Backroads of Ontario

Welcome to this updated and expanded sixth edition of Ron Brown’s classic Backroads of Ontario. Used by thousands of travelers for nearly two decades, the book guides drivers and cyclists along some of Ontario’s most interesting backroads, each with its own distinct story to tell.

Backroads of Ontario gives you the information you need to explore Ontario far from the congested highways, taking you on an eye-opening adventure through the province’s scenic countryside and historical landscapes.

There are more than 30 routes in all, each illustrated with photographs and accompanied by an easy-to-follow map. Trips range in length from afternoon outings to weekend excursions, and all lead to intriguing places within a short driving distance of Ontario’s major cities. Think picturesque villages, century-old mills, dramatic scenery, architectural curiosities and even a ghost town or two — some of them underwater.

Entries from previous editions are revised. New excursions include the historic upper Ottawa River, from Arnprior to Pembroke, and the Thousand Islands Parkway, while other new routes wind through the little-known rugged highlands of Parry Sound and follow along the breathtaking scenery of the St. Clair River. The Trail of the Drowned Villages reveals the fate of the communities flooded by the St.Lawrence Seaway, while the Lanes of Niagara follows scenic and historical routes through the Niagara Peninsula, with few other tourists in sight. Yet another new route takes you off Highway 401 and along the forgotten shoreline of Lake Ontario, from Bond Head to Brighton.

Backroads of Ontario helps drivers and cyclists plan their tours of Ontario’s lesser-known sights and is an essential addition to your regional and travel collections.

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