The Bronte Creek Provincial Park trails allow for lovely little walks that aren’t too far from the city. If you’re looking to go hiking in Oakville or Burlington, Bronte Creek Provincial Park is a great place to spend time in nature for a couple of hours. These are fantastic hiking trails near Toronto, Mississauga, and Hamilton, too.
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If you’re looking for a new place to hike or a relatively flat path, the Bronte Creek trails are awesome. They’re pretty easy to navigate and they are easy trails for the beginner hiker. With that said, hikers of all skill levels will enjoy some peaceful walks at Bronte Creek, especially if you don’t want to venture far from the GTA.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park Trail Map
While the Ontario Parks website has a Bronte Creek Provincial Park map, it left out one of the largest hiking trails on the west side of the river. So, I’ve created a slightly more comprehensive trail map so you can make easier sense of the trails here.
I’ve marked each of the parking areas by their appropriate letter (A, C, D, F) and other parking areas with a letter P. There are multiple parking lots on the west side of the park because this is the camping area. Here is a legend for the colour coded hiking trails on the map:
- Lookout Ravine Trail (red)
- Trillium Trail (dark pink)
- Half Moon Valley Trail (brown)
- Logging Trail (yellow)
- Maiden’s Blush Trail (purple)
- Barrier Free Trail (dark blue)
- Bronte Creek Trail (turquoise blue)
- Gateway Trail (dark green)
- Field and Forest Trail (light pink)
- Leash-free Trails (two trails, both in light green)
- Some other connecting paths are marked in gray
Bronte Creek Provincial Park Trails
As you can see, there are so many Bronte Creek Provincial Park trails to explore, and I’m sure it will take you at least a couple of visits to check them out. When we visited Bronte Creek, we started at parking area D (which was actually closed in the winter, and parking area F closes every winter, too). We parked our cars at the base of the paved path leading up to parking area D.
Then, we set out to walk around the Lookout Ravine Trail in a big loop. Then, we cut across the Logging Trail, and found our way back to the car through a portion of the Maiden’s Blush Trail and the Barrier Free Trail. There are so many ways to wander around Bronte Creek Park.
Next time, I hope to return to walk the entire Bronte Creek Trail on the northwest side of the river. Once I do, I’ll report back with more details and photos!
Lookout Ravine Trail
The Lookout Ravine Trail is 2.7km in length. We started at the Spruce Lane Farmhouse and barns, continued past the Trillium Trail and Half Moon Valley Trail, and continued towards the ravine.
You’ll eventually reach a scenic viewpoint that overlooks Bronte Creek and the ravine down below. It’s one of the prettiest spots in the park, making the Lookout Ravine Trail a must hike spot. The Lookout Ravine Trail also traverses through the forest on a path between tall trees.
The Trillium Trail is a 1km loop trail that starts behind the barns of the Spruce Lane Farm. This trail is wheelchair and stroller friendly. It’s one of the best places to see the trilliums and wildflowers come into bloom in the spring. I hope to return in the spring to visit this one as I’m sure that the ground looks brilliant covered in Ontario’s emblematic white flowers.
Half Moon Valley Trail
The Half Moon Valley Trail is a 2km loop trail just a quick jaunt from the Spruce Lane Farm. The trail meanders through the Bronte Creek Valley and you’ll learn some facts about the park’s history on the way. This trail is slightly more challenging than the mostly flat paths that you’ll experience in the park as there are some hills.
The Logging Trail is a short, 0.5km walk through the forest that connects the Lookout Ravine Trail with some of the other paved paths, trails, and parking lots.
Maiden’s Blush Trail
The Maiden’s Blush Trail is a 1.3km loop path that is completely paved. It’s suitable for walking, cycling, and rollerblading, and it’s also wheelchair and stroller friendly. This is a beautiful little trek that winds through mature forest.
Barrier Free Trail
The Barrier Free Trail adds an additional 2.4km to the Maiden’s Blush Trail, if you’re looking to add another loop trail to your walk. It’s near some bathroom facilities, parking lots, and the swimming pool.
Bronte Creek Trail
The Bronte Creek Trail is an out and back 10km hiking trail on the campground side of the park. It follows the edge of the Bronte Creek ravine. I’d love to return to give this one a go – more details to come!
The Gateway Trail is a 1.3km trail that’s mostly used by those staying at the campgrounds. It’s a short walk connecting various campsites on the edge of the park.
Field and Forest Trail
Similarly, the 2.2km Field and Forest Trail is also on the campground side. This is a loop trail if you’re looking to go for a short walk while camping at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. The Field and Forest Trail also connects to some nearby residential neighbourhoods.
Plan Your Visit
Bronte Creek Provincial Park is open all year long to go hiking on the trails (day use only). From the middle of May to the middle of October, you can go camping at Bronte Creek Park. The park has lots of great features: places for tents and large RVs, a 1.8 acre outdoor pool in the summer, and tobogganing in the winter.
There’s also a disc golf course at Bronte Creek, which is one of the fastest growing sports. It stays open all year long, and you can even rent discs on site.
A daily vehicle permit costs $18.00 at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. This is one set rate for your entire car, no matter how many people are in the car. As I frequent lots of provincial parks each year, I purchased an annual Ontario Parks pass where you can visit over 100 parks an unlimited amount of times all year long. You can use the pass in any vehicle, as long as you have it on you. If you hike at just five parks during the year, it’s already paid for itself!
Camping at Bronte Creek Provincial Park
You’ll find car camping at all four campground loops. One offers room for larger RVs, and smaller RVs and tent camping are also accommodated. Every campsite has electrical hookups and amenities. There are also four group campsites that do not accommodate vehicles or have electricity.
At Bronte Creek, there is one roofed accommodation and three yurts for those who love the outdoors but want to sleep indoors.
Festivals and Events
There are lots of events at Bronte Creek Provincial Park throughout the year. In March, there’s the annual maple syrup festival. On two Sunday nights in August, you can attend their Ghost Walks where you’ll explore the paranormal side of their 1899 Spruce Lane Farmhouse (making these trails one of the most haunted places to hike in Ontario).
The annual Harvest Festival happens at the end of September with pumpkin picking and carving, farm house tours, wagon rides, and yummy treats. And the Victorian Christmas event will allow you to step back in time to 1900 to experience a vintage holiday celebration at the Spruce Lane Farmhouse.
What to Bring on a Hike
A proper pair of hiking shoes is an absolute must. It’s also a good idea to bring sunscreen and lots of water, too. My water bottle of choice is the GRAYL Purifier because you can drink ANY water from any source, no matter what. Water from lakes, streams, rivers, public restrooms, you name it. It’s the world’s fastest portable purifier. Get your hands on one ASAP!
Don’t forget to pack some bug spray because there can be biting bugs depending on the time of year. Even if there aren’t any signs, it’s safe to assume that ticks are all over Ontario hiking trails. Protect yourself against ticks by reading our guide to avoiding ticks on the trails.
More Nearby Hiking Trails
There are lots of amazing hiking trails in Oakville and Burlington that you can check out for next time. If you’re planning to visit for a few days or more, I recommend going to these trails after you hike at Bronte Creek Provincial Park.
- Sixteen Mile Creek Trail (Oakville)
- Kerncliff Park (Burlington)
- Bridle Loop Trail / Hendrie Valley Trails at the RBG (Burlington)
- Rattray Marsh Conservation Area (Mississauga)
Where to Stay in Oakville
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