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15 Best Day Trips from Toronto

15 Best Day Trips from Toronto

Looking for the best day trips from Toronto to go on?

Whether you’re into impromptu road trips or planned adventures, there are plenty of awesome day trips you can go on from Toronto.

No matter what the season is, there’s always something fun to do no matter where you do a day trip in Ontario!

If you don’t have a car, rent one for your excursion!

You can get a day long rental (picking up and dropping off in downtown Toronto) from Expedia for as low as $91, which includes unlimited mileage and free cancellation up to 6 hours before pickup.

If you’re not coming from downtown, you can get car rentals as low as $58 from places in the GTA, such as Richmond Hill, Markham, or Pickering!

Whether you’re into wandering around cute towns, sipping glasses at wineries, or hiking through nature, there are all kinds of cool local places to road trip to in Ontario.

Here are some fun day trips from Toronto to road trip to, no matter what the season!


The best day trips from Toronto


Terre Bleu Lavender Farm in Milton, Ontario

1. Meander through Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County has become a popular spot for day trips from Toronto, filled with Instagrammable places and cool spots.

Stop by one of their dozens of wineries and breweries for an afternoon of tasting, or hit up the Prince Edward County Lavender Farm for some cute photos.

There are also beautiful beaches and nature spots to go hiking in, if that’s what you’re into!

Here are some ideas for things to do during your Prince Edward County day trip:

  • Visit the white sand dunes at Sandbanks Provincial Park
  • Check out the limestone bluffs at Little Bluff Conservation Area

Best time to visit: summer through fall

Prince Edward County is a 2 hour 10 minute drive from Toronto (204 km). Drive east along the 401.


Port Hope, Ontario
Frosted Flour Co. BakeryFord Explorer in Port Hope, Ontario

2. Explore the historic town of Port Hope

Port Hope is a charming little heritage town in Ontario, and there are tons of fun things to do downtown all year round.

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If you visit during the fall, you can even do some salmon fishing right in the heart of downtown Port Hope.

It’s also the town they filmed the It movies in, so you can go around and find all the filming locations!

We visited while they were filming, which is why you see American flags in the photo above.

It: Chapter 2 is available on Crave Canada if you want to watch before scouting locations in Port Hope!

Best time to visit: spring through fall

Port Hope is a 1 hour 10 minute drive from Toronto (107 km). Drive east along the 401.


South Pond Farms in Kawartha Lakes, Ontario
South Pond Farms in Pontypool, Ontario

3. Get a taste of local in Kawartha Lakes

South Pond Farms is well-known for their show on Netflix, Taste of the Country.

Their property is absolutely stunning (you can stay there on Airbnb), and they serve up delicious dishes using ingredients from their own garden.

Find out about lunch and dinner events on their website.

Best time to visit: spring through fall

Kawartha Lakes is a 1 hour 40 minute drive from Toronto (139 km). Drive down the 404 all the way up north and transfer onto highway 48 north.


Sauble Beach, Ontario

4. Lay out in the sun at Sauble Beach

Sauble Beach is more than just an Instagram-worthy sign.

Read a book with your toes in the sand, play some beach volleyball, or venture out into the clear blue water!

It’s the perfect spot to take a day trip from Toronto.

If you want to drive out a bit further, you can head an hour up north to Tobermory as well.

Best time to visit: summer through fall

Sauble Beach is a 2 hour 35 minute drive from Toronto (218 km). Take the 410 north, then highway 6 north.


Tobermory, Ontario

5. Dive into the Grotto in Tobermory

Tobermory is most notably known for their Grotto, an incredible swimming hole you wouldn’t think was in Ontario.

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Paid parking is limited and you have to reserve online ahead of time, even if there are empty spots when you arrive.

Also, be sure to check the weather beforehand – we booked our parking and didn’t end up going because there was an awful thunderstorm on the way!

This is the farthest drive out of all these day trips from Toronto, but it’s definitely doable if you’re willing to head there early and leave late!

Best time to visit: summer

Tobermory is a 3 hour 30 minute drive from Toronto (296 km). Take the 410 north, then highways 10 and 6 north.


Crevice system at Split Rock Narrows in Orangeville, Ontario
Hike at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park in Orangeville, Ontario

6. Hike at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

If you want to see cliffs, crevices, and caves, Mono Cliffs is the place to go.

The park itself will take a couple of hours to hike, but you’ll want to explore outside the park as well!

I have a separate blog post all about how to spend a day hiking at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park.

Best time to visit: year-round

Tobermory is a 1 hour 5 minute drive from Toronto (94 km). Take the Gardiner Expressway west, then highways 427 and 410 north.


Terre Bleu Lavender Farm in Milton, Ontario
Terre Bleu Lavender Farm in Milton, Ontario

7. Prance through lavender fields in Milton

Lavender fields forever…

Take the drive out to the stunning Terre Bleu Lavender Farm in Milton and get some cute Instagram photos.

Visit right when it opens in the morning, because it gets busy very quickly!

Terre Bleu is the largest lavender farm in Ontario, with over 40,000 lavender plants that bloom at different times during the year!

Oh, and you’re going to want to try the lavender ice cream – it’s amazing.

Best time to visit: summer

Milton is a 45 minute drive from Toronto (54 km). Drive west along the 401.


Guelph, Ontario
Aberfoyle Antique Market in Guelph, Ontario

8. Shop vintage in Guelph

The Aberfoyle Antique Market is heaven for vintage shopping.

You’ll find all kinds of cool gems like license plates from the 70’s and vintage coke signs from old diners.

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There’s a ton to see around the market, and you’ll definitely be able to spend a whole day here.

One day might not even be enough to explore the whole thing!

