Our team at A Greener Future loves to travel, experience different places, and most importantly, we love to be outside.
With fall here and cooler weather on it's way, we’re all excited to check out some places to hike and enjoy the fall colours. We hate to say it, but our parks in Ontario are way underrated. While we wish there was enough time to visit every park there are just too many, but there are a few must sees. We’ve managed to narrow down our list down to our top 5 favourite parks near Toronto so you can enjoy the best of them before the snow flies.
5. Pinery Provincial Park
Two words – beautiful beach. Pinery Provincial Park has 10 km of sandy shores on Lake Huron. Not only is it breathtaking, the park is a 2 hr 45 minute drive from Toronto. A day trip is worth it just to see the sunset.
4. Victoria Park
We have a history of hosting litter cleanups in Victoria Park located in Cobourg, so it’s close to our hearts. Cobourg is a fantastic little town filled with cute shops and restaurants. It's only an 1.5 hour drive from Toronto, which makes a day trip is easy. For those who love to camp, Victoria Park Campground allows you to park your trailer or pitch a tent! While you’re there, spend some time at Cobourg Beach. According to Buzzfeed, it’s one of the must-see beaches in Ontario, too.
3. Presqu'ile Provincial Park
Travel East along the 401 from Toronto and you'll come across Presqu'ile Park in Brighton. We have camped there as a team on two Love Your Lake treks and plan to return in the years to come. There are over 2.5 km of sandy beaches, and 16 km of trails along shorelines, woodlands and meadows. Plus, this park is a bird migration hotspot in the spring and fall. There's lots to see which is why we keep going back for more. You're welcome to join us on a camping litter cleanup during next summer's Love Your Lake program, we promise it's fun!
2. Bon Echo Provincial Park
It’s no surprise that Bon Echo Park is on our favourite list. It has amazing views, like the 100 metre high Mazinaw Rock. Plus, you can park your RV or opt for the scenic route and canoe into a campsite that offers a little more privacy. It takes a little over 3 hours to drive there from Toronto, but you won’t regret it.
1. Algonquin Provincial Park
Algonquin Provincial Park is A Greener Future's favourite park. It’s home to moose and bears, as well as a variety of waterways. Algonquin Park is the largest provincial park in Ontario. That should come as no surprise as Algonquin covers over 7,000 km of ground – that’s bigger than Prince Edward Island! Being a short 3 hour drive from Toronto, Algonquin Provincial Park is perfect for camping with your family and friends or just to take a day trip.