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Traveling outside Toronto is usually about escaping from city life and communing with nature – be it lounging on the beach, gaping at natural wonders like Niagara Falls or ancient dolomite rocks, or letting off steam canoeing, hiking, or fishing. The opportunities to leave all of that steel and concrete behind are many – here are a few of the best options just outside city limits.

Day Trips from Toronto

Algonquin Provincial Park

When you've had enough of the city, make the three-hour drive to the pristine ponds, hills, and trails that comprise this 2,982-square-mile park. Popular activities include canoeing, hiking and fishing.

Ontario 60, Ontario K0J 2M0, 705-633-5572, www.algonquinpark.on.ca
Tags: family | hiking | outdoors | day trip | sports

Collingwood

Nestled in the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment and surrounded by Georgian Bay, Collingwood is Ontario's quintessential family destination, where ski-bunnies-in-training can take advantage of the wide variety of lessons and activities available to kids while their parents can brush up on long-forgotten skills, without the pressure of a major mountain looming. In the summer, try your luck fly fishing in the Rocky Saugeen River, followed by a sunset cruise on the glittering harbor.

90 miles north of Toronto, 519-370-2000, www.mycollingwood.ca
Tags: family | sports and adventure | skiing | outdoors | day trip | sports

Fathom Five National Marine Park

Located along the Niagara Escarpment, the islands that comprise this marine park are notable for their underwater treasures – hit the park’s museum and then go diving to see resident marine life like crawfish, bass, and sculpin along with the 400-million-year-old dolomite rocks and shipwrecks that are hidden beneath the surface.

183 miles northwest of Toronto, 519-596-2233, www.pc.gc.ca/amnc-nmca/on/fathomfive
Tags: day trip | wildlife | road trips

Niagara Falls

If you've never seen Niagara Falls, it's worth the three-hour drive from Toronto to bask in their natural glory. The area around the falls feels a bit like a smaller version of Reno - lots of casinos and flashing lights. See our Niagara Falls Travel Guide

Niagara Falls Tourism, 180 miles south of Toronto, ON, 800-563-2557, www.niagarafallstourism.com
Tags: casino | outdoors | day trip | waterfall

The Beaches

Toronto’s beaches, which front the sandy shores of Lake Ontario, essentially comprise a suburb of the city. In the summer, families flock to the area for its two-mile-long boardwalk, swim-friendly waters, and large parks.

5.6 miles east of Toronto, ON,
Tags: family | outdoors | day trip | swimming

Toronto Islands

The easiest way to find peace and quiet in the city is to ferry over the Toronto Islands, an almost four-mile stretch of islets that are visible from the downtown waterfront. Cars are banned, parks rule, and beaches are open to the public; Hanlan’s Point has the best strand.There are no restaurants, but summer brings snack bars, rental bike operators, and open tennis courts.

Toronto Ferries, 20 minutes south of the Toronto harbor by ferry, ON, 416-392-8193, www.toronto.ca/parks/island
Tags: beach | family | outdoors | day trip | swimming

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