Discover the secrets of Ontario

Ontario’s Secrets


Discover the secrets of Ontario
Ontario bursts with iconic landmarks, natural wonders and spectacular man-made creations.

Algonquin Provincial Park has an abundance of wildlife, hiking trails and canoe routes.

Alonquin Park

In the summer visit Sandbanks Provincial Park. https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/sandbanks See the sand dunes along the freshwater bay, a good base for exploring Prince Edward County.

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The CN Tower is no secret, but the EdgeWalk  https://www.cntower.ca/en-ca/plan-your-visit/attractions/edgewalk/edgewalk-overview.html goes beyond the expectations of most. Stand on the edge of the third tallest building in the world and lean over Toronto to take in the unparalleled views of Lake Ontario beneath.

Ontario’s Top 10 Adventures

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Canada road trip – Edmonton to Calgary

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Boomtown Trail

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Canada road trip – Edmonton to Calgary. This adventure will take you approximately – 486 km (302 miles).

 

Life on central Alberta’s Boomtown Trail is full of surprises. The trail’s two main highways, 21 and 56, form a long rectangle between New Sarepta in the north and Bassano in the south. It’s the perfect route to discover the boomtown architecture found in many of Alberta’s small towns built during Canada’s railway expansion at the turn of the century. Be sure to explore the many historic attractions, regional museums and quirky sights along the way.

EDMONTON

Before leaving Edmonton spend some time discovering the city’s rich history. Hop on a beautifully restored vintage streetcar for a scenic tour that crosses over the High Level Bridge, above the North Saskatchewan River. Then, step back in time at Fort Edmonton Park – a huge living history park in the Edmonton River Valley. Discover an authentic 1919 steam train, fur trading post and 1920s midway. A visit to the outdoor Alberta Railway Museum is a must for all train fans. Stroll through the long carriages of a CN passenger train, investigate fascinating railway memorabilia and even take a ride on the rails.

Campsites around Edmonton:

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CAMROSE

From Edmonton, head south on Hwy 21 through New Sarepta, then east on Hwy 13 to Camrose. Discover local heritage at the Camrose Railway Museum and Park, with a guided or self-guided tour of the original 1911 CN Railway depot. Then visit the Camrose & District Centennial Museum to wander through historic buildings, like a pioneer log house circa 1898 and a church from 1908. You’ll also find replicas that depict some of Camrose’s’ original boomtown architecture, including its fire hall, newspaper office and blacksmith shop. The town is home to Alberta’s first playhouse as well, so be sure to check out the Bailey Theatre, which opened in 1911.

Camrose Campsites:

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DONALDA

Continue east on Hwy 13, then south on Hwy 56. Take a side trip east on Hwy 53 to the town of Donalda. Look for the world’s largest lamp at a whopping height of 12 m (42 ft). Steps away, at the Donalda & District Museum, you’ll find historic Métis and regional artefacts and a collection of more than 900 lamps – the largest in North America!

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Campsites in Donalda:

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STETTLER

Back on Hwy 56, drive south to Stettler and visit the Town and Country Museum to tour 26 historical buildings, including a schoolhouse, post office and church, featuring pioneer furniture and artefacts. Pick up a brochure at the town office and do the self-guided Downtown Historical Walking Tour. If you have the time, take a vintage train ride with Alberta Prairie Railway.

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The five to six hour trip, through Central Alberta’s big sky country, features exciting on board entertainment, historic tales and a full course buffet meal in Big Valley before heading back.

Campsites around Stettler, Alberta:

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ERSKINE

From Stettler, go west on Hwy 12 to Erskine, then north on Hwy 835 to Rochon Sands Provincial Park. Swim in the warm waters of Buffalo Lake and have a picnic on the sandy beach. It’s also great location for bird watching and you may even spot some of the elk, moose or deer that roam the area.

DELBURNE

Back on Hwy 12, head southwest on Hwy 21 to Delburne. A must-see is the Anthony Henday Museum, which features a CN train station, caboose, railway water tower, replica pioneer cabin and one-room school, throughout its four floors of exhibits.

Delburne Campsite:

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TROCHU

Continue south to the town of Trochu and learn about the first French settlers at the Trochu and District Museum. Be sure to stop by the Golf and Country Club to see the world’s largest golf tee – an impressive 12 m (40 ft) tall roadside attraction.

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If you have the inclination, take a detour east on Hwy 585 to Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park, oneEdmonton_Calgary_Boomtown_Trail_3 of Alberta’s best kept secrets.

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CALGARY

Drive on towards Strathmore and then head west on the Trans-Canada (Hwy 1) to Calgary. Explore the National Historic Site of Fort Calgary to learn about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the impact the railway had on city. Then visit Heritage Park – the country’ largest living history museum – to experience how Western Canada’s evolved, with streets and buildings portraying life from the 1860s to the 1950s.

Calgary Campsites

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Going to Banff? Then call in on Canmore

Canmore, Canada

Canmore, not so far from Banff, Canada

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SPOTLIGHT ON: CANMORE

Must Sees

Recommend Canmore to travellers who want to get to know authentic Alberta with the chance to meet and spend time with locals in a relaxed laid-back mountain town.

Downtown
Canmore is a truly authentic Canadian mountain town with a diverse population including Olympic athletes, Everest summiteers, authors and artists. Head downtown for a relaxed vibe and buzzing program of festivals and events – and browse Main Street for incredible art galleries, unique shopping experiences and a world-renowned restaurant scene.

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Canmore Nordic Centre
The host site for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games Nordic events, this sports centre and surrounding park offers cross country skiing, biking and hiking, disk golf and orienteering. The centre is a 90-minute drive from Calgary’s airport and just five minutes from Canmore.

