The 7 Best Girlfriend Getaways in Ontario

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The Rundown

Long Point Eco-Adventures – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"To get out on the water, try kayaking and kayak-fishing the waters of Big Creek, which has been dubbed the 'Canadian Amazon.'"

Thyme Again – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"A stay at Thyme Again is recommended—it’s a working organic farm and bed and breakfast in a circa-1890 home."

Prince of Wales Victorian Bed and Breakfast – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"For active guests, a unique way to explore is on cycling tours between wine and cheese pairings."

Elora Mill Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"The hotel is built from a stone 19th-century mill with annexes and located near the Tooth of Time waterfall on the Grand River."

The Arlington – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"Guest spaces are inspired by creative minds—there’s a Sigmund Freud room and a Stanley Kubrick room."

Spruce Forest Lakeside B&B – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"A cozy but affordable option right on the water."

The Bruce – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"An upscale hotel just a 2-minute walk from the entrance to Upper Queen's Park and a relaxing place to make home base when in town."

01 of 07

Head Into Nature at Long Point Eco-Adventures

Long Point Eco-Adventures

Long Point Eco-Adventures

Long Point Eco-Adventures is a wilderness resort in the Carolinian forest of southwestern Ontario where adventurous campers can glamp in adorable Hobbit-like houses with comfy beds, private toilets, outdoor showers, mini-fridges, and electricity. Activities include zip-lining, rappelling, canopy tours, stargazing, water sports, mountain biking, and edible mushroom forays (under the guidance of an executive chef). Nearby, the Long Point Observatory is a nice public site for stargazing. It has a 16" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for viewing stars, planets, and galaxies. Travelers should arrange a tour through the Burning Kiln Winery vineyard, which includes a gourmet dinner. To get out on the water, try kayaking and kayak-fishing the waters of Big Creek, which has been dubbed the "Canadian Amazon" for active girl trips. For a more relaxing experience, there are zodiac birdwatching boat tours into Lake Erie. 

02 of 07

Eat Your Way Through Prince Edward County

Thyme Again

Thyme Again

Prince Edward County is famous for being Ontario’s gastro capital, so serious foodies will definitely appreciate a weekend here. With a car and a map, it’s easy to meander the pretty country roads, stop in at farms with roadside stands, or check out antique shops, galleries, craft breweries, ice creameries, cideries, and wineries. There is even a dedicated “Taste Trail" which details must-see stops like The County Cider Trail, Hillier Creek Estates, and Slickers County Ice Cream. For something a little more private, create a gourmet picnic and lounge on the white sand dunes at Sandbanks Provincial Park by Picton.  A stay at Thyme Again is recommended—it’s a working organic farm and bed and breakfast in a circa-1890 home. 

03 of 07

Get Both Elegant and Tipsy in Ontario’s Wine Country

Prince of Wales Victorian Bed and Breakfast

Prince of Wales Victorian Bed and Breakfast

Known for its Rieslings, Cabernet Francs, and ice wines, the wine region around Niagara-on-the-Lake makes a good road trip for girls. A stay at the luxurious Prince of Wales Victorian Bed and Breakfast puts guests a 5-minute walk from both the waterfront and Shaw Festival Theatre. You can come back from an afternoon of wine tastings and be welcomed with a regal afternoon tea and scones to sober up a bit before hitting one of the popular nearby restaurants such as Balzac’s Café or Treadwell (the latter has an impressive wine list). For active guests, a unique way to explore is on cycling tours between wine and cheese pairings.

04 of 07

Indulge in All Things Quirky in Guelph

Elora Mill Hotel

Elora Mill Hotel

When the weekend can include a visit to the Royal City Brewing Company and the renowned Donkey Sanctuary, you know it’s going to be a strange yet memorable girl’s trip. The quest for the surprising and random can continue while perusing the Aberfoyle Antique Market. The Holy Cow Canoe Company rents canoes—just imagine how fun and awkward paddling with the whole group could be. Nighttime is for celebrating with live music and pub grub at the Van Gogh’s Ear on Wyndham Street. Guelph is a relatively small town so it doesn’t have extensive lodging options besides some basic chain hotels, but the London House is an 1890s bed and breakfast worth booking. Visitors can continue the quirky theme a little further out of town at Elora Mill Hotel, built from a stone 19th-century mill with annexes and located near the Tooth of Time waterfall on the Grand River. 

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05 of 07

Have a Selfie-fest With Gorgeous Architectural Backgrounds in Paris

The Arlington

  The Arlington

Just 1.5 hours away from Toronto, quaint Paris is the Cobblestone Capital of Canada. The town's storied past can be seen in its several architectural styles including Greek Revival, Edwardian, Gothic, and even Post-Modern, all constructed with cobblestone. One of the structural masterpieces is The Arlington, a historical landmark that turned into a boutique hotel overlooking both downtown Paris and the Grand River. Guest spaces are inspired by many creative minds—there’s a Sigmund Freud room, a Stanley Kubrick room, and even a fun and funky Monty Python room.

06 of 07

Explore the Water Wonderland of Thunder Bay

Spruce Forest Lakeside B&B

Spruce Forest Lakeside B&B

Thunder Bay is all about water and not just because it's set on the northern shore of the world’s largest freshwater body, Lake Superior. “Niagara North," also known as Kakabeka Falls, is located here, plus this whole area is made up of hundreds of volcanic islands. The girl’s group can learn to sail or hire someone to take them out for a few hours and enjoy the scenery relaxing with an on-board picnic. There’s also kayaking, fly fishing the Nipigon River, or flightseeing the region from a converted World War I Otter floatplane. Don’t count winter out for a trip here, as the geography and climate make for some incredible ice climbing and dogsledding opportunities. Spruce Forest Lakeside B&B is a cozy but affordable option right on the water. 

07 of 07

Get Dramatic and Cultured in Stratford

The Bruce

The Bruce

Yes, it’s Justin Bieber’s hometown, but there is more to Stratford than that. It’s also known for the Stratford Festival which stages plays in multiple theater venues throughout the Victorian city. From April to November (the city takes the arts seriously), the Festival presents everything from Shakespearean works to musicals to children’s shows to work by Canadian writers. Stratford is also abundant in parks and gardens, but a shining star is the Shakespearean Gardens, which is filled with plants mentioned in the playwright’s works. The Bruce is an upscale hotel just a 2-minute walk from the entrance to Upper Queen's Park and a relaxing place to make home base when in town. 

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