The U.S. election fever has ended, and COVID danger levels are falling.
Gradually, you will notice the Christmas aura embracing the Northern American continent.
Do you know what that means? The holidays are fast approaching.
If you are lucky, you may have some time off over the holiday break. If you are fortunate, you may even have a day off that you are not running around like a crazy person trying to please or visit every relative you have. Do you know what that means? You have an excellent opportunity for a winter day road trip. I’m a massive fan of the road trip, especially the day trip variety.
Road Trips in Ontario, Canada
In Canada, Ontario has so much to offer. While many flocks to more prominent destinations like Ottawa, Toronto, and Niagara Falls, the right way to experience the Ontario region is with the open road. There are so many places best traversed by a car that you’ll be missing out without one! Whether you’re looking for a real holiday adventure, these are the best Ontario road trips apart from several other things to do in Ontario.
Here’s my list of top 5-day road trips in Ontario.
Port Perry is located 52 miles northeast of central Toronto.
Port Perry is a known tourist destination because of its elegant, Victorian-era downtown, with many cafes, restaurants, galleries, bookstores, antique shops, and other retail outlets. In Port Perry, Lake Scugog is also a fabulous and attractive destination for snowmobiling and ice fishing. It is around an hour drive from toronto
This is a no-brainer for those snowboard/Ski enthusiasts – Blue Mountain, enough said. I am not an adventure junkie like many others, but I do love Collingwood. Downtown Collingwood and Blue Mountain Village have tons of fun, quirky shops, and many great places to eat. If you are making the trip on the weekend, check out the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster at Blue Mountain – I’ve tried it once and it blew my mind. If you are on a family road trip with children and can linger a bit longer, there is also a fantastic indoor 4 season water park called Plunge. Want a more romantic or relaxing? Check out the Scandinave Spa and take a day off before the festival stress storm blows in. It is located around 100 miles from Toronto.
Elora is self-proclaimed as ‘Ontario’s Most Beautiful Village’. I get it. There’s the popular Tooth of Time waterfall and Old Mill located downtown. The Elora Mill, which was once powered by the waterfall, is Ontario’s only remaining five-story mill and has now been restored into a beautiful Inn and restaurant. Elora is renowned for its epic gorge – in the summer months, many people take an invigorating ride down the canyon in an inner tube. I doubt you will want to be in the water in December unless hypothermia is on your wish list, so instead, check out the various art galleries and boutique shops. If you love watching movies, and the lockdown has increased your desperation for a theater visit, check out a flick at The Gorge Cinema, Canada’s oldest continuously running repertory theater. It is located around 72 miles from Toronto.
There are many shops and specialty stores in Niagara-on-the-lake. You can even take a carriage ride and a romantic horse. Perhaps the most popular thing to do is visit an Ontario Winery and take in some wine-tasting. Who doesn’t love tasting Canadian wines? There are lots of fun winter wine events in Niagara, like the Stocking Days of Christmas. Make sure if you plan on getting your wine-on to choose a sober driver to take you home or stay over at one of Niagara’s Inns, dreamy bed & breakfast’s, or spa resorts. It is around 80 miles from Toronto.
Another item on my bucket list is to go dog sledding. I mean, I love dogs, I love sleds – it seems like a no-brainer activity that I would love. Winterdance is an Ontario dog sledding tour company in Haliburton Highlands. One of the remarkable things about Winterdance is they teach you how to drive a dog team. It will be once in a lifetime experience for you. They offer 2 hours, 1/2 day, full-day, multi-day, Moonlite dog sledding trips. Also located in Haliburton Highlands is Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike, which offers loads of fun winter activities like skiing/snowboarding and snowshoeing. It is located around 130 miles from Toronto.