Ontario tourism is a large industry in the highest populated province and the second largest in Canada. With millions of people living across the province, there is a number of things to see and do whether you are a local tourist or someone who has traveled from far away.
Due to the vast size of Ontario, you will need to determine where in the province you want to visit. The most populated area is in the Golden Horseshoe region in the southern part. The provincial capital of Toronto makes up one of the many cities in this area and has many different types of attractions. There are several museums, theatres, post secondary institutions, great shops, a world famous zoo, theme parks, professional sports teams, restaurants and one of the largest free standing structures in the world, the CN Tower.
The province is known for its numerous lakes and rivers. With several choices of water bodies including four of the five Great Lakes, there are plenty of water craft activities and fishing. Many lakes and rivers are warm and safe enough during the summer months to swim in. During the winter months, many of the lakes and rivers freeze over to provide such activities like ice fishing, snowmobiling, and skating.
The province is made up of several provincial parks where you can visit for the day or camp at overnight. Ontario is made up of several different terrains, so each park has its own distinct landscape and environment. There are many wooded areas, flat fields, lakes, rivers, escarpments and the rocky terrain of the Canadian Shield. Many of these parks offer hiking trails, canoeing, swimming and some have white water rafting activities.
The capital city of Canada, Ottawa, is also in Ontario. With a great history, beautiful historic parliament buildings, professional sports teams and several art and history museums, this is a great city to learn about the country, the government and its connection to the British Monarchy. Like many places in this province, there are many activities that can be done year round. One of the most famous attractions in Ottawa is the Rideau Canal that freezes over in the winter time and people can skate on it for several kilometres.
An hour drive from Toronto, is Niagara Falls. Also the name of the city situated along the Niagara River, Niagara Falls is the most powerful set of waterfalls in North America. The horseshoe shaped falls attracts many tourists every year and the city has many fun activities, hotels and restaurants for people of all ages.
Another major area of attraction are the wineries located in southern Ontario. Many of these wineries are located in the Niagara region close to the town of Niagara on the Lake. With several different wineries to choose from and them being very close together, it is easy to spend a day touring the facilities and sampling some world renowned wines. These region is also famous for its ice wines.
Ontario tourism provides people from all around the world with thousands of activities for people of all ages. From the vast beauty of the province to the busy urban streets of Toronto, there is something for everyone.
Toronto cruises are in demand today for providing tours all around the waterways of the city. It is the best way to enjoy the view of this amazing city’s landmarks!