Most of Ontario’s population can be found in the region that is shaped just like a horseshoe and that’s the Golden Horseshoe along the shore of Lake Ontario between Toronto and Niagara Falls. Where there’s a large population, it’s safe to say you can expect ample attractions. Botanical gardens, scenic parks with views of the Falls, historic buildings, vineyards, and farmlands are top reasons to include the Golden Horseshoe in your itinerary when visiting Ontario.
Pack a lunch and enjoy an extraordinary view of the Horseshoe Falls and American Falls at Queen Victoria Park. Or, hop on the famous Maid of Mist for a boat ride that will not only amaze you but get you sprayed in the process. Check out a play at the historic Shaw Theatre, take a walking tour of Niagara-on-the-Lake, or join a wine-tasting tour and explore one the wine-producing regions.
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There’s nothing like an adventurous road trip. For a hurry-free, scenic ride, take the Regional Road 81 first then take the Queen Elizabeth Way. This road will take you to the charming orchards, vineyards and roadside fruit stands. Take a wine tour then stroll through the vineyard’s trails. Stop at a historic museum and indulge in an afternoon lunch in one of the tiny villages.
What will it be? Cherries. Strawberries. Plums. Pears. Grapes or Veggies. Visit local farmers’ markets and pick up your favourite, freshly-picked fruits.
One of Ontario’s biggest wine regions is tucked within the Golden Horseshoe. Explore a vineyard by foot at Beamsville Bench Vineyard Trail that connects several wineries. Take in the area’s incredible views of rolling hills and seasonal harvesting.
Get into the music groove at the annual music festivals. Uncover Canada’s early industrial revolution at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site.
Soak up the arts with a visit to McMichael Canadian Art Collection and Art Gallery of Hamilton. Golf enthusiasts will love paying homage to Canada’s golf heritage at the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum.
There are so many reasons to celebrate culture when there’s an amazing lineup of events to choose from. Get your grub and your drink on at the annual Food & Drink Fest.
Plan a visit to the Shaw Theatre Festival and catch a brilliant performance that will leave you wanting more.
Catch a home game of the Toronto Maple Leafs at a sports bar or at the Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto. Football fans will get a kick out of learning about the history of football at the exciting Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
Feel like staying active? Saddle up and enjoy a 50-minute guided trail ride. Tee off at the 18-hole Hidden Lake Golf Club.
Hike along the Niagara Escarpment, a United Nations World Biosphere. Discover spectacular waterfalls and explore Canada’s oldest trails. Fathom Five National Marine Park houses shipwrecks and lighthouses. Take advantage of the outdoor opportunities at the Bruce Peninsula National Park, part of the Niagara Escarpment. Here you can go bird-watching, hiking, and even set up shop and camp to be one with nature.