Ontario Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in Ontario

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a gigantic waterfall straddling the US-Canadian border between the Ontario Province and New York State. While they are neither the steepest nor the largest waterfalls in the world, Niagara Falls may arguably be the most famous, attracting nearly 20 million visitors each year. They have been variously described as enchanting and awe-inspiring, and since the 1850s, have been among the most visited tourist attractions in the world.

Niagara Falls consists of three waterfalls – Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of the Falls, the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls on the U.S. side of the border. The Falls can be seen from many vantage points on both sides of the border. On the U.S. side, most of the best vantage points are located inside Niagara Falls National Park, along with numerous other attractions for visitors to the Falls. On the Canadian side, Queen Victoria Park offers trails and platforms offering spectacular views of both the American and Horseshoe Falls... read more arrow

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CN Tower
The CN Tower is the tallest free-standing infrastructure in all of Canada. Resembling the Space Needle in Seattle, the CN Tower is considered as one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. Visited by millions of locals and tourists from all parts of the world, the CN Tower is situated right in the heart of the beautiful and multi-cultural cities of Toronto in the province of Ontario, Canada, the CN holds the Guinness Book of World Record title of being the most visited landmark in Canada today.

The idea behind the construction of the CN Tower dates back to the late 1960s when the Canadian National Railway decided to build a television and radio platform to serve the greater area of Toronto. In line with this need, the minds behind the construction of the CN Tower decided to utilize the tower to serve as the symbol of the strength of the Canadian economy... read more arrow
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Fort Henry is a 19th century fortress that was meant to protect and defend the city of Kingston, Ontario, as well as to dissuade the usage of the Rideau Canal by enemy forces.

The fortress is strategically located at the junction of the St. Laurence and Rideau Rivers. It's defensive walls and canons are built and positioned to make it nearly impossible to attack, by ground or naval bombardment, without suffering a high level of casualties.

Fort Henry also offer visitors a re-creation of historical military life, drills and musical plays by costumed military interpreters, also called the Fort Henry Guard.

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The Royal Military College of Canada Museum collects and protect historical artifacts related to military life in Kingston, Ontario. It is also the ground of real-life military cadets training. Visitors are welcomed to visit and experience a blend of the past and present military life at the college.... read more arrow
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The Penitentiary Museum located in Kingston, Ontario, displays many historical tools and items that were often used in penitentiaries over time. It also showcases many inventive weapons and escape aids that prisoners were secretly able to create out of their allowed daily objects.... read more arrow
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The City Hall, with it's upper clock and dome, is Kingston's, Ontario recognized visual landmark. It was built to become Canada's parliament in the 1840's but the capital was moved to Ottawa because of Kingston's potential war vulnerabilities. Like many other historical buildings in Kingston's area, it's structural foundation is made of limestone.

Today, the building mixes historical tours, rooms and artifacts with current administrative activities for the city. ... read more arrow
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The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes showcases a large number of items and docking structures from the past centuries. It displays the historical steam engines and pumping station that was built at the end of the 19th century.

There is also the historical Alexander Henry icebreaker ship that is open for visit and even available as a bed & breakfast.

The museum is located on the shores of the St. Laurence River in Kingston, Ontario.... read more arrow
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The Thousand Islands is an impressive archipelagos of small islands that can be visited by boat tours. Most of these islands are private properties with adapted luxury houses, cottages and even castles built on them.

The 1000 Islands are mostly located between Kingston and Cornwall, Ontario, on the St. Laurence River. The islands are about evenly distributed on Canada's and the United States' (New York State) territory.... read more arrow
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The Bellevue House, located in Kingston, Ontario, is mostly known for being the property of Canada's first prime minister to become, Sir. John A. McDonald, in the 1800's.

The house showcases it's rooms with the same historical setup and items that was used in the 19th century. This gives a clear idea of what life looked liked in Sir. John A. McDonald's time. Adding to the charm of the property are old-fashioned costumed tour guides.... read more arrow
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Re-live what was life in Canada in the 19th century by visiting the Upper Canada Village. Located by the St. Laurence River in eastern Ontario, the sixty acres village hosts forty historical buildings. People role playing in historical costumes enhances the enchantment of the site.

