Just because it’s cold and snowy outside doesn’t mean we should remain indoors all winter, especially since there are so many beautiful winter hiking trails in and around Toronto to explore! Whether you’re looking for a long, challenging hike that will get your heart pumping or just want to get out for some fresh air and great views, the GTA has it all.
Here are the best winter hiking trails near Toronto
High Park is Toronto’s largest public park featuring many different nature trails! But even if you’re just looking to get some fresh air and don’t particularly want to hike it out, you can walk amongst the recreational paths instead.
The Rouge Marsh Trail is a short and easy hike, offering stunning views of the largest remaining wetland in the city of Toronto! It’s a great winter hike for those who enjoy nature but don’t want to be hiking for endless hours.
This 200-year-old trail was a former logging route where pine trees were cut and floated down the river eventually to Europe! Who doesn’t love some history within their hikes? This hike is said to be of moderate difficulty, so if you love a little cardio challenge mixed in with nature – this trail is worth the hike!
This popular trail near Toronto runs for about 19 kilometres long, lasting around 3-4 hours to complete. It’s considered to be an easy route, so tons of people love to walk, run, ride bikes, and walk their dogs on this trail that follows the river.
Bundle up and head over to the Martin Goodman Waterfront Trail! Just as it implies in the name, this trail runs along the water, so be sure to bundle up. It’s a popular walk so you’re sure to spot some other hikers and bikers along the way.
The Moore Park Ravine Loop in the midtown Toronto area is one of the most beautiful trails in Toronto. Plus, it’s super accessible to get to. It includes plenty of trails with amazing scenery, all relatively easy to hike.
Although not in Toronto, drive just over an hour to visit Tiffany Falls for a short and easy hike, ending with a stunning waterfall. In the winter the waterfall freezes and it’s a beautiful site to see!
Every Toronto local has walked this trail at one point or another. The Done River Valley Park is a trail lasting 11 kilometres long featuring a variety of environments to hike through, including narrow ravines and riverside views.
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