Central Ontario | Travel & Tourism Information Guide
Gaze out over glorious lakes, sandy beaches, rocky islands adorned with windswept pines and stunning scenery tucked around every inlet and cove. Spoil yourself at a grand resort set on sparkling lakes and surrounded by lush forests. Sail, scuba dive or fish in the clearest, bluest waters you've ever seen. Be spellbound as you trek through dense woodlands and along towering sand dunes and limestone cliffs. Whisk away a winter day skiing, try your luck at ice-fishing or snowmobile over a vast, white network of groomed trails. Central Ontario is a playground open for recreation, relaxation and adventure - 12 months a year.
Stand in awe of the Port Severn landscape and realize why it has inspired generations of painters. Relax and re-energize at grand lakeside resorts offering year-round activities. Or venture into the heart of Algonquin Provincial Park for a "Wolf Howl" where eerie "conversations" haunt the stillness of the night.
Watch the world's largest hydraulic lift lock as it raises pleasure crafts 20 metres (65 ft.) in the air. Rent a houseboat for a leisurely voyage along the Trent-Severn Waterway. Explore Petroglyphs Provincial Park where ancient symbols make up North America's largest concentration of Aboriginal rock carvings.
Take in a panoramic view above the tree line atop a tower in Dorset. Enjoy the churning challenge of navigating your kayak or canoe down the white waters in Minden or Madawaska. Unpack your pickaxe and venture into the old mines of Bancroft in search of glimmering mineral-laden rocks.
Lake Ontario Ports of Call
Raise your binoculars at Presqu'ile Provincial Park to observe sky-filling bird migrations. Delight in a juicy dessert freshly made in one of the province's best apple-growing regions. Tie on your most trusty lure and drop a line in Port Hope, one of the "best fishing holes" around.
Southern Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe
Feel your eyes widen as you take that first step inside an ancient cave. Twist your toes in the sand at Wasaga, the longest freshwater beach in the world. Walk among the lives of the Jesuits, Huron Indians and early explorers at a living museum and historic village.