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Ouimet Canyon, one of the most unique places to visit in Ontario

Unique Places to Visit in Ontario

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Ontario has so many unique places to visit, all of which make great pit stops as you travel through the province. Not exactly huge tourist destinations in themselves, these spots are worth checking out if you’re already in the area. So, as you plan your Ontario vacation, try to pay a visit to some of these unique places.

Unique Destinations in Ontario

Eastern Ontario

  • Visit the world’s largest bay-mouth barrier dune formation which stretches 12km across Lake Ontario in Sandbanks Provincial Park.  (Prince Edward County)
  • Try to unearth the mystery of Lake On The Mountain, a picturesque lake located 62 metres above Lake Ontario with no apparent source. (Prince Edward County) 
  • Paddle your way out to Bon Echo Provincial Park’s Mazinaw Rock where you can try your luck at deciphering the ancient pictographs left by the Algonquin Indians. (Cloyne)
  • Stay up until the wee hours of the morning to see the stars shine down at Lennox and Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area, the most southerly point in Ontario with the least amount of light pollution. (Erinsville)
  • Wander through Ontario’s only classical ghost town, Balaclava, where you can check out the abandoned 19th-century sawmill, general store and blacksmith shop. (Renfrew County)
  • Tour the Bonnechere Caves for a glimpse at prehistoric fossils embedded in the rock. (Eganville)

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Things to Do in Prince Edward County

Central Ontario

  • Spend the night at Jungle Cat World Zoo, Canada’s most unique Wildlife Park and Bed & Breakfast Inn. (Peterborough and the Kawarthas)
  • Join the crowds at one of Ontario’s best beaches, Wasaga Beach, a 14-kilometre white sand beach with clean warm waters perfect for swimming. (Wasaga Beach)
  • Cruise to Flowerpot Island aboard a glass-bottom boat to see sunken ships in the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay. Once on the island check out the Lighthouse Museum as well as the unique rock formations known as Flowerpots. (Tobermory)
  • Hike to the Cyprus Lake Grotto for a swim inside a stunning cave containing clear turquoise water. (Tobermory)
  • Pitch a tent in Algonquin Provincial Park where you can enjoy hiking, fishing, cycling, swimming, paddling and more. (Algonquin Provincial Park)

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Greater Toronto Area

  • Step back in time at Casa Loma, built in the early 20th century, this historic castle has everything from hidden passageways to an underground tunnel. (Toronto)
  • Marvel at the unique landscape at one of Ontario’s most recognizable geological treasures, the Cheltenham Badlands. (Caledon)

Southwestern Ontario

  • Trek through the Spencer Gorge Conservation Area to see the magnificent tiered waterfall known as Webster’s Falls, as well as Tew’s Falls, which is only a few metres shorter than Niagara Falls. (Hamilton)
  • Head to Niagara Falls to hear the thundering roar of the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls. (Niagara Falls)
  • Pack your swimsuit for a trip to the Elora Quarry, an abandoned limestone quarry with a half-centuries old swimming hole. (Elora)
  • Hop aboard the ferry to Pelee Island, the southernmost inhabited place in Canada to enjoy beautiful beaches, quaint shops, scenic trails, great cycling, and top-not cuisine.  (Pelee Island)

Northern Ontario

  • Stroll along the trails to the viewing platforms located 100 metres above the Ouimet Canyon floor. (Thunder Bay)
  • Take in the view from the boardwalk atop of Kakabeka Falls, Ontario’s second-highest waterfall. (Thunder Bay)
  • Sail Lake Superior to Agate Island Beach where the island, the beach and shoreline is covered with real agates. (Thunder Bay)
  • Spot the Sleeping Giant, a natural rock formation which resembles a large person sleeping on their back.  This landmass was voted one of CBC’s Seven Wonders of Canada in 2007. (Thunder Bay)

Have you been to another unique place in Ontario that you would recommend to others? If so, let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear about it!

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