Category Archives: Parks and Protected Lands

Yarmouth Natural Heritage Area: Explore a Beautiful Wetland in Sparta

Yarmouth Natural Heritage Area

Yarmouth Natural Heritage Area was such an amazing surprise when I visited. I’d rank this one as one of the best places to hike in Elgin County, Ontario. There’s over 250 acres of forests and wetlands that’s home to many species of plants and birds. Some of this area is naturalized and some has hiking […]

Apps Mill Nature Centre: Beautiful Hiking Trails in Brantford

Apps Mill Nature Centre Brantford

Apps Mill is a conservation area, operated by the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) and it’s one of the best places to go hiking in Brantford, Ontario. On this 266 acre property (107 hectares), you’ll discover mature forests and peaceful meadows with serene views of Whitemans Creek. It’s a wonderful place to wander through the […]

Presqu’ile Provincial Park: Amazing Hiking and Beaches on Lake Ontario

Presquile Provincial Park

Presqu’ile Provincial Park is a beautiful park with some of the best hiking trails in the Bay of Quinte. The park is only five minutes from the town of Brighton, and it’s a great place to go hiking from Cobourg, Belleville, Prince Edward County, or even Peterborough and Kingston. After reading this hiking blog post, you’ll […]

Hockley Valley Provincial Park: The Ultimate Hiking Guide

Hockley Valley Provincial Park

Hockley Valley Provincial Park is one of those places that you’ll be thinking about visiting again while you’re still there. It’s that amazing! There are several hiking trails at Hockley Valley Provincial Nature Reserve that form three loop trails. The scenery is so beautiful, and dare I say…magical! If you visit in the middle to […]

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. […]