10 natural wonders in Ontario to check out this summer if you've already been to the Grotto

There's so much to explore!

Cheltenham Badlands. Right: Flowerpot Island.

Cheltenham Badlands. Right: Flowerpot Island.

If you're already planning some summer adventures in Ontario, then these natural wonders are bound to make your season epic. From mystical islands to hidden swimming holes and waterfalls, you can explore some totally unique destinations across the province by visiting these spots.

The Grotto, an ancient sea cave located near Tobermory, is one of Ontario's well-known natural wonders, but there are so many other incredible places to see if you're already familiar with it.

Here are 10 natural wonders in Ontario to explore this summer if you've already been to the Grotto.

Bonnechere Caves

Price: $22 per adult

When: To be announced

Address: 1247 Fourth Chute Rd., Eganville, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can take a trip underground to experience this incredible natural wonder in Ontario. The Bonnechere Caves consist of a series of underground passageways which wind through rocky caverns.

Thought to "have been the bottom of a tropical sea 500 million years ago," the caves allow for a totally unique adventure. As you explore the passageways, you'll come across fossils of ancient sea creatures, stalactites and more.

Bonnechere Caves website

Elora Quarry

Price: $11 per adult

When: To be announced

Address: 319 Wellington Rd. 18, Elora, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you're looking for a dreamy place to swim this summer, the Elora Quarry is worth adding to your bucket list.

The breathtaking swimming hole is surrounded by towering limestone cliffs which reach up to 40 feet. You can take a dip in the turquoise water and lounge on the small, sandy beach for an idyllic summer day. You can even pack a picnic to enjoy.

The Quarry is popular and gets busy, so you'll need to make a reservation in advance.

Elora Quarry website

Ouimet Canyon

Price: Prices vary

When: May 17, 2024 to October 15, 2024

Address: Greenwich Lake Rd., Pass Lake, ON

Why You Need To Go: This breathtaking canyon will have you feeling like you're on top of the world. You can enjoy "panoramic views of a 150 metre wide gorge and sheer cliffs that drop 100 metres straight down to the canyon floor."

There are two lookout platforms connected by a trail and boardwalk where you can take in the scenery. At the bottom of the canyon, you can glimpse arctic plants which are able to thrive in the unique environment.

Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park website

Bridal Veil Falls

Price: Free

Address: Manitoulin Island, ON

Why You Need To Go: Hidden away on the world's "largest freshwater island," Bridal Veil Falls is a magical destination to visit.

You can hike to this Manitoulin Island natural wonder and enjoy the waterfall views. You can even take a dip in the swimming hole at the base of the falls for a totally unique experience.

Once you've taken in the views and enjoyed a swim, you can explore the trails surrounding the cascade or have a picnic in the scenic area.

Explore Manitoulin website

Greig's Caves

Price: $15 per adult

When: Reopening May 2024

Address: 407 Scenic Caves Rd., Lion's Head, ON

Why You Need To Go: This destination features 10 limestone caves that you can explore. These massive caverns were formed thousands of years ago and are truly a sight to see.

The experience includes a 1-hour hike which takes you through forested areas and the limestone caves. At the top of the path, you'll be treated to incredible views of Georgian Bay's sparkling blue water.

The attraction accepts cash only, so be sure to come prepared.

Greig's Caves website

Sandbanks Provincial Park

Price: Prices vary

When: April 26, 2024 to October 31, 2024

Address: 3004 County Rd. 12, Picton, ON

Why You Need To Go: This summer paradise is worth a trip. Sandbanks Provincial Park is home to three dreamy beaches and shimmering water.

It's a magical spot to take a dip and soak up some sun.

The park is home to the "world’s largest baymouth barrier dune formation" and you'll feel like you're in another world as you gaze across the rolling sandy hills.

There are several hiking trails in the park to enjoy as well.

Sandbanks Provincial Park website

Cheltenham Badlands

Price: To be announced

When: To be announced

Address: 1739 Olde Base Line Rd., Caledon, ON

Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you're in outer space while visiting this natural wonder near Toronto. The Cheltenham Badlands is "one of the most recognizable and visited natural heritage landmarks in southern Ontario" and features rolling red hills that look like a scene from Mars.

You can take in the surreal views along a 0.6 kilometre boardwalk trail that runs across the landmark.

There are a few other trails to enjoy, including the Bruce Trail and Badlands Trail.

Credit Valley Conservation website

Kakabeka Falls

Price: Prices vary

Address: 4853 Hwy. 11/17, Kakabeka Falls, ON

Why You Need To Go: Known as the "Niagara of the North," this powerful cascade is the second-highest waterfall in Ontario and it's worth a visit.

The 40-metre-high natural wonder is easily accessible from the parking lot so you don't have to journey too far to find it. There is a boardwalk that wraps around the top of the fall where you can take in the views.

During the summer, you can head to the beach that's located upriver of the falls and cool off in the water.

Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park wesite

Flowerpot Island

Price: $9 + ferry fee

Address: 121 Chi sin tib dek Rd., Tobermory, ON

Why You Need To Go: You may have seen the Grotto, but have you seen Flowerpot Island? Located near the Grotto in Fathom Five National Marine Park, this surreal natural wonder is a summer paradise.

The island is known for its " natural 'flowerpot' rock pillars, caves, historic light station and rare plants." It's reachable by boat and features hiking trails, swimming, stunning scenery and more.

You can take dip in the tropical-blue waters that surround the island and feel like you're in another world.

Parks Canada website

McGinnis Lake

Price: Prices vary

When: May 10, 2024 to October 14, 2024

Address: 2249 Northeys Bay Rd., Woodview, ON

Why You Need To Go: McGinnis Lake is a rare natural wonder that's tucked away inside Petroglyphs Provincial Park. It's one of the few meromictic lakes in Canada which are known for their vibrant blue/green hues.

While you can't swim in the lake, it's a magical spot to see and snap some photos of.

The park is also home to the "largest known concentration of Indigenous rock carvings (petroglyphs) in Canada" so there's lots to see.

Petroglyphs Provincial Park website

Happy adventures!