Outdoor Adventures

Ontario, Canada

You're an adventurer. An explorer. You thrive when you're outdoors surrounded by the wonders of nature. It's where you play. Where you feel most alive. Where your mind, body, and soul get rebooted.

You can "do-it-yourself" but for the best experience, we recommend letting local experts help you with trip planning, supplying high-quality gear, meals, guides, accommodation, and more.

aerial view of islands and water near Tobermory
Turquoise waters, rocky shorelines and lush forests await you on Georgian Bay. Source: Destination Ontario

Get inspired

Let your imagination run wild with these expertly curated lists of the best outdoor activities and most spectacular natural destinations Ontario has to offer.

a group of backpackers at Pukaskwa National Park
Get outdoors to experience the best of Ontario in any season. Source: Destination Ontario

Ontario outdoor activities

From hiking, biking and camping to more niche pursuits like skijoring and disc golf, we have all the top spots to get outdoors and enjoy your favourite pastime.

Camping

Cycling

Learn more: Experience Ontario Cycling

Disc golf

Dog sledding & skijoring

Fly fishing from a canoe near Sudbury, Ontario
Fine fishing draws anglers from all over to Ontario's pristine lakes and rivers. Source: Destination Ontario

Fishing

Learn more: Experience Ontario Fishing

Hiking & backpacking

Horseback riding

Ice skating

Paddling

Learn more: Experience Ontario Paddling

Racing & trail running

Rock Climbing at Rattlesnake Point
Scale new heights with friends and family at the province's best climbing sites. Source: Destination Ontario

Rock & ice climbing

Scuba & snorkelling

Skiing & snowboarding

Snowshoeing

Swimming

Wildlife viewing & foraging

Aerial view of fog covering the hills and fall colour in Algonquin Park
Fall offers some of the most spectacular views of Algonquin Park. Source: Destination Ontario

Seasonal adventures

Whatever time of year you’re here, Ontario has unforgettable outdoor adventures on offer. Below, find the best activities for hot summer months, crisp winter conditions, and everything in between.

Summer

Learn more: Plan Your Summer Trip

Fall

Learn more: Plan Your Fall Trip

three people snowshoeing in front of a longhouse
Winter weather opens up a whole new set of fun outdoor activities to try. Source: Ben Hemmings // Destination Ontario

Winter

Learn more: Plan Your Winter Trip

woman dives from cliff into a lake in Ontario
Take the leap into outdoor adventure at Ontario's provincial and national parks. Source: Destination Ontario

Provincial & national parks

Wondering how to choose between Ontario’s many stunning, world-class provincial and national parks? Browse the articles below and see where your heart takes you.

Algonquin

Lake Superior Provincial Park

hiking along the White River Suspension Bridge in Pukaskwa National Park
Get great views along Pukaskwa's White River Suspension Bridge Trail. Source: Destination Ontario

Pukaskwa

Sleeping Giant

Killarney

people canoe at Quetico
Quetico Provincial Park is a canoe tripper's paradise. Source: Destination Ontario

Quetico

Temagami

Wabakimi

Woodland Caribou

a family walks along a pebbly beach
Find everything you need to plan a trip the whole family will enjoy. Source: Destination Ontario

Specialty guides

Get travel advice geared to you with our specialty guides written for women, families, travellers with pets and more.

Kids & families

Women

Dog friendly hiking on the boardwalk at Lake Laurentian Conservation Area
Pick a vacation your pooch will love, too. Source: Destination Ontario

Pet owners

Visitors’ guides

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