Ultimate Ontario

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Ontario is a vast adventure playground just waiting to be explored and experienced in many exciting ways. Pull on your walking boots, grab a paddle or hop on a bike and enjoy the beauty of Ontario’s stunning landscapes

Here is our selection of ultimate Ontario adventures…

1) Kayaking in Georgian Bay

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This ruggedly beautiful bay isn't on the sea – it's actually part of Lake Huron, one of the five Great Lakes on the Canada/US border. Paddling it is spectacular, not least because the eastern shore is dotted with 30,000 islands to explore (really, there are that many!). Don't worry about having the right kit to go kayaking: outfitters throughout the province can supply all you need, including food, equipment, guided tours and instruction.

2) Visit Niagara Falls

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You cannot visit Ontario without seeing the province’s most famous attraction – Niagara Falls. The falls sit on the border between Canada and the US, and you can take in their thundering power by land, water and air. Soak up the excitement (literally!) by getting right up close to the crashing waters as they plunge 170ft over the Horseshoe Falls, with a 30-minute ride on a boat that takes you into the heart of the mist and spray.

3) White water rafting on Ottawa River

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Experience the rush of adrenalin just 90 minutes from the heart of Canada's capital city. The Ottawa River is known as one of the best white water rafting destinations in the world, and whether novice or expert, you'll be able to enjoy the thrill of shooting the rapids, from gentle floats to extreme runs with huge vertical drops. Tour operators running white water packages include Wilderness Tours (www.wildernesstours.com), Owl Rafting (www.owl-mkc.ca) and RiverRun Rafting (www.riverrunrafting.com)

4) Hiking the Bruce Trail

The-Bruce Trail Ontario Canada

At 500 miles long, the Bruce Trail is Canada’s oldest and longest footpath. It winds all the way along the Niagara Escarpment from Queenston on the Niagara River to Tobermory on Georgian Bay. If you don’t have time to do the whole thing you can hike any part of it, and it’s commonly split into nine shorter sections. Stay at charming b&bs or campgrounds. www.brucetrail.org

5) Canoeing in Algonquin Provincial Park

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This spectacular park the size of Devon, criss-crossed by thousands of inter-connected lakes, rivers and streams is just three hours from Toronto. And with 950 miles of canoe routes, paddling a canoe is the way to see it at its best. For ambitious adventurers, the Petawawa River provides thrilling whitewater fun, while Rain and North Tea Lakes almost guarantee moose sightings. Canoeing packages are available from Voyageur Quest (www.voyageurquest.com) or Algonquin Outfitters (www.algonquinoutfitters.ca)

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