Toronto is a blast in the summer, but it’s always nice to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city and into some good ol’ nature. Luckily you don’t have to go far for a weekend getaway. Grab a car2go, rent a car or harass your one friend with wheels to go on an adventure and get out of the city. Looking for the best spots? I’ve done the homework for you.
Maybe I’m biased because I grew up around here, but Elora Gorge is a pretty remarkable spot. There’s a beautiful gorge with turquoise blue water to go swimming, and there are cliffs to jump off ranging from 10 to 30 feet if you’re looking for some adventure. There’s an easy tubing path along the river and good ol’ lounging on the beach. The town of Elora is pretty great too, with a solid art scene, great restaurants and a quaint small town vibe. Located just north of Guelph, this is a great spot to head for the day or even camp out for the weekend.
Rouge valley is located just north of the Toronto Zoo and offers unique landscapes to really feel as though you’re far from the hustle and bustle of the city. There’s a great hike with a mix of stairs and trails along a riverbank where you’ll find people walking their dogs, some runners and people strolling along the path.
Another great hiking spot, Rattlesnake Point is situated just west of the city by Milton, and has a great hike to get your heart rate up. There’s a great lookout point to reflect on the beauty of Ontario and the Canadian shield, and grab a great snap for Insta while you’re at it. If you’re looking for more adventure, there’s a popular crag to rope into some outdoor rock climbing”just ensure you have the proper gear (and someone who’s experienced with outdoor climbing) to bring along with you.
You don’t have to fly to Costa Rica to see a pretty waterfall (though I highly recommend”it’s a gorgeous spot). Pack a lunch and head to the Hammer to check out a few of their waterfalls (they have over 100!) and enjoy an easy hike. Not into packing your lunch? Finish the day trip off with a delicious lunch at one of Hamilton’s great restaurants; Earth to Table Bread Bar is one my personal faves.
If you’ve ever seen people’s Instagram’s of these glorious colourful pockets that look like they’re from another country, you’ll be pleased to know they’re located in our backyard. While they’ve been closed from visitors due to erosion, they’re still worth the trip to walk along the road and admire this unique topography from afar.