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Trip List by northerndecorator

Quaint little towns and villages in Ontario

26 Nov 2007  Frequent road trips around the province of Ontario
4.0 of 5 stars based on 7 votes

This goList is all about finding the most quaint and picturesque little towns and villages in Ontario.

  • 1. Niagara-on-the-Lake
    Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

    Niagara on the Lake is only a few minutes away from Niagara Falls. It is a pretty little town with a gorgeous main street. Strolling along the main street and checking out the boutiques and art galleries makes for a perfect way to spend a lovely day in Niagara on the Lake. There are also several wineries in the area that you can tour, or stop in for lunch or to experience other events that take place at the various wineries.

  • 2. Kleinburg
    http://www.kleinburgvillage.com/

    Less than an hour north of Toronto you will find a beautiful little town called Kleinburg. Besides the natural beauty of the area, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is located here. There are literally thousands of paintings from the famous group of seven artists. I especially like Kleinburg in the fall and it is very much worth the trip to see the changing of the leaves.

  • 3. St.Jacobs
    http://www.stjacobs.com/

    St.Jacobs is a great little town very much worth a visit, any time of the year. It has a year round farmer's market, great shopping, Country Inns and B & B's, wonderful restaurants, crafts everywhere. It is another of Ontario's especially pretty areas.

  • 4. Elora
    http://www.elora.info/

    Another one of Ontario's beautiful little towns is Elora. It is an area abundant in farmland, rivers, the Elora Gorge, many historical and cultural attractions and so much more.

  • 5. Unionville
    http://www.communityexplore.com/unionvilleontario/

    Unionville is a short drive from downtown Toronto. It is a lovely and picturesque little town, great for a visit any season of the year. And especially so at Christmas time when they have many special events and a candle light walk every year in early December.

  • 6. Port Hope
    http://www.porthope.ca/

    Another of Ontario's historical towns, Port Hope is situated 100 kilometers east of Toronto. It is a quaint little town great for shopping and especially known for it's many antique stores. There are museums, galleries and many festivals and other cultural events can be found here.

  • 7. Huntsville
    http://www.town.huntsville.on.ca/visitors/visitors_main.htm

    Huntsville, is a little town with a population of about 18,000 people. However, due to it being a very popular holiday destination in the summer, the population is much higher. Huntsville is surrounded by many, many lakes and forests and it is a perfect place to go if you like camping or renting a cottage. The main street is quite pretty, with some interesting little shops making it a nice way to spend a few hours if you are vacationing in the area. The Deerhurst Resort, is close by which is also a lovely place to go if you like nature, hiking, boating and so forth. Huntsville, is only a few hours drive north of Toronto. If you visit Huntsville, be sure to stop at Webers, a great hamburger joint near Orillia. Webers has become somewhat of an institution throughout the years. You can't miss it just look for the orange over pass and the line up of people. Not to let the line up discourage you, as it moves along quite quickly.

  • 8. Streetsville
    http://www.villageofstreetsville.com/

    "The Village in the City" is the name attached to this area of Mississauga. Also, referred to as Streetsville. This is a wonderful place to visit, if you like spending time in areas that have an atmosphere filled with history. In fact, the house built in 1825 by Timothy Street, still stands today. There are more examples of older architecture in Streetsville than in any other part of Mississauga. There is shopping available in several boutiques, gift shops, a bakery, a few jewellery stores and so forth. Starting in May, there are guided walking tours of Streetsville. The link provided has much more detailed information, such as special events going on throughout the year. There is also a map with directions of how to get there.

  • 9. Temagami
    http://www.temagami.ca/htm/abouttemagami.htm

    Temagami is a quaint little town in Northern Ontario. Not quaint, in the regular sense of the word ..more of a picturesque and charming cottage community. Temagami, is very popular in the summer months with plenty of areas to go camping, fishing, boating, hiking and all sorts of other outdoor activities. If you like communing with nature Temagami is definitely worth considering. The fall months are nothing short of spectacular. When the leaves are changing colour (prime time mid-September to mid- October) Temagami becomes a photographer's dream come true. One of the most interesting sites there is the fire tower, and you can actually climb it, if you are the adventurous type.

  • 10. Port Perry
    http://www.discoverportperry.ca/

    Port Perry, is a lovely little town with a population of approximately 20,000 people. The town is built on the shores of Lake Scugog. There are quite a few boutiques in the downtown area, a winery, boat tours and a lot of other fun and interesting things to do. Many of the structures in the town look like they are from the Victorian Era. It's a great place to spend a day in the autumn, or to go Christmas shopping in one of my favourite places called the Settlement Shops. And if you would like to make a weekend out of it, there are several B & B's in the area. If you like strolling through little towns and shopping in interesting little boutiques, I would highly recommend a day trip to Port Perry. It is only an hour away from Toronto.This Go List is a work in progress ..to be continued.

  • 11. Manotick
    http://www.manotickvillage.com/manotick.htm

    Just fifteen minutes south of Ottawa, on the Rideau River is the town of Manotick. It is a beautiful little town, perfect for an afternoon outing. There are some lovely little boutiques, gift stores and a few floral and garden shops. I did not have the chance to see it, however apparently there is still an operational gristmill located here, one of only a few left in the province. If you check the calendar on the website there is a list of the special events that take place in Manotick throughout the year. I am really looking forward to going back here some day. I have only had the opportunity to visit once and on a limited time schedule.

  • 12. Owen Sound
    http://www.tourism.owensound.ca/index.php

    Owen Sound, is a lovely little town, that for some reason does not often get a mention on this site or any other for that matter. There is so much to see and do here, it is a very cultural little community. As well as all the beautiful natural sites in and around the town itself, it is only twenty miles from Sauble Beach. If you have never been to Sauble Beach, I would highly recommend it. It is truly amazing to have a beach of this calibre right in our back yards. You have to see it to believe how gorgeous this beach is. The shore is very sandy and you can walk along it or sit and enjoy watching the waves hit the beach. Regardless if you stay in Sauble Beach or Owen Sound I would highly recommend a visit to this area of the province. I can guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised.

  • 13. Stratford
    http://www.city.stratford.on.ca/index.asp

    Another wonderful community in Ontario, definitely worth a visit is Stratford. It is only 96 miles or 155 kms away from Toronto. Stratford, is famous for it's Shakespeare Festival where you can see a number of plays at any number of different theatres. It really is quite a romantic area and a perfect place to spend a day or a weekend getting to know the area. There are parks, gardens, museums and many more attractions that truly make this a gorgeous little town. This following link will bring you to the Shakespeare site. www.stratfordfestival.ca/