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What to expect

In partnership with ITO: visit attractions that highlight social, political and cultural moments through art, landscapes, and Indigenous-owned attractions. If you're departing from Toronto, we recommend leaving very early or staying overnight. All proceeds for the month of June will go back to the Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre.

Trip Highlights

Support a few Indigenous-owned businesses

Visit a sacred park with important teachings & trails

Explore an interactive art installation created by a local Indigenous artist

Visit tons of photo-ops throughout the day

BONUS: we include an additional booklet that list ways to support & learn after your GWT adventure

Suggested for
  • Open Minds
  • Curious Hearts
  • Lifelong Learners
Available to depart
This itinerary can be used between Wednesday - Sunday, from June to September.

Itinerary

Stop 1

Leave nice and early because this trip is a long one! The first stop explores an interactive art installation created by a local Indigenous artist. Next, learn more about the area and play eye-spy with a few sculptures. Drive time to your second stop is 33 minutes.

Stop 2

Stop number two allows you to explore & support two Indigenous-owned businesses. Drive time to your third stop is 13 minutes.

Stop 3

Grab some lunch and have a picnic in a park at the “heart of the community.” Drive time to your fourth stop is 33 minutes.

Stop 4

Take some time to disconnect from every day, and reconnect with nature. This last stop is a very significant and spiritual place with an education centre and a handful of trails. The entrance to the fourth stop closes at 4 pm and closes at 5 pm.

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Add 3-4 hours for time spent at stops.

Add 3-4 hours for time spent at stops.

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Before you go

What You'll Need to Bring

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Cash
Road Trip Snacks
Walking shoes
Water
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Frequently Asked Questions

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See the approximate round-trip driving distances/times below. These are driving distances only and do not factor in time spent at stops.

• From Toronto: 5 hours and 11 minutes / 412 km

• From Oshawa: 4 hours and 10 minutes / 286 km

• From Newmarket: 5 hours and 8 minutes / 419 km

• From Cobourg: 3 hours and 28 minutes / 228 km

• From Barrie: 5 hours and 56 minutes / 427 km

 

This itinerary can be used between Wednesday – Sunday, from June to September.

We recommend leaving anytime between 7 am – 8 am. If you leave any later you may not have time to complete the fourth stop.

This trip is a bit further from the GTA than we usually suggest, but it was very important for us to create Indigenous Roots in a significant area. We do suggest spending the night if you would like to make the most of your trip and not feel rushed. You will be sent a few overnight recommendations after purchase, but the whole area close by is great for weekends away.

You can bring your furry friend, but it may limit you from going into some of the recommended stops. On the fourth stop, dogs are only allowed on the trails so you would miss the main highlight of the stop. Please keep your dog on a leash at all times. 

We recommend bringing up to 5 people on your surprise road trip.

Your fourth stop has an entrance fee of $10.75 / vehicle. There may also be additional parking fees on your first stop! The cost of food, drink and souvenirs are at the cost of the traveller. 

Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO) is the province’s first and only dedicated Indigenous tourism organization that focuses on uniting communities, Indigenous organizations and industry leaders to support the growth of Indigenous tourism in Ontario. Through product development and marketing of authentic Indigenous experiences, ITO establishes a platform for Indigenous cultural expression and preservation through tourism.

 

Lindsay Davies (@IBBtravel) is an Ontario-based non-Indigenous blogger who adores exploring unique locations across the province. While you’ll often find Lindsay hiking, paddling and enjoying a glass of beer or cider, she loves to dig deeper and learn about the history of these lands long before colonization while truly showcasing a destination. 

After booking your trip, we’ll send you a confirmation email with a few recommended accommodation options.