Ontario Spring Road Trips

Spring Road Trips North in Ontario

Spring in Ontario brings back warm winds, walks along a beach, return of shore birds and waterfowl. Fresh resort country air, maple syrup and spring flowers inspires romantic road trips.  Many wildlife viewing opportunities and surprises will present themselves in Ontario, north of Toronto GTA.  Explore Ontario’s resort destinations in March, April & May.

 

 

Day trips or overnight road trips are suggested within 1-7 hours from the junction of Highways 400 & Highway 11 in Barrie. The routes are not detailed but have features as suggestions to improve your travel experience.  A selection of attractions, inns, resorts, resort-hotels, cottage locations, B&B’s and roadside hotels are recommended.

Road Trip Spring Experiences

The following Ontario travel routes provide a variety of terrain to see the spring changes taking place. A number of the lakes north of Toronto will be thawing through April. If you are lucky, you will be able to here the “ice crackle and sing” as it suddenly changes back to the smooth flowing liquid we call water.

Algonquin Park Northern Drive Spring Colours Route

Driving Directions: To catch Algonquin glory, follow Highways 400 and 11 north to Huntsville, then take Highway 60 east through Dwight and Oxtongue Lake to Algonquin park where there are many marked nature trails. When leaving the park proceed east on Highway 60 to Whitney. Stay on Highway 60 east to the Barry’s Bay and turn right at Highway 62 and south on Highway 62 to Combermere, Maynooth, Bancroft , and Highway 28 south to Lakefield and Peterborough.

Places to stay:
Algonquin Park
 Bartlett lodge
Dwight Cooper Lake Cottage | Blue Spruce Resort | Bondi Village Cottage Resort | Foxwood Resort | Logging Chain Lodge
Huntsville Beauview Cottage Resort | Blue Water Acres | Cedar Grove Lodge | Colonial Bay Cottages | Deerhurst Resort | Pow Wow Point Lodge |Tally – Ho Inn | Trillium Resort & Spa
Whitney Couples Resort
Barry’s Bay  Barry’s Bay Cottage Resort | Barry’s Bay Golf Resort | Chippawa Cottage Resort | Easy Living Camping and RV Park,
Lakefield The Irwin Inn | Pine Vista Resort | Viamede | Village Inn

Suggested Attractions – Editor’s Pick. Ragged Falls — One of the most scenic waterfalls sought out by photographers. Just a short hike off highway 60 before Algonquin Park past Oxtongue Lake – no charge admission.

Algonquin Park Southern Drive Spring Colours Route

Driving Directions: This travel route assumes you are already in the village of Haliburton, Ontario. Haliburton Village to Bancroft to Haliburton Village Return (all roads are paved): The colours on the south side of Algonquin and the Haliburton Highlands are equally as splendid in the Spring and less traveled. Follow Highways 118 East to County Road 4. Turn left on county road 4 to Wilberforce. At the stop sign turn left at county road 648 and proceed to Harcourt. Just past Harcourt look for County Road 10 and proceed to Maynooth (this road runs along the very south side of Algonquin park with access roads to the Park). Stay on County Road 10 until the stop sign. Turn left and you will enter Maynooth on Highway 62. Visit several of the funky craft and antique stores here. Take Highway 62 South to Bancroft (Mineral Capital of Ontario). Take Highway 28 south and proceed to the village of Paudash. Turn right on 118 North (west) through Cardiff, Tory Hill, and back to Haliburton Village. Approximate leisurely driving time with stops (3 hours) See Haliburton Spring colour gallery

 

Places to stay: Haliburton Bonnie View Inn | Kashaga Lodge | Sir Sam’s Inn and WaterSpa 
Purdy Blue Moon Retreat
Minden Buttermilk Springs Resort | Oakview Lodge | Ogopogo Resort | Sandy Lane Resorts
Bancroft Hotels Blue Moon Retreat
Places to Visit Sculpture Forest
Outdoor Experiences Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike | Yours Outdoors

Barrie to Horseshoe Valley to Orillia Return to Barrie Spring Colours Route

Driving Directions: Spectacular spring greens and views along the Horseshoe Valley Road.  From Highway 400, Take Highway 27 North (Bayfield St. exit) through Barrie to Simcoe Road 22 (The Horseshoe Valley Road) turn right through Craighurst, Horseshoe Valley, Coulson, Jarratt to Highway 12. Turn right at Highway 12 and proceed East to Orillia. Upon leaving Orillia, take Highway 11, South to Barrie. Alternate Route: Drive directly to Horseshoe Valley Rd. on Highway 400 or the reverse on Highway 11.

