beamer memorial conservation area

This unreal lookout is just one hour from Toronto

With the weather finally getting warmer, many of us are eager to get outside and experience some of the best scenic trails Ontario has to offer.

Just one hour outside Toronto, Beamer Memorial Conservation Area is the perfect place to enjoy a day of hiking and fantastic views.

A post shared by AL (@hel_ofa_life) on

This conservation area is best known for its scenic Lookout Trail and walkout observation platform. Beamer Memorial is also the site of the annual Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch and is recognized internationally as an "Important Bird Area".

If you’re planning a visit in May, the best times to likely catch a glimpse of bald eagles, hawks and vultures are on warm, sunny days between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

A post shared by Joseph Mergl (@joseph_mergl) on

If bird watching isn’t really your thing, then maybe hiking is. Beamer Memorial can be hiked in all seasons, with three different observation platforms scattered throughout the area.

A post shared by Andrew (@andrewsitter1) on

You can easily access the Bruce Trail for epic views of Lake Ontario, Forty Mile Creek valley, and the Niagara Escarpment cliffs.

A post shared by Jess ☽ (@_jesspierre) on

There’s also an upper and lower waterfall along the trail that looks best in spring or fall because of a heavier water flow, but the hiking trails are stunning year-round.

I'm hiking all the trails!

A post shared by Troy Perrin™ (@troyjamesperrin) on

The Forty Mile Creek Side Trail is one of the most popular options because of its relatively short distance (roughly 1.7 kilometres) which passes through Coronation Park and follows the Forty Mile Creek to downtown Grimsby, Ont.

A post shared by Jenny Boulger (@jennyboulger) on

After you’ve finished hiking, perhaps rewarding yourself with a whiskey tasting at the nearby Forty Creek Distillery is in order; open seven days a week.

Lead photo by

kvdoever


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Sports & Play

People outside of Toronto are finally catching on just how great Fred VanVleet is

Free skating trail nestled under the Gardiner Expressway opens in Toronto this month

Photo showing size of Scottie Barnes' hands holding Starbucks cups has gone viral

Diehard Toronto Maple Leafs fan sets up a shrine thousands of kilometres away

Toronto sports reporter gets dragged for awkward tweet when promoting new book

Toronto's most over-the-top backyard skating rink is back for another season

New Team Canada hockey jerseys revealed and some fans aren't feeling it

Toronto is getting a rooftop skating rink with skyline views