Easy Hiking Trails in Ontario

Taking the first step into nature is easier than you think.

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Q: Why not go outdoors for a hike?

A: I'm too lazy.

The answer to this question is one of the reasons why I created this site. Whenever I try to get family and friends out for a hike, laziness is the main excuse they use – and trust me, there are so many more including "I'm too tired," "It's too cold," "It's too hot," "I don't like bugs", "I'd rather watch TV"…

You get the idea. Now, let's be honest – do you make excuses like these ones?

Let's go back to the excuse – "I'm too lazy." What does it mean to be lazy? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of lazy is "disinclined to activity or exertion: not energetic or vigorous." I believe that "lazy" is a catch-all word. Let's try to break it down and address the real reason why you don't want to go for a hike. I'm not a psychologist, but I did take some classes while completing my sociology degree and I have a good feel for people – so let me give it a shot.

Reason: you had a bad experience on the trails before (ex. nasty blisters, got too many bug bites, your clothes got wet and you were uncomfortable).

Solution: learn about proper footwear and socks, how to dress for the trails and what to pack.

Reason: you don't know where to go.

Solution: check out my "Discovering my backyard: Ontario" and "Best Hiking/Walking Trails in York Region" for my trail reviews.

Reason: you're afraid of getting lost.

Solution: bring a compass, print off your maps and/or bring someone who can read a map.

Reason: you don't know what you need to pack for a day hike.

Solution: learn about what to pack.

Reason: you're not sure if your fitness level will allow you to complete a hike.

Solution: improve your overall fitness by following the tips in my gym coach's post "Top 10 Fitness Tips".

Reason: you have no one to go with and don't feel comfortable hiking alone.

Solution: find a friend or family member to hike with or join a local hiking group/club.

Am I close? Thought so. I get it because I have similar concerns at times. Luckily the solutions are easier than you think. Check out my Hiking 101 and Guest Writers' posts to get the basic information that you need to take the first step into nature.

With all the physical and mental health benefits and overall feelings of wellness associated with being active outdoors in nature, it only makes sense to put on your hikers and get out there. And with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, getting fresh air and exercise is even more critical for our well-being. Don't feel pressured to start with a challenging trail. There are so many easy trails all over Ontario – and very likely you'll find some in your own neighbourhood. Hey, who knows… maybe one day after you fall in love with nature like I did, I'll run into you at the top of The Crack at Killarney Provincial Park.

Happy Trails!


Monica

Top view at "The Crack" – Killarney Provincial Park

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THERE’S NO ROCKET-SCIENCE behind going out for a walk or hike. However, a little bit of preparation can go a long way and help you get on a trail faster than you can say “no”…

Check out a series of posts including how to pack your backpack for a day hike, tips on hiking solo, trail etiquette and more…

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THERE’S SO MUCH BEAUTY to be discovered in nature. My passion for the outdoors was the driving force behind the creation of my "Discovering my backyard: Ontario" blog – a review of Ontario's parks, conservation areas, trails, waterfalls, etc. My goal was to provide some "what you need to know before you go" information, while documenting my adventures through photos.

Hiking is not just about physical exercise – it can be a complete body, mind and soul experience.

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NATURE ALSO INSPIRED me to write about my own Canadian adventures. Check out my collection of educational children's books including My Great Canadian Adventures and my Winter Moose series that were created out of my love of Canada and nature.

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THERE'S SO MUCH TO LEARN FROM OTHERS. By seeing the world from a different perspective, we can enrich our knowledge.


Thinking of getting into shape, but don't know where to start? Read "Top 10 Fitness Tips" by Maz Alinejad , co-owner of Anytime Fitness (Richmond Hill) and "The Sheep, the Goose and the Water Bottle – Choosing Between Synthetic and Natural Materials" by Annette Ng.




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TRAIL CLUBS AND FOREST THERAPY

Don't know where to start looking for groups to join. Here are links for a couple of accounts that I follow on Instagram:


Exploring Niagara Glen

www.niagaraadventure.ca

IG: @niagaraadventureclub

Forest Therapy with Bree

IG: @heartened.howls


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