Category Archives: Parks and Protected Lands

Rockwood Conservation Area: Explore Caves, Ruins & Beautiful Lookouts

Rockwood Conservation Area

Rockwood Conservation Area near Guelph, Ontario, is one of the most interesting places that I’ve gone hiking in a long time. While it’s not the longest hiking trail in the world, this intriguing conservation area makes for a great outing for people of all ages, including families with kids. Rockwood Conservation Area is one of […]

Robert Edmondson Conservation Area: A Little Known Hiking Trail You’ll Love

Robert Edmondson Conservation Area

Robert Edmondson Conservation Area might be a shorter hiking trail in Halton region, but it’s a hidden gem that you won’t want to miss. It’s a relatively flat and easy trail, but it has many makings of a memorable adventure outdoors: a pretty body of water, a wooden boardwalk, and perhaps some wildflowers (depending on […]

Flowerpot Island Tobermory: Ultimate Guide to Hiking This Beautiful Island

Flowerpot Island Tobermory

Flowerpot Island near Tobermory, Ontario, is one of the most beautiful and unique places in our province. The island, part of the Fathom Five National Marine Park, is famous for its rock columns that resemble flowerpots (narrower at the bottom and wider at the top). There are also caves to explore, a historic lighthouse, and […]

Ontario Hiking Trails: What’s Open & Closed During the Pandemic

Island Lake Conservation Area

Which hiking trails in Ontario are open and closed during the pandemic? Wondering which trails require reservations in advance? Here’s our master list of Ontario hiking trails, national parks, provincial parks, and conservation areas that are closed (or require reservations) during lockdown. Please use the hiking by trails page on Ontario Hiking to locate guides […]

Thornton Bales Conservation Area: 99 Steps and Beautiful Jokers Hill

Thornton Bales Conservation Area

Thornton Bales Conservation Area is home to the famous 99 Steps, a steep descent down the escarpment on a wooden staircase. You’ll have to go beyond those 99 Steps to fully appreciate this beautiful conservation area! There’s a small loop trail at Thornton Bales Conservation Area, but the property also connects to the neighbouring Koffler […]

Proctor Park Conservation Area: Beautiful Trails You Must Hike

Proctor Park Conservation Area

When you first arrive at Proctor Park Conservation Area, you might not think that there’s much to it. You’ll see a parking lot, a few trees, and a wide open space with a couple of picnic tables. For those in the know, this conservation area is a hidden gem for hikers and nature enthusiasts alike. […]

Windy Ridge Conservation Area: Beautiful Short Hike in Kawartha Lakes

Windy Ridge Conservation Area

Windy Ridge Conservation Area is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for a shorter hike with pretty scenery. The conservation area is technically located in Omemee, Kawartha Lakes, but it’s more like the middle of nowhere. With that said, it’s less than 20 minutes from Lindsay and under 30 minutes from Peterborough. It’s […]

Ferris Provincial Park: Hiking Trails You Need to Experience

Ferris Provincial Park

Ferris Provincial Park is an awesome place to go hiking for a few reasons. While the hiking trails themselves aren’t the most remarkable or interesting, it’s the scenery all around that you’ll truly enjoy. First, there’s an amazing suspension bridge that leads into and out of the park with astounding views. Next, there’s a small […]

Forks of the Credit Provincial Park Hiking Trails You’ll Love

Forks of the Credit Provincial Park

Forks of the Credit Provincial Park has amazing hiking trails that are wonderful in all seasons. It’s a great park if you’re looking for some exercise outdoors, the chance to view a gorgeous waterfall, and nature hikes along the river. From vast meadows to stunning escarpment views, the Forks of the Credit trails have really […]

Bronte Creek Provincial Park Trails: Beautiful Hikes in Oakville

Bronte Creek Provincial Park

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 […]