posted on June 20th, 2016

Crisp air, clear skies, and the open road: experience the classic road trip in a whole new way in Canada. Whether you’re cruising with family, friends, or a furry companion, the scrubbed-clean scenery and unique history of Ontario lends itself to plenty of jaunts where the journey is the destination.

Lake Superior Circle Tour

With 1,200 miles to cruise around, you can narrow down the scope of your road trip by sticking to the Ontario portion of Lake Superior on the North Shore. This region is an outdoorsman’s dream, with options from canoeing to hiking to fishing and more. As the weather warms up, the lake can be used as your very own 350-mile-long swimming pool to take a dip after pulling over for a waterfront picnic.

Ontario’s Wine Route

Though it may not have the same reputation as Burgundy or Napa, Ontario has a lot to offer wine-wise. Best known for whites, the region’s decadent German-style Eiswein is a special treat. Drive around Lake Ontario and through scenic farm towns for views, stopping in whichever vineyards and tasting rooms strike your fancy — you’ll be spoiled for choice.

The Niagara Parkway

No trip through Ontario is complete without seeing the famous falls. Dubbed “the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world” by Sir Winston Churchill, the route’s credentials speak for themselves. Start your scenic drive to the majestic falls in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake and continue on to Chippawa and Fort Erie. Pull over to alternately visit battle reenactments and sunbathe at Crystal Beach, where you might just think you’ve stumbled into the Caribbean.

Chatham-Kent Corridor

Though pegged as a motorcycle route, this drive is just as enjoyable in a four-wheeled vehicle. Beginning in picturesque Port Dover, you’ll wind through 23 distinct communities on Highway 3, including around Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair. For a dose of history as well as scenery, this route also includes a hefty portion of the Underground Railroad, and there are still many original artifacts and structures to peruse on your stretch breaks.  

The Blue Mountains Apple Pie Trail

Travel across the Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment in pursuit of what just might be the world’s best apples. Due to the lucky ecological conditions, the apples here are both abundant and almost decadently delicious. The route is dotted by wineries, waterfalls, breweries, and — of course — apple pie as far as the eye can see. This time of year has fruit ripening to perfection, so enjoy your fill of treats like caramel apple cinnamon buns, apple crumble, and local hard cider while taking in the views, both waterfront and mountainside.

Virginia is equally enamored with words and globetrotting. Whenever possible, she likes to combine the two through travel writing to help other wanderers discover and fall in love with the world.