5 Barrie Area Spring Hiking Spots

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5 Barrie Area Spring Hiking Spots

Hiking season is here. And now that the weather is finally cooperating, you have no excuse to not get off the couch and into the great outdoors.

Pack your bag, and charge up your phone and hit up a few of the amazing trails and hiking spots in and around Barrie. 

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, this trail takes you through a gallery of outdoor scenes.

From dense woodland to open fields and small towns along bubbling streams, there is a lot to take in.

Awenda Provincial Park

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

Cruise 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.

Moreover, anyone interested in a bit of local history. should hi the Wendat Trail. It’s an easy two hour walk that leads to the foundations of the Brabant farmstead barn/house.

Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area

Located just south of Collingwood, Ontario, the Nottawasaga Bluffs runs along the Niagara Escarpment.

As a result, the area is a treasure trove of natural features like caves, cliffs, canyons, and epic views.

It’s home to five different trails, including the Bruce Trail. An ideal path to start, it’s a scenic route for all experience level of hikers.

Tay Shore Trail

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

Depending on where you enter and exit the trail, there’s also loads of good eats and shopping in the surrounding towns.

Furthermore, you can check out Port McNicol or Waubaushene while you in the ‘hood, or head towards Midland for more shopping, or local history.

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This is a network of trails spanning from Port Hope to Lake Ontario, with trails winding through Sugarbush, Collingwood, Midhurts, Wasaga Beach, and Orillia.

With hiking trails identified on their website from easy to difficult, it isn’t hard to opt for the perfect trail to match your experience level.

With multiple access points, it’s a perfect path to pick up from wherever you are in the Barrie area.

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