Fall season is just around the corner and we’re getting our trail lists ready for those much-needed autumn walks. Nothing beats the crisp, brisk fall air on a lovely morning as you venture along one of Ontario’s most scenic hiking trails. Toronto and the surrounding area are filled with these perfect hiking trails, giving us ample opportunities to enjoy nature however we like. We’ve compiled a list of a few trails in the area that we think are worth venturing this fall.
Here are 10 scenic Ontario hiking trails worth exploring this fall.
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Located in the charming town of Ancaster, you’ll find this beautiful and quiet scenic hike with a little piece of history hidden inside of it.
Hermitage Trail is home to the ruins of a magnificent stone mansion that was built in 1855.
Not far from this trail are the cascading Tiffany Falls, as well as the waterfalls at Spencer Gorge Conservation Area.
Where: Sulphur Springs Road, Ancaster
This nine-kilometre trail is so big it’s split into three sections: the York Beltline Trail west of Allen Rd, the Kay Gardner Beltline Park from Allen to Mount Pleasant, and the Ravine Beltline Trail through Moore Park Ravine.
Whew, that’s quite the trek! Check out just one section or challenge yourself to the whole stretch.
Where: Beltline Trail, Toronto
Around twenty minutes north of Toronto, you’ll find this pristine blue lake and easy hiking trail that feels like a trip to cottage country.
Bond Lake is part of the Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve in Richmond Hill, which is dominated by mature forests, wetlands, meadows, kettle lakes, and a network of recreational trails.
Where: 12691 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill
This all-encompassing park is one of the biggest in the city. This 200-hectare area spans the distance from Pottery Road all the way to the Corktown Common.
Along the way, you’ll come across beautiful green spaces, public art, and all-around good vibes. Challenge yourself to the whole thing or take one hiking trail at a time.
Where: Check out the map here
This is one of the most popular hiking spots around, and for good reason.
The clifftop trail is both unique and gorgeous, and there are seven moderately challenging hikes to do in the park that range in length.
Spring is a beautiful time to visit the park, but on a weekend with great weather, you should reserve your spot in advance as it does tend to get busy.
Where: 795086 3rd Line EHS, Shelburne
You can immerse yourself in nature without leaving the city at the gorgeous Rouge Valley.
There are multiple hiking trails to take that range in length and difficulty — you can get all the details here.
From marshes and meadows to boardwalks and an old mill used by early European settlers, you’ll have plenty to see on this spring hike.
Where: 1749 Meadowvale Rd, Scarborough
Boasting “one of the best cliff ecosystems on Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment,” Mount Nemo is an accessible cliff-edge trail that’ll spoil you with views without making you work too hard for it.
This peaceful hike is filled with thousand-year-old crevice caves, ancient cedars, and limestone boulders covered in green ferns.
Nature trails like these really make you appreciate the beauty that Ontario has to offer.
Where: 5317 Guelph Line, Burlington
If beachy vibes are what you’re after, look no further than Pinery Provincial Park. This breathtaking park has 10 km of sandy shoreline for you to wander, as well as boardwalk trails overlooking the blue waters of Lake Huron.
According to the park’s website, National Geographic included this park in a ranking of the top 10 sunsets in the world.
If that’s not enough to entice you, there are 38 km of hiking trails, plus canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats you can rent. You can enjoy the view from 10 walking trails or a 14 km bike trail.
Where: 9526 Lakeshore Rd, Grand Bend
You don’t even have to leave the city to feast your eyes on this incredible view, which all locals are familiar with but must admit that it never gets old, especially during the fall.
The trails and lookout points at the Scarborough Bluffs are located in, well, Scarborough. And it’s super accessible via the TTC.
Where: 1 Brimley Rd S, Bluffers Park, Toronto
This is definitely the most urban of the trails. You’ll actually know you’re in a city as you trek along this pathway.
But who said that was a bad thing, right? The West Toronto Railpath is loaded with street art that you can admire as you walk along the railway tracks. Plus, there are lots of little coffee shops and restos along the way.
Where: Check out the map here