We can only hope the weather in Ontario stays this nice throughout February. And if that happens to be the case, a Family Day weekend road trip is in order. There are many cute and small Ontario towns just a few hours away from Toronto, and they’re worth a visit on the Family Day long weekend.
East, west, north, south! Just hit the road and see where it leads you. Perhaps it guides you to one of these eight lovely towns?
Here are 8 cute Ontario towns to visit on Family Day long weekend:
Bath is one of Ontario’s oldest communities according to the town’s website, and was first settled by the United Empire Loyalists all the way back in 1784!
Interested to learn more about the history of Bath? Well, you’re in luck. The town features Bath Museum, a spot filled with the history of the community and surrounding areas, such as a collection of WWI memorabilia and Native artifacts.
Kick your feet up and grab a beer while you’re visiting Bath! Mackinnon Brothers Brewery is a well-known brewery in the province and happens to call Bath home. Stop by The Tap Room for drinks and snacks or check out one of the many live concerts held and The Grandstand.
And check out The Bathouse Studio. According to Bath’s town website, the studio is owned by this area’s nearby hometown heroes, The Tragically Hip! The stone-cut structure that was once a coach house, became the band’s makeshift recording space in the early 1990s.
Distance: About two and a half hours from Toronto; two and a half hours from Ottawa
This small town in Ontario’s Grey County was once named one of the prettiest towns in Ontario and for good reason! This quaint community boasts historic stone buildings, beautiful antique shops, restaurants, and a brewery with rave reviews.
If you’re visiting Neustadt, take a stroll down Mill Street. The stone buildings on this street are part of what makes Neustadt so pretty!
First stop on Mill Street – Atelier 522! This country-style boutique is inspired by modern farmhouse living with a selection of organic lotions and potions, handmade candles, linens, ceramics, glass, and an ever-changing array of artistic curiosities.
While you’re strolling Mill Street pop into the beloved Granny’s General Store which has an ice cream bar, baked goods, and even a garden centre.
And there’s lots more to explore on your trip.
Distance: About two and a half hours from Toronto
Following the “prettiest” title, Ontario’s Goderich was named the “prettiest” in Canada by none other than the late Queen Elizabeth II, so you know you’re in for something special.
Goderich, Ontario is a small coastal town situated on bluffs with a gorgeous view of Lake Huron. The town is known for its almost turquoise-blue beaches (three in fact) and a very charming historic downtown.
In the winter, it offers some incredible views! This is the perfect day trip destination.
It’s also home to a very picturesque boardwalk.
Distance: About two and a half hours northwest of Toronto
Right in Bruce County, this village in Ontario is full of rich history, a stunning conservation area, and spots to dine.
If you’re hungry while visiting Paisley there are some great options for food and drinks including Bonfire on Queen. Located right in the heart of Paisley this restaurant specializes in homemade pasta and scratch pizzas made with local ingredients and baked in a stone oven. Don’t forget to grab something off the dessert menu which features pistachio & lemon cannolis, tiramisu and gelato.
Take a stroll down Queen Street to see even more of what Paisley has to offer including their local shops.
Grab local arts and crafts from Elora Soap Company, timeless antiques from Roadrunner Collectables, or jewellery and home decor from Della Bella Boutique. All these shops are located conveniently on Queen Street and are within walking distance of each other.
Distance: Almost three hours away from Toronto
Known as Ontario’s “friendly town,” you can count on a big dose of winter vibes in charming and picturesque Almonte.
The town’s historic Mill Street is so vibrant this time of year.
The scenic mill town on the Mississippi River near Ottawa is full of shops, restaurants, and elegant inns, making it the perfect weekend destination.
Distance: About 45 minutes away from Ottawa
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And here’s another! Often called one of the “prettiest towns in Ontario,” this spot is more of a hike from the Toronto area than the ones previously mentioned, but it’s totally worth the drive.
The blend of historic 19th-century architecture and the serene parks and waterways give Perth a postcard-like atmosphere — the town has worked hard to preserve its heritage feel over the years.
There are several scenic bridges you can cross to enjoy the view too.
All of these features are on display at the town’s famous Stewart Park, which is home to the Stewart Park Rainbow Bridge, rustic restored mill, and towering old trees.
Distance: About three and a half hours away from Toronto
What Destination Ontario calls “the heart of Lennox and Addington County”, is home to beautiful parks, a bustling downtown core, an exciting waterfront, and historic buildings.
The town offers that small-town feel, without being too far away from major cities, so it serves as a great day escape whenever you feel like going for a drive.
If you’re looking for a truly rewarding experience, head to Springfield Park. Here you’ll find the Springside Parks Falls and Napanee River.
“Napanee Falls cascade for tens of metres, giving viewers a mesmerizing look at the sheer power of water,” shares Naturally L&A.
You can embark on a scenic fall walk along a fully accessible path that leads to a Conservation Park.
Whether Napanee serves as a pit stop to your next destination or you’re on a small-town adventure, exploring the sights of Ontario, you’re in for a great time.
Distance: About a two-hours drive east of Toronto; two and a half from Ottawa
Not too far away from the city of Ottawa is a small Ontario village that offers beautiful scenic backdrops and is a popular destination for holiday filming. The village of Manotick is next on our list and here’s what to know.
It has quite a history too! Per its official website, the village dates back to the 1800s.
Manotick is full of one-of-a-kind boutiques too, perfect for those unique Christmas presents so shopping in this village is a must. In need of a break? Ottawa Tourism recommends The Miller’s Oven. It is run by a volunteer group of seniors and is a beloved spot for baked goods, tea, and light lunches.
Distance: About 40 minutes away from Toronto
What better place to spend a winter weekend than in Ontario’s “most beautiful village?” When it comes to scenic views and historic charm, especially in the winter, Elora does not disappoint.
You’ll want to take a peek inside of the adorable boutiques that line the streets of this quaint destination and if you’re in the mood to spoil yourself, you can visit the iconic Elora Mill & Spa for some relaxation.
Distance: About one and a half hours away from Toronto