You don’t need to shell out a fortune to have a good time in our province. In fact, you don’t need a single dollar for these free attractions in Ontario. Whether you love history, art, adventure, or all things whacky and tacky, there is an attraction for you out there, and it won’t cost you a dime.
Here are eight of the best free attractions worth visiting in Ontario this summer.
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is inviting the public to its main floor galleries, exhibits, and public spaces all season long.
As part of the offering, visitors can stop by to see Kore 670, “a stunning sculpture from antiquity on loan from Greece.” Other main-floor exhibits include the Gallery of Chinese Architecture and the Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada.
Where: 100 Queen’s Park
When: June 9—September 25, 2022
Good news, history buffs! The City of Toronto has made general admission permanently free at 10 history museums and sites, to ensure that everyone can enjoy and participate in the city’s cultural heritage.
Some of the museums you can now visit for free include Colborne Lodge, Fort York National Historic Site, Scarborough Museum, Spadina Museum, and more.
You can take a walk through Canada’s very first railway tunnel, an exciting piece of history that dates back to 1860. The tunnel has been revamped with a colourful light show and soundtrack. Donations are always welcome to keep the Brockville Railway Tunnel a well-maintained, free attraction.
Where: 1 King St West, City of Brockville
When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until October 10, 2022
Next time you’re visiting Niagara Falls, be sure to pay a visit to the Botanical Gardens, located just 10 minutes north of the Falls along the scenic Niagara Parkway. The massive, spectacular garden spans 99 acres, featuring perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, and a world-famous rose garden with over 2,400 roses. The gardens are free to visit with metered parking available.
Where: 2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls
When: Open year-round from dawn to dusk
Whether in person or on TV, every Ontarian has seen the Parliament of Canada buildings at least once. But, if you find yourself in Ottawa any time soon, you can book a free 40-minute guided tour of the Senate Chamber and House of Commons. Learn all about this historic place and the Members of Parliament, all while touring the stunning grounds.
When: Book your tour here
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Hop on a free 20-minute ferry from Kingston to Wolfe Island, followed by a free shuttle bus from the dock and into the village of Wolfe Island. If you’re in the mood for a low-cost day trip, Wolfe Island is a great choice.
Where: Barrack St, Kingston, ON
When: See ferry schedule
There are some seriously bizarre roadside attractions around Ontario, including the world’s largest golf bag in Amaranth, a gigantic toonie in Campbellford, the world’s largest Muskoka chair in Muskoka, and many more. Make yourself a checklist and hit the road, hitting all the whackiest stops along the way. Don’t forget to take pictures!
Canada’s first and only elevated park is located right here in Ontario. Spanning 30 feet wide and 850 feet long, this unique destination was once a railway bridge. Today, it’s a tourist destination that’s free to visit, where visitors can enjoy the views, greenery, and art installations.
Where: 1 Centre St, St Thomas