Ontario

Canada
Casa Loma which includes a castle, a garden 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

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Toronto
Known for Entertainment, Theatres and Museums
This vibrant multicultural metropolis on the banks of Lake Ontario is packed with world-class attractions.

Reasons to visit

  • Rogers Centre
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Harbourfront Centre
Ottawa which includes cycling, a river or creek and street scenes
Ottawa
Known for Walking, Museums and Sports
Listen to parliamentary debates, see a robotic arm used on the space shuttle and spend the night on the shoreline of a wooded lake in Canada’s diverse capital.

Reasons to visit

  • Byward Market Square
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Parliament Hill
London showing street scenes
London
Known for Dining, Shopping and Family-Friendly
Famous in medical history for being the birthplace of insulin, this southwestern Ontario town features university culture and a beautiful network of parks.

Reasons to visit

  • Victoria Park
  • Museum London
  • Delaware Speedway
Bridal Veil Falls showing a city, a cascade and landscape views
Niagara Falls
Known for Dining, Tours and Scenery
A world-famous national park and top tourist destination, home to perhaps North America’s most impressive waterfalls.

Reasons to visit

  • Clifton Hill
  • Horseshoe Falls
  • Skylon Tower
Hamilton featuring a house and a park
Hamilton
Known for Shopping, Theatres and Live Music
Come to explore fascinating heritage and culture. Stay for excellent cuisine and convenient access to outdoor activities.
Guelph featuring a fountain, a city and a statue or sculpture
Kitchener
Known for Shopping, Universities and Festivals
Hundreds of parks, Mennonite pioneer houses and one of the largest Oktoberfests in North America make this city just outside of Toronto worth visiting.