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Ontario Holidays

Ontario holidays will offer something for everyone in your party. Enjoy striking cities with iconic landmarks and natural wonders in one of Canada’s most popular provinces. Immerse yourself in colonial history and explore a fascinating culture before relaxing in beautiful surroundings.

Choose from an array of places to explore, including Canada’s cosmopolitan capital Ottawa, vibrant Toronto and the spectacular Niagara Falls. Romantic Ottawa oozes provincial charm and has thrilling outdoor adventures on its doorstep. Admire the exquisite Blue Mountain, ride the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, or take a Segway tour to see this region in electric style.

Your holiday in Ontario must include a visit to exciting Toronto; the hub of the province. Downtown you’ll find restaurants, shopping, theatre, festivals, nightlife and culture all in one place. Walk the glass floor of the CN Tower and admire the city below, or take the Edgewalk Experience over the side - this is a must if you’re a thrill seeker. If you’re a sports fan then you have baseball, basketball and hockey games to experience, served up with warm Canadian hospitality.

Canada holidays: great outdoor adventures

Discover black bears, beavers, moose and wolves in your own outdoor adventure through the stunning Algonquin Provincial Park. You can opt for an organised tour, or make your own way within this breath-taking oasis of Ontario wilderness. Another fantastic day trip is a cruise around the impressive 1,000 islands, which straddles the USA. This will allow you to appreciate Ontario’s beauty from the water and spot elite mansions dating back to the late 19th century.

Of course, Ontario holidays wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the majestic Niagara Falls. Admire the natural wonder of these crashing waters with your once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience. Make sure you stay on to explore Niagara-on-the-Lake too. Here you will find a pretty olde-worlde 19th century town and a flourishing, picturesque wine region, renowned for producing delicious Canadian ice wine, a type of sweet dessert wine that is produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine.

Enjoy a multi centre city break in Ontario, or combine a city with the majestic Niagara Falls. There is something to suit all tastes and pockets, whether you’re travelling with family, friends or your partner.

Destination Highlights
  • Discover Canada’s stunning capital Ottawa with its UNESCO World Heritage site of Rideau Canal
  • Enjoy a multi-centre trip combining the attractions of Toronto with the spectacular Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and beautiful wineries
  • Indulge in an outdoor adventure at Algonquin Provincial Park and uncover moose, beavers, wolves, black bears and exquisite scenery
  • Immerse yourself in natural beauty as you sail around the 1,000 islands and explore lively Kingston

Time Zone

GMT-5 hours

Flight Time

Approx 7 hours; direct flights from the UK to Toronto & Ottawa are available with British Airways and Air Canada. Indirect options are also available.

Currency

Canadian Dollar

Visa Information

Please ensure you have a valid electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to your departure to Canada. Please check on the Canadian Embassy for all Visa FAQ’s.

Language

English, French

Health Information

No vaccinations required

From unique sightseeing to epic family adventures and incredible wildlife viewing, Ontario has thousands of exciting experiences just waiting to be discovered. Below we have selected just a few of our favourite things to see and do around the province, whether it's taking an indulge food tour around any of the big cities or trekking to the parks in search of moose, wolves and bears - there is something to suit everyone's taste.

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    Big Cities

    Urban, diverse and iconic - Ontario has a city option to suit every kind of traveller and budget. Visit Toronto, Canada’s entertainment hub for exciting attractions, world-class shopping and incredible shows and musicals. Head to Ottawa to soak up the Capital’s inspiring sights and for Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal. Wander around scenic Hamilton on the shores of Lake Ontario and discover its renowned galleries and performing arts movement. While in vibrant Kingston, you can spend the day cruising the 1000 islands before enjoying its magnificent foodie scene.

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    Outdoor Activities

    Discover Ontario's outdoor adventure - this vast province offers thousand of exciting options to suite every type of traveller. Families will love the activities on offer in the Muskoka region - from treetop trekking, horse riding and kayaking in summer to skiing, snowmobiling and dog sledding to experience in winter. Hiking and biking trails are plentiful with some of our favourites in and around Georgian Bay, or perhaps you'll prefer to get your adrenaline pumping with some white water rafting across some of the amazing rivers across the province.

