During my recent trip to Canada, I wanted to be sure not only to visit some of the greatest Canadian cities but also to see and experience the amazing Canadian nature!
When planning the trip and looking at the parks in Ontario, I was shocked to see how many there are (just in Ontario so think about the whole of Canada!). Also, unfortunately, many of them ( most of them actually) are reachable just by car. Luckily, during weekends I travelled with my lovely Canadian friend and she did have a car so I managed to see an “only car” national park and one where the car is not necessary, which are:
1 | BRUCE PENINSULA NATIONAL PARK
This Park is located 5 hours by car (yes, quite a trip but totally worth it!) from Toronto. The park is perfect for different types of hikes since there many trails, as well as a relaxing weekend for tanning and enjoying a memorable (very cold though) bath.
The grotto is one of the most popular and beautiful areas of the park which you can reach by walk. Swimming here is definitely a memorable experience not only because of the colour of the water but also because the temperature of it is SO COLD (to avoid not having the courage to enter into the water, I jumped! from a rock!)
The park is situated in Tobermory, a very pretty and “sea-styled” town. From Tobermory harbour, you can take a boat to the second amazing area of the park which actually has another name, Fathom Five National Marine Park, where the famous flowerpot rocks are!
When I was there (June) it was quite windy but warm so I believe that around July-August the weather would be even more ideal!
2 | THOUSAND ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK
The second park I visited was Thousand Islands National Park located on Saint Lawrence river, which is actually a boat tour that departs from Kingston.
There are two types of tour you can choose: the 1 hour and a half one which will bring you to the main Islands while the second one is a 3 hour tour that makes you see the whole archipelago. I went for the second one!
So as you can grasp, this is a very different kind of park compared to Bruce Peninsula since there’s no walking or hiking but you actually admire the archipelago from the boat.
Before starting the tour I honestly didn’t expect it to be so beautiful, the number of Islands was really illimited, you didn’t even have the time to take the picture of one that you were already facing another stunning one! Plus (if you’re lucky enough to take the tour during a sunny day) the colours of the water and in general of the views are amazing!
I know some of you might be sceptical at the idea of taking a tour but for this park is kind of necessary and I’d say worth it as well. During the tour, there’s a guide that adds many interesting facts about the area or curiosity related to it so it’s kind of entertaining as well!
What about you, have you ever been to one of these parks? Or have you been to other National Parks in Ontario? I’d love to hear from you! 🙂