Summer is here and we’re outdoors! Despite the gloomy weather, we’re enjoying the month of July and have been keeping busy, exploring our wonderful province and making new memories. We’re eager to continue exploring nature, enjoying its nooks and crannies and beautiful sights. And the best way to do that is by embarking along a boardwalk trail. Lucky for us Ontario is filled with them, especially with the most scenic boardwalks.

We’ve compiled a list of the best boardwalks in Ontario worthy of exploring this summer and we’re sure you’ll love it:

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Chapman Mills Conservation Area

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

Goderich Boardwalk Trail

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

Hardy Lake Provincial Park

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)

Hunters Bay Trail Floating Boardwalk

If you find yourself in Ontario’s Muskoka region, check out Hunters Bay Trail for a long and leisurely hike through a boardwalk that looks as if its floating on top of the water.

Located right in Huntsville, this is said to be one of the most amazing hikes in the whole area.

Per Muskoka Tourism, the Hunters Bay Trail is a walking, running and cycling trail that spans 4.6 km in length.

Where: Main Street West (off Highway 11), Huntsville

Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

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

Presqu’ile Provincial Park

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

Rattray Marsh Conservation Area

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.

It’s important to note that trail access from Silver Birch (Station 15 on the map) is closed to the public but entrances at either end of the Pedestrian Waterfront Trail are still open.

Where: 660 Bexhill Rd – Mississauga, ON

Sifton Bog Trail

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

Toronto Beaches Boardwalk

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

White Water Walk

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: Every day from 9 AM to 8 PM (hours subject to change later into the summer season)
Where: 4330 River Road, Niagara Falls
Cost: $19 per adult