Do you consider yourself to be a modern-day urban adventurer? If so, how about attempting to see everything Ontario has to offer without a car.
As a society in general, we have become quite accustomed to simply driving our families to whatever weekend distraction tickles our fancy (translation: whatever is the closest and easiest). If you’d like to do something different and experience a break from the norm, how about attempting to see the province with a twist and without a car.
Ontario has over 270 provincial parks, six national parks and thousands of miles of bike trails.
The Bruce Trail
Known as Canada’s longest footpath, the Bruce Trail provides provides the only public access to the Niagara Escarpment.
Hikes are available in this beautiful stretch of land but if you’d prefer to just soak it all in, you can take a scenic four-hour train ride that departs from the Algoma Central Railway.
This trail paradise is a rugged peninsula that spreads into Lake Superior. A visit here provides the perfect place to take a long and calming walk or an adrenaline-fused bike route.
Killarney Provincial Park
Killarney Provincial Park offers a number of different hiking adventures amidst an inspiring wealth of wilderness.
Almost as if it was a schene from a Back To The Future movie, Olde Town’s Clock Tower is definitely a site to see. From there a perspective bike tour passes several wineries en route to the Welland Canal. Other mandatory stops include Queenston’s Printing Museum and the St. Catharines Museum.
Wolfe Island is a favorite among cyclists and the Kingston location has a variety of bike routes available, depending on your level of experience. The longest route, dubbed the ‘Foot’ is 58 km in length is intended for only the most experienced. The ‘Head’ is suggested for bike riders who like to bird watch.
Ottawa’s Loop utilizes a series of different pathways to travel around the heart of the city. Should you choose to try it, you can expect spectacular views of the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa River. There’s the obvious parliamentary buildings and a look at Ottawa’s Experimental farm. The ride is about 40 km and goes from Woodroffe to the Rideau River.