The Great Canadian Wilderness North of Toronto: #seizetheholiday and discover something new
From Algonquin Park in the east to the UNESCO-designated Georgian Bay Biosphere in the west, the region of Ontario just two hours from Toronto’s international airport has some of the most quintessentially Canadian experiences in the nation. Discover more of what this part of our incredible province has to offer.
Canada’s Best Paddling
With thousands of sparkling blue lakes located here just two hours north of Toronto, this region of Ontario is recognized as Canada’s premier paddling destination. Plenty of outfitters offer rentals, guided trips and clinics for canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. Lakeside resorts are almost guaranteed to have boats and paddles available for guests to enjoy this most Canadian of activities.
The Group of Seven Now
No need to stare at original paintings by these iconic Canadian painters in a stuffy museum. Take a tour on the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery to view over 90 giant mural replicas of their works located in many small towns and Algonquin Park (with commentary provided by artistic director Gerry Lantaigne). Head to the shores of Georgian Bay and sketch what Tom Thomson saw at one of two artists’ work stations. And paddle where the Group paddled, especially on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park. This region is where these artists got their inspiration in the early 20th century – and travellers are still inspired over 100 years later.
More Muskoka Lakes
The east side of Muskoka is a bit wilder than the rest of the region; maybe because it’s a gateway to Algonquin Park. Here you’ll find charming villages nestled around Lake of Bays, which is also home to the SS Bigwin cruise boat, the stunning Bigwin Island Golf Club, the award-winning Lake of Bays Brewing Co. and the Dorset Fire Tower (one of the best spots to view fall colours in Ontario). Travellers will also enjoy a stay at one of the fine Resorts of North Muskoka – over a dozen independently-owned traditional resorts in Ontario’s cottage country. Travellers looking for more stunning lakes to explore in Canada will want to discover Around Lake of Bays.
The Amazing Places of Georgian Bay
The UNESCO-designated Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve is a unique stretch of Canadian coastline with ecologically significant terrain and species. Part of North America’s Great Lakes system, locals refer to Georgian Bay as “the 6th Great Lake” because it’s so big. Explore the ’10 Amazing Places’ of Georgian Bay to experience what makes the biosphere so very special. Discover locations within the 30,000 Islands region of Ontario that truly capture the beauty of the world’s largest freshwater archipelago and our nation’s incredible natural landscape.
Luxury in Algonquin Park
From stunning resorts to charming B&Bs and everything in between, the wilderness north of Toronto is home to every type of accommodation that will make each traveller feel welcome, comfortable and safe. With over 150 years as a four-season vacation destination under our belts, the region is known for its exceptional hospitality in the woods north of Toronto. And here’s something your clients might not know: it ain’t all about roughing it in Algonquin Park.
Winter Turns Up The Fun
There’s no doubt that a Canadian winter is something visitors will never forget – especially if they don’t originate from a snow-covered country like ours. Nothing delights Canadians more than winter, and tourism businesses are open all year-round to share this iconic season with the world. There’s no need to go to the Arctic – because winter turns up the fun in the wilderness north of Toronto. Click on the links below to learn more about winter product here:
Self-Guided Mobile Tours: Great for fly & drives
Introducing our signature suite of self-guided mobile tours for travellers who want to carve their own paths.
The Fuel & Fun Program (Incentive Program for Drivers)
A UNIQUE PROGRAM IN CANADA FROM EXPLORERS’ EDGE. Travellers pre-book a minimum of 2-nights at a participating accommodation and get a $50 gas card & $50 in cash coupons to spend at participating attractions, restaurants and events. There’s NO catch!
Over 200 tourism operators participate!
Learn more about our amazing products and tourism operators in the accessible Canadian wilderness just north of Toronto. Email Executive Director James Murphy to connect with the best people. (And ask about our social content marketing to U.K. audiences.)
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