Ontario, Canada

Ontario is located on the east central coast of Canada. It is the most populous province, being home to more than 40% of Canada’s population. As a travel destination, Ontario has a lot to offer for even the most seasoned travellers. Join millions of visitors each year and visit Niagara Falls. Stroll through the streets of Toronto, Ottawa, Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton or London. Or hike through the wilderness following one of the many nature trails.

Experience the raw power of Niagara Falls as more than 154 million litres of water plummet 57 meters every minute. The sheer volume is an astonishing spectacle that can be viewed above from the top of the gorge, or below aboard the “Maid of the Mist” boat. You can walk along the top of the river where there are great views of all three falls. The Falls are located in the city of Niagara, making them easy to visit, or you can organise day trip tours from Toronto.

Take a 1.5 hour drive from Niagara and you can be in the City of Toronto. A cultural feast the city’s population is over 5 million, and is known to be one of the most racially diverse cities in the world. Old City, more generally known as Downtown is where you will find ethnic hubs like Chinatown, Greektown, Little Italy, Portugal Village and Little India, among many others. Downtown is also where you will find the CN tower- a structure that stands 553 meters tall and can be seen from almost anywhere in the city.

Ontario has many national parks and reserves that are widespread throughout the province. Algonquin Provincial Park is located just three hours north of Toronto. Its many waterways make it popular for canoeists; however it is also a destination for hiking and camping. Be careful though, the area is home to black bears, wolves, moose and deer. Algonquin Provincial Park offers guided activities including a night-time wolf howls tour and has an Art Centre for those interested in Canadian art.

The best time to visit southern Ontario is during July, August, September and October when the temperatures are around 26 – 21 degree.  If you plan to visit southern Ontario in winter make sure you bring a coat, or two or three- the average maximum temperatures from December to February are a mere 2 degrees, and snow is most likely to fall in January.

Ontario has a well-established public transport system. Pre-paid tickets and passes can be purchased in most major cities. All cities are connected by sealed roads. Bus travel is often the cheapest way to travel between Ontario cities. Keep a lookout for Bus Tours that take you across the province, stopping at popular cities, towns and landmarks. Alternatively, there is a train network throughout Ontario, which services both long distance travel and short commutes. The Toronto Pearson International Airport is Canada’s busiest airport and is conveniently located 20km outside of Toronto.

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