Category Archives: York Durham and Headwaters

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 […]

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 […]

Greenwood Conservation Area: Hiking at an Awesome Park in Ajax

Greenwood Conservation Area

Greenwood Conservation Area is one of the top parks in Ajax, Ontario. It also happens to be a fantastic place to go hiking in all seasons. I went to the conservation area towards the end of February on a very bright and sunny day (especially for February!). This is one of the best places to […]

Island Lake Conservation Area: Hiking the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail

Island Lake Conservation Area

Island Lake Conservation Area is a really special place to go hiking in Ontario. I didn’t really prioritize hiking here because I figured it would be an ordinary hike around a lake. Boy, was I wrong about that! Hiking at Island Lake Conservation Area is nothing short of amazing. There are numerous meanders through tall […]

Nokiidaa Trail: The Path That Connects Three Communities

Nokiidaa Trail East Gwillimbury

The word “Nokiidaa” is an Ojibwe term that means “walking together”, and it’s very fitting to call this path the Nokiidaa Trail. After all, the Nokiidaa Trail connects three communities: East Gwillimbury, Newmarket, and Aurora, Ontario (in York Region). This path is perfect for walking, hiking and biking as it’s lengthy and relatively flat the […]

Boyne Valley Provincial Park: Exploring Scenic Trails Near Orangeville

Boyne Valley Provincial Park

Boyne Valley Provincial Park has got it all. Scenic lookouts, dense woodlands, babbling brooks, wooden bridges, and vast meadows. It’s the perfect place for a day hike, whether you choose a shorter hike or a lengthier one. There are options for everyone. You’ll be able to hike on a section of the Bruce Trail that […]

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 […]

Happy Valley Forest and the Oak Ridges Moraine Trail Hike in York Region (GTA)

Happy Valley Forest

When looking up hiking trails in the York Regional Forest, Happy Valley Forest caught my eye. You might think that with a name like “Happy Valley Forest”, it must be a pretty magical place. It grabbed my attention for other reasons. You see, I’m a massive fan of British crime dramas and there happens to […]

The Bruce Trail: Everything You Need to Know About This Legendary Ontario Trail

The Bruce Trail

When it comes to hiking in Ontario, my heart belongs to the Bruce Trail. While I’m on a journey to eventually hike the entire trail, I find myself stumbling upon those white blazes more often than I intend to. In southern Ontario, we owe a lot of our favourite places to hike to the Bruce […]