Road Trips

Ontario Summer Trips

Summer in Ontario is not complete without planning a trip to a cottage, provincial park or just visiting a town or city somewhere in our vast Province. I have assembled a list of three different Ontario summer trip destinations that are great experiences that I have personally enjoyed and would recommend.

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Evening at Port Burwell Provincial Park Beach

My three recommended destinations could be either a day trip, weekender or a week-long getaway.  All of the listed destinations offer many different activities that can be enjoyed individually or as a family.

Port Burwell, Ontario

Port Burwell was originally surveyed in 1830 by Lieutenant-Colonel Mahlon Burwell, a surveyor for Colonel Thomas Talbot. Situated at the mouth of Big Otter Creek on the north shore of Lake Erie, it has over 1000 residents. Like many of the Ports along Lake Erie, it is known for its fresh perch and pickerel.

It is also home to one of Canada’s oldest wooden lighthouse. Standing 20m (65ft) in height, visitors can climb to the top.

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Port Burwell Lighthouse

 

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Port Burwell Ontario

 

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Monument to Fisherman lost on Lake Erie

Port Burwell Provincial Park is one of my favorite places. The park has 232 campsites, great trails for hiking and many other activities. I think it has one of the best beaches in Ontario. I love camping here or just visiting for the day.

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Beautiful day at Port Burwell Provincial Park Beach

Check out these links for more information:

http://www.elgintourist.com/Tourism/Port-Burwell

http://www.ontarioparks.com/park/portburwell

 

Algonquin Provincial Park

Algonquin Provincial Park holds the title of being the oldest provincial park in Canada. It was established in 1893. Encompassing about 7653 square kilometres, it is bigger than the state of Delaware or Prince Edward Island. Over 2,400 lakes and thousands of kilometres of rivers and streams are located within the park boundaries.

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Algonquin Provincial Park Plaque

There are many places in Algonquin that are fantastic to visit – two of my favourite are the Lookout Trail and Whiskey Rapids. The view from Lookout Trail granite outcropping is breath taking and really worth the hike. Whiskey Rapids are worth exploring for the sheer beauty of the surroundings. Once you visit Algonquin Park you will be planning another trip soon.

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Barron River Canyon in Algonquin

 

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Canoeing on the Barron River

 

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Whiskey Rapids in western Algonquin Park

Check out these links for more information:

http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/algo.html

http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/

 

Killarney Provincial Park

Once you arrive at Killarney Provincial Park you are surrounded by what makes Ontario one of the best places to live – beautiful lakes, Georgian Bay and the La Cloche mountain range.  There are only a few places on earth that have taken my breath away. Killarney is one of them. I think I waited too long to finally make the trip.  It was really worth it.

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Natural beauty of Killarney

 

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Great trails to explore

 

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Aspen and Birch

 

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Pine forest

 

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La Cloche Mountain Range with white quartzite

 

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Canoeing in Georgian Bay

 

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Pink granite dominates the Georgian Bay shore

 

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Large eastern white pine

Check out these links for more information:

http://www.ontarioparks.com/park/killarney

http://friendsofkillarneypark.ca

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Frank Bourne

Frank Bourne

A Burlington boy with a love of the outdoors, camping and hitting the highways for road trips, Frank is a marketing and sales specialist who loves exploring and adventures on weekends with his wife Margaret.

His passion for outdoor living, survival skills, and good food means he’s always sharing tips on the best places to camp, roads to take in Ontario for breath-taking views, or interesting recipe ideas with locally grown foods.