There’s never been a better time to explore your own backyard. If your summer plans underwent some serious setbacks this year, don’t worry. With so much gorgeous green space in the GTA you might never run out of places to explore.

If you're the type of person who can never get bored of boardwalks, then adventuring through Milne Dam Conservation Park needs to be added to your summer to-do list ASAP. 

Located just outside of Toronto in Markham, Ont. this little gem has winding boardwalks and bridges that will make you want to wander forever. 

You’ll find plenty of grassy areas by the water that are perfect for picnic dates with your bestie and parts of the forest almost look enchanted.

There’s also an actual dam here which is a damn pretty sight to soak in, as well. 

Admission to the park is free during the week, but there will be a $4.50 fee on weekends and stat holidays.

The fee can be paid by debit or credit, but cash is not accepted.

At the time of writing, access to the park is limited to promote physical distancing.

Reviewers rave about the peaceful and well-kept atmosphere here, particularly the pond area.

So if you really just need to break free from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the spot to do it.

And you don’t even have to leave the GTA.

Although Milne Dam Conservation Park is definitely a prime picnic location, it should be noted that BBQs and music are not permitted here.

But who would want to disrupt all that peace anyways?

So grab your sunhats and your boardwalk buddies and spend your next adventure right here at home.

You'll truly feel like you're hours away from the city.

Milne Dam Conservation Park

Price: $4.50

Address: P8251 McCowan Rd., Markham, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can explore peaceful wetlands, beautiful boardwalks, and more at this dreamy spot in the GTA.


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