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Best parks for backpacking?

Where are the best parks in or near Toronto for backpacking?

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  • Alana Simpson

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    Hey Greg, though I haven't seen or heard of any parks within Toronto that would be good for backpacking, there are a few awesome campgrounds and things in the GTA.

    I have a fond place in my heart of Albion Hills Conservation Area, it's got some great trails and it's close to the city. Bronte Creek Provincial Parkin Oakville is a lot of fun too.

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  • Brad Karjama

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    Forks of the Credit Provincial Park, about a 45 minute drive north-west of Toronto, has everything you're looking for: trails, waterfalls, camping, fishing, and much more.

    http://www.ontarioparks.com/park/forksofthecredit

    Before you leave the area, be sure to take a 5 minute detour to visit the Cheltenham Badlands

    Cheltenham Badlands

    Finally, no trip to the Forks of the Credit would be complete without getting a hot beverage at Higher Ground Coffee, which is often frequented by motorcyclists.

    Higher Ground Coffee Co. Belfountain

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Higher+Ground+Coffee+Co.+Belfountain/@43.794236,-80.014409,3a,75y,33.47h,77.01t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sdA0VZKehl2aPbgjV6W23UA!2e0!4m6!1m3!3m2!1s0x0:0x2b5feb05881858df!2sCheltenham+Badlands!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0xb2389be19744c2f1!6m1!1e1

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    Hey Greg, can you specify, by backpacking do you mean hiking, camping/sleeping outdoors or light travel and staying in low/no cost accommodations?

    Toronto is a pretty urban center and there is the Glenrouge Campground which I can't vouch and don't know anyone who has stayed there. There are lots of great hiking trails like the Lower Don River Trail High Park to explore.

    But for camping most Torontonians head north to areas like Wasaga Beach Orillia or even farther north to Parry Sound or north west to Bruce Peninsula National Park to get out of the city and past the farmland.

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      I'm talking about camping/sleeping outdoors. Looking into Parry Sound now, it looks great. Thanks for the advice Kim! · (1 likelikes)

    • Kim D.

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      No worries my husband's family all live in Parry Sound so I know the area well - Killbear Provincial park is the best spot for camping in that area, you'll love it! · (0 likelikes)

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  • amery calven

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    I will suggest you to go for Glen Stewart Ravine. It is one of most ideal one destinations for hiking or adventure lovers. There a visitor could enjoy rich charm of nature with divers plants and birds species and if you are a nature lover, then you must visit there in the spring season. It offers majestic views there.I had great experiences after completing my tour, http://www.getbustours.com/3day-boston-washington-baltimore-philly-york-tour.html years ago.

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    There are not a lot of backpacking alternatives near Toronto. The GTA (Greater Toronto Area) is home to over 6 million people. Some areas you might want to check out are the Bruce Peninsula National Park (closer to Toronto) and Algonquin Park (about 3 hour drive north of Toronto).

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