Brimming with charm, Ontario is home to a number of picturesque small towns, perfect for a weekend getaway or an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Pack your bags, start the car and explore our top five staycation destinations in Ontario.
If you’re looking to plan a getaway that’s equal parts relaxing and activity-filled, the city of Port Colborne in Niagara’s south coast is the perfect spot to put on your radar. Steeped in marine heritage, this city boasts historic shopping districts, a variety of restaurants, a beautiful beachfront and a selection of natural attractions. Visitors can stroll along the Welland Canal and take in the scenic view.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is the perfect place for a romantic weekend getaway. Get the full experience by planning your stay at a bed and breakfast in one of the area’s beautifully-restored homes from the 19th century. Spend your days strolling down Picton Street and grab a coffee or lunch on a patio. Looking for an alternative mode of transportation? Take the scenic route and rent bicycles along the Niagara Parkway. End off your evening watching one of the many shows playing at the Shaw Festival Theatre.
Whether you’re travelling with your family or planning a weekend trip with friends, Lincoln is filled with must-see places and things to do. Compromised of a few smaller townships that are packed with cozy cafes, shops, and farms throughout the region, there’s truly something for everyone in Lincoln. If you’re planning an overnight visit, check out some of the area’s charming bed and breakfasts, like Bonnybank.
18 minute drive from Empire Wyndfield.
If you’re looking to spend time outdoors and enjoy an action-packed weekend, then Paris might be the perfect spot for you. Located along the Grand River, you can partake in activities like river rafting and tubing, or if relaxing is more your speed, enjoy some R&R at Pinehurst Lake.
2 hour and 40 minute drive from Empire Maven.
For those in need of a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city, consider visiting Prince Edward County for your next getaway. Located on Lake Ontario, you’ll fall in love with the food, wine, nature, art and charming community. ‘The County’ is home to artists, entrepreneurs, farmers, wine makers, and talented chefs, allowing you to enjoy activities suited to all interests.
City of Port Colborne (Port); Time Out (Town); Trip Advisor (Waterfall); Travel Blog (Town); Blog TO (Beach).