15-day Ontario family road trip
Set out on a road trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls, Blue Mountain, Muskoka and Ontario’s 1000 Islands.
Suggested Days: 15
Vibrant Toronto will keep your family busy! Take a 58-second ride to the top of the CN Tower, then head next door to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Learn about Canada’s beloved sport at the Hockey Hall of Fame and explore the whole country – in miniature - at the unique new Little Canada attraction. Get interactive at the Toronto Zoo and Ontario Science Centre. Ride the rollercoasters at Canada’s Wonderland, Pack a picnic, rent bicycles and explore Toronto Islands.
Niagara Falls is filled with fun for the family. Get wet on Niagara City Cruises and get your adrenaline pumping on Wildplay Zipline to the Falls and Whirlpool Adventure Course. Go behind=the-scenes at the historic Niagara Parks Power Station and learn the fascinating history of we harness the awesome power of the Falls. Take in the excitement and thrills of Clifton Hill entertainment district with attractions, restaurants, rides and more! The Niagara SkyWheel offers breathtaking views from 175 feet, while The Niagara Speedway is North America's largest elevated go-kart track facility (inspired by “Mario-kart”!). Several Niagara hotels offer indoor waterparks.
Blue Mountain Resort is activity-central and your base to experience the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Wind Rider Triple Ziplines, high and low ropes courses, rock climbing, Cascade Putting Course, hiking, biking, Segway tours, gondola rides up the mountain and much more. Not far away, Wasaga Beach boasts 14 km of white sand beach, making it the largest freshwater beach in the world! Its shallow warm Georgian Bay waters were made for splashing about!
Muskoka and Algonquin
Tourists have been flocking to the Muskoka Region for generations to enjoy its pristine lakes and tranquil forest. Choose from grand resorts and rustic lodges; make them your base to explore the small towns and adventure options. Take the iconic RMS Segwun cruise, the oldest operating steamship in North America. Try tree top trekking, stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding and paddling. Don’t forget to stop for ice cream!
Along with more than 300 kilometres of trails and canoeing tours, the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve includes a wolf centre with a non-invasive observatory to view the wolf pack. Take a Walk in the Clouds on their tree-top canopy boardwalk, 20 metres above the ground. At Madawaska Kanu Centre, learn whitewater paddling as a family or experience the thrill of whitewater rafting.
Ottawa offers the perfect combination of outdoor adventures and interactive museums to keep families engaged. The new Interzip Rogers will have you soaring 37 metres over the Ottawa River between Ontario and Quebec at speeds of up to 40 km per hour. Just outside of Ottawa, Calypso Waterpark boasts the nation’s largest wave pool, more than 35 slides, water games and floating rivers. Haunted Walks entertains with spooky ghost stories and fascinating history (in Kingston & Toronto too!)! Be sure to try a Beavertail pastry!
Kingston and the 1000 Islands
Travel south along the Rideau Heritage Route. Visit Skywood Eco Adventure in Mallorytown for some aerial adventure and ziplining and kayak through the 1000 Islands in Gananoque. Step back into the 1800s at Upper Canada Village and Fort Henry National Historic Site.
Have a quintessential Ontario summer experience at one of the many resorts across the province. One ideal choice is Elmhirst’s Resort on Rice Lake with cozy cottages and farm-to-table freshness. Choose from an epic list of adventures – and end the day with campfires and s’mores.
En route back to Toronto for your flight home, visit the Canadian Canoe Museum in nearby Peterborough to learn about the significance of the canoe to the Indigenous peoples and in the development of Canada.
Last updated: February 8, 2023