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Explore the Province of Natural Wonders: Ontario

June 21, 2017

An incredible place to explore this summer is right here in Ontario. Its vibrant multiculturalism, the 250,000 lakes, the variety of food from international and local restaurants, and the varied landscapes make Ontario a top recommended province to travel and explore. Ontario is the second largest province and its name comes from a Huron word that means “great lake” and an Iroquois word that means “beautiful water”, which makes it a perfect name since Ontario’s lakes represent one-fifth of the world’s fresh water.

Because of the unique geography, Ontario is a province full of natural wonders. Here is a list of the top 5 recommended places to explore in Ontario this summer:

Hike the Sleeping Giant 

The Sleeping Giant is a provincial park located on Sibley Peninsula, Thunder Bay and its name is given because it resembles a giant lying on its back when viewed from Thunder Bay’s northwestern coast. This incredible park has over 80 km of hiking trails with spectacular views to the Lake Superior. You can also go mountain biking on designated trails. The highest peak “Top of the Giant” with a dramatic cliff of 250m is among the highest in Ontario. The park has a camping area for tents, recreational cars and also has approximately 40 back-country campsites, so you can pack your weekend trip backpack and join your friends to enjoy a hiking adventure with breathtaking landscapes. In 2007, the Sleeping Giant was voted #1 by viewers in the competition “Seven Wonders of Canada” sponsored by CBC Television.

Sleeping Giant Ontario - TruBlue

Explore Georgian Bay

This large bay on Lake Huron features more than 30,000 islands and 2,000 km of shoreline. The clear blue waters, endless beaches and amazing rock cliffs make Georgian bay one of the most beautiful destinations to explore in Ontario. The best way to get around is by the aquatic highway so you can access all the top attractions by boat, especially if you want to explore the archipelago. One of the main places to visit is Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula, which is the home to Flowerpot island and the Grotto. The favourite tourist activities are canoeing and kayaking but, trails for hiking and biking are also available for the adventure enthusiasts. Remember to pack enough water to keep you hydrated and take lots of pictures with your TruBlue backpack. Don’t forget to tag us!  There are many places to stay whether you like camping, renting a cottage or in a hotel. The best time to explore Georgian Bay is during summer, so plan a trip a don’t miss the chance to discover this natural gem.

Tobermory, Ontario - TruBlue

Take a dip in Elora Quarry

Just about an hour away from Toronto, you will find this abandoned limestone quarry that has become an epic natural swimming pool and it is one of the best spots for a refreshing dip on these hot summer days. The Elora Quarry is a great destination for planning a day trip with your friends. The landscape surrounding the swimming area is beautiful, the water is clean and safe. The park has picnic areas for you to barbecue. If you are down for a walk there is also a one-kilometre trail at the top of the quarry that you can make to have a 360 view of the swimming pool. Make sure to arrive early to get a nice spot, don’t forget to fill you day trip backpack with snacks, drinks to hydrate, sunscreen and some games (a frisbee, a ball or some racquets). 

Elora Query - Ontario

Discover the Scarborough Bluffs

This great destination located in Toronto has breathtaking views of Lake Ontario and is comprised of nine parks along the bluffs. The waterfront shore has about 14km to enjoy nice walks, a picnic, a relaxing time to read a book, make a barbecue with friends, etc. Two of the parks have beach access and it is one of the favourite places for locals to dip into the water to cool down during summer. There are trails for hiking to the cliffs and enjoy an incredible view of the park and the clear blue colour of the waterfront. This is a great place for a day trip since it is so close to Toronto. Get your bicycle, fill your backpack with snacks and drinks, and enjoy a fun day at the Bluffs. Visitors recommend to stay until night and admire stunning sunsets during summer.

Scarborough Bluffs Park

Enjoy water activities at Sandbanks

Sandbanks Provincial Park, located in Prince Edward County, is one of the largest and most beautiful beaches in Ontario, because of its golden sand and clear blue water. Visitors favourite activities are windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking and boating. We can also include sunbathing and swimming. Enjoy an amazing landscape of coastal sand dunes and an interesting mix of vegetation and wildlife. A great way to see the park is by cycling on the beautiful trails. There is also a 5km hiking trail for exploring more of the flora and fauna of the site and to have a view of the Outlet River.

Sandbanks National Park, Ontario, PEC

Explore Ontario, the province of natural wonders, and enjoy your summer visiting new beaches, hiking new trails and discovering hidden gems, just fill your TruBlue backpack with all your essentials and be ready to embrace new adventures!

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