Toronto and Montreal are two of Canada’s most exciting cities to visit. With Toronto being a truly metropolitan city and Montreal bringing a piece of Europe to the Great White North, seeing both of these places is a must if you find yourself in Canada. Thankfully, these two cities are a five hour drive apart with plenty to see in-between.
To find out some highlights of the trip I spoke with JustFly. An online travel agency, JustFly is keenly aware of attractions throughout Canada, including Toronto and Montreal. They gave me three stops you need to make on your great Canadian journey.
The Big Apple
Located in Colborne, Ontario, The Big Apple is an unmissable pie shop located directly on highway 401. Why is it unmissable? Because it is in the shape of a giant apple. Claiming to have sold millions of pies to 401 travelers and locals, The Big Apple also features a tiny gift shop, an open kitchen where you can watch pies being made, and a restaurant that has tasty meals like burgers, poutine, and pogos. A great place to stop, stretch your legs, and grab some treats!
Sandbanks Provincial Park
Further East, near Belleville, Ontario, is Sandbanks Provincial Park. This park is headlined by one of Lake Ontario’s best beaches according to JustFly’s review. What makes it great? The beaches at Sandbanks have some of the largest freshwater sandbars on planet Earth, making this beach a great place to take a relaxing break from your drive. If you have the time or a boat, this region is also great for boating, sailing, or other water sports.
1000 Islands Region
Lastly, JustFly says you need to take some time and cruise on the 1000 Islands Parkway. This region features 1,864 small islands scattered throughout a lush archipelago. So, what constitutes an island in this region? The land must have one square foot of area above water year-round and support two living trees. The islands range in size from that small to 100 square kilometres. The region itself is great for simply road tripping through, boating, or hiking.