With the colder weather slowly approaching, now is your last chance to make the most of the summer sun. From the long sandy beaches of Lake Huron to the unspoiled natural beauty of Muskoka, these are some of the very best end-of-summer getaways in Ontario.
Frequently recognized by iconic magazines as a must-see destination, Muskoka is packed with a multitude of different sights and activities to see and do, making it ideal for a getaway towards the end of the summer. There are many sparkling lakes to be found in the region, most of which are perfect for boating, watersports, or just relaxing on the sand. For those who want some adventures away from the water, you will find everything from wildlife trails to zip line experiences in Muskoka, as well as some fantastic shopping and dining. When it comes to accommodation, there is plenty to choose from, such as the upscale golfing hotel the Taboo Muskoka, and the lakeside Touchstone Resort, which boasts an incredible infinity pool and spa.
Algonquin Provincial Park
Located between the Ottawa River and the Georgian Bay, the Algonquin Provincial Park was established in 1893 as a wildlife sanctuary, and was Ontario’s very first provincial park. Summer is always the most popular season here, and the end of summer, when the crowds begin to die down, is the ideal time to visit. This is a great spot for those who want to do some wildlife viewing, as there are 53 species of non-domestic mammals that have so far been recorded within the park’s boundaries, from black bears to wolves to moose. With 15 different hiking trails, this is a great destination for those who want to spend some time outdoors, making the most of the last of the summer sun. One of the best places to stay at the park is the Killarney Lodge, which rents out private lakeside cabins, each with their own roaring fire to keep guests warm during the chilly summer nights.
While Lake Ontario may be one of Ontario’s more well-known lakes, Lake Huron is an expanse of water that is far less polluted, offers spectacular sunsets, and is surrounded by long stretches of sandy beach. One of North America’s five Great Lakes, Lake Huron has always been a popular vacation spot, especially during the summer months. It is also here where you will find one of the best beaches in Ontario, Sauble Beach, as well as Port Elgin Beach, which is always popular with the children. For those who are seeking a beach that is quieter, there are plenty to choose from, such as Oliphant Beach with its sheltered, shallow waters, and the Singing Sands Beach, which is home to a gorgeous wetland boardwalk trail. Of course, when staying in a location as beautiful as this, you will want your accommodation to be located lakeside, making the Benmiller Inn and Spa, which is housed in a historic 19th century mill, a great choice.
While Ontario may no doubt be impressive in the winter months, there is nothing quite like soaking up the sun before the cold weather sets in. From the multitude of beaches around Lake Huron to the untamed wilderness of the Algonquin Provincial Park, these end of summer getaways will definitely not disappoint.