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Escape Toronto Tour

Plan a trip to Ontario and head for the Toronto area. You'll find a wide range of warm and welcoming cities with a diverse palette of exciting attractions. From Fergus to Oshawa and Bowmanville to Brampton, discover the surrounding Toronto area.

Orangeville

Begin your tour of the areas around Toronto in Orangeville. Found northwest of Toronto near the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville is a pleasant and charming Ontario town. Accessed easily from Hurontario Street, Orangeville is home to a selection of the area's best attractions. 

Must See

Of the the many sites you'll want to visit, the Art Walk of Tree Sculptures in Orangeville is a can't-miss. Check out 58skillfully carved tree sculptures along Broadway Street near downtown Orangeville. 

Local Guide

Enjoy some of Orangeville's high culture – take in a performance at Theatre Orangeville. Opened in 1994, Theatre Orangeville seats 273 guests, is available to be rented, and hosts a number shows throughout the year.

Outdoor

Island Lake Conservation Area proves to be the premier outdoor recreation site in Orangeville. You'll find trails for hiking, biking, and walking, with acres of open waterways for boating and fishing. During the winter months, snowshoeing and ice fishing area also very popular at Island Lake Conservation Area. 

Fergus

Keep things rolling outside of Toronto with a visit to Fergus. An easy drive southwest from Orangeville, Fergus is an ideal next-stop destination on this tour. This township boasts a wide range of welcoming accommodations and attractions. 

Must See

Plan your Fergus stay for winter, and check out the annual Centre Wellington Christmas Festival. Hosted by the Wellington County Museum & Archives, this festival features a range of live music styles, food and drink vendors, family activities, and the man himself, Santa Clause, is always present. 

Local Guide

As you make your way in and around Fergus, don't miss your chance to visit the Fergus Grand Theatre. All year long, both Vision Theatre Productions and the Elora Community Theatre stage live performances. 

Outdoor

The Elora Gorge has thrilled outdoor adventure seekers in the area for years. You can keep the trend alive during your visit – tree-lined hiking and biking trails, rapids for kayaking, and Upper Gorge Trailway all help to yield excellent outdoor fun in Fergus. 

Georgetown

The next leg of your tour will have you closer to Toronto, but still on the outskirts. Explore Georgetown and make the most of this stay. Find warm and welcoming locals, with charming and fun attractions. Georgetown is intersected by the Credit River.  

Must See

Your tour of Georgetown wouldn't be complete without some time exploring the downtown area. The well-manicured, tree-lined streets are inviting, and the local shops offer a wide range of products. From June through October, check out the Georgetown Farmer's Market, and the International Flavours Festival is in October. 

Local Guide

The nearby Toronto Premium Outlets yield a bevy of shopping options. You'll have the chance to check out the sales across 85 stores, seven days a week. The Toronto Premium Outlets are a short drive southeast from downtown Georgetown.

Outdoor

Enjoy a day out and about in Georgetown – you'll find more than 30 kilometres of hiking trails to traverse. The Bruce Trail is the main pipeline for all hiking in Georgetown, as it shoots off and connects to many of the other trails. You can access the Bruce Trail from the Terra Cotta Conservation Area. 

Milton

From Georgetown, the next stop should be Milton. Only minutes from the shores of Lake Ontario, and just east of downtown Toronto, Milton is an inviting and charming town, ideal for a few days of exploration. This Halton Regiontown was established in 1818, and incorporated 1857.

Must See

Be sure to bring your clubs along for this Escape from Toronto – the Rattlesnake Point Golf Club is just the ticket for a fun afternoon on the links. With 45 holes – 36 regulation, with a nine-hole executive section tacked on – Rattlesnake Point Golf is ideal for golfers visiting Milton. 

Local Guide

Doubling as both a museum and a fully functioning electric railway, the Halton County Radial Railway is an excellent way to see the scenic side of Milton. Opened in 1972, the museum is the largest railroad-themed museum in Ontario. 

Outdoor

Explore and enjoy as many of the 625 acres found at Andrews' Scenic Acres. One of Milton's premier outdoor attraction, Andrew's Scenic Acres began as a simple pick-your-own-berry farm, but today as branched out – there's the on-site Scotch Block Winery, and the revolving farmer's markets.

Brampton

Just east of Milton is Brampton, the next destination on this Ontario tour. Brampton is home to a variety of top attractions, from the Lester B. Pearson Theatre to the Garden Square. Plan your time in Brampton wisely and see all the city has to offer.

Must See

At 451 seats, the Lester B. Pearson Theatre is a premier production venue in Brampton. From September through May, the theatre hosts a wide range of performances, whether they be dance recitals, plays, or music. There are also a number of dance schools held at the Pearson Theatre.

Local Guide

Built in 1852, the Historic Bovaird House is a charming and fun attraction in Brampton. You'll learn a bit about the local culture and lore when you tour the Bovaird House – it's the former residence of William Bovaird, who lived there in the 1940s. The house has been restored to mirror it's original form, is said to be haunted, and tours are available Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays – always free.

Outdoor

Especially ideal during the summer months, Wild Water Kingdom is a top outdoor destination for families. With 15 water slides, and more than 100 total acres to explore, Wild Water Kingdom is sure to thrill and entertain all members of the family. You can access Wild Water Kingdom from June through the end of September. 

Oshawa

As you enter the last leg of this tour of surrounding Toronto, you'll venture east of downtown. Oshawa, the first of these last two stops, is a pleasant city on the shoreline of Lake Ontario. You'll find arts, culture, warm people, and plenty of lakeside fun in Oshawa. 

Must See

Since it opened in 1963, the Canadian Automotive Museum has been working to preserve and share the rich automotive history of Canada – it's the only museum of its kind across Ontario. See more than 100 vehicles during your tour.

Local Guide

Whether you're an avid collector or an art world novice, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery is sure to yield an eventful afternoon in Oshawa. As the largest gallery in Oshawa – in the entire Durham Region, actually – the RMG features a wide range of art work across its 36,000 square feet. You can enjoy a tour of the RMG seven days a week. 

Outdoor

When you visit Oshawa in the spring or summer, be sure to spend a day exploring the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens. The Peony Garden, with more than 300 varieties, is a must, and the Memory Garden offers a calming and tranquil experience.

Bowmanville

Wrap this Escape from Toronto tour in Bowmanville. A community also along the shore of Lake Ontario, Bowmanville was once known as the Town of Newcastle. Today, Bowmanville is an attractive destination with much to see and do. 

Must See

Because it's something of a smaller than usual park, the Bowmanville Zoo can be seen across one afternoon, making it ideal for visiting families. With more than 300 creatures, animals, and critters of all sorts, the Bowmanville Zoo is just east of downtown Bowmanville, across the street from the Bowmanville Cemetery. 

Local Guide

With an impressive array of displays and permanent exhibits, the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington is a premier destination near Bowmanville for art lovers. Each year in January, the VAC of Clarington hosts Art from the High Schools, a three week-long event where local high school students can display their art. 

Outdoor

Before you depart Bowmanville and cap this tour of the surrounding Toronto area, be sure to enjoy a day of splish-splash water park fun at Cedar Park Resort. Throughout the water park you'll find water slides for all ages, mini golf, tennis courts, and picnic shelters.