Attractions, Events and Festivals
National Snowcross Championship Finals – Horseshoe Resort
Tap into Maple Road Trip starts in Lake Country, MapleFest at Horseshoe Resort, Orillia Perch Festival,  Ontario Events & Festivals, Hardwood Ski & Bike-near Horseshoe Valley, Serendipity Princess Cruise-BarrieSnow Valley Resort

Featured Places to Stay: 
Barrie Resort Area Comfort Inn (Hart Drive) | Kempenfelt B&B Resort
Horseshoe Valley Resort Area Carriage Ridge Resort | Horseshoe Resort
Orillia Resort Area Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre |  Orillia Comfort Inn | Bayview Wildwood Resort

Barrie to Orangeville Spring Colours Route

Driving Directions: Take Highway 27 to Highway 26 west to Stayner. A beautiful view of Spring colours is behind the Simcoe County buildings with extensive trails.***** Proceed on Highway 26 to Stayner south on County Road 42 which changes to County Road 18 to Mansfield. Continue south to Highway 89. A nice diversion is Violet Hill with a stop to Mrs. Mitchell’s. Travel east on Highway 89 to Highway 50. Proceed on Highway 50 south to Loretto. Go west again to Hockley and enjoy the Spring colours. After leaving go west on County Road 18, south to Mono Mills, and west on Highway 9 to Highway 400.The Hockley Valley area and the Caledon Region have colours changing daily. A delightful surpise for music lovers is the Colours of Music Festival, returning to Barrie for its fourth season and running from September 22 for 10 days.

Places to Stay
Barrie
 Carriage Ridge Resort – Horseshoe Valley | Comfort Inn (Hart Drive) | Georgian Summer Suites
Caledon Millcroft Inn and Spa
Places to Visit: Hardwood Ski & Bike
Elmvale Spring Fair Web Site Click Here

Collingwood Beaver Valley Spring colours (colors) Route

Driving Directions: Take Highway 400 to Highway 27 north in Barrie. Go north to Highway 26, and proceed west to Collingwood and Thornbury. Proceed south again on County Road 13 to the Beaver Valley, and then go back north to Meaford, return through Thornbury and Collingwood.

Places to stay: Resorts, Inns, Resort-Hotels, B&B’s, Holiday Suites

Collingwood | Blue Mountains Blue Mountain Lodges | Cranberry Golf Resort | Falls InnPretty River Valley Country Inn | Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain | Tyrolean Village Resorts at Blue Mountain | The Westin Trillium House
Flesherton Cedars of Lake Eugenia Cottage Resort

Collingwood Beaver Valley Featured Attractions

Featured Outdoor Experience Scenic Caves Nature Adventures  
Featured Family Destination
Blue Mountain Village 
Featured Dining
Cranberry Golf Resort 

Midland-Honey Harbour-Port Severn Area of Georgian Bay colours (colors) Route

Driving Directions: Take Highway 400 North to 93 northwest to Southern Georgian Bay and the towns of Midland and Penetanguishene. Combine your Spring drive with a Spring colour cruise from Midland or Penetanguishene to capture the beauty of the 30,000 Island Spring colours. A visit to Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons or the Wye Marsh Wildlife Center is fun for families.***** Take Highway 12 through Midland, picking up the 400 again north to Muskoka Road 5 to Port Severn & Honey Harbour. Return via Highway 400.

Places to stay: Resorts, Inns, Resort-Hotels, B&B’s, Holiday Suites

Midland & area: Best Western Plus Highland Inn& Conference Centre
Port Severn & Honey Harbour Area: Christie’s Mill Inn & Spa | Muskey’s Landing | Rawley Resort & Marina | Severn Lodge | Sunnylea Resort

Midland-Honey Harbour-Port Severn Featured Attractons

Featured Outdoor Experience Hardwood Ski & Bike | Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre | Awenda Provincial Park | Georgian Bay Islands National Park
Featured Cruise Midland Tours Inc.
Featured AttractionDiscovery Harbour – Penetanguishene | Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons | Martyrs’ Shrine
Featured Tourism Destination Tourism Midland

Haliburton – Huntsville Spring colours (colors) Route

Driving Directions: Take Highway 11 north to Highway 118 east. Travel east on 118 to Hiwghway 35 and proceed south on 35 to Minden. Take 121 east to the picturesque village of Haliburton, then take Highway 118 west from Haliburton Village back to Highway 35. Proceed north to the village of Dorset, to the Lookout Tower at Dorset. Proceed north on 35 to Dwight and go west on Highway 60 to Huntsville, return home via Highway 11 from Huntsville.

