For those who love to wander, Ontario is a pretty incredible place to be. Between beautiful boardwalks, towering lookout points, and whimsical forests, there are so many places for you to discover here. And one place that simply can’t be missed is the Hamilton Waterfront Trail in Cootes Paradise

The 7.5-kilometre trail winds through a truly magical section of the Cootes Paradise Marsh in Hamilton, Ont.

It’s quite the commitment in terms of hiking, but we promise you, the views here are totally worth it.

You can expect to find natural staircases, beautiful boardwalk paths, and tons of adorable wildlife along the trail.

If you do run into any deer, birds, or turtles during your adventure, it only adds to the magic of this spot.

Talk about a Cinderella moment.

Cootes Paradise, which is home to some rare and threatened species of plants and animals, is regarded as an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest as well as an Environmentally Sensitive Area.

And although this magical place is currently closed, we can not wait to check this spot off of our bucket list.

So, if it’s time to start planning adventures with your besties, consider taking a hike here.

The Hamilton Waterfront Trail and surrounding wetlands are part of the Cootes Paradise Nature Sanctuary, which is owned and operated by the Royal Botanical Gardens. 

You can access the incredible Hamilton trail from Princess Point, a major access point that features a canoe launch in case you want to explore the water. 

As you wander through the area you will quickly learn just how fitting the "Paradise" name truly is.

If you’re looking for a calm and tranquil adventure, then this might be the perfect spot for you.

This spot is just one of many peaceful places in Ontario that we have access to.

Alternatively, you can live out your tropical fairytale fantasies at this hidden swimming hole.

It's time to get dreaming.

Hamilton Waterfront Trail

Price: Free

Address: Hamilton Harbour, Hamilton, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can take a peaceful walk through one of Ontario's most whimsical wetlands. 

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.