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Day trippin’ outside the GTA

ROADTRIPEach of these trips are about an hour drive from Toronto, perfect for a day’s outing, perhaps with a picnic!

 The Streetcar Museum, Milton (57 km)
This unusual museum allows visitors to ride a vintage streetcar and take in the trams, interurban trains and suburban light rail vehicles from decades past. 13629 Guelph Line, hcry.org

Warplane Heritage Museum, Mount Hope (84 km)
Take a cockpit tour of classic military aircraft or arrange for a kid’s sleep over in the hanger. You can even hitch a ride in a WW2 warplane. Choose from a Douglas Dakota, a de Havilland Tiger Moth bi-wing or the world’s last passenger-carrying Dam-Busting WW2 Lancaster.
9280 Airport Rd., Mount Hope, warplane.com

Bell Homestead, Brantford (110 km)
The home of Alexander Graham Bell, the teacher of the deaf who invented the telephone. This is the site where he breathed life into his ideas for a “speaking telegraph” in the 1880s.
94 Tutela Heights Rd., Brantford, bellhomestead.ca

Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene (153km)
Penetanguishene’s Discovery Harbour is the historic home port of two replica tall ships, the HMS Bee and HMS Tecumseh. Discover what life was like aboard a rigged topsail schooner in the early 1800’s and get a glimpse into the daily lives of those who manned the original British naval and military base.
93 Jury Dr., Penetanguishene, discoveryharbour.on.ca

Historic Cambridge Market (97 km)
Since the 1830s, the market has had tradition of “meeting the producers” by connecting those who shop at the market with farmers who grow the product. In addition to Ontario grown fruits and vegetables, the market includes crafters, unique shops and restaurants. Saturdays (year-round ) Wednesdays (mid-June to August end)
40 Dickson St., Cambridge, cambridgefarmersmarket.ca

Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, Midland (149 km)
Imagine what it would have been like as a pioneer settler in 1639 living in Ontario’s first European community totalling 66 people and representing one fifth of the entire population of New France. Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons was the headquarters for the French Jesuit Mission to the Huron Wendat people and survived as such until 1649.
16164 Hwy. 12 E., Midland, saintemarieamongthehurons.on.ca

Scenic Caves, Collingwood (160 km)
At this adventure attraction, you can walk amongst the treetops on a canopy walk, dig for gems, explore gorgeous caves or glide on zip lines across the dramatic Blue Mountains. The family-oriented hotspot is not far from Collingwood, itself a fun destination with great restaurants and sights.
260 Scenic Caves Blvd., Blue Mountains, sceniccaves.com