Places to stay: Resorts, Inns, Resort-Hotels, B&B’s, Holiday Suites

Huntsville Beauview Cottage Resort | Blue Water Acres | Cedar Grove Lodge | Colonial Bay Cottages | Deerhurst Resort | Pow Wow Point Lodge |Tally – Ho Inn | Trillium Resort & Spa
Haliburton 
Bonnie View Inn | Kashaga Lodge | Sir Sam’s Inn and WaterSpa | Buttermilk Springs Resort | Lakeview Motel | Oakview Lodge | Ogopogo Resort

Haliburton-Huntsville Area Featured Attractions

Featured Outdoor Experiences Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike | Yours Outdoors
Featured Tourism Destination Haliburton Highlands

Lake of Bays North Muskoka via Bracebridge, Baysville, Dorset, Dwight, North Portage, Baysville, Bracebridge Spring colours (colors) Route

Driving Directions: This is a beautiful trip through the North Muskoka woodlands with excellent lake views. Take Highway 117 from Bracebridge to Baysville, stay on Hwy 117 to Dorset, turn left on to Highway 35 (look for Dorset Fire Tower). Go north on Hwy. 35 to Dwight, turn left on Highway 60 going east to Muskoka County Road 9. Make a left turn on Muskoka Rd. 9 to North Portage. Proceed along Muskoka road 9 back to Baysville, and east on 117 to Bracebridge.

Places to stay: Resorts, Inns, Resort-Hotels, B&B’s, Holiday Suites

Dwight  Blue Spruce Resort | Bondi Village Cottage Resort | Foxwood Resort | Logging Chain Lodge

Lake of Bays North Muskoka Via Bracebridge, Baysville, Dorset, Dwight Featured Attractions:

Featured Family Destination Santas Village

Lake Simcoe Spring Colours (colors) Road Trip

Driving Directions:  One of the interesting ‘spring colour routes’ north of Toronto is a tour around Lake Simcoe using a combination of Highway 400, Highway 11, Highway 12 and a number of side roads that take your through Barrie, Orillia, Lagoon City, Beaverton, Sutton, Keswick, Holland Landing. The Lake Simcoe road trip can be started on the east side of Lake Simcoe, or the West Side going north.  See Lake Simcoe Map

Places to stay: Resorts, Inns, Resort-Hotels, B&B’s, Holiday Suites

Barrie Comfort Inn (Hart Drive) | Kempenfelt B&B Resort | Georgian Summer Suites
Horseshoe Valley
 Carriage Ridge Resort | Horseshoe Resort
Orillia Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre | Comfort Inn | Bayview Wildwood Resort
Jackson’s Point-Sutton: The Briars Resort & Spa

Lake Simcoe Area Featured Attractions

Featured Outdoor Experience Hardwood Ski and Bike
Featured Dining The Briars Dining Rooms
Featured Spring Fishing Tournament The Orillia Perch Festival
Featured Family Festival Barrie Waterfront Festival

Lakefield to Barry’s Bay Spring colours (colors) Bay

Driving Directions: Drive north from Peterbourgh along the river on county road 23 to Lakefield. Proceed north from Lakefield on Highway 28. You will start to see the transition of land forms and colours in the Canadian Shield—more rock, contrasting evergreens with backdrops of Spring color will provide many photographic opportunities. Take Highway 28 to Bancroft, and proceed north to Highway 62 and Maynooth. Stay on 62 to Barry’s Bay where you will pass through the Hamlet of Maple Leaf, and Combermere(watch for scenic lookout sign just before Combermere.
Interesting Side Trips: Buckhorn, Harcourt.

Places to Stay
Lakefield
  The Irwin Inn | Pine Vista Resort | Viamede | Village Inn
Buckhorn Westwind Inn On the Lake
Barry’s Bay  Barry’s Bay Cottage Resort | Chippawa Cottage Resort 
Purdy Blue Moon Retreat

Mostly Muskoka Spring colours (colors) Route

Driving Directions: Travel highway 11, north to the towns of Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Port Sydney, travel west from 11, accross 141 to Parry Sound, work your way to 169 South to 118 East. Either continue south to Bala on 169 , or go west on 118 to Port Carling for a quick side trip. Return to 169 and proceed south to Bala. Travel west from Bala on Muskoka Road 38 to Highway 400. Take Muskoka Road 5 to Honey Harbour to see the Georgian Bay side of Muskoka. Return to Hihgway 400 south to Barrie.