The Three Sisters
These three iconic peaks can be seen from almost any location in Canmore and are among the most photographed views in the Rockies. They often feature in local art and are named Faith, Charity and Hope.

Hidden Treasures

Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail
This scenic 22-km paved trail connects Canmore and Banff and is popular with cyclists and hikers with incredible viewpoints along the way. The trail follows the Trans Canada Highway and works for a round-trip or in combination with the bike-friendly ROAM public transit system.

Rat’s Nest Cave
Guided natural history tours of this cave in Grotto Mountain run from four to six hours. A natural wild cave with no artificial lighting or handrails, the cave is always 5°C. No experience needed to join the tour.

Kananaskis Wildlife Drive
One of the most spectacular drives in Alberta takes you through the heart of Kananaskis country on a three-hour loop from Canmore. The 153-km (96-mile) drive goes through picturesque provincial parks with stops for interpretive walks and picnics, hikers’ tea and moose spotting.

Authentic Canmore

Policeman’s Creek Boardwalk
This short hiking trail and wooden boardwalk follows Policeman’s Creek and is accessible from downtown Canmore. At the end of the trail, hikers can cross the bridge into the Spring Creek community.

Get Active

Kananaskis Country Park
Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes and Barrier Lake are among a series of beautiful man-made and natural lakes in the region used to power a hydroelectric dam. There are parks surrounding them with biking and hiking trails, boating opportunities and in summer, canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are available to rent.

Rock climbing
The region’s Bow Valley has plenty of choice for climbers. Its intricate geology and stunning views make it a world-class area for those looking to scale incredible rock-faces.

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Hot dates
Lively and popular annual events here include the Canmore Folk Music Festival, Highland Games, Festival of Eagles and the yearly Festival of Art and Creativity.

New in Canmore

Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
The town has a new 20,000 sq. ft. brewery, where knowledgeable staff takes visitors on a tour through the brewing process from start to finish, sampling the brews along the way.

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Ontario’s Top 10 Adventures!

Ontario’s Top 10 Adventures!
1) White Water Rafting, Ottawa River
White water rafting has to be the number one sport for good, clean, terrifying fun, and when you’re not shrieking with excitement you can take in the stunning Canadian wilderness from the Ottawa River – one of the top five white water rafting locations in the world! And as the river’s name suggests, it’s easily accessible from the Canadian capital – trips start as near as just an hour and a half from Ottawa.

2) Canoeing, Algonquin Park
Algonquin Park is huge – almost 3,000 square miles, which is bigger than Lincolnshire – and there are 950 miles of canoe routes, which is lucky as there’s only one road going through the park and motorboats are restricted to a few lakes. So canoe really is the best way to explore. You’ll see unspoiled lakes and rivers, diverse wildlife and unique forests where northern conifers and southern hardwoods meet.

3) Hiking, The Bruce Trail
The Bruce Trail is a 500-mile walking trail starting at Queenston on the Niagara River, and finishing at Tobermory, the jumping off point for scuba diving destination the Fathom Five National Marine Park. If you don’t have time to do the whole thing you can of course do any part of it, and it’s commonly split into nine shorter sections as shown on the website https://brucetrail.org. Cliffs, caves, valleys and waterfalls mark most of the route, and you can also take a side path to Niagara Falls.

4) Canopy Walking, Haliburton Forest
Don’t look down… this is the longest canopy boardwalk in the world: over half a kilometre long and between 10 and 20 metres above the ground. And when we say boardwalk don’t think we mean it’s wide – you’ll be glad of your harness. But what a super way to take in this fabulous forest.

5) Kayaking, Georgian Bay
Back down at lake level, Georgian Bay isn’t on the sea – it’s part of Lake Huron, one of the five Great Lakes on the Canada/US border. Paddling it’s spectacular, not least because the eastern shore is dotted with 30,000 islands to explore (really). Take your wild camping kit – this is unchartered territory, or as good as, at it’s best.

6) Niagara Falls – by boat and chopper
This one needs little introduction: Niagara Falls is so spectacular you need to see it in as many ways as you can. Take a heli-ride over the falls to really get a feel for its size, then get up close and drenched on the Maid of the Mist boat tour www.maidofthemist.com.

7) Ice climbing, Batchawana Bay
Yep, Ontario’s got it all in winter too, and if you’re made of tough stuff, head to Batchawana Bay on the eastern shore of Lake Superior. The Batchawana Bay-Agawa Canyon area has more than 10 separate ice climbing areas featuring climbs of a variety of grades and ranging from between 10m and 200m long. We like the look of Mother of Pearl – a doable grade 3+ climb of 20m.

8) Mountain Biking – take the Ontario North Bike Train
Yes you read it right – a train service dedicated to making sure mountain bikers can get everywhere they need to to explore this fabulous province. How different to the UK and Europe where it’s more difficult to get a bike on a train than it is to pass a chemistry A Level. And wherever you disembark in the north of Ontario, the biking options are endless. www.biketrain.ca/ontario-north-bike-train

9) Diving in the Thousand Islands
The Canadians don’t exaggerate with their place names because they don’t need to – there are more than 1,000 islands along the St Lawrence River and the eastern shores of Lake Ontario, hence this area’s name. And the great news is, the Thousand Island region is the gateway to the St Lawrence Seaway System – a notoriously difficult passage of water that’s claimed hundreds of boats over the last 400 years. A diver’s paradise.

10) Snow-mobiling
What a way to cover ground in the snow (and Canada gets an impressive dosage of the stuff) and what an amazing set-up for it: Ontario has the world’s largest inter-connected snowmobile trail system – nearly 35,000km of them. Whether you’re throttle happy and want to blast it, or prefer to pootle through the wilderness, this is a top way to see the wonderful landscape.

More secret discoveries in Ontario.

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