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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
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.
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.
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 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.
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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