Perhaps it is somewhat hypocritical of me to write this post considering I have only been to one location on this list, but Ontario has more to offer in terms of breathtaking views than a majority of us may realize. These hidden treasures within our province were named as the most beautiful spots to see in Ontario, so if you’re a travel buff, pack your bags and explore!
The Cheltenham Badlands
Although this area is fenced off, the red hills and gullies of iron-rich Queenston shale still provide a breathtaking view. Located in Caledon, the shale was deposited roughly 445 million years ago, and the erosion that exists on the spot today is a result of farming practices in the 1900s, revealing the red bedrock.
Cyprus Lake Grotto
This hidden gem provides visitors with the opportunity to swim or snorkel within a cave which was created by the tireless slap of waves from Georgian Bay over the span of thousands of years. Reaching the grotto requires a 30-minute hike along the Georgian Bay Trail and climbing down a rocky open cliff, but the view is worth it considering you’ll be greeted with a sea of crystal-clear water.
Just off the coast of Tobermory lies Flowerpot Island, best known for its duo of towering rock formations that resemble flowerpots. You have to take a boat to get to the island, but there’s plenty of campsites and walking trails adorning its surface.
I have been to Decew Falls as it exists just outside of St. Catharines. It features a 22-meter waterfall, and if you’re ambitious, there is an opening behind the falls you can hike to via the gorge, but be careful as many visitors have reported needing assistance getting back out.
Ouimet Canyon, located in Dorion, is believed by geologists to be 1 million years old, formed by glaciers passing through Northern Canada. Artic plants exist at the bottom of the 100-metre-deep canyon, and the canyon itself is two kilometers long and 150 meters wide.
These limestone caves were originally created at the bed of a tropical sea and are hundreds of millions of years old. They consist of winding tunnels created over time by erosion and contain stalactites and prehistoric fossils.
Hamilton has over 100 waterfalls, and it has been referred to as the most beautiful in the city. The waterfall descends 22 meters and was actually the filming site of the 2005 science fiction film Descent starring Luke Perry.
As you likely guessed from its name, the 1000 Islands, located between the border of New York State and Southeastern Ontario, consists of 1,864 islands and was once the patrol-site of pirates.
Once a limestone quarry, Elora Quarry in Elora is a great spot to go for a swim and is surrounded by 12-meter-high cliffs. It contains crystal water as an added bonus.
La Cloche Mountains
In Northern Ontario lies the La Cloche Mountains which sparkle with white quartzite. They’re visible from Killarney Provincial Park and can be reached via a 100-kilometer loop trail called the La Cloche Silhouette.
Residing in Cloyne, the Mazinaw Rock lies within Bon Echo Provincial Park and runs 1.5 kilometers in length. It is made of granite and stands 100 meters above Mazinaw Lake, featuring over 260 Aboriginal pictographs.
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