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Four stop-offs on my dream trip to Ontario, Canada

Canada is such a large country, but the southern lands of Ontario have a huge draw for me. Whether you’re an adventurer or a foodie, there’s something for everyone. I’ve recently been dreaming of where I intend to go, my bucket list for my dream around the world trip is ever growing.

Explore the wine country

I have to admit that I do enjoy a glass of wine or two every now and again – who doesn’t? One of my favourite tipples is icewine, as it’s far sweeter and lighter to drink, so it seems only right that I should take a tour of the award-winning icewine vineyards. Ontario actually produces 90% of the icewine produced in Canada, so the experts that can guide you through them all and talk to you about the process really are the best in the country. You can even take food and drink tours where you can experience the finest gastronomic pairings.

Eat poutine in Toronto

Toronto sunset (photo: paul[dex], Creative Commons)

Toronto sunset (photo: paul[dex], Creative Commons)

Every time I research a trip to Canada online, forums are littered with locals telling me that I must try the traditional dish of poutine. If you haven’t come across this before, it originated in the province of Quebec, and is a combination of French fries topped with cheese curds and a light brown gravy. No matter which area of the country you look at, the natives will tell you that theirs is the best. I guess I’ll have to try it in each stop off to decide, but I’m told that there’s nothing better than taking a tour of the sizzling Toronto city, and taking a break in a café for some poutine.

Get drenched by the Falls

Who could possibly think about visiting Ontario without stopping off for a few days in Niagara to see the famous Falls! I’ll be heading out on the Hornblower River Cruise with my rain poncho, taking in the American, Bridal Veil and finally the Horseshoe Falls. I’ll also be taking the Journey Behind the Falls tour; this is where participants are taken down into the depths behind the Falls 150ft, where an observation deck will take you as close to the Falls as possible. Just remember when booking a Fallsview hotel how incredibly popular they are; I’ll certainly be booking in advance for my trip.

Walk in the clouds

Canada is full of dense, luscious forests and spectacular mountain backdrops, so it seems only right to take a tour of the treetops themselves. In the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve, you can take your very own walk through the clouds on a canopy. Experts guide you through the various boardwalks, but it’s also broken up by a half kilometre walk along the serene Pelaw River, and a short, voyageur-canoe ride too. This should definitely bring out the adventurer in me, as well as allowing me to see a totally different side to Canada.

What do you think of my list of stop-offs? Is there anywhere you’d add? Let me know in the comments.

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  • Reply Plutonium Sox

    Oh I’d love to go to Canada too, I think the falls are so iconic you couldn’t not visit them while you’re there really could you? My only worry is that I wouldn’t come back, I’ve had quite a few friends go over to visit and we never saw them again, they just upped sticks and moved over!
    Nat.x

    08/07/2016 at 10:48 am
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