Summer Staycation Spots
Summer vacation looks a bit different this year so we're helping you embrace the STAY-cation!
We're all trying to stay closer to home this year and while that might mean your typical summer vacation was canceled, it doesn't mean there's no way to enjoy the summer. So, we've compiled a list of staycation spots within driving distance of the Greater Toronto Area (in no particular order). It's time to explore more of Ontario! Stay safe and enjoy!
1. Prince Edward County
Home of the some of the most passionate winemakers who are turning out some of the provinces best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. With ample Inn's and bed and breakfasts, you can opt to make this a weekend getaway, but located just south of Belleville, it's close enough for a day trip! However, if you are trying a lot of wine, maybe want to make it a weekend trip. You can eat and drink your way through the county, and also stop for a dip at Sandbanks Provincial Park.
Muskoka is consistently named as one of the best places to visit in Canada and the world by publications such as National Geographic and Reader's Digest. Only two hours north of Toronto, it's a quaint and charming region, known as Canada's cottage country, receiving recognition as one of Canada's top vacation spots! Families have picturesque lakeside locations to celebrate summer on the water, boating, fishing, water skiing, canoe or kayaking! Museums, boat tours and dinner cruises allow you to see the beautiful waterways Muskoka is famous for. It is also one of the most romantic places to visit, waking up to the sounds of the loons, siping morning coffee while looking over the crystal clear waters. These memories will last a lifetime!
3. Sauble Beach
Rated Canada's #1 freshwater Beach! White sand, restaurants, shopping, golfing, fishing and much more, you will never run out of activities to do! Seven miles of clean and beautiful beach on the pristine shores of Lake Huron.
Whether a weekend getaway or just a day trip, Elora is just about one hour outside of the city! Boasting local small town charm and natural beautiful views, allow for great instagram picture moments! You want to hike or spend time on the water, visit the Elora limestone quarry, allowing for tubing, swimming and fishing!
5. Blue Mountain
The Blue Mountain Resort has changed over the past decade and created into an Alpine-styled village at the base of the ski hill, modeled after something you will find at Whistler and Mount Tremblant! The convenience of not having to jump into a car, but instead having restaurants, bars and entertainment options, steps away from your accommodations allows for a safe, and fun experience with friends and family. Mountain biking and hiking trails, are also accompanied by a gondola ride if you wanted to catch some views without having to work for it. If you did work hard on the trails, you can spend time at the Scandinave Spa, treating yourself to cycles of a hot bath and cold plunge!!
Over the summer these clear, turquoise waters near the Bruce Peninsula, can easily be mistaken for somewhere in the tropics! Enjoy hiking, camping and swimming, Tobermory is one of the hottest places to be in Ontario once the weather gets warm. Swim and explore sunken shipwrecks, including schooners, steamers and barges, some of which have rested there since 1852!!