“The more you see me, the less you know me” – Incredible Finds in our Own Backyard

Incredible places can be hidden in plain sight.

How well do you really know Ontario? Earlier this summer we celebrated the amazing places that can be found throughout Ontario in our Where Am I video.

We challenged you to see the incredible places at your doorstep, by sharing your most inspiring spots in the province, using one of our favourite Instagram themes, #FromWhereIStand. Here’s just a few of the hidden gems you shared.

Kensington Market
Photo by @punkodelish

Located in the heart of Toronto, Kensington Market is Toronto’s most vibrant and diverse neighbourhood. Find funky vintage shops and bohemian fashion, fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, one-of-a-kind gifts, jewelry, decorative home accessories, and creative works of art.  On select Sundays during the summer, the streets close for cars, and open for everybody!

The  Shores of Killarney
Photo by @samir_finally

This iconic 645 square kilometre wilderness landscape showcases the wild Georgian Bay Coast of pink granite. The area has long captivated artists including The Group of Seven’s A.Y. Jackson, Franklin Carmichael and A.J. Casson, so much so, that they petitioned to make it the park that it is today.

The Boreal Forest
Photo by @blackwaterbushcraft

Endless discoveries await in the wilderness of one of the world’s largest ecosystems, The Canadian Boreal Forest.

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Came across a sweet patch of wild blueberries in the bush the other day, and finally got to put my birch bark harvesting basket to good use. Ironically enough, the materials for the basket were harvested in the same area as the blueberries. This is as organic as life can get. Mother Nature has been very kind to me. #boreal #wildernessculture #modernoutdoors #wildedibles #bushcraft #bushcrafting #camping #campcraft #wildblueberries #discoverON #borealforest #ourcamplife #fishing #foraging #greatoutdoors #minimalist #modernoutdoorsman #northernontario #ontarioparks #picoftheday #photooftheday #survival #selfreliance #survivalist #woodsman #woodlore #wildcamping #wilderness #yourstodiscover

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13th Street Winery
Photo by @agapod

Set amongst 25 acres of rolling estate vineyards, 13th Street Winery is located just minutes west of St. Catharines. Discover hand-crafted sparkling wines like Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling, and leave lots of time to soak in the country vibes.

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Allan Gardens
Photo: @allons.y

Allan Gardens is one of Toronto’s oldest parks, and features over 16,000 square feet filled with rare and beautiful plants from around the world inside five cast-iron and glass greenhouses.

Dundas Peak
Photo by: @eyesofandrei

This beautiful natural area is home to two of Hamilton’s best waterfalls, Webster’s and Tews Falls. Trails link to the Bruce Trail, a side trail to Crooks Hollow Conservation Area and to the Dundas Peak, which provides stunning views of the area.

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Aga Khan Museum
Photo by @beauxmondes

Discover the connections between cultures and across time at the Aga Khan Museum, North America’s first museum dedicated to the arts of Muslim civilizations. Set with a landscaped park, the Museum is a stunning home to historical and contemporary exhibitions, live arts and film programming, an exquisite Permanent Collection, and a vibrant educational program.

 

West Montrose  Covered Bridge
Photo by: @onceadeeva

The West Montrose Covered Bridge was built in 1881 and is recognized as a historic site by Ontario’s Archeological and Historic Sites Board. It is Ontario’s last remaining covered bridge and has a 198′ span across the Grand River. Light traffic still crosses the bridge daily, including horses and buggies!  The bridge is often referred to as “The Kissing Bridge” because it is enclosed and the soft light provides a feeling of intimacy for the romantic.

June Callwood Park
Photo by: @quaintrellebyab

This park is a favourite with lovers of design.  It celebrates June Callwood’s life as a Canadian journalist, author, advocate and activist, with the design featuring words herself – “I believe in kindness” is a physically mapped print that winds through the park. If you get a chance, take in the view of the park from the upper floors of the surrounding buildings.

We want to see your most incredible #FromWhereIStand Ontario hidden gems! Tag them #DiscoverON on Instagram for the chance to be featured.