Ontario is such a captivating and diverse province, with its bustling cities and stunning countryside and lakes that will leave a lasting impression on you.
The best way to visit Ontario is on a fly-drive holiday, escorted coach tour or multi-stay city break holiday so that you can enjoy more than one area and really feel the diversity between each stop. Beaches, mountain views, vibrant cities, inspiring architecture, lush forests, sparkling fresh water lakes, and natural wonders, you name it, a holiday to Ontario has it.
Hire a car and tour the countryside, stopping at Blue Mountain, Algonquin Provincial Park or visit scenic Huntsville. The comparisons between the picturesque countryside and the lively cities are diverse, and you can enjoy the best of relaxation and excitement in one trip.
For some real adventure, take in some of Ontario’s epic activities including canoe experiences, hiking, camping and more.
Ontario is home to Canada’s most exciting city, Toronto, with endless sightseeing opportunities, attractions, museums and shopping on your doorstep. A must is a trip up the impressive CN Tower where you can dare to walk on the glass floor revealing the city below. Thrill seekers can take it one step further with an adrenaline-filled Edgewalk Experience over the side of the Tower – not for the faint hearted!
Ontario is also home to the awe-inspiring natural wonder, Niagara Falls. Just an hour and 45-minutes from Toronto you can see one of the world’s natural wonders in all its glory and it makes the perfect day trip no matter what time of the year you visit. See the enormous force of the water in summer or enjoy the frozen effect in winter, lit up by colourful lights in the evening.
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Visitors seeking exceptional culture, dining and shopping experiences on holiday can head to Toronto – the ‘entertainment capital of Canada’ whilst the charming streets of Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, are lined with many historical landmarks. As the country’s largest province, Ontario boasts a varied landscape with secluded beaches, six National Parks and one of the largest waterfalls in the world - Niagara Falls. Choose from one of the region’s many iconic trails and enjoy year-round activities including hiking, paddling and dog-sledding as you take in the breathtaking panorama of the surrounding scenery.
Popular things to do in Ontario
CN Tower Edgewalk (1.5 Hours)
EdgeWalk is the “World’s Highest External Walk on a Building”, a full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod, 356m above the ground. Visitors walk in groups of six, while attached to an overhead safety rail via a trolley and harness system. Designed with the highest international safety and security standards in mind, EdgeWalk runs 1.5 hours, with the outdoor walk lasting approximately 30 minutes. Tickets include a keepsake video, photos and certificate of achievement. Participants also receive a CN Tower General Admission ticket that includes access to SkyPod.
Minimum age 13 (passengers 13-17 must be accompanied) Minimum weight 34kg (75lb), maximum weight 140kg (310lb)
Passengers may not participate in the EdgeWalk if: pregnant, have broken bones, have undergone surgery in the last 6 months or are experiencing ongoing symptoms, have experienced a seizure in the past 6 months and do not hold a driver's license for this reason, have chest pain or shortness of breath; under the influence of any drug (legal or illegal) or alcohol.
Departure: May 1 - Oct 31
Scenic Toronto Harbour Tour
(45 MINUTES) Passengers enjoy an audio tour of Toronto’s scenic harbour with lively and informative narratives offered in English, French, Mandarin or Spanish, complemented by historical waterfront visuals on a big screen television. Take in the spectacular Toronto skyline, views of the CN Tower, Toronto Island parkland and waterways, Queens Quay Terminal, Toronto Island Airport, Harbourfront Centre, CN Tower, Rogers Centre, HTO Park, Rogers Centre, Air Canada Centre and the fabled Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. In addition to the friendly, professional crew, the vessel has indoor/outdoor seating with refreshments and restrooms available.
CN Tower Admission
Standing 553.33 metres tall, and one of Canada’s major icons, this construction masterpiece offers sweeping panoramic views of the city and Lake Ontario. This admission ticket provides elevation to the LookOut and Glass floor levels.
Departures: daily except Dec 25
Deluxe Niagara Winery Tour D (8 Hours)
This deluxe guided wine tour includes a delicious lunch at the world famous Queenston Heights restaurant overlooking the beautiful Niagara Escarpment. To compliment the entree, three flights of wine from various Niagara wineries are served. Once lunch is completed the tour continues to Chateau des Charmes Winery for a full guided tour with wine tastings. The second winery is a founding Niagara Winery, Inniskillin. Visitors will enjoy tastings of both red and white wines and the featured ice wine. After Inniskillin, journey via the historic Niagara parkway to the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Free time is provided to shop and browse this pretty town, the original Capital of Upper Canada. Return transportation to Toronto hotel is included. Lunch includes a main course with choices of: chicken, fresh fish or beef, soup or salad and fresh baked bread, finished off with a tasty dessert. (During the winter, lunch will take place at the historic Old Angel Inn located in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Lunch offers a choice of; beef, chicken or the fish entree, bread, soup and dessert. A full glass of red or white wine is included).
