10 Places to Visit in Southern Ontario

10 Places to Visit in Southern Ontario

Are you looking for a day trip?  Or a weekend trip?  Take a look at my list of 10 Places to Visit in Southern Ontario.  This is by no means a complete list, but you may find one or two places that you haven’t yet visited.  The places are listed by distance to Toronto – the closest first.


Rattray Marsh Conservation Area

32 km from Toronto
This is the last remaining marshland between Toronto and Burlington.  It’s fun walking along the boardwalks and looking for wildlife.



Glenorchy Conservation Area

56 km from Toronto
Glenorchy is an ecosystem protection area around the Sixteen Mile Creek gorge.



Limehouse Conservation Area

63 km from Toronto
The Niagara Escarpment and the Bruce Trail runs through this beautiful park.



Niagara Falls

128 km from Toronto
The most famous iconic waterfalls are in Ontario, and the most beautiful when viewed on the Canadian side.



Port Colborne

147 km from Toronto
It is on the southern end of the Welland Canal, and the first city a ship will pass through when travelling from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.


10 Places to Visit in Southern Ontario


Big Creek National Wildlife Area

176 km from Toronto
Big Creek is a huge wetlands area and home to a wealth of wildlife.  It’s located at the base of the Long Point peninsula.



Jones Falls

193 km from Toronto
This lovely waterfall is located near Owen Sound in the Pottawatomi Conservation Area.  It just a short easy hike from the parking lot.



Kincardine, Ontario

221 km from Toronto
This charming little town is located on the shores of Lake Huron.  It’s a fun place to explore and has the most beautiful sunsets.



Tobermory, Ontario

295 km from Toronto
A harbour village on the north end of the Bruce Peninsula.  The hikes are beautiful, the landscapes are stunning and the sunsets are mesmerizing.  A must-see destination.



Agawa Canyon

700 km from Toronto
The Agawa Canyon Tour Train offers a 1-day trip down into the canyon.  It’s absolutely beautiful in autumn.  Reservations are usually made a year in advance.


Bonus:  Oakville, Ontario

37 km from Toronto
I’m biased on this one since it’s my hometown, but you won’t be disappointed if you visit one of the many parks found along the lakeshore.


10 Places to Visit in Southern Ontario

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Big Creek National Wildlife Area

Big Creek National Wildlife Area

It was time for another mid-week day trip.  We decided to drive south toward Lake Erie to Big Creek National Wildlife Area in Long Point Ontario, and try out Alex’s new scope.

There have been numerous occasions in our travels where we wished we could see what was in the disctance more clearly – for example icebergs, whales, puffins and more! So when Alex found a deal on the SVBONY SV13 Spotting Scope, he took it.  Testing it out in the wildlife reserve seemed like the perfect spot.

This park is absolutely beautiful.  It was very quiet in terms of people – we only ran into a couple of other wildlife watchers while we were there.  There are 2 platforms for viewing far off into the disctance, and a path connecting the two.  We spent much of the time watching a crane, “up close and personal”.  Watch our video below for more of what we saw during our visit.

All the fresh air made us hungry, so we drove down to Long Point Beach for a little picnic lunch.  We found a spot on Hastings Drive where we were allowed to park and spent an hour listening to the waves.

I looked around on google maps and saw that Port Rowan Harbour was closeby so off we went to explore it.  It was lovely and reminded me a little bit of our time on the East Coast.

Big Creek National Wildlife Area

June 2020

July 2021

Big Creek National Wildlife Area is about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Toronto.  If you’re looking for a peaceful get-away, this is it!


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