It can be tough to plan a day trip when you need a break from the daily grind but you don’t want to blow your budget. Here are ten options, all of which are less than a three-hour drive from Brampton.
Spirit Tree Cidery in Caledon, 25 minute drive
If you like cider or cheese, or cider and cheese paired together, why not check out Spirit Tree Cidery in Caledon? There are tours every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. You can learn more about the cidery, including their green initiatives, and enjoy a guided cider tasting. Group tours are also available from Wednesday through Sunday. Afterwards, you can check out the delicious food at their bistro, which includes a variety of wood-fired pizzas, quiche, artisan cheese, cured meats, and more.
Village of Streetsville in Mississauga, 30 minute drive
Streetsville is known for the annual Bread and Honey festival, but there are plenty of other things to do there. There are a variety of arts and crafts stores, gift shops, boutiques, day spas, bakeries, restaurants, even a tea room and a tattoo shop. There are also free Latin dancing lessons and yoga classes in the square on weekends, as well as a free walking tour of the area’s historical sites.
Kleinberg Village in Vaughan, 31 minute drive
Boasting boutiques, restaurants, specialty stores, and cafés, Kleinberg Village is full of picturesque charm. Outdoor adventurers can hike the Humber River Trail or visit the Kortright Conservation Center. Those who prefer a different kind of green can investigate the Copper Creek Golf Course, which was voted the best public golf course in the GTA. There is also the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, which includes almost 6,000 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and Aboriginal and contemporary artists.
Toronto Botanical Gardens in Toronto, 45 minute drive
The Toronto Botanical Gardens are ideal for a relaxing day communing with nature. Themed gardens include the kitchen and herb garden, the terraced garden, the pollinator garden with bee hives, and more. There are indoor and outdoor learning experiences available for all ages including courses, garden tours, and nature camps. Visitors can also enjoy dining at the garden café or visit the organic farmers’ market on Thursdays. There are even free guided tours and an outdoor music series.
Kensington Market in Toronto, 50 minute drive
Fans of the funky and eclectic will find much to love about Toronto’s Kensington Market. There are numerous shops featuring everything from new and vintage clothing, to jewellery, décor, furniture, musical instruments, bicycles, vinyl records, arts and crafts, and much more. Dining options are plentiful and include a variety of ethnic foods, fish and chips, burgers, bakeries, and juice bars, with plenty of vegan and vegetarian choices. If you want your food to go, check out the various organic food stores or butcher shops. At the end of a busy day, relax with a coffee or tea at one of the many cafés in the market.
Flea Markets in Toronto, 35 to 50 minute drive
Toronto has a fantastic selection of flea markets for bargain hunters. The Leslieville Flea Market includes vintage finds, furniture, clothing, collectibles and antiques plus artisan jewellery, art, and handcrafted goods. The Merchants Market in Scarborough features more than 250 booths and several culturally diverse food outlets. The Parkdale Flea Market prides itself on having the best antiques, vintage items, and collectables, along with local artisans and designers. Dr. Flea’s Flea Market has been voted Toronto’s Best Flea Market for 16 years in a row, while The Toronto Weston Flea Market takes up over 60,000 square feet of merchandise. Finally, there’s the Downsview Flea Market which offers shopping, an international food court, and farmers’ market all under one roof.
Bruce Trail in Niagara, 1 hour and 15 minute drive
The Bruce Trail is Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath, providing the only continuous public access to the Niagara Escarpment. It spans more than 890 km of main trail and over 400 km of associated side trails. You can check out the waterfall hikes in the Hamilton or Halton areas, one of the various “inspirational hikes” submitted by Bruce Trail Conservation members, or choose your own adventure. The Bruce Trail website can help you plan your trip with interactive maps, guides, and articles about places visitors might want to explore, as well as safety tips and much more.
Cobourg, 1 hour 40 minute drive
Known for its beautiful waterfront and blue-flag certified beach, Cobourg has something for everyone. You can rent bikes, paddle boats, canoes, or kayaks and even try out a paddle boat yoga class. Visitors can pick from several local restaurants for lunch, or choose to take a culinary food tour. Avid shoppers might like to check out King Street, which features several unique stores, including ZAP Records. Victoria Hall, the Art Gallery of Northumberland, and the Marie Dressler House are all great choice for history and art buffs, while the Farmer’s Market, Sidewalk Music Fest, or the Movies on the Beach screenings, have appeal for foodies, music fans, or film lovers.
Sawdust Brewery in Gravenhurst, 1 hour and 53 minute drive
Everyone knows about Niagara’s wine country, but what about those who prefer a cold one to a chardonnay? Sawdust Brewing Company is a craft beer company creating award-winning beers that push the boundaries of tradition and one which prides itself on being as local and sustainable as possible. The 20,000 square foot facility includes a Canadian-made brewhouse, canning line, and barrel-aging room, as well as a large retail store and Tap Room, which features 12 Draft lines, tasting flights, mug club, and tutored tastings. Brewery tours are available throughout the week during the summer but make sure you sober up before driving home.
Sandbanks Provincial Park in Picton, 2 hour and 45 minute drive
Did you know that Sandbanks Provincial Park boasts the world’s largest baymouth barrier dune formation? The park includes three expansive beaches often considered some of the best in Canada, where you can try your hand at windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, or boating. There are also walking trails that allow visitors to experience the dune and wetland habitats of the park as well as daily interpretive programming during the summer months. The park is also a great starting point to explore Prince Edward County, which is known for its bicycle touring, wineries, food, and antiques.