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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.

Epic Hiking Trails

Hike unspoiled nature walks past scenic cliffs and shorelines along the 800-kilometre Bruce Trail, Ontario’s oldest and longest trail stretching from the Niagara Peninsula to the Bruce Peninsula, and a UNESCO world biosphere reserve.  Both the Trans-Canada Trail, one of the world’s longest network of recreational trails, and the National Trail are still under construction. Much of the Ontario portions are complete, and in Northern Ontario, both trails follow the Voyageur Trail. The Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail  is a popular trail for hiking or biking. From Cornwall to Pelee Island, it stretches along Lake Ontario and connects communities, parks and attractions.

Ontario Parks

Many of Ontario’s provincial parks feature a wide variety of hiking opportunities, from backcountry trekking to day-trip trails.  Popular destinations include Frontenac Provincial Park is located on the southern extension of the Canadian Shield, north of Kingston and 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 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 opportunities including 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.

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.

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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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