Places to stay: Resorts, Inns, Resort-Hotels, B&B’s, Holiday Suites

Gravenhurst Taboo Muskoka Resort 
Mactier
 Rocky Crest Resort
Minett 
Clevelands House | JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
Parry Sound Four Winds Cottage Resort | Sunny Point Resort, Cottages & Inn |The SunDog Retreat
Port Carling Pier 100 Cottage Resort on Lake Muskoka | Shamrock Lodge | Sherwood Inn
Port Severn 
Christie’s Mill Inn & Spa | Muskey’s Landing | Rawley Resort & Marina Inc | Severn Lodge | Sunnylea Resort
Severn Bridge Bayview Wildwood Resort 
Torrance-Bala Black Lake CabinsClear Lake Village Resort

Mostly Muskoka Featured Attractions:

Featured Family Attractions Santas Village | Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre
Featured Flying Adventure  Georgian Bay Airways Ltd.
Featured Resort Destination  Resorts of North Muskoka
Featured Outdoor Experience  Georgian Bay Islands National Park

North Bay – Timmins, Gogama, Sudbury, North Bay Spring Colors (Colours)

A direct drive to Timmins will take you into gold country, not just because of the Spring colors but as a result of the gold mining. Allow for an overnight stay to get the most out of the attractions in the area. Proceed north on Highway 11 from North Bay and travel through the towns of Martin River, Temagami, New Liskeard, to Matheson. In Matheson travel west to Timmins on ighway 101. Return to North Bay by travelling west on Highway 101 to Highway 144. Go south through Gogama to Sudbury, and east on Highway 17 through Sturgeon Springs to North Bay.

Places to Stay
North Bay 
Booth Landing Camping & Cottages | Clarion Resort Pinewood Park
Redbridge | Crystal Falls Moose Point Cottages
Gogama Green Wilderness Lodge
Lavigne Deluxe Camp Cottages | West Nipissing Resort

North Bay – Sudbury Spring Route colours (colors)

Driving Directions: Take Highway 11 north through Huntsville, Burks Falls (side trip to Magnetawan), Sundridge, South River, Trout Creek (side trip to Port Loring) Powassan, Callander, to North Bay. Go west on Highway 17 to Sudbury through to Sturgeon Springs West Nippising (side trip to Lavigne, Chrystal Springs), to Sudbury. Return on Highway 69 south through French River, Pointe au Baril, and Parry Sound (side trip to Ahmic Harbour). Continue South on Highway 69 to Highway 400.

Places to Stay

North Bay Booth Landing Camping & Cottages | Clarion Resort Pinewood Park
Redbridge | Crystal Falls Moose Point Cottages
Gogama Green Wilderness Lodge
Lavigne Deluxe Camp Cottages | West Nipissing Resort
Magnetawan  Ahmic Lake Resort Quiet Bay Log Motel & Café
Port Loring/Arnstein Tornado’s Canadian Resorts Inc

Places to Visit Science North & Dynamic Earth

Old Fort Road Spring Tour To Midland Ontario colours (colors)

Driving Directions: This route will take you past Simcoe County Forests, rolling rural country side, vistas of hills with spectacular Spring colours, antique shops, farms with fresh farm eggs and honey for sale, through the charming villages of Wyebridge, Hillsdale and Waverly in the heart of Simcoe County. Detailed Spring Foliage touring route with mileage, places to see and suggested links to overnight accommodation stops. Detailed route directions on the back roads to Midland Ontario.

Places to Stay: Midland Best Western Plus Highland Inn& Conference Centre
Places to Visit: Midland Tours Inc. |  Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre | Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons | Martyrs’ Shrine
Side Trips: Midland to Discovery Harbour on Georgian Bay | Midland to Awenda Provincial Park on Georgian Bay.
More Area Information: Midland | Penetanguishene | Georgian Bay Eco Museum

Peterborough – Kawarthas Spring Route colours (colors)

Driving Directions: Take Highway 11 north to Highway 12 Orillia. Follow the signs toward Casino Rama and turn left at the Rama Road and follow the Rama Road to the first stop lights or County Road 45 Monck Road–turn right and proceed east to Norland. Watch for the Quaker Oats Farm. A stop here to see the animals is fun for the family. The fruit tarts are out of this world. Proceed east to Norland and turn right at Highway 35 and proceed south to County Road 8 and turn left to Fenlon Springs. Proceed to Bobcaygeon, take County Road 36 to Noggies Creek, to County Road 507 and proceed to Buckhorn. Proceed south on County Road 23 towards Lakefield and Peterborough.

Places to stay: Resorts, Inns, Resort-Hotels, B&B’s, Holiday Suites

Peterborough & Area: The Irwin Inn | Viamede | Village Inn
Buckhorn: Westwind Inn On the Lake

Peterborough-Kawarthas Featured Attractions Canadian Canoe Museum | Peterborough Centennial Museum eum & Archives

Sault Ste. Marie Spring Route colours (colors)

Driving Directions: Proceed to Sudbury via Highway 400 and 69 north to the Highway 17 Trans Canada. Proceed to Sault Ste. Marie through Blind River. Return on the same route or travel through Sudbury on Highway 17 to North Bay and south on Highway 11.

Places to Stay
Blind River  Birch Lodge 
Crystal Fallls
 Moose Point Cottages
Lavigne: Deluxe Camp Cottages | West Nipissing Resort