Feel like going for a hike, or maybe a bike ride? It’s autumn in Ontario – you’ve come to the right place.
For the adventurous cyclist who craves rolling hills or country lanes with stunning views of Lake Ontario, Northumberland County is just one of many areas to visit – its five looped routes of various lengths are the best spots to put that new road bike to the test. And more hard-core riders won’t be disappointed by the three challenging trail areas perfect for mountain biking in the Ganaraska and Northumberland forests. And the best part? There are always lodging options nearby, so no matter how far you roam, you can always put your kickstand down every evening at your home-away-from-home.
Advanced hikers and novice outdoor enthusiasts alike will want to step foot onto Northumberland County’s more than 37 scenic trails, parks, and conservation areas ideal for hiking (and, during winter, skiing and snowshoeing). Bring your camera along, because in this ecological wonderland, there are streams, valleys, ponds, meadows, marshes, woodlands, sand even an abandoned rail bed and an old-growth forest to explore. Hope to spot some wildlife as you cross a covered bridge? Chances are, you will: Deer, fox, beaver, rabbits, and birds – just to name a few. From the picturesque trailhead to the cozy cottage where you lay your head, Ontario is a hiker’s dream.