Trip ideas for solo travellers in Ontario
Ontario offers an array of unique outdoor and urban experiences perfectly suited for the solo traveller.
Benefits of travelling alone
Solo travellers are more apt to meet and mingle with new people. This is especially true on group tours and guided adventures where fellow travellers share similar interests.
On the flip side, for some, solitude, peace and time of self-reflection are the purpose of a solo trip. And there’s no need to compromise on what activities to do or which restaurants to try. When you’re travelling alone, the decision-making is all your own.
Ontario is great for solo travellers
Canada is known as a safe place to travel. Of course, it’s always a good idea to take precautions and be prepared, especially when travelling alone. Get safety tips and emergency information in Ontario.
Because Canada is also a popular travel destination, Ontario welcomes visitors from all over the world. This means single and solo travellers will join a global community of like-minded adventurers in Ontario.
Trip ideas for solo travellers
Here’s a list of fun guided and self-guided activities and getaways that welcome individuals.
Explore the outdoors
The St. Lawrence River is known to provide some of the best freshwater scuba diving experiences in the world. Join Abucs Scuba Charters on a guided, group (2 to 12) diving charter aboard the Helen C. pontoon. Alternatively, paddle the 1000 Islands by kayak or stand up paddleboard. Rentals are available from a couple of hours up to a full week.
Location: 12 Water Street East, Brockville
Explore fascinating caves and caverns, cross an exciting suspension bridge and hike to gorgeous lookouts along the southern coast of Georgian Bay.
Travelling Chicken offers guided adventure tours in Ontario. The company’s founder travelled solo as a newcomer to Canada, so takes special care to accommodate guests who are booking for one.
Available on select dates from May to October.
Location: Round trips depart from Toronto. Scenic Caves is located at 260 Scenic Caves Road, The Blue Mountains
Travel from Toronto to great hiking destinations like MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Algonquin Provincial Park or Bruce Peninsula National Park on a day trip with ParkBus. Multi-day transportation can be arranged for some destinations.
Also check for upcoming group hikes, a great option if you’re looking to mingle with other nature lovers.
Location: Depart from pick-up locations are in Toronto, with various destinations available.
Located along the banks of the Madawaska River in Ottawa Valley, Madawaska Kanu Centre provides guests with a full suite of packages and programs designed to teach and improve kayaking and canoeing skills and to introduce the joy of whitewater paddling.
You can even create a customized itinerary and craft your perfect water-based getaway.
Location: 247 River Road, Barry’s Bay
Whether it’s your first or fifth time, seeing the majestic Niagara Falls never fails to impress. Make a day trip or overnight getaway to soak in the spectacular sight with Journey Behind the Falls or on a boat tour with Niagara City Cruises.
Travel seamlessly and car-free with GO Transit service from Toronto combined with WEGO bus service in Niagara Falls.
Location: Niagara Falls
Cycling trips and tours
Explore the diverse pockets and neighbourhoods of Toronto that give the city its unique personality with local guides. Most tours will require a minimum number of participants, so you’ll get to share the experience with fellow travellers. Bike, helmet and water is included.
Location: downtown Toronto
Cruise the scenic backroads of Southern Ontario on a weekend cycling getaway with all the planning and logistics included so all you have to do is ride and enjoy.
Locations: upcoming trip locations include Peterborough, Elora and Fergus and Oxford County
Single and multi-day, both guided and self-guided cycling tours are offered for cyclists of all skill levels from novice and recreational to advanced. Also guided women-only bikepacking and gravel clinics in Simcoe or Haliburton are a great option for solo women travellers.
Location: trips focus on Georgian Bay, Muskoka and Haliburton
For more women-only cycling clinics and tours, check out the various programs offered in Central Ontario.
Locations: Collingwood and Muskoka
Visit Ontario by Bike for more guided rides and cycling tour events and ideas.
Soak in culture
Take an art tour through Orillia's Arts District where a collection of galleries display niche, locally-made creations.
Location: downtown Orillia
The best way to learn about a city is to explore it on foot. But navigating a new place on your own can be overwhelming. Tour Guys invite you on a fun and informative walking tours by locals who love their city.
