For those of us who are in an office all summer, it sometimes feel like these four walls are keeping us captive from the limited warm days we have in Toronto. So if you need to take a professional development day and stretch out your legs, without committing to a cabin weekend, we have your perfect summer hack to get out and enjoy some beautiful Ontario sights.
Rockwood: This Conservation Area, just outside Guelph, borders the Eramosa River, and you can hike the trail on either side of the river, or take a leisurely canoe ride to immerse yourself in the exquisite terrain, including massive limestone cliffs and caves lining the shores.
Devil’s Punch Bowl: In the City of Waterfalls, better known as Hamilton, is the Devil’s Punch Bowl, a ribbon waterfall that cascades down 121 feet to a bowl-shaped rock formation. Whether you hike to this point and continue to the platform look out point, or you simply stand underneath it and watch it pour down in all its glory, this is one awe-inspiring waterfall.
Port Union Park: Just east of Scarborough lies the Port Union Park, a cobblestone shoreline that juts out into Lake Ontario, with a four kilometre multi-use trail, with access to both the east and west beaches.
Elora Quarry: In the centre of the Grand River Conservation Area is the breathtaking beach, which hosts the Elora Quarry. The two acre former limestone quarry boasts a tree-lined swimming hole with 40 foot cliff jumps, for the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure.
Algonquin Park: Yes, we know it is a bit of a drive. But if you leave at the same time you would be going to work, you can be at the park for a majority of the day. Whether it’s a day hike, overnight camping, cycling, canoeing, fishing, or even a quaint day picnic, Algonquin Park has essentially everything you need for the ideal escape.