  • Wine Regions

    Explore miles of picturesque vineyards, fascinating wine making traditions, state of the art facilities and culinary treats in Ontario's wine producing regions. Tour award-winning wineries, meet passionate winemakers, and taste exceptional vintages along with delicious vintages. The Niagara region is perhaps the most famous with over 85 wonderful wineries and fantastic farm-to-table cuisine and their one-of-a-kind Ice-wine available in winter. Why not also try the Taste Trail in one of Ontario's emerging winery destinations, Prince Edward County - located just outside Kingston, this up-and-coming region is developing unique and innovative flavours such as blueberry and cranberry wines.

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    Ontario's National Parks

    Ontario’s National Parks offer something completely different from any other province in Canada – all are totally unique and are less visited than some of the Western parks, so that you get to feel like you’re getting them all to yourselves. Located just a three hour drive from Toronto – Algonquin Provincial Park is exactly how you would picture a Canadian forest – from its rolling maple hills, high rocky ridges, and thousands of lakes. Ontario’s only wilderness park – Pukaskwa National Park covers more than 1800 square kilometres of rugged terrain shaped by ancient glaciers along the rocky north shore of Lake Superior with boreal forests and First Nation's heritage to be discovered. Georgian Bay Islands National Park & Bruce Peninsula National Park make up the world's largest freshwater archipelago with steep, dramatic cliffs clear turquoise waters, ancient cedar trees and granite shores. Visit in the autumn and be inspired by the vibrant colourful foliage - best experienced by staying amongst nature in a rustic waterfront cabin or even a cosy yurt.

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    Wildlife Experiences

    This province has some fantastic and diverse wildlife to be spotted, from black bear, elk and wolves to beaver, loons and moose scattered all across Ontario. Best viewed out in the large parks and wilderness areas, take an opportunity to get out of the big cities and view these incredible animals in their natural habitats. One of our favourite experiences is paddling the waterways of Algonquin Provincial Park by canoe and viewing moose, blue heron and beavers as you pass by.

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    Cuisine

    Go on a culinary adventure in Ontario. Discover cutting-edge cuisine, creative street food and locally produced farm-to-table wares spread across the province. Experience Toronto's rich cultural heritage through its food - perhaps with a tour through its neighbourhoods from Little Italy and Little India to Chinatown to Greektown. With more restaurants per capita than nearly any other city in Canada, Kingston has turned culinary into an art form - you’re guaranteed to find something new and delicious from casual & fine dining, unique creations and pub fare. Niagara is famed for its incredible Farmer's Markets, fresh produce and maple syrup. Enjoy and completely unique dining experience with a farm-to-table wine paring at an award-winning vineyard.

  • Rachel, Destination Executive

    Rachel

    Destination Executive

    "Hire a bike for a cheap and really easy way of seeing the capital Ottawa -- make sure to take a ride along the beautiful Rideau Canal and past Parliament Hill."

  • Melissa, Destination Specialist

    Melissa

    Destination Specialist

    "Whatever destination you visit in Ontario, always head to the local tourism office first - they have great discounts and freebies for tourists that really help you get around and experience the best they have to offer."

  • Ice wine

    Sample the local ice wine. Native grapes are left on the vine up to temperatures of -8°C. They are then handpicked and pressed before they thaw, producing exquisite flavours. The unique wines contain less preservatives than those from warmer climates, giving them a delicate flavour.

  • Craft beer

    Over 250 breweries produce Ontario’s famous craft beer. These are brewed using traditional methods that in turn create mouthwatering flavours and aromas. Almost every pub, bar and restaurant in Ontario offers a wide selection. Beer connoisseurs should visit the breweries themselves for an in-depth tour and a chance to try the many varieties.

Our Ontario destinations

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Ontario

Toronto

Toronto
Spring Tulips and Parliament Hill

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Ottawa

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Voyage to the Falls, Hornblower Cruise

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Types of Ontario holidays

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Ontario Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

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