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Southern Route of the Trans-Canada in Ontario using highways #7, #15, #12, #11 and #400

This Southern Route takes the Trans-Canada close to Toronto (but NOT to or through Toronto). It starts at Ottawa, takes the #7 west through the Rideau Lakes and Rideau Canal  around Perth, and the Kawartha Lakes  around Peterborough and Lindsay, heads northwest on Highway 15 to Beaverton and 12 along the Lake Simcoe portion of  the Trent-Severn Canal route to Orillia, and then along Highway 11 connecting to Highway 400 north from Coldwater past the Muskoka Lakes tourist area to the highway’s east and the Island Country of Georgian Bay to the highway’s west. Highway 400 passes Parry Sound, crosses the French River before reaching Sudbury. This Southern Route of the Trans-Canada is 676 kilometres long.


NOTE:

As much as Google Maps “says it can be driven in 8 hours”, in reality for a vacationer, this detour can be a week of sightseeing:

Day 1: Perth and Rideau Canal

Day 2: Kawartha Lakes and Trent-Severn Canal

Day 3: Peterborough and Lindsay and the lift locks

Day 4: Orillia, Midland and Penetanguishene

Day 5: Honey Harbour,  and the Muskoka Lakes

Day 6: Parry Sound and French River

Day 7: Sudbury area (there is a Group of Seven Tour to see the area’s most-painted scenery)

And THAT is not counting Ottawa, where a visitor can spend form 2 to 5 days just taking in the city;s history, culture, national museums, local museums, waterways, and recreation paths