Best Fall Hikes in Ontario
Updated: Jan 29
Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy the outdoors. The beauty of living in Canada is that we get to experience all the seasons, with fall being arguably the most beautiful. And no, it may not be 25 degrees outside, but with a sweater or a couple of layers, it’s possible to enjoy some outdoor activities before the temperature dips to freezing. Hiking is one of those fun fall activities that you can easily enjoy, and Ontario offers some beautiful trails. So don’t give up on getting out just yet. We’ve got five places in the province you can visit for a picturesque hike.
Best places in Ontario to take a hike
Killarney Provincial Park from Crack Rock
Along the northwest shore of Georgian Bay near Sudbury lies 100km of granite landscapes and white hills. There are ten different hiking trails with some mountains stretching over 1800 feet above sea level. If you’re a light hiker, the Vat Bay trail is perfect. It’ll take you about two or three hours to hike through 3km of this stretch, depending on how many times you stop to take pictures. If you’re looking for a more challenging trek through Killarney, try the La Croch Silhouette trail. There’s 78km of path that would take you a full week to get through, but you can go as hard or as far as you want through those hills.
Photo via ontarioparks.ca
Known for having the most Aboriginal pictographs on the continent, Bon Echo is also home to breathtaking views of Mazinaw Rock and Mazinaw Lake. Take your time gazing through High Pines trail. It’s less than 2km but worth every step. If you’re feeling more adventurous, then rent a canoe or kayak and head to Cliff Top trail. It might be tough getting to the top of the hill, but the view from Mazinaw Rock is its own reward.
Photo by Tony Webster
Moving down to the Niagara Escarpment, you’ll find one of the most popular trails in Ontario. Cup and Saucer offers over 14km of hiking through trails that can be as challenging as they are striking. Hit the White Trail for 5.5km or the Blue Trail for 6.5km, either of which should take you a solid few hours to get through. If those sound too daunting, the 0.5km Adventure Trail could be more your speed. Whichever you choose, you need to make it to Cliff Walls, which is 70m high and stretches for 2km.
Photo via Northumberland Tourism
Thank you Ferris Provincial Park for being the home to the River Gorge Trail. For 3.5km along the Trent River, you’ll walk past meadows and the Old Ferry Quarry. Bright fall foliage will be your guide, so don’t rush through any part of this hike. A walk over the suspension bridge is a must-do; The hills from the Drumlin trails were formed thousands of years ago by glaciers.
Photo by Paula Trus
There are 11 trails over the 1600 square kilometres that is Lake Superior Provincial Park. We know that you’re trying to keep it natural and get away from technology, but you’ll want to take pictures of Katherine’s Cove, Sandy River, and, of course, Lake Superior. Awausee Trail is an easy hike and the 65km Coastal Trail will take you a full week. You may want to go on a few hikes before you tackle this one, but once you’re ready it will be more than worth the wait.
Looking for more travel tips? Read our article on these top 5 scenic travel destinations for seniors
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