Niagara-on-the-Lake is like a charming 19th-century town in England.Niagara-on-the-Lake’s main tree-lined street has historic buildings and quaint shops similar to those of an English village. Step back into history at nearby Fort George, dine at exceptional restaurants, see world-class theatre once the Shaw Festival resumes. And then there’s the wine. The surrounding area is home to 39 wonderful wineries. Join one of the bus tours that follows the wine route and feel like you’ve journeyed to Napa Valley, California.
Follow the purple road and imagine you’re in Provence.Take a trip along the purple road and explore brilliant vistas of purple lavender fields reminiscent of Provence, France. Wander through more than 30 lavender farms, explore shops for lavender-themed keepsakes and feel as if you’ve journeyed somewhere in France for the day.
Flowerpot Island is like a trip to see the Twelve Apostles in Australia.Why travel to the land down under when there’s an incredible rock formation that’s way closer? Set your GPS to Fathom Five National Marine Park and explore majestic “flowerpot” rock pillars, caves and crystal-clear azure waters. Even getting there is part of the adventure; book a glass-bottom boat from Tobermory to ferry you to the island.
Cyprus Lake Grotto is kind of like Italy’s Blue Grotto, but you can swim in this cave.Italy may have its famous blue grotto, but Georgian Bay has Cyprus Lake Grotto, which actually looks like it’s glowing when it’s sunny. Bring your bathing suit because you can swim and snorkel inside this massive cave that was carved over thousands of years. Accessing the stunning cave will take you on a gorgeous hike along the Georgian Bay Trail.
Get a taste of the tropics in Port Dover.
Head to Port Dover along Lake Erie, where the beach is lined with imported swaying palm trees to complete the tropical vibe. Besides the warm waters and silky sand, there’s a scenic pier, lighthouse and watersports, all just a two-hour drive from Toronto.