One of Ontario’s oldest communities is not only rich in history and culture, but in nature experiences as well. Plan your next fall day trip to Penetanguishene, Ontario and explore this hidden gem within the city.

Just short of a two hour drive from Toronto Penetanguishene, a sister city to Midland, Ontario. According to Destination Ontario, the two “are only the beginning of a much bigger, brighter, and adventurous region.”

It’s situated along Georgian Bay and near the 30,000 Islands. Within the town, you can venture through its forests and along old hiking trails.

Per Destination Ontario, the two towns “form the gateway to the glorious Southern Georgian Bay region, an adventure paradise with clear waters and lush forests connected by an abundance of nature trails.”

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While in Penetanguishene, take time to explore its historic buildings such as the King’s Wharf Theatre, or pay a visit to its Discovery Harbour where you can view reconstructed buildings from historic Penetanguishene and two replica sailing ships from the War of 1812 period.

But what truly makes this town beautiful is its natural experiences – one of which is a hidden gem, according to Destination Ontario.

The Tay Shore Trail is a hike lovers’ dream, running almost 18 km between Waubaushene and Midland. It features a mix of dense forest trails and some of the best views of Georgian Bay. It’s a multi-use trail that is part of the Trans Canada Trail.

According to the Ontario Trails Council, there are interpretive historical and nature plaques that guide you along the trail. Enjoy the beauty of the surrounding rivers, ponds, wetlands, forests, and field areas that are found along the way.

Take a look at the Heart of Georgian Bay Road and Trail map for more adventures. For a more advanced trail, embark on the 75km long Thunder Beach Loop that starts on Main Street in Penetanguishene.

According to Cycle Simcoe, the Thunder Beach Loop winds along Georgian Bay, through Awenda Provincial Park, and extends to Thunder Beach. It then goes along the Bay on Tiny Beaches Road.

Though it’s a must in the fall, Penetanguishene is an all-season adventure but if you’re like us and rather avoid the snowfall, you better start planning that day trip!