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.
Get outdoors in Ontario this season, 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
Ontario golf courses
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
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: November 14, 2023
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