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5 amazing cliffs to visit or climb near Toronto

Toronto is blessed by being in close proximity to all manner of natural wonders, one of which is stunning cliffs and rock faces. From the southern Niagara Escarpment to the Bruce Peninsula, those looking to catch a view or give their try at a climb have some options.

Here are 5 amazing cliffs to visit near Toronto.

Rattlesnake Point
Along with posing one of the toughest challenges for cyclists in the province, Rattlesnake Point is one of the best destinations for climbing near Toronto. Instructional groups are allowed to operate here, which makes the place great for beginners, but the downfall is that it gets very busy.

Lion's Head
Many people categorize Lion's Head as the province's premier area for climbing, given the stunning background of Georgian Bay. This isn't a place for beginners, though. The majority of climbs here require one to repel down before starting back up again.

Metcalfe
Grey County has a number of excellent sites for climbing, but Metcalfe is considered one of the best in the Blue Mountains. Both traditional and sport climbing is done here with a degree of difficulty that falls in the moderate range.

Old Baldy
Another spot in Grey County, access to Old Baldy has become easier in recent years with no need for a permit any more. A popular spot for sport climbing, the crag is well bolted and attracts a good crowd in the early season. The top of escarpment reaches 152 metres with a stunning view of the Beaver Valley below.

Bon Echo
Bon Echo is not a climb for amateurs, but it makes this list for the challenge it poses and the reward that one feels have ascended the 100 metres above Mazinaw Lake. There are a variety of restrictions put in place by the provincial park, but none that will spook traditional climbers.

What did I miss? Add more cliffs in the comments.

Photo by Dan Sedran in the blogTO Flickr pool.


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