The sound of leaves below my feet, the stunning natural sights, and bird songs are all reasons I love a good family hike. No matter what your age or experience, lacing up your shoes and heading outside to hike a trail is one of the most accessible and inexpensive ways to explore as a family.
There are so many trails throughout Ontario, but I’ve curated a list of my top eight spots that even the tiniest of legs can manage.
1. Tudhope Park Loop, Orillia
This gentle loop in Tudhope Park is a perfect place to take your family for an easy paved walk. This trail takes you along the edge of Lake Couchiching and is a total of 2.5 kilometres. Tudhope Park has all kinds of fun spots to explore, including a splash pad, beach area, and playground.
2. Pigeon River Provincial Park, Thunder Bay (Wheelchair Access)
This Northern Ontario gem offers fantastic walking and hiking trails, and stunning views, including waterfalls that reach as high as 28m. The Boardwalk Trail is a 350-metre accessible boardwalk that takes you to stunning views of Lake Superior.
3. Chedoke Radial Trail, Hamilton (Wheelchair Access)
A pedestrian and bicycle pathway that was created on the land where an electric railway system once was, this paved trail is perfect for people with limited mobility or pushing strollers.
4. Singhampton Caves Trail, Nottawasaga
This trail is perfect for young families looking for a bit more adventure or families with kids that are active and energetic. This 3.5-kilometre trail offers stunning scenic views of rock formations and caves. Families who enjoy photography will have a lot of opportunities to exercise their skills.
5. Crawford Lake Conservation, Milton (Wheelchair Access)
One of our family favourites, we love hiking on the boardwalk that loops around the historic meromictic lake. There are also stunning carved animal sculptures that are perfect photo opportunities for kids.
6. Moore Park Ravine Trail, Toronto
A perfect trail for families living in or near the city, that offers a quiet break from city life in a forested and shady environment, with lots of ravines throughout. Families with energy can complete the entire loop (6 km) or go as far as they wish and return back.
7. Betty Sutherland Trail, Toronto (Wheelchair Access)
This Toronto trail follows the East Don River. This asphalt urban trail offers complete wheelchair access and is a perfect pace for young families or those with mobility issues. Hikers enjoy bird watching on this trail, and many different types of Wildlife can be found.
8. Collingwood Waterfront Trail, Collingwood (Wheelchair Access)
This stunning hiking trail offers views of Collingwood’s picturesque Georgian Bay, arboretum, and wetlands. This trail is easy for families of all skill levels.