Regions, cities and towns

Ontario's diverse regions boast iconic attractions, local cuisine, unique experiences and awe-inspiring nature. Explore cosmopolitan cities, charming towns and communities brimming with character.

Please select one of Ontario's 15 regions to explore.

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Southwestern Ontario

Surrounded by the shorelines of Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair and Lake Huron, discover freshwater beaches and the best sunsets in Canada’s southernmost region.

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Niagara Region

Visit the breathtaking Horseshoe Falls, discover non-stop excitement at speedways and museums and explore wineries at Ontario’s premier wine destination.

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Hamilton, Halton and Brant

Discover countless waterfalls, renowned historic sights, significant Indigenous heritage, and Canada's largest botanical garden at the "Heart of Ontario"

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Huron, Perth, Waterloo and Wellington

From blue flag beaches to farmers’ markets, Oktoberfest parade and the birthplace of Justin Bieber (Stratford), this region offers something for everyone.

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Greater Toronto Area

Discover lively festivals, major league sports events, renowned art and an exceptional foodie culture in Canada’s largest and most multicultural urban centre.

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York, Durham and Headwaters

This charming stretch of Ontario offers laid-back, small towns, Lake Simcoe beach and fishing escapes and family-friendly amusement parks and experiences.

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Bruce, Grey and Simcoe

From shipwrecks to the sun and sand at the beach, mysterious caves and crystal blue waters, you’ll find an endless array of activities in this region.

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Kawarthas and Northumberland

From a canoe museum to Indigenous heritage, scenic parks, lakes and waterways, the Kawarthas and Northumberland region offers many unique experiences.

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Southeastern Ontario

Experience the serenity of the region by kayaking the natural waterways or on scenic river cruise and discover the rich history Canada's first capital city.

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Ottawa Region

From urban experiences like world-class art galleries to outdoor adventures like hiking, cycling or whitewater rafting, Canada’s capital region has it all.

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Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley

Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley, also called “Ontario's Highlands”, encompasses six unique counties, each with surprising adventures and hidden...

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Algonquin Park, Muskoka and Parry Sound

Paddle through pristine lakes, stay in cozy lodges and discover some of Ontario’s most iconic natural landscapes in "Ontario cottage country".

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Northeastern Ontario

Whether you’re in the mood for winter ice fishing, incredible motorcycle tours or a ride on a wilderness train route, you’ll find it all in this region.

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Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma

The region is home to great alpine and downhill skiing and boasts some of Canada’s best freshwater fishing, canoeing, kayaking and mountain biking.

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Northwest Ontario

Go on a wilderness adventure like ultimate freshwater fishing, hunting or backcountry paddling or immerse yourself in history in Ontario’s largest region.

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Last updated: February 12, 2024

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