Featured itinerary: Enjoy a family getaway
Note: Only Parks Canada-administered sites will be offering free admission in 2017. Visitors must pay entrance fees in sites managed by third parties.
3 days - Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake
Rouge National Urban Park, Toronto
Looking to escape the stress of everyday life? Come recharge at Rouge National Urban Park! Explore Carolinian ecosystems, discover one of the largest marshes in the region, walk along unspoiled beaches and let the sand soothe your feet. There’s nothing like a gentle lake breeze on a hot summer day. Immerse yourself in a cultural experience and discover a piece of human history stretching back more than 10,000 years, including Aboriginal sites that are among the oldest in Canada.
HMCS Haida National Historic Site, Hamilton - 80 km from Toronto
After a good breakfast and a heaping bowl of fresh air, make your way to the Port of Hamilton. Climb aboard the most famous Canadian war vessel and imagine what life must have been like for the crew serving on the Navy’s most decorated ship. Can you spot any imminent threats on the horizon? Enjoy the Hamilton farmers’ market where you can pull together a delicious picnic before heading out to Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Fort George National Historic Site, Niagara-on-the-Lake - 75 km from Hamilton
Watch a musket firing demonstration. Better yet, put on a red coat, slip on a military hat, load and fire. Wander through the fort’s eight restored buildings and revisit the lives of British soldiers and their families. Enjoy beautiful views of the mighty Niagara River. Take the rest of the day to leisurely stroll around town on foot or by bike. Make sure to fill your shopping bags with local products before heading back home.