Some might see winter as the time to lock ourselves indoors while watching Netflix and drink hot chocolate by the fireplace until the cold nip of Jack Frost disappears from the air. But even though it sounds much more appealing to stay indoors and avoid the cold completely, wintertime is actually the most beautiful time of year to explore nature!
Imagine a lush forest blanketed in a fresh, fluffy snowfall while you wander through the calm and silent trail away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Doesn't that sound pretty magical? If you're looking for your next winter adventure and want to experience the beauty of the outdoors, the Limehouse Conservation Area is the perfect spot to explore.
The Limehouse Conservation Area is just a short 45-minute drive from Toronto located right near the Halton Hills area. This is the coolest spot to come for a winter hiking adventure because you can wander through the 2.3 km Limehouse Side Trail that will lead you past some amazing sights!
The two most magical parts of the trail are the Limehouse Bridge, an old stone bridge that crosses a flowing creek in the middle of the forest and the 'hole in the wall' which is a deep cave that you'll access by ladder! You'll wander through the caves for a while before climbing back out of the hole to return to the forest trail.
This area is actually full of interesting history with remains of old 19th-century lime kilns that can be seen along the trail! There are also ruins of old powder houses that held mine explosives which are pretty cool.
This trail is definitely for beginners so if you'd like to visit with children or your furry friends they can easily complete the trails as well! If you want to explore the area, even more, there are a few more trails to choose from such as the Bruce Trail and the Black Creek Side Trail!
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