As we head into the last few weeks of summer this is the time to break out the daytrips and make the most of the nice weather. As a short, doable experience within a few hours drive from home, daytrips are like little mini holidays, without the airfare.
Whether you live in Ottawa or Toronto, we’ve compiled a list of fun daytrip ideas close to home.
Spend the day walking among the treetops on a canopy tour at the Haliburton Wild Life Reserve in Haliburton Highlands. This experience gives you a unique perspective of the forest and wildlife. Book ahead as this experience requires pre-registration.
If you’re looking for epic, you’ve found it here. Book a five-hour guided paddling excursion on the York River by canoe, kayak, or SUP with Deep Roots Adventure. When you reach High Falls you’ll stop to explore the falls, then have a delicious meal prepared just for you before paddling back down the river to your vehicle. Deep Roots Adventure also offers skill building day programming, check out their list of workshops on their website.
Book this experience and when someone asks you what you did during the summer, you can tell them you dug for buried treasure! Offered by Yours Outdoors, the Haliburton Rocks! Experience has been designated an Ontario Signature Experience and includes a one day adventure led by a geologist.
What’s Next: After rockhounding you will have worked up an appetite. Quench your thirst and fuel up at the same time at Boshkung Social in nearby Minden. If you’re in the area on a Wednesday you can also listen to live music on their patio.
Come to Beachburg in the Ottawa Valley and set off on a cycling daytrip that will not only get you moving but also educate you on the local history of the region (ask about Big Joe Mufferaw). Both guided and self-directed options available for day trips.
What’s Next: Why not extend your excursion with an overnight at the Whitewater Inn?
Go Blueberry Picking
What better way to spend a summer’s day than to be outdoors in the sun while gathering up nature’s blueberry bounty. In Ontario’s Highlands you can choose between Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch in Pembroke and Balderson Blueberries, in Balderson near Perth. Both locations offer a homestyle country market with baked goods and other treats to make the trip worthwhile.
What’s Next: If you’re near Balderson Blueberries, swing past Ugly Apple Cider in Lanark Highlands and pick up a bottle of their cider made from wild apples. If you’re stull full of energy, calm down with a yoga class surrounded by alpacas near Almonte.
Bonus: See the Stars
You can make this a night trip instead of a day trip or add it on to the end of your day. Lennox & Addington and North Frontenac both boast some of the darkest skies in Ontario, and are worth a detour. Set up a chair or spread a blanket and tip your head back to see the stars at the Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area or the North Frontenac Dark Sky Preserve.