5 Weekend Escapes from Toronto

As much as we love #the6ix, every now and again, we need a break from the city.

That’s where the weekend getaway comes in.

Whether you’re into wine, camping, sight seeing or history, we’ve got a list with the perfect weekend getaway for you.

  1. TOBERMORY

    Quite possibly the most beautiful location on this list, Tobermory is home to tranquil crystal clear waters reminiscent of the Caribbean. Only a few hours drive from Toronto, Tobermory is easy to get to, and offers tons of different activities to do. There are a few National parks up in the area such as Bruce Penninsula National Park, and Fathom Five National Park, which are FREE this year, so it’s a great time to visit! Take a hike out to Indian Cove to experience the crystal clear waters for yourself, or take a ferry to Flowerpot Island to see the rock formations of the same name. There are numerous shipwrecks to see in the area, along with a plethora of hiking trails.

  2. PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY

    For the wine lovers, Prince Edward County is a great place to sample some local wines. There are a number of vineyards in the area, but make sure you check out Norman Hardy. In addition to beautiful wines, they turn out delicious pizza from their stone oven. A few other notable wineries are Rosehall Run, Huff Estates and Sandbanks Winery. The small towns surrounding the vineyard are also great place to stop for a coffee (try the Drake Devonshire), some artisan goods or a scoop of ice cream.

  3. NIAGARA ON THE LAKE

    Although Niagara on the Lake is another prominent wine region, it offers more than just libations. The summer Shaw festival is a must see event if you’re a fan of the theatre. It’s also a great town for strolling around. The 19th century buildings on Queen Street are situated on flower-filled, tree-lined streets and make for a relaxing, summer atmosphere. There are a number of great Bed and breakfasts to stay in, along with numerous AirBnB options. If you can’t visit the area without stopping at a winery, make sure you check out Peller Estate Winery and Trius Winery.

  4. HAMILTON

    The new go-to destination for Torontonians to buy homes offers more than just lower housing costs. Although it’s gotten a bit of a bad rap over the years, the city is actually quite beautiful. If you’re an art lover, the city hosts an annual art crawl (called Supercrawl) in the art district of Locke Street. This street is also home to an extensive array of amazing restaurants and cafes. If the outdoors are more your thing, you’ll be pleased to know that Hamilton is the waterfall capital of the world! Situated along the numerous hiking trails that criss-cross the city, you’ll find hundreds of picturesque waterfalls. Some of the most notable waterfalls include Albion Falls, Webster’s Falls, Tew’s Falls and the Devil’s Punchbowl.

  5. KINGSTON

    Last, but certainly not least is Kingston. More for the historian or sight-seer, Kingston offers a wealth of different activities to choose from. Take a tour of the penitentiary, Bellevue House or Fort Henry. Take a stroll down Martello Alley past all the art galleries, or down to the waterfront for a picturesque view. Whatever you do, make sure to soak up all the history that this city has to offer!

 

What are your plans for this summer? Are any of these destinations on your list?

 

  • Tess

 

Photos: https://www.donkom.ca/websters-falls/, http://www.blogto.com/slideshows/best-weekend-getaways-toronto/12258/

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