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Five More Ontario Adventures (Spring & Summer 2021)

Updated: Jun 1, 2021

Welcome to the final edition of our Ontario Top Five Adventure series. So far we’ve had posts on:

Today we’ll be sharing "Five More Ontario Adventures" not to miss this spring & summer!

Fly Fishing Ontario’s Streams & Rivers - With over 400,000 lakes, streams and rivers and more than 10% of its area covered in freshwater, Ontario has a truly endless supply of fantastic fly fishing spots. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran looking for off the grid and fly-in fly fishing destinations, or you’re just searching for a new experience on a Sunday afternoon, this spring is a perfect time to explore some local fly-fishing! (Check out our Woolwich County Cycling Trip which includes a morning of fly-fishing on the picturesque, and accessible, Grand River).

Ontario Birding on the Canadian Riviera - While Ontario’s parks and wilderness areas are home to a variety of birds year round, the best times of year to go birding are during the spring & fall migration seasons. If you’re looking for an accessible birding day trip head out to the north shore of Lake Erie, also known as the “Canadian Riviera,” to one of the region’s many parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Some great spots to start are: Point Pelee National Park, Long Point Provincial Park and surrounding wildlife areas, and Rock Point Provincial Park.

Fiery Night Skies at Ontario’s Dark Sky Preserves - Ontario is home to eight different locations that have been designated as Dark Sky Parks or Preserves by the International Dark Sky Association, many of which are within just a few hours drive of Toronto. Our favourites? Torrance Barrens is just South of Gravenhurst and, with free camping, is a perfect spot to go for a night of stargazing. Torrance Barrens can get busy during the summer and on weekends so we’d recommend going during the off-season or mid-week. (Check out our Fire & Ice Trip for a winter and early spring excursion to Torrance Barrens). Other great dark-sky locations include Killarney Provincial Park and the Bruce Peninsula.

Exploring Ontario Caves - The Niagara Escarpment runs from New York, all the way through Ontario from Niagara Falls to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, through Lake Huron and Manitoulin Island and back into the mid-west of the United States along Lake Michigan. The escarpment is dotted with a myriad of accessible caves, with a high concentration to be found in the Blue Mountains and Bruce Peninsula area. While some caves, such as those at Metcalfe Rock, require ropes and technical skills to explore, many of the caves are accessible by foot and provide an exciting family outing! Check out a list of Ontario caves here and here.

Rock Climbing the Niagara Escarpment - In addition to creating exciting caves to explore, the Niagara Escarpment also offers an endless variety of rock climbing, from guided beginner climbing at areas like Rattlesnake Point and Metcalfe Rock to exposed, overhanging cliffs above the waters of Georgian Bay. Get in touch to schedule a day of guided escarpment climbing - no prior experience required!

Credit Mike Penney (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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