It’s officially winter in Ontario! There are so many ways to enjoy this frosty and beautiful season and you won’t even have to get out of your car to experience the magic. That’s right, we’re talking about scenic winter road trips from Toronto.
Throw on your coziest sweater and get behind the wheel because these postcard-worthy winter road trips are calling your name.
Here are 10 of the best scenic winter road trips near Toronto that you must experience this season (with winter tires, of course).
It doesn’t get more picturesque than this! This 40 km route begins rights off of Highway 401 in Gananoque and takes you along the St. Lawrence River.
There are so many fun stops to make on this road trip, but you can still enjoy the breathtaking landscapes without leaving your car.
There’s even a 4,500 ft suspension bridge that takes you right to the U.S. Wellesley Island, with gorgeous views along the way.
Where: Highway 401, Exits 647 to 685
This spot is known as The Valley Town for a reason — it’s nestled at the foot of the Niagara Escarpment and surrounded by vast forests and sparkling frozen waterfalls in the winter.
You’ll want to get out and stretch your legs on one of the many hikes and lookout points in the region, before making your way into the quaint town for some boutique shopping and a bite to eat.
Where: King St W, Dundas
This classic scenic drive is a must for your 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 the nearby town of Belfountain for a light bite. It’s the perfect activity for a peaceful Sunday afternoon.
Where: Forks of the Credit Rd, Caledon
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When it comes to winter views, Crawford Lake takes the cake. You’ll want to get out of your car and stroll along the boardwalk before cruising your way around the easy yet exciting roads with unbeatable views.
If you plan on entering the park you’ll need to reserve your spot ahead of time. This spot has been enjoyed by visitors for hundreds of years, so you know you’re in for something special.
Where: 3115 Conservation Rd, Milton
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 in at a local winery for an icewine tasting, browse at an antique store, and pick up some fresh local goodies for the drive home.
Where: Prince Edward, Ontario
If you’re up for a longer road trip, we promise that the ride to Algonquin is worth it. The drive to the park alone is enough to take your breath away, and it only becomes more beautiful once you enter the grounds.
And because you’ll already be in the area, we highly suggest that you make a pit stop at Arrowhead Provincial Park to enjoy the beautiful torch-lit ice skating trail in the forest.
Where: Ontario 60
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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
Ontario’s southwest is home to Canada’s only Carolinian Forests, named after the U.S. Carolinas because of the region’s similar landscapes and climate.
There is over 100 km of forests to explore in Elgin County, and this 2-hour driving route will take you on a tour of the best that this area has to offer. You’ll make pit stops in adorable towns and villages, including the colorful Port Stanley, described as “Ontario’s hidden jewel.”
Where: Highway 401 at Graham Rd
There are 4 scenic drives to choose from in this gorgeous region just 90 minutes north of Toronto, each of them filled with amazing views and unexpected hidden gems.
It’s also home to Ontario’s famous Butter Tart Tour, so you can sweeten your scenic drive by trying different takes on Canada’s most iconic pastry.
Whether you’re looking to explore the charming surrounding towns or do some outdoor adventuring, you’ll get a little bit of everything in the Kawarthas.
Where: City of Kawartha Lakes, Ontario
Now get that perfect playlist ready and hit the road!