The hiking trail in Ontario to check out before summer ends

Aug 19 2020, 12:12 pm

While Ontario is home to plenty of incredible natural landscapes, chances are you’ve never seen one quite like this.

Located 3.5 hours north of Toronto in a secret nook on the famous Bruce Peninsula is Lion’s Head, a small town perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Home to crystal clear waterways, stunning limestone cliffs, amazing hiking, shallow beaches, and plenty of natural attractions, Lion’s Head needs to be a must-visit on your summer bucket list.

Known for its rock formations that, from a distance, resemble the profile of a lion, the Bruce Trail runs along the top of the limestone cliffs, offering amazing views of Isthmus Bay.

Lion’s Head/Shutterstock

Lion’s Head/Shutterstock

Lion’s Head is known for its hiking, and while the trails are easily accessible, they are also rugged and rocky, with some sections of the hike requiring hikers to repel.

But if you’re up for an adventure, this is one activity you won’t want to miss out on.

Lion’s Head/Shutterstock

Once you reach the top of the limestone cliffs, you’ll discover several lookout points, offering incredible views of the village of Lion’s Head, Isthmus Bay, Whipporwill Bay and White Bluff.

Not to mention you’ll be able to take in the pristine, clear blue water below.

Once you’re finished your hike, you can relax on the white, sandy beach, cool off in the water, or check out the harbour and the lighthouse.

Or you can visit the quaint town of Lion’s Head for a bite to eat or enjoy some shopping at the local shops and boutiques.

Lion’s Head/The Bruce Peninsula

Lion’s head is a day-use park only meaning that any campfires or open fires are not permitted. There is also no potable water available at the park.

According to Ontario Parks, Lion’s Head has been experiencing an increase in visitation and visitors should plan parking arrangements accordingly due to limited parking lot capacities. Parking is not permitted on municipal roadsides.

“We’re counting on people to be responsible when enjoying our parks,” Ontario Parks said on their website.

“Continue to follow public health advice including physical distancing by keeping at least two metres from others, wearing a face covering where required and when physical distancing may be challenging or not possible, washing hands regularly with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.”

Disclaimer: To ensure your safety and well-being when visiting parks, practice physical distancing between you and other visitors, stay on marked trails, and abide by trail closure signs. To avoid hazards, we recommend keeping a safe distance back from slopes, bluffs and river edges. More info on how to prepare for a visit to Parks Canada places during COVID-19: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/securite-safety/covid-19-info

And please, leave no trace. Dispose of your waste properly and respect wildlife.

With files from Ainsley Smith

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