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Places to stay outside of Toronto

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Places to stay outside of Toronto

Hi,

we are looking to visit Toronto for the first time in mid September for about 4 nights, and was then looking to stay somewhere out of the city for 4 nights. We have both recently visited Newport in RI, USA and really loved the 'vibe' of the place, especially being by the water, quiet but still with just enough to see and do and also restaurants and bars for evening time. Is there anywhere that is possibly similar within about 3 hr drive from Toronto that anyone could suggest?

any help advice would be appreciated

Cheers

Si

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1. Re: Places to stay outside of Toronto

Going east:

Prince Edward County: http://prince-edward-county.com/

Kingston and the Thousand Island: http://tourism.kingstoncanada.com/en/

The towns of Northumberland County: http://www.northumberlandtourism.com/en/

Edited: 09 July 2013, 20:54
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2. Re: Places to stay outside of Toronto

Thanks for the suggestions these places look amazing. Just out of interest is there anywhere either north or west of Toronto that is similar ?

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3. Re: Places to stay outside of Toronto

North west there in Collingwood...

North is Barrie/Lake Simcoe...

North West is Tobermory...

South west is the Elora Gorge...

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4. Re: Places to stay outside of Toronto

Going west:

Stratford - but no water, other than the Thames river: http://www.visitstratford.ca/

Lake Huron shores communities: http://www.sunsets.com/

Going north:

Muskoka Lakes region: http://www.discovermuskoka.ca/

Overall Ontario info:

ontariotravel.net/TCISSegmentsWeb/…

http://www.ontariotourism.com/

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5. Re: Places to stay outside of Toronto

I'm not familiar with Newport so I'm not sure what you're looking for something similar to.

Prince Edward County as phpr mentioned in reply #1 is a bucolic farm/winery/orchard area on Lake Ontario/Bay of Quinte with good beaches at Sandbanks Provincial Park. The Niagara-on-the-Lake area is comparable, but busier, albeit with more wineries to offer.

Taking your 2-3 hour drive north or northeast from Toronto would put you in Canadian Shield cottage country (Muskoka, Parry Sound, Haliburton, Kawarthas, Algonquin Park), more of a rugged, forested landscape full of little lakes. Where this landscape meets Georgian Bay it creates the 30,000 Islands, accessible from towns like Parry Sound and smaller villages.

Tobermory is more like 4 hours away but it's a nice town on the water with lots of outdoorsy stuff to do -- beautiful hiking along the clifftops overlooking the lake in Bruce Peninsula National Park, boat tours to Flowerpot Island, etc.

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6. Re: Places to stay outside of Toronto

Parts of Muskoka would be somewhat like Newport, in terms of large "cottages or family compounds, resorts, etc. However the communities are not as ... well ... cosmopolitan shall we say. Indeed most of traditional cottage country in southern Ontario would share similarities to that residential aspect of Newport ... the Thousand Islands, Rideau Lakes, Pointe-au-Baril, Lake Simcoe areas.

The only place I can think of that reminds me of Newport, in Canada, would be Chester, Nova Scotia ... but needless to say that's a separate trip.

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