The properties that made our top 10 list include scenic lakeside hideaways, top spas, eco-friendly accommodations and other vacation ideas for all budgets. Get away and relax surrounded by nature, experience new activities and reconnect with your loved ones. Most of the properties on our list are a quick drive from Toronto. Adventures to choose from include canoeing, yoga sessions, golf in the summer, snowshoeing in the winter.Here is our list of top 10 places to stay for couples and families with kids. The list includes luxury resorts as well as more affordable options. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Taboo Resort: Lakeside Spa Getaway - 2 hours

Taboo Resort: Lakeside Spa Getaway - 2 hours
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Located on the picturesque Lake Muskoka, Taboo Resort has a beautiful spa, great golf course and restaurants which offer dishes prepared with locally grown ingredients. The Premier Lakefront rooms are a great choice for couples who want a view of the lake through huge windows. Amenities include deep soaking tubs and private balconies, perfect for a breakfast on the lake. Families should book a Cottage Chalet which features two to four bedrooms, washer/drier, a full kitchen and an outdoor BBQ area. Enjoy organic oils and natural products at Spa Taboo which offers a diverse menu of services. Room rates start at $185 per night (800-461-0236, 705-687-2233).

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2.Langdon Hall: Luxury Weekend in Cambridge, Ontario - 1 hour and 15 minutes

Langdon Hall: Luxury Weekend in Cambridge, Ontario - 1 hour and 15 minutes
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Get away for a couples weekend of great food and spa treatments in a peaceful country setting at Langdon Hall. The hotel is a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux hotel group, known for its five star service. Choose from 52 guest rooms and suites, featuring antique furnishings, baths with soaking tubs and walk-in showers. Ask for one of the suites with a wood burning fireplace and a private terrace overlooking the gardens. Langdon Hall is located in Cambridge, Ontario, about one hour from Toronto. Rooms start at $375 on weekends (519-740-2100).

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3.Ste. Anne's Spa - 1 hour and 20 minutes

Ste. Anne's Spa - 1 hour and 20 minutes
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Located on 400 quiet acres in Grafton, Ontario, Ste. Anne's Spa is a beautiful escape from the city. 16 guest rooms at the Main Inn and 6 cottages are individually decorated in Old World style. Ask for one of the rooms with a romantic fireplace on your weekend getaway. All-inclusive rates start at $800 per night. In addition to overnight stays, Ste. Anne's Spa offers day spa packages starting at $170 per person which include lunch, afternoon tea, a $120 spa credit and complete use of the spa facilities (888-346-6772, 905-349-2493).

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4.Grail Springs Wellness Retreat - 2 hours and 45 minutes

Grail Springs Wellness Retreat - 2 hours and 45 minutes
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Grail Springs is located in Bancroft, Ontario, in the heart of the Canadian Shield, surrounded by a pristine forest, meditation gardens and a beautiful lake. The resort offers a variety of accommodation options, including luxurious rooms with lake views. If you are looking to reconnect with nature, book one of the eco forest cabins in the summer. Grail Springs is a family getaway offering many activities, including yoga, snowshoeing, horseback riding, guided hikes and evening guest speakers. In the summer, enjoy the lake beach, canoes, paddleboats and the labyrinth.

Spa facilities include an outdoor hot mineral salt tub, cold-plunge salt pool, outdoor dry Finnish sauna, steam sauna and infrared sauna. All-inclusive two-night retreats start at $480 per person, including all meals, activities and $100 spa credit (877-553-5772, 613-332-0154).

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5.Affordable Weekend Getaway at Ontario Parks

Affordable Weekend Getaway at Ontario Parks
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A relaxing trip from Toronto doesn't have to break the bank. Stay overnight in a heated yurt or cabin in one of the provincial parks in Ontario. For example, Windy Lake Provincial Park has 4 new yurts where you can have fun outdoors year-round; this is one of the best cheap getaways from the city. Each yurt sleeps six people and is equipped with a table and chairs, lighting, electric heat and an electrical outlet. Outside the yurt, there is a fire pit, picnic table, and propane barbeque with side burner ( 888-668-7275, 519-826-5290).

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6.Blue Mountain Resort - 1 hour and 30 minutes

Blue Mountain Resort - 1 hour and 30 minutes
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Blue Mountain Resort, just 90 minutes north of Toronto, is a year-round playground for kids and grown-ups alike. The resort offers diverse accommodations, a 40-acre pedestrian village, and 45 restaurants, bars and shops. There are two spas at Blue Mountain, as well as the nearby Scandinave Spa, perfect for a relaxing spa getaway in the mountains. If you are looking for spa retreats near Toronto, this is a great option. In the winter, guests have access to 42 ski and snowboard trails. During the warmer season, activities include golf, tennis, hiking, mountain biking, open-air gondola, Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Mountaintop Segway Tours and the Aquatic Centre. VacationIdea.com Tip: Look for last minute getaway deals.

