When the weather gets warmer, Ontario becomes a giant playground with limitless places to explore. There are so many gorgeous lake towns in Ontario that offer a peaceful escape from busy city life. Enjoy a day out in nature and support some local businesses while you’re at it.

Here are five of the best lake towns in Ontario that you absolutely must visit this spring.

Grand Bend


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Warm days are meant for blue water and white sand, and Grand Bend is believed to have the best beach in Ontario.

Not only is there so much sandy shoreline to enjoy, but there are also countless nature trails to explore as well as art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and more.

Port Stanley


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Situated on the beautiful waters of Lake Erie, Port Stanley is a quaint beach town with a gorgeous beach that stays busy all spring and summer.

The town is also known for its award-winning dining, events, entertainment, and impressive selection of shops.

Whether you’re looking for a day trip or a weekend-long getaway, you won’t be disappointed by Port Stanley.

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In the heart of cottage country, you’ll find this adorable rural township in the Muskoka Lakes region.

In addition to the picturesque Bala Falls, Bala is a growing town with brand-new stores and great restaurants.

It’s surrounded by pristine forests and calm lake waters, making it the perfect place to visit on a warm spring day.


Gananoque is “internationally recognized as one of Eastern Ontario’s most stunning waterfront communities,” according to its website.

It is the gateway to the 1,000 Islands and sits on the beautiful St. Lawrence River.

There are plenty of activities to enjoy on the water in Gananoque, as well as a variety of spas, shops, restaurants, and quaint hotels.



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Paris sits at the junction of the Grand and Nith Rivers, and it’s located just 30 minutes west of Hamilton.

With its stone buildings and lovely homes on the water, it might be the closest thing that Ontario has to European charm.

The town has all kinds of attractions, including historic sites, waterfalls, and fun events at the Paris Fairground.