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TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE ON ONTARIO’S ICONIC TRAILS

Earn your bragging rights on these epic trails.

Lake Superior Coastal Trail
This 65 kilometre trail in Lake Superior Provincial Park hugs the coast of the largest surface freshwater lake in the world and will take your across diverse landscapes from rugged terrain to sandy shorelines. Discover hidden coves, Agawa Rock Pictographs, stunning lookouts and sunken ships along the way. The challenge is worth the reward.

La Cloche Silhouette Trail
Killarney Provincial Park, along the Georgian Bay boasts spectacular hiking 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. Killarney’s natural beauty 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 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.  This swath of protected land is part of the Trails of Distinction program.

Western Uplands Trail
Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario’s most iconic wilderness park, boasts numerous single or multi-day trails. The Western Uplands Trail is the longest with three loops of 32 - 88 kilometres in length. The trail features great backpacking adventure with hills, lakes and gorgeous forest.

Kabeyon Sleeping Giant Trail
Starting at Thunder Bay Lookout, this trail snakes along shoreline of Lake Superior and ends at the Kabeyun Trail Head on Highway 587, and in its entirety is the longest of the park’s interior trails at just under 40 kilometres. Expect breathtaking views and stunning scenery.

Pukaskwa Coastal Trail
Part of the Trans-Canada Trail, this 60 kilometre trek in Pukaskwa National Park is a backpacker’s paradise. Terrain alternates from vast Superior coastline of beaches and stone to rugged boreal forest. First step of the adventure is learning how to pronounce the name correctly (hint: PUCK-a-saw).

The Voyageur Trail
Inspired by the early Voyageur fur traders routes, this epic (almost 600 kilometres) trail extends from Sudbury to Thunder Bay and offers hiking opportunities on Manitoulin Island and along the shores of Lake Huron and Lake Superior.

The Great Trail (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 and is recognized as one of the Trails of Distinction.

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. It is also part of the Trails of Distinction program.

Greenbelt Route
Ontario’s Greenbelt (a Trail of Distinction) is two 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. 

Man wearing backpacking along a forest trail.

ONTARIO PARKS

Many of Ontario’s provincial parks feature a wide variety of hiking opportunities, from backcountry trekking to day-trip trails. 

View of spectacular cliffs during autumn.

THE PARKBUS

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.

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