In Ontario, we know how to cherish every moment of our beautiful summers. Whether it’s a trip to the cottage or the beach or a festival, it’s important to make every weekend count. With so many incredible sights to see and just a few short months of great weather, road trips are essential. That’s why we’ve made a list of the best summer road trips in Ontario so you can get the most out of this precious time of year.

Take a look at these road trip ideas and start planning your next quick getaway.

Huron County

 

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 When it comes to summertime cruising in Ontario, it truly does not get better than Huron County. Otherwise known as the west coast of Ontario, this region is home to 100 km of golden coastline, rolling hills of lush countryside, and adorable historic towns that are straight out of a vintage postcard.

Between lazy summer afternoons on the beach in Grand Bend, hikes in Pinery Provincial Park, and strolls along the charming streets of Goderich, you will have plenty to keep you entertained at this worthwhile road trip destination.

Where: Huron County, Ontario

Boreal Driving Route

This is the summer road trip you didn’t know you needed. You can see the beauty of the Boreal Forest on this epic driving tour and there are so many unique stops. This part of the province is described as “a region that many Canadians will never see, yet offers so much in terms of history, culture, and natural wonder,” according to Ontario Parks.  Canada’s Boreal Forest is so vast that it affects the health of the environment worldwide.

There are 8 stops on this route, which starts in the northern city of Sudbury. Some destinations are a shorter drive than others but the breathtaking sights you’ll see are worth every kilometre.

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Port Stanley

 

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You don’t have to travel to Malibu to see sprawling sandy beaches and colourful waterfront homes. In fact, you only have to drive 2.5 hours outside of Toronto to find it. Port Stanley is an underrated gem of a town and summer is the time to enjoy it in all its glory.

The town is located in Elgin County, which boasts vineyards and picturesque views for cruising along the Lake Erie shoreline. There are over 100 km of trails through the “Carolinian Forests” in Elgin, and the bustling town is full of boutiques and restaurants to explore. There are several marinas in town, as well as a golf course and a few charming inns to spend a night or two. If you like seafood, most restaurants in serve up the region’s famous Lake Erie perch.

Where: Elgin County, Ontario

Long Sault Parkway

 

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If you love to take the scenic route, it’s safe to say that nothing compares to Long Sault Parkway. The parkway connects you to 11 islands on the St. Lawrence River between Cornwall and Brockville. There are beaches and campgrounds to stop at along the way and you can even do the parkway by bike if you’re feeling adventurous.

Where: 22 Long Sault Dr, Long Sault

Forks of the Credit

 

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This classic scenic drive is a must for your summer road trip plans. The road is full of twists, turns and gorgeous views of the nearby provincial park. Plus, it’s right in Peel Region, so you won’t have to venture very far out of the city to experience it. You’ll want to pay a visit to the many local conservation areas and sweeping viewpoints for all of your photo ops. It’s the perfect activity for a peaceful summer day.

Where: Forks of the Credit Rd, Caledon

Prince Edward County

Of all the places you could visit in Ontario, The County is one of a kind. Views of rolling hills, historic townships, vineyards and the pristine shorelines of Sandbanks Provincial Park will make this road trip extra special. Stop for a tasting at one of the many wineries in the region, browse at an antique store and pick up some fresh local goodies for the drive home.

Where: Prince Edward, Ontario

Niagara Parkway

 

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This driving route hugs the expansive Niagara River and you’ll want to slow down and take it all in. Even Sir Winston Churchill called it “the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world,” according to Tourism Niagara. The 55 km route takes you all the way from Niagara-on-the-Lake down to Fort Erie. There are plenty of stops to pull over and soak up your surroundings, including Horseshoe Falls, Dufferin Islands and the White Water Walk, a trail that takes you along the rapids.

Where: Niagara, Ontario