Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? You don’t have to go too far to experience a thrilling road trip. In fact, there are exceptional destinations right here in Ontario! Whether you want to hit the road for spring break or plan a more prolonged family vacation this summer, these 5 local must-sees are perfect for enjoying by RV. Read on for Ontario road trip destinations that will inspire you to start plotting your route!
Algonquin Provincial Park
There are many beautiful places to explore in Ontario, but one of the most popular is Algonquin Provincial Park. And for good reason: Algonquin is known for its scenic drives, beautiful landscapes, and various outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, and fishing. Most adventurers flock to this park for its many lakes and rivers. If you’re a passionate paddler, you’re unlikely to run out of waterways and fishing spots to explore. The hardest part will be choosing where to go each day!
Not a water person? Algonquin has over 7,600 km of trails, including the famous Track and Tower and Lookout trails, which offer scenic views of the park.
On land and water alike, wildlife observation is one of the most exciting parts of Algonquin. Spot moose, deer, beavers, otters and many bird species, to name but a few of the beautiful creatures you might be lucky enough to see.
The best part about Algonquin? There are so many great places to park your RV! Consider Mew Lake, Pog Lake, Rock Lake and many more. These spots offer electrical hookups and are close to all the Algonquin adventures you’ll want to take on.
Another great destination is the Thousand Islands Region – A group of islands located at the Ontario and New York border. The Thousand Islands offer stunning views of the St. Lawrence River and plenty of boating, fishing, and swimming opportunities. The Thousand Islands is a boater’s paradise, offering many cruising, fishing, and diving activities. You can rent boats or take guided boat tours to explore the islands, take a dip in the St. Lawrence River or swim and relax at one of the many public beaches in the area. The Thousand Islands region also offers many hiking trails, including the Thousand Islands National Park, which is home to the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve.
The RV parks here have amazing views and amenities like pools, playgrounds, tennis courts, electronic hookups, and dump sites. These parks include Thousand Islands Campground, Ivy Lea RV Park, Grenville Park, and Charlottenburgh Park.
The Bruce Peninsula area is home to the Bruce Trail: one of Canada’s longest and most scenic hiking trails. It offers plenty of opportunities to explore the park’s natural beauty. In addition to hiking, there’s ample fishing, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking for water lovers.
The Grotto— a natural sea cave– is a must-see attraction in the Bruce Peninsula! Enjoy a short & beautiful hike to a cliff overlooking the waters of the Georgian Bay, and venture down to explore the Grotto’s intricate cavern structures & mesmerizing turquoise pools.
Stargazing is another popular activity, as there is a UNESCO-protected Dark Sky Preserve in the Bruce Peninsula. As far as your RV goes, there are many beautiful places to park, such as Cyprus lake (located in the national park), Stormhaven on the shores of Georgian Bay, and Singing Sands on Lake Huron.
Known as Ontario’s cottage country, Muskoka is renowned for its picturesque lakes, forests, and small towns that offer fun for the whole family.
On the water, you can rent boats or take guided boat tours of the area’s many lakes and rivers. On land, enjoy the many hiking trails (including the Muskoka Heritage Trail, which boasts many scenic views).
Looking to add a dash of luxury? Muskoka is also known for its many spas and wellness centers, which provide various services such as massages, facials, and hot tubs.
Although this is a very well-known destination, this list would be incomplete without a shoutout to Niagara Falls! The world-famous natural wonder offers plenty of activities, such as boat tours, helicopter rides, and wine tasting in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Bring along your passports to avoid missing out on any adventures that will take you over the border into New York!
Lean into the tourist experience and try out attractions like Maid of the Mist (NY) and Journey Behind the Falls to get up close and see the falls from a different perspective. Enjoy spectacular views on the Niagra SkyWheel, Canada’s largest observation wheel (the view of the falls is especially breathtaking at night).
Check out niagaraparks.com for plenty of activity options ranging from golf & nature to heritage and architecture. There’s so much to do!
(Psst…The Niagra Parks Butterfly Conservatory is especially recommended for families.)
Away from the bustle of the main attractions, stop by Niagara-on-the-Lake to explore the historic main street and visit some wineries.
Which of these Ontario gems appeals to you the most? Whether you’re looking to relax or explore, there’s something for everyone in Ontario!