Romantic Places in Ontario
Niagara Peninsula, Ontario Contains wineries, historic sites and forts; also the spectacular Niagara Falls and sensuous countryside drives.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, twenty miles from the Falls, is a picturesque village containing historic manor houses, quaint b&bs, romantic getaways and one of North America’s largest theatre repetory companies, the Shaw Festival.
Lakewinds Country Manor circa 1881 P.O. Box 1483, 328 Queen Street Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario T: +1 905 468-1888. 6 room b&b. US$ 135- www.lakewinds.ca An elegantly restored Victorian manor, offering romantic suites and sumptuous breakfasts. Manicured gardens with hidden corners, a heated pool and secluded verandahs all in an estate only a stroll to great restaurants and theatres in the Old Town. The owners are known for their warm and friendly hospitality. Lake Ontario East/Kingston Area Where Lake Ontario enters the St. Lawrence river. Gateway to the Thousand Islands, Kingston is a lovely historic city containing a well-perserved 19th century limestone downtown, historic homes, and Ft. Henry, a huge stone fort high above the harbor. Located 2.5 hours east of Toronto and about 3 hours west from Montreal.
Rosemount Inn 46 Sydenham St. South Kingston, ON 8 room b&b. US$ 95- Toll-free: (888) 871-8844; Phone messages: (613) 531-8844 www.rosemountinn.com Filled with period antiques, Rosemount is an 1850′s limestone Tuscan-style villa located in the peaceful ‘Old Stones’ district of Kingston.
Lake Simcoe Sparkling blue Lake Simcoe has been a four season destination for generations: fishing, sailing and golf are popular during the summer, while ice-fishing, cross-country skiing and skating on the lake take place during the region’s beautiful "blue and white" winters. Provincial parks provide access to white sandy beaches and the region has many sites of interest to history buffs. The Briars 55 Hedge Road, RR 1 Jackson Point, Ontario www.briars.ca T: +1 416 493-2173 Owned by the same family for over 150 years, this heritage lakeside resort features traditional country inn hospitality along with a wide selection of recreational opportunities, including a spa and golf course. Located about 40 minutes north of Toronto.
Central Ontario/Kawartha Lakes With 17 pristine navigable lakes, this scenic region is a favorite of boaters, fisherman, hikers and golfers. The lakes are located several hours northeast of Toronto.
Egan Ridge Hotel & Spa RR #3 Fenelon Falls Ontario, Canada T: +1 705 738-5111. 18 rooms & 2 cottages. US$ 145- www.eganridge.com A gracious manor home blending Canadian heritage with contemporary luxury, it’s massive hand-hewn logs speak of the home’s early 19th-century heritage. Set on a secluded estate with lovely views of Lake Sturgeon, the hotel features a spa and 9 hole golf course.
Capital Region/Gatineau Park The Capital Region stretches out over both sides of the Ottawa River to include parts of two Canadian provinces — Quebec (to the north) and Ontario (to the south). The area includes Ottawa, Canada’s capital, and pristine Gatineau Park, with its over 30,000 acres of hills, forest, lakes and streams.
Wakefield Inn 60 Mill Road Wakefield, Quebec, Canada T: +1 819 459-1838. 40 rooms. www.wakefieldmill.com Originally an 1838 stone mill, the heritage-designated inn straddles Gatineau Park’s most picturesque waterfall. Set next to the Trans Canada Trail with its 250 kms of connecting skiing, hiking and cycling trails, this romantic hotel is the only counry inn within Gatineau Park. Located 25 miles northwest of Ottawa.
Credit River Valley A popular weekend getaway destination, the scenic countryside west of Toronto has steep wooded valleys, rolling farmlands, and parks for hiking, fly-fishing, and cross-country skiing. Historical villages such as Belfountain, Caledon and Terra Cotta offer opportunities for boutique shopping and antique hunting. Millcroft Inn & Spa 55 John Street Alton, Ontario, Canada L0N 1A0 T: +1 519 941-8111. www.millcroft.com Originally an 1885 knitting mill, this elegant inn and its Centre for Well-Being spa is located in 100 acres of rolling Caledon Hills countryside, next to the falls of the Credit River. Millcroft is a 40 minute drive west of Toronto. Southwestern Ontario Rolling farmland, Shakespearean festivals and Mennonite settlements.The southwest Includes the beautiful tree-lined city of Cambridge, nestled on the banks of the Grand River. Langdon Hall RR n33 Cambridge Ontario T: +1 519 740 2100. 48 rooms. US$180- www.langdonhall.ca Built for a John Jacob Astor grand-daughter, this romantic hotel sits in 200 acres of parkland and is located about an hour’s drive west of Toronto.