Departures: May 1 - Apr 30 (Except May 18, Jul 1, Sep 7, Oct 12, Dec 25, 26, Jan 1, Apr 3, 5)
Hop-on-Hop-off City Tour of Toronto - 2 day pass
Build your own Toronto experience with the freedom of our hop-on-hop-off city tour aboard a London-style double decker bus or trolley. Let the friendly and knowledgeable tour guides educate you on the fun facts and history of Toronto as they take you through the city with stops at / near all major hotels in the downtown area. The ticket also includes a free boat tour (available seasonally) of the Toronto Harbour and Islands. Let the tour company with over 100 years of experience introduce you the history and excitement that is Toronto!
Departure: May 1 - Apr 30
Segway Distillery Spin
A guided tour with a difference! After a few minutes training, you will easily glide through the district on your Segway for a tour with friendly and knowledgeable guides. Toronto was once home to the largest distillery in the British Empire and has the largest collection of industrial Victorian buildings in Canada. This district now has unique shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants.
Departures: Tuesday to Sunday year round
Duration: 30 minutes
Sightseeing Tour of Niagara Falls from Toronto
Depart Toronto on this full day tour to Niagara Falls and experience one of Canada's most spectacular sights. Ample time will be spent at the Falls giving you excellent photo opportunities including taking the Voyage to the Falls boat cruise (included). Lunch is also included at the Sheraton on the Falls, whilst dining you can enjoy the panoramic views of the Falls from the restaurant. On your return to Toronto pass through Niagara on the Lake, voted Canada’s prettiest town.
Departures: daily except Dec 25. Please note the Voyage to the Falls boat cruise will not operate during the Winter months and will be replaced with the Journey Behind the Falls. Duration: 8 hours
Toronto City Tour
Discover what lies behind Toronto’s famous skyline whilst on this bus and guided walking city tour. Experience the sight and sounds of a cosmopolitan city as you explore the downtown areas, dynamic neighbourhoods, incredible waterfront and magnificent architecture.
Departures: daily except Dec 25
Duration: 2 hours
Niagara Falls Helicopter Flight
This helicopter flight allows you to experience a breath-taking view of Niagara Falls and the surrounding region. This tour is an exciting combination of magnificent scenery and the thrill of a helicopter ride, giving you a unique perspective of Niagara Falls.
Departures: daily except Dec 25 (weather permitting)
Duration: 9 minute flight
Deluxe Niagara Winery Tour D (6 Hours)
A coach will pick you up in the morning and shuttle you through the lush Niagara Peninsula on a delightful wine tour. You will visit two renowned Niagara wineries and enjoy a wine tasting as well as a tour of each winery. The tour includes lunch at a charming eatery on the beautiful Niagara parkway and allows free time to explore historic Niagara-on-the-Lake and free time to explore this captivating 19th-century town. In the winter months (from Oct 15 - Apr 30), a substitute lunch is provided at the Old Angel Inn, in the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Departures: May 1 - April 30 (Except May 23, Jul 1, Sep 5, Oct 10, Dec 25, 26, Jan 1, Apr 14)
Journey Behind The Falls
Go far below the rim of the gorge and behind the Falls as you experience the awesome sights and thundering sounds of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. You’ve journeyed deep within to touch the heart of Niagara. Before you, the mighty river explodes after free falling more than thirteen stories. The sound is deafening, the sight awe-inspiring. A once-in-a-lifetime experience on your Niagara Falls holiday!
Departures: daily except Dec 25
Niagara Falls Adventure Pass
This pass offers you admission to the most popular attractions in Niagara Falls during your trip to Canada. Attractions included in the pass are: Horn Blower Niagara Cruise, Voyage to the Falls, White Water Walk, Journey Behind the Falls and Niagara's Fury. Times will need to be reserved for each attraction at the welcome centre.
Departures: daily between May 1 to Oct 24. The Whirlpool Aero Car will be substituted for the Voyage to the Falls Cruise when this is not operating.
Voyage to the Falls – VIP Boat Cruise
This thrilling experience takes you on a journey to get up close to the Horseshoe Falls, as well as the Great Gorge, America Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. This legendary cruise gives you 360 degree unobstructed views of the Falls from the tiered decks, with a choice of sitting inside from the dry viewing area, or up on deck where you are sure to get wet!
