View across a wide green lawn of the Festival Theatre with modern angles and tall glass windows.

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario typically opens with preview performances in late April and early May and continues through October. Beyond the plays, the festival offers a variety of theater tours, lectures, and special events.

Toronto's Distillery Historic District is a 13-acre site with Victorian-era brick industrial buildings.

Exploring Toronto’s Distillery Historic District

The Distillery Historic District is a 13-acre site with Victorian-era brick industrial buildings that now house art galleries, shops, cafés, and theaters, as well as high-end condominiums. Read more about the galleries and studios in the area, as well as some of the breweries operating in the district.

A view of Toronto from the Ward's Island Ferry.

Visiting the Toronto Islands

Just a short ferry ride across the harbor from downtown, the Toronto Islands in Lake Ontario are the city’s backyard. Learn about the different islands and plan to escape the urban bustle by lounging at the beach, cruising around by bike or kayak, or having a picnic.

Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

Toronto for Culture Vultures 3-Day Itinerary

A long weekend in Toronto will give you time to enjoy the city’s museums, galleries, and theaters. In three days, this packed itinerary takes you to the most popular locations and interesting sights for the culturally-inclined.

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.