I love exploring the great outdoors and hitting the trails as much as possible and fall is a great time to hike. That is why I’ve written this hiking blog.
Caledon sits in a special place in Southern Ontario. Hiking varies from steep climbs up the cliff face of the escarpment through a moss-covered rock garden draped in bowing ferns to the open expanse of the moraine’s terrain where kettle lakes dot the vista to the burnished red Cheltenham Badlands. There are farm fields, split rail fences and magnificent hardwood forests. Caledon’s pair of rail trails are flat and wide enough to accommodate families walking abreast, and some of the trails lead onto quiet country roads that pass through small villages that invite you to stop for a respite and possibly some refreshments. In other words, tucked into the Caledon Hills, only an hour from Yonge & Bloor streets, is some of the greatest day hiking Ontario has to offer.
Within the Town of Caledon, there are over 260 kilometres of trails. One of the top things to do in Caledon is hike. A top trail is the Caledon Trailway! This multi-use trail runs 35 kilometres across Peel Region, from Terra Cotta to Highway 9, and ends in New Tecumseth. So, if you’re looking for awesome hiking trails in Ontario then add the Caledon Trailway to your list.
Here are some books and items from the Caledon Public Library that will help you along your journey!
Loops & Lattes : 37 Loop Routes
A guide to 37 hiking loops within Caledon, Ontario. Wander past farmers’ fields, down country roads, through forests of towering maples, and along trickling streams. This guide covers the Niagara Escarpment, Oak Ridges Moraine, Credit River, Humber River and Etobicoke Creek areas. All hikes start and end at the same point and vary in length from an hour to an entire day. Contains length, level of difficulty, time needed, detailed directions, places to eat and drink, and highlights of each trip.
The story of the Caledon Trailway is about the conversion of an abandoned railway into a beloved linear park, the first registered link in Canada’s Great Trail. But more than just a history lesson, the book chronicles the incredible volunteer commitment and community engagement which made the Trailway a reality. Now used 90,000 times a year, the Trailway connects users to Caledon’s history, to diverse habitats, and to each other.
: Near-Toronto Trails and Adventures
A great guide to visiting 39 Conservation Areas in the Toronto region with new full-color maps. Toronto residents and visitors can find it difficult to get far enough away from city noise and hustle to experience the restorative quiet of a natural setting. But that’s only if you don’t know where to go. Nature Hikes: Near-Toronto Trails and Adventures is a guide through 56,000 acres of Ontario’s most compelling nature destinations. This fifth edition adds six more Conservation Areas selected from the most accessible Conservative Authorities in the area — Credit Valley, Nottawasaga Valley, Toronto and Region, Lake Simcoe Region, Central Lake Ontario — for a total of 39 hikes. They are Caledon Trailway (Central Region) and Hilton Falls, Rattlesnake, Mount Nemo, Kelso and Mountsberg (all West Region).All 33 hikes in the first edition have been updated to incorporate any changes, and together with new hikes are organized by region and presented with beautiful color photography and all the information needed to choose and get to the destination.
Spending time with family in nature is a safe way to adhere to public health guidelines for physical distancing, and a great way to enjoy a variety of safe, outdoor recreational opportunities. A Conservation Parks Membership Pass provides access to a fun variety of nature and cultural-based offerings across the Greater Toronto Area.
Walking poles, or hiking poles, can help provide stability, balance and support on trails and hikes. Sets contain two walking poles that extend to a full length of 54 inches and feature a wrist strap and comfort grip. Caledon Public Library is not responsible for any injuries or damages, either personal or to property, that may occur during the use of this equipment. By borrowing this equipment, the user acknowledges and assumes all such risks and liabilities.