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Where to stop between Ottawa and Toronto

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Where to stop between Ottawa and Toronto

Hi

Please can you give any ideas on where to stop between Ottawa and Toronto.

Will be travelling by car and have 3 young children.

many thanks

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1. Re: Where to stop between Ottawa and Toronto

Gananoque/1000 Islands

Kingston

Prince Edward County

Rideau Lakes District.

How long do you want to stop for? A day, a few hours,...?

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2. Re: Where to stop between Ottawa and Toronto

The Highway services (On Route) just past Kingston has a very new playground, if you only need a short stop.

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3. Re: Where to stop between Ottawa and Toronto

The Big Apple at Colborne has a petting Zoo, mini train rides, etc.... most of which is free.

http://www.thebigapple.ca/

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4. Re: Where to stop between Ottawa and Toronto

If you are driving on the 401 highway, you could take the side trip along the Thousand Islands Parkway. It exits directly off the highway and re-enters the highway directly at the end of the parkway - no fancy navigation required, just follow the signs. It's a lovely drive along the St Lawrence River, and there are places to park and let the kids run off some steam.

Once you exit the 401 onto the 417 to Ottawa, there is very little along the way for eating or stopping. If the kids need a stop, do it before you take the 417 heading to Ottawa.

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5. Re: Where to stop between Ottawa and Toronto

Looking at doing it in a day so really not wanting to stop too long just a break for everyone.

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6. Re: Where to stop between Ottawa and Toronto

I'm not sure which direction you're traveling - to Ottawa or from Ottawa....and I assume you are taking the 401/416 combo hwy routes.

Then as suggested above you could take the Thousand Island Parkway, and stop at Gananoque or anywhere along the parkway (there is parkland) to stretch your legs. Also,the Big Apple as noted above. Or drop down to Cobourg - there is a beach and park at the harbour.

The old Hwy#2 runs parallel to the multi-lane 401 - #2 runs along the lakeshore through small towns, farmland, orchards. It's a more scenic, slower drive, with lots of options for stops.

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