Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Ontario with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Attempted in Jan 2018. Covered 18km in the first day. Beautiful winter scenery and just the right amount of trail difficulty for someone used to trekking and climbing in the Rockies. Only regret was not taking enough photos!

Encountered an unexpected severe drop in temperatures. Forecast had called for -18C as the overnight low, but a high pressure system blew away the anticipated snow clouds and dropped temps to below -30C. We were not ready for that extreme level of cold and bailed the next day. Can’t wait to gear up and try this out again someday, but maybe not in January.

21 days ago

Great. Trail ,lots of contrasting scenery and well marked

1 month ago

Nice trail back half hilly . There is lots of dogs off the leash and lots of dog

Beautiful cross country skiing today. The car GPS understands that 1822 Spragues Rd Cambridge is the parking lot, though there are two lay-bys at trail heads on the other side of the park on Beke Rd.

-10C with a strong wind out of the west made it pretty hard going with drifting snow across the trail, particularly in those sections of trail that were exposed to the open fields. Never the less it was an enjoyable outing. I will be sure to return in better weather to complete the full out and back.

good straight trail for any need. except downhill riding, its a little to flat for that.

Easy light trail for a walk.. . chickadees feed by hand in winter

2 months ago

Great trail, well traveled in summer but thins out in fall. Nice campsites lakeside along the way.

The trail was a little more challenging than I expected for backpacking, but it was also pouring rain.

2 months ago

This tract can be very busy . It used to have a nice board walk but it fell into disrepair and was closed last time I was there . It illustrates the glaciation that has occurred in Ontario during the last ice age . Very nice forest cover with lots of dog crap . Of greatest interest is that this forest is part of the Grand Valley trail system . As a long distance backpacker it is a nice break from the road sections . You can connect to the Dryden Tract via the GVT to make for a longer more enjoyable hike . There is a lot of people and dog crap at Dryden too ! Enjoy !!

Excellent trail for silence and meditation.

Completed the loop in October...while camping in the park. Wonderful fall colours well marked trails..definitely will do again in the near future

3 months ago

You will need a permit to use this trail . Information available on their website . Primarily used for school outings hence the permit . Beautiful place , great for snowshoeing and cross country skiing . In the summer the bugs will eat you alive . Better use this one soon as the Toyota plant is going to gobble it up in a few years . Enjoy !

Great hike. Lots of wildlife and well marked and easy trail. A little hard on the knees bring a hiking pole. Winter camped along it, amazing

4 months ago

Very wooded trail. Very beautiful lake views at campsites. I recommend the campsite at Eau Lake. Very quiet and private single site with water access. Although many report wildlife, I did not experience any encounters of such.

Great scenic views and lots to do around town

This trail is a bit of a hidden gem in Manitoba, and a must do for any serious hiker into multi-day trips. Very interesting topography and scenery that changes throughout. We did this trail in 4 days from North to South and would do it again!

4 months ago

Long trail, worth the hike for the novelty of being at the highest point in Ontario. Camped at the peak, had a bear outside the tent over night. Recommend a vehicle with high ground clearance if taking the overland trail.

Did this trail many years ago, definitely a challenge. But isn't that why we do it.

A beautiful area, with well maintained boardwalks and clear trail markings. There are many hiking loops to choose from in the park, so the length of hike can be customized to some degree. The landscape is mildly rugged Canada shield with many small lakes and ponds. Some areas were a little soft without being muddy, but it has been a wet year. There are pit toilets available at campsites scattered throughout the park.

I've completed the trail from Queenstown to Short Hills Provincial Park thus far. Overall the trail is awesome and provides some challenging sections. Yes there is some urban walking (St. Catharines, etc) but it's worth enduring those stretches to get back into the woods. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to get into hiking.

The Bruce Trail path changes and the AllTrails map may not be completely accurate. As long as you follow the proper Bruce Trail blazes (white for main trail and blue for side trails) you will be fine. It's supposed to be an adventure after-all!

Great trail! Had an amazing time there Sept long weekend!

Hiked from Minden Hills, Devils Lake (accessed by the trail head at Deep Bay Road) to Victoria Bridge to our families hunt camp in the area with our little dog, Beanz. We lucked out with the weather at this time of the year, as it was beautiful and sunny during our 3 night hike. We found the trail challenging, crossing numerous beaver damns and marshes, climbing rock escarpments, bush whacking through dense bush and strawberry bushes, and trekking through rough wilderness terrain, however we found it extremely rewarding, stopping to take in the wonderful scenic views at Victoria Lake, Wolf Lake, Loon Lake and finally Victoria Falls, among numerous other lakes. There are a few campsites at these locations, and numerous canoes and boats dotted along the way for hikers to enjoy. We saw hardly any people after the first portion of the hike to Victoria Lake (just a few overnight hikers) and later, two hunters at Wolf Lake. Other than that, we felt completely alone in the wilderness, spotting a few snakes along the way, startling a few partridges, and watching a beautiful blue heron fly off into the sunset. There are a few things that we would do differently if we were to hike this trail again, we would take much smaller packs, and maybe give our selves a few days so that we can set up camp early and enjoy the numerous great fishing holes that this trail has to offer. Overall, we would definitely recommend this hike to any experienced backpacker who wishes to enjoy some of the remote and challenging wilderness in Ontario.

the space is good. sometines open sonetines close.

A demanding and challenging trail and worth the effort for the beautiful views of Georgian Bay. Bring bug spray and lots of water.

6 months ago

Hiked solo counterclockwise in 3 nights. Wouldn't recommend this approach, but (obviously) doable. Many spots where I had to search for trail markings, particularly in areas where trees are less dense, but I always found the trail (wouldn't recommend hiking at night, for this reason). All in all, beautiful views and some amazing camp sites.

6 months ago

Beautiful challenging trail. Did it solo in 8 days which was perfect. All the camping sites were good and mostly isolated. Met few hikers on trail except for the day hike spots (Silver Creek and the Carck). A must do for all backpacking amateurs!

By far the best trail in Manitoba. Spectacular views, beautiful lakes, well maintained sites. Trail can sometimes be difficult to follow. Watch closely for Cairns, tape, signs. Impossible to keep feet dry. The northern section, Hemenway to North trailhead (Big Whiteshell) is absolutely atrocious. I highly recommend finishing on this section.

7 months ago

One of my favourites

The starting point on the map is wrong. Lots of rocks and ups and downs but well worth the hike. Standing water on lower parts buy able to get around without much difficult. Standing water due to lots of rain over last several days and the bugs where not to bad I was surprised but we had pants on.

Load More