The Upper Canada Village also has been the set of many historical movie and TV productions.... read more arrow
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The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, is the main national museum of Canadian war history. It displays artefacts and exposes the history of conflicts that happened on Canadian land and in other regions of the world.

The history spans from wars with the indigenous people many centuries ago, through conflicts between British & New France, world wars of the 20th century and up to this day.... read more arrow
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The Parliament Hill in Ottawa is the large property that contains Canada's parliament. The parliament is where Canadian politicians meet for the federal governance of the country.

Guided tours are available for tourists at the parliament. The building and it's large interior chambers & rooms make together an impressive architectural work of art tinted with history.... read more arrow
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The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto is the ultimate "temple" for hockey fans. It is a museum dedicated to some of the most prolific teams and players in the NHL and international hockey history.

You can contemplate the careers of great hockey players that marked their generation like Maurice Richard, Gordie Howe, Jean Beliveau, Bobby Orr, Guy Lafleur, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and many more.

There are also many exhibits and artefacts related to the evolution of hockey equipments and special dedications to some of the great hockey dynasties.... read more arrow
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Harbourfront is a neighbourhood by downtown Toronto, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Ontario. On top of docks and Canada Malting Silos, it also hosts park areas like the HTO Park, an urban beach space, and the Harbourfront Centre that is dedicated to culture.

Ferry rides to the Toronto islands are also available at the Harbourfront.... read more arrow
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The Canadian Museum of Civilization that is usually thought to be in Ottawa is actually located in Gatineau and overlooking the Parliament Hill on the other side of Ottawa River.

The Museum is one of Canada's most visited museum and showcases a nice blend of permanent and temporary exhibits. The permanent ones are usually have the country's first people (or Aboriginal peoples) as a theme like the Grand Hall which displays historical totem poles.... read more arrow
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Canada's wonderland is one of the most popular amusement park in Canada. It is located near Toronto, in Ontario.... read more arrow
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Marineland is the most popular amusement park in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It offer an interesting blend of rides and aquatic animals (dolphins, sea lions, beluga and killer whales) shows. In the park's centre there is also a castle-like fortification that encloses deers to visit. Other animals that can be seen at Marineland include bears and fishes.

On a small note, you can get to have a view of the nearby Niagara waterfalls from the top of the Sky Screamer tower ride.... read more arrow
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Founded around 1880 and moved around during the past century, the National Gallery of Canada has become one of the the top art museum-galleries in the country. It showcases many visual art collections of sculptures, paintings, photography and more.

The current building itself containing the gallery has been voted as one of the top architectural constructions in Canada.
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The Butterfly Conservatory is inside a building on the land of Niagara Falls' Botanical Gardens. Visitors can walk inside a small tropical recreation of nature that encloses thousands of butterflies from many species that fly and rest around.... read more arrow
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Wasaga Beach is a very popular summer destination by the Georgian Bay in middle Ontario, Canada. It offers one of the longest fresh water beach in North America.... read more arrow
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Sand Banks near Picton, Ontario, offer visitors and campers a paradise of beach sand dunes by Lake Ontario. Sand Banks is about 50 miles (70km) southwest of Kingston and the entrance is controlled by Ontario Parks.... read more arrow
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Lying on its back in Thunder Bay, Ontario, is the Sleeping Giant Rock Formation. When viewed from the west the mass of hills and mesas looks like a large man sleeping on his back. Even a closer look reveals a distinctive Adam's apple near Squaw Bay. If you want to visit this natural wonder of Canada is it best to do so through the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.

The Provincial Park combines waterfront walks on Lake Superior with rugged hiking trails through the boreal forest, up the cliffs, and into the heart of the Sleeping Giant. There are also facilities for camping, fishing, and boating. The campsites are well equipped with showers, restroom facilities, and playgrounds. Camping costs between $22 and $42 per night, depending on the location and facilities of the campground. If roughing it is not your thing, you can also contact the Marie Louise Campground for information about all-weather cabin rentals... read more arrow
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The St. Laurence Market is an historic market that is still in operation since 1803. It is located in the heart of Old Toronto's district and is a very popular landmark.

The market is comprise of three different sections: The South Market, the North Market (which also includes the traditional Farmer's Market on Saturdays) and the Market Gallery. ... read more arrow

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