There’s so much more to this province than city lights, forests, and lakes. In fact, some of the most beautiful places in Ontario may fly completely under your radar. From geological wonders to enormous canyons to a pristine beach at the southernmost tip of Canada’s mainland, this province is full of unbelievable sights and surprises.

Take a peek at some of Ontario’s most unique destinations and take your pick — which one will you visit first?

Flowerpot Island


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When it comes to Ontario’s natural wonders, Flowerpot Island in Bruce Peninsula is among the most popular. Massive stone structures line the beach that resemble flower pots, making for some fascinating geological sights. The pillars were naturally formed and tower high above the shoreline. The location also has plenty of caves and hiking trails to explore, as well as a historic light station and rare plants. And we need not mention the pristine waters ideal for a summertime dip!

Where: Fathom Five National Marine Park, Bruce Peninsula

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park


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This provincial park looks like it could be the northern version of Hawaii. With deer, wolf, fox, lynx and over 200 bird species, as well as jaw-dropping clifftop views of the entire Sibley Peninsula, this is easily one of the most picturesque gems in the whole province. The rugged peninsula makes for some amazing photo ops, so be sure to pack the camera.

Where: Thunder Bay, Ontario

Cheltenham Badlands

You’ll find this incredible sight right in the GTA in Caledon. According to Ontario Heritage Trust, the badlands were first formed at the base of an ancient sea over 450 million years ago. It’s known as “one of the most recognizable and visited natural heritage landmarks in southern Ontario,” and for good reason. There’s nothing else quite like it anywhere in the province and the history is equally as fascinating.

Where: 1739 Olde Base Line Rd, Caledon

Ouimet Canyon

Got a fear of heights? You may want to sit this one out! Ouimet Canyon is a 150 metre wide gorge with sheer cliffs that drop 100 metres straight down to the canyon floor, with a trail and boardwalk connecting two lookout platforms. Both stunning and terrifying at the same time, this canyon is truly one of the most spectacular sights in the province.

Where: Greenwich Lake Rd, Pass Lake

Long Sault Parkway

If you love to take the scenic route, it’s safe to say that nothing compares to Long Sault Parkway. The parkway connects you to 11 islands on the St. Lawrence River between Cornwall and Brockville. There are beaches and campgrounds to stop at along the way and you can even do the parkway by bike if you’re feeling adventurous.

Where: 22 Long Sault Dr, Long Sault

Point Pelee National Park


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This national park is the closest Ontario gets to Caribbean-like beaches, with 20 kilometres of pristine sand stretching along the southernmost point of the Canadian mainland. This park is also known for its annual Monarch butterfly migration, where thousands of bright butterflies pass through the park each autumn.

Where: 1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington

Bonnechere Caves

Believe it or not, these caves were formed 500 million years ago at the bottom of a tropical seafloor. You can explore this fascinating network of caves with a guided tour. A trip to Bonnechere Caves is guaranteed to leave you feeling more inspired and amazed by the wonders of our planet than ever before. And be sure to dress appropriately as it does get a bit chilly down there!

Where: 1247 Fourth Chute Rd, Eganville

Bruce Peninsula National Park


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Last but not least is this ever-popular (but never overrated) Ontario gem. The sprawling region is home to countless ancient trees, a variety of orchids and ferns, wildlife, and multiple trails to walk through. But, the big draw of this place are the limestone cliffs giving you a gorg view of the Georgian Bay and a stunning shoreline sea cave with the clearest and bluest water you’ve ever seen.

Where: 469 Cyprus Lake Rd, Tobermory