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These are some of the most picturesque trails for winter hiking in Toronto

Winter hiking trails in Toronto aren't necessarily the same places that you might wind through the woods in the absence of snow. If you're going to be out exploring in your boots, it's important to select trails that are relatively wide and less steep than what you might attempt when traction is better. 

Here are some of the most popular winter hiking trails in Toronto.

Cedarvale Ravine and the Belt Line

Too many people know about this St. Clair West trail to characterize it as a hidden gem, but it's still under-appreciated for both its beauty and walkability. Should you feel ambitious after exploring here, you can always walk a few blocks and hook up with the Belt Line Trail.

Earl Bales Park

This easy 2.9km loop will take you through the enormous North York park that is famously home to the city's only ski hill. With the trailhead located at the top of the ski hill, you'll be able to take in a sweeping panoramic view of the park before setting off on your winter adventure.

High Park Trails

Another trail network that comes into its own in the winter can be found in High Park. The trails along the west side of the park are ideal in the snow, especially as they take you down to Grenadier Pond, which offers a lovely vista but also the possibility of more exploration if deemed safe.

Sherwood Park Trail

A winding boardwalk gives access to a stunning 150-year-old forest at this North Toronto trail. The winter wonderland is also between Sunnybrook Park and Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens, so you can easily extend the hike for even more wintry views. 

Moore Park Ravine and Don Valley Brick Works

Without a doubt, this is one of the nicest winter hikes in Toronto. It's an easy downhill jaunt (at least on your way out), the ravine is majestic when snow-covered, and you can warm up with a hot drink at Evergreen Brick Works when you arrive.

Vista Rouge Trail

The breathtaking Rouge Valley is an iconic area in Toronto, providing incredible sights and the backdrop for many photos. In the winter, it becomes a snowy paradise, complete with river views and winter wildlife.

Leslie Street Spit

While you will likely be pounded by strong winds during parts of this hike, Tommy Thompson Park is majestic in the winter, complete with wild ice formations that build up along the shore. The landscape ranges from well-forested to almost lunar in spots, but it's always alluring.

Scarlett Mills Park Trail

This trail along the Humber River is stunning year-round, and especially in the winter. Visitors can also snowshoe, if they so please, and in the right spots along the trail, you can spot small waterfalls and stunning views of the river and surrounding area. 

Lead photo by

Olivia Little at Earl Bales. Contributions by Derek Flack. 

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