Weekend warriors: if you’re sticking around the city this summer and want to make the most of your precious days off (you too can have a summer!), plan a few weekend getaways that’ll give you max return on your investment of time. If adventure and outdoors is what you seek, these five options for one or two-night getaways will check off some points on your close-to-home-travel bucket list, while you get to experience some of the beauty that lurks only a short drive away.
Camping at Balsam Lake (90 minutes from Toronto)
As far as spacious sandy beaches go, Balsam Lake’s offering is one of the closest to the city and easiest to get to from Toronto. Just north of Peterborough in the Kawarthas are 16 kilometres of spacious (and often quiet) beach. Bring your tent, or rent out the four-bedroom cottage near the water for you and some pals.