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Out-There covers a wide variety of outdoor adventures and nature activities all over Ontario. From canoeing, to sea kayaking, mountain biking to backpacking, cross country skiing to snowboarding and a whole lot more. You'll find locations, destinations and trip planning information.

Ontario is centrally located in Canada and has played a significant role in its history and development. Ontario's lands and water ways have been managed well, given its population and size.

This translates into ample nature and outdoor adventure opportunities which the province is eager to support, as is evident by the fact that the province has set aside over twelve percent of the the land mass as parks or conservation areas

Parks and Managed Lands Outdoor Articles and Features

Out-There covers a wide variety of outdoor adventures all over Ontario. Have a look at our parks and articles section for an introduction.

 
Next to hockey, it seems that the people of Ontario like canoeing better than any other sport. When you discover the number of exceptional canoe routes (there are almost 100,000km of paddling routes) and paddling areas around the province, you'll understand why.
 
While most everybody has heard of Algonquin, some lesser known areas threaten to surpass the park as a canoeing destination. Quetico, Woodland Caribou and Lady Evelyn are the new contenders and certainly, if you want to avoid the crowds, one of these is a good bet for a great wilderness experience.
 
While Ontario is world renowned for its canoeing, don't overlook the wealth of other possibilities. Sea kayaking the Great Lakes rivals the best that the world's oceans can offer (without the tides and salt of course), as anyone who has paddled Huron or Superior will attest.
 
The blue green waters of Georgian Bay Islands National Park are as enticing as those of Bermuda but without that overwhelming feeling of being a tourist. A little further afield you can paddle through the islands at the shores of Killarney or, if you really want something wild, try the waters of Lake Superior along the shores of Superior Provincial or Pukaskwa National Parks.
 
Climbing in Ontario provides some great and often undeveloped rock (read no crowds), in particular the area north of Superior and, to a lesser extent, some crags along the Niagara escarpment. Lions Head doesn't qualify in the undeveloped category but it sure doesn't lack in variety. Besides the seemingly endless climbing routes, this area is scenically spectacular and has innumerable other activities to keep you busy.
 
Mountain bikers may seem a neglected lot in this province where the mountains are often referred to as hills - don't be fooled. Ontario has great biking and lots of it. Some of our favorites trails are in an area north east of Toronto, the Haliburton Highlands. You'll also enjoy the Barrie/Muskoka area and even, surprisingly, Algonquin Park which has a wilderness rail trail and a really good intermediate trail in the Minnising.

Ontario has traditionally been a great supporter of hiking and backpacking, which is apparent by the number of hiking trails, particularly extended ones, throughout the province. These includes the Bruce, Ganaraska, Voyageur, La Cloche Silhoutte, Abes and Essens trails just to name a few. With over three hundred Provincial (and many more planned) and National Parks, the number of hiking possibilities is almost endless.

 
 
 
Adventure Sports In Ontario
 
Backpacking   Camping   Canoeing
 
Climbing    Cycling   Dog Sledding
 
Hiking   Mountain Biking   Mountaineering
 
Sea Kayaking   Snowboarding   Snowshoeing 
         
Skiing   Rafting   W.W. Paddling
         
XC Skiing        
 

Visiting from outside Ontario

   
 

Visiting from outside Canada: Depending on your country of origin you may have little to understand or adapt to when you visit Canada. On the other hand many of Canada's customs, its commerce and cultural may be very new to you. We have put together a list of helpful information to assist you in your planning and after you've reached your destination.

 
   
Brant Conservation Area Sign   Beached Kayak Lake Superior Park   Camping Beausoleil Island Georgian Bay Park   Canoe on Joe Perry Lake Algonquin
Ontario's Conservation Areas - Hiking, camping, skiing, mountain biking and nature observation   Lake Superior Provincial Park By the shores of Gitche Gumee   Georgian Bay Islands National Park Kayak the Georgian Bay Islands
 

Algonquin Provincial Park
Where the world goes to paddle.

Canoeing Outlet River Sandbanks   Backpacking  La Cloche Silhouette Trail Killarney   Bruce Peninsula Escarpment Cliffs   Voyageur Autumn Maple Leaves
Sandbanks Provincial Park Lazy days, camping and endless sandy beaches   Killarney Provincial Park - The crown jewel of the Ontario park system   Bruce Peninsula National Park - Explore the spectacular Niagara Escarpment   Voyageur Provincial Park A wonderful camper's park in Eastern Ontario
Awenda Hiking Trail   Sunrise at Pukaskwa Park   Locks Rideau Canal   Backpacking Frontenac
Awenda Provincial
Park
- Georgian Bay's campers haven
  Pukaskwa National Park Exploring a Superior wilderness  

Rideau Waterway Paddling the historic waterway

  Frontenac Provincial Park Backpack or canoe into the wilderness
Horseback Riding Dundas Valley   Footprints on the Beach of Erie Shore   Climber on the Escarpment   Backpackers Coastal Trail Lake Superior
Dundas Valley Cycling, Hiking and Horseback Riding   Long Point A nature lovers dream on Erie's shore   Lions Head A wonderful introduction to the escarpment   Found a Friend in Pukaskwa Backpacking the Coastal Trail
Rideau Waterway Murphys Point   Squirrel in Campground Bon Echo   Fall Reflections Lac Meach Gatineau   Birding Trail Presqu'ile
Murphys Point Ontario's campers park on the Rideau   Bon Echo Eastern Ontario's outdoor jewel   Gatineau Park (Quebec) Ottawa's outdoor playground   Presqu'ile Campers and birders are in heaven
Algonquin Sunrise by Holly Charest   Moose Algonquin Wetlands   Paddling Big Salmon Lake Frontenac   Backcountry Skiing Algonquin
Algonquin a Perfect Weekend Canoeing and camping in the backcountry   Canoeing Algonquin Algonquin Backcountry canoeing with a novice   On the Shoulders of Frontenac Off season canoeing and hiking in Frontenac   Yurts of Algonquin Backcountry skiing and Algonquin Yurts

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Kayaking Georgian Bay
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Cycling the Ravines Humber Valley
Greater Toronto Region Rich in Outdoor Opportunities
Niagara Escarpment Bruce Peninsula
Central Ontario North Muskoka, Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula , Lake Simcoe & Grey
 
Parliment Buildings Ottawa
Ottawa and Region A Capital Idea
 
Fall Maple Leaves Kingston
Eastern Ontario Kingston and The Thousand Islands
 
Canoe on Joe Perry Lake Algonquin
Algonquin Where the world goes to paddle
 
Shorebirds Sandbanks Park PEC
Prince Edward County A Slice of Heaven on Lake Ontario
 
Hawk Released after Banding
Bird Banding at Prince Edward Point in PEC
   
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