Lake Ontario is often overlooked when people consider the Great Lakes. Lakes Michigan, Superior and Erie tend to hog the national conversation due to the number of tourists they attract, while Ontario and Huron take a back seat. So, we figured it was time to give Ontario a shout-out for being a seriously cool and underappreciated member of our beautiful Great Lakes. Here are some travel destination highlights.


Best Vacation Spot: Sackets Harbor, New York

Sackets Harbor

There are plenty of great spots in both the U.S. and Canada to vacation around Lake Ontario, but Sackets Harbor’s charm is truly captivating. This quaint colonial town has a fascinating history. During the War of 1812, American forces defeated the British in a naval battle on Lake Ontario, and later on the battlefield. Today, the battlefield is a state historic site (complete with military reenactments) and a park along the shore of the lake. In addition, there are beaches, a couple of marinas, a brewery, plenty of docks, picturesque colonial architecture, and the Robert G. Wehle State Park, which is great for hiking and picnics. It’s a perfect spot for a day trip or weekend.


Best Island: Wolfe Island, Ontario


Canada’s Wolfe Island features sand dunes, a large beach, a protected environmental area, biking and hiking trails, and a nice golf course. The town of Marysville, which was nearly our selection for best vacation spot, has nice shops and a fantastic bakery. For music lovers, the Wolfe Island Music Festival hosts acclaimed indie music bands every year in August.


Best Boat Trip: Northeastern Shore and Thousand Islands

Not straying too far from Wolfe Island, we suggest boating around the archipelago near the northeastern shore. It’s hard to imagine a better activity than island hopping Lake Ontario in your Crownline. Check out the Thousand Islands at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River for great fishing. From there, head west to Amherst Island and the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area. You’re sure to see plenty of cool animals, colonial architecture, lighthouses and even European-inspired castles dotting the islands. There are enough places to visit to make this a lengthy journey, so be prepared if you’re in it for the long haul.


Best Big City: Toronto

Toronto is a great world city and surprisingly boat friendly. The city is an experience much beyond Lake Ontario, but there are plenty of ways to keep the action centered on the water. Boat along the lakeshore and visit the Toronto Islands. Stop by the Harbourfront Centre to experience the best of Toronto culture, including shops, restaurants, music, art and shows. Another food option nearby is the Amsterdam BrewHouse. It’s a giant restaurant and brewery that features some downright crazy and delicious local foods. So, give Lake Ontario its due and get out there and explore.


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