With summer upon us, every collector car owner has a few go-to routes they love to drive. This year, we’re offering up our top 5 summer drives in Ontario to give you the chance to discover some great alternatives.
Kingston to Perth
Starting from Kingston, head north towards Perth via Westport. This route will take you through scenic forest views and winding roads in the Frontenac Provincial Park region. Despite the route itself not being very long, it is dotted with lakes and rivers and will be sure not to disappoint. The added benefit here is if your collector car is a convertible, you can enjoy the wonderful fresh forest air. As a wonderful addition to the drive, you can head back via Shabot Lake.
Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.
Around Lake Simcoe
From Toronto, drive north towards Barrie and hug the shoreline using roads like the 20th Side road. The idea is not speed, but to get off any resemblance of a highway and cruise the shoreline of Lake Simcoe while enjoying the relaxed drive. You can even circle Lake Simcoe using Lakeshore Drive and Cedarhurst Beach Rd on the east side, and once you’ve reached the Keswick area, you can head straight down to Toronto.
Duration: 4 to 5 hours if you take your time to hug the shoreline.
Ottawa to Algonquin Park
Driving from Ottawa, head west to Algonquin Park. The way there will provide several scenic options depending on how much time you have and how adventurous you feel. We suggest the route heading south-west on the 41 and on to the 28 and back up towards Algonquin Park. It provides some winding roads, the occasional small town and a lot of opportunities to enjoy the surrounding scenery.
Duration: Approximately 3 hours.
Carleton Place to Kingston
Just outside of Ottawa resides the quaint town of Carleton Place. It’s a great location to start a drive southbound towards Kingston, where the St. Lawrence River meets Lake Ontario and the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage site). This drive will take you through some lesser-known towns, but for the most part, boasts lovely winding roads.
Duration: Approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.
Niagara-on-the-Lake to Fort Erie
We all know the Niagara region for its overwhelming beauty, vineyards, long stretches of road that hug the waterlines and, of course, Niagara Falls. We highly recommend taking advantage of the Niagara Parkway, heading down the Niagara River. This stretch can take you down from Lake Ontario (and the Falls) to Lake Erie. If you’re looking for a quick scoot back up from Fort Erie, you can conveniently hop on the QEW and head North.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours at slow cruising.
Have you have driven any of these routes? Have suggestions for routes that other collector car enthusiasts just have to try? Be sure to let us know!