Ontario 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 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 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 here. There are bathrooms and a 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 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 fly 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 star gazing. 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 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 protects 63 islands within the worlds largest fresh water 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, or 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 let 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 planning your next great Canadian RV rental adventure.

What’s not to love about Toronto?

Toronto is one of those cities that you can’t help but fall in love with. The energy is so vibrant. During the day people are fast paced, doing business, dinning on delicious foods, and putting together deals. During the night the energy shifts, the city lights twinkle on and Toronto holds its secrets. Whether you love to explore architecture, taste a range of ethnic foods or dance all night, TO has something for everyone.

What to do when you get to Toronto?

For the foodie:
If you love to taste and try a variety of food, summer is the time to go. Toronto hosts a range of foodie events throughout the summer. A favourite being Summerlicious, generally held in July of each year. Hundreds of restaurants participate providing a pre-fix menu at a reduced rate allowing you to taste and try a variety of specialties. Or on an average day head down to King St West, known as Restaurant Row and see if you can’t find a restaurant to suit your cravings.

restaurant row

For the height enthusiast:
The CN Tower is not to be missed when visiting Toronto.  Built in 1976 reaching 1,815.4 feet tall, it was the tallest building on earth for 34 years until 2010. Currently it is the 3rd tallest building. Dinning at the top at 360Restaruant is delicious and the package dinner and tower visit is a steal. For the daring and adventurous the EdgeWalk should be tackled. Lean out on the roof of the CN Tower and walk around the top!

CN Tower

For the music lover:
I couldn’t imagine a life without music. There’s just something about it that speaks to the soul. Toronto has some of the best music festivals as well as some of the best small venues to check out up and coming acts, or if you’re lucky, a sneak peak at someone famous jamming away in a hidden bar.

Fun Festivals:
Electric Island – On long weekend Monday’s head to Toronto Island for an outdoor electronic music festival held during the day.
NXNE – Numerous bands, numerous locations. Grab a wrist band and hop form place to place to soak up all that’s offered.
Beaches International Jazz Festival – The streets are shut down and jazz is played on every corner.

Iconic Venues:
Sneaky Dees
The Rex
El Mocambo (freshly reopened!)
The Rivoli
Lula Lounge

Most Loved Venues:
The Dakota Tavern
The Horseshoe
Lee’s Palace
The Opera House
The Mod Club
Hugh’s Room

Zydeco Blues

For the back alley mystic:
There’s just something wonderful about wandering down the street and walking into a completely different atmosphere. Chinatown at the corner of Spadina and Dundas is like another world. Rol San provides the best dim sum you can ask for on this side of the continent. And if you’re looking for something completely different, wander into the world of art at Kensington Market and see if you can find Graffiti Alley. Where the walls change regularly and the art in Kensington Market is completed or performed right on the street. There’s nothing the experience doesn’t offer.

Kensington Market

For the shopaholic:
As a shopping enthusiast myself, I’m not the biggest fan of malls. There’s just something about the huge buildings and indoor atmosphere that just doesn’t do it for me. Luckily, Toronto boast some of the best outdoor shopping. Depending on your mood, you can find the different atmosphere of shops in different locations of the city. If you’re feeling a like shopping at vintage and indie type shops, take a look at Queen West and West Queen West. They have some great selections of stores and store owners who carry the most unique items. If you’re looking for your standard big box stores, bright lights, and billboards, head out to Yonge and Dundas Square. If you want high class, designer brands, head up to Bloor-Yorkville.

The Eaton Centre

For the nature lover:
If you’re downtown and looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets, hop on the ferry to the Toronto Islands. There’s parks, great walking routes, beaches, bbq’s and more. There’s even an amusement park at Centre Island to keep the kids occupied and having fun.

Toronto Island

For those in search of knowledge:
If you’re thirsty to soak up all the information you can gather, Toronto boasts some of the best museums. Some of my favourites are:

Bata Shoe Museum
Casa Loma
Art Gallery of Ontario
Hockey Hall of Fame
Ontario Science Centre

Bata Shoe Museum

For the sports enthusiast:
It’s Sunday afternoon, the sun is shining, and you’re in the mood for some outdoor action. Head down to Skydome, now known as the Rogers Centre. The nose bleed seats, a hot dog, and a baseball game in the summer. There’s not much that can beat that! The tickets are cheap, the beer and food not so much. But the atmosphere is vibrant and the sun shines through the open dome. Or you can head down to the Air Canada Centre to watch a hockey or basketball game in a stadium that shines and buzzes with excitement.

Rogers Centre

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