10 Unforgettable Experiences in Ontario, Canada

Canada’s most populated province offers the perfect balance of scenic adventures and cultural richness, and the Ontario license plate says it all: “Ontario, Yours to Discover”.

Thunder Bay’s Sleeping Giant

This remarkable natural rock peninsula resembles a reclining giant when viewed from the city of Thunder Bay and the park is an outdoor adventurer’s year-round dream destination. The Sleeping Giant is known as Nanabijou in Ojibwe legend, forever cast to stone when the secret location of a rich silver mine was revealed.

Car-Free Community: Toronto Island

While many crave the hustle and bustle of Canada’s largest city, it’s forgivable to seek an escape from the fast pace and dense traffic of Ontario. Fortunately, a 10 minute ferry ride will transport you to Toronto Islands, a scenic, carless community which has a waitlist of over 500 people hoping to own a home on the island.

A Pow Wow in Manitoulin

Every August, the Wikwemikong First Nation Reserve welcomes visitors from every direction in a celebration of their culture through feasting, music, and dancing. The customs of three local tribes are celebrated and the highlight is the dance competition which showcases beautifully adorned traditional outfits.

Wolf Howling at Algonquin Provincial Park

Every Thursday in August, a group of naturalists gather in the Algonquin Provincial Park, located between the Georgian Bay and Ottawa River, to host public wolf howling. Visitors can enjoy a slide show on the elusive animals at the park’s outdoor theatre and then drive to a spot where the wolves might answer the imitation calls put out to them.

A Raptors Game in Toronto

Even though Canada’s only professional basketball team has never won an NBA Championship, a Raptors Game is part raucous party, part adrenaline rush, and a basketball game at the Air Canada Centre is a truly unforgettable experience. If you consider yourself an adrenaline junkie, then visiting a CAD casino might just tick all those boxes too!

Theatre in Stratford

Today, Stratford is arguably most well-known for the fact that pop-star Justin Bieber grew up there, but this city is also known internationally for its commitment to theatre. Stratford’s theatre festival debuted in 1953 and showcases the works of Shakespeare and other historic playwrights.

Touring the 1000 Islands by Boat

Located on the St. Lawrence River along the border of Northern New York State and south-eastern Ontario, the 1000 Islands is a historic area once patrolled by pirates. Today, boat cruises offer visitors a view of the archipelago made up of 1,864 islands.

Killarney National Park in OntarioKillarney National Park

Many of Canada’s most well-known artists have spent time in Killarney National Park taking inspiration from the colours, textures, and views of the expansive region for paintings which now hang in national galleries. The pink granite coast, white quartzite ridges, and earthy palette of falling autumn leaves are enough to inspire a masterpiece.

Colborne’s Big Apple

Located in the middle of the picturesque town of Colborne in Crahame Township, The Big Apple is a three-storey high roadside attraction which houses a pie-making factory, a restaurant, and an observation deck. Inspired by the Giant Pineapple in Australia, Colborne’s Big Apple attracts 500,000 visitors a year.

Skating the Rideau Canal

Only one skating rink can claim the title of world’s largest and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and that’s what makes skating the Rideau Canal so unique. The canal is open for skating in the winter, and is still used for its original purpose throughout the rest of the year.

Happy travels!