Top Five Easy Hiking Spots this Spring
Spring has officially sprung in South Georgian Bay and we are so excited to take in the fresh air and budding flora. When it comes to hiking in South Georgian Bay, there isn’t nearly enough space to describe every trail and destination! So we’ve broken it down for you, highlighting here the top five easy hiking trails in the area. Please remember to follow public health guidelines and plan before you go. Make sure to only park in designated areas and to store valuables safely away. Now let’s take advantage of the wonderful (and easy) trails that South Georgian Bay has to offer!
Take a scenic walk along the Heather Trail with a view of the town’s iconic terminals and the beautiful Georgian Bay. Enjoy the fresh air and vast green space as you walk along the Collingwood waterfront – with concrete and limestone trails available. One optional route is the East Circle Route that is 5.8 km and about an hour and a half walk. This trail takes you along the Train Trail, Pretty River and Sunset Point Park. For a longer walk, you can continue to the Station Museum, Central Park or the Japanese Garden.
If you are looking for a longer hike, take the Clearview Train Trail from Collingwood to Stayner. This 14 km long walk along a gravel trail follows an abandoned rail line. The trail was originally part of the Ontario Simcoe and Huron Railway system that went from Collingwood to Toronto.
The Georgian Trail is about 34 km and runs along the southern shore of Georgian Bay from Collingwood to Meaford. The trail has a hard-packed and granular surface and is used year-round for activities such as running, walking, cross-country skiing, cycling and snow-shoeing. This is the perfect place to go for an easy hike and you can access the trail at 30 different points. The trail is very flat and is great for any fitness level.
The Clearview EcoPark loop is 5.5 km long and provides people with the perfect spot to walk, bike, or bird watch. The EcoPark consists of a combination of sidewalks and trails with interpretive signs, bird blinds, and numerous access points. EcoBark, an off-leash dog park is also located here along with the Community Garden and Memorial Tree Park. The accessibility and features of the Clearview EcoPark makes it an ideal place for connecting the community with nature.