Locations: Toronto, Ottawa and Hamilton
From spring and summer events like Hot Docs and the International Film Festival of South Asia to the Toronto International Film Festival which kicks off the fall film festival season, there’s a lot to keep film buffs busy in Toronto, Ottawa and beyond.
Locations: across Ontario
Little John Farm is an organic farm and garden in picturesque Prince Edward County. The farm offers hands-on open group cooking classes on select weekends during the summer. Not only will you have the opportunity to create a wonderful meal with fellow foodies, but you’ll also enjoy it together. Spots are limited, so you’ll want to book early.
Location: 908 County Road 10, Picton
Embark on a fun three-hour stroll in downtown Midland with a local guide to sample signature dishes and drinks at over half a dozen restaurants. Group sizes are kept small. Dress comfortably and come hungry!
Location: downtown Midland
Truly a unique outdoor culinary experience, Rare Escape is a husband and wife duo that guide guests on a cooking adventure in the woods.
Location: The Kawarthas
Pick up new mixology skills as you learn to craft three different cocktails, including classics and new creations.
Location: 102 Metcalfe Street, Unit 4, Elora
Up your culinary game by learning how to identify wild edible plants and how to incorporate them into your cooking. Take a professionally led foraging tour along woodland trails in Southern Ontario.
Relax in nature
Set out on an immersive self guided forest bathing experience through this private forest sanctuary and find unique and peaceful places to connect with nature.
Wild by Nature Forest Sanctuary is located along the Bruce Peninsula, a UNESCO World Biosphere.
Location: 953 Dyers Bay Road, Miller Lake
In addition to soothing indoor and outdoor pools and spa treatments, there’s also a tranquil onsite forest bathing trail at Scandinave Spa.
If a cozy and environmentally low impact off-grid cabin overlooking a lake and surrounded by forest sounds like the right fit for your solo getaway, check out the tiny cabin rentals throughout Southeastern Ontario.
Location: Haliburton Forest, Kawarthas, Ottawa Valley and Lanark County
Haute Goat is a whimsical farm in Port Hope that’s home to alpacas, Icelandic horses and an adorable herd of Nigerian dwarf goats. Tour the farm, meet all the furry residents and practice “caprine vinyasa”, a gentle style of yoga stretching as goats mingle and entertain you.
Location: 1166 5th Line, Port Hope
Treat yourself to a luxurious, nature inspired getaway in one of the unique glamping tents and cabins at Whispering Springs. All-inclusive packages make it easy to just relax and enjoy the comfort and serenity.
Location: 141 Mercer Lane, Grafton
From yoga and meditation to hiking and nature viewing, you’ll find yourself relaxed and centred after a visit to this peaceful retreat that caters to individuals.
Location: 5720 Forgets Road, Wyebridge
Develop new skills
Book a half day workshop to learn the basics of glassblowing at Artech Studios. After an engaging tour and demonstration, you’ll be able to try your hand at creating your own stunning glass pieces.
Yours Outdoors connects visitors like you with local art, outdoor, food, drink and cultural experiences.
Location: Haliburton Highlands
Learn the art of fly fishing on one of Ontario’s popular rivers including the Grand, Saugeen, Maitland, Thames or the Upper Credit. Grand River Outfitting will help connect you with a local guide.
Location: Southern Ontario
Algonquin Adventure Tours is one of Ontario’s top outdoor tour companies and has been operating in Algonquin for over 25 years. This private photography workshop is all about getting you water access to beautiful wildlife and landscapes in one of Canada’s most treasured parks.
Location: based out of Dwight, tours in Algonquin Provincial Park
Connect with local professional photographers at Follow Me North to arrange a private and ethical wildlife photography guiding and coaching session at Aspen Valley Wildlife.
This is an experience of a lifetime for budding photographers and animal lovers.
And to sweeten the deal, proceeds go back to the sanctuary.
Location: Rosseau, Muskoka
Bring your love of art to the Ottawa Art Gallery and enjoy a drink, snack, art-focused discussion and hands-on creativity during this elevated happy hour.
Check online for upcoming event dates. Pre-registration is required and all the art materials will be provided.
Location: 50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa
Last updated: October 6, 2023