Explore 5 Must-Visit Hidden Gems in the Heart of Ontario

When it comes to travelling in Ontario, many would think of major attractions such as the Canadian National Exhibition, the CN Tower, or the scenic views of Niagara Falls, but the second largest province of Canada has much more to offer including these not-so-well-known hidden gems.

The Lost Villages of St. Lawrence at Long Sault Parkway

Following the flooding that took place on the St. Lawrence River during the construction of the Seaway in the 1950s, the higher points of land left a picturesque series of 11 islands that are now known as the “Long Sault Parkway”.

Several villages once stood where the river lies and stories of these villages can be found at the “Lost Villages display” on Macdonell Island.

What makes the Long Sault Parkway a hidden gem of Ontario is that the area is host to three beautiful waterfront campgrounds and two golden sand beaches. It is also the perfect, must-visit destination for runners, cyclists, photographers, and explorers of all ages alike!

The Park is also open for the season, so be sure to book your visit when you get the chance at: https://www.stlawrenceparks.com/to-do/get-outdoors/

Long Sault Parkway in South Eastern Ontario
Long Sault Parkway

Take a Hike and Explore the Cerulean Waters of the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario

Although the Bruce Peninsula is far from a well-kept secret, it is still a hidden gem that Ontario has to offer and a place you should visit on your next road trip in the province.

The peninsula is home to mesmerizing natural beauty from the rugged landscapes to the vibrant colours of the water flowing from the Bruce Peninsula National Park.

Within the peninsula is an area known as “The Grotto”, a picturesque scenic cave that has been carved by the waves crashing into the limestone shores of the Georgian Bay over thousands of years.

Here, visitors can swim in the clear water which appears turquoise or cerulean and view an underwater passage that leads to the exterior of the cliff face.

From the trail’s cedar trees, wetlands, scenic views, and wildlife, once you visit the Bruce Peninsula and the Grotto, you’ll also agree this area is a hidden gem in Ontario.

For more information on how to get to the Bruce Peninsula or things to do in the area visit their website at: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/on/bruce

Visit a Piece of Toronto’s History and Enjoy the Delights Offered at the St. Lawrence Market

Open from Tuesday to Saturday, the St. Lawrence market is often considered to be one of the world’s greatest markets.

With each merchant, the mothers, sons, fathers, and daughters, whose hard work and passion for food and their craft make up the collective story of the market, you’ll quickly feel the livelihood and sense of authenticity when walking around St. Lawrence Market.

There will be plenty of things to do, buy, and eat while at the market that will have you wanting to come back for more!

Check out our latest video where we spent a day at St. Lawrence Market to find the best foods to try at the market. Travel tip: You will want to try these treats!

From the “Saturday’s Farmers’ Market”, a tradition that began in 1803, to the antique shops and dealers in the market, taking a stroll through St. Lawrence Market you will have access to over 120 specialty vendors, known for the variety and freshness of their fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, grains, baked goods and dairy products, as well as for the uniqueness of the non-food items for sale.

For more information about St. Lawrence Market and its market hours, visit its website here: http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/

St. Lawrence Market in Downtown Toronto, Ontario
St. Lawrence Market, Toronto

3-D Print a Mini-You and Visit “Little Canada”

Have you ever wanted to travel and see all of Canada but don’t have the time for weeks of travelling? If so, you’ll want to visit “Little Canada”!

Little Canada, according to its maker Jean-Louis Brenninkmeijer, is a celebration of all things Canada. It is a unique journey of discovery through the sights and sounds of Canada on a miniature scale.

From captivating vistas to famous Canadian landmarks like the CN Tower and Niagara Falls, explore and celebrate Canada under one roof, in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Included at the new museum you can find dollhouse-seized versions of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Mont Sainte-Anne, and even Parliament Hill from Ottawa.

You can even leave your mark at “Little Canada” by getting “Littlized” where the museum will 3-D print a mini figurine of yourself that you can place in the mini-destination of your choice, how cool is that!

For More Information about Little Canada, give them a visit at: https://little-canada.ca/

Little Town in Toronto
Little Canada Museum in Toronto

Discover the Timeless History and Ring Alexander Graham Bell’s Bell

Credited as the inventor of the world’s the first telephone in 1874, Alexander Graham Bell made the first long-distance phone call two years after his invention.

Hidden away in Brantford, Ontario, at the Alexander Graham Bell Homestead you can see how the Bell family lived and worked and discover how Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone as well as how the invention changed over time.

The Bell Homestead National Historic Site also has a lot more to offer tourists and visitors, however. From a variety of activities and special events such as tours, café and museum stores, educational trips, birthday parties, rentals and more to enjoy year-round, there are lots to do here.

With its rich history, the Bell Homestead National Historic Site is definitely worth the trip out to Brantford Ontario and once you’re here you’ll see why Queen Elizabeth II declared the Bell Homestead a Canadian National Historic Site on June 28, 1997!

For more information about the homestead, visit their website at: https://www.brantford.ca/en/things-to-do/bell-homestead.aspx

Bell Homestead National Historic Site
Bell Homestead National Historic Site

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