The Aberfoyle Antique Market is open every Sunday throughout the summer and fall, so you can definitely make multiple trips.

Don’t forget to bring reusable tote bags for your goodies!

If you’re looking for even more cute vintage shops in Guelph, check out Outpost Vintage and Wild Rose Consignment.

Best time to visit: year-round

Guelph is a 1 hour 10 minute drive from Toronto (94 km). Drive west along the 401 and transfer onto highway 6 north.


Cambridge, Ontario
Cambridge, Ontario

9. Go hiking in Cambridge

Cambridge is one of the prettiest cities in Ontario, with its mix of historic buildings and colourful street art.

There’s an adorable café called Monigram Coffee Roasters that makes great sandwiches, and plenty of hiking trails within the city!

Best time to visit: year-round

Cambridge is a 1 hour 5 minute drive from Toronto (97 km). Drive west along the 401.


Hiking in the Elora Gorge Conservation Area
Elora, Ontario

10. Go tubing in Elora

Laze around down the Elora Gorge and let the river carry you!

It’s located in the Elora Gorge Conservation Area, so you can do a little hiking on the trail afterwards if you’re in the mood for it.

Don’t forget to bring water shoes, and don’t do this if you hate bugs.

If you can’t swim (like me lol), make sure you’re with someone who knows how – the ending requires you to swim to shore.

If you’re in the mood to do some actual swimming, stop by the gorgeous Elora Quarry afterwards!

Best time to visit: summer

Elora is a 1 hour 30 minute drive from Toronto (115 km). Drive west along the 401 and transfer onto Guelph Line/Halton Regional Rd 1.


Stratford, Ontario
Downtown Stratford, Ontario

11. See a theatre show in Stratford

Fancy seeing a live theatre show?

Stratford is all about arts and culture, and you probably already know them for the Stratford Festival.

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I saw To Kill a Mockingbird last year, and it was fabulous!

This Shakespeare-loving town is filled with quirky boutiques, awesome local eats (the Stratford Chef School is located here), and tons of fun things to do.

Best time to visit: year-round

Stratford is a 1 hour 40 minute drive from Toronto (149 km). Drive west along the 401 and transfer onto highway 8.


Seeing Hamilton's waterfalls is a great day trip to take from Toronto
Chedoke Falls in Hamilton, Ontario

12. Walk through waterfalls in Hamilton

Hamilton is known as the waterfall capital of the world, with over 100 waterfalls to explore.

Spend a road trip in Ontario exploring Hamilton’s beautiful waterfalls and eating at some of the best Hamilton restaurants on King William Street!

If you enjoy hiking, you should definitely do the Dundas Peak hike for the incredible views.

There are also a bunch of cute and Instagrammable spots in Hamilton, including Motel Restaurant and Hello Baked Sugar Shop.

I’ve got a blog post all about how to spend a day in Hamilton!

Best time to visit: summer through fall

Hamilton is a 50 minute drive from Toronto (69 km). Drive west along the 403.


Spend a day trip from Toronto doing some wine tasting at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

13. Go wine tasting in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara-on-the-Lake is the perfect place for wine lovers, with almost 100 wineries located here.

Stop by one or two and explore Niagara Falls, or just spend a whole day visiting as many wineries as you can!

Definitely stop by Stratus Vineyards – they make probably my favourite icewine.

Also a fun fact: icewine is spelt as one word here in Canada!

Best time to visit: summer through fall

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a 1 hour 20 minute drive from Toronto (132 km). Drive west along the 403 and transfer to the Queen Elizabeth Way.


Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

14. Get touristy at Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is just one of those day trips from Toronto that never gets old no matter how many times you visit.

Take in the views of Horseshoe Falls, do some touristy activities along Clifton Hill, and ride the Niagara SkyWheel while watching the sunset!

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It’s the perfect place for a day trip, but you can also spend a weekend in Niagara Falls.

Best time to visit: year-round

Niagara Falls is a 1 hour 20 minute drive from Toronto (128 km). Drive west along the 403 and transfer to the Queen Elizabeth Way.


Stand up paddle boarding at the Toronto Islands
Gibraltar Point Lighthouse at the Toronto Islands

15. Walk around the Toronto Islands

If you’d rather stay as close to the city as possible, the Toronto Islands is the perfect day trip within the city.

All you need to do is take a ferry over to the islands, and you can spend a day walking or cycling around!

I have a separate blog post all about things to do at the Toronto Islands.

Best time to visit: spring through fall


Best day trips from Toronto:

  1. Prince Edward County
  2. Port Hope
  3. South Pond Farms near Kawartha Lakes
  4. Sauble Beach
  5. Tobermory
  6. Mono Cliffs Provincial Park
  7. Terre Bleu Lavender Farm in Milton
  8. Aberfoyle Antique Market in Guelph
  9. Cambridge
  10. Elora Gorge
  11. Stratford
  12. Hamilton
  13. Niagara-on-the-Lake
  14. Niagara Falls
  15. Toronto Islands

Toronto is near a lot of great towns and places for day trips, no matter what activities you’re interested in doing!

I’ve also got a blog post all about road trip tips that you might find helpful.

If you’re planning a trip to Toronto, be sure to check out my posts on the most fun things to do in Toronto and what to wear in Toronto.

Be sure to check out some local tours as well, if you’re looking to do some fun and unique activities.

Will you be doing any one day road trips in Ontario this summer? What are some of your favourite day trips from Toronto? I’d love to know in the comments!

P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on how to do a day trip to Niagara Falls, or any other posts on traveling in Ontario.

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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

Fun day trips from Toronto to go on! There's no need to travel far for great experiences – Ontario is filled with incredible sights and fun activities.