Featured HIKING TRAILS
Southwest of Toronto near Hamilton, the 1,200 hectare Dundas Valley Conservation Area has a 40 km section of the Bruce Trail. It is located along the Niagra Escarpment through rolling deciduous forests past several waterfalls.
Northeast of Toronto near Newcastle, the 11,000 acre Ganaraska Forest covers the Oak Ridges Morraine and has one of the most extensive hiking trails in southern Ontario. The main trailhead at the visitor centre is located near Kendal.
On the north shore of Lake Superior southeast of Marathon, the 37 mile Coastal Hiking Trail runs through boreal forest and crosses numerous rivers. The Coastal Hiking Trail winds from Hattie Cove, south through the boreal forest and over the hummocky rock of the shield to the North Swallow River.
Near Collingwood , the 15km Beaver Valley Bruce Trail takes hikers along the rocky and wooded Niagara Escarpment. Leaving the Blue Mountain ski slopes, the Trail heads north to the large plateau of the Loree Forest above Nottawasaga Bay. The trail then turns south on high ground overlooking the Beaver River which, flowing north to Georgian Bay, has cut a deep wedge into the Niagara Escarpment.
On the north shore of Lake Superior southeast of Marathon, the 15km round-trip day hike to the White River Suspension Bridge is an exhausting but unforgettable day (for the well-prepared)! The rugged trail, wet in spots, takes you through thick boreal forest. Halfway to the bridge, the secluded beach at Playter Harbour offers a pleasant spot for a rest, snack and bathroom break. It is also a good place to turn back if you are too weary to continue all the way to the bridge. The White River Suspension Bridge is a highlight for many.
Near North Bay, the 16km Timber Trail is located on the north side of the Mattawa River within the Mattawa River Provincial Park. It is a water access only trail with hiking trailheads on the north side of Pimisi Bay and the Campion Rapids within Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park. It was developed by the Canadian Ecology Centre.
Between Port Stanley and Paynes Mill in Elgin County, the Elgin Hiking Trail is a 41km route in southwestern Ontario. The trail borders the Dodd and Kettle creek from Paynes Mills to the village of Port Stanley on Lake Erie and going north from Paynes Mills to connect with the Thames Valley Trail west of London as the link to the Legacy Trails of Ontario.