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Off The Beaten Path: 3 Unique Hikes

Off The Beaten Path: 3 Unique Hikes

As the temps rise and the sun finally reappears (honestly…it will) it’s our patriotic duty to shake off winter cobwebs and hit the great outdoors.

Namely, hiking! There is no better way to get your Spring on than by hitting the paths around town. If you’ve already exhausted your long walk options within the city, there a few hidden gems within driving distance.

Read on for a trio of memorable trails and trips in and around Barrie!

Splash Canyon Water Park in Minesing

A definite destination for those who dig cool, abandoned places. The remnants of Splash Canyon in Minesing has a Stephen King vibe that is simultaneously enchanting and eerie.

Hidden away on Nursery road in Springwater, Splash Water Canyon was in operation until in 2011, and has sat un used ever since. Almost all of the structures remain intact, although they have fallen into disrepair, so it’s best to stay out of them.

You can easily spend an hour strolling the grounds, particularly if you are on the hunt for some cool Insta pics. Or scouting filming locations for a Walking Dead episode.

Green Trail – Springwater

Staying in the Springwater region, have you tried the Green Trail? Just off highway 26, it’s an off shoot of Springwater Park. 

Nature lovers will be right at home here as the variety of environments range from Endor moon-level dense cedar swamps to picnic spots.

It’s a gentle walk with no steep inclines or hills, so bringing the kids is encouraged. The trail system will eventually connect you to the Ganaraska Hiking Trail, if you want to make it a full day experience. 

It’s also prime picture country for nature shutterbugs, with plenty of animal kingdom members to snap.

Old Methodist Cemetery

A destination for history buffs, this tiny cemetery is in a grassy-and-wooded lot on the Barrie side of the old  Penetanguishine Road, on the north-eastern outskirts of the city. 

The cemetery was established in 1844. According to the signs, the land was first purchased by the Wesleyan Methodist Church as the site of a burial ground and chapel. Although the chapel was never built, the cemetery was in use for many years. Further, the last burial happened in 1909.

Moreover, it is a solemn and quiet destination with lots of trees and fields. You can easily spend a good amount of time wandering the site.

Off The Beaten Path: 3 Unique Hikes

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Fall Hiking Must Dos In Simcoe County

Fall Hiking Must Dos In Simcoe County

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Make The Most of the Autumn Weather and Colours With These Hiking Destinations

That sound you hear… is winter slowly edging its way into your backyard. Before we know it, it’s going to be full-on snow pants and crying every time you see the thermostat.

So, before the inevitable snow flies, hit up a few of the amazing trails and hiking spots in and around Barrie. Have your phone fully charged to snap some amazing pics for your Insta as the colours are in full bloom.

Fall Hiking Must Dos In Simcoe County

Trans Canada Trail (Thorton – Cookstown)

It doesn’t get much more Canadian than hiking the Trans Canada Trail. (Known as the Great Trail as of 2016)

Running alongside the railway that connected the country in the early 20th century, the trail is wide enough for passing traffic and takes you through a gallery of outdoor scenes. From dense woodland to open fields and small towns to paths along bubbling streams, there is a lot to take in.

Copeland Forest

4,400 acres worth of towering pines, birches, oaks, evergreens and ferns, Copeland forest is known as one of the most beautiful forests in southern Ontario.

It’s ideal for hiking or biking, although there are a number of hills. Keep an eye for the marshlands to the west as a great rest and snack spot.

Awenda Provincial Park

A beautiful forested area spanning more than 2,900 hectares on the shores of the Georgian Bay, Awenda offers a brilliant array of fall fun amid a diverse and rich habitat.

Take on the dozens of kilometers of park roads on your bike, coasting along the stunning Bluff and Beach trails. Or hike a few of the popular paths, including the Robitaille Homestead Trail. A route that takes you through an ancient dune system. Wendat Trail, a 2 hour easy walk, leads to the foundations of the Brabant farmstead barn/house for anyone interested in a bit of local history.

Scout Valley Loop Trail

Scout Valley is covered in mature forest and has three loop trails, some of which lead to small streams and refreshing spring water. Best of all, if you reach the top of the hill you get to a lookout with stunning views of Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching.

Bonus Uncovered Gem! A part of the trail overlooks an old gravel pit, full of abandoned vehicles and equipment. A very eerie but cool sight as we get closer to Halloween.

Tay Shore Trail

The Tay Shore Trail stretches over 18km across Tay Township. Stroll through fields, wetlands, and wooded areas amongst the Wye, Hogg and Sturgeon rivers – enhanced by interesting plaques detailing natural and historical aspects of the space.

Depending on where you enter and exit the trail, there’s also plenty of good eats and shopping in the surrounding towns to make a day of it. Check out Port McNicol or Waubaushene while you are up there, or head towards Midland for more local history.

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