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7.Fairmont Chateau Laurier - 4 hours and 15 minutes

Fairmont Chateau Laurier - 4 hours and 15 minutes  

Fairmont Chateau Laurier is a historic city getaway in the heart of Ottawa. The hotel offers luxury guest rooms, classical interiors and a limestone exterior with turrets that will remind you of a French chateau. The hotel has a health club with a fitness center, a 20 yard art-deco swimming pool, dry saunas and a lounge area. For a massages or other spa services, visit the Holtz Spa across the street.

During the summer months, Chateau Montebello, about a one-hour drive from the hotel, features a Stanley Thompson-designed golf course. For biking and skating, visit the Rideau Canal next to the hotel, or the nearby Gatineau Hills. The hotel has 398 guest rooms and 31 suites which measure at least 375 square feet in size. Stay in one of the Fairmont Gold rooms, located on a private executive floor, to get access to the executive lounge offering free breakfast buffet in the morning, hors d'oeuvres, internet access and shoe shine. Enjoy a meal with a view of Parliament Hill at Wilfrid's restaurant which offers a diverse menu that changes weekly. Bed and breakfast rates start at $225 CAD per room, per night, double occupancy. Weekend packages are usually available, letting you save money and enjoy free breakfast, massages and other perks. Kids stay free, making this one of the top family getaways in the area (613-562-7030.

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8.ARC The.Hotel in Ottawa

ARC The.Hotel in Ottawa
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ARC The.Hotel is a boutique getaway designed and styled with urban luxury in mind. The property has 112 guestrooms and offers luxury amenities, including sparkling wine upon arrival, Egyptian linens, bathrobes, daily newspaper delivery, high speed Internet, and a 24-hour concierge. Choose from stylish rooms and upscale suites. The fitness center is open 24/7 and offers a range of cardio equipment and free weights. The hotel has partnered with Bode Spa to offer in-room spa services. The ARC Lounge has soft subtle lighting and intimate booths where guests are served delectable dishes. Rates start at CAD 145.

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9.Sheraton Newfoundland

Sheraton Newfoundland  

Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland in St. John, is conveniently located in the historic city center overlooking the harbor. The hotel has a full-service health club with a heated indoor swimming pool, squash court and a fitness center. After a day around the city, relax in the whirlpool and the the saunas. The hotel has 301 rooms and luxury suites with bathrobes, daily newspaper delivery and a work desk. Both casual and fine dining are offered at the hotel. For a light meal, try the Narrows Lounge and Bar where you can taste local beer brewed at Quidi Vidi Brewery. The BonaVista Restaurant is a Mediterranean-themed restaurant with semi-private seating and an open-kitchen. For great views of the Narrows and St. John's harbor, head to the elegant Cabot Club Dining Room. Fly to St. John in Canada and take a taxi to the hotel (709-726-4980).

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10.Relaxing Nature Hideaway at Le Chateau Montebello - 5 hours

Relaxing Nature Hideaway at Le Chateau Montebello - 5 hours  

Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello in Quebec, is a hideaway for nature enthusiasts. Offering 211 guest rooms and whirlpool suites, this red cedar log chateau combines luxury with a wilderness experience. Montebello is set on the shores of Ottawa River with scenic views of the Laurentians. There is a number of activities to choose from throughout the year, including golf, hoseback riding, hiking, fishing, canoeing and skiing. Wildlife watching is also a favorite activity. The hotel offers Wild Bear Observation between May and October at the sister property Fairmont Kenauk.

There is an abundance of mountain biking trails and abandoned forested roads. Bike rentals are available at the Sports Chalet. Indulge in relaxing spa treatments, including couples massages and other services. The Golf Club, designed by Stanley Thompson in 1929, feels secluded and features dramatic elevation changes. For families, the property offers several family activities. Kids can play in the outside play area, indoors in the craft area and swim in the hotel pools. French and English movies are presented at 7:30 pm daily. Whether you want an elegant meal or a quick snack, the hotel offers several dining options with an emphasis on regional dishes. You can dine outdoors, in the main dining room or in one of the many private salons. Bed and Breakfast rates start from $271 CAD per room, per night plus tax, based on double occupancy, from the end of June through mid-October; from $225 CAD per room/per night in the off-season. Montebello is located 1.5 hours by car from Montreal, Canada.

