3 Magical Winter Hikes Near Brampton

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Winter time can turn the forests into a snowy, glistening, magical place.  And with less foot traffic at this time of year, you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the woods all to yourself (most of the time!) while in Caledon, Ontario.  So get outside to beat the winter blahs and enjoy the crisp air and scenic views!

Make sure you snap a couple pics because the untouched scenery with the snow covered pines makes the perfect background.

Now, if you haven’t been to the Caledon area yet, it’s worth a road trip (or two!).  Caledon is located along the northern borders of the Greater Toronto Area, just 20 minutes from Brampton.   It has become a destination for the breath-taking views, rolling hills, outdoor adventures, and foodie stops dotted along the way.

Here are a few of the best winter hikes near Brampton:

1. Limehouse Conservation Area

Don’t be fooled by the smooth start to this trail – it gets adventurous! This trail has it all. The rugged beauty of nature mixed with historic ruins. Traverse a wooden staircase through fissures in the escarpment rocks, hop over crevasses, enjoy a babbling brook, see signs of beavers, and admire the remnants of the lime industry including a powderhouse and kilns.

A great set of trails for the family and suitable for kids, but be prepared to lift/carry little ones over a couple cracks in the rocks. Bring a sled to pull the youngsters in on the flat areas of the trails – it will save their legs for exploring all the cool rock formations and ruins.

You should always have sturdy footwear on when hiking, but we definitely suggest it for this one!

2. Forks of the Credit Provincial Park

There are two major trails that run through this park: the Trans Canada Trail and the Bruce Trail. A few side loops that branch off the main trails gives you the flexibility of doing a short hike or spending the day (with a well packed lunch, water, and lots of layers!).

We ventured along a loop made up of the Meadow Trail, Ruins Trail, and Trans Canada Trail. It was a shorter hike, which offered several bridges with scenic views overlooking the railway tracks and the Credit River. A stair case leads you up to the peak of the valley, above the Cataract Falls.  Note that availability of the platforms or trails to view the Cataract Falls may change. Check with the Bruce Trail Conservancy for trail updates.

3. Terra Cotta Conservation Area

With well groomed trails, this area is great for a variety of winter activities including cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and hiking. The wide smooth trails are perfect for hiking with little ones in tow (bring the sled to pull them along). The pond and creeks are beaming with wildlife – and if you don’t see the animals and birds, there is lots of evidence of their activity in the snow.

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