Road tripping from Toronto to Niagara Falls 

Start in Toronto and road trip your way to Niagara Falls, taking in stunning scenery and characterful towns along the way

One of the best ways to explore Ontario is on a fun-packed road trip with plenty of stops along the way to immerse yourself in the region’s spectacular nature and local culture. 

City slicker 

Begin in the cosmopolitan hub of Toronto, where there’s plenty on offer to keep all ages and tastes entertained.  

Along from the city’s famous food scene, which ranges from high-end MICHELIN dining to serendipitous street food encounters and food trucks, there’s shopping, culture and opportunities for on-foot exploration aplenty.  

A walking food tour lends itself to discovering the best eats and treats; or visit one of the many eclectic neighbourhoods to sample a specific cuisine.  

Chinatown on Spadina Avenue specialises in Cantonese food, Chinese boutiques and authentic markets. Alternatively, there’s Little India on Gerrard Street East, or Ethiopian and East African cuisine in the West End for fresh sourdough flatbread paired with spicy meat and vegetable dishes.  

Festivals, museums, and art combine to personify Toronto’s spirit of creativity. The most popular art party in town happens at the Art Gallery of Ontario after closing time on the first Thursday of every month, with exhibits from Canada’s leading contemporary Indigenous artists on display. Or see the impressive prism facade of the Royal Ontario Museum, which houses permanent and curated exhibits ranging from First Nations, art history and palaeontology to Ancient Egypt and the Bronze Age. 

Toronto is Canada’s ‘Movie City’ and film festivals run throughout the year including the Toronto International Film Festival, Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.  

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Heart of Ontario 

En route to Niagara Falls, make time to stop in some of the many charming towns located in the heart of the province.  

The Royal Botanical Gardens is Canada’s largest, with 2,400 acres of gardens and natural sanctuary, that spans between Burlington and Hamilton. The gardens offers many activities, such as yoga and paddling in paradise, courses on plants and birds, floral displays and concerts. There are several food outlets, from café’, bistro or tea garden available.  

Hamilton is known as Canada’s steel town, that is getting gentrified. Visit the newly developed Bayfront Park, with the HMS Haida. The Dundurn Castle or the Canadian Heritage War Plane Museum. Downtown offers a variety of restaurants, breweries, cideries and wineries. Other highlights are the Hamilton Farmers Market and the Art Gallery of Hamilton, with its vast collection of Canadian and worldwide art. Just outside the town, family-friendly hiking trails beckon outdoorsy types to explore the city of waterfalls and the Bruce Trail. 

En route to Niagara make sure to stop at the Welland Canal at the Lock # 3. There you have a chance to view the large freight ships passing through the locks bypassing the Falls. There is a viewing platform and a museum.

Drop by Halton’s lakeside views which encapsulate more than 25 km of the Lake Ontario waterfront – and there are plenty of smaller lakes to enjoy too. Rent a boat or picnic on one of the recreational beaches at parks in Burlington, Acton, Milton and Oakville. Cyclists in particular will love Halton, with routes suitable for both the experienced and those looking for recreation. 

With canoeing, kayaking and rafting all popular pastimes, Brant is rapidly becoming known as a premier destination for water-sport enthusiasts from around the world. It is also home to the only tract of Carolinian forest in Canada.  

Visit Six Nations Tourism, to learn about the history of our Haudenosaunee people! We offer a variety of historical/cultural tours, fit for everyone! Stay overnight in the new Chiefswood Park Cabins.  Visit the Woodland Cultural Centre, the Longhouse and the Mohawk Chapel for a self-guided tour, and pamper yourself at the Grand River Spa. 

Connect with Grand Experiences for all your outdoor adventures in the region. Be it paddling tours on one of the many rivers, hiking or biking trips in Brantford, Paris, St Jacobs or on the Bruce Trail. They provide guided trips or just equipment. They have many options to chose from. 

Niagara Falls

There are so many ways to explore the majestic falls, from land, air, or sky.  

Soar 3,500 feet above the Niagara Gorge in an antique cable car, with panoramic views over the Niagara Whirlpool and vibrantly coloured Niagara River. For the brave at heart, ziplining 670 metres down into the mist of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls from the edge of the Niagara Gorge, at 70 km per hour, is an adrenaline rush.  

More on the slightly calmer side is the White Water Walk, a tranquil boardwalk which offers top tier views of the rapids while educating ramblers about the unique geological history of the gorge. 

Or descend through bedrock and explore the 130-year-old tunnels under the Horseshoe Falls, ending in a face-to-face meeting with the 13-storey tall freshwater veil. 

Table Rock House Restaurant is open year-round, at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls. Overlooking the thundering Falls, delight your senses in the stylish atmosphere, open-flame grilling and stunning views that make your dining experience come alive with all the elements of nature.

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Table Rock House Restaurant

Hit the water itself, sailing into the heart of the falls on a boat tour which takes in the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and charts a course into the mist of the mighty Horseshoe Falls on the Voyage to the Falls boat tour with Niagara City Cruises.

Beyond outdoor activities, the Butterfly Conservatory houses over 2,000 free-flying butterflies, while a multitude of heritage sites educate visitors on Indigenous history, the War of 1812, and the site that was the last stop on the Underground Railroad (a network of routes for escaping slaves from the U.S.). 

destinationtoronto.com; niagaraparks.com