Summer Fun Guide's 10 Must-See Natural Attractions in Ontario

TORONTO, July 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Summer Fun Guide (, Ontario's online tourism directory, lists thousands of things to do and places to stay in Ontario including a whole category of Attractions. Ontario’s natural wonders should challenge the man-made ones for the spots at the top of your list. Discover them, and work to protect them, since these attractions are all world-class.

  1. Bonnechere Caves - Ontario's Natural Underground Wonder has stalactites hanging from the ceiling & fossils of sea creatures alive before the Dinosaur age.
  2. Ontario’s UNESCO Biospheres are designated in 3 places:  Georgian Bay, Frontenac Arch & Long Point. All encourage sharing scientific, Indigenous & local knowledge to find new ways to live sustainably.
  3. Waterfalls - Niagara Falls is the best known but don’t forget Bridal Veil Falls on Manitoulin Island, Kakabeka Falls (2nd highest in Ontario), and all of Hamilton - the Waterfall Capital of the World!
  4. Amethyst Mine Panorama is the home of the largest amethyst deposit in Canada, 60 km E of Thunder Bay; it even has a place to "pick your own” amethysts.
  5. Georgian Bay Islands National Park is the world’s largest freshwater archipelago and is home to a boat-access nature preserve. Its glacier-scraped rock & wind-swept pines inspired the Group of 7 too!
  6. Ouimet Canyon, Thunder Bay, boasts a stunning gorge that is 490 feet wide and 2 kilometers long with trails that allow you to view it from the top.
  7. Sandbanks Provincial Park has the largest freshwater sand dunes in the world and its unique ecosystem is home to distinctive dune plants that only grow in this environment.
  8. Elora Gorge and Elora Quarry Conservation Areas are both worth a visit. The Gorge has 22 metre high cliffs and incredible rafting and tubing and the quarry is a 2 acre limestone quarry surrounded by cliffs that is a great swimming destination.
  9. Point Pelee National Park is the southernmost tip of Canada and sits at the crossroads of two major migration routes; as such, it is one of the first points of land reached by spring bird migration and one of the last points in the fall migration.
  10. Scenic Caves in Collingwood lets you explore caves, caverns & crevasses carved millions of years ago by glacial ice. Don’t forget to bring your camera when you hike to the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment, set in a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

"Ontario has some incredible man-made attractions but we really are lucky to have so many natural ones that are easily accessible from major cities and towns," says Elisa Morton Palter, one of the publishers of Summer Fun Guide. "Mix up your visits to museums and tourist attractions with an exploration of some of these natural wonders for a really awesome overview of all the province has to offer," says co-publisher Shari Wert.

About Summer Fun Guide: Looking for things to do or places to stay in Ontario? Summer Fun Guide has thousands of Attractions, Events, Activities and Accommodations in Ontario, online and published annually in print. Both the print and online guides are divided into 7 Ontario regions, with up to 16 categories in each, such as Accommodations, Museums, Sightseeing Tours, Attractions, Outdoor Adventures, and more. The online directory also has a festival & event calendar, helpful travel information, dozens of valuable coupons and a personal Summer Fun Itinerary feature. The print edition is available, free, while supplies last, at one of the locations listed here or can be viewed in a digital format here.

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Summer Fun Guide
Elisa Palter and Shari Wert, Publishers
Phone: 416-385-1551
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