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If your Discovery Pass is burning a hole in your pocket, start making plans now to explore some of the fantastic National Parks and National Historic Sites an easy drive or transit ride away. From lazing on a sandy beach in the world’s largest freshwater archipelago to marching back in time to 1812 to learning to fire a replica musket or learning how the world’s highest hydraulic lift lock works, there’s so much to explore on your doorstep!

Get inspired with these seven suggestions.

Rouge National Urban Park
The country’s only national urban park.
  • Driving: 40 minutes
  • Transit:1 hour
Bethune Memorial National Historic Site
The birthplace of a national hero.
  • Driving: 2 hours
Fort George National Historic Site
A historic fort dating back to 1796.
  • Driving: 1.5 hours
Georgian Bay Islands National Park
The world’s largest freshwater archipelago.
  • Driving: 2 hours
  • Transit:2.5 hours
HMCS Haida National Historic Site
The world’s last surviving Tribal Class destroyer ship.
  • Driving: 1 hour
  • Transit: 1.5 hours
Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site
Heritage waterway engineering ingenuity.
  • Driving: 2 hours
Woodside National Historic Site
The childhood home of Canada’s tenth Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King.
  • Driving: 1.5 hours
  • Transit: under 2 hours