Tick off Toronto’s sights, sail into a Niagara Falls shower and spend time with the family among moose and bears at three staggeringly beautiful stops. This itinerary is just under two weeks long and is perfect for taking kids over 12 on a Canadian adventure.
Suggested route & duration
12 nights from Toronto
• Toronto: 3 nights
• Niagara Falls: 2 nights
• Blue Mountains: 3 night
• Muskoka: 2 nights
• Huntsville, near Algonquin: 2 nights
About this independent tour
Why you’ll love this self-drive
• Get close up to Niagara Falls with the Journey Behind the Falls and Hornblower cruise included in the Adventure Pass
• Explore Toronto and its attractions like the CN Tower and Canada’s Wonderland theme park
• Have wildlife encounters with moose and bears in Algonquin Provincial Park
• Spend time outdoors in the activity-filled Blue Mountain Resort
• This itinerary can also be done in a motorhome.
Suggested itinerary details
Day 1: Toronto Start in Toronto and wander around cool neighbourhoods like the upcycled Victorian Distillery District and arty Kensington Market. Your CN Tower pass is flexible, so pick the clearest day to head up for soaring city views. Stay 3 nights at Chelsea Hotel, Toronto.
Day 4: Niagara Falls Head to Niagara Falls with your adventure pass, which includes a close-up experience on the iconic Hornblower cruise, the Journey Behind the Falls, a 4D show and walk alongside the rapids. Stay 2 nights at Doubletree Falls View Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls.
Day 6: Blue Mountains Drive north to the Blue Mountains, a mountain village resort with shops, restaurants and plenty of family-friendly activities like mountain biking, golfing, caving and canopy climbs as well as concerts. Stay 3 nights at Blue Mountain Village.
Day 9: Minett, Muskoka Retreat to Ontario’s cottage country for time on the lake. Stay 2 nights at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa.
Day 11: Huntsville Drive over to Huntsville, where you’re just half an hour’s drive from Algonquin Provincial Park. Stay 2 nights at Deerhurst Resort.
On the water in Muskoka
Canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard or cruise to islands and inlets on Lake Rosseau
Spot the moose who come to the park’s Highway 60 to lick the road salt, usually in spring
Get a head for heights and lie on the glass floor, 342 metres above ground
Feel the beauty of the Falls as you’re soaked head-to-toe on the Hornblower cruise
Tailor your tour
Make it your own
We’ve crafted this family-friendly itinerary based on our own experiences and our customers’ feedback. It’s fully flexible and has plenty of scope for those without children too, so talk to us and we can create your perfect trip.
Where to stay
We’ve based this itinerary around family-friendly accommodation like two-bedroom suites and apartments; you can easily change up hotels to suit your needs. JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa is our top pick in cottage country for cosy, modern vibes.
This itinerary has a huge range of brilliant experiences. We’ve added some inclusions to make sure you tick off the must-see sights. Take your pick of ways to see Niagara Falls with the adventure pass which includes the Hornblower cruise and the Journey Behind the Falls.
This itinerary’s combination of city and countryside fits neatly into a two-week holiday with enough time to experience lots in each destination. You could spend more time in any of the stops to top up on the urban or wilderness element in a longer itinerary.
Ontario has so much going on that it won’t be hard to find more places to add on to this itinerary. We love Ottawa, the country’s historic capital, and Kingston for easy access to the gorgeous Thousand Islands before looping back to Toronto which is doable in an easy five-night extension.
Good to know
When to go
• The summer holidays (May to September) is a great time to visit Ontario. The warm weather is perfect for exploring and escaping to the outdoors, although you’ll need to book early as it gets busy
• Ontario’s colours start to change in late September onwards, transforming areas like Algonquin Provincial Park
• Self-drives in winter are best avoided as driving conditions can be difficult in snow and ice