18 incredible hiking trails to check out in and around Toronto this summer

Jul 6 2020, 2:13 pm

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Get your hiking boots out because summer is officially here in Toronto.

It’s time to get outside and (safely) hike around the GTA.

Daily Hive has rounded up a list of some of the best hiking trails in and around Toronto. They range from family-friendly trails to challenging climbs.

Regardless of your hiking experience of where you live, we’ve found something that will be perfect for you.

Happy hiking!

Beamer Memorial Conservation Area

 

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The Beamer Memorial Conservation area provides hikers with “breath-taking and panoramic views” of the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario. It is located just over an hour from downtown Toronto. There are also picturesque cliffs and falls along its trails.

High Park

 

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Along with sports facilities and a beautiful lakefront, High Park is home to Toronto’s largest parks that features many hiking trails. Although High Park is known for its photo-worthy cherry blossoms, in the spring, the Park also offers wildlife, a zoo, and a dog park.

Albion Hills

 

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From mountain biking through the woods to camping along the riverside, Albion Hills is full of engaging experiences. There are over 40 km of scenic nature trails and plenty of spots to stop and have a picnic lunch.

Decew Falls

 

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Decew Falls features a plunging waterfall that is located by a historic mill. You can get there from Toronto in 1.5 hours, on a good traffic day. Not only can you explore the mill but you can also hike along the Bruce Trail.

Bruce Trail

 

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Bruce Trail is Canada’s oldest and longest footpath. The trail is 1,300 km. If you enjoy hiking, then you will definitely enjoy finding a stretch of Bruce Trail to walk on.

Leslie Street Spit Trail

 

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This 5 km long peninsula that was built by lakefilling juts into Lake Ontario is close to downtown Toronto. It was originally intended to be a breakwater for harbour expansion but is now home to close to 400 plant species.

Rouge National Urban Park

 

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The Rouge National Urban Park is Canada’s first and only national urban park. It is located just under an hour from downtown Toronto and is home to nine exciting trails. Each trail has a unique feature and a level of difficulty.

Elora Gorge

 

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This 10km trail winds through the Elora Gorge Conservation area. It provides a scenic view of a 20-metre waterfall to its hikers.

Rattlesnake Point

 

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Rattlesnake Point is home to 12 km of space and includes countless caves and cliff lines. There are three trails that you can choose from, depending on your hiking experience. The most challenging trail runs a round trip of 7.2 km to the Crawford Lake Conservation Area.

Ganaraska Trail

 

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This trail is over 400 km long and runs from Port Hope on Lake Ontario to the Bruce Trail near Collingwood. There are also side trails to Wasaga Beach to Midland. Whether you are an experienced hiker or looking for a family-friendly hike, there is something for everyone.

The Don River Valley Park

 

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There is a network of trails at the Don River Valley park. Located in the heart of the City, this is the perfect place to connect with nature. The park spans from Pottery Road south to Corktown Common at the mouth of Lake Ontario. It is perfect for hikers and cyclists looking for a peaceful break from the City.

The West Humber Trail

 

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The West Humber Trail will provide you with a mix of paved, hard-packed and grassy trails. You will hike through peaceful gardens, woodlands and along the West Humber River. It also leads to some significant features in the City’s west end.

Joker’s Hill (Thorton Bales Conservation Area)

 

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This area is well maintained throughout the year. This makes it the perfect spot for both hikers and dog owners. It is also home to the infamous “99 Steps.” If you like a challenge, this hiking spot is the one for you. Trails can be accessed from the main entrance located on Bathurst Street.

Lynde Shores Conservation Area

 

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Lynde Shores Conservation Area is definitely worth the trek to Whitby. It is best known for its wildlife viewing opportunities. There are also many easy trails. You probably will come for a hike and leave with wildlife selfies.

Evergreen Brick Works

 

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This is an easy trail that boasts incredible views all within the city limit. Climb up the hill in the back of the Brick Works building to be rewarded with a view of the city’s landscape.

Mount Nemo

 

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Mount Nemo is just under an hour west of downtown Toronto. It is a peaceful escape that will provide hikers with access to wildlife and panoramic escarpment views. There are 5 km of trails that you can use as a workout or for a scenic walk with dogs and children.

Hockley Valley Provincial Park

 

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These hiking trails are great for those who are looking to enjoy a cardio workout and sweat it out a little. There is also a heavily wooded terrain that is quite hilly.

Scarborough Bluffs

 

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If you want a rewarding view at the end of your hike then this is the place for you. You will definitely be able to capture some Instagram worthy-views in the city, while also getting your exercise on. The bluffs and some trails also lead through the park. Stay within the safety zones, and follow the park signs.

For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from AdventureSmart.

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