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Planning your Visit

Ontario

While its forts dramatically echo the gunfire of the War of 1812 and the Rebellion of 1837-38, Ontario's historic houses mirror the lives of Canada's prime ministers and a legendary hero. The historic canals and waterways unlock the mysteries of early transportation and commerce. The beautiful national parks and national marine conservation areas introduce you to Ontario's most spectacular landscapes and unique ecosystems.

Browsing what Ontario has to offer? Check out our Featured Experiences.

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ESCAPE THE OFFICE

It's time to reclaim that balance in your life and enrich those family bonds. Opportunities abound to have fun and recharge your batteries in our national parks and national historic sites. The choices are endless... All you have to do is pick one!

Musket demonstration by interpreters in period costume Musket firing at Fort George
© Parks Canada

Hands on History

Step through the gates, and travel back to when Canada's very existence hung in the balance. Enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to fire an authentic soldiers' musket, the same used 200 years ago to defend our country in the War of 1812. An experience like no other!

Fort George National Historic Site


Children mountain biking at Beausoleil Island Cycling by the bay
© Parks Canada

Bike and hike an island in Georgian Bay

Leaves crunch under your mountain bike tires as you cruise through the golden hues of the Huron Trail. When the hardwoods give way to hemlocks, follow the trail on foot. The panoramas are just ahead: granite outcrops, windswept white pines and blue water – the same views that inspired the Group of Seven. It’s an idyllic fall day!

Georgian Bay Islands National Park


Two women birdwatching Birdwatching at Point Pelee
© Parks Canada

One hundred species challenge

Ninety-eight, Ninety-nine... wow! There it is... 100! In only a few days, you’ve spotted both common and rare species. Completing the challenge merits a commemorative pin. After a morning of being engulfed by a symphony of song, you return to the Visitor Centre greeted by friends, old and new, eager to share your sightings.

Point Pelee National Park


Vegetables Heritage garden spoils
© Parks Canada

Cultivating experiences in a Prime Minister’s garden

The smells of hollyhocks lure you from the house to the heritage gardens. A costumed gardener offers a taste of the latest crop. It doesn’t get fresher than that! Before you know it you are getting your hands dirty, imagining how a young Sir John A Macdonald must have savoured this scene.

Bellevue House National Historic Site


Visitor experience with costumed interpreters Touring behind the scenes at Laurier House
© Parks Canada

Behind the Barriers

As a VIP guest, you have been granted access to the historic house of two of our prime ministers. You roam the halls of this grand house, visiting hidden rooms and perusing rare antiques, stunning art, and unseen artifacts. Don’t forget to add your signature to the list of famous visitors who have graced the rooms of Laurier House.

Laurier House National Historic Site


Want a print version? Download the visitor guide for Ontario (PDF 6,3 Mo) or order your free copy by calling 1-888-773-8888.