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1. Posted by F8RDX (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y

I've been to Toronto a couple of times and done all the usual sights, am thinking of renting a car and driving somewhere just for 2 days, are there any nice lakes, shores, cabins, places for a nights stay within say a couple hours drive of Toronto ? just looking for some nice views, peacefull walks maybe and relaxing for a night.

Idead appreciated.

2. Posted by kithica (Full Member 15 posts) 6y

You could head west on hwy 401, stop in St. Jacobs which is a cute little town, see the farmer's market and the mennonites (like the Amish, sort of), then keep going to Stratford, another nice town, and grab dinner and see a show at the Festival. (I worked at the Festival this year, msg me for recommendations if you're interested.)

It's a little under two hours of driving to get to Stratford. And another hour will take you to the shores of Lake Huron. There are national parks along there with camping, and all sorts of sandy beaches. Grand Bend is a truly tacky tourist beach town, but you can find plenty of quieter places along the shore.

Otherwise, two hours north of the city will take you into some beautiful cottage country. It's high season right now, so prices will be high and availability low, but a google search of Muskoka cabins for rent should throw up lot of options. Unfortunately, the only specifics I know are around the North Bay area, which is a four-hour drive north and too far for a two day trip (trust me).

3. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

Nope. Drive up highway 11. Just get on Yonge St and drive north. Yonge street is the world's longest unbroken street. That'll take you up to the lakelands. Stop in to Huntsville, Burke's Falls, Barrie. In fact. Take a look at this website I just found. It'll help you. Tell me if there still have that Weber's hamburger shop along the highway. Used to be the best burgers around.

Seriously, the little towns going north are gorgeous, and the lakes are beautiful. I spent many a great summer up there.

www.highway11.ca

Good Luck Up There.

D

4. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member 414 posts) 6y

South shore of Georgian Bay is miles of white sandy beaches, Wasaga Beach to Coliingwood is worth checking out.

http://www.google.ca/images?hl=en&source=imghp&q=wasaga+beach&gbv=2&aq=1&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=wasa&gs_rfai=

5. Posted by vickim (Full Member 125 posts) 6y

Kingston is also a really nice weekend away from Toronto. It is straight east on the 401. There is a lot of history there and a real neat atmosphere in the downtown area. It was almost chosen as the capital city of Ontario or Canada. Since it is on the lake and it is a very old city, there is a strong military history there. Old Fort Henry is a big War of 1812 Fort up on the hill over looking the Military University. You can go on the grounds of the military school and there a free little museum. You can stroll along the waterfront for miles and there are bunkers and watch towers along the way. The house of the first Prime Minister of Canada is there. Kingston has about 4 or 5 penetentiaries so there is another free interesting Jail Museum. These museums are not huge but they are interesting to stop in while you are strolling. You can also take trolley and horse drawn carriage rides, as well as walking tours. Just outside the city is the Thousand Islands. You can take a boat tour along the St Lawrence and see all the islands and cottages. This is where many rum rummers smuggled alcohol across the border during prohbition. The boat also stops at Hearst Castle. This was the castle build by the guy who owned the Waldorf Hotel in NYC. The chef from the hotel used to come and cook for the family in the summers at the castle and this is where the Waldorf Salad was invented as well as the Thousand Island salad dressing (by that chef).

Well I just about told you everything so now you don't need to go. LOL But, it is an interesting place and you won't get bored.

6. Posted by F8RDX (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y

Thanks for all the replies, i should have said that im doing this trip mid September.

Having done a bit of research and looking around online ive narrowed it down to either somewhere around Lake silver near Bala or somewhere near lake Muskoka.

I'd LOVE to rent a cottage or cabin on the lake shor but the problem im having(understandibly) is finding somewhere that will just rent it out for 1 night, any further help appreciated.
thanks

7. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

The Canadian - Horseshoe - Falls (Canada side) and Niagara Falls (USA side).
The Canadian Falls are far bigger and much more spectacular - and there are high rise restaurants where you can dine, while looking straight down on to them.
The drive is around two hours or so - and its a good road, taking in some nice views of Lake Ontario on the way.

8. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

The Canadian - Horseshoe - Falls (Canada side) and Niagara Falls (USA side).
The Canadian Falls are far bigger and much more spectacular - and there are high rise restaurants where you can dine, while looking straight down on to them.
The drive is around two hours or so, from Toronto - and its a good road, taking in some nice views of Lake Ontario on the way.