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Lake Ontario

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Address: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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One of the mighty Great Lakes that offers outstanding tourism and...

One of the mighty Great Lakes that offers outstanding tourism and recreation opportunities for every season.

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Huge lake and nice beach

I grew up on this area. This is where summers were had and still are. On the great lakes. Lake Ontario is one of them and it is one if not the biggest. You will not get the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lockport, New York
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Lockport, New York
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I grew up on this area. This is where summers were had and still are. On the great lakes. Lake Ontario is one of them and it is one if not the biggest. You will not get the gorgeous waters or the warmth that you would from the southern states in the USA but you will be able to spend... More 

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my first time seeing Lake Ontario. We went to Sunset Beach in St. Catherine's right as the sun was setting. It looked gorgeous and tranquil... and then we got out of the car and were nonstop fighting the flies and mosquitos. I wanted to get a closer look at the water then the flies covered our entire torso,... More 

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Portland, Maine
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just driving from Niagara Falls area to Toronto with the Great Lake on our right side was amazing! It's like an ocean--you literally cannot see to the other side! It's very interesting in coloration, possibly due to the content of limestone in the water? At the edges of most of the areas we saw, the water was very light and... More 

1 Thank CindyFW
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just sailed on this lake this morning in my Sunflower-rigged Super Snark. I am sure I hit 25 knots. No one was there, as all the expensive boats were still moored 10 ft above the water, a safety precaution against night time ice.

Thank PedroDeToronto
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From Toronto Harbour front to Sand Banks beach, so much to see and experience. Lake Ontario is one of the largest lakes in the world and has something for everyone. Don't expect to see it all in a day, or even a week as it will take you that long just to get around it.

Thank Philip W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I made a trip completely around the lake and it was a fantastic trip. at the eastern end we went through the 1000 island area and of course we had to stay in Toronto for a few days (but we went back for a longer period for our Anniversary) of course Toronto has tons to see and... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wallking along the Kew Beach and Ashbridges boardwalk is always so refreshing. Lake Ontario is beautiful and a great alternative when you can't take a trip to the sea. A popular place for sunbathing, swimming, volleyball tournaments, and so much more.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I myself love a walk along the beach on a warm sunny day and lake Ontario has it all.Down by the boardwalk you can play volleyball or relax while getting a tan.Theres always a baseball game going on in the park and a big beautiful playground for the kids.Theres places to rent bikes,kayaks,paddleboards and other water activities.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Gorgeous place to visit, sugar beach is also on the edge of the lake which is another fantastic place to visit, somewhere I would definitely recommend visiting.

Thank Lorna B
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As someone from the small country of Scotland, it is strange to look out on to the Lake and remember it is not in fact the sea! The views are gorgeous.

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