Ontario never falls short of stunning and breathtaking experiences in nature. Sandy beaches, rare forests, and historic caves are just some of the exciting things you can explore in the province. And when we discover more thrilling things to do, we can’t help but share our findings with you. That being said, if you’re a hiking enthusiast and love a rewarding finish to your trek, this Ontario nature reserve has hiking trails that lead you to a stunning lookout point. Any guesses? Here’s what to know about Rock Dunder Nature Reserve.
If you live in Kingston and the surrounding area, you’ve most likely either heard of this place or have trailed it more times than you can think. Located in Morton, ON, just over three hours east of Toronto is Rock Dunder Nature Reserve.
According to its official site, this gem “lies within the UNESCO Thousand Islands Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve” and its viewpoint rises 275 ft above Morton Bay. The site was once owned by Scouts Canada for almost 40 years but back in 2006, Rideau Waterway Land Trust members and supporters raised funds to purchase it.
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It’s a popular destination for those in southeastern Ontario thanks to its stunning views and you can see why. But in order to access the Rock Dunder viewpoint, you need to embark on a hike.
There are three hiking loops to choose from, The Morton Bay Loop, The Summit Loop, and The Scout Cabin Trail.
All trails connect to each other and create a loop. But, per the map, your journey begins on the Summit Loop whose elevation is comparable to “climbing a 20-storey building.” So come prepared for that.
The climb runs “alongside Dean’s Island through a variety of forest, offering sneak peeks over rocky cliffs, according to the Rock Dunder Nature Reserve site.
Once you finally reach the lookout point, you’ll be left in awe of the stunning panoramic views of the Rideau Waterway. Have your camera ready because this 360 view is picture-perfect during the summer and even fall.
The Morton Bay trail leads you to a small peninsular outlook over Morton Bay, according to its official site, so that is another option if you’re not ready to take on the challenge.
Day passes are available per hiker for $6 and can be purchased online or at the trailhead. Season passes are also available for $60 each if you find that you’ll be making the trip a lot more frequently this year. Those can be purchased online as well or in person.
Rock Dunder Nature Reserve’s hiking trails are open for the season starting May 15 and will remain open until November 15, sunrise to sunset.
This is the perfect road trip experience if you’re eager to hit the road. And the views are clearly no joke.
Rock Dunder Nature Reserve
Where: 72 Stanley Lash Ln, Morton ON