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Sitting above the Great Lakes of the USA you’ll find one of Canada’s largest provinces, Ontario. Some of the most populated cities in Canada call Ontario home, such as Toronto and Ottawa. With so much to do and see in Ontario, the province welcomes millions of tourists and travelers every year. There are thousands of vacation rentals available to book on TripAdvisor with all of the amenities of home, for a fraction of the price of a traditional hotel.
The most famous Ontario locale is Toronto, a beautiful, bustling city along the shores of Lake Ontario. For fun and culture, visit Toronto during one of the city's many art, music, or film festivals. Mississauga, Toronto’s neighbor city has hundreds of woodland trails and outdoor adventures, juxtaposed with the nomination of Ontario’s shopping capital. London, Ontario (home of the Labatt Brewery) is inspired by its twin in the United Kingdom, and it shows, all the way down to the double decker buses! You’ll also find plenty to do and see in Ottawa. Canada's capital is a compact, clean, cleverly planned center of culture and politics and a destination for every season. For an action-packed vacation spot, you’ll want to stop in at Niagara Falls. Hamilton is a slower, more peaceful setting right outside Niagara with plenty of outdoor attractions and friendly locals.
Things to do in Ontario
You’ll be hard pressed to see all the top attractions in Ontario, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying! The power and majesty of Niagara Falls are a pilgrimage for millions of tourists each year. Hop aboard the Maid of the Mist and sail right alongside the famous natural landmark. Ride the Niagara SkyWheel and see the falls from hundreds of feet above the ground. Visit Stratford for their annual festival where you can watch some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays being acted by Canada's best thespians.
In Toronto, The Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada has thousands of species of fish and your kids will love spending the day peering through the tanks. Take the ferry to Toronto Island Park for a day of swimming, bike riding, and sun bathing. Visit the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and see how hockey grew from a community hobby to an international sport while paying respects to the titans of the game. Shop and eat at St. Lawrence Market, or head to the top of CN Tower for one of the most spectacular views in Ontario.
In Ottawa, you’ll find Parliament Hill where the government buildings double as historical landmarks and examples of top architecture in Ontario. Skate on the Rideau Canal or visit the Canadian War Museum which has exhibits that will wow you all day long.