Like many Canadian getaways, you can expect a fresh blend of natural beauty and sophisticated city life on a trip to Ontario. Just a few hours from New York City, Ontario is home to Niagara Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a true must-see. Toronto, about an hour and a half northeast of The Falls, has a thriving indie music scene, scores of museums, and excellent craft beers. Toronto is also home to one of the world’s largest pride events, attracting close to a million visitors every year.
Ontario was the first Canadian territory to legalize same-sex marriage in June 2003. You must be at least 19 years old and show acceptable identification such as a birth certificate, passport, treaty status card, Canadian citizenship card or driver's license. Divorce and death decrees are also required if applicable. Refer to your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for more details.
Travel Documents, Language & Currency
Passports are required for visitors entering Canada. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed.
Both French and English are widely spoken and understood.
The official currency is the Canadian dollar.
Climate & Beaches
Ontario's climate ranges depending on the area. Southern Ontario is warmer and more humid than the northern regions. Ontario has considerable precipitation depending on the season, making it a great (and snowy) holiday destination.
Ontario has many beaches, which border four of the Great Lakes, Hudson Bay and James Bay. Ontario also has beaches in its national parks, as well. The number one beach in Canada is Sauble Beach, which is situated in Bruce County on Lake Huron. Other well-known beaches include Port Stanley, Port Dover and Owen Sound.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
Try a cruise near Niagara Falls, one of Canada’s premier honeymoon destinations, to check out the local islands made from primordial glaciers. Or, for the adventurous, you can catch a boat (poncho in hand) to the bottom of the falls and experience the force of the water firsthand. In Toronto, there are plenty of museums to browse through (including one dedicated to shoes!), or try Fort William Historical Park.
Aside from its internationally-renowned Pride festival, Toronto is also home to a thriving indie music and gastro-pub scene, so catch a local band and try a microbrew when you’re in town.
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