Explore Nature on these Popular Georgian Bay Hiking Trails

When you’re heading to our breathtaking Ontario cottage rentals, you don’t just want to be stuck inside the whole time.

Georgian Bay has some of the most beautiful nature that Canada has to offer and you really should plan to take full advantage of your time there! While there are plenty of ways to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors, exploring some of the local hiking trails in Georgian Bay is one of the best ways to do so. No matter your age or skill level, you can find a picturesque trail to enjoy. Here are a few of our favorites!

backpack and boots on grass
Photo: Pixabay

McCrae Lake Conservation Yellow Blazes Trail

After you stock up at the local general store you’ll be ready to start your adventure. This trail is almost 14.5 km out-and-back and is accessible all year long, so you can visit no matter what season you’re in the area. The hike is moderately challenging (meaning it might not be the best for young kids). Still, as you make the trek, you’ll be rewarded with incredible views of the water as well as local wildlife, including frogs, turtles, hawks, and more. Dogs are welcome on this trail, but you must keep them on a leash if you do bring your furry friend. Be aware that parking is limited, so it’s best to arrive early.

McCrae Lake Waterfall Trail

As the name suggests, this hiking trail is a great option if you want to see some beautiful waterfalls on your journey. Luckily, this trail is ideal for all ages and skill levels and is quite short at just under 2.5 km out and back. Many hikers note that this trail can get quite muddy if it has rained recently, but it’s definitely worth the trek, regardless of the conditions. As you hike, you can expect to see all kinds of local bird species. Be sure to bring your bug spray & rubber boots!

Plan Your Visit

After an exciting hike, head back to your cottage country rental to freshen up and grab some well-deserved dinner! Want to learn more about booking your stay? Contact us today to start planning your trip to Georgian Bay! 

Fairy Trail

If you’re searching for moderate hiking trails in Ontario, the Fairy Trail within Georgian Bay Islands National Park is a great option. This trail is just under 6.5 km out and back. You can access this trail all year round, and dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on a leash. Visitors can access this trail through Beausoleil Island, but you’ll need to book a ferry to get there. Keep in mind, black bears and rattlesnakes have been spotted on this trail, so proceed with caution.

Living Edge and David Milne Trail Loop

Are you looking for a shorter hike? Check out this option within Six Mile Lake Provincial Park. It’s just 2.5 km all the way around, and the loop makes for an easy journey back to the start. Families of all ages enjoy taking this trek together, whether they want some exercise or just want to experience nature together. All skill levels will find this hike to be worthwhile, thanks to the beautiful waters and unique plant and animal life. If you’re already visiting the provincial park, you should definitely consider hiking this trail while you’re there! 

Beausoleil Island Outer Loop

Last but not least is a bit of a longer trail: the Beausoleil Island Outer Loop. This moderate trail is 13 km around the loop, and offers a stunning view of the water. While many of the other trails on this list are accessible year-round, this trail is only open between June and October. When you visit, you’ll see all kinds of incredible wildlife, including a wide range of local bird species. Keep in mind that this trail can get muddy at times, so watch your step!