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How to experience Ontario, Canada’s second largest province

If you’re planning a trip to Canada, then you’ll have no shortage of terrific destinations. You’ve got all the wilderness of the east, the grandeur of the west, and just about everything in between. A good starting point for any trip to Canada is Ontario, which is the country’s second-largest province, and also home to the capital city. With a wide variety of activities, culture, and off the beaten path adventures to enjoy, there’ll be something for everyone in your travelling clan.

Canada’s Capital, and Largest City

As it’s Canada’s capital city, and also home to around one million people, it’s no surprise that Ottawa is a favourite among travellers to Canada. There, you can visit Parliament Hill, the Canadian War Museum, and the Canadian Museum of History, among other attractions. It also has a culturally diverse population, meaning one of the best things to do is simple walk around and soak up the atmosphere! Also in Ontario is Toronto, the nation’s most populous city. A thriving metropolis, Toronto is Canada’s version of New York City – and even somewhat looks like it. Whatever you enjoy doing in cities, you’ll find it in abundance in Toronto.

Off the Beaten Path

Of course, Ottawa is much more than just its two largest cities. You could say that the real heart of the province exists away from its big cities, even. Book a room at the Best Western Smiths Falls Hotel, and you’ll be able to enjoy all the simple pleasures of a traditional Canadian town. There, you can play golf, or take a voyageur canoe tour. It’s also a good way to discover the history of the province; the Rideau Canal Visitor Centre, which outlines everything you need to know about the Rideau Canal river system, is located there.

The Thousand Islands

After you’ve explored the towns of Ontario, take a trip down to the Thousand Islands. This scenic network of islands is actually split between Canada and the United States, but they’re easy enough to navigate. It’s a popular destination area, especially in the summer. Make sure you take a boat ride but don’t plan to do too much – part of the enjoyment of being there is that time doesn’t really exist, so feel free to move at your own pace.

The Great Outdoors

Of course, when you think of Canada in general, you probably think of the great outdoors. And Ontario is absolutely no exception in this case. Take a trip to the gorgeous Lake Superior for a camping trip, or spend the day at Wasaga Beach, the longest freshwater beach in the world. And then, of course, there’s the matter of Niagara Falls, one of the world’s premier tourist destinations. Nothing quite beats seeing the awesome rush of water of Niagara up close and personal! The falls actually exist on both sides of the border, but it doesn’t matter where you see it – you guaranteed to be impressed by the view.

Add all of the above to your plans, and you’ll have an awesome trip!

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