Summer is in full swing, and the Heart of Georgian Bay has lots of trails for you to explore. We already rounded up five great cycling routes in this blog post, but this week, we wanted to highlight some of the best hiking and walking trails in the region.
1. Tiny Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area
Tiny Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area is located at the southern end of the region, and is a great spot to go for a leisurely hike. In the Tiny Marsh is a network of trails through forest and wetlands for you to explore. It is even complete with a boardwalk and lookout tower. For more information, and to see trail maps, visit their website.
2. Awenda Provincial Park
Awenda Provincial Park is located right in the heart of Tiny Township, and has a large network of trails to explore. They have seven hiking trails that range from 1 to 13 kilometres in length, and cover a variety of terrain. You can find a full list of their hiking trails on their website, as well as descriptions and difficulty levels of each trail so you know which trail is right for you.
3. Ganaraska Trail
The Ganaraska Trail is a 500 km trail that stretches across Southern Ontario, and has several sections to explore in the Heart of Georgian Bay. Their website has an extensive collection of maps of sections of the trail so be sure to plan your hike before you head out. If you are interested in connecting with other hikers, consider participating in one of their member club hikes. Their Midland Club hosts group hikes as well as trail maintenance work parties if you are interested in helping to maintain the trail.
4. Wye Marsh
The Wye Marsh is located just outside of the Town of Midland in Tay Township, and is a great destination for a hike – especially if you are interested in seeing some wildlife. There are over 25 kilometres of trails to explore, and the Marsh March is a 1.9 km trail that is wheelchair and stroller accessible. While visiting the Wye Marsh, consider paying a visit to the Birds of Prey Field to see some amazing animals up close and personal. For more information, and to see a complete map of the trails, visit their website.
5. Little Lake Park
Little Lake Park is nestled in the heart of the Town of Midland, and is the perfect destination for an afternoon stroll. Many paths in the park are paved, which makes this a good destination for barrier-free trails. While you are there, enjoy lunch from Tony’s Restaurant right in the park, or pack your own picnic to eat in a picnic shelter. For more information about the park, visit the Town of Midland’s website.
Photo by: Andrea Hamlin
Written by: Grace Dietrich
Tourism Marketing Assistant, Heart of Georgian Bay