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Five Beautiful Places to Visit in Ontario This Summer

Guest Contributor July 05, 2021
The shore of Lake Huron surrounded by evergreen trees and rocks.
No matter what time of year, Ontarians are always ready to hit the road and explore this gorgeous province of ours. CAA Travel, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, recommends a series of getaways and day trip ideas to help you discover Ontario’s hidden gems, when it’s permissible to do so. No car for your road trip? No problem. CAA Members get exclusive discounts and benefits* when they rent a car online. Here are five summer destinations worth exploring.

1. Tobermory is for adventurers.

In Tobermory, which is located between the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, soak up some nature on the Bruce Trail or laze on the beach alongside striking blue waters. Stop at The Fish & Chip Place for lunch, a local eatery that catches its fish daily and has won numerous awards for the best fish and chips in Ontario. After lunch, wander the area’s charming shops for handmade items.

Man canoeing over shallow water and rocks.

2. St. Jacobs is for foodies.

Make sure your cooler is large enough for your gourmet purchases from the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market in this picturesque village. With more than 300 vendors, the market offers everything from baking and preserves to local crafts and housewares. Don’t miss the Perogie Palace, with 11 types of homemade perogies, jumbo cabbage rolls and fresh funnel cakes. While there, hunt for collectibles and one-of-a-kind finds at Market Roads Antiques.

St. Jacobs farmers market.

3. Prince Edward County is for wanderers.

If you’re heading out to Prince Edward County, make a pit stop in Belleville at the Bay of Quinte to explore the Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves. This is Ontario’s largest natural cavern, with fossils that date back more than 450 million years. Afterwards, hike to a scenic viewpoint and enjoy an al fresco lunch in the surrounding woodlands before heading to Huff Estates Winery for some wine tasting, swimming at Sandbanks Provincial Park or cycling on the Millennium Trail.

Dusk at a beach with water reflecting the sky

4. Petroglyphs Provincial Park is for history buffs.

There’s no need for history buffs to travel overseas: Petroglyphs Provincial Park, a sacred site northeast of Peterborough, is home to Canada’s biggest collection of Indigenous rock carvings. While there, don’t miss the Learning Place Visitor Centre to discover the traditions of the Ojibway (Nishnaabe) people, and visit the vivid blue-green McGinnis Lake – a meromictic lake where the layers of water don’t intermix.

5. Kincardine is for water lovers.

Calling itself Ontario’s Scottish destination, Kincardine is located along the shores of Lake Huron. Stroll the beachside boardwalk, enjoy outdoor dining and even try surfing. Make sure to visit the Kincardine Lighthouse, a historic octagonal wooden tower that was built into the bank of the Penetangore River in 1881. And while in the area, don’t miss the best scavenger hunt ever: the Huron-Kinloss Ice Cream Trail takes participants through beaches, parks and unique stores to ice cream shops.

Historic red and white lighthouse in Kincardine.

For more regional travel trip ideas.

Discover more summer adventures close to home by visiting caasco.com/hiddengems or by calling 1-800-992-8143 to speak with an experienced CAA Travel expert.

Check regional policies and any local restrictions before you travel.

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