Ontario sometimes gets a bad rap compared to the rest of Canada. We don't have the secluded nature of the East coast or the mountainous landscapes of the West coast, but Ontario actually has a stunning amount of nature

There are almost 300 conservation areas in Ontario which is a massive number. Each one offers a unique view into the ecosystems that call our province home and we should all take the time to get outside and really appreciate them. After all, summer is on its way! Probably one of the coolest ways to explore in Ontario is taking a hike on one of our numerous boardwalk trails and the Mel Swart Lake Gibson Conservation Area is one you should definitely know about.

The Mel Swart Lake Gibson Conservation Area is just over an hour's drive from Toronto right near Niagara, Ontario. It makes for the perfect day trip from the city to explore their numerous trails along the stunning Lake Gibson. This spot is actually known for its breathtaking sunset views so if you're going to visit you should go in the early evening to catch the magnificent colours of the sun going down along the water.

The trails throughout the park aren't very long, only about one kilometre in total, so if you're looking for an easy hike this is definitely the spot.

The coolest part of this conservation area is its stunning boardwalk trail that looks like it's floating above the lake. It's a beautiful place to watch the sunset and there's even a two-storey lookout tower at the end of the boardwalk for the best views from above. 

There's lots of nature to spot while you're here including birds, fish swimming in the lake, turtles, frogs and even butterflies in the gardens.

Check out their website for more information.

Mel Swart Lake Gibson Conservation Area

Address: Thorold, ON

Why You Need To Go: To experience an easy and relaxing hike floating on a hidden lake.


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.


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