8 Hikes to try this spring

Five long working days filled with meetings and subway rides. Sitting at a desk (for most of us) and staring out the window can really beat down on you. Everyone needs to escape and get a dose of fresh air. Grab a buddy and head out to some of the closest yet beautiful hiking trails this Spring. 

Hilton Falls

Hilton Falls is located in Campbellville, Ontario. The loop is 5.3km and features a beautiful 10m waterfall that cascades over the Niagara Escarpment. 

East Don River Trail

Located just out of the city center, this is the perfect hike or walk to witness wildlife. The total distance is 11km but it's flat enough to be perfect for beginners or those struggling from the night before. 

Rouge Park

Get outside and walk this 200 year old logging route. Large trees were cut here and then floated down the river to the lake to be shipped off to Europe. This is soon to be Canada's first national urban park. 

East Point Park

Take a walk in the open meadow and natural open space. This hike consists of a 5km loop that lets you enjoy walking near the beach and witness soaring views from the cliff lookout points. Fun fact, it's a popular destination for the monarch butterfly in September. 

Kotright Center

For those up for a longer hike, this area provides hikers with a 16km of boardwalk to marsh hills. Experience the Caledon Hills and stunning Humber River. This spot is also a popular destination for outdoor weddings in the summer. 

Rattray Marsh Conservation Area

Rattray Marsh offers a rare natural cobble beach on 90 acres of Lake Ontario shoreline in Mississauga. As the last remaining lakefront marsh between Toronto and Burlington, this environmentally-sensitive wetland offers a unique urban experience for nature lovers.

Bennett Heritage Travel

Opened to the public on Canada Day in 1992, this trail offers the opportunity to explore the Scottsdale farm which was donated to the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 1982. Bordering the Niagara Escarpment and sharing many of its qualities, the property covers 1300 hectares and has been a working farm for over two centuries. The trail is 13 kilometers and is moderately difficult.

Cheltenham Badlands

The Cheltenham Badlands is located on the Niagara Escarpment northwest of Brampton, near the villages of Inglewood and Cheltenham, Ontario. Hard to image this piece of 36.6 hectare badlands was caused by bad farming practices and overgrazing by livestock in the early 1900s. Temporarily closed.