Weekend Getaways from Toronto, Canada
Playing a smooth track from Canada’s very own Drake, you can cruise on the streets breathing in the urban cosmopolitan life of this major city in the second largest nation in the world. It is a centre of media, finance, music, a busy everyday affair with the CN Tower standing firmly on the ground. However, sometimes one wishes to slow down time for a moment and fall back from the daily haste and business. This is a list of places like these located at some distance from Toronto in Canada where you can simply have a great time.
Talk about Canada,and the first sights that pop up in the head are maple leaf, CN Tower and then the highest cascades of the world: the Niagara. The Niagara Falls are one of the few things that the Canadians and Americans share as it includes three waterfalls running free in Ontario and New York State. These wonders of nature are splendid and magnificent to watch once you reach them by trekking upwards. After you are done with the sightseeing, you can also visit nearby attractions. Queen Victoria Park is worth visiting. It has a facility from where you can be a part of a visual illusion where you feel you are falling too with the water of the waterfalls. There is a Skywheel along with the high pinnacle called the Skylon Tower. At the height of 520 feet, it gives the highest views of the waterfalls and the surrounding landscape. Once you are a traveller in Canada, it is simply impossible to resist the charm of Niagara.
Distance from Toronto: 80 miles (1 hour 40 minutes)
Best time to visit: June to August
Places to stay: Four Points, Sheraton at the Falls, Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls and Casino, Aashram Hotel (Niagara River)
Named after the 19th-century politician George Hamilton, this port city is a settlement on the Niagaran Peninsula. Hamilton’s streets are filled with budding artists from the music, dance and drama scene,and it adds up to the rich inclination of Canada towards artists. A fascination towards military history would be triggered inside you when you go aboard in the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museumand the remnants of a marine vessel, the HCMS Haida National Historic Site. However even more interesting is a visit to the famed Dundurn Castle. It is a spacious mansion from the1850s,but the walk through this place is not like any other ordinary historical ride. To make your trip more authentic, the tour guides are dressed up and act like they were people from that very same period in the past. Once you step in Dundurn Castle, it feels like you are travelling back in time. With forty rooms, the palace might be one of the well-maintained historical sites. Like many other Canadian sites, Hamilton has its share of nature too with several waterfalls and Conservation Areas.
Distance from Toronto: 142 miles (1 hour 19 minutes)
Best time to visit: April to June
Places to stay: Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, Days Inn,Pleasant Stay Motel, The Barracks Inn
Located near the basin of Huron, one of the Great Lakes of North America is the Bruce Peninsula. It is rich in flora and fauna with young mosses and old trees supplemented with an animal family of snakes, owls and black bears. Surrounded by water, wherever you’ll walk you will tend to find rugged rocky cliffs like they’re pulled out straight from one of those default Windows desktop wallpapers. To put in simpler terms, Bruce Peninsula is a one hundred percent artistic. Wander around and click some photographs near the rocks and lighthouses to make your Instagram followers jealous. Another exciting part is to discover shipwrecks. Yes, the tourism department has preserved the wreckage of twenty-something marine vessels at Fathom Five Marine National Park. Wear a pair of flippers and a snorkel and dive to see the rusted sunken wonders in the deep waters.
Distance from Toronto: 170 miles (3 hours 39 minutes)
Best time to visit: March to May
Places to stay: Summit Ridge 1, Blue Mountain suites, Mountain Springs Resort, Bowering Guest house
This entry is a village, a total far cry from sophisticated,high-class Toronto. Kleinburg is a paradise for art lovers. The most visited structure is the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, an art gallery displaying local art by Native Americans, aboriginal art and post-modern art which reflect the North American life. More than that, the highlight is on the work of a group of seven major artists of the 20th century, possibly the greatest painters to represent the Canadian nature on the canvas. These landscape artists formed a sort of an art cult and were collectively called the “Group of Seven”. So much,so that six of these painters are buried in the grounds of Kleinburg. So, it’s safe to say that Kleinburg is the Mecca of Canadian art. For the ladies, there are some cute and great salons and boutiques. With empty roads and fresh winds, just ditch the car and cycle to the shops and galleries out here. It will be magical and charming.
Distance from Toronto: 50 miles (1 hour approximately)
Best time to visit: July to September
Places to stay: Aloft Vaughan Mills, Novotel Toronto Vaughan Center, Bolton Inn, Hampton Inn and Suites (by Hilton Bolton)
There you have it. Canada is probably the least troublesome and messed up country unlike its North American family members, Mexico and the United States because of such ambient places, such weekend getaways echoing with the silence of nature. From art galleries to good breakfast places, from adventure activities to just walking under great skies, Canada is one of the ultimate destinations, surely a land to be mentioned in those travel channels and to be visited to get those feels.