This itinerary will take you to the thundering water of Niagara Falls, the breathtaking views at the 1000 Islands region, the historic Rideau Canal and the vast wilderness of Algonquin Provincial Park. Experience the highlights of Southern Ontario on this spectacular trip.
Day 1: Toronto to Niagara Falls (200 km)
Pick up your RV in Cookstown in the morning and depart southbound to Niagara Falls. The Queen Elizabeth Highway follows Lake Ontario’s shoreline from Toronto to the Niagara Peninsula.
Upon arrival at Niagara Falls park your RV and explore the waterfront on foot. Option to enjoy one or more of the activities near the Falls or visit the scenic community of Niagara on the Lake at the northern end of the Niagara Parkway in the afternoon.
- Niagara Falls
- World's smallest church
Day 2: Niagara Falls to Prince Edward County (350 km)
Depart Niagara Falls in the morning. Traffic can be heavy throughout the day, especially on Highway 401 around Toronto, so allow time to reach your destination today.
- Lake Ontario
- Sandbanks Provincial Park
Day 3: Prince Edward to Gananoque (150 km)
Depart your campsite in the morning for the short drive to Bloomfield where you may revel in the TerraCello Winery or Huff Estates Winery. From here, the Loyalist Parkway passes through four municipalities along its route, each with its own unique charm and character. After a visit to the town of Picton, you will embark on a scenic 15-minute free ride on the Glenora Ferry.
The Loyalist Parkway is a memorial to the settlers who remained loyal to the British Crown and fled extreme persecution during the American War of Independence. In Kingston, near the eastern end of the parkway, you can go behind the walls of Canada’s oldest and most infamous maximum security prison at Kingston Penitentiary National Historic Site offering daily, seasonal tours. From Kingston continue on the King’s Highway (Highway 2) to Gananoque.
- The town of Picton
- Glenora ferry ride
- Kingston Penitentiary
Day 4: Gananoque (25 km)
Gananoque, in the heart of the 1000 Islands region, is recognized as one of Eastern Ontario’s most stunning waterfront communities. The best way to experience the magnificence of the 1000 Islands is by boat tour on the Saint Lawrence River past fairytale castles, historic lighthouses and stately mansions that take you back to the area’s heyday as a playground for the rich and famous.
Day 5: Gananoque to Merrickville (100 km)
Depart Gananoque in the morning towards Delta. The Rideau Canal connects the city of Ottawa with Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River in Kingston. The Jones Falls Locks are in one of the most picturesque locations along the Rideau Canal and home to the Great Stone Arch Dam. When completed in 1831, this was the highest dam in North America.
A short drive from here the 3.9 km summit loop at Rock Dunder offers the most spectacular views of the 202 km long waterway. In Delta, a visit to the Old Stone Mill National Historic Site of Canada is highly recommended. Arrive in Merrickville, named the Jewel of the Rideau, in the late afternoon.
Nearby campsite: Merrickville Lions Club Campground
- Rideau Canal
- Jones Falls Locks
- Old Stone Mill National Historic Site
Day 6: Merrickville to Algonquin Provincial Park (250 km)
Depart Merrickville in the morning for the drive towards the Frank McDougall Parkway (Highway 60). Originally completed in 1937, this road is a great way to see one of Canada’s beautiful parks and is famous for colourful foliage in the fall months. Visit the Visitor Centre at the East Gate to Algonquin Provincial Park to obtain a park pass and for assistance planning your leisure day tomorrow.
- Frank McDougall Parkway
- The Algonquin Logging Museum
Day 7: Algonquin Provincial Park (25 km)
Free day to enjoy all the natural recreation the park has to offer with canoeing, kayaking, fishing, biking, swimming, photography, bird and wildlife watching, or hiking one or more of the many trails in the park.
Day 8: Algonquin Provincial Park to Parry Sound (125 km)
Depart Algonquin Provincial Park via the West Gate. Consider stopping at the Hardwood Lookout Trail near the West Gate on your way out of the park. From here, continue onward to Parry Sound.
- Hardwood Lookout Trail
- The Town of Parry Sound
- Killbear Provincial Park
Day 9: Parry Sound to Toronto (160 km)
Depart Parry Sound in the morning and return your RV to Fraserway RV in Cookstown before 11:30 am.