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5 Incredible places to visit in Ontario that aren’t Toronto

What is the capital of Canada? Ask most tourists and they’ll point to the bustling financial and cultural hub of Toronto. (Sorry, Ottawa.) But if that same tourist asked you to take them on an adventure, Ontario has far more to offer than the CN Tower and great shopping. Need some inspiration for your next Ontario adventure? Check out these incredible places to visit in Ontario.


Home to a vibrant Shakespearean theatre scene (and Justin Bieber’s childhood home) Stratford also boasts the lush Shakespearean Gardens. 

Sault Ste. Marie

Fload plane sitting close to a dock by a foggy, calm lake in Ontario
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Love fly-fishing? The late author Ernest Hemingway said the region’s Saint Mary’s River was one of the world’s best – but also check out the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. En route to Thunder Bay, visit the Agawa Rock Petroglyphs – but you’ll need to hold a rope and carefully walk onto the viewing area. 

The Slate Islands

Located in the middle of Lake Superior, Slate Islands Provincial Park offers a unique wildlife experience. The island is home to a herd of woodland caribous. 

Manitoulin Islands

Long time exposure of beautiful Bridal Veil Falls on Manitoulin Island surrounded bei trees and lake and ability to walk behind the falls.
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Lake Huron’s Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater island in the world! An outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, it’s also a great place to learn the traditions of the Anishinaabe people who live on Manitoulin Island. 

Thirty Thousand Islands

Big Tub Lighthouse located in the Bruce Pininsula of Tobermory, Ontario, Canada.
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The breathtaking landscape is featured by the Group of Seven and is the location of the world’s largest freshwater archipelago in Georgian Bay. You can also go on a boat tour and visit shipwreck diving spots

How to get there

VIA Rail is an oh-so-romantic way to visit these incredible places in Ontario. CAA Members save up to 15%* on tickets. Call 1-888-842-7245 or book online at

Want to take the wheel? Book a car with Enterprise and save 5% and earn 10 CAA Dollars. Call 1-866-557-1699 or view the offer at Or rent with National and save up to 20% and earn up to 10% in CAA Dollars.  

*Discounts on fares vary depending on the destination and seating selected. 

Plan your vacation with CAA Travel

Do you want to see any of these spots for yourself? Contact a CAA Travel Consultant or call 1-800-705-1803 for expert assistance when you are ready to start planning or book your vacation. 

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