Oh spring, we’re loving your vibe! So much so that we want to spend every minute of our days outdoors. Though it feels like hoodie weather all over again, we’re not complaining. At least here in Ontario, we’re happy if it’s sunny. And since we haven’t seen a lot of it recently, on the days when there is sun, we’re basking in it. So the next time a ray of sunshine blesses our day, we’re going out on an adventure. Thankfully Toronto is in a prime location – not too far from lovely towns, villages and sights to see. That means day trips are a must, especially if we’re trying to enjoy a nice spring day in Ontario.

We’ve compiled a list of unforgettable day trips from Toronto that are a must this spring and we hope you agree.

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Oh Elora, it’s as beautiful as it sounds!

If you’re looking for a stunning spring getaway, surrounded by a picturesque backdrop, you need to make a trip to Elora.

While you’re there, book a day at the Elora Mill Spa, and then fuel up at Elora Mill’s waterfront restaurant. These are sights to see.

Distance: 90 minutes from Toronto

St. Jacobs

Known for its beloved farmers’ market and Mennonite heritage, St Jacobs is located in the Waterloo area and is not too far of a drive from Toronto.

Take a stroll down the streets of this quaint village and learn about its history, indulge in its one-of-a-kind shopping, and enjoy its sights.

It’s a village worth rediscovering.

Distance: An hour away from Toronto


Tiny is not as tiny as you may have thought. Though unusually named, this cute town has a lot to offer like its thrilling trails and lovely public beaches.

It’s full of history too and it’s just waiting for you to uncover it.

Distance: 1 hour and a half away from Toronto


Okay, this is a fan favourite! It’s us, we’re the fans.

Spend your day drinking wine from vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Once you’ve had your fill of reds and whites, get your designated driver to take you to the historic old town. You won’t regret it!

Distance: 90 minutes from Toronto

Prince Edward County

If there’s one part of Ontario you HAVE to explore, it’s Prince Edward County. It’s truly one of a kind.

From its nostalgic shorelines of Sandbanks Provincial Park to it’s historic townships and refreshing vineyards, PEC is worth the drive.

You won’t want to miss it.

Distance: About two hours from Toronto

Port Hope

Anyone a fan of IT? The terrifying clown flicks were filmed in Port Hope, about an hour east of Toronto.

“If you’ve seen the movies, you’ll recognize Memorial Park downtown where a 20-foot statue of Paul Bunyan presided and members of the Losers Club sat nearby at a picnic table,”  shares Port Hope Tourism.

“And don’t miss the laneway off Walton Street beside the film’s Quality Meats store. You can still find the sign in the alleyway for a souvenir selfie.”

You can actually take part in a self-guided walking tour to explore all the movie sites.

Distance: An hour away from Toronto


This charming town is known for its theatre festival every year.

The well-loved Stratford Festival runs from April to October, so you can stretch your getaway season, and there are tons of performances of all sorts on stage.

Distance: 1 hour 45 minutes from Toronto


Did you know that Ontario is actually home to the smallest jailhouse in North America – several of them, at least?

The jailhouse is located in Tweed, a small town in the central-eastern Ontario county of Hastings.

Although it’s no longer housing any prisoners, it’s still a sight to see.

Distance: Two hours and 20 minutes away from Toronto

And there you have it! Go out and explore our gorgeous province – you never know what you’ll find!