10 Magical Hiking Trails That Are An Easy Drive From Toronto

10 Magical Hiking Trails That Are An Easy Drive From Toronto

We love our city for many reasons: the diverse food scene, The Blue Jays, the eccentric nightlife, Drake and so on. But sometimes, it’s necessary to take a break and escape the bustle for a while. We’re really over hibernating at this point and ready to ditch the heavy parkas for the season. Once the weather rolls around any day now, we’ll be more than ready to spend some time outdoors.

You don’t have to drive very far to find yourself completely surrounded by nature. If you’re looking to exercise, to take photos, or walk your dog, these are all great options for a hike right outside the city. Here are out 10 magical hiking trails in the GTA you have to check out this spring.

1. Crawford Lake Conservation Area

Location: Milton, Ontario

This unique park is surrounded by an elevated boardwalk trail that circles the entire lake! Take a stroll through 18km of beautiful hiking trails, featuring lush forests atop the Niagara Escarpment. Make sure to check out the 15th century reconstructed Iroquoian Village and heritage site.


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2. Mount Nemo Conservation Area

Location: Burlington, Ontario

Mount Nemo is a small park but always worth the hike – it’s dog-friendly too! Get away from the crowds at Kelso Conservation Area and check out this equally beautiful park. There are five kilometers of trails to explore, which are for all levels of fitness. The reward is the view over the escarpment once you reach the top.


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3. Edward Gardens

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Edwards Garden is a tropical oasis in the middle of the city. There are different areas of this park to picnic, fly a kite, or bask in the sunshine. Make sure to head over to the Toronto Botanical Gardens, which features a stunning collection of themed gardens, a greenhouse, sculptures and a variety of fountains.


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4. Colonel Samuel Smith Park

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Known as one of the largest waterfront parks in Toronto, this park is located along a stretch of wooded shoreline in the Kipling and Lakeshore area. It is home to a variety of plants, trees, birds and other wildlife, as well as a network of paths and the city’s first ice skating trail (in a figure-eight shape). The park also features a dog off-leash area.

5. Heart Lake Conservation Area

Location: Brampton, Ontario

Take a perfect walk, past the small natural kettle lake and into the forest. Enjoy fishing, boating, bird watching or have a good old-fashioned picnic by the water.


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6. Evergreen Brickworks

Location: Toronto, Ontario

The Don Valley Brick Works is a former quarry and industrial site located in the Don River valley. It’s an environmentally focused community and has a cultural centre that has events. Behind it is a magical forest with lots of walking trails.


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7. Forks of the Credit Provincial Park

Location: Caledon, Ontario

The forest is so beautiful that this spot is also a popular location for weddings! Go to the Forks of the Credit for its hiking, fishing, sightseeing and more.


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8. Rouge Park

Location: Toronto, Ontario

The marshes at Rouge Beach are the biggest and best in Toronto. Follow the Cedar Trail and you will pass through meadows, wetlands, streams, and more.


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9. High Park

Location: Toronto, Ontario

This 161-hectare park features lots of activities such as sporting facilities, cultural facilities, educational facilities, gardens, playgrounds and a zoo. It is also known as THE SPOT to watch the cherry blossoms bloom in April.


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10. Joker’s Hill Trail (99 Steps)

Location: Newmarket, Ontario

There are 3 different trail loops you can choose on this hike ranging in length. Nicknamed “The 99 Steps,” this conservation area is best suited for people who are seeking a challenge. The infamous Joker’s Hill trail consists of 99 natural log steps along a steep hill that offer quite the intense workout.

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Where do you like to go hiking in the spring? Let us know in the comments!

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