9 Beginner Hikes In Ontario That Will Give You All The Views
Get your hike on!
Summer is finally on its way and that means it's hiking season. Not sure about you, but I love to hike. It's a great way to pass the time in the summer, but also a great way to get moving and get in a workout for the day. However, if you're new to hiking, you may find it difficult the first few times. But that's okay! You can totally start by going on easier trails so you don't burn out.
These trails are not only easy, but they bring you the most stunning views. Whether it's of water or of pure greenery, you will not regret hiking these trails. Who knows, you may even fall in love with it! Some of these trails are open all year round, but most are open from late spring to late fall.
Eagles Nest Trail // Calabogie
Length: 1.5 km
Near Ottawa is a hike that will make you forget you're anywhere close to the city. At the end of the Eagles Nest Trail, there is Eagles Nest Lookout that takes you up and away to a 120 metre cliff. The views are stunning!
Rock Dunder // Kingston
Length: 3.7 km
Rock Dunder is a hiking trail in Kingston that will give you a stunning lookout on to the Rideau Waterway. Although it's not free and it's only open from May to November, during those months you can go when the sun is shining or when the leaves are changing.
Barron Canyon Trail // Algonquin Provincial Park
Length: 1.5 km
This short trail is perfect for those who are beginners at hiking. The peak of the hike looks out on to the most beautiful and crystal clear water, and even if you're a beginner you'll want to do the loop all over again.
Rattlesnake Point // Milton
Length: 3.5 km
This one is a little longer than the others, but I promise it is worth it. All together this hike is around 7.2 km journey, but that's because a few trails connect. This hike also isn't free, but it's only $7 for adults.
Cup & Saucer Trail // Manitoulin Island
Length: 12 to 14 km combined
Cup & Saucer Trail has two options to choose from. One is White Trail which is 5.5 km, and the other is Blue Trail which is 6.5 km. Either way, you'll get to see the amazing views from high up. This hike can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 4 hours so choose wisely!
Elora Gorge Trail // Elora
Length: 7.2 km
Not only is this hike stunning, but you also get to experience crystal clear water as well as a beautiful water fall during the hike. Some parts are harder than others, but you can definitely do this if you're a beginner.
The Kag Trail // Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park
Length: 2.5 km
While this is a shorter hike, that doesn't mean it's super easy. It is a little bit more difficult than a beginners hike, but you can definitely do it! This trail will take you back in time and bring you through the most beautiful forest.
Cyprus Lake Trail // Northern Bruce Peninsula
Length: 5 km
This moderate hiking trail takes you to the bluest water you will ever see. You can also bring your dog on this hike with you, which would make it even better. It's open all year round so you don't have to worry about the seasons!
Spencer Creek Gorge and the Old Dundas Station Loop // Hamilton
Length: 5.8 km
If you love nature, then this is the trail for you. Not only is the trail moderate and sort of lengthy, but it has a waterfall that will take your breath away. To get to the waterfall, all you have to do is walk up a forest trail and you'll discover Tew's Falls. The rest of the hike will be just as beautiful!