Step off the beaten track to explore Ontario's most spectacular wilderness regions
- Begin your trip with the big hitters of Toronto and Niagara Falls
- Enjoy summertime hikes on the shores of Georgian Bay
- Go in search of shipwrecks at Full Fathom Five National Marine Park
- Explore the remote beauty of Manatoulin Island
- End with Muskoka and the beautiful Algonquin Provincial Park
- 2 Nights Toronto
- 1 Night Niagara-on-the-Lake
- 3 Nights Blue Mountains
- 2 Nights Tobermory
- 2 Nights Manitoulin Island
- 2 Nights Killarney Provincial Park
- 2 Nights Algonquin Provincial Park
Natural world | Self-drive
Beginning with the bright lights and big-city buzz of Toronto, this fly-drive journey brings you through the very best wilderness regions in Ontario. From the quaint charms of Niagara-on-the-Lake – gateway to that iconic waterfall and some of Canada's most notable vineyards – you'll head off the beaten track to explore the magnificent landscapes of Georgian Bay, Manitoulin Island and Killarney Provincial Park. You'll also spend two memorable days on the shores of Lake Huron, with everything from optional scuba diving to glass-bottom boat trips showcasing the unique nature of Fathom Five National Marine Park.
Day by day itinerary
UK to Toronto
Begin your holiday in relaxing fashion with included airport lounge access before your daytime flight to Toronto and transfer to your city-centre hotel. Then, on day two, head out to see the sights of this vibrant city whose melting pot of cultures and numerous attractions make it a joy to explore. Be sure to visit some of Toronto’s world-leading museums and art galleries with the excellent Royal Ontario Museum hosting exhibits that range from contemporary art and culture to science and natural history.
Stay: Le Germain Toronto (Superior)
Collect your hire car and follow the curves of Lake Ontario to Niagara-on-the-Lake, a peaceful base for taking in the sights of nearby Niagara Falls. Here, an included Adventure Pass will let you enjoy its headline attractions; there’s the classic Hornblower Cruise and Behind the Falls adventure, or you might choose to splash out on an optional helicopter cruise to see its crashing torrents from above.
Stay: The Pillar & Post (Superior)
Travel north to the pretty town of Blue Mountains on the shores of Georgian Bay. Then, spend the day at a nearby mountain resort where year-round fun ranges from downhill skiing in winter to scenic summertime hikes.
Stay: The Westin Trillium House, The Blue Mountains, Ontario (Deluxe)
Drive along the pretty shores of Lake Huron to Tobermory where you might choose to hike the famed Bruce Trail to take in the Niagara Escarpment’s rugged beauty or explore the craggy shorelines and old-growth forests of Bruce Peninsula National Park. Or, let scuba diving, snorkelling and glass-bottom boat tours showcase the shipwrecks of Fathom Five National Marine Park.
Stay: Tobermory Princess Hotel
Take the ferry to Manitoulin, the world’s largest freshwater island. Beautiful and utterly remote, its a place of jagged granite outcrops, hidden runes and out-of-the-way communities with names such as Sheguiandah and Wikwemikong. You'll have two days here, so perhaps look to head out on a hike, taking in waterfall-dotted forests, or try your hand at fishing along sparkling rivers and on crystal-clear lakes. There's also sailing, golf and horse riding in summer, while the winters sees everything from snowmobiling and skating to cross-country skiing making the most of heavy snowfall.
Stay: Manitoulin Hotel
Killarney Provincial Park
Return to the wild Georgian Bay coast and the Killarney Provincial Park whose extensive backcountry and winding waterways can be explored on everything from kayaking trips to self-guided hikes.
Stay: Killarney Mountain Lodge
Meals: B D
Algonquin Provincial Park
Slowly wind your way southwards towards the quiet charms of Muskoka Country and the Algonquin Provincial Park. This area has long been a favourite haunt for the locals of Southern Ontario as they look to escape the bustle of Toronto. Make the most of its remarkable setting as you take to its lakes and forests on canoeing trips and self-guided hikes.
Stay: Killarney Lodge
Meals: B L D
On your final day, make the short drive back to Toronto for your overnight flight to the UK, arriving on day 16.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
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