There are a thousand beautiful places to discover in Ontario, and over a thousand waterways will get you there.
The region is named after Lake Ontario, from the First Nations word for “beautiful water.” Beautiful water it is. Frozen or fresh, on skates or on skis, Ontario’s 250,000 freshwater lakes are abundant with fish waiting to be caught, caribou waiting to be photographed, float planes, sunken ships, and mysterious canoeing ghosts.
Ontario also boasts the oldest general store in Canada, the oldest known collection of First Nations rock carvings, freshly tapped maple syrup and homegrown ice wine to boot.
Cait Etherton is a frequent contributor to National Geographic Travel. Follow her journey on Twitter.