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Hiking and Backpacking

Watch the wonders of nature unfold as you hike along scenic cliffs, coastlines and peninsulas, cobblestone lakeshores and rugged terrain in Ontario. Trek high ridges, deep valleys and lakes rimmed with century-old pine trees.

TRAILS OF DISTINCTION

Set out for a hike on one of Ontario’s Trails of Distinction, a legacy program initiated in 2017 in celebration of Ontario150. 

The Trans Canada Trail Ontario 
This multi-use, coast to coast trail across Canada is the world’s longest network of recreational trails. Some parts of the trail combine with the National Trail. The Ontario portions reach from the Manitoba border to North Bay, down Hamilton and from Windsor to Ottawa.

Bruce Trail
Hike unspoiled nature walks past scenic cliffs and shorelines along the 800-kilometre Bruce Trail, Ontario’s oldest trail that snakes between the Niagara Peninsula and the Bruce Peninsula, and a UNESCO world biosphere reserve.  

Great Lakes Waterfront Trail
Following over 1600 kilometres along the shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair and the Niagara, Detroit and St. Lawrence Rivers, the multi-use, signed Waterfront Trail connects people to over 405 parks and natural areas including wetlands, forests and beaches.

Greenbelt Route
Ontario’s Greenbelt is 2 million acres of protected forest, rivers, farms, wetlands, watersheds and countryside that extends from Niagara River to the Oak Ridges Moraine, near Rice Lake. Within, 10,000 kilometres of trail and road make up the Greenbelt Route, and include part of the Bruce Trail, Oak Ridges Moraine Trail and Ganaraska Trails.

ONTARIO PARKS

Many of Ontario’s provincial parks feature a wide variety of hiking opportunities, from backcountry trekking to day-trip trails. Frontenac Provincial Park, located on the southern extension of the Canadian Shield, north of Kingston, offers great hiking around Arab Lake George, Arkon Lake, Big Salmon Lake and Cedar Lake. Choose from numerous single or multi-day trails in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario’s most iconic wilderness park.

Explore the rugged, 65 kilometre Coastal Hiking Trail along Lake Superior, and discover hidden coves, Agawa Rock Pictographs, stunning lookouts and sunken ships along the way. Killarney Provincial Park, along the Georgian Bay boasts spectacular hiking along the Granite Ridge Trail, the Chikanishing Trail, the Cranberry Bog Trail and the La Cloche Silhouette Trail, a rugged 73-kilometre loop that can take up to 10 days to complete. Killarney’s natural beauty so captivated Group of Seven artists A.Y. Jackson, Franklin Carmichael and A.J. Casson, that they persuaded the Ontario government to protect the land by awarding it a provincial park.

The Parkbus is your gateway to many of Ontario’s great outdoor destinations, offering scheduled bus service from Ottawa and Toronto during the summer months. 

Soak up some magnificent scenery, nature, wildlife and history while hiking Ontario’s trails.

Man wearing backpacking along a forest trail.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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View of spectacular cliffs during autumn.

NATURAL WONDERS

From wilderness waterfalls to iconic parks and historic waterways, discover the natural wonders that make this province so unique.
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