Just outside of the GTA there is an amazing hidden spot that is a gorgeous 8.3km hiking loop that crosses over multiple bridges and over beautiful lakes, it’s called Island Lake Conservation Area located in Orangeville! 

The main trail we hiked was the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail Loop. There are many points where you can enter the park trail, there is the main entrance with paid parking, or there are outer entrances that you can access for free by walking in. The trail and conservation area is huge and very well maintained, if you’re starting the trail coming from the main entrance you’ll be greeted by the lake as soon as you walk in! There is also a covered stage/shed that was possibly used for events prior to the pandemic! 

The trail starts with a walk through trees and forestry that is very calming and serene! It then leads to many boardwalks and bridges that are long and have many lookout points! It’s great for photos and you’re able to really take a great look at the surrounding lake! There are also many other activities available such as fishing with a permit, boating and many picnic areas! These activities may be affected due to the pandemic. 

My absolute favourite time to visit is on a warm evening during sunset, seeing the sun set near the lake is a must! Needless to say, this trail needs to be on your list! 

Sincerely, Celine

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