The best spots for a hike in and around Toronto

Get ready for spring with this hiking guide!

Spring is around the corner, so we’re getting ready for the gorgeous weather. It’s time to get outside and get some much-needed fresh air!

Thankfully, many trails in and around Toronto are open, allowing you to take a nice break from your work from home space and provide some stunning views. Check out the best spots for a hike in and around Toronto below!

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Scarborough Bluffs

Scarborough Bluffs provides a stunning view of our very own Lake Ontario! From the top of the cliffs, you can take in the crystal blue waters that make it almost feel like a getaway!
 

Beltline Trail & Cedarvale Ravine

This lush trail is located in North Toronto, nestled within one of the city’s beautiful neighbourhoods, Forest Hill. Explore the area and you’ll find tall trees and comfortable shade. The Beltine Trail provides an easier stroll for those with young families or eager puppies.
 

HIGH PARK

High Park is recognized for its beautiful cherry blossoms, but its hiking trails are just as amazing! Take a stroll, explore the park and gain a whole new perspective of the area, so you can take in the scenery while getting some well-deserved fresh air!
 

KORTRIGHT HIKING TRAIL

Nestled off a busy road in Vaughan, the Kortright Centre is rich in wildlife and features acres of forest, river, and meadow. There are 15 kilometers of trails for enthusiasts of varying levels of difficulty and the Visitor Centre offers informative nature programs and guided walks.
 

 

Humber River Old Mill & Marshes

Check out this trail for a combination of natural and urban scenery, as some of the recent bridges across the trail are covered in graffiti. The spot is also a source of history, as the mill here provided wood to build some of the oldest structures in Toronto!
 

Don Valley Trails

The Don Valley trails are parallel to the city, yet are entirely secluded from Toronto’s hustle and bustle, making it very COVID-safe. The area is a 32-km stretch starting at the Oak Ridges Moraine down to Lake Ontario. Choose one of the many trails in advance or wander adventurously!
 

Rattray Marsh Trail

This is a wetland salvage project from the 1970s initiated by the City of Mississauga. It is 6 kilometers in length, pedestrian only. It’s also part of a great network of trails created in the area as part of the City Master Plan to support outdoor activity.
 

 

Edwards Gardens

A wonderful spot full of ravines, maple and pine trees, Edwards Gardens is one of the more secluded trails in the city. The area is perfect for a long stroll, just keep an eye out for foxes and other little creatures!
 
Lead photo courtesy of Laslovarga.