Who wouldn’t love to experience the greatest weekend getaways Ontario has to offer? Whether you’re travelling solo, with family, or with a loved one, there are plenty of unique options close to cities like Toronto.
It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is or what you want to do. Ontario offers some of the best Canadian weekend getaways; whether it’s a trip for couples, finding some fun outdoor activities or staying in luxury resorts, Ontario has it all. In this post, I’ll be giving you the best places to escape for the weekend, including romantic places, relaxing resorts, and destinations that offer excellent outdoor activities.
So, no matter what you’re thinking of planning for your next trip, continue reading my list of fantastic getaway options that offer something for everyone.
If you can’t take the whole weekend off, don’t worry, my post on day trips from Toronto gives loads of things to do if you’re a busy person but still want to make the most of your weekend.
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Romantic Weekend Getaways in Ontario
When planning a romantic getaway in Ontario, there’s an abundance of options to choose between. To make it easier, I’ve selected some excellent destinations for couples to visit at varying times of the year.
Near Manitoulin Island and the Bruce Peninsula National Park, and just under four hours away from Toronto, Tobermory provides amazing weekends for a couples getaway in Ontario, during the summer months. In winter, most of the town’s accommodation is closed, so make sure to come here in summer.
The first thing you’ll notice when arriving in Tobermory is the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay. Then, the rows of restaurants, art galleries and shops lining the water’s edge will catch your eye.
If you’re after some outdoor activities, then the Bruce Peninsula National Park is a must-visit. The park has endless hiking trails to explore. Organized tours can take you to see unique rock formations on Flowerpot Island. On the way there, you’ll go past the region’s famous shipwreck that is perfectly visible in the clear water.
If you want to stay close to town, then the Adventure Bruce Inn is a great choice. It offers very comfortable accommodation that’s close to everything. If you’d prefer a place out of town, then the Lionheart Guesthouse and B&B is another superb option. It’s south of Tobermory, has a traditional bed and breakfast vibe, and is cheaper than staying in the town.
It would be a crime not to include Niagara Falls on a weekend getaway. Long associated with romance, Niagara Falls is a famous destination for honeymooners on vacation. It’s also the perfect place to visit on a weekend trip.
Only an hour and twenty-two minutes from Toronto, Niagara Falls has many hotels, and almost all of them offer romance packages for couples. Here couples can enjoy the walkways providing non-stop sounds and visuals of the roaring waterfalls in the background.
The best time to visit Niagara Falls is during summer and springtime. Visitors are treated to impressive floral displays in many of the city’s gardens and along the Niagara Parkway.
However, don’t shirk off visiting Niagara Falls in the winter because many hotels offer incredible deals in the offseason, which is perfect for deal-hunters. Many hotel rooms on special during this time are equipped with fireplaces, which makes them extra warm and cozy, perfect for snuggling.
The hotel with one of the best views is the Hilton Niagara Falls. Towering over the falls, the accommodation has two towers with rooms and suites that have floor-to-ceiling glass windows that give couples uninterrupted views of the falls.
Just over two hours outside of Toronto, this destination is ideal for visiting in the winter as it’s one of the most popular ski areas in the area. Here you’ll be able to hit the slopes during the day and enjoy fantastic apres-ski in the evenings. The village has many stores and restaurants to visit when you’re not skiing, but there are also lots of other excellent activities available.
Blue Mountain is also open to visitors in the summer months. You can explore endless hiking trails along the Niagara ridgeline that will allow you to visit waterfalls and enjoy beautiful scenic views. Mountain biking couples will also enjoy this destination due to the trails just a few minutes out of town.
The Westin Trillium House is an excellent place to stay in Blue Mountain. It has rooms with cozy fireplaces and patios, as well as panoramic views of the mountainside. There is also an outdoor heated pool and a hot tub for you to relax in after a long day of activities. This is especially attractive in winter months when you can thaw out in the warm pool as snowflakes litter the skyline.
Resorts for Weekend Getaway in Ontario
For those who want to escape the city’s hum and drum and relax the weekend away in style, the following three resorts in Ontario offer visitors just that. Each resort is located close to urban centers, like Toronto, so travel time is minimal.
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa
The JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa is a superb choice for those who prefer Ontario’s high-end resorts. Only two and a half hours from Toronto and located in cottage country, the resort’s hillside location gives visitors views looking down on Lake Rosseau, so be sure to get a room with a lake view when booking your accommodation.
You can choose between brightly coloured studios to deluxe suites with separate bedrooms, dining areas and lounges. The largest room is 117 square meters and has a private balcony.
There are many activities you can explore on the resort’s property, including eating at the resort’s top-tier restaurants, relaxing by the large pool, or getting pampered at the spa. On top of this, you can enjoy other outdoor activities in the surrounding areas.
You can go on kayaking on the lake, hiking and biking in the surrounding hills, along with a host of other nature programs. This is a resort that you won’t want to leave once you’re there!
Great Wolf Lodge, Niagara Falls
The Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls is a perfect family-friendly place to escape for the weekend, and it’s only an hour and twenty minutes from Toronto. This lodge offers guests a mixture of fun on-site activities and dining options, but it’s also very close to restaurants, shopping areas and visitor attractions in Niagara Falls.
