Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve in Ontario has 70 km of trails to explore
A trip out of town is ideal for discovering new landscapes (think the towering trees where the high-rise towers once stood) and the Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve lives up to any wilderness fantasies.
Those of Toronto who are ready to travel three and a half hours can head to this forest getaway that features lakeside cabins and lodges, campsites, gazebos and more than 70 kilometers of hiking trails on its 10,000 acres.
The giant piece of wilderness near Huntsville, virtually untouched and home to about 20 different lakes, is privately owned and accessible to the public year-round at no cost.
Limberlost is able to offer free use of the beautiful property due to the income from campsites and rental accommodation, with seven lakeside lodges, cabins, seven campsites, as well as fishing camps on private lakes , on his land.
Overnight here means full access to sandy beaches and a long list of trails, one even leading to a gushing waterfall.
The longest 13-kilometer Solitaire Trail circles the largest of the lakes with a view of the peaceful body of water most of the way. For the chance to pass a series of active beaver dams, the Kalonga Wetland Trail should be the first choice.
Limberlost also has impressive views over hundreds of kilometers of forest. In the fall, these views will allow you to see the most vibrant yellows, golds and reds.
One of the most breathtaking vantage points in the forest, the top of Echo Rock can be accessed from the Solitaire Trail, while the bluffs on the west side of Buck Lake are another serious contender for the best view.
The generous amount of lakes in the area also makes this location ideal for a canoe or portage excursion. Although canoeing, kayaking and SUP are not available this summer.
If you are planning to visit and explore the Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Preserve, be sure to practice safe physical distance and recover after yourself to leave the area as beautiful as you have found it. Keep in mind that all-day users must fill out a safety waiver.
Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Sanctuary