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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The Cliffs and Caves in Tobermory

The Cliffs and Caves in Tobermory

Date visited: September 2015

We took a short weekend trip to explore The Cliffs and Caves in Tobermory. Tobermory is about a 4 hour drive north of Toronto.  It’s a little village on the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula, dividing Lake Huron and the Georgian Bay.


Little Tub Harbour is the focal point of the town.  It’s a pretty stroll around the harbour, with a few little shops and cafes closeby. 

Just a 5 minute drive from Little Tub Harbour is Big Tub Harbour, and the home of Big Tub Lighthouse.  We visited a couple of times – the nighttime visit was very peaceful.

We took a glass-bottom boat cruise on the Tobermory Explorer.  We found out that Tobermory is a very popular destination for scuba divers because there are many shipwrecks in the area to explore underwater.

It was cool and windy that day, but the sun was shining brightly.  We cruised around the little islands – the most famous one being Flowerpot Island.  The rock pillars on the island were something to see!  We also took a little ride by the Big Tub Lighthouse.

One of the most popular destinations in the Tobermory area is The Grotto in the Bruce Peninsula National Park.  The caves are fun to explore, and we could not get enough of looking at the turquoise water.

The Cliffs and Caves in Tobermory


Although short, our weekend getaway to Tobermory was memorable.  We will definitely go back and explore more in Bruce Peninsula National Park.

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Yours Truly …. Yula