Ready for a breathtaking trip that’s only two hours away from Toronto? The best day trips from Toronto must include a thrilling walk over the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge.
The Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge is easy to find, located in Ferris Provincial Park on The Great Trail, formerly known as Trans Canada Trail.
Address: In Ferris Provincial Park, Trent Drive, Campbellford, ON. Hit this link for the geolocation.
Hours: According to Google, the bridge is open 24 hours. However Trip Advisor states that the hours are 7am – 8pm.
Parking: If you drive along the Trent River parallel to the bridge, you’ll find free parking.
Cost: There is free admission available at the alternative entry points, however you will pay a small fee if you enter through Ferris Provincial Park. A list of the parking and entrance fees are here.
How To Get To The Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge
The Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge is easy to access through Ferris Provincial Park. Here are the access points.
- Access point 1 Ferris Provincial Park: 474 County Rd. 8, Campbellford, Ontario (park fees apply).
- Access point 2 adjacent to Locks 11/12: 15 Trent Dr, Campbellford, Ontario. Use this entrance in the winter months (44.2926 N, 77.8011 W)
- Access point 3 Rotary Hall Entrance: 227 Saskatoon Ave., Campbellford, Ontario. Take the short hike along the water towards the Suspension Bridge.
Ranney Gorge Through The Seasons (how it changes seasonally)
Because Ranney Gorge is open year-round, you get to see the most incredibly versatile change of seasons here.
The picturesque views of this gorgeous park shift and change with the seasons. The simple hike will of course be different based on whether you’re visiting winter or summer. Make sure you dress properly for the weather, and come at least a little bit prepared!
In the summer, you can enjoy the trails and the amazing weather. Hike, or ride your bike. Be careful with swimming here though, the dam can create some strong currents.
In the winter, the cross-country skiing is incredible. The view from the bridge is picturesque year-long.
When To Visit The Bridge
Depending on what sport and pastimes you’re into, you can visit the bridge any month, year-round. The autumn is particularly amazing, because the changing colours of the trees will take your breath away from the bridge.
Basically though, you can head here anytime of the year. Standard guidelines apply: the earlier you can get here the better. There does tend to be a problem with crowds.
Things to Do Near The Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge
Stop for A Scenic Swim at Healy Falls
Healy Falls actually has a larger ‘falls’ than Ranney Gorge! Some say that it’s hard to find, however the GPS coordinates don’t lie. Enter these into your phone and get on your way! 44.3769,-77.786
The swim here is great, but you might want to wear watershoes as the rocks are quite slippery!
Grab a Beer at Church-Key Brewing
Church-Key Brewing is a local company that you must check out. Perhaps after your daring walk across the bridge? Celebrate your survival (and life in general) with a nice, cold ale.
Church-Key is proud to support local communities. Their brews feature only the best ingredients, and are made by ‘real people’.
Snap a pic at the Toonie Monument
Of course you’ll need to make a stop at the toonie monument! Why not?
What a quintessential Canadian photo to add to your Instagram feed. This monument is easy to find. Just go to: 51 Grand Road Old Mill Park, Campbellford, Trent Hills, Ontario
Enjoy your trip to Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge! And if you’d like to check out 15 other great destinations that are close to Toronto, go here!