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Hikes Near Toronto to Explore this Weekend

Updated: Jul 7, 2021

We'll keep this post short and to the point. What better way to spend the weekend than by exploring our province's bountiful nature? Here are five parks and conservations areas where you can discover great hikes near Toronto!

  • Hilton Falls Conservation Area - Beautiful waterfalls, placid reservoirs, ruins of old mills, and proximity to Toronto make Hilton Falls a perfect place to get out for a day and explore by foot or by bike. Don't forget to make reservations for your two hour time slot here. There are still plenty of time slots available for Canada Day.

Hilton Falls Conservation Area, waterfall, hike
Hilton Falls Conservation Area (Jason Zhang - CC BY-SA 3.0)

  • Hockley Valley Provincial Park - Hockley Valley is another beautiful escarpment park on the Bruce Trail with ample hiking opportunities. Hockley Valley is also host to a variety of rare Vascular Plants.

  • Pretty River Provincial Park - For those willing to drive a little further (approximately 1h45), Pretty River Provincial Park offers a peaceful outdoor wonderland with great hiking (and fishing) opportunities. Hike the Pretty River Loop and top it off with a Canada Day dinner in Collingwood!

  • Silver Creek Conservation Area - This conservation area hosts the headwaters of Silver Creek, trickling streams, rich forests and fantastic escarpment rock features. Silver Creek does not have any facilities so we recommend checking out a map before heading out. You can buy a PDF map for $3 here.

Silver Creek Conservation Area, waterfall, hike
Silver Creek Conservation Area (Mykola Swarnyk - CC BY-SA 4.0)

  • Greenwood Conservation Area - If you really want to stay close to the city, check out Greenwood Conservation Area in Ajax which offers tens of kilometers of trails just 25 minutes from Toronto.

If you want to learn more about the beautiful hiking trails near Toronto, spend a day exploring with a private guide!

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