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Golfing, biking, canoeing or shopping - Ontario has something for everyone to do

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Ontario is home to Toronto, the country’s largest city and also the largest concentration of luxury shops in Canada. Between the many malls and the boutiques of areas like Yorkville, there is a shopping experience for every shopper who visits Toronto. But it is not just Toronto that has great shopping. Ottawa, Kingston, Niagara Falls and many more spots have specialty shopping ranging from the chic Byward Market in Ottawa to the outlet malls near Niagara Falls.

 

Ontario offers up biking for everyone, from gentle rides through vineyards to challenging slick single track for the mountain bikers. There are rail trails (old railway lines turned into bike paths) and a long route running all around Lake Ontario – the Waterfront Trail – which runs 900 km from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Quebec border. Mountain bikers will find a wide range of challenging rides at many of the ski resorts which turn their hills into single track mountain bike trails for much of the year. Cities like Ottawa and Toronto have hundreds of kilometers of bike paths, both in the city centre and through the parks scattered around and in the city.

 

Walkers and hikers will find 1000’s of kilometres of walking trails, from the Bruce Trail, with a length of over 800 kilometers, to hundreds of local trails and day hikes in places like Algonquin Park and the Niagara gorge. 

 

In the Niagara area it is worth taking time to do a wine tour – there are hundreds of vineyards and many wineries to visit throughout Ontario. Bike or drive between the wineries and savour wines that have won the top wine competitions around the world.

 

There are over 800 golf courses in Ontario. They range from the Glen Abbey course in Oakville – designed by Jack Nicklaus – to smaller and slightly less challenging courses like the Briars Golf Club, associated with the Briars Resort. Of course if you want to combine wine and golf then the Rockway Glen Golf Course and Estate Winery would be a perfect fit for you.

 

Ontario is a paddler’s dreamland with over 250,000 lakes, thousands of rivers and huge expanses of freshwater like Georgian Bay, which is best explored from a sea kayak. Everything from white-water rafting to serene canoeing can be found in abundance almost anywhere in the province. Algonquin Park is the queen of all canoeing parks with hundreds of kilometres of interconnecting canoe routes. Other water activities include sailing and windsurfing and some of the best freshwater diving in the world.

 

In the air Ontario offers scenic flights, fly-in resorts, balloon rides and even skydiving for the more adventurous. If you want to get up in the air but at the same time maintain a firm connection to the ground, there are several zip-lining companies throughout Ontario – most in cottage country.

 

No matter what you want to do – you will find a good fit for you in Ontario.