Ready for some R&R? Take a look at these long weekend destinations near Toronto!
With the long weekend quickly approaching, it’s the perfect time to get out of the city for some R&R. If you’re like us and want to have a low-key weekend outside of the city, but don’t want to make an uber long drive to take in some peace and quiet among nature, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at some of our favourite long weekend road trips near Toronto. And we really do mean near Toronto – none of these destinations are more than three hours outside of the city!
If you’re a wine connoisseur, then this is the long weekend destination for you. Just over an hour and a half outside of Toronto, Niagara-on-the Lake is known for its wineries. A quaint little town at its centre, you’ll have your pick of adorable BNB’s (and Airbnb’s too if you’re into that), along with an array of high-quality restaurants and lush wineries. If you’re searching for a more upscale getaway, there are a few luxury hotels and spas to choose from as well.
Forks of the Credit, Caledon
Perfect for nature lovers, Forks of the Credit is a provincial park just about an hour outside the city. Located in Caledon, this park is on the Bruce Trail and features a kettle lake and talus slope. If you’re headed up this way, the Cheltenham Badlands isn’t far away – ten minutes on Highway 10 will take you right to the boardwalk for viewing. The Bruce Trail also extends up to this area, so it’s a great spot for hiking.
Elora Quarry, Elora
Part of the Elora Conservation area, you can make the 1.5 hour drive to the Elora Quarry for a beautiful view and refreshing swim. Surrounded by tall cliffs, this swimming hole is one of the most picturesque you’ll find so close to Toronto. If you’re interested in hiking, it’s worth noting that there’s a 1 km trail that loops through the forests, as well as a 47 km trail that links the Grand and Credit river watersheds a few minutes away from the park.
Georgian Bay Islands, Honey Harbour
Just over two hours outside the city, the Georgian Bay Islands National Park is the world’s largest freshwater archipelago. Book a remote waterfront cabin to spend a romantic weekend away, or hit the trails for some adventurous exploration by bike or on foot. There are also boat cruises between the islands that depart from Honey Harbour, so you can see all the islands on your trip!
Bruce Peninsula, Ontario
Just three hours from Toronto, the Bruce Peninsula has become increasingly popular in the past couple of years. Staying in the harbour village of Tobermory will give you ample access to explore the peninsula. You can head over to check out the infamous grotto, take to the Bruce Trail for some hiking, and take the ferry over to Flowerpot Island to marvel at some incredible rock formations.
Prince Edward County, Ontario
Most well known for being home to Sandbanks beach, Prince Edward County has more to offer than a pristine beach area. Visitors can find a number of classic wineries amongst the scenic countryside. There’s also a ton of breweries and cideries if wine isn’t your thing. And if that’s not up your alley, then you’ll love fresh offerings from the sustainable eateries, orchards, and cheese companies in the area.
Wherever you’re planning to go, there’s one thing that’s for sure; you’ll want to stay safe on the road. Aside from following a couple of safety tips for long weekend driving, you can track your driving habits using the Onlia Sense app. Be safe by keeping your drive score in check, and earn some free perks while you’re at it – what better way to top off your weekend? Start your long weekend road trip by downloading Onlia Sense for iPhone and Android today!