For those of us whose wanderlust is always knocking at the door, it can be quite frustrating when your BFF doesn’t want to tag along on your hiking adventures. Especially when you consider the vast variety of stunning trails that we have access to in this province. So in an effort to convince your bestie that it isn’t as hard as they think, we’ve rounded up 9 easy Ontario boardwalk trails for your friend who totally hates hiking.
Boardwalks are typically the easiest types of trails to navigate. Not only do they offer a flat surface, but they can provide some breathtaking views that are sure to attract the most unenthusiastic walkers.
From walks that float across bodies of water to trails that wind through mysterious wetlands, there’s a hike out there for everyone.
But, if the flat surfaces and incredible views aren’t enough, then we’ve made things even easier.
Every boardwalk on this list is less than two kilometres long, which means it should only take you roughly 30 to 60 minutes to complete your hike.
It doesn’t get much easier than that, does it?
So strap on those boots and take your bestie on an easy-breezy hike ASAP.
Point Pelee Marsh Boardwalk
Price: Admission varies, $6-$8
Address: 1118 Point Pelee Dr., Leamington, ON
Why You Need To Go: This 1 km floating boardwalk has an observation tower and telescopes so you can really see all of nature's beauty. Plus, the boardwalk loops around for an easy finish.
Address: 1210 Oxford St. W., London, ON
Why You Need To Go: A short 370-metre boardwalk is accessible from the parking lot and will lead you to the centre of this breathtaking bog. It doesn't get much easier than that. If you feel up for more exploring, though, there are also 2.8 kilometres worth of additional trails.
Crawford Lake Boardwalk Trail
Address: 3115 Conservation Rd., Milton, ON
Why You Need To Go: This simple 1.4 km boardwalk offers truly breathtaking views of the unique meromictic lake and the surrounding conservation area.
Spruce Bog Trail
Price: Park permit required, prices vary
Address: Highway 60, Unorganized South Nipissing District, ON
Why You Need To Go: This 1.5 km loop features a few boardwalk sections which offer up-close views of this beautiful bog.
Wellington Rotary Beach
Address: Beach St., Prince Edward, ON
Why You Need To Go: There's nothing like the promise of cute lighthouses and beachy views to drag the hiking haters outside. A small boardwalk loops around the entire beach so you can soak up all of the beauty this place has to offer.
Bell Park Walkway
Price: Parking fees may apply
Address: Bell Park, Paris St., Greater Sudbury, ON
Why You Need To Go: This flat and easy-to-navigate urban walkway takes you on a stunning shoreline adventure, with amazing views of Ramsey Lake. At only 2 km, it shouldn't take too long either.
Presqu'ile Marsh Boardwalk
Price: $1.77 or $10.84 with a car
Address: 328 Presqu'ile Pkwy., Brighton, ON
Why You Need To Go: This 1 km boardwalk winds through the largest protected marsh on the north shore of Lake Ontario.
Mer Bleue Bog Trail
Address: Ridge Rd., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Mer Bleue Conservation Area has so much to offer and this 1.2 km boardwalk allows you to enjoy so much of it.
Chapman Mills Conservation Area
Address: 253 Winding Way, Nepean, ON
Why You Need To Go: A 1.5 km mix of boardwalk sections and relatively easy walking trails will take you on a beautiful adventure along the west bank of the Rideau River.