Many of the “Featured Resort Destinations and Associations” provide links directly to specific resorts, cottage, inn, hotel, festival and attraction members. Each highlight unique Ontario geographic resort destinations, landforms, bodies of water, affiliated groups of independent operators or Ontario travel and tourism organizations in cottage Country. See quick list of member destinations or see our featured resort destination of the week, or find geographic resort area links to resort towns and cities.
Resort destinations are often associated with a specific Ontario town, city or village, known region. Three seasons spring summer and fall are often associated with Ontario water and lakes. For winter regions or area see Ontario Winter resort destinations, or here for Ski Area Resort Destinations. You can also find destinations by using a combination of geographic areas with alphabetical identifiers at Ontario Travel A-Z north of Toronto.
Featured Ontario Destinations & Travel Tourism Associations
Haliburton Highlands | www.myhaliburtonhighlands.com
The Haliburton Highlands include a unique topography of rolling hills, rock cuts, crystal clear waterways and exceptional woodlands. You will not want to miss all of excitement between amazing outdoor adventures, arts & culture experiences and spectacular delights for foodies. Located a short 2 ½ drive north of the GTA, we invite you to discover the natural beauty of the Haliburton Highlands.
Ontario’s Lake Country | www.ontarioslakecountry.com
Orillia & Area’s four season outdoor playground!
Ontario’s Lake Country is one of Ontario’s most picturesque regions with radiant lakes and rivers and an array of activities for all to enjoy year round, located just one hour north of Toronto, on the shores of Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching. Though Lake Country’s assets are plentiful, none are more perfect than its shimmering lakes, rivers, and streams. In fact, some of the best boating and water sports in Canada can be found here, as Lake Country is located on the Trent-Severn Waterway.
Lake Country encompasses five distinctive districts: Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Rama, Ramara, and Severn. Each offers a unique experience with an abundance of activities, attractions, cultural experiences, events and recreational adventure, every day of the year.
Muskoka Tourism | www.discovermuskoka.ca
Muskoka Tourism provides up-to-the-minute tourism information for travellers looking for cottage rentals, camping, B&Bs, resorts or other types of accommodation. Visitors have access to the latest information about recreational activities including golf, boating, fishing, canoeing and many other outdoor activities. The list of fun family things to do is endless: hiking and biking along Muskoka’s nature trails, snowmobiling and skiing or just taking in some shopping, a spa treatment or festival… in Muskoka, you have so much choice.
Tourism Midland | www.midland.ca
The Town of Midland is situated at the gateway to Georgian Bay’s picturesque 30,000 Islands.
A very safe, clean and hospitable community, Midland flourishes with a vibrant and bustling downtown, 4 community parks, 10 neighbourhood parks, 2 golf courses, the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Complex housing a double pad arena and court facilities and community rooms, a Sports Hall of Fame, a curling rink, a lawn bowling club, cross country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling trails, a YMCA complete with an Olympic size pool and 10 km of waterfront trail for walking or biking. There are also 4 marinas offering over 2,800 wet slips on the Georgian Bay waterways.
The tourism information centre is located at the town dock (foot of King Street) during the summer months and at the North Simcoe Sport and Recreation Centre the rest of the year.
Blue Mountain Village | www.bluemountainvillage.ca
There is ALWAYS something to do at BLUE!
The Blue Mountain Village is located in the Town of the Blue Mountains, nestled between the charming communities of Collingwood and Thornbury, at the foot of Ontario’s largest mountain resort, Blue Mountain. The Village offers a vibrant social and cultural scene combining unique attractions, dining and shopping experiences. There is ALWAYS something to do at BLUE including five hotels, 38 retailers, 20 cafes & restaurants, year round award winning Festivals and Events plus Activity Central to book your hiking, biking, caving, climbing, spa, Apple Pie Trail adventures and more!
Ontario’s Highlands | ontarioshighlands.ca
Throw away the itinerary and let curiosity guide you in Ontario’s Highlands. Explore the diverse geology of the region and foster your sense of adventure by challenging the natural environment or climbing high above the trees. Follow your authentic sense of discovery through museums and natural heritage sites or feel your imagination come to life during quirky festivals and theatre shows. See smiles light your loved ones faces as you take in the breathtaking scenery or satisfy your search for indulgence at unique spas and lakeside retreats. Ontario’s Highlands is just 2.5 hours east of Toronto and a half hour west of Ottawa, but a world removed from it all. Step out of the city and into our world to reconnect, experience something new, and to wander.
The Ottawa Valley – Ontario’s Adventure Playground | www.OttawaValley.travel
Cradled between the Ottawa River and Algonquin Park, the Ottawa Valley is famous for its stunning outdoors and cultural and heritage riches. Known as Ontario’s Adventure Playground and Whitewater Capital of Canada, the area is surrounded by woodlands, over 900 pristine lakes, four major river systems and dozens of other clean, warm and safe whitewater rivers.
