Outdoor and recreation

With over half a million freshwater lakes and rivers, and thousands of kilometres of coastline, it’s fitting that the name Ontario is derived from the Indigenous word for “Shimmering Waters.”

Ontario’s incredible natural beauty is matched only by the myriad of ways to experience it, from canoeing, hiking and cycling to motorcycling touring or playing a round of golf.

In winter, snowy landscapes present a whole new set of adventures like snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling and even winter camping.

Get outdoors in Ontario, where there’s always a trail, road or route waiting for you to explore.

A quick guide to outdoor and recreation in Ontario

Prepare for seasonal weather

Ontario’s landscapes and climate change dramatically throughout the year with the shifting seasons. Check weather conditions before you set out on your outdoor adventure so you can prepare accordingly.

Guided outings for beginners

New to Ontario’s outdoors? Let a local guide show you how it’s done. From Ontario Parks’ learn to camp or fish programs to fully outfitted and guided tour companies, you’re in good hands when it comes to your introduction to outdoor adventure.

Wheelchair friendly trails

Find some of the best trails that are accessible by wheelchair and plan your visit with maps and driving directions.

Ontario golf courses

Over 800 golf courses spanning the diverse regions across the province means you’ll never run out of new tracks to challenge. Plan your next Ontario golf getaway.

Get inspired

Find inspiration with stories all about outdoor adventure and recreation in Ontario.

Outdoor and recreation highlights

Know before you go

Book in advance

Book ahead as many attractions, parks and experiences require reservations.

Travel tips and trip ideas

From suggested itineraries to health and safety and getting around in Ontario, here’s all the information you need to plan your next trip.

Share your travel plans

It’s always a good idea to leave your travel itinerary with someone at home, especially if you’re heading out on an extended backcountry adventure or outdoor road trip.

Last updated: January 2, 2024

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