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Hey boys and girls,

I'm looking for a place outside or around Toronto that I can go visit for a couple of hours on a nice weekend some time in May or June. Like a park with walking trails, waterfalls, you know, that "kind of thing." Preferably within a 100 KM distance from Toronto, and not near 'city life.' (peace and quiet.) If the place is really good, I'll be willing to drive even further out. First time I'll be going out and exploring outside the GTA. ;)

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If you haven't done so yet check out Niagara's wineries, there are a lot of bike trails and such as well. You migh enjoy the Vineland area, around Balls Falls (I kid you not). Get your picture by the sign, I'm sure friends back home would get a good laugh at it. Seriously though, anywhere along the Niagara Escarpment is nice, check it out.
 

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Hey Jumbo - do you have any specific winery tours that you can recommend? P.S., we went to Ball's falls 2 summers ago during the drought. Unfortunately, it was so dry that Mr. Balls' falls were nothing more than a wee trickle, but the scenery was very nice indeed.
 

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Sure, I would stay away from the smaller ones, you'll be quite disapointed, it seems like anyone can open a winery from their garage now.

Vineland Estates, is quite picturesque, and a great place to eat (lunch is affordable, dinner is quite expensive). Others I would include are Cave Springs, Inniskillen, Chateau des Charmes, Hillebrand Estates Winery, Jackson-Triggs and Peninsula Ridge are all good. But after seeing these, others will pale in comparison.
 

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For a couple of hours, what about in city?

Toronto Islands comes to mind.

So does the whole chain of parks around Taylor Creek, Sunnybrook, Wilket Creek, Edwards Gardens, etc. Green space, walking trails, small waterfalls (though water levels are VERY low this year)--I was out there last week, and I even saw a deer.
 

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The Niagara Parkway and the trail down to the Niagara gorge is a wonderful day trip that time of year.

I'll second the Toronto Islands but they may not be in full regalia in early May - June for sure tho

Niagara region tends to get going a bit faster.
 

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I forgot about the Parkway, very nice, even though I lived and worked there half my life I'm still in ah everytime I see the falls. I know a nice B&B that is really close to the fall that I've done some work for, I might be able to set you up for a good price if you're interested.
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions!

Belfountain looks particularly interesting in terms of beauty and things to look at. Definitely taking my camera. :)

Keep the suggestions and ideas coming...
 

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I second Belfountain. My dad use to live in Erin which is about a 5 min drive from Belfountain and I would always go into town and spend some quality time there and it being the entrance to the forks of the credit was nice.
 

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Third on Belfountain. Haven't been there since the 80s but it remains a lovely memory of a perfect little town. Erin's cool too... one of my colleagues at work lives out that way. Beautiful country.
 

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As others have mentioned, Forks of the Credit and Belfountain are really nice. If you're in that area check out the Cheltenham Badlands in Cheltenham. Bring a camera for sure.
 

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A place that people forget about right in Toronto is Casa Loma. I havn't been there in years but I still remember it as a few pleasant hours of beauty and history.
 
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