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One of the best things about living in Toronto is it’s proximity to quaint townships and their hidden natural gems; we’ve alread talked about scenic spots for fall colours, pumpkin patches to visit, and orchards to pick apples at, but there’s still so much more to do, especially in Fall! The foliage is picturesque and the wildlife is gorgeous, the weather is perfect (this author loves sweater weather), and the vibes are just on point. So, why not take a hike and soak it all in? Ontario has some beautiful trails to explore, and there’s quite a few in and around the city, so let’s take a look at some of our favourites!
It is the oldest and longest marked hiking trail in Canada, and the Bruce Trail is one of the most scenic trails as well! It stretches from the Niagara River to Tobermory, and the main trail is a staggering 890 kilometres long, with 400 kilometres of connected side trails. There are many different sections of the trail to explore, so start hiking today!
Where: Hilton Falls Conservation Area, 4985 Campbellville Rd, Milton, ON, L7P 0G3.
Part of the Spencer Gorge Conservation Area, Dundas Peak is located at the mouth of the Spencer Gorge and boasts breathtaking views of the Hamilton Harbour, Ancaster, and Dundas! The surrounding foliage make Dundas Peak one of the most scenic spots in the Golden Horseshoe and is only a short drive away from Toronto!
Where: 581 Harvest Rd, Dundas, ON, L9H 5K7.
One of the best spots for Autumn hikes in the GTA is only a short drive away! Part of a beautiful 250 acre lot with botanical gardens and natural areas, the Humber Arboretum is located near Humber College’s North campus and features scenic trails along the Humber River!
Where: 205 Humber College Blvd, Etobicoke, ON, M9W 5L7.
Mono Cliffs Provincial Park
Located on the aforementioned Bruce Trail, Mono Cliffs National Park is a massive, nearly 2,000 acre national park surrounded by ferns, cedars, and other foliage that make for a picturesque Autumn hike. Hikers have the option to walk through a canyon on the Spillway Trail, or walk along 100 foot cliffs on the Cliff Top Trail!
Where: 795086 3rd Line EHS, Shelburne, ON, L9W 5Y2.
Located near the beautiful Niagara Escarpment, Rattlesnake Point offers a variety of activities for nature lovers; camping, rock climbing, and tranquil trails for dog walking make Rattlesnake Point a must-visit destination this fall. Try the Nassagaweya Canyon Trail and the Vista Adventure Trail for a challenge!
Where: 7200 Appleby Line, Milton, ON, L9E 0M9.
Rouge Valley Conservation Centre
Scarborough has a lot of hidden gems (including the previously mentioned Rosetta McClain Gardens), including the gorgeous Rouge Valley Conservation Centre! With a winding trail that follows the Rouge River that passes through multiple lovely parks, this is a fantastic escapade that you don’t even have to leave the city for!
Where: 1749 Meadowvale Rd, Scarborough, ON, M1B 5W8.
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