Along with all the activities highlighted in the Ontario by Activity pages and detailed in the many Ontario by region pages, this page points you to the outdoor activities that you can discover and enjoy across Ontario.
The Four Seasons of Ontario
National & Provincial Parks – There are 5 National Parks, 2 National Marine Conservation Areas and 330 Provincial Parks in Ontario, some of which are open during the winter seasons for hiking, skating, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and camping.
UNESCO Biosphere Reserves – Ontario is home to four of Canada’s 18 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. UNESCO biosphere reserves are places where people share a way of living with nature that celebrates cultural and biological diversity, and empowers people to engage with one another and with nature in healthier ways. Biosphere reserves foster and share scientific, indigenous, and local knowledge in order to explore new ways of living that solve global challenges and support sustainable development. Ontario’s four sites are: The Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, Long Point Biosphere Reserve, Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve.
Skiing (Alpine) – There are over 45 public and private ski resorts in Ontario, with many offering other winter activities as well, including nordic skiing, tubing, snow shoeing and terrain parks.
Beaches and Beach Towns – Ontario has hundreds of public beaches to enjoy in the summer, but this page focuses on the larger, special attractions that you may wish to visit for a weekend or longer.
Key Outdoor Attractions
. Algonquin Park (Nipissing District)
. Niagara Escarpment (Niagara Region, Hamilton Region, Halton Region, Peel Region, Dufferin County, Simcoe County, Grey Count, Bruce County)
. Niagara Falls (Niagara Region)
. Pelee Island National Park (Essex County)
. Tobermorey (Bruce County)