Your Guide to Ontario's Hiking Trails: Photos, Filters, and FAQs

18 Hiking Trails

What to expect

Ontario has 18 trails including medium, difficult, and easy trails. The trail with the highest elevation climb is the Cataraqui Trail and the one with the least climb is the Bruce Trail. The longest trail is Waterfront Trail at 2850 km. To complete this hike you should budget at least 129 days. For a shorter adventure, you can try the Steve Bauer Circle Loop 2 a t 2.44 km. This could be done in as little as 1 days. Trails with the best offering of hostels include Steve Bauer Circle Loop 7, Steve Bauer Circle Loop 2, Steve Bauer Circle Loop 3, Steve Bauer Circle Loop 4, and Steve Bauer Circle Loop 6.

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FAQs about hiking in Ontario

What is the climate like for hiking in Ontario?

Ontario's climate varies greatly, influencing the hiking experience. Spring's mild temperatures make it ideal for enjoying the blooming wilderness. Summertime offers longer days and warm weather, perfect for more challenging treks. Autumn's cooler temperatures and colorful foliage create picturesque hikes. Winter hiking can be quite challenging due to heavy snowfall, yet some trails are groomed for snowshoeing and winter hikes. Find out more about Ontario's weather

Do I need a permit to hike in Ontario?

In Ontario, hikers usually need permits for backcountry camping, not for day hikes. Obtaining permits can be done online or on-site through Ontario Parks. For hikes in conservation areas, contact the relevant authority. Find more details and

Is wild camping allowed in Ontario?

Wild camping in Ontario is typically restricted to Crown Land and provincial parks, where it's legal with a permit. Restrictions and regulations vary, so consult Ontario Parks or Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry before your trip. Check here for details.

Are there mountain rescue services in Ontario?

In Ontario, mountain rescue is managed by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). They can be contacted via 911 in emergencies. However, hikers should also carry personal location beacons for quicker response. Visit OPP's website for more information.

Are there dangerous plants in Ontario?

Ontario offers lush deciduous forests and expansive boreal forests, housing plants like Sugar Maple and White Pine. The Niagara Escarpment area is particularly rich in diverse flora. For detailed information, consult resources like Ontario's Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry.

What wildlife should I be aware of when hiking in Ontario?

Ontario's trails are home to diverse wildlife like moose, deer, and black bears, while insects like mosquitos and blackflies are common. Some areas house ticks carrying Lyme disease. Using repellents and checking for ticks is crucial. More information at Ontario's Ministry of Health.