Spots to Visit Outside Toronto

Posted by Ayse Koca on June 20, 2019

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Looking for something to do outside the city but not sure where to go? This week we’re venturing outside the city to show you the top five spots for a day trip near Toronto! So whether it’s your first summer in Toronto or you’re just looking to explore outside the city with friends, take advantage of the warm weather by checking out these five spots!

Note: For your convenience, we have ordered these spots from closest to farthest from the city.

If you’re looking for things to do in the city, make sure to check out our previous post All Aboard! A student Guide for New Torontonians.

The Royal Botanical Gardens

Located near Hamilton in Burlington, the Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical garden in Canada and one of the largest in the world. The garden has five exhibition areas each with a unique focus on different groups of plants.

Getting There

Driving: 1 hour

Via Transit from York U: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Check out the events page on their website to find upcoming exhibits and performances in the gardens.

Hamilton, Ontario

Did you know that Hamilton is known as the waterfall capital of the world? It is often called the City of Waterfalls as there are over 100 waterfalls across the city! Check out the City of Waterfalls webpage for more information about each of the falls.

How to Get There

Driving: 1 hour

Via Transit from York University: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Albion Falls, one of the hundreds of waterfalls in Hamilton.

Niagara Falls

Looking for a bigger waterfall than ones in Hamilton? Niagara Falls is the perfect day trip spot from Toronto. The falls are located between the border of Canada and the U.S. at a height of 50 metres. Make sure to check out this list of free things to do in the area for a low-cost trip!

Getting There

Driving: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Via Transit from York U: 3 hours and 30 minutes 

Just a 90-minute drive from Toronto, the falls is at the perfect day trip distance from the city!

Wasaga Beach

Wasaga Beach is the name of a small town north of Toronto. It is located on Nottawasaga Bay which is the world’s longest freshwater beach! Nottawasaga Bay is made up of 14 kilometres of white sand overlooking clean blue water. It is the perfect beach, located an ideal distance from the busy city!

Getting There

Driving: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Via Transit from Union Station: 2 hours and 50 minutes via Greyhound bus.  

Success Tip: want to go to Wasaga with friends? Try arranging a carpool to get there! 

White sand and blue water are only 90 minutes away from the city!

The Stratford Festival

The Stratford Festival runs from April to October in Stratford, Ontario. Once called the Shakespeare Festival, the festival now puts on many productions including classics and contemporary dramas and musicals. They even operate a direct bus service between Toronto and Stratford!

Getting There

Driving (or direct bus): 2 hours  

Via Transit from York U: 3 hours and 30 minutes 

Located east of Toronto, the Stratford Festival takes place every year from April to October.

There you have it Lions, the top five spots you should see near Toronto! Hopefully you have a chance to venture outside the city for a daytrip this summer. To see where each spot is located, check out the map below.

What are some of your favourite places to visit near Toronto? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @YorkUStudents!

Ayse Koca
Ayse Koca

Ayse Koca is a fifth-year political science major at York U. She enjoys writing, travel and purchasing unnecessary amounts of stationary. She hopes that her posts will help inform current and incoming York U students!

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