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Welcome to Ontario

The province of Ontario lies in southeastern Canada, between the open plains of Manitoba to the east and the soaring peaks of Quebec to the west. Canada's most populated province, Ontario is home to the vibrant cities of Ottawa and Toronto. Visitors can explore points of interest easily on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, such as the Canadian Museum of History, Notre Dame Basilica, Parliament Hill, and the Royal Ontario Museum. And, in true Canadian style, the open wilderness is never far away. Take a private or small-group tour—summer or winter—to discover pristine forests, shimmering lakes, and deep valleys. Many travelers come to admire the cascading waters of Niagara Falls (by sea or air), but Ontario also plays host to a number of natural attractions worth your attention. Delve into Algonquin Park (home to native bears, beavers, eagles, and moose) on a 3-day canoe tour. For something even more adventurous, take to the Ottawa River on a white-water rafting adventure. Fly over Thousand Islands on a helicopter tour for a bird's-eye view of Boldt Castle and the St. Lawrence River; or casually stroll among the vineyards at Niagara-on-the-Lake, where pinot noir and merlot grapes thrive. In the winter months, enjoy high-octane thrills on the snow and ice in Ontario's Georgian Bay.

Top 15 attractions in Ontario

Niagara Falls, Ontario

The powerful border-straddling Niagara Falls is actually composed of the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls (also known as Canadian Falls). Combined, these cascades have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world—more than a million bathtubs of water plummet over the edge every second. While they’re wildly impressive from the US, here’s how to explore the Canadian side.More

Skylon Tower

Perched on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, the lofty Skylon Tower is famous for its bird’s-eye views. Boasting a panoramic observation platform, ambient dining, movies, shopping, and activities for the whole family, this 775-foot (236-meter) tower offers an entire day’s worth of entertainment.More

CN Tower

For many visitors to Toronto, this needle-like telecommunications tower—often seen from the airplane window—is their first glimpse of the city. When it was erected in 1976, the CN Tower was the world’s tallest freestanding structure. Though it no longer holds that title, it is still the tallest tower in Canada, and the spectacular views from its observation decks are second to none.More

Cave of the Winds

At the Cave of the Winds observation decks, thrill-seeking visitors can get within 20 feet (6 meters) of the thundering Niagara Falls for an experience that feels like the inside of a tropical storm with torrents of water cascading down and winds up to 68 mph (109 kph). Safe to say, you’ll probably get wet.More

Journey Behind the Falls

Niagara Falls is an incredible sight from land and by boat, but at Journey Behind the Falls visitors who wish to truly experience its massive power can get up close and personal—and wet. Standing on an observation deck behind the falls, where more than one million bathtubs of water thunder over the edge every second, is a truly unforgettable experience of Niagara.More

Toronto Kensington Market

Eclectic, diverse, and graffiti-slathered, Toronto's Kensington Market neighborhood is one of the city’s most distinctive enclaves. The district is packed with produce vendors, food sellers, vintage clothes shops, bric-a-brac boutiques, buskers, cafés, and restaurants, and attracts a steady stream of bohemian types.More

Rideau Canal

Built between 1826 and 1832 to offer secure passage for British ships from Montreal, the Rideau Canal—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is an engineering masterpiece. It extends for 126 miles (202 kilometers) between Ottawa and Kingston. Ottawa’s most visited stretch lures boaters, cyclists, and strollers in summer, and ice skaters in winter.More

Bridal Veil Falls

The smallest of the three waterfalls that comprise world-famous Niagara Falls, Bridal Veil Falls is anything but small. Located on the US side of the falls, the 56-foot-wide (17-meter-wide) waterfall thunders over a 78-foot (24-meter) drop. Its frothy white cascade is reminiscent of a bride’s veil, hence the falls’ name.More

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

Established in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada’s largest museum. Housed inside a heritage-meets-modern building, it boasts a 6-million-strong collection, which focuses on objects relating to world culture and natural history. It includes everything from First Nations’ crest poles to Egyptian mummies to T-rex skeletons.More

Toronto Harbour

Toronto Harbour is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, the smallest of North America’s five Great Lakes. Protected from the lake’s tides by the Toronto Islands, the harbor offers smooth conditions for a wide range of water activities, including boat tours, ferry rides, sailing, and kayaking.More

