8 Hikes In Ontario That Take You To Amazing Lookout Views
Also known as your Insta's summer feed.
Oh, Ontario! Not only is Ontario home to some of the country’s biggest cities like Toronto and, of course, Canada’s very own capital city of Ottawa, but it’s also home to the most beautiful natural wonders.
Of course, somewhere like Niagara Falls immediately comes to mind, but if you wanna skip the casinos and endless throngs of tourists and actually enjoy some greenery, Ontario is brimming with plenty of destinations.
From beautiful canyons and cliffs to scenic beaches and even islands, there's no shortage of breathtaking sights to see in Ontario.
For those of us who wear glasses, this is easier said than done. Nothing's more annoying than pausing a hike to push your glasses back up the bridge of your nose; missing something because your lenses are filthy; or, worse, the anxiety of losing or breaking your key to viewing the world.
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And with so many incredible sights to love in Ontario, you’re definitely going to want to!
Take it all in at Temagami Fire Tower
Where: Caribou Mountain
Prepare for a natural high ‘cause that’s how good the view from Temagami Fire Tower really is. Standing on the summit of Caribou Mountain, the tower is 100 feet tall.
Once used as an actual fire lookout in the days of yore, Temagami scores a whopping five stars on TripAdvisor. You guys, the view is that epic, sofor yourself!
Check out the Cheltenham Badlands
This insanely epic lookout point is a designated spot for those wanting to check out local Ontario badlands. Guys, it’s quite literally one of Ontario’s geological treasures.
Fun fact: The term “badlands” refers to an area of soft rock completely devoid of soil. The result is a rolling landscape and a reddish hue. In other words, it makes for a totally Insta worthy moment — no filter required.
Prepare to be impressed by the Ouimet Canyon
Where: Thunder Bay
If you want to feel both small and incredibly accomplished at the same time, Ouimet Canyon is the place for you. The canyon itself is a super impressive sight to see, measuring 100 metres deep and 150 metres wide.
You can access the view via a short trail through Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park, which leads to two different lookouts. Although it might not be as much of a hike as other spots on this list, trust, the view is more than worth the short trek! Oh, and pro tip for those of us who wear glasses? Leave your glasses in their case and take yourwith you for ultimate comfort and clear vision. You absolutely don't want to miss any sights because of a smudge on your glasses!
Discover the scenery at Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower
Where: Township of Algonquin Highlands
Located just north of the Village of Dorset, the Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower not only provides a breathtaking view, it also has a ton of history, too.
The original tower was actually built in 1922 and used as a fire lookout until the ‘60s. The current tower was built around that time and now stands at 100 feet tall! The observation deck is actually 465 feet above Lake of Bays — so basically, a view that’ll make you feel like you’re floating among the clouds!
Peep the panoramic views at Dundas Peak
Where: Spencer Gorge Conservation Area
Guys, Dundas Peak is just an hour outside of Toronto, meaning it makes a great day trip when you need to at nature!
But the fun doesn’t stop there. After you’ve gotten your fill of what is a truly beautiful view of Ontario foliage, you can check out the always popular Tew’s Falls, which is Hamilton’s tallest waterfall!
Enjoy a hike with a view at the Bruce Peninsula
Where: Bruce County
True, at this point everyone and their mom knows about Bruce Peninsula. But guys, there's a reason for that: This spot is, straight up, a gorgeous.
You can get here through a hike along the Bruce Trail, Canada's longest marked hiking trail (it's almost 900-km long, btw). Once you've arrived, you can set up camp, go fishing, or even explore a few the area's many nature reserves!
Get higher than ever before at Manitoulin High Point
Where: Cup and Saucer Trail, Manitoulin Island
This superstarts with a 350-metre climb to the highest point on Manitoulin Island. The highest point means the best views. Especially since this trail and lookout point score 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor.
And if you’re wondering why it’s called the Cup and Saucer Trail, the higher point (i.e. the cup) is perched on the lower point (i.e. the saucer formation). Oh yeah, and don’t forget your camera so you can prove to people you’re both a photo genius and a geo nerd.
Explore a different POV from 1000 Islands Tower
Cop a view of Ontario’s infamous 1000 Islands and the St. Lawrence River. Don’t worry, fit fam: There’s an elevator to take you all the way to the top (and it only takes 40 seconds!).
The 1000 Islands Tower has three observation decks that sit 400 feet above the St. Lawrence River. There’s even a tour guide to answer all of your burning questions and, ya know, snap a pic of you and your crew.
Ontario's got some serious natural beauty. And although it makes sense to want to take it in from an equally gorgeous vantage point, the truth is that all you need to do to witness it is, well, .
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