5. Killarney Park, Ontario
Touted as a ‘crown jewel’ of Ontario’s park system, Killarney Park came into existence by the dedicated efforts of several famous Canadian artists. The Group of Seven’s Lawren Harris, A.J. Casson and A.Y. Jackson were so enamored with this rugged landscape that they approached the government, demanding that the area be designated as protected parkland. Thanks to their efforts, Killarney’s jack pine ridges, clear lakes and quartz hills survive today. Four hiking trails including the picturesque Granite Ridge Trail give visitors unparalled access to La Cloche Mountains, Georgian Bay and the spectacular beauty immortalized by the Group of Seven’s iconic paintings.