Part of the Greater Toronto Area, Whitby is a laid-back town on Lake Ontario, where waterfront cycling trails and excellent salmon fishing meet a popular ski resort and conservation areas. Whitby is also home to a peaceful harbour area, family-friendly attractions and a military museum.
Things to do in Whitby
Outdoor recreation comes naturally in Whitby, where Lake Ontario takes centre stage with its salmon fishing, boating and nearby historic lighthouses and beaches. You can explore the shores of Lake Ontario along the Waterfront Trail, which is a series of scenic cycling trails that pass through tranquil parks. Check out the Lynde Shores Conservation Area for hiking trails, native wildlife and canoeing.
During winter, Whitby is a gateway to the skiing and snowboarding trails at Lakeridge Ski Resort, which also offers tubing and lessons for beginners. Alternatively, head to Dagmar Ski Resort for groomed runs catering to all skill levels, along with terrain parks and a popular pizza restaurant.
Are you visiting Whitby with your family? Take the kids to Sky Zone Trampoline Park for freestyle bouncing, dodgeball and family-friendly programs. They’ll also love the large playground at Baycliffe Park, Rotary Sunrise Lake Park and Darren Park. Challenge your family to take on the escape rooms at Panic Factory.
Whitby’s town centre is a hub for shopping and dining, home to national and local retailers, including Lafontaine for women’s clothing, plank + barn for rustic furniture and Hedgehog Stitchery for crafts. Grab a cocktail or beer at The Vault Gastropub or dine on traditional Italian-style pizza and pasta at Marca Café, which also serves wine and cocktails.
Getting around Whitby
Whitby is about 45 minutes’ drive from Toronto Pearson International Airport and is serviced by regular VIA Rail trains and long-distance buses. You can use the local buses, trains and taxis to get around if you don’t have a car.