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You Can Wander Through An Ontario Forest With Thousands Of Rare Orchids

You can walk along the 400-metre boardwalk trail.
Ontario Associate Editor
Ontario's Purdon Conservation Area Has A Magical Boardwalk Trail Through An Orchid Forest

While the warmer weather may be taking its sweet time to arrive, it's never too soon to start thinking about sunny summer days and adventures. Ontario boasts some amazing landscapes and scenic trails to explore, and you can spend the season amidst endless nature views. If you're looking to get your flower fill, you need to visit this enchanting trail. Ontario's Purdon Conservation Area has a boardwalk path through a magical orchid forest.

This woodland trail will give you major fairytale vibes. Located in Eastern Ontario, this enchanting forest is bursting with dreamy pink blooms.

From mid-June to early July, the area blossoms with over 10,000 rare orchids.

The floral paradise exists thanks to a man named Joe Purdon, who found a dozen of the flowers on his property in the 1930s.

He was able to help the colony grow and thrive so that it now includes thousands of orchids.

You can wander along a 400-metre boardwalk trail that takes you through a lush forest filled with pink flowers.

The area is home to the largest colony of Showy Lady's Slipper Orchids in all of Canada, and you can breathe in fresh flower aromas as you stroll through the woodland.

Once you've gotten your orchid fill, you can take the Ted Mosquin Highlands Trail for more scenic views.

The 1.3 kilometre loop leads past a glacial boulder, picnic area, beaver pond, and gorgeous lookout of Purdon Lake.

The trail offers free parking and admission by donation. There are washrooms on-site as well.

While you're in the area, you can also visit Wheelers Maple for more forest adventures and some delicious pancakes.

The province has lots of other dreamy boardwalks to explore, including one that takes you several feet above the ground on a treetop adventure.

Live out your fairytale dreams in this enchanting orchid forest and boardwalk trail.

Purdon Conservation Area

Price: Admission by donation

Address: Concession Rd. 8, Lanark Highlands, ON

Why You Need To Go: Take a stroll through a forest filled with thousands of blooming orchids.

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.

    Madeline Forsyth
    Ontario Associate Editor
    Madeline Forsyth is an Associate Editor for Narcity Canada’s Ontario Desk focused on Toronto restaurants and is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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