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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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Nice For Walks

It is very nice walking along the Lake in the spring to summer. During Summer is my favourite time to walk along the lake.

Reviewed 25 March 2016
Caitlyn B
Oakville, Canada
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2016

Lake Ontario is beautiful. We enjoyed gazing at it from the CN tower and the Toula restaurant. They have a number of tour cruises that leave from the harbor in Toronto. If you spend a little time gazing at the lake from Harbour Square you will be able to see the planes land at Billy Bishop airport.

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Oakville, Canada
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Reviewed 25 March 2016

It is very nice walking along the Lake in the spring to summer. During Summer is my favourite time to walk along the lake.

1 Thank Caitlyn B
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177 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2016

We spent part of an afternoon cruising in front of downtown Toronto, around the island and back to the Pickering marina. TO is a beautiful city and from the lake you get a totally different perspective. The lake is pretty clean and clear and with nice swales and a nice cruiser a fun trip. Definitely a nice summer day event.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 March 2016

It's so pretty. I love it. Morning, afternoon, night. It's way too pretty. It's a shame we cant swim in it. Brrrrr <3

Thank Laurmie
Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2016

We live next to the Lake and this is a Home for us .. always quite , calm , freezing in winters but yet Home is home

Thank kunal M
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348 reviews
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Reviewed 27 February 2016

This is a large lake that forms the southern boundary of the City of Toronto. Not much more can be said about it. God only knows why TripAdvisor has it listed as an attraction.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 27 February 2016

Being born and raised on the great lakes I know it is very difficult to take a great lake that is very industrial and try to mix recreation with it. There are going to be many times the lake will have e coli warnings in the summer time and certain beaches will be closed for swimming

Thank Jay H
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 27 February 2016

From past Toronto to Niagara-on-the-lake, Lake Ontario hosts some pretty amazing little towns + cities definitely worth exploring.

Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 23 February 2016

Great views and an atmosphere of peace! Some tours could give you the opportunity of breathtaking views of Toronto and Niagara on the Lake.

Thank DavidAraujo1982
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Reviewed 21 February 2016

When i used to live here decades ago we would ice skate in winter on it and swim in it in summer diving in from home made rafts. And i was amazed to see that this is still the case a very special Lake.

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