Does your evening stroll need a splash of something new? Well, luckily for you, there are tons of Ontario conservation areas and waterfront trails just outside of Toronto that make for the perfect walk in the park. So strap on those hiking boots, let’s go exploring.

Whether you’re looking for boardwalk trails with spectacular views or simply want to casually wander along the sandy shores of a local beach, Ontario has got you covered.  

Some of these spots have adorable lighthouses for you to admire, while others feature zen garden areas and Carolinian forests. 

One conservation area alone has 12 kilometres worth of trails for you to explore. 

Basically, there’s a little something to fit everyone’s mood and skill level.  

There's something so inherently peaceful about walking alongside the water’s edge, isn’t there? 

So if you’re craving a new backdrop for those post-work self-care strolls, take a peek at the list below.  

Just be sure to check park websites for the most recent updates before you venture out.

J.C. Saddington Park

Price: Free

Address: 53 Lake St., Mississauga, ON

Why You Need To Go: This charming park is located right at the mouth of the Credit River so you can enjoy gorgeous water views as you wander the trails. 


​Scanlon Creek Conservation Area

Price: Free

Address: 2450 Ninth Line, Bradford, ON

Why You Need To Go: With forests, marshlands, and wildflowers as far as the eye can see, this conservation area is a hiker's dream. 


Kariya Park

Price: Free

Address: 3620 Kariya Dr., Mississauga, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you're looking for a spot that's peaceful and zen, this is the place for you. Known for its cherry blossoms in the spring, Kariya Park is a lush oasis.


Byng Island Conservation Area

Price: $7.50

Address: 4969 Haldimand Rd. 20, Dunnville, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can explore Carolinian forests, a beautiful river, various wetlands and creeks in this peaceful conservation area.


Lakeside Park

Price: Free

Address: 2268 Lakeshore Rd. W., Mississauga, ON

Why You Need To Go: This spot has a stunning pebble beach, green spaces, and numerous trails for you to explore. 


Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area

Price: $7.50

Address: 468 Pinehurst Rd., RR 3, Ayr, ON 

Why You Need To Go: With 10 kilometres of marked nature trails, there's plenty of exploring waiting for you here. 


Richard's Memorial Park

Price: Free

Address: 804 Lakeshore Rd. W., Mississauga, ON

Why You Need To Go: With sandy shores, adorable rock gardens, forest areas, and an easy waterfront trail, this park is perfect for those after-work walks. 


Shades Mill Conservation Area

Price: $7.50

Address: 450 Avenue Rd., Cambridge, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can explore 12 kilometres of winding trails that will lead you through deeply wooded areas and along Mill Creek. 


J.J. Plaus Park

Price: Free

Address: 42 Port St. E., Mississauga, ON 

Why You Need To Go: You can walk along the water's edge and take in views of the boats all-around at this Mississauga park. You can even spot the Port Credit Lighthouse from here. 


Erindale Park

Price: Free

Address: 1695 Dundas St. W., Mississauga, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you're looking for wide-open spaces with stunning nature views, this is the park for you. As the largest park in the city of Mississauga, you can enjoy things like the David J. Culham Trail and an old dam lookout here. 


Lakefront Promenade Park

Price: Free

Address: 800 Lakefront Promenade, Mississauga, ON 

Why You Need To Go: You can wander over boardwalks and past a super cute marina in this park. 


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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