The Best Day Trips to Take from Toronto

Written by Selena Singh-Russell

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When most people plan on visiting Canada, Toronto is usually their destination of choice. After all, it is Canada’s biggest city by population and its CN Tower is one of the country’s most famous landmarks.

Even if you already live in Toronto, you’ll know there’s lots to do in the city. There are restaurants, museums and fun attractions for visitors and residents of all ages. But, there are other cities and towns outside of Toronto that are worth visiting, too. Some of them may require a few hours on the road, but it’s totally worth it!

Keep reading to discover the four best day trips from Toronto.

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Tobermory

You don’t need to leave the country to see turquoise waters—just head to Tobermory! You’ll need to leave early, though, because Tobermory is about a 3.5-hour drive from Toronto. And once you’re there, you’ll have a packed itinerary.

Bruce Peninsula National Park—the region’s main attraction—is filled with lots of hiking trails that can take up a good chunk of your time if you love to hike. The Grotto and Flowerpot Island are also two spots in Tobermory that you won’t want to miss.

Additionally, the region of Tobermory has lots of little shops selling pastries, souvenirs and candy. The Sweet Shop is one spot we’d recommend visiting for candy and ice cream.

Niagara Falls and Niagara-On-The-Lake

Niagara Falls is another of Canada’s famous landmarks—and it’s definitely worth the drive from Toronto. Niagara Falls itself is majestic and there’s lots to do around the falls. You can take a boat ride to see the falls up close or go on the Journey Behind the Falls. You can even zip line beside the falls! Once you’ve soaked in all the glory that is Niagara Falls, we’d recommend heading to Clifton Hill. This is one of the most entertaining streets you’ll find in Canada. It’s filled with museums, souvenir shops and attractions for the entire family—including a giant Ferris wheel.

While you’re in the area, check out Niagara-on-the-Lake. From Neob’s lavender field to Queen’s Royal Park and all of the wineries, you’re sure to find something to do.

Niagara Falls is just over an hour drive from Toronto.

Hamilton

If you love the great outdoors, you’ll love Hamilton. The city is filled with great hiking trails, which vary from easy to difficult. Best of all, it has over 100 waterfalls! From the beautiful cascading Albion falls to the tall, ribbon Tews Falls, it’ll be long before you run out of waterfalls to chase.

After you’ve hiked, you’ll probably want to grab a bite to eat. Luckily for you, Hamilton is home to some great, Instagrammable restaurants and dessert spots. Chocolat on James is one of the best chocolate shops you’ll find in the city. They even serve chocolate-dipped cheesecake on a stick!

Hamilton is also home to some fun festivals, including the annual Art Crawl, which showcases local talent.

Hamilton is just under an hour drive from Toronto.

Elora

Dubbed one of Ontario’s prettiest towns, Elora will not disappoint you. From the gorgeous, turquoise waters of the Elora Quarry to the flower-spotted alleyways—you won’t run out of places to have a photoshoot to brighten up your Instagram page.

There are also cute local shops, including Mermaid in Elora (which has beautiful leather journals, vintage compasses and unique Knick knacks).

If you’re a foodie, you’ll love Elora because it has great restaurants along the Grand River, so you’ll have your meal with a view. Some restaurants worth checking out include The Cellar and La Fontana.

Elora is about 1.5 hours from Toronto.

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