11 Gorgeous Ontario Hikes That Have Got Us Dreaming Of Being Outside Again
Adventure is calling, but we need to put her on hold.
For hardcore adventure lovers, spending too much time at home can sometimes feel a little suffocating. And although we may not be getting out and exploring much so far in 2020, that doesn’t mean we can’t plan ahead. So if you’re looking for some seriously gorgeous Ontario hikes to add to your back-on-the-road bucket list, we’ve got you covered.
From fire towers with all of the views to impressive sand dune trails, there are endless breathtaking spaces across the province that will make you wish you were outside right now.
As if you weren’t already wishing that.
Whether you’re looking for short and sweet trails that everyone can enjoy or advanced hikes that will take hours to complete, the province has you covered.
So if you’re missing treetop heights and beachy sights more than anything, just know we feel you.
Of course, national parks and walking trails across the country are closed right now. But, hopefully, everyone will be back on the trails soon.
In the meantime, why not lace up those virtual hiking boots and take a look at the trails below?
Be sure to map out some plans with your besties so you can satisfy that wanderlust as soon as it’s safe to do so.
Address: 3004 County Rd., Picton, ON
Why You Need To Go: You'll be able to feel the sand between your toes as you explore the world's largest dune system in Sandbanks Provincial Park.
Hemlock Bluff Trail
Address: Highway 60 @ km 27.2, Algonquin Park, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can wander through 3.2 km of lush wooded areas as you make your way to this breathtaking lookout over Jack Lake.
Address: Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Temagami, ON
Why You Need To Go: Hardcore hikers will love this journey. From Scarecrow Lake (only accessible by canoe) you can hike 3.2 km to this amazing fire tower. Talk about views!
Cup And Saucer Trail
Address: 6301 Bidwell Rd., Sheguiandah, ON
Why You Need To Go: This stunning section of the Niagara Escarpment simply can not be missed. If you want to recreate all of your favourite The Lion King scenes, this is the spot.
Quetico Provincial Park
Address: 108 Saturn Ave., Atikokan, ON
Why You Need To Go: With trails like the Whiskey Jack Trail and the Pines Hiking Trail, you'll never run out of beautiful places to explore when you visit this park.
Charleston Lake Provincial Park
Address: 148 Woodvale Rd., Lansdowne, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can soak in incredible lake views as you explore the various hiking trails available here. If you're up for a challenge, then you need to try the Tallow Rock Bay Trail which features an amazing wooden bay bridge.
Address: Mississagi Provincial Park, ON
Why You Need To Go: The Helen Bar Lookout Trail, located in Mississagi Provincial Park, is a relatively easy adventure with big payoff. Raise your hand if you can't wait to get back to views like this.
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Address: Pass Lake, ON
Why You Need To Go: If you're looking for a giant challenge then you can try your hand at the Top of the Giant trail. It may only be 2.7 km long, but this hike is no joke. The views aren't bad either.
White River Suspension Bridge
Price: Parks Canada fees may apply
Address: Pukaskwa National Park, Thunderbay, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can explore winding boardwalks that let you walk on water. Eventually, you will make your way to this suspension bridge where you can put your fear of heights to the test.
Address: Old Richmond Rd., Nepean, ON
Why You Need To Go: This short and sweet trail features a dock that looks out over a beautiful beaver pond in Stony Swamp.
Casque Isles Trail
Address: Terrace Bay, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can see all of the beauty that Lake Superior has to offer as you explore the 53 km trail. And, with 11 different access points, you can enjoy the trail in small sections or all at once.