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Toronto: national parks or nature general

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Toronto: national parks or nature general

Hi everybody,

well I will be in Toronto soon and I would like to ask, if anyone can suggest me some excursions from this city, except Niagara Falls. I am interested to national parks or general to nature like forest, lakes, e.c.t.. I want the place not to be more that 3 hours by car.

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1. Re: Toronto: national parks or nature general

There are very many choices, but I would suggest you look at Prince Edward County (not the province). It is about 2.5 hours out of Toronto and has some of the best sand dunes in North America. There is a National Park (Sandbanks Provincial Park) as well as many lovely inns and delicious local food and wineries. You will need to rent a car.

Local tourist site:

http://prince-edward-county.com/

Sanbanks provincial park

http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/sand.html

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2. Re: Toronto: national parks or nature general

Not a National Park, but rather a very good Provincial Park is Algonquin Park which is 2.5 hours from the Toronto airport. You'll need a car although some lodges and guides will arrange a pick-up if you contact them. And in the summer months there is a shuttle bus that will get you there from downtown Toronto.

http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/

It has great hiking camping and canoeing and a wonderful interpretive centre. If you are arriving in the summer and plan to camp -- I would book my dates as early as possible.

There are many other Provincial Parks close to Toronto - but Algonquin is probably the most renowned. Information can be found here

http://www.ontarioparks.com/

And some information on National Parks

http://canada.travelall.com/ont/act/parks.htm

Edited: 04 March 2012, 01:32
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3. Re: Toronto: national parks or nature general

If you also have some extra time while you are in Toronto, there are also local spots to hike and see the local plants and animals. (For safety reasons, it is important to hike with other people in case of accidents etc.)

The city of Toronto is divided by deep ravines, many of which are still full of new growth forest and rivers. There are many parks in these areas.

A good small simple book with information about where to walk in the ravines is

Great Country Walks Around Toronto

amazon.ca/Great-Country-Walks-Around-Toronto…

(If you decide to hike along the top of the Scarborough Bluffs, which are cliffs facing Lake Ontario, stay well back from the edge. Each year at least one person has to be rescued after falling partway down!)

One group that leads hikes within the Toronto area is the Toronto Field Naturalists

www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/v-walks.htm

In Mississauga, slightly west of Toronto, there is a small park of woodland, marsh, lake front and stream called the Rattray Marsh. It is easiest to park in the lots at the city picnic park called Jack Darling Park, and walk west along the trail beside Lake Ontario until you reach the beginning of the Rattray Marsh park. There are signs with directions and maps at the start of the Rattray Marsh park. It is small, but home to many birds.

creditvalleyca.ca/enjoy-the-outdoors/…

and

http://outings.ca/on/rattray-marsh

This is a website with information about hiking in Rouge Park

http://www.rougepark.com/hike/

If you will be here in the spring, there are many small waterfalls in the Hamilton area, 1 hours drive west of Toronto

www.waterfalls.hamilton.ca/default.asp?id=1

So if you have some extra time for short hikes close to Toronto, there are many choices. Algonquin Park is very nice for a longer trip.

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4. Re: Toronto: national parks or nature general

Thanks BetCrooks,

As somebody who actually lives in Toronto I appreciate your post. I'm going to explore the links and books you recommend -- and hopefully get more out of my own city.

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5. Re: Toronto: national parks or nature general

Thank you everybody, I will check all your suggestions.

Really thank you.

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6. Re: Toronto: national parks or nature general

Badlands in Caledon is a very scenic place, about 2 hours from Toronto. It is part of the Bruce Trail, which runs from Niagara all the way to Tobermory in the Bruce Peninsular. This last part of the Bruce peninsular is probably the most scenic, but it is beyond your 3-hour drive limit (about 4 hours by car). It has some unusual rock formations, beautiful cliffs and turquoise water of the Georgian Bay.

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7. Re: Toronto: national parks or nature general

Halton Conservation authority has some great places; Rattlesnake Point and Crawford Lake are my favs. About 40 minutes from Toronto. There's a great wooden boardwalk built all 'round Crawford lake, in the forest. It's a lovely walk.

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8. Re: Toronto: national parks or nature general

The Cheltenham Badlands referenced above are gorgeous, and funny enough, they're out in that Halton area. But they are actually only about 50 minutes from central Toronto, not 2 hours; quite accessible.

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9. Re: Toronto: national parks or nature general

Re Badlands: 50 minutes from downtown Toronto, if traffic is good.

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10. Re: Toronto: national parks or nature general

Wow I saw pictures and i liked it. One thing for beggining of April is it ok there?