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May 20, 2016 – Family Road Trips – Blog

Victoria Day weekend is upon us and most see this long weekend as the start to summer. Slowing down and shifting gears is what summer is all about. Why not hit the open road and explore places you’ve never been before.

Ontario Road Trips

First thing you need to do is decide where you are headed. Here are just a few beautiful spots to visit in Ontario.


  1. Hamilton, ON – Did you know Hamilton is the City of Waterfalls? There are over 100 waterfalls that have been identified in the area.
  2. Point Pelee National Park, Leamington, ONPoint Pelee National Park is the southernmost tip of mainland Canada.
  3. Bruce Peninsula – The Bruce Peninsula has stunning scenery as well as Boat tours, shipwrecks, caves and lighthouses.
  4. Ottawa – Travel to the capital of Canada without leaving the province of Ontario. The city of Ottawa Home to regal buildings on Parliament Hill and incredible museums, the trip to Ottawa is packed with Canadian history.
  5. Muskoka – Muskoka is Ontario’s most popular “cottage country”, so it only makes sense that you would want to visit. There’s a variety of fun activities to do in Muskoka including canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, boat cruises, fishing, cycling, horseback riding, hiking trails and more!

Road Trip Safety Checklist

Your car is about to become a mobile family room so before you hit the road, make sure everything is in working order and safe.

  1. Get a tune up. Have your tires, battery, belts, fluids, and air conditioning checked by a qualified mechanic.
  2. Give your car seat or booster seat a boost. Not sure if your car seats or booster seats are installed 100 percent correctly? Eight out of 10 aren’t, putting children at risk for injury. Call 866-SEAT-CHECK to find a nearby location for a free safety seat inspection.
  3. Check the backseat. Make sure child safety locks are activated on windows and doors. Check for any choking hazards, loose change or other items laying around. And remove any chemicals like washer fluid.
  4. Gear up for safety. Pack an emergency kit that includes:
  • Bottled water
  • Warm blankets
  • A flashlight
  • Jumper cables
  • Flares
  • Tools to change a tire
  • A first aid kit
  • It is also wise to have a roadside assistance plan.

Happy trails and travel safe!