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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 15 attractions in Ontario

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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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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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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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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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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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Hockey Hall of Fame

Hockey Hall of Fame

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A sacred site for Canadians—for whom ice hockey is a national obsession—the Hockey Hall of Fame holds a treasure trove of memorabilia, including the original Stanley Cup. Housed inside a grand 19th-century Bank of Montreal building, it also features interactive games including a virtual shoot-out where visitors can test their skills.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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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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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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St. Lawrence Market

St. Lawrence Market

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A foodie paradise, the long-running St. Lawrence Market occupies the historic South Market House building, which previously served as Toronto’s city hall and jail. Since 1803, residents and visitors have come here to meet, eat, and shop for food items ranging from Prince Edward Island oysters to peameal bacon to Montreal-style bagels.More
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Ottawa Locks

Ottawa Locks

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The eight Ottawa Locks regulate the flow of the city’s signature Rideau Canal as it flows south from the Ottawa River. The hand-cranked locks provide a gradient of 24 meters (79 feet) on the canal, which runs for more than 124 miles (200 kilometers) from Ottawa to Kingston, a stunning example of 19th-century ingenuity and engineering.More
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Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

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Established in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada’s largest museum. Housed inside a heritage-meets-modern building, it boasts a 6-million-strong collection, which focuses on objects relating to world culture and natural history. It includes everything from First Nations’ crest poles to Egyptian mummies to T-rex skeletons.More
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Journey Behind the Falls

Journey Behind the Falls

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Niagara Falls is an incredible sight from land and by boat, but at Journey Behind the Falls visitors who wish to truly experience its massive power can get up close and personal—and wet. Standing on an observation deck behind the falls, where more than one million bathtubs of water thunder over the edge every second, is a truly unforgettable experience of Niagara.More
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Table Rock Welcome Centre

Table Rock Welcome Centre

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Your visit to the natural wonder that is Niagara Falls begins at the Table Rock Welcome Centre. Here you’ll learn how to make the most of your time at the falls, plus you can buy tickets for some area attractions if you didn’t book a tour in advance. The complex has viewing platforms, restaurants, shops, and attractions.More
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Rogers Centre

Rogers Centre

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Located in downtown Toronto at the base of the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre is a sports and entertainment complex that is home to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team. The Rogers Centre is a great place to catch a Major League Baseball (MLB) game or other event held under its fully retractable roof—the first of its kind in the world.More

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Things to Do in Ottawa This Fall

Things to Do in Ottawa This Fall

Top activities in Ontario

Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
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Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
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Niagara Falls Platinum Tour from Toronto with Cruise and Lunch
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Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour

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Half Day Wine & Cheese Tour - Niagara On The Lake Wine Tour
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Toronto Tall Ship Boat Cruise

Toronto Tall Ship Boat Cruise

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30 Minute Niagara Falls Airplane Tour
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Niagara Falls Canada Tour + Helicopter Ride and Skylon Tower Lunch
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7-Minute Helicopter Tour over Toronto
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Recent reviews from experiences in Ontario

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Adventure-Packed Day in One of the Natural Wonders
Jason_L, Jun 2022
Toronto: Small Group Niagara Falls Tour with Pickup and Optional Boat Ride
The boat ride was really fun as we got to see and take pictures of the fall up-close.
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Fantastic Experience
Jose_R, Apr 2022
9-Hour Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
Harpoon was the tour guy and he was great and very knowledgeable about Ontario’s history as well as the Niagara Fall’s history.
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Great day
Jason_P, Aug 2021
Breathtaking Niagara Falls Aerial Tour with iflyTOTO
Flew over the falls and the canel.
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Awesomely wet and wonderful
Darrell_S, 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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Anthony_D, Dec 2021
Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto Airport
Even though some things were offimits due to the snow and ice, i still recommend this winter tour of niagara falls.
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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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Niagara Falls day tour
Tatiana_F, 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
Susan_T, 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!
Domingo_G, 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!
Rachel_Y, Jun 2019
Toronto: Small Group Niagara Falls Tour with Pickup and Optional Boat Ride
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, Niagara Falls Ontario 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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One of the highlights of the trip...
Charles_M, Oct 2016
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
You see the best of what the falls has to offer in one trip in a 6 hour interval.
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The thought of spending 8-10 hours...
Jennifer_C, Nov 2016
Private, Custom Day Tour/ Niagara Falls, Canada from Toronto, Canada, (Downtown)
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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All about Ontario

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Canadian Dollar (CA$)
Time Zone
EDT (UTC -5)
Country Code
+1
Language(s)
English
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