We're well into fall now and with the leaves already turning in Ontario, there's no better time to plan your next hiking adventure. Luckily, there are numerous boardwalks near Toronto that offer spectacular fall views and give you an up-close look at beautiful bodies of water. Boardwalks are fun for everyone, whether you're an avid hiker or a novice, and most of these spots are less than two hours away, making them an ideal day trip from Toronto. So lace up those boots and start exploring these breathtaking boardwalks asap!

Westminster Ponds

Price: Free

Address: 696 Wellington Rd., London

Why You Need To Go: Roughly a two-hour drive from Toronto, this conservation area is filled with magical fall views. You can explore a combination of trails and boardwalks that lead to a total of six breathtaking ponds. Be cautious on rainy days, as the trails are subject to becoming muddy.


White Water Walk

Price: $14

Address: 4330 River Rd., Niagara Falls

Why You Need To Go: You can get up close and personal with the roaring waters of Niagara Falls. Follow the beautiful boardwalk trail to various viewing platforms where you can see epic whirlpool rapids. The best part? It's less than two hours from Toronto.


Glen Stewart Park Trail

Price: Free

Address: 351 Glen Manor Dr., Toronto

Why You Need To Go: Glen Stewart Park and Ravine are proof that you don't actually have to leave the city to explore gorgeous boardwalk trails. This multi-level boardwalk is engulfed in beautiful oak and maple trees, making it the prime location for a fall walk.


Crawford Lake

Price: $7.75

Address: 3115 Conservation Rd., Milton

Why You Need To Go: There is so much to see and do at Crawford Lake Conservation Area, including a walk around the lake on this beautiful looping boardwalk. When the fall colours are in full effect, you can see them reflect off of the water and it's a simply magical view.


Hunters Bay Trail

Price: Free

Address: Huntsville

Why You Need To Go: This incredible trail leads you under train tracks, through beautiful wooded areas, and even over the water. The floating boardwalk portion of the trail will close in late November for the winter season, but you can enjoy the rest of the trail all year long. Being just over two hours from Toronto, this is an ideal fall day trip.


Mel Swart Lake Gibson Conservation Area

Price: Free

Address: DeCew Road, Thorold

Why You Need To Go: Located just over an hour from Toronto, near Niagara, this boardwalk is the perfect spot to catch a fall sunset. The wooden trail leads you across the water to a viewing tower where you can take in incredible views.


Presqu'ile Provincial Park

Price: $10.84 provincial park admission 

Address: 328 Presqu'ile Parkway, Brighton

Why You Need To Go: You can explore multiple boardwalk trails at this provincial park. Both the Marsh Trail and the Jobes Wood Trail are roughly 1 km long and should take about 30 minutes to complete. These short and sweet hikes lead you past the most stunning fall views. The Marsh Trail even has a large platform, perfect for a fall picnic. 


Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

Price: $10.84 provincial park admission 

Address: 795122 3rd Line E., Orangeville

Why You Need To Go: You will feel like you've walked straight into a storybook when you explore this spectacular boardwalk just over an hour outside of the city. Part of the Bruce Trail, you can walk through cliffs and canyons, enjoying fall colours along the way.



We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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