18 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Ontario

Ontario offers a full range of travel possibilities with interesting cities and towns, beautiful natural areas, and important cultural institutions.

3. Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Parliament Hill in the nation's capital is where most visitors begin their tour of Ottawa. The buildings reside in a lovely setting on a rise above the Ottawa River. The Peace Tower is the most obvious and the most photographed structure, standing more than 90 meters high between the Senate and the House of Commons. In front of the Parliament buildings is the Centennial Flame. During the summer, visitors can see the Changing of the Guard on the lawn in front of the Houses of Parliament, while those who are lucky enough to be visiting Ottawa on July 1 can enjoy some of the biggest Canada Day celebrations in the country.

4. Ontario's Provincial and National Parks

Ontario's Provincial and National Parks

Ontario has many interesting provincial and national parks that offer access to some of the most beautiful areas of the province. In Southern Ontario, canoeists and hikers take to the lakes and forests of Algonquin,French River, and Killarney Provincial Parks, as well as the Bruce Peninsula National Park. Boaters and divers can find adventure exploringGeorgian Bay Islands National Park and the Fathom Five National Marine Park. Those who are looking for an even more remote experience will find invitingly pristine lakes and forests in Quetico Provincial Park in Northwestern Ontario.

The petroglyphs of Petroglyphs Provincial l Park, just a short drive northeast of Peterborough, offer an easy and close up look at an outstanding collection of 500 to 1,000-year-old Aboriginal rock carvings. Somewhat more difficult to access, but also impressive are the pictographs that line the cliff walls on the shoreline of Lake Superior in Lake Superior Provincial Park.