Ontario’s Landscape Photography Locations
“Yours to Discover” a slogan that the province of Ontario lives up to. With over 1 million square km (415, 000 sq miles) of area, the province has an impressive array of landscapes for locals and tourists to discover. Dr. Zvi Margaliot, a hand and wrist surgeon, knows quite a bit about this having completed his studies in Ontario; his Bachelors and Medical degrees from the University of Western Ontario, before moving on to his residency training at the University of Toronto. In fact, one of his hobbies is shooting landscape shots, something he finds solace in and something he has built quite a portfolio of. With 6 national parks and over 300 provincial parks, Ontario provides some of the most terrific landscapes for photographers and travellers to admire.
Known as the “Honeymoon capital of the world”, this iconic tourist spot is one location that photographers do not want to miss. From the Canadian side, both the American falls and the Canadian falls can be seen in all their grandeur. Photographs from anywhere along the Niagara Parkway will look amazing, but Dr. Zvi Margaliot notes that his favourite places to shoot the American falls are from the Grand View Marketplace, or from the cruise boat, giving passengers onboard a dramatic view of the horseshoe falls from the river. Many helicopter tour company’s offer rides over the falls, giving viewers a breathtaking birds-eye view of this natural wonder.
Bon Echo Provincial Park
Just a 3-hour drive from Toronto, this park offers an expansive wilderness with several lakes, of which Mazinaw Lake is one that should not be missed. From the shores, Mazinaw Rock can be seen, which Dr. Zvi Margaliot explains as an impressive 100-meter rock formation that is not only quite scenic but holds historic relevance as well. The rock face is covered in hundreds of Aboriginal pictographs, adding to the beauty of this terrific landscape.
Located in Northern Ontario, Ouimet Canyon can be found in the city of Dorion, just an hour drive from Thunder Bay. Standing 100m tall, the canyon is 150m wide and almost 3km long. Visitors can walk along the designated walkways and trails, while photographers can enjoy taking some magnificent shots from the viewing platforms.
Just north of Toronto, the Bruce Peninsula offers stunning views of rock formations, cliffs and pristine waters. Lying along the Niagara Escarpment, the park offers visitors many trails which can be enjoyed, while also giving people the opportunity for some amazing shots. Dr. Zvi Margaliot enjoys the park as it provides a very scenic landscape with crystal clear waters.
Near Kingston, a group of 1000 islands can be found in the St. Lawrence River. While not all the islands are in Canada, tourists can enjoy the Thousand Islands Parkway and the Waterfront Trail that course along the riverside. Photographers can enjoy from the shore, or from one of the many boat tour companies that run along the Canadian side.
The Algonquin Park is the very first official provincial park of the province and is widely considered the most popular provincial park. Over 2000 lakes and many rivers account for 12% of the park, making it an ideal spot for kayaking, canoeing and other water activities. The park is deemed protected land, and thus the pristine conditions and beauty of the nature are easily captured by the lens of Dr. Zvi Margaliot and other photography enthusiasts.
Toronto Center Island
Dr. Zvi Margaliot suggests that for those looking to get away from nature shots, the island is the perfect place to catch a more concrete landscape. During the warmer months, the island can be accessed by ferry from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, from which the Toronto skyline can be seen in all its brilliance. Once on the island, the north shore provides some of the best views of the ever-changing city landscape.
Dr. Zvi Margaliot’s Final Thoughts
With such vast landscapes accessible within Ontario, it should be no surprise that there are multiple locations left off this list. Ontario offers much more than the concrete landscape of urban cities, it offers beauty and nature which we must located and capture with photography. Dr. Margaliot would like to remind all aspiring photographers to always respect nature and leave the land as you found it.