Whether it's a hike on a little local trail through the neighbourhood woods or a grand hike in a provincial park, hiking as a family is always an adventure! Hiking with kids is a great way to get them connected to the outdoors at a young age and it's healthy fun for everyone.
Get the family outdoors at one of these 5 family hiking events...
Hike for Area 8 (Conservation Halton)
The former site of Kelso Quarry has been restored and rehabilitated over the last 15 years and is almost ready to open to the public. For many years, park visitors have been able to see the beautiful, blue lake surrounded by lush forest from the Bruce Trail at Kelso Conservation Area, but they’ve never been able to visit this mysterious space. The area, once an industrial gravel quarry, has been closed to the public while the park worked to restore the ecology. On August 21 and 22, there's a hike organized to raise funds for the park. Participants will get a sneak peek of the new conservation area before it opens while getting the entire family involved in fundraising for a great cause! More info
Guided Family Hikes at Evergreen Brick Works
Every Friday, Evergreen Brickworks hosts a family friendly guided walk to explore the trails of the Weston Family Quarry Garden & Don Valley Brick Works Park. Learn more about Toronto's Don Valley and the creatures that inhabit it. Fridays at 7pm until the end of August. Meet up a the Children's Garden at Evergreen Brick Works. Cost is $15 per person, children under 2 free. More info
The Trail at Rouge National Urban Park
Free guided hikes at Rouge National Urban Park have been temporarily suspended during COVID-19 however the park has so many trails for self-guided hikes! If you want to try a family-friendly hiking trail, the Trail is a linear trail that intertwines with fields of crops, marshland, and shaded woodlots. You'll find many scenic lookouts and rest areas along the way. Hikers can observe farming in action, from planting to harvest, of crops like soy, corn and wheat. The 5.1 km trail is considered easy and takes 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. More info
Trails at Downsview Park
Downsview Park is located at the centre of the Greater Toronto Area making it very accessible for all families wanting to reconnect with nature. The vast space combines an innovative park in an urban setting, and offers many trails to discover Downsview Park! You'll find a circuit path, a lake, mature trees, a pond, an orchard and an urban farm. More info
High Park Nature Centre Hikes - Little Feet and All Ages Editions
The High Park Nature Centre is offering guided hikes every Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer! Wednesday hikes are geared to "little feet", curious hikers aged 0-6 and their caregivers while on Thursdays, nature enthusiasts of all ages are welcome! The cost is $15 Adults; $12 Youth; $10 Children per person per hike. More info