Unveiling Hidden Gems Outside Toronto

Escape the bustling cityscape of Toronto and embark on a journey to discover the hidden gems that lie just beyond its borders. We invite you to explore the remarkable destinations surrounding Toronto, offering a lot of outdoor activities and experiences. From charming small towns to breathtaking natural wonders, here's a list of awesome things to do outside of Toronto. 

 

Niagara Falls

 

Just a short drive from Toronto, the iconic Niagara Falls is a must-visit destination. Witness the inspiring power of nature as millions of gallons of water cascade over the falls every minute. Take a boat tour to get up close and feel the mist on your face or explore the nearby Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory for a serene and enchanting experience. 

Where to stay:

Sandman Hotel Hamilton is located less than a 40-minute drive from Hamilton Waterfalls and has 209 comfortable guest rooms as well as on-site dining for Denny’s. 

Niagra Falls in Toronto at dusk

Photo Cred: Canadian Geographic

 

Elora Gorge Conservation Area

 

Venture northwest to the picturesque town of Elora, where the Elora Gorge Conservation Area awaits. This natural wonder features stunning limestone cliffs, scenic hiking trails, and the breathtaking Elora Gorge itself. Take a guided tubing or kayaking adventure down the Grand River for an exhilarating experience surrounded by nature's beauty. 

Blue lake with blue sky, rock and green trees in the background

Photo Cred: Curiocity

 

Royal Botanical Gardens Burlington

 

For a more relaxed outdoor experience, head to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. Explore the diverse gardens and nature sanctuaries, including the Hendrie Park Rose Garden and the Rock Garden. With over 2,700 acres of gardens and natural landscapes, RBG offers a peaceful retreat for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a tranquil escape. 

Where to stay:

Sandman Hotel Mississauga is a less than 40 mintute drive from the Royal Botanical Gardens Burlington. They have comfortable guest rooms and two fantastic choices of on-site dining options. Go for the old-timey diner feel at Denny’s 24-Hour Restaurant, or get in some casual dining and drinks at Lobby 

Botanical Gardens with yellow and red flowers and a water feature

Photo Cred: Hamilton Halton Brant

 

Blue Mountain Resort

 

Escape to the Blue Mountains for a perfect blend of outdoor adventure and relaxation. In the winter, enjoy skiing and snowboarding on the slopes, while the warmer months offer hiking, zip-lining, and mountain biking. The vibrant Blue Mountain Village is the perfect place to unwind, featuring shops, restaurants, and live entertainment. 

Blue lake with blue sky, green trees and grass and houses on the hills in the background

Photo Cred: Blue Mountain Resort

 

St. Jacobs Village

 

Experience the charm of St. Jacobs, a quaint village known for its Mennonite heritage and vibrant farmers' market. Explore the picturesque streets lined with unique shops, art galleries, and local eateries. Don't miss the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market, where you can sample fresh produce, handmade crafts, and delicious local treats. 

Shop entrance in St. Jacob's Village Toronto

Photo Cred: Explore Waterloo Region

 

Algonquin Provincial Park

 

For nature enthusiasts seeking a true wilderness experience, Algonquin Provincial Park is a must-visit destination. Located a few hours north of Toronto, the park boasts pristine lakes, dense forests, and abundant wildlife. Hike the scenic trails, go canoeing on tranquil lakes, and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian wilderness. 

Lake with trees in the background

Photo Cred: Ontario Parks

 

Hamilton Waterfalls

 

Known as the "City of Waterfalls," Hamilton is home to more than 100 waterfalls scattered throughout the region. Take a waterfall tour to discover hidden gems like Webster's Falls, Tew's Falls, and Albion Falls. The lush greenery surrounding these natural wonders makes for a refreshing escape and an excellent backdrop for outdoor activities. 

Where to stay:

Sandman Hotel Hamilton is located less than a 15-minute drive from Hamilton Waterfalls and has 209 comfortable guest rooms as well as on-site dining for Denny’s. 

Water falling from waterfall with green and yellow trees and an archway in the background

Photo Cred: Explore Magazine

 

Other Sandman Hotels in Toronto:

 

Start or finish your stay in the Greater Toronto Area at Sandman Signature Toronto Airport Hotel. Located just minutes from Toronto Pearson (YYZ), it is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of travel. Take advantage of the complimentary shuttle bus service available to make your travel less stressful.  

Alternatively, stay at Sandman Hotel Oakville located on Lake Ontario and at the midpoint between the iconic city of Toronto and Canada’s world-famous Niagara Falls. Treat yourself to a meal at the on-site Chop Steakhouse & Bar, or get that cozy diner feel at the on-site Denny’s Restaurant. 

 

As you step outside of Toronto's city limits, there is a world of adventure and natural beauty to be explored. Whether you're seeking the thrill of Niagara Falls, the tranquillity of botanical gardens, or the charm of small towns, these experiences will leave you with unforgettable memories. Plan your next getaway with Sandman Hotel Group and embark on a journey to discover the remarkable treasures that await just beyond Toronto's borders.