Celebrate the holidays at a historic log chateau in Quebec, Canada with one of these holiday specials at a beautiful nature hideaway where you can relax in a calm setting with the whole family. If you are looking for a unique getaway for your holidays, the "Country Christmas Package" includes: Accommodation on December 23, 24 & 25, Christmas log and hot chocolate served on arrival, Two buffet breakfasts, one continental breakfast and Christmas Brunch, Three dinners, including the traditional Christmas Dinner, Christmas Eve "Reveillon" with a visit from Santa Claus, Family sleigh ride, Complete children's program, Dancing and entertainment, Complimentary access to the Sports Center, indoor pool, squash, outdoor skating rinks and cross-country ski trails. Rates start from $875 CAD per adult for 3 nights. Rates for Children sharing parents' room: 0 to 5 years old: $150, 6 to 12 years old: $255, and 13 to 17 years old: $405 for 3 nights.

The "New Year's Gala Package" includes: Accommodation in a Fairmont room on December 31, New Year's Eve Gala Cocktail Party and Dinner Dance, Continental breakfast, New Year's Day Brunch, Complete children's program, Complimentary access to the Sports Center, indoor pool, squash, outdoor skating rinks and cross-country ski trails. Rates starts from $390 CAD per adult. Children sharing parents' room: 0 to 5: $50 CAD, 6 to 12 years: $105 CAD, 13 to 17 years old: $199 CAD.

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11.Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City - 7 hours and 45 minutes

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City - 7 hours and 45 minutes  

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is a castle-like structure towering above Old Quebec City. Step back in time as you take a horse-drawn carriage ride and walk along the cobblestone streets of this historic city. With its regal rooms, attentive service and fine dining, the hotel is a great romantic city getaway in Canada. The hotel has a health club with a 55-foot indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and a kid's wading pool. Guests can work out at the fitness center and choose from a number of relaxing body treatments at the Massage Therapy Salon.

The 618 guest rooms and suites are spacious and beautifully furnished. Signature rooms, measuring from from 275 to 350 square feet in size, are some of the best rooms in the hotel. They overlook the St. Lawrence River and offer panoramic views of Old Quebec City. If you want more privacy and additional service on your city vacation, book one of the Fairmont Gold rooms. You will receive personalized check-in, private lounge access and a complimentary continental breakfast daily.

In addition to central location in historic Old Quebec, a United Nations World Heritage Site, the hotel offers a number of vacation activities, ranging from ice skating to programs for kids. The hotel offers a number of dining options, including the elegant Le Champlain restaurant and the casual Le Cafe de la Terrasse. Who said Afternoon Tea was only for grown-ups? This family resort offers Tea Time for kids, a chance for children aged 5 to 12 to improve their social skills. Madame Rose makes the experience fun and memorable with exciting stories and anecdotes. Tea Time for kids topics include: tea place setting, story telling, how to eat and serve tea party fare, and how to be a well-mannered guest in any social situation. Tea time with Madame Rose is offered Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons at 3:00 pm.

Other family activities include the daily drawing contest, kitchen visits & photo with Chef, milk & cookies turndown and guided tours of the hotel with historic character. Kids under 18 stay for free when sharing a room with parents. In addition, kids under 5 years old eat for free and 6-12 years old get 50% off meals. Romance package rates start from $349 CAD per night, per couple for a two-night stay. Romance package rates start from $349 CAD per night, per couple for a two-night stay (418-692-3861).

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More Ideas: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts was originally known as the Art Association of Montreal when it was founded in 1860. It began as a selection of works from art collectors in Montreal and has grown to include art from all around the world. Now housing over 41,000 works of art spanning over the ages, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a must-see for art lovers.

Over time, the museum has had to relocate and expand to accommodate its growing collection. The complex is made of five separate pavilions in Montreal, each with different exhibition themes. Included is a concert hall, auditorium, educational facilities and well as galleries. Montreal Museum of Fine Art is the eighth largest museum in North America, and has had over one million visitors in the past three years. Next read: Best Things to Do in Montreal

Encyclopedic Collection is one of the largest in Canada, and includes genres like Archaeology and World Cultures, Decorative Arts and Design, Early to Modern International Art, Quebec and Canadian Art, International Contemporary Art, Photography and Graphic Arts, and a Sculpture Garden.

Mediterranean archaeology- The museum’s collection of Mediterranean archaeology is the second largest in the country, holding 875 artifacts from the Bronze Age to the classical time.

The World Culture Exhibit includes works from Asia, Africa, The Middle East, and the Americas. There are 750 pieces of international art housed by the museum from all different time periods and in several mediums.

