Vv Magazine’s Kate Dingwall rounds up the 10 most Instagammable places to road trip from Toronto. You’ll definitely want to add these spots to your Summer bucket list – pack up your bags and hit the road!
Best Places Near Or Around Toronto To Visit For A Weekend Getaway
With the Summer sun on the horizon, it’s time to bump up your ‘gram game and hit the road to see some of the beautiful things Ontario and surrounding areas have to offer. As much as Toronto is full of beautiful spots and delicious restaurants, there are a plethora of drool-worthy locales within a short driving distance of the GTA. We’ve put together a list of the most interesting places you can pop a ‘gram from this Summer.
60 minutes from Toronto
Just a stone’s throw from the GTA, one of Dundas, Ontario’s main attractions is the aptly named Dundas peak (it’s quite literally a rock jutting out over the escarpment). The peak is a beautiful outlook of a valley of ever-changing colours, and provides a great view of Lake Ontario and beyond.
Albion & Webster Falls
55 minutes (+ time battling traffic on the Gardiner) from Toronto
Did you know that Hamilton is also known as the city of waterfalls? That’s right, steel city boasts over 100 waterfalls. Just off the highway on the top of the mountain is the magical Albion Falls. You can scale the waterfall, splash through the middle or swim in the waters at the base. Head over to the Spencer Gorge park and climb down to the bottom of Webster’s Falls, where you can lounge by the river or walk behind the falls.
Bruce Peninsula National Park
3 hours 45 minutes from Toronto
Just outside of Tobermory is one of Ontario’s most spectacular national parks, Bruce Peninsula. Home to a spectacular underwater shipwreck, the crystal blue waters, and jaw-dropping cliff sides always draw a cast of adventurers. The actual town of Tobermory is a sight for sore eyes as well, with a row of colourful buildings and cute restaurants to boot.
Prince Edward County
2 hours 30 minutes from Toronto
Looking for a getaway that’s a stone’s throw in distance, but still a change in aesthetic? Prince Edward County boasts a plethora of delightful wineries and is home to the western outpost of the Drake hotel, named the Drake Devonshire. This destination getaway combines the artful charm of the downtown Toronto Drake with the sprawling natural landscapes of Northern Ontario.
The Heidelberg Project
4 hours from Toronto
Taking over two blocks of an old Detroit neighbourhood is The Heidelberg Project. Started by Tyree Guyton 30 years ago, this row of dilapidated old houses has been turned into a whimsical wonderland of found-object sculptures.
The Albright-Knox Gallery
2 hours from Toronto
Located just south of the Niagara border, the Albright-Knox gallery is stuffed to the brim with phenomenal contemporary art. The exhibitions rotate frequently, so repeat visits are a must.
3 hours from Toronto
Muskoka has been the go-to getaway for Toronto folks for decades and for good reason. The district is full of picturesque pines, mega-mansion cottages, and warm lakes. Seriously, it doesn’t get better than wasting the day away on a dock with a cold beer. Even if you don’t have a friend with a cottage you can smooth talk an invite out of, Algonquin Provincial Park has beautiful campsites that are just a short hike or canoe from the highway.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes
7 hours from Toronto
If you’re up for a bit of the drive, Silver Lake Sand Dunes are well worth the trek. The rolling sand dunes look like they’re straight out of Star Wars.
4 hours 30 minutes from Toronto
This abandoned mine in Quebec has turned into one of the coolest (and lesser known) natural wonders in the country. The underground caves are home to beautiful natural light and turquoise swimming holes.
The Cheltenham Badlands
1 hour 30 minutes from Toronto
The red sand hills of the Cheltenham Badlands look almost extraterrestrial. Plus, they’re just a short drive north of the city! The actual badlands themselves are currently closed, but you can still see them from a viewing area at the top of the trail.
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