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

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Day 1

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.

A woman playing in the sand with her two young children
Rouge National Urban Park

Day 2

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.

Two young girls learn from a costumed interpreter aboard the HMCS Haida
HMCS Haida National Historic Site

Day 3

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.

Return to Toronto, 130 km


Children play cards with an interpreter dressed as a British Soldier
Fort George National Historic Site

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