Central Ontario

The heart of the province...
is a vacationer's paradise


Without a doubt the Central Ontario Region is the heart of the province if not the whole country. It encompasses not only the country’s largest city in Toronto but also an urbanized conglomeration along its entire southern shoreline and Ontario’s natural playground in “cottage country” that stretches from the Muskoka Lakes through the Kawartha Lakes into the Haliburton Highlands.

Almost ½ the population of the entire province and 20% of all Canadians live within this region. Although dubbed “Central Ontario” it is not actually at the centre of Ontario proper but actually derives its name from the central portion of Southern Ontario from east to west.


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Toronto is usually most visitor’s first experience with Central Ontario as they enter the province through the city’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport. Toronto activities and attractions are so numerous they can’t all possibly be listed here and be given justice. Visit my Toronto Ontario Canada page for a complete breakdown of things to see and do in Toronto.

Most Torontonians and fellow Southern Ontarians like to “go up North” for the weekends during the summer months. For the majority of these people they are not going to the Northern Ontario region of the Province but simply to “cottage country”. As soon as you are 15 minutes north of the city you find yourself for the most part in the middle of nature. The further and further you head up north the scarcer the people and the more beautiful the countryside.

Within a couple of hours (traffic permitting) you are surrounded by sandy beaches, beautiful lakes and stunning scenery, this is Ontario’s playground. There are tons of activities to do no matter what the season. In summer it’s boating, fishing and camping while in winter it’s skiing, snowmobiling or ice-fishing. Best of all, if you want, it's a great place to simply do nothing at all and just relax.



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From the largest freshwater beach in the world to ancient Aboriginal petroglyphs the Central Ontario region has a lot to discover.

Major vacation destinations in Central Ontario that are favorites among both Ontarians and international visitors alike include:

  • The Muskoka Lakes
  • The Kawartha Lakes
  • Georgian Bay
  • Lake Simcoe
  • The Haliburton Highlands
  • Algonquin Provincial Park

Ride a camel at the Bowmanville Zoo and delight at the sight of Bongo - the famous lion. Experience thrills and chills on Wildwater Kingdom's huge waterslides and the high-flying roll coasters at Paramount Cana da's Wonderland. Visit the world class city of Toronto with all its attractions, the Central Ontario Reigion has enough to fill a vacation on its own. In fact many visitors to Ontario Canada do just that. See my pages below for a more in-depth exploration of the various sub-regions with all their attractions and sights.




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Kawarthas

The "land of the shining waters" is prime cottage country located only 90 minutes north of Toronto. At the heart of the Trent-Severn waterway linking the lower Great Lakes to the upper Great Lakes this is one of the most popular destinations in the province. Get all the information you need about the region on my Kawarthas page.

Haliburton Highlands

Stunning Canadian Shield landscapes of pristine lakes, rocky outcroppings and vast tracts of forests the area is one of the most popular year round destinations in the province. Get all the information you need about the region on my Haliburton Highlands page.

Muskoka

The most nothern section of the central Ontario region this is cottage country at its finest. The farthest north that most locales ever get it is still located only 2 hours north of Toronto. Get all the information you need about the region on my Muskoka page.

Algonquin Park

This huge provincial park was tailor made for the avid outdoor enthusiast. It is in fact so huge and ofers so much to do that I have created pages strictly dedicated to all that if offers. To find out everything you need to know about the park visit my Algonquin Park page.

Lake Simcoe

A rapidly growing area of Ontario this region is the beginning of "cottage country". Centred around beautiful Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching it is a year round outdoor playground. Get all the information you need about the region on my Lake Simcoe page.

Lake Ontario Ports of Call

The northern shore of Lake Ontario is dotted with many small port communities and long stretches of sandy beaches, and is the centre of the freshwater salmon charter fishing industry. Get all the information you need about the region on my Lake Ontario Ports of Call page.


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