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See Beautiful Ontario Places in Photos

Updated on April 18, 2015

Ontario, a great place to live in or visit!

If you live in Ontario , you have so many places to go on a getaway from where you live. If you are visiting, your hosts will no doubt bring you to all the local attractions, because that is what we do! If you are a tourist there are many packages available through your travel agents.

So here is a quick overview...

Ontario has many lakes and rivers for the outdoor enthusiast. Ontario is bordered on the south by almost all the Great Lakes!

Toronto, the capital of Ontario, is the hub of multiculturism and a crossroads of the world that boasts the best entertainment possible.

Ontario even has a mountain (well...not huge... Blue Mountain that hosts many ski resorts in central Ontario) and also has some panoramic views of Georgian Bay from one side. Another geographical feature of the province, is the Niagara Escarpment in Southern Ontario. We share Niagara Falls with the United States.

There is a huge nature trail (Bruce Trail) that goes through some old growth forests. There are farmlands, villages, wilderness (far North, Algonquin Park), beaches, camping, boating, fishing. The cities all have cultural events, fairs and just about anything one wants to find.

Central and Southern Ontario are especially great destinations for "daytripping".

Ontario has a variety of different landscapes making it an interesting province to visit and drive around in. The province has three main highways: 401, 400 and highway 17, with shorter highways like 416, that connect some of the larger highways to each other.

Eastern Ontario has Ottawa, our national capital, which is lush and beautiful in the summer. Ottawa hosts the Tulip Festival every spring; the city is a "must see" location with galleries and natural beauty along the Ottawa River. The Ottawa Valley was originally an ancient seabed; the flatness of the area can be viewed across the river from Gatineau Hills in Quebec.

Southern Ontario has lush and rolling farmlands and large sprawling cities which give way increasingly to rock outcrops, marshland and lakes in central Ontario.

Central Ontario has has Georgian Bay, which is one of my personal favourite vacation spots with the Blue Mountains in the Collingwood area, which is also a well-known ski destination in winter. Georgian Bay has many beautiful beaches with Wasaga Beach being the most famous with warm shallow waters and beaches that go on forever!

You can take your car on the ferry for an open water cruise from Tobermory . During the trip you lose sight of land completely as the ferry makes way to Manitoulin Island another popular destination for tourists.

The further north you go on the 400, the scenery becomes more rugged, but just as beautiful, characterized by dark coniferous pine trees and dark deep rivers and lakes and rugged rock outcrops. Be on the lookout for little "Inukshuks" built by travellers along the way to greet travellers.

Go further North still towards Timmins and you will be driving through tracts of forests, kilometers away from civilization where hunters and fishermen go for their wilderness experiences.

Along the highways and back roads you could chance to see the odd deer. On a recent trip, we witnesses two. One was walking across the highway at night (a dangerous situation for animal and car) and the other was standing observing traffic during the day on the return trip from Sudbury.

Ontarians are, for the most part, friendly and willing to give directions and tell you where the best places to eat and sightsee are. So should you want to travel in Ontario...Welcome and glad you stopped by!

Beautiful Ontario

Russian Orthodox church as viewed from Hogs Back Park, Ottawa
Russian Orthodox church as viewed from Hogs Back Park, Ottawa | Source

Travel Ontario

Ottawa River as seen from the Gatineau Hills
Ottawa River as seen from the Gatineau Hills | Source
Ribbon of road to Georgian Bay (Airport Road)
Ribbon of road to Georgian Bay (Airport Road) | Source
Farm country.
Farm country. | Source
Meaford | Source
Blue mountain and Georgian Bay
Blue mountain and Georgian Bay | Source
One of many small waterfalls
One of many small waterfalls | Source
An old mill
An old mill | Source
Harbor in Meaford
Harbor in Meaford | Source
Georgian Bay
Georgian Bay | Source
An evening stroll on Georgian Bay in Thornbury
An evening stroll on Georgian Bay in Thornbury | Source
Ottawa Parliament Hill
Ottawa Parliament Hill | Source
Ottawa Parliament Hill
Ottawa Parliament Hill | Source
East of Algonquin Park
East of Algonquin Park | Source
a part of Hogs Back Falls, Ottawa
a part of Hogs Back Falls, Ottawa | Source
Ottawa city
Ottawa city | Source
Waterfalls in Ottawa, Ontario
Waterfalls in Ottawa, Ontario | Source
Ottawa city, shallows of Ottawa River
Ottawa city, shallows of Ottawa River | Source
Hogs Back Falls, Ottawa
Hogs Back Falls, Ottawa | Source
Autumn in Ontario
Autumn in Ontario | Source


Toronto, Ontario


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    Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

    Good photos!

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    Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Thank you Johnmoore for your comments on moose!

    Motorists be warned!

    I have seen one standing in the middle of the highway on the way back near Timmins (Northern Ontario)... in broad daylight and it just stood there and dared the cars to move. Needless to say, the car in front and our car, wisely waited quietly until the big guy sauntered off in it's own time into the was "HUGE"!

    From our vantage point, the bull moose seemed like eight foot tall and with antlers that easily were at least 5 feet across. Rather intimidating, if you get the picture, but thrilling to witness since no harm came to animal or cars! They do seem to like to just stand there don't they?

    Appreciate your comment which reminded me of my adds to the Hub! Thank you for stopping by! Cheers!

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    johnmoore1 6 years ago from Waterloo, Ontario

    Speaking of a moose...

    I always wanted to see a moose in the wild. I had seen plenty of deer, but never a moose.

    One night when my wife were driving from New Liskeard to North Bay I saw a light on the road. It wasn't moving quite right - at first I thought it was a cyclist riding towards me on my side of the road.

    I don't know when I realized things were bad and when I decided to stop. It all came together in a flurry. All of a sudden we had skidded to a stop 5 feet from a very large bull moose standing broadside across our lane.

    Now, we were driving a Mazda 323 at the time. No question... we would have lost.

    He quietly wandered into the woods and we continued down to Northbay... watching a little more carefully.

    Great hub about Ontario by the way.

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    Scribenet 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Thank you for your comments! On a recent evening drive up to Sudbury on HWY 69 we saw a deer slowly walking across the road in the waning light of the day. Same trip on the way back, another deer was standing off to the side during broad daylight! Be watchful on the road for these animals while driving, they can accidentally cause a lot of damage and/or injury to you and themselves! Moose are even bigger! That said, it is wonderful to spot them at a safe distance!

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    mtkomori 7 years ago from Yokohama, Japan

    I live in Waterloo, ON, and have been since 2006. Some of these pictures look quite familiar, since I've been to Toronto, Ottawa, Algonquin Park, and Collingwood and Owen Sound, as well as Tobemory on the Bruce Peninsula. We saw moose up close at Algonquin Park! Looking forward to more of your hubs!