Alright, we may not quite have what our friends to the west have in terms of mountainous terrain. However, don’t let that stop you! There are still some solid hikes in Ontario you can take advantage of. Also, less grizzly bears over here. That’s a major upside. With all of that in mind, here are seven of the best hikes in Ontario to check out this spring.
Don’t go chasing waterfalls. Actually, do. Especially at Dundas Peak since they are oh so pretty. The forest scenery is A+ and we love the view of Hamilton. We recommend going in autumn when the trees are especially stunning. Chase away! FYI, this is not a particularly safe lookout, so take all precautions necessary when heading out.
Where: 607 Harvest Rd
Distance: 2.9 KM
HILTON FALLS TRAIL
There are three different trails you can take to enjoy this gorgeous spot. Stop for a bonfire along the way, admire the falls, and eat more marshmallows than anyone should on a “hike.”
Where: Off Campbellville Rd in Milton
Distance: 4.7 KM
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NIAGARA GLEN TRAIL
This scenic little trail is a must if you’re near the Falls. Along with gorgeous water views, there are spots to try a bit of bouldering if you’re feeling fearless!
Where: 15 Niagara Parkway
Distance: 2.3 KM
NASSAGAWEYA & BRUCE TRAIL LOOP FROM RATTLESNAKE POINT
Patience is a virtue we don’t usually have. Although, it’s worth it for this one. If you can stand waiting, taking a hike through here in summer when the greenery is 10/10 doing its thing is ideal.
Where: 7200 Appleby Line
Distance: 7.2 KM
LION’S HEAD LOOP
Views on views on viiiiews! This is quite the loop in terms of distance. Dunking your head in the bay at the end is the second best part after the gorgeous scenery. We’d say it’s on the spicier side of moderate because of the length, but take one look at that water and you’ll know this is one of the best hikes in Ontario. You’ll definitely earn your snacks on this one!
Where: Start at Bruce Trail on Moore St, Lion’s Head
Distance: 15.3 KM
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CENTENNIAL RIDGES TRAIL
Want to get high? Nah, we mean gain elevation. If you’re thinking yes, this is the trail for you! A few hours of solid effort and you’ve got some of the highest views in the area. No, we don’t mean like that.
Where: Off Centennial Ridges Rd, Algonquin National Park
Distance: 9.8 KM
SINGHAMPTON CAVES TRAIL
Leave the claustrophobic buddy at home for this one. Caves aren’t for everyone, but we say give them a shot because they’re freakin’ cool! This trail is super scenic and it’s even cooler (pun intended) in cold weather when the caves are snowy and icy. Otherwise, go in the summer for wildflower season.
Where: 794685 Osprey Clearview Townline
Distance: 2.3 KM
We’ve got the essentials: backpack, boots, a bag of gummy worms, water bottle. It’s time to get out and get lost! Happy hiking, Ontario!
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