Ontario Icons by Instagram

There’s nothing like seeing a familiar icon through new eyes. This summer you shared your favourite Ontario photos with us on Instagram. Here are some stunning shots of familiar Ontario attractions made new.

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park – by @mikesquier

On the southern tip of a rugged peninsula near Thunder Bay lies the legendary Sleeping Giant. One of the most thrilling parts about visiting this landmark is the chance to get a picture-perfect vantage point of the giant, like Mike did here.

The Maple Leaf – by @mostlyhikinghalton

Well before the arrival of the first European settlers, Canada’s First Nations had discovered the food properties of maple sap. Many historians agree that the maple leaf began to serve as a Canadian symbol as early as 1700. The changing fall colours are a special Ontario icon – we love how @mostlyhikinghalton captured this beautiful time of year!

The Lighthouses of the Bruce Peninsula – by @sillygyrl8

The lighthouses of the Bruce Peninsula were a necessary, practical function for ships and sailors of the past. The waters surrounding the Bruce Peninsula are treacherous, as a trip to Fathom Five National Marine Park proves, with the many shipwrecks found beneath the waters of this national park. Today you can admire this part of Ontario’s past. There are seven lighthouses to see in all!

The Southern Most Tip of Ontario – by fyrtowr

Pelee Island is Canada’s most southerly inhabited point. Pelee Island is approximately 14.5 kms (9) miles) long by 5.5 kms (3.5 miles) wide. This shot by @fyrtowr is at the very southern tip of Canada. We think the waves  and sliver of the moon add to the haunting atmosphere of this photo!

City Hall – by @DowntownKingston

This could have been what Canada’s capital looked like! For a short time in the 1840s, Kingston was the capital of United Canada, and the stunning buildings in Downtown Kingston are the legacy of this time. This shot of a city hall sunset is one of our favourites.

The Toronto Skyline – by kaileerita

A sunny summer’s day is one of the most beautiful times to admire the Toronto skyline from the water. The fluffy white clouds a sailboats make for a perfect Ontario moment.

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