I was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. I am very proud of that and throughout my life have been able to explore around the Province and experience what it has to offer. I have had people online ask me what the heck there to do in Ontario and I’m always sitting there scratching my head because, in the moment I never know what to say – there is so many wonderful things to do, see and lots of beautiful landscapes all throughout Ontario to take in.
The truth is there is so much, I never know where to begin! So not only did I make a list to remind myself, but to share with you in case you ever want to take a trip to Ontario, here are 21 MUST SEE places you would absolutely have to check out!
Casa Loma » Casa Loma is Canada’s Majestic Castle. With amazing history for the City of Toronto, Casa Loma – the former estate of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt is open for tours and events at the gorgeous Castle.
Canada’s Wonderland » Canada’s Premier Amusement Park! Full of family rides, thrill rides, kids rides and splash works water park and more! Canada’s Wonderland is a favorite for all in Ontario living and visiting to have great fun!
Big Apple » Looking for a delicious fresh baked apple pie? The Big Apple is the place for you! Recently renovated, with new attractions and free activities! Visit the Biggest Apple in the world!
Toronto Zoo » The most amazing zoo I have ever been to! The Toronto zoo has something for everyone! From Penguins, to Lions, to Monkeys to Giraffes. The Toronto zoo is chalk full of amazing animals to see and even a splash park to cool off in the hot summer months!
African Lion Safari » Canada’s original safari adventure! Get up close and personal with Lions, Giraffes, Cheetahs, over 1,000 exotic birds and more! I went here when I was a kid and remember it like it was yesterday! Amazing!
CN Tower » In 1995, the CN Tower was classified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Standing 1,815 ft, 5 inches the CN tower was the World’s Tallest Tower, Building and Freestanding Structure from 1976-2010. Take a ride up to the observation decks and enjoy the breath taking view over looking the gorgeous city of Toronto.
Niagara Falls » The beautiful Niagara Falls, Ontario not only has the most breath taking views of both the Canadian falls and American falls but also has lots of sights to see, and fun activities for all to enjoy over on Clifton Hill. Our family has taken two summer vacations there and can’t wait to go back!
Royal Ontario Museum » Also known as the ROM is among the world’s leading museums of natural history and world cultures. With Exhibitions and Galleries there is something for everyone to learn and explore.
Tour Fort Henry » During World War I, Fort Henry was superficially repaired and used as an internment camp for political prisoners. Following the war, the Fort fell into complete disrepair. Take a tour of the Fort and learn about all it’s history, this will be an especially informative trip if you’re studying history and take an interest in military history, this resource post on the Norwich University site could be of interest also!
CNE » Canadian National Exibition – The place to be in the Summer, located in Toronto the Canadian National Exibition is full of things for everyone to do. Rides, Air Show, Exhibits, Walks, Shows and Food. The CNE is something more than 1.43 million people went to see in 2014. The 2014 CNE was the most highly attended fair in a decade!
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada » With 16,000 aquatic animals and more than 5.7 million liters of water Ripley’s Aquarium is an absolute must see in Toronto. Getting up close to sharks, sting rays, star fish, jelly fish and more is the most amazing experience. You can also Get up close and personal with three touch exhibits featuring horseshoe crabs, sharks, and rays.
Upper Canada Village » Transporting you back into the 1850’s touring Upper Canada Village is an amazing experience. A Big part of the experience is touring authentic buildings that make the village. Learning about the 1850’s is fun with Upper Canada Village and the authentic bakery, sawmill, steam flour mills, woollen factory, cabinet maker, broommaker, christ church and so much more!
The Bata Shoe Museum » The Bata Shoe Museum is an amazing museum full of shoes. Full of more than 4,500 years of history and a collection of 20th century celebrity shoes. Over a thousand shoes and artifacts are on exhibit.
Ontario Science Centre » The OSC is an iconic and cultural attraction. Learn about everything from the Human Body, Space and explore the very popular KidSpark hall designed for kids 8 and under to discover and learn. The OSC is a great place for families to learn, be hands on and explore.
Art Gallery of Ontario » AGO is an amazing gallery full of collections and exhibitions. Lots of classes for Adults and Offering courses and workshops, Family Sundays, March Break Art camp and so much more for kids and families.
Rideau Canal » Opened in 1832 the Rideau Canal is the largest continuously operated canal system in North America. I don’t know many people in Ontario who haven’t taken a skate on the Rideau Canal at least once in their life. If they haven’t yet, they will. It’s a sight to see, and in the summer it’s beautiful to look at. If you are in the area in the winter pop over for a free skate!
Hockey Hall of Fame » Hockey’s Greatest Museum! In 1961 the HHOF opened it’s doors. If you are a fan of hockey, and even if you aren’t this is an amazing place to visit to learn about hockey and see amazing tributes and artifacts from Canada’s game!
The Niagara Butterfly Conservatory » Home to over 2,000 free flying tropical butterflies the Niagara Parks butterfly conservatory is the place to be in a Rainforest setting and experience the beauty that is these magical, pretty butterflies!
Black Creek Pioneer Village » Black Creek Pioneer Village is where you can go to be immersed into lifestyles, surroundings and customs of early residents in 1800s who build the foundations for modern Toronto and Ontario.
Canadian War Museum » The Canadian War Museum is a must see attraction. It presents Canada’s Military and how it shaped our great Country! It is dedicated to the preservation of Canada’s military.
Bird Kingdom » Exotic Birds and Animals. In the main Aviary experience
Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park » This is one of my personal favorites. My mom and I went to every summer twice. This was her place. She loved it. You can experience wild species, many threatened with extinction, in an up-close and personal environment. It’s truly amazing.
There you have it, 21 must see places in Ontario! 21 out of the many reasons I love calling Ontario, Canada my home!
Have you ever been to Ontario? If so what did you do? If not, where would you like to go? Any place on this list?