

Georgian Bay Islands National Park protects 63 islands within the world’s largest freshwater archipelago. The main island, Beausoleil Island, is the largest island within the park and is the focal point of most visitor activity. The park vessel will take you on a 15-minute boat ride from Honey Harbour to the island. From there, there are lots of hiking and biking trails, smooth sandy beaches, or rocky shores to swim in. Enjoy bird watching or take a walk along the interpretive trails and learn about the natives 5,500-year history in the area.

Photo Credit: Penetanguishene.ca

Ontario’s National Parks lets you visit some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. So get your calendar, get the time off from your boss, and rent an RV and start exploring Ontario for your next great Canadian RV rental adventure.

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Canadian Wineries

Canadian Wineries that you Must Visit

For people who love wine, Canadian wineries are a must. Canada has three main wine regions; The Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Lake Erie in Ontario, and the Niagara Peninsula also in Ontario.

Okanagan Valley, BC

Vineyard in Okanagan Valley.

Photo Attribution: By Darren Kirby (Flickr: Golden Mile) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Okanagan has three main wine districts; Kelowna, Naramata Bench, and South Okanagan.


Blue Mountain Vineyard, Okanagan Valley

Kelowna, the hub of the Okanagan, offers more than 30 wineries within 20 minutes of each other. Most of these wineries don’t require a reservation during the summer season. Off-season, most wineries are still open but calling ahead for a tour is a good idea. Guided tours come highly recommended so you can really sit back, relax, and enjoy your day to its full extent.

Guided winery tours typically start at $129-$169. Most guided tours include 3-6 wineries and lunch including artisanal meats, cheeses, and of course, wine!


Burrowing Owl Winery, Okanagan Valley

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The best wine tour companies offer pick-up and drop-off service to your campground.

Niagara Peninsula

The Niagara Peninsula is a narrow strip of land connecting Southern Ontario and New York State. On its northern shore are Lake Ontario and Lake Erie on the south. This area is known for its ice wines.

Wineries of note:

  • Inniskillin Wines
  • Jackson-Triggs
  • Pillitteri Estates Winery
  • Reif Estate
  • Henry of Pelham Winery
  • Vieni Estates Inc. Wine & Spirits
Vineyards on the Niagara Peninsula

Other things to do on the Peninsula

Visit Niagara Falls, of course! Catch a show at the Shaw Festival Theatre. Walk the Niagara Parks Garden Trail. Shop outlet stores at the Outlet Collection or buy Lavender from Niagara Essential Oils & Blends.
Museums & History: Fort George Historic Site of Canada, Brock’s Monument National Historic Site, Niagara Apothecary Museum, Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum.

Essex including Pelee Island

In Canada’s southernmost tip, across the border from Detroit, is a collection of VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) wineries. This winemaking region is bordered by Lake Erie on the south, the Detroit River on the West and Lake St. Clair to the North.

For a list of Wineries in Essex County 
check out this website: Essex Wineries

Other Things to do in Essex County:

  • Visit an art gallery such as Gallery of Windsor, Gibson Gallery, or Leamington Arts Centre.
  • Take in Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village or Kingsville Historical Park – Charlie Campbell Memorial Museum.
  • Enjoy the outdoors in John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area, Odette Sculpture Park, or Point Pelee National Park.
  • Wander around Colasantis Tropical Gardens or watch a performance by Windsor Symphony.
  • Squeeze in more wine with an art and wine workshop by For Art’s Sake.

Take the 90-minute ferry to Pelee island (in Lake Erie) from the mainland. Just outside of the ferry terminal is a bike rental store, which makes for a great way to see the island. Visit the lighthouse in Fish Point Nature Reserve before heading to the winery where they offer tours and BBQ lunches. Pelee Island Winery Pavilion offers three tours a day; 10 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm. No reservations required, just show up at tour times. If you still have time in your day, visit the Pelee Island Bird Observatory by the Stone Road Alvar Nature Reserve.

For a wine-filled holiday, rent your RV in Toronto and catch both of Ontario’s wine regions after seeing Niagara Falls. If you are looking for a little wine with your holiday, make sure to put Okanagan, BC on your itinerary. This list of Canadian wine regions shows the main 3 regions but there are many smaller regions and wineries around the country!

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