Toronto Day Trips

Day Trips Less than 2 Hrs Away from Toronto

Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
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Toronto is a fabulous city, but if you have the time, why not visit some of the other cities and towns near Toronto in Southern Ontario? From the stunning spectacle of Niagara Falls to the small town charm of Elora and Stratford, the region surrounding Toronto is worth exploring.

Here are places to visit, all within a two-hour drive from Toronto, that offer visitors a wide range of experiences.

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    Niagara falls
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    One of the world's natural wonders, Niagara Falls attracts visitors from worldwide. If you're in Toronto, Niagara Falls is an easy day trip. ​

    Things to Do: Top 10 Niagara Falls Attractions, Maid of the Mist

    Distance from Downtown Toronto: 130 km/81 miles (about 110 min drive). See map and directions.

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    Jordan and the Niagara Wine Region

    A rock cairn with a vinyard in the background at Flat Rock Winery
    ••• Flat Rock Winery on the Niagara Wine Trail. Steve Brown/Flickr/ CC BY-ND 2.0

    In addition to dozens of wineries, the Niagara Region offers visitors spectacular natural surroundings, including the Bruce Trail. Jordan is only one chaming town amongst many in the area.

    Things to Do: Take a wine tour by bike, car, or airbus. Visit Cave Spring Cellars, a scenic winery with a restaurant, spa, resort, and shopping.

    Distance from Downtown Toronto: 110 km/68 miles (about an hour's drive)

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    Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
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    Located on Georgian Bay, Collingwood underwent a major restoration in the late 90s. Today it is popular year-round, with skiing in the winter and hiking, biking, golfing, and boating in the summer. Lovers of the outdoors will especially enjoy the Collingwood area.

    Things to Do: Ski Blue Mountain, Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

    Distance from Downtown Toronto: 145 km/90 miles (about a 2 hr drive)

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    Wasaga Beach

    Kiteboarder at Wasaga Beach, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada
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    Wasaga Beach is the longest freshwater beach in the world, with 14 kilometers of sandy shoreline and glorious sunsets. Wasaga Beach has been awarded Blue Flag status for its efforts to manage its shoreline according to international environmental standards.

    Things to Do: Beachy stuff, hiking, bird watching; family friendly cultural and historic activities commemorate the War of 1812 through tours and museums.

    For people looking to extend their day trip to Wasaga, lots of beach houses and cottages are available to rent.

    Distance from Downtown Toronto: 145 km/90 miles (about a 2 hr drive)

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    Niagara-on-the-Lake
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    A more sophisticated, cultural destination than its famous neighbor Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a lovely town brimming with heritage and charm.​

    Things to Do: Catch a show at the famous Shaw Theatre Festival, take an architectural walk, shop, visit historic Fort George, or try one of these things to do with kids near Niagara Falls.

    Distance from Downtown Toronto: 130 km/81 miles (about 90 min drive)

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    Hess Village, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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    Known foremost as a steel town, Hamilton also has a rich cultural side, including historical museums and fine art galleries.​

    Things to Do: Canadian Warplane Museum, displaying aircraft from WWII planes to jets; Whitehern Historic House and Garden, an outstanding intact historic house; the Royal Botanical Gardens, which has the largest lilac collection and 30-kilometres of trails.

    Distance from Downtown Toronto: 70 km/43 miles (about a 1 hr drive). See map and directions.

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    Oakville

    Blue Hour at Oakville Harbour
    ••• Toronto can be seen on the horizon. Maurice Prokaziuk / Getty Images

    Oakville is an upscale town with diverse dining and shopping. If you're looking for a day of boutiques and galleries in a pretty waterside setting, Oakville is a good choice.​

    Things to Do: Play Glen Abbey Golf Course, visit the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, shop, dine.​

    Distance from Downtown Toronto: 30 km/40 miles (about 30 min drive, 20 min by GoTrain). See map and directions.

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    St Jacobs Country

    Horse-drawn tour trolley in St. Jacobs
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    St Jacobs has maintained its small-town charm despite being a major tourist draw. The local Mennonites are part of the town's success story as many of their unique wares are sold in the more than 100 specialty shops and at the outstanding Farmer's Market.

    Things to Do: Shop, learn the Mennonite Story, visit the Quilt Gallery or the Maple Syrup Museum.

    Distance from Toronto: 130 km/81 miles (about 90 min drive). See maps and directions.

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    Elora (including Elmira and Fergus)

    The Elora Mill and Gorge
    ••• The Elora Mill, alongside the Elora Gorge, in Elora, Ontario. Klaus Lang / Getty Images

    The town of Elora and nearby Elmira and Fergus offer up small-town Ontario at its best. Elora is perched prettily on the Grand River and the Elora Gorge. This quaint village is noted for its interesting shops, historic stone buildings, country inns and B&Bs.

    Things to Do: Shop, tube down the Grand River, hike, visit or dine at the Elora Mill, Fergus Scottish Festival, Elora Festival, Elora-Fergus Artist Studio Tour.​

    Distance from Downtown Toronto: An hour's drive.

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    Stratford

    A night view of the Stratford courthouse in Stratford Ontario with the Avon river in the foreground
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    Famous for its annual Stratford Festival, a repertory theatre festival with emphasis on the works of Shakespeare the picturesque town of Stratford on the Avon River is also known for its beautiful gardens. Nearby St Marys has a well-preserved Victorian downtown district and one of the largest collections of historic limestone buildings in Ontario.

    Things to Do: Eat (with a culinary arts school, Stratford offers great dining), shop, take a garden or architectural tour.​

    Distance from Downtown Toronto: 96 miles/155 km (100 min drive)

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    A reconstructed wigwam, or shelter covered in bark, found in the "Native Area" of the site, Saint Marie Among the Hurons.
    ••• A reconstructed wigwam, or shelter covered in bark, found in the "Native Area" of the site, Saint Marie Among the Hurons. Hans Bernhard (Schnobby)/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

    Midland-Penetanguishene has a rich heritage that blends Native, French and British cultures. Set right in Ontario's cottage country, Midland-Penetanguishene is of interest to history buffs and nature lovers alike.

    Things to Do: Sainte Marie among the Hurons Native Village, Martyr’s Shrine, Georgian Bay 30,000 Island boat tour, historic naval and military base (Discovery Harbour)​

    Distance from Downtown Toronto: 145 km/90 miles (about a 2 hr drive)