Category Archives: Parks and Protected Lands

Cold Creek Conservation Area: Lesser Known Trails You Need to Hike

Cold Creek Conservation Area

Cold Creek Conservation Area is the perfect day trip for hiking enthusiasts in southern Ontario, particularly those living in the Toronto area. I hadn’t personally heard of Cold Creek Conservation Area before. I like to “browse” Google Maps and scroll around all of the green spaces near home to see what they are. Sometimes that’s […]

Hiking at Bonnechere Provincial Park: Delightful Hiking Trails in the Ottawa Valley

Bonnechere Provincial Park

Bonnechere Provincial Park is an interesting and beautiful protected space on the Bonnechere River in the Ottawa Valley. It’s just south of Algonquin Provincial Park and the closest villages are Killaloe and Barry’s Bay. To give you a better frame of reference, it’s about two hours west of Ottawa and 2 hours and 30 minutes […]

Crawford Lake Conservation Area: Hiking to Find a Fascinating Natural and Cultural History

Crawford Lake Conservation Area

I love exploring the parks of Ontario so much because they’re all so unique and lovely in their own way. Crawford Lake Conservation Area is a lesser known place to go hiking in Ontario, but it’s one of the most interesting spots. There’s an elevated boardwalk that wraps completely around a rare lake that reveals […]

Short Hills Provincial Park: Hiking at the Largest Park in the Niagara Region

Short Hills Provincial Park

While there are numerous trails to hike in the Niagara region, Short Hills Provincial Park is right up there with the best of them. Located in the middle of the Niagara Peninsula, Short Hills Provincial Park is 1600 acres (660 hectares). It’s the largest provincial park near Niagara Falls. The park has numerous small and […]

Mount Nemo Conservation Area: Easy Breezy Hiking Trails with Pretty Views

Mount Nemo Conservation Area

Mount Nemo Conservation Area is a protected natural space where you can enjoy some fresh air relatively close to the city. On the outskirts of Burlington, Ontario, it’s a wonderful place to go for a hike for an hour or two on your own or bringing the whole family. Although there are a few slightly […]

Rattray Marsh Conservation Area: Boardwalks, Wetlands and Birds in Mississauga

Rattray Marsh Conservation Area

Despite living down the road, I took years to discover Rattray Marsh Conservation Area. Living in Port Credit, Ontario (a village within the larger metropolis of Mississauga), I am spoiled for choice when it comes to walking paths by the lake. The Waterfront Trail is quite literally in my backyard, just a two minute trek […]