Southwestern Ontario has it all – from museums and heritage sites to rolling farmland and giant cliffs.
Fly into the past at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, which has a fleet of aircraft that spans World War II to the jet age. Marvel at Dundurn Castle – a 19th century Italianate villa with 40 rooms restored to their former splendour. Engage your imagination at the Art Gallery of Hamilton with a permanent collection of more than 8,500 works. Just outside Hamilton, wonder at the over 1000 different species of animals at African Lion Safari.
Shop for unique crafts and antiques in the Mennonite town of St. Jacobs. Walk the gardens in Stratford before enjoying a classic at the world-renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival theatre. Take in the sights and sounds of a 19th century village in London’s Fanshawe Pioneer Village, then explore the London Regional Children’s Museum.
In the southwest, spread your wings at Point Pelee National Park, one of the world’s prime birding spots and a stop-off point for migrating monarch butterflies. Stroll the 3.5 kilometres of sculpture gardens in Windsor.
Head north to Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula where you can board a glass-bottom boat and get a first-hand look at century-old shipwrecks. Tobermory is the gateway to Northern Ontario – from here, board the Chi-cheemaun Ferry to Manitoulin Island.