Hike

Hikers enjoy a rugged ridge trail with stirring views during the Hike Haliburton Festival.

Hikers enjoy a rugged ridge trail with stirring views during the Hike Haliburton Festival.

Most of Toronto to Algonquin Greenway (TAG) is hike-able. Here’s a little more info about hiking on, or nearby the Greenway.

Toronto to Algonquin Greenway intersects the Oak Ridges Moraine – a vast geological feature providing the headwaters for many southern Ontario communities. Oak Ridges Trail Association is an all-volunteer membership organization dedicated to maintaining 300 km of walking trails through the Moraine. They organize about 200 hikes a year that non-members are welcome to attend. The group publishes a guide-book mapping all the trails. Note: this is separate from the Greenway, but we include it here because you might want to combine the two.

Rouge Park offers family-friendly public programming, combining nature education with trails activity.

TAG’s six rail trails offer long flat stretches that allow for an easy rhythm of walking. These pathways are especially suited to groups of people travelling fluidly and socially. Children have freedom to run ahead or tag behind, while staying within sight. There are no roots, rocks or hills, and no worries of getting lost. See TAG Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 11. Some are more remote than others, but all have access to public roads, and if you plan your visit carefully you can find local food services.

Dahl Forest is a 500 acre Land Trust property connected by Geeza Road to the HCRT – the Haliburton County Rail Trail. The Dahl’s well-designed, mapped and signed paths offer a pleasant walk in the woods, and a chance to support valuable local conservation efforts.

For the classic narrow footpaths through mature forest, here’s a 20+ km network of interconnected trails, plus a couple of outlying trails. See Algonquin Highlands Hiking Trails.

Haliburton County Tourism hosts an annual festival of guided themed hikes rounded out with featured food, accommodations and musical entertainment. Hike Haliburton runs from Thursday through Sunday usually the third week in September, and is billed as “Canada’s Largest Hiking Festival”.

The most challenging hike on TAG is the heritage portage route known as the Golden Staircase, part of TAG Zone 10 Paddle to the Park.