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2 National Parks You Won’t Want To Miss When Visiting Ontario

During my recent trip to Canada, I wanted to be sure not only to visit some of the greatest Canadian cities but also to see and experience the amazing Canadian nature!

When planning the trip and looking at the parks in Ontario, I was shocked to see how many there are (just in Ontario so think about the whole of Canada!). Also, unfortunately, many of them ( most of them actually) are reachable just by car. Luckily, during weekends I travelled with my lovely Canadian friend and she did have a car so I managed to see an “only car” national park and one where the car is not necessary, which are:

1 | BRUCE PENINSULA NATIONAL PARK

This Park is located 5 hours by car (yes, quite a trip but totally worth it!) from Toronto. The park is perfect for different types of hikes since there many trails, as well as a relaxing weekend for tanning and enjoying a memorable (very cold though) bath.

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The view from one of the trails

The grotto is one of the most popular and beautiful areas of the park which you can reach by walk. Swimming here is definitely a memorable experience not only because of the colour of the water but also because the temperature of it is SO COLD (to avoid not having the courage to enter into the water, I jumped! from a rock!)

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The Grotto – Amazing view and water, perfect for a memorable (cold) bath

 

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Another amazing corner of the grotto

The park is situated in Tobermory, a very pretty and “sea-styled” town. From Tobermory harbour, you can take a boat to the second amazing area of the park which actually has another name, Fathom Five National Marine Park, where the famous flowerpot rocks are!

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One of the flowerpot rocks!

 

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Memorable (windy) picture at the Fathom Five National Marine Park

When I was there (June) it was quite windy but warm so I believe that around July-August the weather would be even more ideal!

2 | THOUSAND ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK

The second park I visited was Thousand Islands National Park located on Saint Lawrence river, which is actually a boat tour that departs from Kingston.

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Boat tour ticket & the boat!

There are two types of tour you can choose: the 1 hour and a half one which will bring you to the main Islands while the second one is a 3 hour tour that makes you see the whole archipelago. I went for the second one!

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View from the boat!

So as you can grasp, this is a very different kind of park compared to Bruce Peninsula since there’s no walking or hiking but you actually admire the archipelago from the boat.

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One of the stunning views from the boat!

Before starting the tour I honestly didn’t expect it to be so beautiful, the number of Islands was really illimited, you didn’t even have the time to take the picture of one that you were already facing another stunning one! Plus (if you’re lucky enough to take the tour during a sunny day) the colours of the water and in general of the views are amazing!

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I know some of you might be sceptical at the idea of taking a tour but for this park is kind of necessary and I’d say worth it as well. During the tour, there’s a guide that adds many interesting facts about the area or curiosity related to it so it’s kind of entertaining as well!

 

What about you, have you ever been to one of these parks? Or have you been to other National Parks in Ontario? I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

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28 Comments

  • Reply Angie

    I wanted to go to Bruce Peninsula, but we didn’t have a car while in Toronto. Now, it’s just too far out to go to. But, we will be doing a Thousand Island cruise as well from Gananoque Island. We’ll visit Kingston and Prince Edward County, too. Glad to know the visit there was worth it. Your pictures are great!

    01/08/2017 at 23:41
  • Reply Diana

    I’ve been to Bruce Peninsula, and I agree, it’s so undiscovered and definitely a must-see. Never been to Thousand Island, but your photos definitely make me want to add it to my list!

    02/08/2017 at 2:48
  • Reply Lorelle

    Those rock formations are amazing Lisa. Great photos and thanks for sharing. 🙂

    02/08/2017 at 4:04
  • Reply Michelle | michwanderlust

    Beautiful! The Grotto in particular looks stunning. Would definitely not have gone into the water, though – I hate cold water! You’re obviously much tougher than I am, haha

    02/08/2017 at 6:37
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Yes the Grotto has been my favourite as well!
      Hahah well I guess I just did it because I was unaware of how cold it would have been! 🙂

      03/08/2017 at 17:18
  • Reply Ashish Jyotsana

    Treat to eyes !! <3

    02/08/2017 at 6:48
  • Reply Arielle

    These look beautiful!

    02/08/2017 at 17:09
  • Reply Serena - Sognando Viaggi

    Meravigliosi!

    02/08/2017 at 22:34
  • Reply Audrey

    Bruce Peninsula is definitely on my bucket list now! 😀

    03/08/2017 at 4:10
  • Reply Nano @ Travel With Nano B.

    Views of the water from Bruce Peninsula look absolutely amazing! xx

    04/08/2017 at 14:31
  • Reply Curlygirlabroad

    Canada looks so wonderful, love your new blog design!

    04/08/2017 at 18:43
  • Reply Sheema

    Stunning pics!

    07/08/2017 at 15:03
  • Reply sileas

    Wow the water look spectacular! I’ll have to add these places to my list – thanks for sharing!

    07/08/2017 at 20:10
  • Reply Elise Cohen Ho

    These two places look great. I used to go to Canada quite regularly but I have never been to these two places.

    07/08/2017 at 23:00
  • Reply Rhonda Swan

    Great pics and unstoppable info in the post!

    08/08/2017 at 2:29
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