Here at Continental Currency Exchange we’re proud to call Ontario home. With 19 branches across the province, we’ve become part of many different communities – each with something that makes them special. But what about the rest of the province? These are our favourite Ontario attractions found where are branches aren’t (yet!).
Hands down, the Cobourg beach is the best waterfront on Lake Ontario. The warm, white sand seems to go on forever. So there’s lots of space to spread out, play a game of beach volleyball or Frisbee. The beach has an accessibility pad going directly to the water so everyone can enjoy a beach day. There’s a splash pad and playground for kids, lifeguards on duty, ice cream shops, and volleyball nets. There’s something for everyone! You can also explore the cute shops and restaurants in Cobourg, walk along the boardwalk, rent canoes, kayaks, and stand-up-paddle boards. Located between Toronto and Kingston on the 401, Cobourg is easy to get to, and the beach is easy to find when you get there. If you’re looking for a relaxing, free, and sun-filled day, look no further than Cobourg!
Byward Market in Ottawa
When you walk through the Byward Market, the fresh produce, flowers, and vendors make you forget you’re in a big city. Surrounded by outlet stores, the Market is the perfect place for shopping in Ottawa. Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, great bars, restaurants, and nightlife are just a stone’s throw away. Not to mention the parliament buildings, haunted and historic walks through the city, and the Rideau Canal close by to keep you occupied in the capitol! While you’re in the city, you could also visit one of many museums, like the Museum of Nature, or National War Museum, or catch a play at the National Art Centre.
The Thousand Islands
Located along the Saint Lawrence River between Ontario’s southern border and New York State’s northern border, the Thousand Islands are a unique outdoor vacation spot. Discover the rich history of the Thousand Islands (spoiler: pirates are involved) by exploring the many castles, lighthouses, and museums. The Thousand Islands also offer great fishing, diving, adorable shops and fine-dining at on-the-water restaurants. Between a drive-in movie theatre, mini golf course, golf courses and resorts, an aquarium, boat tours and rentals, or soaking up the sun on the beach, you’ll never run out of things to do! The Thousand Islands are a perfect mix of a historic, educational, and culture-rich vacation combined with luxury, relaxation, and fun!
Bon Echo Provincial Park
Bon Echo is great for any level of camper – from seasoned wilderness warriors to glampers! Located north of Kingston, Bon Echo Provincial Park is a popular spot for summer fun. You can rent a cabin, RV campsite, or tent site – there’s even walk-in and portage sites for extra privacy and adventure. The park has several sandy beaches that are perfect for relaxation and clear water for swimming. There are lots of canoe and portage trails for exploring. The best part of Bon Echo is Mazinaw Rock which is a 100 meters high bluff that features over 250 Indigenous pictographs.
Confederation Basin Marina in Kingston
Confederation Basin is in the heart of downtown Kingston. Check out the many boats docked and enjoy a great picnic spot! It’s also perfect for a scenic walk. Its central location is close to museums, the K-Rock Centre, bars, restaurants, and shops. And there’s free Wi-Fi! You can see Fort Henry across the water with City Hall behind you when enjoying the historic waterfront. It’s the perfect spot to take a break, get your bearing of the city, and plan your next stop. There’s often live music playing as well!
Visit a Winery
British Columbia likes to pretend they’re the only winemaking province in Canada, but we know Ontario makes great wine too! There are some excellent vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake, but one of the best wine tours is in Prince Edward County. Prince Edward County is home to 35 wineries, including the popular Sandbanks. Located just east of Brighton on Lake Ontario’s northeastern shore, the beautiful municipality has tons of shops, history, and parks to offer in addition to the delicious wines. The Prince Edward County wine trail is a truly unique and wonderful experience. Enjoy award-winning wine in rustic, renovated barn tasting rooms, or busy patios, learn about the winemaking process in modern industrial production facilities, and talk to the passionate winemakers. Every winery is different!
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