Barrie-Muskoka Hiking


[ Background | Equipment | Where ]

Background

Hiker on a fall mountain trail

Hiking is a popular recreational pastimes, as a get-away from the hustle and bustle of urban living, while enjoying the beauty and wildlife of nature. Hiking season runs mid-May until October, thorough the snow-free season. Of course, with unpredictable weather, trails may be closed anytime during the season. The provincial or national park wardens will inform you of any closures or cautions.

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Equipment

Day hike, where you expect to return home before evening, doesn't require as much equipment as an overnight hike. You should wear a good pair of hiking boots (sturdy running shoes will do), and clothing that is appropriate for the weather conditions. Because weather conditions can change quickly in the outdoors, it is safer to overdress, in layers, than to be under-dressed. For a day hike bring water, food, sunscreen, a map, a compass, a rain coat, knife, matches, and of a hiking buddy.

For an overnight hike, you'll also need a tent, food bags, a change of underwear and socks, and standard camping supplies. Check with your hiking partner to prevent packing duplicate gear, to minimize gear weight.



Where


Hiking can be done almost anywhere, but the best scenery and terrain is in the provincial and national parks. These parks provide marked and mapped trails to avoid getting lost. But there are plenty of places for short hikes in and around Barrie:

Trails in Parks

  • Dog Off Leash Recreation Area (DOLRA) - Sunnidale Park
  • Little Lake
  • Sunnidale Park
  • The Gables
  • Tyndale Park

Trail Corridors

  • Ardagh Bluffs Trails
  • Hollywood Ravine Trail
  • Lackey's Bush Trail
  • Lover's Creek TrailNine Mile Portage Trail - see below for more information
  • North Shore Trail
  • Trans Canada Trail
  • Waterfront Trail
  • Wilkins Walk

Short Walks

  • Audrey Milligan Pond
  • Dyment Park Pond
  • Sundew Gree

For the more ambitious, there are a number of longer (and more scenic and/or wild) trails in the Barrie - Orillia region,


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