A sculpture garden features 22 works by various artists, and is recognized as a cultural attraction by Montreal’s tourism board. Quebec and Canadian art includes works by Inuit artists, pieces created during the founding of Canada, themes of modernism, and contemporary art.

Decorative Arts and Design Collection includes over 10,000 works, such as furniture, ceramics, textiles, glassware, and silverware. Pieces from the 15th century on are contained in this exhibit, and reflect the many changes in design that have happened over the centuries.

Focus: Perfection by Robert Mapplethorpe-This exhibition contains nearly 300 photographs that span over Mapplethorpe’s entire career. He was one of the most influential photographers of his time, and is known for the way his work focuses on perceptions of gender, race, and sexuality. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is the only Canadian venue to host this exhibit, and this is the first comprehensive collection of Mapplethorpe’s work since the landmark exhibition The Perfect Movement. The Perfect Movement was controversial at the time, as North America was in a culture war.

Kerry James Marshall: Biennale De Montreal 2016, The Grand Balcony-Marshall has become famous for his work that examines the way African-Americans are represented in culture. For this exhibit, he has created a new collection of lightboxes that chronicle his ongoing project Rhythm Mastr. This project features a superhero that fights evil by combining futuristic methods with traditional African culture. Marshall has had an important role in North American art, having served on Committee on the Arts and the Humanities established by President Barack Obama, as well as receiving recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts in the form of a fellowship, and a grant from the MacArthur Foundation, and was the recipient of the Wolfgang Hahn Award.

SHE Photographs-This collection features the work from several different artists. These artists focus on different themes in contemporary photography, including the environment, landscape, nudes, and still life. The photographs use a variety of techniques, including collage, composite images, and pinhole photography.

Design Lab: The Art of Play-This collection features handmade toys from young designers in Quebec. These toys are made from wood, textiles, and recycled materials. These toys are all unique and are examples of superb craftsmanship.

There are many different activities hosted by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, from family workshops to school outings. Cultural activities, educational displays, and courses are offered to promote art appreciation and cultivate skills. Programs like Day Camp give school children to create art during their spring break, and guided tours are offered to classes as an extension of the lesson plan. A virtual exhibition is available online as well to assist in the classroom. Birthday workshops are also offered for a fun, engaging party. There are drop-in workshops available with seasonal themes, and parent-child activities to create collaborative art. Adult Education workshops include tutorials in drawing, watercolor, music creation, and painting technique.

There are also concerts held at Bourgie Hall that feature travelling productions and local symphonies. Holiday concerts are especially popular, and include Christmas symphonies, Cantatas of J.S. Bach, and Charlie Brown Christmas.

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More Ideas: Canadian Center for Architecture

The Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal is a research institution operating under the premise that architecture should be a concern for the public. The center offers many exhibitions and collections discussing how architecture shapes everyday life.

History

In 1989 the Canadian Center for Architecture opened to the public, and since that time has displayed over 175 exhibitions and produced almost 70 publications. Its first decade was celebrated with the En Chantier exhibition, marking the ongoing collection of three hundred and fifty photographs, drawings, manuscripts and toy models which covers over five centuries of history in architecture.

The Canadian Center for Architecture opened its Study Center in 1997, which supports research in architecture through several seminars and grants. It also provides access to the center’s library and its many collections. More than fifteen hundred scholars and researchers have visited the Canadian Center for Architecture’s Study Center.

From 1999 to 2001, Kurt W. Forster replaced founding director Phyllis Lambert, and just a few years later, Nicholas Olsberg succeeded Mr. Forster.

In 2005, the center appointed Mirko Zardini as its director, and since that time has expanded the focus of the Canadian Center for Architecture. Exhibitions and displays that once showed and discussed architecture now are for/about/on architecture and its impact on society. These address themes such as war, health, migration, and much more.

The center continues to expand and improve its collections with new acquisitions and donations. Both the Foreign Office Architects and the Archaeology of the Digital have contributed significantly to the Canadian Center for Architecture.

Displays and Collections

The Canadian Center for Architecture is a repository of inspiration and ideas. It offers the basis for research and activities and provides an essential source of reflection and scholarship on architecture and the role it plays in society.

Culture and Production- The Culture and Production collections provide documents that show architecture and its history from the time of the Renaissance to current day. It is comprised of many archives and displays which show architecture and its influence in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Nearly two-hundred and fifty thousand publications are on display, including city guides, maps, trade catalogs and building documentation. Visitors can also view prints and drawings from the fifteenth century to current day, as well as over sixty-five thousand photographs that date back to the 1840s.

In addition to documents and drawings, guests will see souvenir buildings, building blocks, artifacts, and other printed materials.

