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Welcome to Ontario

The province of Ontario lies in southeastern Canada, between the open plains of Manitoba to the east and the soaring peaks of Quebec to the west. Canada's most populated province, Ontario is home to the vibrant cities of Ottawa and Toronto. Visitors can explore points of interest easily on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, such as the Canadian Museum of History, Notre Dame Basilica, Parliament Hill, and the Royal Ontario Museum. And, in true Canadian style, the open wilderness is never far away. Take a private or small-group tour—summer or winter—to discover pristine forests, shimmering lakes, and deep valleys. Many travelers come to admire the cascading waters of Niagara Falls (by sea or air), but Ontario also plays host to a number of natural attractions worth your attention. Delve into Algonquin Park (home to native bears, beavers, eagles, and moose) on a 3-day canoe tour. For something even more adventurous, take to the Ottawa River on a white-water rafting adventure. Fly over Thousand Islands on a helicopter tour for a bird's-eye view of Boldt Castle and the St. Lawrence River; or casually stroll among the vineyards at Niagara-on-the-Lake, where pinot noir and merlot grapes thrive. In the winter months, enjoy high-octane thrills on the snow and ice in Ontario's Georgian Bay.

Top 10 attractions in Ontario

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Toronto High Park

Toronto High Park

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As the largest park in Toronto, High Park offers a bounty of recreational opportunities. Locals and visitors alike hop from activity to activity, including playgrounds, a dog park, zoo, hiking trails, tennis courts, swimming pools, baseball fields, and an ice skating rink. High Park is a popular spot for concerts and for enjoying nature, especially in spring’s cherry blossom season.More
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Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario

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Lake Ontario, the 14th-largest lake in the world but the smallest of the five Great Lakes, is divided in half by the U.S.-Canadian border. Its shores are home to two popular Canadian destinations: Toronto and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Known for its islands, beaches, wildlife, and waterfront trails, this beautiful body of water offers something for everyone.More
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Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Falls, Ontario

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The powerful border-straddling Niagara Falls is actually composed of the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls (also known as Canadian Falls). Combined, these cascades have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world—more than a million bathtubs of water plummet over the edge every second. While they’re wildly impressive from the US, here’s how to explore the Canadian side.More
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Skylon Tower

Skylon Tower

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Perched on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, the lofty Skylon Tower is famous for its bird’s-eye views. Boasting a panoramic observation platform, ambient dining, movies, shopping, and activities for the whole family, this 775-foot (236-meter) tower offers an entire day’s worth of entertainment.More
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Rideau Canal

Rideau Canal

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Built between 1826 and 1832 to offer secure passage for British ships from Montreal, the Rideau Canal—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is an engineering masterpiece. It extends for 126 miles (202 kilometers) between Ottawa and Kingston. Ottawa’s most visited stretch lures boaters, cyclists, and strollers in summer, and ice skaters in winter.More
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Ottawa Parliament Hill

Ottawa Parliament Hill

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A concentrated cluster of grand government buildings overlooking the Ottawa River, Parliament Hill is the centerpiece of Downtown Ottawa. At the heart of the complex is Centre Block, a neo-Gothic riot of greening copper turrets, stone-carved gargoyles, and pointed arches built around a soaring central campanile (bell tower) known as the Peace Tower. Parliament Hill is not just a pretty sight; it’s also home to Canada’s most important democratic institutions, including the Library of Parliament and the chambers of the House of Commons and the Senate.More
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Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

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The smallest of the three waterfalls that comprise world-famous Niagara Falls, Bridal Veil Falls is anything but small. Located on the US side of the falls, the 56-foot-wide (17-meter-wide) waterfall thunders over a 78-foot (24-meter) drop. Its frothy white cascade is reminiscent of a bride’s veil, hence the falls’ name.More
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Cave of the Winds

Cave of the Winds

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At the Cave of the Winds observation decks, thrill-seeking visitors can get within 20 feet (6 meters) of the thundering Niagara Falls for an experience that feels like the inside of a tropical storm with torrents of water cascading down and winds up to 68 mph (109 kph). Safe to say, you’ll probably get wet.More
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Floral Clock

Floral Clock

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While Niagara Falls is justifiably famous for the force of nature that is the falls themselves, the Floral Clock is one of several other impressive attractions in the area. Comprising thousands of colorful plants and flowers, the clock blooms from spring to fall. It’s a fun photo opportunity, especially for nature lovers and avid gardeners.More
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CN Tower

