5 Parks Canada locations you can road trip to from Toronto

Aug 17 2020, 5:17 pm

Outdoor patios can only be fun for so long. For residents in the city looking to quench their thirst for adventure, why not explore the outskirts of Toronto?

If you’ve considered going on a day trip with a group of your closest friends, Parks Canada offers amazing National Parks and Historic Sites that are just a drive away.

With August almost coming to an end and summer reaching its peak, now is the time to do as much as you can before fall comes knocking.

Here’s a list of five Parks Canada locations to road trip to from Toronto.

Georgian Bay Islands National Park

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Check out the world’s largest freshwater archipelago at Georgian Bay Islands National Park. Activities include boating and paddling, hiking, and bike trails or you can just relax on the beach. According to Parks Canada, the Daytripper boat transportation service at Georgian Bay Islands National Park will not be operating this summer.

Distance: Two-hour drive via the ON-400 N or ON-404 N

Address: 2611 Honey Harbour Road, Honey Harbour

Bethune Memorial National Historic Site

Located in Gravenhurst, Ontario, this National Historic Site of Canada tells the life and achievements of Norman Bethune for his contributions to health care. Visitors are asked to follow social distancing measures. According to Parks Canada, there are no public washrooms available at the house or in the community.

Distance: Two-hour drive via ON-400 N

Address: 297 John Street North, Gravenhurst

Rouge National Urban Park

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Photo: Ishkhan Ghazarian / ©Parks Canada / Rouge National Urban Park

In need of a beach day? You can cool off at the sandy shores of Lake Ontario at Rouge National Urban Park. As of June 1, RNUP has opened their park trails for self-guided tours.

Distance: Forty-minute drive from Highway 401. For transit, take the 86A bus from Kennedy Station, or catch it at Eglinton GO after hopping on the Lakeshore East train from Union Station

Address: Zoo Road, Toronto

Fort George National Historic Site

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Interested in the War of 1812? Get a hands-on history lesson and explore the site of some of the most important battles in history. As of August 3, the site will be open Thursday to Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm.

Distance: One and a half-hour drive via the QEW

Address: 51 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

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Take a trip to North America’s only marine railroad at Big Chute and visit Bobcaygeon’s waterfront. As of June 1, the historic site will offer limited visitor access. Visitors are asked to plan ahead to ensure they’re able to get the best experience possible.

Distance: Two-hour drive via ON-401 E

Address: 2155 Ashburnham Dr, Peterborough

Disclaimer: To ensure your safety and well-being when visiting parks, practice physical distancing between you and other visitors, stay on marked trails, and abide by trail closure signs. To avoid hazards, we recommend keeping a safe distance back from slopes, bluffs and river edges. More info on how to prepare for a visit to Parks Canada places during COVID-19: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/securite-safety/covid-19-info

And please, leave no trace. Dispose of your waste properly and respect wildlife.

Stay safe and enjoy the great outdoors!

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