Hiking isn’t exactly something that Toronto is known for, but that doesn’t mean you have to travel far in order to find the best trails. The city is filled with hidden walking paths that go far beyond their skyscraper reputation, and those paths only get prettier in autumn.
The area in and around the city has endless routes to explore; and if you don’t know where to begin, don’t fret. We’ve compiled a nature-filled bucket list for you to start checking off in the fall before the inevitable Canadian cold returns.
This one’s in Toronto, so begin your applause. About a 20 minute drive from downtown, Crothers Woods is a breathtaking trail that straddles the Don River. 52 hectares in size, this path of paradise consists of multiple meadows and wetlands.
Located pretty much in between East York and North York, Edwards Gardens is one of those places where you can just sit there peacefully for hours upon hours.
Okay, this one’s a little bit of a stretch - but seriously, the place is worth it. This epic hiking trail is in Elora, a city about an hour and a half from Toronto. Filled with an explosion of green scenery, the Elora Gorge is the best place to add to your bucket list.
Beltline Trail is a 9 kilometre hiking and biking trail situated north of Toronto. It connects the neighbourhoods of Rosedale, Forest Hill, Chaplin Estates, Fairbank and Moore Park.
Belfountain Conservation Area
Located in Caledon, a town about an hour from Toronto, the trail at the Belfountain Conservation Area is so nice that you can take pictures of it with #nofilter.
Why is it called the devil’s punch bowl? I’m assuming it has something to do with it being a huge bowl shaped hole with an electric cross situated in a nearby field. I won't let my imagination go any further than that.
You obviously know about High Park - that awesome, go-to natural Toronto gem that definitely meets it’s reputation. It spans 161 hectares and has a lot more than just a trail to explore, so consider grabbing a picnic basket or something so you can spend a full day here.
The Scarborough Bluffs is one of the most beautiful places in Southern Ontario, so why not extend that beauty by later walking the park’s hiking trail?
This is one of Hamilton’s best hiking trails, and Hamilton has a lot. Picturesque for photo shoots and surrounded by scenic views of neighbourhoods and waterfalls, Dundas Peak is definitely worth the hour drive from Toronto.
Another Hamilton gem, because duh - Headwaters Trail is the complete essence of Dundas Valley. With meadows and rolling hills nearby, the trail also crosses the creek near Sulphur Springs Road.
Okay, so it’s kind of basic to include just “Bruce Trail” on this list since it’s more than 890 kilometres long, but wherever you are in Southern Ontario, I’m sure a part of the Bruce Trail isn’t too far behind.
West Humber Trail
Located near Toronto, the West Humber Trail is a 19 kilometre path that features rivers and a red, picturesque bridge for you to cross.