CN Tower

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For many visitors to Toronto, this needle-like telecommunications tower—often seen from the airplane window—is their first glimpse of the city. When it was erected in 1976, the CN Tower was the world’s tallest freestanding structure. Though it no longer holds that title, it is still the tallest tower in Canada, and the spectacular views from its observation decks are second to none.More

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Top activities in Ontario

Half Day Wine & Cheese Tour - Niagara On The Lake Wine Tour
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Ottawa River Tour

Ottawa River Tour

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Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
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Recent reviews from experiences in Ontario

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Unforgeatbble nice trip
IGOR_K, Jul. 2021
Exhilarating 120km Aerial Tour of Toronto with iflyTOTO
During the flight, it was possible to see and make both a photo and a video.
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Highly Recommended
Anthony, Mar. 2020
Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake Day Tour from Toronto
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us all kinds of facts around Ontario, Toronto, and Niagara Falls.
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Awesomely wet and wonderful
DarrellDawn, Sep. 2019
Tour to Niagara Falls with Cruise
The sheer naked power of the falls and the boat ride to them is a bucket list item.
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Breathtaking
cramirez192019, Sep. 2019
Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
Ralph is the best driver you could possibly have show you Toronto/ Lake Ontario/ Niagra Falls follow all his suggestions and you will have an amazing time
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Great Tour
Drew_3188, Aug. 2018
Niagara Falls Canada Tour from Day to Night with Dinner
Got really close to the Falls by boat and on foot and learned a lot about Ontario.
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Matt was our tour guide. The group...
Horace C, Jun. 2017
Best of Niagara Falls Tour from Niagara Falls, Ontario
We did the Best of Niagara Falls Tour from Niagara Falls, Ontario.
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Our tour guide was excellent!!! The...
Judy, May 2015
Best of Niagara Falls Tour from Niagara Falls, Ontario
A great way to cover Niagara Falls, Ontario in 1/2 a day!!
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A great excursion. Visited all of...
Linda A, Jun. 2015
Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Visited all of the main attractions.
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Our driver was waiting for us at the...
Veronica B, Aug. 2013
Private Departure Transfer: Niagara Falls, Ontario to Buffalo Niagara International Airport
The absolute no hassel way to get from Buffalo Airport to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada!
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Niagara Falls day tour
Navigator683544, Sep. 2019
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
Must do tour when visiting Niagara Falls.
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Great experience!!
ashleymbuchanan, Jul. 2019
Private Transfer: Niagara Falls, ON to Pearson Int’l Airport (YYZ)
If I am ever in Toronto or Ontario again, I will definitely use Fallsview Limo as my transportation.
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Good tour
Culture756218, Jul. 2019
Best of Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto
Enjoyed the Skylon Tower and the trip behind the falls but the highlight was definately the trip out on the Hornblower cruise boat which took us right into heart of the Canadian falls.
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Amazing!
geovannafarfan, Jul. 2019
Niagara Falls Canada Tour + Helicopter Ride and Skylon Tower Lunch
Tori was very eloquent and knowledgeable her being a native really helped us understand the nooks and crannies about what it is to live in Niagara Falls Ontario.
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Very lovely tour! Would highly recommend!
Sightsee06885889992, Jun. 2019
Niagara Falls Small-Group Day Tour from Toronto with Experienced Guide
I would recommend Niagara Falls to anyone visiting Ontario/Toronto.
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The Skylon Tower Observation Deck...
Willie W, Aug. 2017
Skylon Tower Observation Deck Admission
The Skylon Tower Observation Deck allows you to view the city of Ontario and have a spectacular view of the Falls.
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highly recommended for...
Harry, Sep. 2016
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
architectural facts and fun knowledge as well, Fascinating seeing the falls from Maid of The Mist and walking under the falls.
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Jenacass, Nov. 2016
Private Day Tour to Niagara Falls from Toronto
We opted for 10AM pick up at our Toronto AirBnB, headed to a few wineries, hit Skylon, Behind the Falls, ate lunch, and finished with Hornblower.
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Beautiful scenery and what better...
Jocelyn P, Aug. 2015
Niagara-on-the-Lake Cycle and Wine-Tasting Tour with Optional Lunch
Beautiful scenery and what better way to see it !
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This tour was more than I expected...
Mary H, Jul. 2014
Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
We were picked up in Niagara Falls, Ontario, at the appointed time.
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My husband and I found this tour...
Pete, Oct. 2017
Best of Niagara Falls Tour from Niagara Falls, Ontario
My husband and I found this tour very informative about the falls as well as the city of Niagara, Ontario.
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