Ontario is filled with fun and incredible places to explore! You know all the most famous places, but do you know about these hidden treasures?
We’ve selected five of our favourite unusual places in Ontario to share with you! Next time you have a free weekend, why not check out one or two of these cool Ontario destinations?
1. Balaclava Ghost Town. There’s something about ghost towns that leave everyone with the chills, but they’re too interesting to leave unexplored. Check out Balaclava Ghost Town for a bit of history and a hike. This town was built in the mid-19th century as a mill town, but once the area’s lumber was used up, everyone moved away. You can wander through the charming yet dilapidated wooden buildings and take a look at the most interest structure of all – the old mill itself.
2. Dorset Lookout Tower. If you’re going to be anywhere near the Lake of Bays on your next vacation, be sure to make the trip to the Dorset Lookout Tower. The tower costs just a small fee per car, and you can stay as long as you want. It’s more than worth the price – you’ll get a sweeping view of the beautiful surroundings from 142 meters in the air!
3. Sand Hill Park. If you like the beach (and who doesn’t?) this just may be your favourite secret place in Ontario! Sand Hill Park is located on Lake Erie and its name describes precisely what it is. Basically, the beach here is a gigantic sand hill that sweeps steeply down into the lake below. There is some flat beach in the area, but the fun part is trying to run up or down the hill! You can also get a great tan by propping yourself up against the hill.
4. Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves. While Ontario boasts plenty of caves (and a lot of them are pretty freaking awesome), Tyendinaga Cavern is one of our favourites. This privately-owned cave is open to visitors who wish to take tours. Join one and you’ll have the chance to walk through the winding caverns and interesting spaces. The best part is the bright blue wishing well inside the caverns!
5. Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve. It strange to think that it wasn’t that long ago that the whole world boasted dark skies. Today, light pollution has all but wiped out our ability to view the night sky as it was meant to be seen. However, there are still those precious places where dark skies have been saved! Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve in Ontario is one of these. Come here to be awed by the Milky Way at night and the beautiful lake during the day.
Are you intrigued yet? There are so many cool places to explore in Ontario! Make your trip to these awesome destinations even better by renting a
vacation home or cottage. CanadaStays can help you find the perfect cottage rental in Dorset or even try a renting a cottage rental Tyendinaga to best suit the needs for your family.