8 breathtaking natural wonders within 2 hours of Toronto to explore this summer

It is not necessary to go very far to discover magnificent landscapes. These natural wonders are less than two hours from Toronto and are worth adding to your bucket list this summer.

You can hike through a canyon, discover a rare lake, and more at these locations, so start planning those warm weather adventures.

Mono Cliffs

Price: Prices vary

Address: 795122 3rd Line E., Orangeville, ON

Why you need to go: You can do a totally unique hike in this park. The Spillway Trail leads straight through a canyon and you will feel like you are in another world looking at the rock walls.


Cheltenham Badlands

Price: $10+ per person

Address: 1739 Olde Base Line Road, Caledon, ON

Why you have to go: You won’t believe this surreal landscape exists in Ontario. The rolling red hills of the Cheltenham Badlands look like something out of space, and you can take a walking path through the vibrant land. One must reserve.


Crawford Lake Conservation Area

Price: $9.50 per adult

Address: 3115 Conservation Road, Milton, ON

Why you need to go: This conservation area is home to a rare lake known as a “meromictic lake,” meaning the layers of water don’t mix. This gives the pool a lovely turquoise color, and you can take a walking path around the water and soak up all the views. Remember to make a reservation before visiting.


Devil’s Punch Bowl

Price: $7.50 parking per day

Address: Ridge Road, Stoney Creek, ON

Why you need to go: This majestic ribbon waterfall tumbles over multicolored cliffs, and you can take in the scenery from the viewing platform, as well as enjoy the nearby trails.


Whitewater walk

Price: $17 per adult

Address: 4330 River Road, Niagara Falls, ON

Why you need to go: Experience the roar of some of North America’s largest whitewater rapids here. The adventure includes a walking trail and a 73-meter tunnel.


Scarborough Cliffs

Price: Free

Address: Scarborough, Ontario

Why you need to go: These towering white cliffs are something to behold, and you can enjoy them at 11 different parks spread over 15 kilometers of cliffs. There’s even a white sand beach at Bluuffer’s Park.


Niagara Falls

Price: Free

Address: Niagara Falls, Ontario

Why you need to go: Of course, you can’t forget Niagara Falls when naming Ontario’s natural wonders. It’s a major tourist attraction, but it’s something worth seeing more than once.


Rockwood Conservation Area

Price: $6.86 per adult

Address: 161 Fall Street S., Rockwood, ON

Why you need to go: This conservation area is full of natural wonders, including limestone cliffs, caves and one of the largest glacial potholes in the world.


Before you go, check out our responsible travel guide to be informed, be safe, be smart, and above all, be respectful on your adventure.

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