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Lake Ontario

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Address: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

One of the mighty Great Lakes that offers outstanding tourism and...

One of the mighty Great Lakes that offers outstanding tourism and recreation opportunities for every season.

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Vast but special

When i used to live here decades ago we would ice skate in winter on it and swim in it in summer diving in from home made rafts. And i was amazed to see that this is still the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 February 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

When i used to live here decades ago we would ice skate in winter on it and swim in it in summer diving in from home made rafts. And i was amazed to see that this is still the case a very special Lake.

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Montreal, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

Big lake Near downtown You can walk on the beach, but you can't swim in it, so what's the point. There are tons of better lakes in Canada.

Thank Bophik2
Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

Lake Ontario is beautiful and so big, you can not see the other border.!! If you do not know that is a lake, for sure you will think that it is an ocean.!!

1 Thank ndab22
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016

Quite surreal. Here we were in the at a beach and feeling like we were at the coast, not a metropolis. There is even a lifeguard tower although no surf......

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016

It's a favourite place to walk, jog or bike. Of course it's busy in summer, but there are always people, and pets, and even surfers if you can imagine.The dog parks are wonderful and always busy but plenty of room for all. We love the boardwalk and running paths on the little peninsula near Ashbriges Bay In summer its volleyball,... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

The water is known by locals for being gross to swim in and for being cold! Might be nice to enjoy the sand and pretty to walk along, great for sailing but again, I do not recommend swimming it in.

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

Love spending the sat evenings there for the sunset. The lake is vast provides a serene feeling and one can sit on the shore in tranquility for hours. Great for a stroll too, the breeze soothes you. Very fresh, and the swans and ducks in the lake give you a great company. Adobe for nature lovers and to spend time... More 

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Sudbury, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016

Since I live in Northern Ontario I can recommend far nicer lakes to visit. However I do recommend the harbour tour to appreciate Toronto from a different perspective.

Thank Garth M
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016

Love time by the water Lake Ontario is very large Stunning sunrises and sunsets. However during storms can be very dangerous. So use caution. Some spots are more suitable than others for swimming in that others Some spots are never suitable for swimming Check first with the locals or online.

Thank Michael B
Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016

It is just great to have a shore in the city, specially such a big city. To walk, for a bike ride or any outdor activities.

Thank paulakortus

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Downtown West is home to Toronto's gorgeous Inner Harbor, and is a must-visit for lovers of art and the outdoors. The area's rich cultural heritage is celebrated by a number of monuments and museums, giving the neighborhood a mature feel. As a premier destination for modern art, people here stroll through the cool contemporary pieces at the Power Plant, enjoy the outdoor installations along Queen's Quay and Canoe Landing, and picnic among the zany designs of the Toronto Music Garden. The waterfront itself is often suffused with bikers and joggers, and the harbor is always packed with classic ships with masts raised. The vintage boats and ferries to the Toronto Islands make for a charming contrast against Downtown West's backdrop of skyscrapers, condos, and food trucks serving up hot, fresh fare to locals on the go. The area has a peaceful energy, and is popular with tourists and Torontonians alike.
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