Midland, Ontario, Canada

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Midland, Ontario, Canada

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Midland offers history by the water

Nestled between the leafy inlets on the shores of Lake Huron, handsome, quaint Midland has long drawn families and couples with the promise of history-filled jaunts and romantic trips on the water. There are heritage attractions that hearken back to the days of the first European settlers in Ontario, all encompassed by the sweeping wetlands and the pebbly coves of Georgian Bay. There are the reconstructed colonial churches of Penetanguishene, peppered with old Huron tribal relics. And there are plenty of waterside Midland vacation rentals with jetties and gardens that jut out over the light swells.

Discover Lake Huron in Midland

Aside from its rich heritage and history attractions, Midland also beckons travelers as the gateway to beautiful Georgian Bay. Local operators offer regular sailing and pleasure boat tours of the inlets, coves, and headlands that mark the waters away from the shores – there's really no better way to take in the wooded banks of the so-called 30,000 islands that dot mighty Lake Huron. If you'd prefer to stay on dry land, then that's fine too. Boulder-speckled beaches, picnic spots, forest campgrounds, and even wintertime snowshoeing awaits in places like the nearby Awenda Provincial Park.

Stroll through Ontarian history in Midland

It's not all about enjoying the slow pace of life on the water's edge here. Midland vacation rentals are also a gateway to one of Ontario's top ensembles of historic sites. Be sure to check out the Jesuit mission at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, where the colony of New France germinated back in 1648. Reenactments and traditional architecture are part of the tours there, while the exhibits reveal tales of the earliest Canadian pioneers. Pretty Penetanguishene is another must – it's got rebuilt naval relics and whitewashed churches along Discovery Harbour, echoing the British history of 1812.

Midland's milder months are best

While the winter months here can mean some super-cozy stays in timber cabins with roaring wood fires and snowshoeing trails outside, there's no question that most visitors flock to the attractions of Georgian Bay in the summertime. The reason? The months between June and August are warm and mild, and offer the top conditions for long boat cruises on the water, evening swims, fishing outings, and the like. What's more, those Midland vacation rentals on the lakeside are certainly more enjoyable when the sun's shining…

Midland spills into Lake Huron

The waters of Lake Huron take over Midland right at the end of its central King Street. It's the beginning of the great water swathe of Georgian Bay. That spreads northwards into the heartlands of Ontario, past craggy cliffs and inlets where kayakers bob beneath the wooded rocks. Islands pepper the area by the bucket load, often just popping up with a few small pebble beaches and babbling creeks. The largest of the lot is Beausoleil Island, where campers will go in the summer to explore the secluded coast and stalk turtles in the wetland habitats.