A long weekend is coming up, which is ideal for spur-of-the-moment adventures. If you’re looking for something to do this long weekend, or any upcoming ones this summer, what’s better than exploring this wonderful province of course? We’ve made a list of quick getaways to help get you started. Here are some amazing spontaneous day trips from Toronto.

Before we get into the list, if you’re travelling anywhere in the GTA and beyond this summer, GO Transit’s $10 One-Day weekend pass has you covered. You can ride on any GO train or bus, to and from wherever you’re going, for just $10 each weekend day and statutory holiday. The Weekend Passes are only available online on the GO e-ticket platform. Visit gotransit.com to see schedules and plan your trip with GO.*

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These quick and easy getaways promise fun, relaxation, and gorgeous views.

Albion Falls

What better thing to do on a summer afternoon than a spontaneous trip to see a waterfall this summer?

This cascading waterfall is one of the most popular in the province. It’s almost as wide as it is tall, measuring 18 metres by 19 metres.

Plus it comes with a gorgeous scenic hike through nature. Seriously, this is the place to pack a picnic and make a day of.

Where: 885 Mountain Brow Blvd, Hamilton, ON


This charming little hamlet is actually located in Caledon right here in the GTA.

Drive along the scenic Forks of the Credit Road, visit the local shops. Plus, be sure to walk along the stunning suspension bridge at the Belfountain Conservation Area.

Where: Caledon, ON

Darlington Provincial Park

If you’re craving a beach day, this is your sign to check out a lesser-known destination in Durham Region called Darlington Beach.

The long sandy beach is located in Darlington Provincial Park in the Clarington region, which is just east of Oshawa and a quick 45-minute drive from Toronto.

The provincial park describes itself as a “hidden gem,” and based on the gorgeous views, activities, and amenities, we’d have to agree.

Where: 1600 Darlington Park Rd, Bowmanville, ON

Elora Gorge and Quarry

Get ready for some adventure at Elora Gorge, where you can go tubing down the Grand River, float in the Quarry, or hike through stunning trails.

Admire the gorge’s limestone cliffs, picnic by the water, and soak up the natural beauty surrounding you.

Finish the day with a delicious meal and local shopping in the charming town of Elora, or “Ontario’s most beautiful village.”.

Where: Elora, ON

Ipperwash Beach

This lovely sandy destination is located south of the popular Grand Bend, along the shores of Lake Huron,

According to Destination Ontario, this beach is a “peaceful place, from the serene and sandy lakeside to the friendly rental cottage communities in the area.”

Though surprising enough, it doesn’t draw a lot of crowds compared to other destinations nearby, so if you’re looking for something more relaxing, this is the place to be.

Where9837 County Road 3, Lambton Shores

Kelso Beach

Located in Milton, Kelso Beach is the place to go for an off-beat adventure, especially during the summer. The lifeguarded beach has pristine sand and glittering water, and it’s just one of many things to do in the conservation area.

Kelso also has an extensive network of trails that can be used for hiking or mountain biking, as well as calm waters for paddling and a boardwalk. Reservations are encouraged to allow gate access into the park!

Where: 5234 Kelso Rd, Milton, ON


Located about 90 minutes from Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to picturesque vineyards, charming boutiques, and historic sites.

Indulge in wine tasting, take a leisurely stroll through the quaint streets, and don’t forget to catch a breathtaking sunset by the Niagara River.

Where: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Sandbanks Provincial Park

With its golden sand dunes and crystal-clear waters, this provincial park is the perfect spot for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking.

It’s situated in Prince Edward County, so you can pair your outdoor day and shopping in the town of Picton.

If you’re visiting on a weekend, be sure to secure a parking pass in advance. Sandbanks does get busy in the summer, so it’s a great time to go for a visit this season.

Where: 3004 County Rd 12, Picton, ON

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.

Where: St Jacobs, ON


Calling all theatre lovers! Take a trip to Stratford, renowned for its world-class Shakespearean productions and theatre festival.

Immerse yourself in the arts, stroll along the Avon River, and savour delicious culinary delights at one of the town’s many eateries.

Where: Stratford, ON

Toronto Islands

Escape the city’s hustle and bustle with a trip to the Toronto Islands.

Hop on the ferry from downtown Toronto, then rent a bike or kayak, take a stroll, or simply relax on the sandy shores. The islands offer stunning skyline views, lush green spaces, and a peaceful ambience.

A true gem near the city.

Where: Toronto Islands

Vettä Nordic Spa

Looking for a dreamy getaway from the city? Vettä Nordic Spa is a peaceful oasis hidden in a picturesque valley just one hour north of Toronto.

This spa offers a traditional Finnish hydrotherapy circuit of heat, cold, and relaxation.

It is said to have one of the largest authentic wood-burning saunas in North America, plus all kinds of Finnish-inspired experiences to help you soak your stress away.

Where: 3210 Line, 3 Line North, Oro-Medonte, ON

And there you have it! Make the most of long weekends this summer, and enjoy the outdoors.