Ontario, Canada should be on the bucket list of just about anyone who loves the outdoors. The landscape alone is worth the trip, with thousands of square miles of boreal and hardwood forests, bounding hills, lakes and rock formations. Simply taking a drive through this area of the map will expose you to these natural beauties, but if you’re looking to get out and engage in some specific activities, what follows is a list of must-do items during your next trip to Ontario.
Silent Lake Provincial Park
Silent Lake is the kind of natural body of water that makes you forget that we live in the 21st century. It’s incredibly serene and surrounded by dark forest, and if that isn’t enough to make you appreciate the relaxing nature, it’s also a motor-free lake. The only boats you’ll find on the surface are likely canoes, further distancing the lake from the modern, technology-heavy hustle and bustle of daily life. It’s a camper’s dream, and you can elect just how primitive you want to be. You can pack in your tent, car camp at pre-approved sites or stay in one of the park’s newest cabins.
The Wolf Centre
In the charming little village of Haliburton lies a 15-acre enclosure known as the Wolf Centre. It’s home to a pack of wolves, complete with an alpha male and female and their adorable pups (although they’ll be grown soon!). You’ll also find a sort of museum on the property with multiple wolf exhibits, a viewing room and a gift shop. Like other facilities housing many seemingly “dangerous” animals, the purpose of the Wolf Centre is to educate people about these majestic and misunderstood creatures.
While you’re hanging around the Haliburton Forest checking out the wolves, do yourself a favor and take a Canopy Tour. Here, you’ll be able to walk through the thick forest anywhere from 10 to 20 meters above the ground. You’re tethered to a cable to prevent you from falling should you slip, and those with a fear of heights may find the experience unnerving, but if you don’t mind a little altitude it’s a fantastic way to experience the natural beauty of the forest canopy.