From cute to quirky, Ontario is filled with so many unique things to do that are perfect for a road trip. There’s a museum devoted to everyone’s favourite dairy product, an extra ridiculous farm and even an entire festival dedicated to beans!
Whether you’re adding these Ontario points of interest to a road trip or making a day trip out of exploring one of these spots, these hidden gems are sure to satisfy that feeling of wanderlust.
Visit the smallest chapel in the world
Wedding ceremony for two, anyone? The Living Water Wayside Chapel in Niagara-on-the-Lake holds the Guinness World Record for the smallest chapel in the world. Built in 1964 by the Niagara Falls Christian Reformed Church, the tiny white church covers about 78 square feet and has an entryway so small that most people have to duck their heads to get in.
The chapel is fully operational, meaning that you can absolutely host your wedding there – as long as you have no more than three guests! The best part? The chapel is right next to Walker’s Country Market, a family-owned fruit and vegetable market that has been around since the 1930s, so you can get hitched and then grab some peaches for the road. 15796 Niagara Pkwy., Niagara-on-the-Lake
Travel back to the Stone Age at Stones ‘N Bones Museum
This non-profit natural history museum features an international collection of minerals, dinosaurs, fossils, gems, shells, butterflies, taxidermy and more. With more than 6,000 objects artistically displayed, the international collection houses a variety of artifacts, both of the rare and remarkable variety, as well as common fossils that could be found in one’s own backyard. 223 N. Christina St., Sarnia
Have a golden hour picnic at Purple Hill Lavender Farm
Perhaps one of the prettiest places on the list, Purple Hill Lavender Farm is nestled away in the beautiful village of Creemore. Offering farm guests the opportunity to browse their fields of lavender, people looking for an extra special element should attend the Picnic Series: An Evening in the Fields. Enjoy golden hour perched between rows of purple, with the sound of bees buzzing as they pollinate the flowers around you. The hues range from light and bright to deep and bold, illuminated by the sun’s rays in the most gorgeous of ways. 7484 6/7 Nottawasaga Sideroad, Creemore
Get cheesy at Ingersoll Cheese Museum
With a cheese trail in its backyard, Oxford is often referred to as the Cheese Capital of Canada — and Ingersoll as the cradle of the cheese industry. With more than 150 years in the cheesemaking industry, Ingersoll’s past and present is showcased within this award-winning museum.
From a 7,300 pound cheese on display to the Pathway of the Giants woodcarving, take a trip to this Ontario landmark to learn about the engaging stories of how Ingersoll embraced its cheesy ways and carved out a name in the cheese industry in Canada. 290 Harris St., Ingersoll
Meet alpacas and goats at Udderly Ridiculous Farm
From Alpaca Sunset Picnics to Goat Yoga, this farm is on the mission to bring guests Udderly Ridiculous and amazing experiences.
Here, individuals can get up close and personal with the animals, feeding them — and then being fed themselves — as they get a taste of farm life. The Evening Alpaca Picnic is a two-hour dining experience inside the alpaca’s pasture, overlooking an expansive sunset view. 906200 Township Rd. 12, Bright
Find hidden treasures at Pickers’ Swap Meet Antiques & Nostalgia
Every year, Pickers’ Swap Meet organizes a day for top pickers in Ontario to sell and swap antique and nostalgic items. With 60 vendors selling a variety of advertising, gas and oil memorabilia; tin and porcelain signs; pedal cars and parts; gas pumps; coke machines; antique toys; nostalgic products and general store items, the event this year, happening on Aug. 26, is sure to peak pickers’ interest. Terry Auto Body Collision Centre, 15539 Whittaker Rd., Belmont
Dine on beans at Zurich Bean Festival
On the fourth Saturday of August, Zurich comes alive with the annual Zurich Bean Festival. Complete with pork and bean dinners, bingo, street vendors and live entertainment, Bean Fest promises to bring the community together — as it has been doing since 1966! 23 Victoria Ln., #21, Zurich
Saddle up for the Exeter RAM Rodeo
Calling all cowboys, cowgirls and cowpokes! It’s time to saddle up as the Ram Rodeo returns to the town of Exeter from Aug. 12-13. From the Kick Off Party and Cowboy Breakfast, to the rodeo and musical performances, it’ll be a wild weekend of fun. 94 Victoria St. E., Exeter
Build a charcuterie board in the middle of a vineyard
The Charcuterie Board Workshop allows guests to spend their Saturday gazing out at the beautiful Jackson Triggs vineyard, while sipping samples of fine wines by the Niagara-on-the-Lake winery, before building a live edge charcuterie board to take home. This experience is perfect for those crafty folks who also love to host a good charcuterie and wine party — because who wouldn’t love to tell the story of how they handmade the board they’re serving on! Jackson Triggs Winery, 2145 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake