Hikes in and around toronto

some of my favourite hikes in and around Toronto for you to enjoy!
Hiking times are for fit adults used to hiking 5-6 kms per hour on flat roads.  Times do not include stops for photography or lunch breaks. 
The difficulty rating is based on the system we use on our international trips.  You can find more on that here.
Maps are sketches and are only to be used to give you an idea of the location of the trail.  They are no substitute for hiking maps or apps.
The gpx files can be uploaded to a mapping app to follow the route.  If you need to convert them, try this site.

Use common sense when hiking: dress for the conditions, bring water and food, hike with somebody or let someone know where you are.
Durham region
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Goodwood, Secord & Rouge NP

A hidden gem on the Oak Ridge Morraine.  Combines three loops

Rating: Moderate

Terrain: undulating hills, hardwood forest, dense bush & wetlands

Hiking Time: 3½ hours

Length: 15 kms

Food:

Annina's Bakeshop

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Glen Major &

Walker Woods

A nice ramble in a popular area.  My tracking app stopped working before I got back to the start

Rating: Leisurely / Moderate

Terrain: undulating hills, hardwood forest

Hiking Time: 2½ hours

Length: 10.5 kms

Food:

Annina's Bakeshop

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Goodwood

Conservation Area

A nice circuit through tracts of evergreen and deciduous forest

Rating: Leisurely / Moderate

Terrain: undulating hills, mixed forest, some road

Hiking Time: 1½ hours

Length: 7 kms

Food:

Annina's Bakeshop

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Secord Forest

A nice ramble through mostly hardwood forest, circling a pond

Rating: Leisurely 

Terrain: mostly flat with a few hills, hardwood forest

Hiking Time: 1½ hours

Length: 5.8 kms

Food:

Annina's Bakeshop

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Self-Guided hikes on the Amalfi Coast

Follow ancient footpaths to hamlets tucked away in forest-clad hills. Hike the Path of the Gods and marvel at the views over the stunning Italian coastline

Rating: Moderate

Terrain: mountains, forests and seascapes

Hiking Time: 8 days

From: CA$1799

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Clubine, North Walker & Walker Woods

A hike in pretty forests and farmland on the Oak Ridges Moraine

Rating: Moderate

Terrain: mostly flat with a few steep ups and downs, hardwood forest, some road walking

Hiking Time: 4 hours

Length: 17 kms

Food:

Annina's Bakeshop

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Seaton Trail South

& Urfé Creek

A hike through riverine forest & meadows, suburban parks & streets

Rating: Moderate

Terrain: mostly flat with a few steep ups and downs, some road walking

Hiking Time: 4 hours

Length: 17 kms

Food:

Heaffles

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Durham Regional Forest to Crow's Pass Loop

A hike through tall hardwood forest, hilly

Rating: Moderate (13 km), Leisurely/Moderate (7 km)

Terrain: plenty of hills with some long ups and downs, some road walking

Hiking Time: 2½/4 hours

Length: 7/13 kms

Food:

Annina's Bakeshop

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Trails of Madeira

Hiking along the levada irrigation channels, enjoy dramatic scenery, black sand beaches, volcanic craters and gushing mountain streams.

Rating: Moderate

Terrain: mountains, forests and coastal scenery

Hiking Time: 8 days

From: CA$1749

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York Region
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Hall Tract & Eldrid King

A walk along mostly wide, flat trails

Rating: Leisurely Moderate

Terrain: some hills and narrower trails on the west, flat and wide trails on the east

Hiking Time: 2.5 hours

Length: 10.5 kms

Food: several options in Aurora

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Hiking in Iceland

East Reykjavik, the Laugavegurinn trail takes you through incredible landscapes of glaciers, mountains in every colour of the rainbow, lava flows and deep gorges. 

