Price: $45 Parkbus ticket, $6.50 park admission

Address: 7200 Appleby Line, Milton, ON

Why You Need To Go: All the incredible beauty of Rattlesnake Point is only an hour away via Parkbus. The bus stops for pickups near the downtown Bloor-Yonge station.

Once you're at Rattlesnake Point, you can spend the day exploring and even rock climbing if you're up for a challenge. You'll find a variety of hiking trails ranging in difficulty, as well as some breathtaking views of the surrounding foliage.

Then, simply hop back on the bus to return home around 4:30 p.m, or book a one-way ticket if you prefer. 

Claireville Conservation Area

Price: Transit fare

Address: 8180 Regional Rd. 50, Brampton, ON

Why You Need To Go: Hop on the 107 northbound bus to Humber College, then grab the 50 Gore Road North bus and stay on until you reach the Gore Road North. From here, it's only about a four-minute walk to Brampton's adorable Claireville Conservation Area, making the entire trip roughly 59 minutes long. You can check alternate transit routes here. This large conservation area is full of stunning wetlands, valleys, forests, trails, and boardwalks for you to discover and explore.

Rouge Valley Park

Price: Transit fare

Address: 1088-1090 Rouge Valley Dr., Pickering, ON

Why You Need To Go: From York Mills Station this little gem is only one ride away on the 92A Dundas bus. You'll get off the bus at Kingston Road and Rougemount Drive. From there, it's a 16-minute walk to the Pickering entrance to the park, making the whole trip only about 45 minutes. Rouge Park is quite large and has multiple access points and with a combination of paved and natural trails, there's hours worth of exploring to be done!

Chorley Park Trail

Price: Transit fare

Address: 245 Douglas Dr., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can hike up the beautiful staircase in this cute little city park, and getting here is as simple as hopping on the Yonge-University line towards Finch Station. Get off at Rosedale, where you'll catch the 82 Rosedale-to-Summerhill bus. Ride the bus until Douglas Drive, and then it's only a four-minute walk to your destination. It sounds complicated, and you can browse alternate transit routes here, but at roughly 36 minutes, this one is the quickest. This quiet area has plenty of adorable picnic areas and trails that lead to the Don Valley Brickworks.

Sherwood Park 

Price: Transit fare

Address: 190 Sheppard Ave. E., North York, ON

Why You Need To Go: From York Mills Station you can hop on the 97A and stay on until you reach Yonge Street at Briar Hill Avenue. From here, it's only a six-minute walk to the adorable Sherwood Park, where you will find various walking and running trails, public washrooms, beautiful scenery, and more! There's an off-leash dog area as well if your furry friend comes along for the ride, although check transit pet restrictions. Even if you take an alternative route, this trip will only run about 20 minutes. 

Sunnybrook Park

Price: Transit fare

Address: 1132 Leslie St., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: From Union Station, you can take the Yonge-University line to Lawrence. Then, jump on the 162 Lawrence bus, which will take you to Glenorchy Road at Suncrest Drive. From this stop, it's about an eight-minute walk to the park, where you will find hiking trails and dog-friendly areas. It's also an amazing spot to watch the leaves change colour in the fall. Be sure to check alternative routes to see what's fastest for you. 

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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