The Atlas Obscura Guide To Ontario
160 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Ontario
Updated August 30, 2023
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These Intrepid Surfers Chill Out Riding the Great Lakes' Wintry Waves
Stressing the need for proper gear and training, members of this close-knit community say their sport gets them through the long, cold season.
by Eden Arielle Gordon
These Tranquil Canadian Islands Are Remnants of a Violent Space Rock Impact
Lake Superior's Slate Islands are home to what's likely the world's largest shatter cone, evidence of an explosive event 450 million years ago.
by Demetria Dickinson
Are the Great Lakes Really Inland Seas?
Well, yes. And no. Actually, it depends on where you stand, in more ways than one.
by Gemma Tarlach
A Paradise for Single Ladies
These adventurous turn-of-the-century women announced their independence by buying their own islands in Ontario's Georgian Bay.
by Anya Jabour
The Cross-Border Indigenous Battle for Wild Rice
In the Great Lakes region, what some consider a weed is actually a sacred seed.
by Darcy Rhyno
Meet the Scientists Who Pollute Lakes on Purpose
For half a century, researchers have been spilling chemicals in the waters of northwestern Ontario.
by Chloe Williams
In Ontario, a Quest to Rediscover the Work of a Groundbreaking 19th-Century Botanist
Who is Catharine McGill Crooks, and what happened to her specimen collection?
by Anna Soper