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Toronto Day Trips

Day Trips Less than 2 Hrs Away from Toronto

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Toronto is a fabulous city, but if you have the time, why not visit some of the other cities and towns near Toronto in Southern Ontario?

Here are places to visit, all within a two-hour drive from Toronto - and some as close as 20 mins - that offer visitors a wide range of experiences.

From the stunning spectacle of Niagara Falls, to the small town charm of Elora and Stratford, it's worth heading out of the city for a day trip or two.

See Map of Toronto Day Trips.

1. Niagara Falls

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Overview: One of the world's natural wonders, Niagara Falls attracts visitors from worldwide. If you're in Toronto, Niagara Falls is an easy day trip.

Things to Do: Top 10 Niagara Falls Attractions, Maid of the Mist

Distance from Downtown Toronto: 130 km / 81 miles (about 110 min drive). See map and directions.

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2. Jordan & the Niagara Wine Region

Overview: In addition to dozens of wineries, the Niagara Region offers visitors spectacular natural surroundings, including the Bruce Trail. Jordan is only one chaming town amongst many in the area.

Things to Do: Take a wine tour, by bike, car or airbus, visit Cave Spring Cellars - a scenic winery with a restaurant, spa, resort and shopping.

Niagara Wine Tours

Distance from Downtown Toronto: 110 km / 68 miles (about an hour's drive)

3. Collingwood / Wasaga Beach

Overview: Located on Georgian Bay, Collingwood underwent a major restoration in the late 90s. Today it is popular year-round, with skiing in the winter and hiking, biking, golfing, and boating in the summer. Lovers of the outdoors will especially enjoy the Collingwood area. Nearby Wasaga has the longest freshwater beach in the world.

Things to Do: Ski Blue Mountain, Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

Distance from Downtown Toronto: 145 km / 90 miles (about a 2 hr drive)

4. Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Overview: A more sophisticated, cultural destination than its famous neighbor Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a lovely town brimming with heritage and charm.

Things to Do: Catch a show at the famous Shaw Theatre Festival, take an architectural walk, shop, visit historic Fort George, or try one of these things to do with kids near Niagara Falls.

Distance from Downtown Toronto: 130 km / 81 miles (about 90 min drive)

5. Hamilton

Overview: Known foremost as a steel town, Hamilton also has a rich cultural side, including historical museums and fine art galleries.

Things to Do: Canadian Warplane Museum, displaying aircraft from WWII planes to jets; Whitehern Historic House and Garden, an outstanding intact historic house; the Royal Botanical Gardens, which has the largest lilac collection and 30-kilometres of trails .

Distance from Downtown Toronto: 70 km / 43 miles (about a 1 hr drive). See map & directions.

6. Oakville

Overview: Oakville is a posh town with superb dining and shopping. If you're looking for a day of boutiques and galleries in a pretty waterside setting, Oakville is a good choice.

Things to Do: Play Glen Abbey Golf Course, visit the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, shop, dine.

Distance from Downtown Toronto: 30 km / 40 miles (about 30 min drive, 20 min by GoTrain). See map and directions.

7. St Jacobs Country

Overview: St Jacobs has maintained its small-town charm despite being a major tourist draw. The local Mennonites are part of the town's success story as many of their unique wares are sold in the more than 100 specialty shops and at the outstanding Farmer's Market. September 2013 Update: A devastating fire destroyed the main market building though a new one is slated for construction and the market remains open year-round.

Things to Do: Shop, learn about the Mennonite Story, visit the Quilt Gallery or the Maple Syrup Museum.

Distance from Toronto: 130 km / 81 miles (about 90 min drive), see maps and directions.

8. Elora (including Elmira and Fergus)

Overview: The town of Elora and nearby Elmira and Fergus offer up small-town Ontario at its best. Elora is perched prettily on the Grand River and the Elora Gorge. This quaint village is noted for its interesting shops, historic stone buildings, country inns and B&Bs.

Things to Do: Shop, tube down the Grand River, hike, visit or dine at the Elora Mill, Fergus Scottish Festival, Elora Festival, Elora-Fergus Artist Studio Tour.

Distance from Downtown Toronto: An hour's drive. See map.

9. Stratford

Overview: Famous for its annual Stratford Festival, a repertory theatre festival with emphasis on the works of Shakespeare the picturesque town of Stratford on the Avon River is also known for its beautiful gardens. Nearby St Marys has a well-preserved Victorian downtown district and one of the largest collections of historic limestone buildings in Ontario.

Things to Do: Eat (with a culinary arts school, Stratford offers great dining), shop, take a garden or architectural tour.

Distance from Downtown Toronto: 96 miles / 155 km (100 min drive)

10. Midland / Penatanguishene

Overview: Midland-Penetanguishene has a rich heritage that blends Native, French and British cultures. Set right in Ontario's cottage country, Midland-Penetanguishene is of interest to history buffs and nature lovers alike.

Things to Do: Sainte Marie among the Hurons Native Village, Martyr’s Shrine, Georgian Bay 30,000 Island boat tour, historic naval and military base (Discovery Harbour)

Distance from Downtown Toronto: 145 km / 90 miles (about a 2 hr drive)

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