Ten Top Hikes In Ontario
It’s time to recharge, and any one of these ten top hikes in Ontario will do just that. Rated by AllTrails as Easy to Moderate, you can walk, hike, run or bike these trails during Walktober and experience millions of years of history, natural beauty, and romantic legends.
If you wanted to turn them into a road-trip, it would take 35 hours to get from trail to trail plus two hours by ferry. And the hiking time. Still, it would be an impressive and memorable time.
10. Leslie Street Spit Trail, Toronto
87% of Canadians have a park or green space close to their home. One popular space on the edge of downtown Toronto is Tommy Thompson Park, home to the Leslie Street Spit Trail. AllTrails says the 12.4km trail is ideal for biking and walking and offers incredible views of the city skyline.
9. Bridal Veil Falls, Manitouliin Island
There’s more than one place in Ontario to go behind the falls. Sorry Niagara. Bridal Veil Falls on Manitoulin Island includes a path behind the falls. AllTrails users suggest bringing water shoes on this Easy 1.1km hike. You can also bring your dog.
8. Sauble Trail, Sauble Falls Provincial Park
One of many trails in Ontario with nearby camping, Sauble Trail, adjacent to Sauble Falls Provincial Park, used to power a timber mill and generating station. Today you can use it to power down. AllTrails says this is an Easy 2.6km hike.
7. Beaver Pond Trail, Algonquin Park
Beaver sightings along Beaver Pond Trail in Algonquin Park are no surprise. But don’t be surprised if you also see moose, deer & waterfowl. If you want to reduce the odds of seeing wildlife bring a dog; the 1.5km trail, rated Easy by AllTrails, is dog-friendly.
6. Lion's Head Lookout, Bruce Trail
The Bruce Trail is ‘the’ trail in Ontario. It starts on the Bruce Peninsula, hence the name, with some of the best views from the 5.3km Lion’s Head Lookout. Enjoy turquoise waters & 200' cliffs. Rated Moderate by AllTrails, users suggest bringing walking sticks.
5. Cheltenham Badlands Trail, Erin
In under 3.5km you can go back 400 million years hiking the Cheltenham Badlands Trail located 20 minutes southeast of Orangeville. The unique red colour is from iron oxidation. AllTrails rates it an Easy, kid and dog-friendly hike.
4. Ouimet Canyon Trail, Dorion
At 150m wide & 100m deep, just how was Ouimet Canyon created? From the book Tales of the Tom Tom, Ojibwe legend has it Nanabijou took a thunderbolt from the sky & drove it into the rocks, splitting them. There's more to the story! Ouimet Canyon Trail is rated Easy by AllTrails.
3. Rouge River Vista Trail, Rouge National Urban Park
Enjoy the natural beauty of the fall colours at Rouge National Urban Park. Once fully established, the park will be the largest urban protected area in North America. The 2.6km Rouge River Vista Trail is dog-friendly and rated Easy by AllTrails.
2. Glebe Park Trail, Dysart et al
A most unique hike in Ontario is the Haliburton Sculpture Forest and Glebe Park Trail. The dog-friendly forest offers an impressive outdoor collection of sculptures. Plus, enjoy the changing colours. AllTrails rates the Glebe Park Trail as Easy.
1. Picnic Table Lookout, Marathon
Pic Island on Lake Superior has been the muse for some of the greatest artists, including Lawren Harris and the Group of Seven. AllTrails has several trails with Superior views, including to Picnic Table Lookout, an Easy 4.5km hike.