Departures: daily between May 1 to Oct 31
Duration: 15 minute cruise
Admission To Canadian Museum of History and War Museum
At Canada’s most visited museum, visitors discover the events, experiences, people and objects that have shaped the nation’s history. Marvel at the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles and explore the traditions and achievements of Canada’s First Peoples. Tour the many special and permanent exhibitions, be a kid again at the Children’s Museum and live the ultimate cinema experience at the IMAX® Theatre. Visitors can enhance the experience with a guided tour or with the free downloadable audio guide offered in English, French, German and Mandarin. The Canadian War Museum is more than a museum that is internationally renowned for its symbolic architecture; it is synonym for inspiring and touching stories. Canada's rich military history is showcased through personal stories, artwork, photographs and interactive presentations. Visitors tour the extensive permanent exhibitions the explore the conflicts that shaped Canada, Canadians and the world.
Departures: Daily Apr 1 to Mar 31 2016
Duration: 8.5 hours
Historical Highlights Walking Tour
This guided walk showcases a great overview of the city and its colourful history. Included are stops at Parliament Hill, The National War Memorial, Sparks Street, Major’s Hill Park, The Fairmont Chateau Laurier, The Bank of Canada, The Rideau Canal, The Prime Minister’s offices and ByWard Market.
Departures: Daily May 1 to Apr 30, 2016
Duration: 2.5 hours
Ottawa City Cycling Tour
This tour provides an opportunity to see and experience the diversity of the city in a way that’s not possible by tour bus or on foot. Experience Ottawa’s most popular sights by bicycle including fantastic vistas of the Rideau Canal and Ottawa River, cycling over the Portage Bridge and the incredible views of Québec’s Gatineau Hills.
Departures: Daily May 5 to Oct 2, 2015
Duration: 2 hours
Ottawa River Cruise
Float down the picturesque Rideau Canal and enjoy the majestic views of the Parliament Hill, Rideau Falls and many more sights along with interesting narrated commentary on the history of the cancel and the city.
Departures: May 1 to Oct 8 2016
Duration: 1 hour
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Top tips for visiting Ontario
Top Tip 1
• Located on the northern shore of Lake Ontario lays the dynamic city of Toronto. With more than 7000 restaurants, cafes and bars, the city is renowned across the world for its multi-cultural cuisine. Whether you want to spend some time on your holiday shopping in foodie heaven at the St Lawrence Market or climb to the top of the CN Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere, Toronto is an ideal city break.
Top Tip 2
• Toronto's neighbour is Mississauga with more than 520 beautiful parks waiting to be explored. Don’t forget to leave enough time to browse the shops, with everything from high end fashion at Square One Shopping Centre to picturesque streets lined with quaint boutiques.
Top Tip 3
• Canada’s capital Ottawa is a beautiful city which is full of history and bursting with a rich culture. Start downtown at the stunning National Gallery of Canada, one of Canada's premier art galleries before heading to the Rideau Canal where you can boat through the city in the summer and ice-skate on the frozen water during the winter.
Top Tip 4
• One of Canada’s most iconic landmarks, Niagara Falls welcomes millions of visitors on holiday every year. Travel on the new Hornblower boat and get as close as possible to the breathtaking flow of water or alternatively, stand at the top of the Prospect Point Park Observation Tower to enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the Falls. We recommend finishing the day’s adventures at the Skylon Tower where visitors can dine 775 feet above this natural wonder.
Top Tip 5
• Only a few minutes from Niagara Falls in Ontario’s wine region is Niagara-on-the-Lake – a beautifully preserved 19th century village. Stroll through the picturesque streets lined with charming boutiques, outdoor cafes, and exquisite fine dining. A visit would not be complete without relaxing in one of the many wineries and sampling rare vintages. For those who prefer a more personalised experience, Rancourt Winery is a family run cottage where all the wines are made from grapes grown on the property.
Top Tip 6
• Wildlife enthusiasts will be captivated by Algonquin Provincial Park. With 7,800 square miles of lakes and forests, this beautiful destination is home to bears, brook trout, moose, and wolves to name but a few. Visitors seeking adventure on their holiday can camp under the stars whilst those who prefer more luxurious surroundings can stay at Arowhon Pines, a resort located within the boundaries of the Park.
Top Tip 7
• The St Lawrence River is an idyllic environment dotted with more than a thousand tree-filled islands. Kayak to the islands on your own or explore the surroundings as part of a guided tour from Kingston — a beautiful limestone city in eastern Ontario. Whether you are travelling by land or water, remember that the area straddles the border with the United States, so always carry your passport.
Top Tip 8
• London in Ontario has been inspired by its British namesake. Whilst the city is home to its own River Thames, there is still a distinct Canadian feel to this destination. Enjoy culturally-rich performances at the Grand Theatre and the open-air museum, Fanshawe Pioneer Village, tells the story of rural communities from 1820 to 1920.
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