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The weather is finally getting warmer and you’re looking for some exciting summer activities to do with friends or family, or even on your own. 

Everyone loves the beach, or tanning on a nice boat, or even kayaking on the beautiful lakes that Ontario has to offer, especially cottage country including Muskoka and Haliburton. 

But how about an amazing summer activity that’s also great for you physically, offers breathtaking views, and is one of the most rewarding year-round activities one can do?

That’s right - hiking is a beloved summer activity not just around Ontario, but all of Canada has to offer some of the most beautiful sights on simple or challenging trails that are more than invigorating. 

We’ve come up with just 5 of the many one of a kind trails that the Durham Region has to offer, take a look and explore what could be your new favourite Ontario destinations this summer.

The 5 Best Hiking Trails In The Durham Region 

Durham Regional Forest 

The Durham Regional Forest is a stunning forest brimming with lush and vibrant forestry that spans over 600 hectares on top of Oak Ridges Moraine. 

With over 16 kilometers of beautiful trails varying in landscape and difficulty, Durham Regional Forest is not simply a one day hiking trip to explore, but a breathtakingly vast sprawling sea of trees and views meant to come back several times to truly take in. 

Made up of plantation forests created over 90 years ago and a mix of several types of trees, the forest not only includes beautiful sights but a rich history to appreciate. 

Orono Crown Lands

With over 633 acres of what was formerly the Ontario Tree Nursery, Orono Crown Lands is made up of over 15 kilometers of beautifully maintained trails that offer a variety of sights from beautiful rivers and ponds to lush green forests and evergreen. 

Beautiful creeks in the area are perfect for fishing, offering a variety of popular types such as rainbow trout to salmon, to much more than range across the seasons as they come. 

It’s not only hiking to enjoy in Orono Crown Lands, but it’s a great place to bring your dog for an exciting walk, biking, and even skiing and snowshoeing in the winters. 

McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve 

What could possibly make a beautiful summer’s walk with stunning sights any better than it already is? Countless varieties of plant and flower types as well as the views and sounds of wildlife right at your feet.

McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve is a true nature lover’s paradise with endless walking trails offering the perfect views of the birds, fish, and many animals dancing around on the reserve’s grounds. 

Offering 11 trails and over 400 different varieties of trees, flowers, and other plants found in the wild, this offers all of the peace and serenity you could want on a hike. 

Long Sault Conservation Area

An incredibly popular hiking area in the Durham Region, Long Sault Conservation Area is teeming with over 18 kilometres of natural beauty made up of vibrant meadows, mature forest plantations, wetlands, and more. 

Stretching at over 400 hectares of land, Long Sault Conservation Area is the largest conservation area owned by the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority.

Heber Down Conservation Area 

Somewhat hidden but absolutely loved by those looking for a gorgeous nature preserve that is just as beautiful in the snowy white winters as it is in the vibrant summers, Heber Down Conservation Area offers many stunning views of everything you want to see. 

From large, well maintained trails encompassed by towering, colourful forestry to beautiful bridges to cross over glistening rivers filled with fish dancing around the area’s waters.

Tammy Napier Durham Region Realtor

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