Located only 3 hours northeast of Toronto and 45 minutes west of the Nation’s Capital, the Ottawa Valley consists of a unique blend of towns, villages and municipalities. There is plenty of variety, from the urban centres to the rural areas, where beautiful artistry, seasonal agriculture and lush wilderness abound.
For a romantic getaway, family holiday, a day’s shopping, the great outdoors, or whatever you choose, let your sense of adventure guide to the Ottawa Valley. Call us at 1.800.757.6580
Algonquin Highlands Trails | www.algonquinhighlands.ca
Where Adventure Awaits! Just 2.5hrs from Toronto, in the heart of the Haliburton Highlands
- Haliburton Highlands Water Trails – Frost Centre and Poker Lakes
- Frost Centre Ski and Snowshoe Trails
- Backcountry Camping, Canoeing and Kayaking
- Canoe, Ski and Snowshoe Rentals
- 38kms of Hiking Trails, Hundreds of kms of Snowmobile and ATV trails
- Excellent fishing for Trout, Bass and Whitefish
- Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower – Best view of Fall colors in the highlands!
- Ontario’s only full size historic Log chute
- Group of Seven Outdoor Murals
- Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival
Lake Simcoe | www.400eleven.com/lakesimcoe.html
Lake Simcoe is Toronto’s close to home resort destination. It is the first major lake north of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and has often been described as the “Sixth Great Lake”. Lake Simcoe is linked to the Great Lakes through the Trent-Severn Historic Waterway to Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. The two largest cities on Lake Simcoe are Barrie, and Orillia both with substantial public marinas, beaches and waterfront parks. Simcoe County, York Region, Durham, and Kawartha Lakes all touch on Lake Simcoe. Many say Lake
Simoce is the Ice Fishing Capital of North America. See Lake Simcoe Ontario
Ontario’s Famous Algonquin Area | www.400eleven.com/algonquin-area
The largest designated area on Ontario maps is the large green patch north of Toronto called Algonquin Park. The park is considered part of the “border” between northern Ontario and southern Ontario. This area is one of the greatest year round outdoor recreation areas in all of Canada and is a must stop for many tourists and Ontario residents. Known for outstanding canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and the renowned portage adventures, visitors quickly imagine the voyageurs who travelled the wilderness. The straight line border of the Park outlined on maps is only a part of the Algonquin story, as watersheds run through the park East to the Ottawa River, and west to Georgian Bay where the First Nations traded goods with early European explorers. See links to nearby towns, accommodation, cottage resorts, Inns, B& B canoe rentals, resorts with canoeing and kayaking getaway packages and wildlife viewing.
Ontario Destinations North of Toronto
As Ontario, Canada is the second largest Province we have listed a number of travel destination types that will make your search easier when planning to travel in the Province of Ontario. Many visitors search by geography, by events, by activities, by familiar name Some destinations overlap based on their geography and physical attributes. Destinations can be large geographically or small such as a popular town or City. All of the destinations listed below are north of Toronto, Ontario’s Provincial Capital.
Ontario Featured Destinations North
This section presents 400ELEVEN featured member destinations familiar for their outdoor recreation and resort style accommodation throughout the Province of Ontario north into cottage country, Northern Ontario, Eastern Ontario and north west of Toronto . Many are marine and water focused summer destinations with beaches, . Many offer year round recreation including skiing, snowmobiling. See Ontario Featured Resort Destinations north of Toronto.
Ontario Town, Village and City Destinations
There are many welcoming towns and cities throughout the Province where a special relationship has been established with visitors. Many are close to urban centres such as the Greater Toronto area and are perfect for day trips. Many are quaint and charming such as Haliburton Village within the municipality of Haliburton or large like Ottawa, Canada’s Capital with a wide range of museums, historical attractions and a deep rooted image. See Ontario Villages, towns, cities all located north of Toronto.
Ontario Northern Destinations
The largest land mass related to a destination is Northern Ontario. Historically the official Northern Ontario border shifts and is often more of an economic border then a firm dividing line of latitude. Within these borders are many specific outdoor recreational and tourist destinations. See Northern Ontario Destinations
Below you will find a listing of many of the most popular tourist destinations north of Toronto.
Collingwood – Town of The Blue Mountains
French River Region
Georgian Bay / Lake Huron
Greater Ottawa Area & Ottawa Valley
James Bay-Hudson Bay
Lake of the Woods
Land O’ Lakes
Bracebridge | Dwight | Gravenhurst | Honey Harbour | Huntsville | Kearney | MacTier | Oxtongue Lake | Port Carling | Port Severn | Port Sydney | Resorts of North Muskoka | Severn Bridge | Torrance | Utterson
North Bay Region
North Western Region
North Eastern Region
Parry Sound Region
Peterborough / Kawarthas Lakes
North Simcoe – Heart of Georgian Bay
Ontario Lakes Country
Wasaga Beach Region
St. Jacob’s Region
Many of the resort destinations north of Toronto provide exceptional vacation opportunities for families looking for an individual family resort or couples looking for a getaway weekend, with a special romantic package including meals and outdoor recreation activities at a rustic or luxurious Ontario resort.