The Native people called Ontario “the land of shining waters,” perhaps inspired by the half-million lakes scattered throughout the land or by breathtaking Niagara Falls, known throughout the world as the “it” spot for honeymooners (and not a bad one for RVers either!).
People from 70 international cultures make up the province’s population. Their diversity adds culture, arts, cuisine and spark to Ontario’s major cities. Toronto, its capital, has all the metropolitan perks: symphony, ballet, opera, shopping, nightlife and exceptional restaurants, while Ottawa is Canada’s political capital and seat of power. Here you can explore the federal Parliament buildings, museums and the superb (oft controversial) art at the National Gallery of Canada.
Canada's most populous, richest and second-largest province has Canada’s largest city, biggest stock market, and greatest economic clout. It’s home to about a quarter of all the country’s farms (the most per province in the country), draws the most visitors, boasts the most corporate headquarters and houses the national capital, Ottawa. But it’s parts of Ontario that lie outside of cities - the lakes of Muskoka and the beautiful Algonquin Provincial Park, the stunning Thousand Islands and the autumnal blaze of the Hockley Valley down the rugged Niagara Escarpment to the Falls that provide a different kind of Canadian RV experience.
Some other attractions to explore by motorhome are:
- The Niagara region has a thriving theatre and is one of Canada’s foremost wine regions, focused mainly on icewine.
- UNESCO World Heritage Site Rideau Canal is filled with boats in the summer and becomes the "World's Longest Skating Rink" in the winter.
- Check out the view of thunder bay from Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.
There’s something about touring a castle that takes you back in time and forces you to reflect on history. As you move within the thick walls it gives you a chance to imagine what went into building such a structure and who it was the constructed it in the first place. Because the grandiose fantasy of castles appeals to a wide demographic, for many different reasons, castles are perfect destinations on your family road trip, offering something for everyone.
MOM's (Manitoba Ontario Minnesota) Way is a 400km drive on well-paved roads that links Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and northern Minnesota. Driving along Highways 11 and 12 you will see beautiful forests and glorious sunsets as you cross the same historic boundaries Natives once traversed in canoes. Think about seeing the individual communities linked by MOM's Way--including Winnipeg, Steinbach, Sprague, Warroad, Baudette, Rainy River, Fort Frances, Atikokan and Thunder Bay--in a Ontario motorhome rental for ease of travel and comfort. Written by by Connie Limoncelli
Ottawa is another great option for a place from which to rent an RV and begin your motorhome road trip. Canada's capital city lies on the southern banks of the Ottawa River (which forms the boundary between Ontario and Quebec) where it meets the Rideau River and canal. Connected by several bridges to Quebec, and the city of Gatineau on the northern shores of the Ottawa River, the two cities and surrounding areas are known as the National Capital Region (NCR).
Toronto lies on the shore of Lake Ontario, the most easterly of the Great Lakes. Home to over 2 million people, the city is the heart of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). 4.5 million Canadians live in the GTA, the cultural, entertainment, and financial capital of Canada (more people live in Toronto than in Canada's four Atlantic provinces combined!). The city is also the seat of the Ontario government. It has a humid continental climate with warm, humid summers and cold winters.