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Ontario: Tour city, vineyards and falls

From Toronto to Niagara Falls, this journey serves up the best Ontario has to offer. Toronto is one of the world’s great cities, with dozens of neighborhoods just waiting to be explored. Niagara Falls, one of the world’s great natural wonders, needs even less of an introduction. With the artist’s haven of Hamilton in between, this memorable trip truly has it all.

Drive 88.2 miles, 1 hour, 43 minutes

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1. Toronto

Starting Point

Recognized as the most multicultural city on the planet, you won’t be wanting for things to see and do in this metropolis. Each neighborhood has something to offer, but start your visit by exploring the historic Old Town’s St. Lawrence Market Complex, where farmers sell local produce, restaurants abound and craftsmen display all manner of handmade goods. Take an afternoon ferry ride to Toronto Island for great views of the famed city skyline, and then tackle one of the many hiking and biking paths. Visitors who ride elevator to the CN Tower’s 1,136-foot-high observation deck are rewarded with stellar views.

2. Hamilton

42.8 miles, 52 minutes

As an alternative to the established scenes in other cities, Hamilton has become a grassroots hub for artists across Canada. Take advantage of the opportunity to see some of the best at the galleries and events that have sprung up in the James St. North Arts District. Also known for its many outdoors activities, the picturesque twist on city life that exploring the shores of Lake Ontario by canoe or kayak, strolling along the serene waterfront in the harbor, and touring the waterfalls in the Stoney Creek and Ancaster areas offers shouldn’t be missed.

3. Niagara Falls

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45.4 miles, 51 minutes

The world’s most famous waterfall makes for a thrilling last stop on this trip, but the scenic Queen Elizabeth Way has plenty of beauty to offer along the way. Home to wineries, orchards and rolling hills, it’s worth giving the drive a little extra time for photos or a picnic. Make sure to stop off at Niagara-on-the-Lake, a picturesque 19th-century village that takes great pride in its history. It’s also the heart of the wine region, and many tours and tastings are organized in town. Of course, no visit is complete without the falls themselves, a wondrous sight. Hornblower Cruises offers boat trips into the gorge, where you’ll be overwhelmed by the mist and thunderous roar of the water. The Journey Behind the Falls provides an up-close look at the spectacle.