Wanderlust: 4 Breathtaking Day Trips from Toronto

Ever thought of spicing up your days off? You’ve got a whole day to yourself, and it’s always a great time to try something new. One cool thing you can try is taking a day trip; there are plenty of sights to see around Toronto you can do for a day. Think of it as a great time to see more of your hometown and find something new you haven’t tried before. After all, if the tourists can do it, so can you.

Photo by Warren Wong 

Here are a few day trip spots you can visit to help get you started seeing more of Toronto.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a big tourist attraction, and for good reason. For starters, it’s about 130 kilometers away, making it a quick trip when you’ve got a day to spare. There’s plenty to do to keep you busy all day. Take a boat trip up to the waterfall and feel the mist on your face, or take a trip behind the falls and trek through the tunnels for something different. And if you’re in the mood to explore, visit Niagara-on-the-Lake for a historic tourist town. It’s especially striking in fall, so time your visit to make the most of your experience. 


Collingwood features great skiing, if you’re the type to enjoy your winter sports. Visit nearby Blue Mountain to get a taste of the winter attractions. Whether it’s ice skating, tubing, or snowshoeing, there’s lots to do during winter to keep you entertained on your trip. Of course, there’s plenty to do all year-round. When it’s warm, the terrain is great for biking and hiking, giving the outdoorsy types plenty to help them stay busy. Keep an eye out for the town’s other attractions (including fine dining and shopping) to make your trip a great one.

Photo by Juan Davila

Canada’s Wonderland

Canada’s Wonderland is the premier amusement park in the country, the perfect venue for the young and young-at-heart. If you’re feeling adventurous, catch one of the many roller coasters and scream your lungs out. There’s other rides to catch that offer different experiences. When it’s hot, visit Splash Works to beat the heat. Featuring water rides, a slow-moving river, and the largest outdoor wave pool in Canada, it’s just the thing when you don’t mind getting a bit wet. Keep an eye out for the shows to add a splash of variety. They offer everything from acrobats to stunt shows. Book your trip in advance though; the park’s only open from spring to fall.

St. Jacob’s

About two hours’ west of Toronto, you’ll find St. Jacob’s. You’ll find plenty of farmer’s markets selling everything from food to arts and crafts to home decor. Give the place a visit and bring home some fun souvenirs to help immortalize the trip for yourself. Depending on when you visit, you may also find some seasonal stuff, especially during Christmas. If you were looking for some unique Christmas gifts, you might find them at St. Jacob’s.

Once you’ve got your destination in mind, it’s time to think about how to get there. Finding a rental bus in Toronto and the rest of the GTA is an easy task; book yourself a charter bus. They’re reliable and cost-effective, great if you’re bringing a big party with you. You may also want to think about bus tours; they’re a great way of seeing the sights of Toronto with a driver who knows all the ins and outs of getting around the city. 


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