Ontario is home to the nation’s capital, Ottawa, and one of its biggest cities, Toronto.

Visiting Ontario: When to Go and How to Get There

Ontario has distinct seasons, with pros and cons to visiting in each. It’s best to schedule your visit around events or activities you’d prefer to experience, such as summer’s theatre season or winter’s cold-weather sports. Ontario is home to the nation’s capital, Ottawa, and one of its biggest cities, Toronto, so there are a few options for getting to and around the province.

A lone pine at the top of a hill in Ontario's Algonquin provincial park.

The Best of Ontario 7-Day Itinerary

This itinerary takes you through southern Ontario’s highlights, from Toronto to Niagara Falls, the Muskoka Lakes, Algonquin Provincial Park, and Ottawa, the nation’s capital. It’s easiest to do if you have a car, or pick up a rental car when you leave Toronto (you won’t need it in the city).

At the edge of the island shore a rock formation that narrows at the bottom resembles a flowerpot.

Where to Go in Ontario

From urban centers with hip nightspots and eclectic shops to historic sites and modern museums to relaxing getaways with outdoor adventures, Ontario is a destination that appeals to a wide range of interests and an even wider range of ages and lifestyles. While most to see and do is located in southern Ontario, outdoor enthusiasts shouldn’t overlook the north.

A pair of adirondack chairs on the shore of Lake of Two Rivers in Ontario.

Discover Ontario

Buzzing urban centers with hip nightspots and eclectic shops. Creative chefs, international eateries, and plenty of local food. Historic sites and modern museums. A relaxing getaway with outdoor adventures and activities for the kids. And all at a good value, too? That’s Ontario.

At the tip of the Olympic Peninsula sits Cape Flattery, the very corner of the country and the most northwestern point of the contiguous United States.

PNW Road Trip: Driving to the Olympic Peninsula

You can’t drive across the Olympic Peninsula—a mountain range is in the way. Here your road trip route circles instead, caught between the shoreline and the slopes. Take your time on the peninsula’s large loop, and don’t forget to stop for the hot springs, the majestic old hotels, and—if you see him—Bigfoot.

Vancouver’s downtown is almost an island, bordered on three sides by False Creek, English Bay, and Vancouver Harbour, which encourages the buildings there to grow tall.

Driving to Vancouver, BC

Culturally rich with native history and international industry, and now with a growing culinary scene, Vancouver is poised to become the business, pleasure, and tourism jewel of Canada.

A barn in a field of pink tulips in Skagit Valley Washington.

PNW Road Trip: Driving from Vancouver to Seattle

The drive from Vancouver to Seattle is 141 miles and takes about 2.5 hours, though border delays can vary. This route takes you from the heart of downtown Vancouver to Seattle with a scenic detour to the towns of Bow and Edison. Each tiny town boasts bakeries, cheesemongers, and cafés.