Bronte Creek Provincial Park:
In a Nutshell: A park for all seasons, Bronte Creek is a natural haven for visitors and locals alike. In winter, it’s popular among cross-country skiers; summer sees strolling couples and families navigating the trails.
Trail Types: Trails are easy to navigate and finish, ranging from a half-kilometre hike amid Burkholder Woods’ beech and maple trees, to a 2.7-km journey through a dense hemlock and pine forest that winds up at a picturesque ravine lookout.
Other Features: Kids (and parents) can cool off at the 1.8-acre swimming pool, and visit an 1890s farmhouse for living history demos and a playbarn to pet the animals.
Directions: Take the Q.E.W. highway to exit 109 at Burloak Drive. Continue north to 1219 Burloak Dr., Oakville, 905-827-6911.
Glen Haffy Conservation Area:
In a Nutshell: It’s a nature-lover’s playground with more than 800 acres of parkland to discover.
Trail Types: At the intersection of the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Niagara Escarpment, varied trails offer challenging topography (rock slabs, hills) and link with The Bruce Trail, Canada’s longest and oldest footpath. The Lookout Point is renowned for its breathtaking view of the Caledon Hills.
Other Features: Ponds that are fully stocked with trout for public fishing are the preferred haunts of local anglers from April to October. Rod and tackle are available for rent.
Directions: Follow Airport Road north, 10 km north of Caledon East to 19305 Airport Rd. Call 416-667-6299 for more information.
Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area:
In a Nutshell: The Niagara Escarpment’s dramatic cliffs form the foundation for this 652-acre park.
Trail Types: The routes maximize the impressive view: 10 km of hiking trails skirt the cliff’s edge, where five lookouts give beautiful views of the surrounding area. You can also hook up with the Bruce Trail, which passes through the Nassagaweya Canyon here on the way to Crawford Lake Conservation Area.
Other Features: Experienced rock climbers test their mettle on the cliffs in designated areas.
Directions: From Hwy. 401, take Hwy. 25 south to Steeles Avenue, go west on Steeles to Appleby Line, and south on Appleby for 3 km. From the Q.E.W., take Appleby Line 1 km north of Derry Road near Milton. Call 905-878-1147 for more information.
—Compiled by Where Mississauga staff.