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Ontario

Canada
Casa Loma showing a park, heritage architecture and heritage elements

Canada’s capital, its largest city and a famous natural attraction rest in this province’s southeastern region. Untamed tundra and wooded lakes cover the north.

Ontario is Canada’s central province. It contains Canada’s stately capital and one of its largest cities and links the Atlantic provinces to the wild interior. Outside of Ontario’s highly developed southeast, it also contains a fair amount of its own Canadian wilderness. Tour the main urban centers and branch out into the forest and tundra of northern Ontario.

The province's largest city, Toronto, features a towering skyline over a cityscape of cultured neighborhoods and pleasant green spaces. Shop at the grand St. Lawrence Market and take a ferry to the Toronto Islands to have a picnic while gazing back at the skyline. Explore historic Chinatown and the redbrick Distillery District.

Canada’s capital, Ottawa, features some of the country’s premier structures and museums. Explore the grounds of the neo-Gothic Parliament Buildings. See landmarks of Canada’s rich cultural history at world-class museums such as the National Gallery of Canada and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

One of Ontario’s biggest tourist attractions, Niagara Falls, on the Canada-U.S. border, draws millions of tourists from both countries annually. The Niagara River drops from a line of cliffs to form several iconic walls of water, one over 2,200 feet (670 meters) wide. Book a seat on a cruise to ride along the foot of the falls.

Enjoy Ontario’s Great Lakes coast and northern tundra. Drive along Lake Superior to find the port town of Thunder Bay. Sail on the vast lake or look out over the water from the picturesque Sleeping Giant cliffs. Thunder Bay is also a convenient gateway to Ontario’s Sunset Country, a wooded landscape with over 100,000 lakes, rivers and streams. Take the Polar Bear Express train to Moosonee on James Bay. From here, organize boat or plane trips into the nearby tundra.

Arrive in Toronto or Ottawa by plane, train, bus or car from the nearby United States to begin your stay. The centrally located Canadian province provides a vast selection of vacation opportunities.

Popular cities in Ontario

Casa Loma showing heritage elements, heritage architecture and a castle
Toronto
Known for Shopping, Entertainment and Theatre
Browse vintage boutiques, explore the bustling waterfront and cozy up to an eclectic art scene in Ontario’s diverse capital.

Reasons to visit

  • Rogers Centre
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Hockey Hall of Fame
Ottawa showing a city, a river or creek and cycling
Ottawa
Known for Walking, Museum and Sport
Canada’s gorgeous capital offers an array of galleries, museums, nature parks and historic sites, making it the perfect cultural and romantic escape.

Reasons to visit

  • Byward Market Square
  • Rideau Centre
  • National Gallery of Canada
Bridal Veil Falls which includes a city, landscape views and a waterfall
Niagara Falls
Known for Waterfall, Casino and Tour
Families and honeymooners flock to the Falls for a breathtakingly beautiful - and seriously fun - getaway. 

Reasons to visit

  • Clifton Hill
  • Skylon Tower
  • Horseshoe Falls
Peterborough showing autumn leaves
Peterborough
Known for River View, Lake and Ice Hockey
The rich mix of heritage city, cottage country and flourishing Ontario farmlands makes living and visiting here something special.

Reasons to visit

  • Peterborough Lift Lock
Hamilton featuring a house and a garden
Hamilton
Known for Dining, Shopping and Theatre
Thanks to a burgeoning art scene and network of green spaces, the once-industrial town of Hamilton is enjoying its day in the sun.
Guelph which includes a fountain, a statue or sculpture and a city
Kitchener
Known for Shopping, University and Festival
Hundreds of parks, Mennonite pioneer houses and one of the largest Oktoberfests in North America make this city just outside of Toronto worth visiting.