Category Archives: Conservation Areas

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 […]

Springwater Conservation Area: Beautiful Boardwalk Trails Near London

Springwater Conservation Area

Springwater Conservation Area in Alymer, Ontario is a great place to enjoy nature and the outdoors. There are four hiking trails at Springwater Conservation Area, campgrounds, a pond and a small beach. There’s even a maple syrup festival here in the winter. If you’re looking for places to hike near London or St. Thomas, Ontario, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

5+ Best Hiking Trails in the Bay of Quinte That You’ll Love

Bay of Quinte Hikes

The Bay of Quinte region in South Eastern Ontario is a treasure trove of amazing hiking trails and beautiful scenery. Bay of Quinte consists of Brighton, Trenton, Belleville, and Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, as well as the natural spaces surrounding these cities and towns. I’m going to show you the best places to go hiking in […]

Cheltenham Badlands: The Amazing Mars-Like Landscape in Ontario

Cheltenham Badlands

The Cheltenham Badlands are one of the most unique natural features in Ontario. While this was once a little known gem of the region, it’s now one of the most instantly recognizable landscapes in the province. This exposed red Queenston shale terrain is like no other in the region. It’s likely a bit of a […]