With all my budget-consciousness this year, I’m unfortunately not going to be heading too far for vacations this year. Luckily, I call a beautiful country, and province, home. There are tons of amazing places to visit, not too far outside of Toronto to check out. If you’re looking for some under-the-radar places to visit, then this list is for you.
These are 9 super cool under-the-radar spots to check out that are less than 4 hours from Toronto!
I lived in Waterloo for five years, so the St. Jacobs Market became a weekend staple for me, very quickly. This HUGE farmer’s market is a paradise for anyone who loves local foods, produce, and other goods. But, that’s not all the small town has to offer. There is an outlet mall where you can score deals on top brands, tons of galleries, and studios to walkthrough, plus a brewery to quench your thirst.
I’ve become obsessed with adorable beach towns ever since watching the second season of The Marvelous Ms. Maisel. So, when I saw that the adorable beach town of Port Stanley was less than three hours outside of the city, I needed to know more. I can’t wait to head out on the road for a picturesque beach day!
Known for being a steel town, many people don’t head out of the city to spend a day in Hamilton, and I think that’s a shame! I recently headed west of the city to explore Hamilton’s many breweries, cute coffee shops, and delicious bakeries.
One of my favourite places to explore is Elora. Situated just outside of Guelph, it is the perfect day, or weekend trip out of the city. You can camp at the Elora Gorge Conservation area, enjoy an ice cream in town, or explore the gorge itself by foot, or by raft. Definitely check out the watering hole, Elora Quarry, too.
Many years ago I took a day trip to Creemore to explore the adorable old town streets, and of course the hometown brewery. If beer isn’t your thing, make sure to check out Purple Hill Lavender Farms as well, it’s stunning! The best part of spending a day in Creemore is the beautiful drive down Hightway 9.
You probably went to Black Creek Pioneer Village as a kid, but have you been as an adult? Not only is it a great event venue, but it’s also tons of fun for all ages. Axe throwing? Yup. Escape room? You betcha. There’s even a brewery, and ghost tours to take in. Talk about a ton of fun right in your backyard.
Earlier this summer, I ventured out to Midland for the towns massive butter tart festival, and it did not disappoint. Even though the festival is over, there is lots to see and do in the Midland area. There’s Discovery Harbour and Sainte Marie Among The Hurons for those history buffs. Plus, plenty of beaches, hiking spots, and restaurants to explore.
Located on the St. Lawrence River just past Kingston, you’ll find Brockville. There’s tons of great restaurants, and lots of history in this small town. If you go, make sure to check out the Brockville Tunnel which is Canada’s first railway tunnel which opened in 1860!
If you love breweries like I do, then a little trip to Brantford is necessary! With a surprising amount of breweries for such a small town, you’ll be happy to hop (get it?!) around. My favourite is Steel Wheel, where you can explore where hops are grown on the farm!
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