Ontario is full of incredible hiking trails. Some travel deep into the forest, some take you alongside beautiful bodies of water, and others lead to the most breathtaking lookout points. But finding your way to these amazing locations can be tough if you don't drive. Luckily, plenty of the best hiking trails in Ontario are actually accessible by bus.

Whether it's your city's public transit system, Greyhound, Megabus, or another form of public transit, it's pretty easy to get out and explore our province.

So, gather up your loose change, bus passes, or Presto cards and start planning your next epic hike ASAP! 

Niagara Glen Hiking Trail

Price: Transit fare 

Address: 3050 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls

Why You Need To Go: It may be a long trek from Toronto to Niagara on the bus, but the breathtaking views from the Niagara Glen Hiking Trail totally make up for it. From the downtown Toronto bus terminal, hop on the Megabus headed to Niagara Falls. Once you've arrived at the Niagara bus terminal, catch the 603 bus at Erie and Bridge. Stay on until you reach the Niagara Glen Nature Centre, then you can start your hike along the beautiful Niagara gorge, complete with jaw-dropping views of the famous river. 


Lemoine Point Conservation Area

Price: Transit fare

Address: 1440 Coverdale Dr., Kingston

Why You Need To Go: If you find yourself looking for adventure in Kingston, you simply have to visit Lemoine Point Conservation Area. Here you can discover hiking trails, forests, marshes, and stunning views of Lake Ontario and Collins Bay. The best part? You can get there by bus! If you start at Kingston General Hospital you can catch the 501 express. You'll stay on the bus for about 20 minutes until you reach Conservatory Drive. From there, it's about a 30-minute walk to the conservation area.


Harper Park

Price: Transit fare 

Address: 632 Harper Rd., Peterborough 

Why You Need To Go: Harper Park is a beautiful little gem in Peterborough. It's easy enough to take the Greyhound to Peterborough from Ottawa or Toronto. Once you're in Peterborough, these amazing trails are just a quick GO Bus ride away. From Trent University, hop on the 88 Oshawa GO Bus and ride it until you reach Crawford Drive and Harper Road. From there, it's only a brief six-minute walk to your destination.


Sherwood Park

Price: Transit fare 

Address: 190 Sherwood Ave., Toronto

Why You Need To Go: With beautiful trails, an off-leash dog area, wading pools, and more, Sherwood Park is an ideal hiking location in Toronto. There are numerous routes that will lead you to the park, and one of the fastest is from Union Station. Simply hop on the Yonge line towards Finch and get off at Eglington Station. From there, it's about a 15-minute walk. 


Hog's Back Park

Price: Transit fare

Address: 600 Hog's Back Rd., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Hog's Back Park is full of breathtaking waterfalls, hiking trails, and more. It's a truly beautiful section of Ottawa and you can bus there in just 30 minutes from Algonquin College. Simply hop on the 88 Hurdman bus and stay on until you reach Heron at Riverside. From there, it's a quick 10-minute walk to the park.


Sunnybrook Park

Price: Transit fare

Address: 1132 Leslie St., Toronto

Why You Need To Go: Hiking through Sunnybrook Park is a peaceful experience, with off-leash dog sections, picnic areas, washrooms, and more. Getting there is relatively easy, too. From Union, catch the Yonge TTC line towards Finch and get off at Lawrence Station. Hop on the 162 bus at the corner of Lawrence and Yonge until Glenorchy and Suncrest, and from there it's an eight-minute walk.


Stony Swamp

Price: Transit fare

Address: 4897 Old Richmond Rd., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: You can hike your way through Stony Swamp with over 40 km worth of trails and boardwalks. Nestled into Ottawa's Greenbelt, there's an amazing variety of wildlife to see here as well. Getting here is easy too! From Algonquin College, grab the 88 Terry Fox bus and ride it until you reach Moodie and Hadley. There you can catch the 256 Bridlewood bus. Get off at Old Richmond and Hunt Club and you're just nine minutes walk away.


Crothers Woods Trail

Price: Transit fare

Address: Crothers Woods Trail, East York

Why You Need To Go: Crothers Woods, located in the Don River Valley, offers roughly 10 km of breathtaking trails for you to explore. You'll find plenty of meadows, wildflowers, and other foliage here, and arriving by transit is pretty quick. Simply head to Union and jump on the Yonge Line towards Finch until Eglington, where you can catch the 56 Leaside. Ride the bus until you reach Millwood and Redway. From here, it's roughly a 10-minute stroll.


Pinhey Forest

Price: Transit fare

Address: Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Pinhey Forest is a hidden gem in Ottawa. Here you'll find incredible sand dunes and the trails are lined with trees that look like they could touch the sky. The best part? You can get there in just about 15 minutes. From Algonquin College, walk over to Woodroofe and Parkglen where you can catch the 275 Cambrian bus. Stay on the bus until you reach the Nepean Sportsplex. From there, it's a seven-minute walk.


Claireville Conservation Area

Price: Transit fare

Address: 8180 Hwy 50, Brampton

Why You Need To Go: Described accurately as an "urban oasis", Claireville Conservation Area is easily accessible from Brampton, Mississauga, Toronto, and Vaughan. From York University, for instance, hop on the Yonge line until Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, where you will find the 501 Zum Queen Westbound. Stay on that bus until you reach Zum Queen Station. Walk 15 minutes and Claireville is yours to explore.


Rattlesnake Point 

Price: $45 via Parkbus

Address: 7200 Appleby Line, Milton

Why You Need To Go: Rattlesnake Point has some seriously breathtaking lookout points and incredible hiking trails for you to discover. Getting there is super easy with the Parkbus too! The bus will arrive at Rattlesnake around 9:45 a.m. and will return to the city around 4:45, giving you all day to explore. They pick up just outside Bloor-Yonge Station at 34 Asquith around 8:45 a.m.


 

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