Rating: Moderate

Terrain: mountainous with moss and gravel underfoot

Hiking Time: 7 days

From: CA$4290

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Mono Cliffs

Provincial Park

A nice ramble along the quieter trails, ending at my favourite pub

Rating: Leisurely Moderate

Terrain: climbs up and down escarpment, otherwise flat

Hiking Time: 1 hour

Length: 5 kms

Food:

Peter Cellar's Pub

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Black Bank

Ontario's Roof

Forest walks, culminating into a spectacular hike with amazing views

Rating: Moderate / Challenging

Terrain: some steep climbs; forest, creeks and farmland

Hiking Time: 4 hours

Length: 13 kms

Food:

Peter Cellar's Pub

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Best of the Spanish Camino

Walk the best sections of the Camino Frances through northern Spain and end in Santiago de Compostella

Rating: Moderate

Terrain: mountains, forests, hills, farmland, villages and towns

Hiking Time: 13 days

From: CA$4399

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North of Noisy River

Walks along country roads, escarpment views, forest and fields

Rating: Moderate

Terrain: some hills, otherwise reasonably flat

Hiking Time: 4 hours

Length: 14 kms

Food:

Bank Café, Creemore

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Nottawasaga Bluffs

Forest, country roads, escarpment views, fields and karst features

Rating: Leisurely / Moderate

Terrain: some hills and scrambling, otherwise reasonably flat

Hiking Time: 1½-4 hours

Length: 5-17 kms

Food:

Bank Café, Creemore

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Hiking the Fjords

Northwest of Oslo, sheer rock walls rise a kilometre into the sky, farms hang onto impossibly narrow strips of land, while waterfalls tumble down its cliffs. Explore Norway's heartland on foot.

Rating: Moderate

Terrain: good trails with some steep ascends

Hiking Time: 8 days

From: CA$5249

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Toronto
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Highland Creek Circuit

A nice hike along mostly paved paths, through city ravines and along the Scarborough Bluffs

Rating: Moderate

Terrain: mostly flat, parks, suburb

Hiking Time: 4½ hours

Length: 16 kms

Food:

All Star Bar

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Public Transit

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Guildwood to Rouge Hill

A walk between two GO stations along mostly paved paths, through city ravines and along Lake Ontario; route includes detour around 2022 construction

Rating: Moderate

Terrain: mostly flat, parks, river valley

Hiking Time: 3½ hours

Length: 12 kms

Food:

Starbucks UofT

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Guildwood Directions

Rouge Hill Directions

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Hike the Kerry Way

This self-guided holiday along the Ring of Kerry offers you a selection of the best hikes and walks in this part of Ireland.

Rating: Moderate

Terrain: hills with steep valleys, small towns, farmland and seascapes

Hiking Time: 8 days

From: CA$2249

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Halton
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Crawford Lake

Accessing Crawford lake through the backdoor affords some quiet trails and spectacular views

Rating: Moderate

Terrain: minor ups and downs, mostly flat through hardwood forest

Hiking Time: 3 hours

Length: 11 kms

Food:

Jitterbug Cafe

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Island Walks in Greece

Discover the valleys, olive and citrus groves of beautiful Naxos, Santorini with its spectacular views and trails and the ancient paths of Paros

Rating: Moderate

Terrain: olive groves, coastal scenery, hills and mountains

Hiking Time: 8 days

From: CA$2479

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Haliburton
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Barnum Creek

A nice walk through mixed forest bisected by pretty Barnum Creek

Rating: Easy - Moderate

Terrain: some ups and downs, forest & meadows

Hiking Time: 1½ hour

Length: 6.5 kms

Food:

Baked & Battered

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Abbey Gardens

A pleasant walk through deciduous forest and gardens

Rating: Easy 

Terrain: a few ups and downs, forest & gardens

Hiking Time: 1 hour

Length: 6 kms

Food:

Abbey Gardens

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Dahl Forest

A pleasant walk through regenerated forest following mainly old roads

Rating: Easy 

Terrain: deciduous forest along Burnt River 

Hiking Time: 1.5 hour

Length: 6 kms

Food:

McKecks

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Hiking Mont Blanc

Walk the best sections of the Mont Blanc Circuit, staying in a comfortable mountain chalet

Rating: Moderate

Terrain: alpine forest and meadows 

Hiking Time: 8 days

From: CA$2099

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Prince Edward County
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McCauley Mountain

A hike through mixed forest & juniper bush

Rating: Easy - Moderate

Terrain: a steep up followed by downhill bias

Hiking Time: 1 hour

Length: 5 kms

Food:

Lily's Cafe

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England Coast to Coast

Enjoy dramatic scenery of moors, hills and mountains, charming villages and pubs and stupendous views on this classic English trek.

Rating: Challenging

Terrain: moors & mountains 

Hiking Time: 15 days

From: CA$3357

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