Every so often, we like to go on adventure hikes as part of our artistic process. So many of our clients share the love of hiking and exploring Ontario’s Parks. We often end up simply joining them on the trails.
Hiking in Ontario is such a treat. With over 330 provincial parks, 500 Conservation areas and over 40 national parks, there is an abundance of stunning locations to visit. And luckily, some of our favorite spots are only a short drive from GTA.
Adventure Photography locations around GTA
Rattle Snake Conservation Area
Rattle Snake Conservation Area is just 30 min drive out of Toronto and offers stunning views from the top of the Niagara Escarpment. There is a fee to enter the park and it gets super busy during the weekend. My suggestion would be to visit as early as possible, to avoid crowds.
Presqu’ile Provincial Park
Presqu’ile Provincial Park is under an hour away from Toronto and is an unusual spot because of the marshlands encompassing a large part of the park. With its beautiful wooden walkways through the marshlands, this is a truly magical spot.
Sandbanks Provincial Park
If you are looking for more of a romantic setting, Sandbanks Provincial Park has some of the province’s best beaches and is only an hour drive out of GTA. As a Provincial Park, you will need to pay a day park fee. But, there is a reason everyone raves about the beaches in this park!
Adventure Photography in Southern Ontario
Bruce Peninsula National Park
Ontario offers so much more if you are willing to put some time into traveling. Our most favorite spot to visit is Bruce Peninsula National Park. With just under 4 hour drive from GTA this stunning park transports us to Greece with it’s turquoise blue waters. There are also many caves and grottoes to explore, as we did with our friends in the photo above.
Killarney Provincial Park
Killarney Provincial Park is a gemstone of a park located on the North Shore of Georgian Bay, about 4 hours drive from GTA. The beautiful rock formations on the trails are highlighted by the stunning views of the surrounding water ways as well as Georgian Bay itself. This park is absolutely a must to visit in the fall season. Please note that most of the trails in this park are moderate in difficulty, as there is some climbing involved, depending on the trail. So definitely do your research.
Bon Echo Provincial Park
Bon Echo Provincial Park is about 3 hours away from Toronto, but it is so worth visiting if simply to canoe the waters of Mazinaw lake. The hike on the top of the rock is fantastic and relatively easy to traverse.
Arrowhead Provincial Park
Located in the deep of Muskoka, Arrowhead Provincial Park is a stunning location to visit for easy hiking trails and beautiful valleys. Just under 3 hours North East of Toronto, this park offers a great features in winter. Skating and skiing are popular in winter, perfect for those cozy winter photo sessions.