Traveling can be really expensive especially for a student, but why travel out of the country when you don’t even know what your own Ontario has to offer. Now that it’s the summer it’s perfect for taking a drive out of the city and into adventure, so pack your bags and pull up Google Maps.
Here’s 5 places you should definitely check out this summer that are only an hour or two away.
1. Collingwood – Blue Mountain in Collingwood is a well know ski spot, but Collingwood is just as beautiful in the summer as in the winter. There’s lots to see and do in Collingwood especially on the mountain. It’s about a 2-hour drive from Toronto, but it’s totally worth it. There’s lots of nice hotels to stay at and dinner spots.
2. Wasaga Beach – Wasaga beach is perfect if your feeling like letting loose and partying you can get a cheap motel and split the costs with friends for the weekend. You can also go all out and rent a cottage or cabin for the weekend. It’s not no tropical paradise, but Wasaga beach is lots of fun in the summer time. Plan a weekend for fun in the sun, who doesn’t like being a beach bum?
3. Niagara Falls – Niagara you’re probably thinking is pretty basic, but it’s lots of fun rent a motel and enjoy the falls, fine dining and, night life. If you want to switch it up go to a winery in Niagara they have lots of wine tasting tours and lots of great wine. See Groupon for some weekend package deals.
4. Stratford Festival – Stratford is known for there Shakespeare festivals and famous theaters from around the world. This is for anyone who loves Arts and Shakespeare or hated Shakespeare in High School (Maybe you’ll understand the play better then the book). This art festival brings people from all over. Its about a 2-hour ride from Toronto, but the town of Stratford is beautiful you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time to the romantic Shakespeare days.
5. Bruce Peninsula National Park – Is about a 3 hour and 45-minute drive, but if your looking for a completely new scene like swimming in CRYSTAL CLEAR BLUE WATER take the trip out. This is the perfect spot for spending the weekend camping in one of Ontario’s most beautiful national parks.
By: Antonia Altomonte