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Side Trips from Toronto Travel Guide

Plan Your Side Trips from Toronto Vacation

The rush of 700,000 gallons of water a second. The divinely sweet, crisp taste of ice wine. The tug of a fish hooked under a layer of ice. Sure, the big-city scene in Toronto delivers the hustle and bustle you came for, but escaping the city can transport you to another world. The struggle is choosing which world to visit first.

Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. The Falls Niagara Falls' amazing display of natural power is Ontario's top attraction. See them from both the U.S. and Canadian sides.
  2. Shakespeare and Shaw A couple of long-dead British playwrights have managed to make two Ontario towns boom from May through October with the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford and the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  3. Wineries The Niagara Peninsula has an unusually good microclimate for growing grapes; most of the more than 60 wineries have tastings.
  4. The great outdoors Ski at resorts north of Toronto; canoe backcountry rivers in Algonquin Provincial Park; hike or bike the Niagara-to-Lake-Huron Bruce Trail or the Niagara Parkway along the Niagara River.
  5. Edible Ontario Niagara-on-the-Lake and Stratford are both renowned for their skilled chefs who serve culinary masterpieces created with farm-fresh ingredients.

When To Go

When to Go

With the exception of destinations like wineries and ski resorts, June through September is prime travel season: Stratford and Shaw festivals are...

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