Top 10 Things To Do When In Ontario

If you are planning a vacation to Ontario, this province has so much to offer visitors.

Top 10 Things To Do When In Ontario
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It may be Canada’s most populous province, but it still has plenty of wide open spaces and glorious scenery. In addition, there is some pretty hot nightlife in bars, clubs and casinos in the cities. This is somewhere you can get away from it all or be right in the middle of it. The choice is yours.

Niagara Falls – more than just water

Niagara Falls is one of the world’s most famous tourist sites. Undoubtedly Niagara is bustling with tourists, but do not let this put you off. You cannot visit Ontario and not make the journey to see this stunning location. Day trips can be organized from Toronto, or you can stay in one of the many hotels in Niagara City.

There are many ways to experience the falls, including a relatively gentle stroll along the walkway, a zip-wire experience or a boat trip. Journey Behind The Falls is a unique, year-round experience that lets you view the Falls from below and behind. If you want to view them from above, the Skylon Tower has a viewing platform and dining rooms overlooking the Falls.

Toronto’s CN Tower – views across the lake

It seems that the iconic CN Tower is in view wherever you go in Toronto. This iconic 553-meter structure is lit up at night and offers visitors the chance to get a different perspective of the city. Not only is it fantastic to look at, but it is also well worth travelling up so you can look down at the extraordinary views.

A lift takes you up to an observation deck three-quarters of the way up the tower. From here, on a clear day, you can see the mist rising in a plume from the gorge at Niagara Falls. Even if you cannot see that far the bird’s-eye vistas across the lake and the city are unforgettable.

Onatario’s casino scene

You cannot visit Canada and not notice that Canadians love to have a flutter. Gambling is an incredibly popular pass time here – more than six in ten adults say they like to have a wager or play casino games. There are casinos in all the major locations, including the Falls View Resort at Niagara and four in Toronto – the biggest being Casino Rama. In addition, Ottawa has the Rideau Carleton Casino with over twelve hundred slot machines.

There are twenty-nine land-based casinos in the province, and online gambling is legal for anyone aged nineteen or over. Ontario has Canada’s only legalized and regulated market in the country where all the commercial platforms can operate. This means you can visit a casino from the comfort and convenience of your accommodation. Of course, if luck smiles on you, you won’t want to be hanging around to claim your winnings, so check out this list of fastest payout casinos in Ontario before playing online.

Parliament Hill, Ottawa – the seat of power

Canada’s capital, Ottawa, is also situated within Ontario—the buildings on Parliament Hill house The Senate and The Commons. The impressive, gothic Peace Tower is an excellent backdrop for any social media post. You can book a guided tour or wander around the grounds. If you get your timings right, you can see the Changing of the Guard. Ottawa might be the seat of power and a serious place, but it is also bristling with architectural and historical interest.

While in Ottawa, indulge your artistic side

Canada’s National Gallery is housed in an ultra-modern structure in Ottawa. There is a collection of important works from Canadian artists as well as pieces from well-known international names. The Gallery is a must for anyone interested in Canadian art and culture.

Do not miss Canada’s Museum of History

While in Ottawa, take time to visit the Museum of History, Canada. It is near the National Gallery. One floor is devoted to exhibitions relating to Canada’s First Peoples, their histories, cultural identities, traditions and contemporary ways of life.

Provincial and National Parks – lose yourself in nature

No matter how long your visit to Ontario, you would probably never have enough time to do everything the Provincial and National parks have on offer. Whether you are someone who likes to lounge on the beach or go for a vigorous hike, the parks offer something for everyone. You can swim, fish or take a pleasure boat out across the lakes. Many people come specifically for a camping trip and to reconnect with their wilder side. Catch a glimpse of Canada’s wildlife and stunning scenery in the great outdoors.

Canada’s Wonderland

If you like your thrills less wild, then Wonderland is somewhere to add to your itinerary. It is a massive theme park situated thirty kilometres northwest of Toronto, and it offers a fun-packed day out for all the family to enjoy. The park offers a wide range of roller coaster rides and a waterpark. The park features over two hundred attractions, including eighteen rollercoasters. Are you brave enough to ride Behemoth, or is the antique carousel more to your liking?

Royal Ontario Museum – immerse yourself in culture

The ROM can be found in downtown Toronto. If you are in the area, you will not miss it as the building is as notable as its contents. It is a stunning mix of old and new architecture. The crystal extension is either loved or loathed but should not be missed. Inside there are fabulous collections and exhibitions focusing on art, culture and nature.

Art in Ontario

Ontario has its own prestigious art gallery. AGO is also in the downtown area of the city. The gallery holds Canada’s most extensive collection of African and Oceanic art as well as an impressive collection of works by European masters. However, the main thrust of the art here is work by artists from Ontario and Toronto. In addition to the permanent collections, look out for innovative and exciting exhibitions that take place throughout the year.

Join the jet set at Toronto International Film Festival

TIFF is one of the world’s best-attended film festivals attracting over half a million visitors annually. This buzzing city gets even livelier, with everyone hoping to catch a glimpse of the visiting film stars. Held in September, the evenings are still warm, and there is a general party vibe in town. Restaurants and hotels do get very busy during the festival, so be sure to book in advance.

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