Classic Ontario Circle Tour
From neon to nature; discover the diversity of Ontario from vibrant cities to breathtaking scenery, historic sights and iconic highlights to include the thundering Niagara Falls on this suggested itinerary.
DEPARTS FROM > TORONTO
DURATION > 11 DAYS
DISTANCE > 955 MILES (1,537 kms)
Day 1 & 2
After an overnight stay collect your Cruise Canada Motorhome from Toronto. It’s an easy two hour drive to the thundering Niagara Falls. Base yourself at Riverside Park Campground alongside the beautiful upper Niagara River, only minutes from the Falls. See the Falls from various vantage points. For the ultimate bird’s eye view take a helicopter ride over the Falls. Not only is this region famous for the Falls, it’s also known for its theatres, golf courses, shopping and of course the many wineries in the area. The flat terrain means that cycling is a wonderful way to explore the Wine Route, as well as charming small towns like Niagara on the Lake.
✪ 80 Miles to Riverside Park Campground
★ Take a Journey Behind the Falls or an iconic boat cruise in the swirling waters below. Watch a thrilling IMAX movie and get an adrenaline rush with Whirlpool Jet Boats. www.riversidepark.net
Day 3 & 4
Today you’ll make the journey to Blue Mountain. Your next port of call is Wasaga Pines Resort, on the rugged shores of Georgian Bay. Wasaga Beach is the longest freshwater beach in the world and the resort is just a few minutes away so make sure you pack your swimwear. The crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay are synonymous with water activities such as kayaking and even ship wreck diving! You’re not far from Blue Mountain Resort pedestrian village.
✪ 160 Miles to Wasaga Pines Resort
★ Visit nearby Blue Mountain Resort, which offers a variety of outdoor adventures – including Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, cycling and various golfing options. www.parkbridge.ca/prop/cottagerv/wasagapines/home.aspx
Day 5 & 6
Jump back on board and journey through Ontario’s playground, Muskoka, known for its sparkling lakes, dramatic landscape and quaint towns. You’re heading northeast to the famous Algonquin Provincial Park. Set in a truly beautiful, quintessentially Canadian spot surrounded by towering pine trees, the Algonquin Trails Campground located just outside the park will be your home for the next couple of nights. The Park offers hiking trails and canoe routes for all ability levels. Watch for wildlife too – sightings are plentiful here! Cameras are a must!
✪ 110 Miles to Algonquin Provincial Park
★ Cruise on the RMS Segwun, the oldest operating steamship in the world, based in Gravenhurst. www.algonquintrailscamping.ca
Day 7 & 8
Today you’ll travel east to the vibrant city of Ottawa, Canada’s federal capital. En route, consider white-water rafting near Forester’s Falls. Park up at Ottawa’s Popular Grove Campsite, 30 minutes southwest of Ottawa and relax after a long drive. You’ll need a full day to explore this beautiful city, which is home to many cultural and historical sites, galleries and museums. Take time to cruise, stroll or cycle along the Rideau Canal, a spectacular focal point of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meander around ByWard Market in downtown Ottawa and take in the sights, sounds and smells of one of North America’s largest and oldest Farmer’s Markets.
✪ 200 Miles to Popular Grove Campsite
★ In this incredible city of museums and galleries, don’t miss the Canadian Museum of Civilization and National Gallery of Canada. Let your interests guide you – Canadian Museum of Nature, Royal Canadian Mint and more! www.ottawaspoplargrovecamp.com
Travel south along the Rideau Heritage Route and stop off at charming towns and historic locks on your way to the 1000 Islands. Ivy Lea Campsite is perfectly located right in the heart of the 1000 Islands, set amid the granite and greenery of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve. It’s a haven for boating, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and more. Explore the exquisite beauty of the 1000 Islands on a cruise and sail past tree-clad isles, palatial waterfront homes and quaint island cottages. The historic city of Kingston isn’t far away.
✪ 175 Miles to Ivy Lea Campsite
★ Stop off at Fort Henry for the ultimate Canadian historic experience. Once inside the fortification’s wooden gates you will enter a marvellous reproduction of 19th century military life. www.koa.com/campgrounds/ivy-lea
The final leg of your adventure will take you along the shores of Lake Ontario heading west back to Toronto. We recommend that you return your Motorhome early the next morning and spend a night or two in one of the city’s many hotels. Your holiday will end on a high in Canada’s hip and happening metropolis of cool. This city does not disappoint – everything from world-class arts and culture, shopping, dining 24/7, entertainment and family fun. For the ultimate view of the city and beyond, take the trip to the top of the CN Tower. And take time to wander round the many multicultural neighbourhoods dotted around the city, including six Chinatowns, Portugal Village, Greek Town, Little India and Little Italy.
✪ 190 Miles to Toronto KOA West
★ If you have time, stop off in Prince Edward County and take a detour along The Taste Trail. Drive bucolic back roads along the self-guided route linking restaurants, artisanal food producers, and wineries. Also home to one of Canada’s best beaches, Sandbanks Provincial Park. www.koa.com/campgrounds/toronto-west
Drive approximately 40 miles to return your Motorhome to Cruise Canada in Bolton. Then why not extend your stay in Toronto and really get to explore the city to the max.
★ For the ultimate adrenalin rush, make sure you brave the EdgeWalk! 356m above ground level, step outside and walk the full circumference of The CN Tower.