Ontario is full of beautiful sights, from thundering waterfalls to the dramatic Cheltenham Badlands. This summer, you can see it all when you hike through Ontario! There are endless hikes to choose from, but here are some of our favourites. Which of these breathtaking hikes are you putting on your summer bucket list?
1. Pines Hiking Trail, Quetico Provincial Park. This 10-kilometre hike won’t take you too long – only about three hours. The trail is moderate, so you will have to wear hiking boots, but not necessarily train for it. The Pines Hiking Trail will take you along a sandy beach, through red and white pine trees and down a remote path.
2. Maple Mountain, Lady Evelyn Smoothwater Provincial Park. For a hike with a twist, combine hiking with canoeing. This trail will take you through 40 kilometres by water and 3.2 by land. Enjoy views of Lady Evelyn Lake the ancient Maple Mountain, considered sacred by First Nations peoples.
3. Ishpatina Ridge Tower Summit, Lady Evelyn Smoothwater Provincial Park. Another wonderful hike in this provincial park is the Ishpatina Ridge trail. Hike the short four-kilometre, two-hour trail to arrive at an old fire tower.
4. Coastal Trail, Lake Superior Provincial Park. Up for a challenge? The most difficult trail in Lake Superior Provincial Park, this 65-kilometer trek up the coast takes about a week. It is beautiful, but not for the faint of heart!
5. La Cloche Silhouette Trail, Killarney Provincial Park. If you like backpacking, you’ll love this trail. Explore 100 kilometres of Canada’s most beautiful backcountry! This difficult trail takes about a week and a half.
6. Cup & Saucer Trail, Manitoulin Island. One of Canada’s most stunning views can be found along the Cup and Saucer Trail. This trek is between 12 and 14 kilometres, depending on which trail you take. Plan to spend four hours hiking and gazing at the view.
7. Mizzy Lake Trail, Algonquin Provincial Park. Enjoy various ponds and lakes – nine in total – when walking along this moderate Ontario hiking trail. The path is 11 kilometres long and takes the better part of a day. You’ll be sure to see plenty of wildlife along the way!
8. White Bear Forest Old Growth Trail, Finlayson Point Provincial Park. Step back in time on this 20-kilometre Ontario hike. You’ll get to walk through a beautiful old growth section of the forest filled with giant old trees. Although this is the easiest hike on our list, it’s also one of the most beautiful.
9. Bruce Trail, Toronto Section. You can take this 50-kilometre trail as fast or slow as you like. The trail can last from hours to days, and it takes you through some of Ontario’s most lovely scenic forested area. Visit in autumn for the full effect.
10. Rideau Trail, Desert Lake Section. Enjoy 17 kilometres of beauty on this lake-view trail. This is the perfect day hike for scenery seekers and amateur photographers.
Ocean views, mountains, and friendly people await you on the trails and CanadaStays can help you find the perfect vacation rental while you plan your next biking adventure. Whether you would rather rent a cottage in Manitoulin Island or a visit the beautiful island and rent a vacation rental in Algonquin Park, CanadaStays has to best suit the needs for your family or friends. Browse through tons of vacation rentals on CanadaStays!