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.”

Surrounding our lakes and waterways are diverse and defining landscapes. Ontario’s incredible natural beauty is matched only by the myriad of ways to experience it year round. Tour the great outdoors by snowmobile, bicycle, motorcycle or ATV. Enjoy skiing, skating or snowshoeing deep into the forest. Marvel at native flora and fauna and paddle across our shimmering waters.

A quick guide to outdoor adventures 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.

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Know before you go

Call ahead

Be sure to call ahead and ensure everything on your wish list is open. Book ahead as many attractions, parks and experiences require reservations.

Public health updates

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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: March 20, 2023

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