Artifacts and Other Objects- This collection displays over thirty-five hundred pieces of printed architecture, ranging from admission tickets to engraved letterheads. Most of these objects are from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and primarily comes from Europe and North America. Some other items of note include hotel luggage labels, postage stamps, and other examples of domestic architecture.

Postcards make up a significant portion of the collection. Some of the more prominent pieces include the Norman D. Stevens Collection of Library Architecture, which includes twenty-five thousand cards, the Gilles Gagnon Postcard Collection, with eleven thousand cards, and a Montreal architecture postcard collection that consists of twelve hundred cards. These selections range from the early twentieth century to the early twenty-first century.

With well over 800 items to view, the architectural toy display covers two centuries of toys manufactured in Europe and the United States of America. These toys offer a variety of diversity, ranging from construction toys to sets of paper architecture. While they may appear to be just for play, these toys provide insight into architectural history, showing how quickly and thoroughly manufacturers are to follow the most recent stylistic and technologic trends.

Prints and Drawings- Ranging in from the fifteenth century to present-day, the Print and Drawings collection is a display of over one hundred thousand pieces of work. Work before the nineteenth century is uncommon. However, guests can view many of them, primarily from Italy, France, and Britain.

This collection originated with the Canadian Center for Architecture founder, Phyllis Lambert. A part of her personal collection, the prints and drawings numbered around four-thousand when the center was founded. Phyllis envisioned an exhibit that prominently displayed the development of architectural theory and practice.

Over the years, the collection grew as many prominent personalities contributed from their selections. The late 1980s saw donations from Mart Stam for the Hellerhof Housing Estate, JJP Oud, for the Monadnock Block and several drawings from the Peter Eisenman archive.

Overall the collection leans toward conceptual design development drawings, as opposed to finished drawings. The intention is to provide a look into the spontaneous thought process of the architectural design, as opposed to the final representation of the building.

1920, Rue Baile, Montreal, QC H3H 2S6

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More Ideas: National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa had its beginnings in the late nineteenth century with the idea that Canadians deserve their own national gallery. The gallery would become a space to display Canadian art; to teach about and study the cultural heritage of the vast country, and to obtain spectacular works of art from across the globe. The aim of the art museum would be to expose visitors to magnificent art from all time periods and in all forms, including sculptures, photographs, paintings, and much more.

The National Gallery of Canada is now one of the most respected art institutions in the world. The museum is famous for its spectacular collection of over sixty-five thousand pieces of artwork, commended for its ways of engaging visitors of any age and any level of knowledge of the arts, and respected for scholarship. The National Gallery is housed in a light-filled, grand building of granite and glass, inside of which guests will find a reconstructed chapel from the nineteenth century, a glass-bottomed pool, and a cloistered garden courtyard.

The collection at the National Gallery consists of a broad scope of art. The institution's Canadian Art collection features a wide variety of artwork that is representative of artistic practices dating back to New France in the early eighteenth century to the early 1990's. The collection of Indigenous Art includes artwork by Canada's Aboriginal Peoples, in addition to works by other indigenous people worldwide. The collection features artistic practices that are outside of the established cannons of art of the western world. The experience of displacement, cultural repression, and forced assimilation are characteristics that define these forms of art.

The National Gallery of Canada's collection of contemporary art represents the artistic trends of modern day. The collection features work created within the past twenty-five years, and is a continuously evolving representation of current art practices. The diversity and dynamism of artists and artwork is reflected in the contemporary collection, connecting to a long history of the National Gallery supporting art of today. While the earliest works acquired by the Gallery for the collection may not be the most modern, they were considered contemporary art at the time.

The National Gallery of Canada also holds works of European, American, and Asian art. From the outset, the art museum has worked to acquire European art, with a goal of possessing a collection representative of the diverse and rich traditions of the continent. Containing approximately four hundred works, the collection of Asian art ranges from second century to the nineteenth century. Contemporary art from throughout Asia is also actively collected by the National Gallery.

An expansive collection of drawings and prints is also present at the National Gallery of Canada. The Prints and Drawings collection features more than twenty-seven thousand works of art on paper by artists from across Canada, the United States, and Europe. The collection is notable for its diversity and excellence, representing all of the major schools of art dating back to the fifteenth century through to contemporary times.

380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Phone: 613-990-1985

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From Toronto, Canada To     Driving Time
Gravenhurst, Ontario2 hours
Cambridge, Ontario1 hour and 15 minutes
Grafton, Ontario1 hour and 20 minutes
Bancroft2 hours and 45 minutes
Blue Mountains, Ontario 1 hour and 30 minutes
Ottawa4 hours and 15 minutes
Montebello, Quebec5 hours
Quebec City7 hours and 45 minutes


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