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.

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Please use the hiking by trails page on Ontario Hiking to locate guides for trails near you. You can use the map on the page to see how close to home the trails are, and click each corresponding article to read more about the hikes.

Ontario Pandemic Update (May 7, 2021)

There are stricter lockdowns in Ontario, as of midnight on April 17th, 2021. Here are the basic rules when it comes to outdoor activities, as set by the provincial government:

  • We’re under a stay at home order: this means that you need to stay close to home
  • You may not gather outdoors with members outside of your household
  • If you live alone, you may gather with one other household (the same household each time)
  • Campsites in Ontario are closed down (even on crown land)
  • For the most part, trails remain open for day use only

What’s Open in Ontario During Lockdown

For the most part, most national parks, provincial parks, and conservation areas are open.

  • National Parks of Ontario are open. More information from Parks Canada.
  • All provincial parks in Ontario remain open for day use. More information from Ontario Parks.
  • Most conservation areas and hiking trails remain open. Please see below for a list of closures and ones that require reservations. If you don’t see a trail on this list, it means that it is open.

Closed Hiking Trails and Parks in Ontario

Here are all of the closed parks and trails, the date this was last updated, and the source of information if you’d like to look into it more. This information is subject to change.

National Park Closures

There are not currently any national park closures.

Ontario Parks Closures

All Ontario Parks (provincial parks) remain open. However, they may close if they reach capacity. Look up your favourite park on social media (Facebook, Twitter) to see if there are any closures before you go.

Bruce Trail Closures

Most of the Bruce Trail remains open. In the Iroquoia section, all Hamilton escarpment staircases are closed. Stay up to date with what’s open and closed on the Bruce Trail official website.

Credit Valley Conservation

Here’s where you can find updates on all Credit Valley Conservation properties.

  • Belfountain Conservation Area is closed for 2021
  • Cheltenham Badlands is closed for the season; opens May 20th, 2021 (reservations only)
  • Ken Whillans RMA is closed for the season; opens on April 24th, 2021

Crowe Valley Conservation Authority

Crowe Bridge Conservation Area is closed for 2021.

Hamilton Conservation Authority

All Hamilton Conservation Authority properties remain open; however, the parks may close if they reach capacity. All closures will be posted to their Facebook and Twitter pages. Reservations for the Dundas Peak/Tews Falls and Websters Falls begin on May 1st (more info below).

Otonabee Conservation

Warsaw Caves Conservation Area is open, but the cave trail and the caves are closed.

Long Point Region Conservation Authority

The following conservation areas are closed to the public:

  • Backus Heritage Conservation Area
  • Deer Creek Conservation Area
  • Haldimand Conservation Area
  • Norfolk Conservation Area
  • Waterford North Conservation Area

Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority

All Saugeen Conservation properties are closed.

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Most properties open for the season on April 24th, 2021. Reservations are required for Kortright Conservation Area (currently open). Please check the TRCA website for more details.

Parks That Require Reservations in Advance

You are required to make reservations in advance for the following parks and conservation areas. If you don’t reserve a timed space ahead of time, you won’t be able to visit the park.

Bruce Peninsula National Park

From May 1st, reservations are required to visit the Grotto shoreline (the parking lot that’s accessible from Cyprus Lake Road). You will receive a four hour time slot. Confirmed reservations are required between May 1st and October 31st, 2021.

From June 18th, reservations are required to visit the Halfway Log Dump shoreline (parking lot is accessible from Emmett Lake Road). Confirmed reservations are required between June 18th and September 7th, 2021.

Access into the Grotto cave is closed, but you can view it from above. The reservation system launches on April 29th, 2021. You can learn more information here.

Conservation Halton Parks

The following Conservation Halton Parks require reservations in advance. There is a two hour time limit for each reservation. You can book them here. This includes:

Please note that the Nassagaweya Trail between Crawford Lake and Rattlesnake Point is closed at the park boundary. Robert Edmonson does not require any advance reservations.

Credit Valley Conservation

  • Cheltenham Badlands requires reservations in advance. It opens for the season on May 20th. The booking system opens on April 17th.

Hamilton Conservation Authority

Reservations are required to visit Dundas Peak/Tews Falls and Websters Falls starting May 1st, 2021. The reservation system opens on April 24th.

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Reservations are required for Kortright Conservation Area.

5 thoughts on “Ontario Hiking Trails: What’s Open & Closed During the Pandemic

  1. Richard Aylen says:

    Currently the trails at Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington are open, although busy. The main building and the Rock Garden are closed.

  2. Jane Skinner says:

    This seems to be very Toronto-centric. No mention of parks in London, Middlesex County, and adjacent counties. We have lots of good hiking in this area!

    • Lauren says:

      I reviewed all conservation areas and hiking trails in your region, and they are all currently open. That is why they are not on the list. If it isn’t on the list, please assume that it is open. Thank you!

  3. Sandi Ward says:

    Great job organizing this report – thanks for all that you do for us so that we can enjoy the great outdoors.

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