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Ontario, Canada, is more than Canada’s largest city Toronto and Canada’s capital city Ottawa, but certainly the focus of excitement is on their metropolitan areas.
Toronto is home to a world of cultures due to its large immigrant population. From streetside cafes to upscale dining, Toronto offers every visitor the chance to sample dishes from all over the world.
Favourite activities include strolling the harbourfront, taking in the view from the CN Tower, visiting the Toronto islands via ferry, shopping for local crafts and flavors at the St. Lawrence market or shopping the 320 stores and boutiques at the glass-roofed Eaton Centre.
The Royal Ontario Museum offers world class galleries and exhibitions. Families love the Ontario Science Centre, the Toronto Zoo and Canada’s Wonderland, a multi-attraction theme park.
As befits a capital city, Ottawa is home to many large museums including the National Gallery of Canada, the National Aviation and Space Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Canadian Museum of Nature and others. Visitors enjoy visiting diverse sites such as Parliament Hill and the Casino du Lac-Leamy. You can catch nightlife, restaurants and more at the Byward Market. For more fun, head to neighbourhoods like Chinatown or Little Italy or get your fill of French culture and cuisine in the Quartier Vanier.
Beyond Toronto and Ottawa
Beyond the two largest cities, there is a whole world of outdoor activities, stunning views, cultural sites, and lovely towns. Ski resorts and cross country skiing are winter favourites. Outstanding golf courses dot the province and offer weekend inn getaways. Other inns offers spas or tours of Ontario wine country.
Over three hundred parks offer scenic adventures, natural beauty and glimpses of Canadian wildlife. Boating, kayaking, swimming and sailing are favourites at shore parks by Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence Seaway and many other beautiful waterways.
In Sudbury, get your hands on real mining equipment at 3D! Dynamic Earth and learn about geology. At the Sudbury Science Centre and IMAX, they offer enriching scientific discovery and bring Canadian wildlife to you.
The famous Niagara Falls is only a 1.5 hour’s drive south of Toronto. Viewing the falls is free, although you can get closer by paying for a boat ride. Each summer the world-renowned Shaw Theater Festival fills many theater halls in the lovely town known as Niagara-on-the-Lake.
In Morrisburg, Upper Canada Village is a favorite destination. More than forty buildings and shops, attended by craftsmen and guides, give visitors a look at what life was like in the 1900s. Huronia Historical Park, Fort William Historical Park and old Fort Henry offer glimpses into the past as well.
For more history, patrons enjoy the 4th Line Theatre in tiny Millbrook on the way to the beautiful Kawartha Lakes region. In this outdoor setting, historical drama and contemporary plays bring Ontario into sharper focus.
Toronto’s Pearson Airport is the largest in Canada with over 35 million visitors each year. Numerous international airlines use the airport as well as Air Canada, Delta, American, U.S. Airways and United. Transportation into the city is available via city buses, rental cars, and private limos, taxis and shuttles.
The Ottawa Airport serves Ottawa, but it is also possible to get there via a five-hour rail trip from Toronto. The Canada Rail system is a fun and relaxing way to move from city to city, while enjoying the view.
Toronto is served by a rapid transit system with four lines and 69 stations. Additionally, visitors enjoy taking the streetcar through downtown. There are 11 streetcar lines and 150 bus routes. To go beyond the metropolitan area, you can take Canada Rail, a tour bus or rent a car.
The province of Ontario offers many beautiful inns, park cabins, and, of course, mainstream hotels. In Toronto, the Renaissance Marriott, the Intercontinental, and the Park Hyatt keep visitors close to the action. The fancy Le Meridien and the boutique Hotel La Germain offer an even more upscale experience for visitors.