Have you ever wanted to walk on water? Well at this elevated Ontario boardwalk, you basically can! That’s right, the trail at Mel Swart Lake Conservation Area looks like it’s floating on the water and from here, you can enjoy some of the best sunset views in the province. 

Located in Thorold, Ontario, within the Niagara Peninsula, this charming conservation area is roughly 1.5 hours outside of Toronto, making it the ideal destination for a spontaneous day trip. 

Now, you know there’s nothing we love more than last-minute adventures, but always be sure to check if the conservation area is open before heading out. 

The 27-acre land is home to numerous trails, sections of preserved wetlands, viewing platforms, and so much more. 

Depending on the time of year, you might even see a few cute turtles hanging around.

And while this beautiful area is a gem to discover at any time, we strongly suggest planning your trip around sunset.

The way the colours bounce off of the water is truly magical and everyone should see it at least once. 

So, if you’re already mapping out your future plans, be sure to add this little gem to your list ASAP.

Of course, there are plenty of stunning boardwalks in Ontario for you to choose from.

However, not all of them stretch across a lake like this one. 

So it comes as no surprise that the trail sees a fair bit of traffic. 

It’s actually a popular dog-walking area, so you could bring your furry BFF along for the adventure too.

Just keep your eyes peeled for surrounding wildlife. 

Because if you've never run into a star-nosed mole before, it can be quite the shock.

The conservation area is named after environmentalist Melvin Leroy Swart who, according to the area’s website, was considered an “icon” and a “champion” by members of the NDP and Green Parties of Canada. 

If you ask us, the terms “icon” and “champion” could also be used to describe the boardwalk sunsets here.

Get a load of that view.

Mel Swart Lake Gibson Conservation Area

Price: Free

Address: Thorold, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you want to witness a truly vibrant sunset, this is the place to do it. 


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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