This spring, you can visit one of Ontario’s coolest city escapes — the Ranney Gorge in Ferris Provincial Park.
Located just two hours away from Toronto, the gorge is a prime destination for easy hikes. It offers some of the most picturesque views of Northumberland County, with its beautiful vistas, open forests, small wetlands and riverside settings.
Its main feature is a 300-foot-long suspension bridge, which sways 30 feet above the Trent River just south of Ranney Falls. Built in 2004, the bridge is an extension of the Trans Canada Trail, which is part of a massive 10-km system that branches throughout the park.
Aside from the hiking trails, visitors can also go birdwatching, boating, canoeing and fishing.
This year, Ferris Provincial Park opens on May 11 and will remain in operation until Oct. 9. Visitors can go for a day trip, or make use of one of the 150 overnight sites in the park’s two campground loops.
The Valleyview Loop is set atop a forest drumlin, which lends it excellent views of the Trent River Valley. The Bedrock Loop is supplied with electrical power for RVs and has a playground and picnic areas.
After a long day outside, hikers can visit the town of Campbellford, which is within walking distance from the park. There are great shops and restaurants in the downtown area to explore.