There are so many places to hike in Ontario, Canada, that it would be impossible to list them all. The area has trails ranging in difficulty from easy to difficult and routes that require a few hours, a day, or a multi-day trip. Some hikers prefer to stay out on the trail for multiple nights, but in Ontario, it may be more useful to launch a multi-day trip from a hotel and visit many different trails in one trip. Launching short day trips allows hikers to travel lighter, taking only the basic survival essentials.
The Casque Isles Trail
The Casque Isles Trail is 53 km (roughly 33 miles) with five distinct segments, allowing hikers to plan their trip to suit their adventurous needs. Depending on which sections you hike, this trail can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. The Casques Island Trail is well-signed and well-maintained, which allows hikers to enjoy its rugged landscape, old trapper cabins, and caves marked with First Nations pictographs. This is one section of the larger Voyageur Hiking Trail, which begins in Rossport and ends in Terrace Bay.
The Avon Trail
The Avon Trail begins in St. Mary’s and continues to Wildwood Lake. It connects the Thames Valley and the Grand Valley Trails. The Avon Trail is 110 km (about 68 miles) and is ranked as easy for the shorter segments. This trail can be broken up across multiple days, making a hotel stay ideal.
White River Suspension Bridge Hiking Trail
The White River Suspension Bridge Hiking Trail, located in the Pukaskwa National Park, is ranked as moderate to difficult and stretches 18 km (approximately 11 miles) long. Unique to this trip is the beautiful suspension bridge and the secluded beach at Playter Harbor encountered about halfway through the hike, which is the perfect location to stop and rest before finishing the hike. This trail is an ideal day trip for hikers who like to return to their hotel at the end of the day.
Boyd Conservation Area Trail
All Trails listed the Boyd Conservation Area Trail as the best in Vaughan, Ontario. Vaughan is a beautiful town located outside of Toronto. It’s a great place to stay while exploring the natural beauty of the province and the attractions in Toronto, so consider booking a room at one of the hotels in Vaughan if you don’t live nearby. The Boyd Conservation Area Trail is 4.7 km (approximately 3 miles) and is ranked as easy.
The Cup & Saucer Trail
BuzzFeed has ranked the most breathtaking trails in Ontario, too. A notable entry on that list is the Cup & Saucer Trail, located in Sheguiandah. There are 12 km (almost 7.5 miles) of trails that can be personalized to suit your preferred hiking experience; simply adjust your route to change the duration and difficulty level.
Ontario is home to Canada’s longest trails, set in picturesque environments. Plenty of kayaking, amusement parks, and shopping are available, too, when you want to explore other recreational opportunities.