Ontario's Floating Boardwalk Leads You Over Water And Through A Mystical Forest
You won't believe these views!
The days may be getting shorter and the nights cooler, but that doesn’t mean hiking season is over just yet! There is still ample time to lace up your boots and hit the trails! Want to sneak in one last swim before summer is officially over? Well at Hunters Bay Trail you can! As far as easy hikes go, thistakes the cake.
With relative ease you can walk, run, bike across or dive into the water. The trail continues under train tracks and past an enchanted forest of blossoming apple trees. Located in Huntsville, just over two hours from Toronto, this is one hike you don’t want to pass up.
The entire trail is 4.6 kilometers one way, with a portion of that trail being the floating boardwalk. Both the trail and boardwalk are designed to handle walking, running, or cycling. But, no matter how you decide to explore Hunters Bay Trail, you’re in for quite the sight, Huntsville manager of marketing Lauren MacDermid tells Narcity.
“There are several areas along the trail to stop and take in the scenery, including floating dock sections overlooking Hunters Bay and Orchard Park. During your walk or run you may find yourself looking at sparkling water along Hunters Bay (part of Lake Vernon), admiring wildflowers and berry patches, strolling through the apple trees at Orchard Park or taking a dip, or cannonball off the floating docks near Orchard Park,” MacDermid says.
From jumping off the docks to admiring the blossoming apple trees, locals adore the beauty and easy access Hunters Bay Trail provides. But the trail draws in adventurers from all over the province says MacDermid.
“The trail is an important local, regional, provincial, and national link that connects Hunters Bay Trail to the Trans Canada Trail ... [There are] a few small hills but the joy is making the trail as long or short as you want with multiple starting points.”
With multiple access points comes ample parking as well, MacDermid explains.
“It begins at the Centre Street bridge near Infra Pipe Solutions and winds along the river, under the railway, along the south side of Hunters Bay, through Avery Beach Park and under the Hwy. 11 corridor ... the best places to park are at Orchard Park, Avery Beach, and Infra Pipe Solutions off of Centre Street.”
Hunters Bay Trail is open year-round, with the exception of the floating boardwalk section which will close down from late November until March.
Hunters Bay Trail
Location: Huntsville Ontario
Why You Need To Go: You can travel the 4.6-kilometre stretch with relative ease through beautiful forests, under train tracks, and over the water. To cool off after your hike, consider jumping into the refreshing water from the floating dock.
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