Inside the resort, there are water rides, pools and games that are just some of the activities in the kid’s program, which makes the lodge perfect for families with children. Adults can enjoy other activities that include mini-golf, bowling, a fitness center and a spa.
Children will love the “Kid Kamp” suites that can sleep up to six people. These rooms have a tent-themed area with bunk beds for the kids and a queen bed for parents. The rooms also have large TV screens, private balconies, fridges and coffee makers.
For visitors without kids, there are rooms with queen beds and a loft suite that offers a cozy living area separate from the bedroom.
Severn Lodge, Port Severn
Just under a two-hour drive from Toronto, the Severn Lodge is a resort in Ontario that gives guests a chance to stay in traditional country cottages. With more than 700 meters of beautiful shoreline for guests to enjoy, the lodge overlooks the Gloucester Pool, directly linking to Georgian Bay and the Great Lakes.
The lodge has water activities that include kayaks, jet skis and tour boats that let you explore the area’s beautiful bodies of water.
In the main building, there are top-notch rooms available that have extra space. There are also great family options. These two-bedroom suites have lots of space due to the living rooms. Each room also comes with a full kitchen, sofa bed, and a large terrace with a screened-in porch with excellent views of the water.
This lodge is closed in the winter months, so if this resort sounds enticing, make sure to plan your weekend getaway in the summer months.
Outdoor Weekend Getaways in Ontario
Ontario is one of the best places in Canada for those that love exploring the great outdoors. Whether you’re travelling solo, with a family, or a loved one, the following weekend getaways will let you take in Ontario’s natural beauty (and they’re all close to Toronto).
Algonquin Provincial Park
Three and a half hours from Toronto, this location is best suited for avid campers during the summer months. If you love the outdoors, such as camping in Huntsville, fishing in Huntsville or hiking in Huntsville then you’ll enjoy the Algonquin Provincial Park. It’s one of Ontario’s getaways that’s excellent for exploring the area’s network of hiking trails, untouched lakes, and dense forests.
Campers have a choice of eight campsites, and if tenting is not your style, there are log cabins situated throughout the park. This makes the Algonquin Provincial Park a cheaper weekend getaway option for anyone that wants to do multiple-day hikes.
In the fall, visitors are treated with beautiful orange, red and yellow leaves in the Provincial Park. However, this time of the year is busy, so it’s best to plan your accommodation accordingly.
When in the area, visit the Algonquin Logging Museum. Logging was allowed in the Algonquin Park before it became the National Historic Site of Canada. Here visitors can learn about the area’s history and check out interactive exhibits and a retired steam-powered train.
Prince Edward County
A two-hour drive out of Toronto is Prince Edward County. It’s the ideal place for those that want a weekend of wine tasting, dining and visiting the beaches in the Sandbanks Provincial Park.
The park is famous for its soft, golden sand beaches that are a popular family destination in the summer. Dunes Beach and Outlet Beach are two of the most beautiful spots in the region.
When not enjoying the sun in the Sandbanks Provincial Park, visitors take advantage of the area’s wine, cider and brewery tours.
The area is also known for its excellent seasonal produce and artisanal foods. Cooking classes are popular among visitors, where they can learn to cook using ingredients from the surrounding areas, also known as farm-to-table meals During the summer and fall, small towns in the area host festivals and events that offer many fun activities over the weekend.
For comfortable accommodation, stay at the Waring House. The property has 49 rooms that are in historic and modern buildings. There is frequently live music and Amelia’s Garden Restaurant that serves delectable local specialties made from fresh ingredients sourced from nearby farms.
Just under three hours from Toronto is Grand Bend; that’s best for relaxing on the beach over the weekend. This location is perfect for families that want to escape the city for the weekend and spend time suntanning, swimming and playing beach games.
Those that want an adrenaline rush can take advantage of parasailing, skydiving and jet skiing on Lake Huron. Visitors can also visit the Pinery Provincial Park that was created to protect the Oak Savanna and dunes, endemic to the area. There are areas where visitors can relax on the beaches, camp and hike the trails that zig-zag through the park.
Check out the Grand Bend Farmers Market if you’re visiting during summer. This market is perfect for trying local produce and artisanal food on your weekend away.
The Oakwood Resort, which opened way back in 1922, is a family-owned and run resort. The one hundred twenty-four rooms offer visitors a range of lodging options, including suites, cottages and deluxe rooms. The resort has an eighteen-hole golf course, spa, pub, restaurant, and an indoor pool and hot tub, to name a few, which makes this a great place to stay for a weekend away.
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Final Thoughts on Weekend Trips in Ontario
When it comes to weekend trips, whether it’s a relaxing resort experience, exploring the outdoors or a couples getaway, Ontario has it all – no matter the season.
The nine destinations mentioned above are close to Toronto (and other metro areas), so there is bound to be a location that appeals to your preferred type of weekend getaway. So why not make the most of your next weekend?
If you have a fantastic destination for a weekend away, let me know in the comments below. Whether it’s questions or recommendations – I want to hear them all!