I love Toronto. I’m so proud to live in a city with such diverse pockets, where each great neighbourhood has its own personality and cultural character. I also love that this bustling hub is so close to so many of Ontario’s greatest getaway spots that you can drive to, spend the afternoon and get back to the city to sleep in your own bed that night. Here are some of my favourite day trips, about two hours or so out of the city—
This hotspot between Toronto and Montreal has been making a lot of headlines recently for its great culinary scene, beautiful Burgundian wines and vast white beaches. An island, just south of Belleville, this beautiful family friendly getaway has so much going on that you could do this day trip over and over again without repeating any of the fun.
An oldie, but such a goodie, Stratford is a great daytrip and not just for the Festival with its world class theater. Follow the chocolate trail, go on a foraging tour, visit the brewery and distillery districts, or just walk along the Avon River and watch the swans gracefully coasting along while you ponder the reality that Justin Bieber grew up in this place.
This area of the province is just beautiful, from the much-loved Sauble Beach with its pretty, photo-friendly beaches and sand dunes to explore to Flowerpot Island, the grotto in Tobermory and the Bruce Peninsula in general. Visit the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens and Stoney Island Conservation Area or walk the awesome Bruce Trail and enjoy the perks of being in the beautiful Canadian outdoors.
Open all year, St Jacobs’ Market is the best—whether you’re shopping for farm-to-plate ingredients from one of their 300 vendors or craving one of their delicious apple fritters, it’s a great experience. And if you’re hungry for more, check out St. Jacobs’ Village—it’s reinvented itself with sweet shopping opportunities on the main street, lovely holiday markets and a visit to the Village Biergarten featuring a taste of the local brews.