Hiking trails, cycling routes, and boardwalks – Ontario is filled with them! If you’re searching for more of a multi-use trail or a scenic walking experience, then look no further. These Ontario boardwalks offer the best views if you’re itchin’ to be one with nature. From water rapids to marshes and shorelines, these boardwalks are worth exploring.
Just don’t forget to bring your camera! Or phone if that’s your deal.
Here’s a list of 9 Ontario boardwalks with some of the best scenic routes:
This outdoor destination is known for its abundant wildlife and scenic boardwalk that overlooks a lakefront marsh. In order to access the boardwalk, you’ll need to embark along the Pedestrian Waterfront Trail first.
In totality, this trail spans 1.1 km and takes about 20 minutes to complete. You’ll come across the boardwalk about halfway through the Pedestrian Waterfront Trail.
The boardwalk loop aka Knoll Trail is only 0.3 km long but it’s worth the mini adventure.
Where: 660 Bexhill Rd – Mississauga, ON
Just a few minutes away from Canada’s capital, Ottawa, you’ll find Chapman Mills. This area sprawls across 23 acres of land, located on the west bank of the Rideau River.
Chapman Mills has about 1.5 km of trails with several lookout points along the way. As you trek along the trail, you’ll come across a few boardwalks.
Where: 253 Winding Way – Ottawa, Ontario
Scenic strolls don’t get better than this. The gorgeous town of Goderich has a boardwalk trail that connects to various beaches and it’s totally worth a visit.
The boardwalk trail extends 1.5 kilometres along the waterfront, with an ice cream pit stop at the end of it.
The pathway is over 10 feet wide and offers front-row views of the beautiful “must-see” beaches along Lake Huron.
Where: Goderich, Ontario
The park is located in the town of Mono, along the Bruce Trail. It’s also part of the Niagara Escarpment Parks System and the escarpment Biosphere Reserve.
It has a breathtaking spillway trail that takes you right through a canyon, clifftops, and 30-metre rock faces.
Where: 795086 3rd Line EHS, Shelburne
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Ready to take a walk on the wild side? White Water Walk in Niagara Falls takes you right to the edge of some of North America’s most powerful whitewater rapids!
This incredible attraction offers a firsthand encounter with the raw power of the Niagara River’s Class 6 whitewater rapids.
When: Mid-April to Mid-November 2023 (weather permitting)
Where: 4330 River Road, Niagara Falls
Cost: $17.50 per adult
We’ve never met a boardwalk trail we didn’t like, but this one might be Ontario’s best. Hardy Lake Provincial Park is one of the quieter hiking spots in the Muskoka region, with a wooden walkway to take in your surroundings.
There are no visitor facilities or amenities at Hardy Lake, according to Ontario Parks, but the fascinating geological history makes it a destination worth visiting.
Where: Highway 169, Torrance, Ontario (19 km west of Gravenhurst)
Located at this park is a fascinating 1-km boardwalk trail through lush marshland.
It is the largest protected marsh on the north shore of Lake Ontario and the vast landscape is truly breathtaking, especially from the wooden lookout towers.
Where: 328 Presqu’Ile Parkway, Brighton
According to Destination Ontario, the eastern boardwalk stretches along 3.5 km along the Lake Ontario shoreline right in Toronto’s east-end and Beaches neighbourhood.
This boardwalk runs parallel to the mixed-use Martin Goodman Trail and there are benches facing the lake, perfect to watch the sunset. The entire boardwalk stretches between Balmy Beach Park and Ashbridges Bay Park.
Where: Between Balmy Beach Park and Ashbridges Bay Park
Located in London, ON, the Sifton Bog trail features a beautiful wooden boardwalk that leads out to Redmond’s Pond. This park is also home to ecologically significant wetlands, according to Destination Ontario. “Notably, it’s one of the most southern floating acidic peat bogs with boreal plant life in Canada.”
This scenic route is worth exploring.
Location: 1210 Oxford Street West, London, between Hyde Park Road and Oxford Street