Ottawa Parliament Hill

A concentrated cluster of grand government buildings overlooking the Ottawa River, Parliament Hill is the centerpiece of Downtown Ottawa. At the heart of the complex is Centre Block, a neo-Gothic riot of greening copper turrets, stone-carved gargoyles, and pointed arches built around a soaring central campanile (bell tower) known as the Peace Tower. Parliament Hill is not just a pretty sight; it’s also home to Canada’s most important democratic institutions, including the Library of Parliament and the chambers of the House of Commons and the Senate.More

St. Lawrence Market

A foodie paradise, the long-running St. Lawrence Market occupies the historic South Market House building, which previously served as Toronto’s city hall and jail. Since 1803, residents and visitors have come here to meet, eat, and shop for food items ranging from Prince Edward Island oysters to peameal bacon to Montreal-style bagels.More

Hockey Hall of Fame

A sacred site for Canadians—for whom ice hockey is a national obsession—the Hockey Hall of Fame holds a treasure trove of memorabilia, including the original Stanley Cup. Housed inside a grand 19th-century Bank of Montreal building, it also features interactive games including a virtual shoot-out where visitors can test their skills.More

Table Rock Welcome Centre

Your visit to the natural wonder that is Niagara Falls begins at the Table Rock Welcome Centre. Here you’ll learn how to make the most of your time at the falls, plus you can buy tickets for some area attractions if you didn’t book a tour in advance. The complex has viewing platforms, restaurants, shops, and attractions.More

Toronto Chinatown

Located in the heart of downtown and a hub for the city’s Chinese-Canadian community, Toronto's Chinatown is a bustling neighborhood lined with an appealing range of small businesses. Visitors and Toronto residents flock here to dine at the area’s popular eateries and shop for produce and imported specialty items at corner grocers.More
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Recent reviews from experiences in Ontario

kim_n, Sep. 2022
Niagara's Decadent Sparkling and Icewine Tasting
A must during a trip to the Falls area in Ontario!
Niagara experience
sajidah_a, Dec. 2022
From Toronto: Small-Group Niagara Falls Highlights Tour Open Winter & Summer
Just wish we had a little for “free time” , 3 hours may seem like a lot but one you do the activities and get something to eat there’s not much time to explore or walk around.
Interesting Tour of Toronto
MarkArthur_T, Oct. 2022
1-Hour Toronto Harbour Tour with Live Narration
You also get to see Toronto in another light and looking at the skyline from the lake's vantage point is awesome!
nubiangail, Oct. 2022
Niagara Falls Platinum Tour from Toronto with Attraction, Lunch and Winery Stop
Those traveling to Canada and want to not only experience the absolutely amazing Niagara Falls but also the amazing wonders of Toronto and Ontario I highly recommend taking this tour.
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Danielle_B, Aug. 2022
Best of Niagara Falls Canada Tour
We came from New Jersey to see the falls in the Canada side and we were not disappointed.
Great Tips!!
Kathy_T, Aug. 2022
Best of Niagara Falls Canada Tour
Highly recommend the “Best of Niagara Falls Tour from Niagara Falls, Ontario..
Great day
Jason_P, Aug. 2021
Breathtaking Niagara Falls Aerial Tour on Plane with iflyTOTO
Flew over the falls and the canel.
Awesomely wet and wonderful
Darrell_S, Sep. 2019
Tour to Niagara Falls with Cruise
The sheer naked power of the falls and the boat ride to them is a bucket list item.
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All about Ontario

When to visit

There’s never a bad time to visit vast and varied Ontario, thanks to its dynamic urban hubs of Toronto and Ottawa, as well as its Great Lakes coastlines and dramatic landscapes. Summer is the time to celebrate Canada Day (on July 1) in the capital, attend festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival and Toronto Pride, as well as enjoy beach and boating excursions. In winter, prepare for twinkling Christmas markets, ice rinks, and winter sports opportunities.

Getting around

Toronto and Ottawa are Toronto’s two major urban hubs, and the province has four main airports: Toronto Pearson International Airport, London International Airport, Ottawa International Airport, and Thunder Bay International Airport. The region’s cities have many public transportation options, and mainline trains and buses also traverse the province. Multi-day tour itineraries make it easy to discover the region’s cities, blockbuster attractions such as Niagara Falls, and scenic national and provincial parks.

Traveler tips

Visiting Ontario in winter? You may get lucky and enjoy a northern lights show. While Canada’s more northerly regions are often associated with the aurora borealis, you can still see it in Ontario, particularly on clear winter evenings. Popular viewing spots include Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Pukaskwa National Park, and other dark-sky spots outside of the cities.

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