Ontario is a province in east-central Canada that borders the U.S. and the Great Lakes. It’s home to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, known for Parliament Hill’s Victorian architecture and the National Gallery, featuring Canadian and indigenous art. Toronto, Ontario’s capital, is home to the 553m-high CN Tower, with expansive views from its revolving restaurant, as well as High Park, site of a rare oak savannah habitat.
South of Toronto on the Niagara peninsula is the town Niagara Falls, which overlooks the towering eponymous rapids spanning Canada and the U.S. The area is also known for wineries producing varietals like Riesling. Inland, Algonquin Provincial Park shelters a network of canoe routes, and boating, fishing and golfing are offered in the Muskoka Lakes region. Lake Superior’s Thunder Bay is home to Sleeping Giant Park’s dramatic cliffs and hiking trails. Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay hosts Fathom Five National Marine Park, with lighthouses and shipwrecks. The northwest area known as Sunset Country is a fishing and hunting destination.
When to visit
Ontario’s peak season and warmest period is Jun–Aug. Major events are Ottawa’s Winterlude (Feb), Toronto Jazz Festival (Mar–Apr), Stratford Theatre Festival (Apr-Oct), Toronto Pride (Jun–Jul), the Toronto International Film Festival (Sep) and Niagara Falls’ Winter Festival of Lights (Nov–Jan). Although most of Ontario has a continental climate, the northernmost part of the province has a sub-arctic climate, with long, cold winters and short summers.