What are the best day trips near Toronto?

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Ilona Kauremszky

Not only is Toronto accessible via major highways but folks who want to dash out from the city for a weekend getaway have their choice of doing so by train, plane or by bus too.

Wine lovers will enjoy basking in the vineyards located in the Niagara region. A quick 1.5 hour drive south gets you into some beautiful countryside scenes with many wineries situated near towns like Niagara-on-the-Lake, Jordan, Grimsby and Beamsville.

Theatre lovers have their pickings in summer. For Shakespeare fans the Stratford Festival gets top billing. This esteemed festival includes works from the Great Bard but also has modern productions like musicals. This summer’s biggie is the Tony-award winning Tommy.  In Niagara-on-the-Lake playwright contemporaries of George Bernard Shaw including works from the great playwright himself are celebrated at the Shaw Festival.

Antique fans and locavore enthusiasts enjoy searching for old timey gadgets and seasonal produce at St. Jacobs. A favourite rural destination west of the city, one-of-a-kind finds and fresh baked apple pies are some of the surprises you’ll discover.

Rosemina Nazarali

Niagara Falls -- A trip to Toronto is not complete without seeing Niagara Falls. About a 1.5 hour drive from the city, Niagara Falls has nature’s beauty mixed in with fun family activities, and casinos and nightclubs. The best way to experience the falls is through the Maid of the Mist and Journey Behind Niagara Falls tours. Maid of the Mist gives you an upclose look at the natural wonder, while Journey Behind the Niagara Falls actually takes you to the caves behind the falls -- you’ll be so close, you’ll be able to reach out and touch the falling water.

Niagara-on-the-Lake -- Not too far from Niagara Falls we have Niagara-on-the-Lake, a romantic destination for wine lovers. About 1.5 hours from the city, the scenic town is a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city and is best experienced by staying at a local inn or bed & breakfast. And, no trip is complete without a wine-tasting tour.

Wasaga Beach -- Wasaga Beach is a little less than two hours away from the city and serves as a fun vacation-type spot for city dwellers. Spend the day there soaking in the sun, or stay the night in one of the town’s many hotels and cottages.

Stratford -- Stratford is Ontario’s theatre town, about two hours away from the city. Indulge in a day of the arts, with music, symphonies and, best of all, a great Shakespearean play. The best time to visit is during the annual Stratford Festival, which celebrates the world’s great writers.

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