06.21.2017 | Travel
5 Summer Day Trips from Toronto
Summer is a great time to get away from hectic city life to enjoy the best of Ontario’s beaches and trails. If you’re looking for fresh ideas for quick trips from the Greater Toronto Area, we have you covered with 5 of our favourite day trips in Southern Ontario.
Spencer Gorge & Webster’s Falls Conservation Area
Approximate Travel Time: 1 Hour
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
People are often surprised to hear that Hamilton is considered The Waterfall Capital of the World. Home to over 100 waterfalls, it’s the perfect spot for a day trip to enjoy a hike and picnic with friends.
The Spencer Gorge area of Hamilton is home to two of the city’s most impressive waterfalls, Webster’s and Tews falls. Webster’s Falls is a 25 metre high picturesque tiered waterfall perfect for a date or catching up with a friend. Tews falls, at just a few metres less than Niagara Falls, stands at awe-inspiring 41 metres. Enjoy a hike along the trails around each waterfall and lounge in the sun for a picnic at the top of Webster’s falls. Don’t forget to pack your camera!
Approximate Travel Time: 1.75 Hours
Location: Elora, Ontario
An inner tube ride down the Elora Gorge river is a must-do for thrill-seeking adventurers. Just under 2 hours from Toronto, the Elora Gorge is one of the Grand River Area’s best-loved destinations. Rental tubes and safety equipment are available for rent and there is a shuttle available to make getting back to your vehicle easy. While tubing, enjoy the scenery of the beautiful forest and towering limestone cliffs along the edge of the flowing river. In addition to a thrilling tube ride, visitors can enjoy swimming at the nearby Elora Gorge Quarry. The quarry features a sandy beach encased in beautiful limestone cliffs.
Approximate Travel Time: 2 Hours
Location: Norfolk County, Ontario
A popular destination for families, sunbathers and motorcycle enthusiasts, Port Dover is a small town nestled along a large sandy beach. Full of vibrant boutiques and restaurants, Port Dover is a great spot to visit when you’re in the mood for an upbeat afternoon in the sun. You can enjoy the warm water along the vast, clean beach followed by a walk out onto the pier to catch a great view of the lake. While it used to be much more of a fishing town, you’ll still catch fisherman trying their luck at the end of the pier. Farmer’s markets in town and along the drive are also a great opportunity to grab fresh groceries before heading home.
Niagara Glen Conservation Area
Approximate Travel Time: 2 Hours
Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario
The Niagara Glen is a beautiful conservation area down river from bright lights and busy stress of Niagara Falls. The perfect destination for a hike with friends, the Glen features 4 kms of trails through beautiful rock formations along the river’s edge. Along the trails you’ll see a variety of plant species, birds and even rock climbers. Pack a snack and enjoy it while sitting in the sun on one of the many giant boulders nestled along the river bed. Finish the day with a BBQ at the top of the headwall or a dinner in the heart of Niagara Falls.
Long Point Provincial Park
Approximate Travel Time: 2.5 Hours
Location: Long Point, Ontario
Long Point Provincial Park has become an increasingly popular destination for people from the GTA that are looking to escape the heat of the summer and enjoy a day at the beach. At just over 2 hours from Toronto, Long Point is a great day trip or weekend destination.
Considered one of Ontario’s hidden gems, Long Point is home to a pristine beach that spans nearly 2 kilometers. The warm water of Lake Erie features sandbars which are perfect for testing your skimboarding skills. Long Point is also host to beautiful marshlands teeming with wildlife. After a day at the beach, enjoy a sweet treat from the local ice cream spot and head out to the marsh for a relaxing canoe trip.