What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring in Ontario than with a relaxing outdoor hike to enjoy our stunning provincial flower? From late April to early June, head to the forests to find a carpet of blooms.
20 km northeast of Cobourg, along the Oak Ridges Moraine (the only surviving ‘old growth’ forest in the province), you’ll find one of the best spots for trillium viewing. Peter’s Woods, a nature reserve, offers a short trail that even novice hikers can tackle.
Awenda Provincial Park
Awenda Provincial Park, found at the northern tip of Simcoe County, has six enticing-sounding hiking trails: Brule, Wendat, Beach, Bluff, Dunes, and Beaver Pond. Awenda’s trails are recommended for birdwatchers. The forest is inhabited by some species usually found farther north, such as the Swainson’s warbler, as well as the southern cerulean warblers, which are uncommon in Ontario. Those with a botanical interest arrive in the spring to see orchids and trilliums (white, red, and painted) and return in the fall for the brilliant foliage.
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures boasts plenty of excellent walking trails with unparalleled views over Georgian Bay. However, it’s the site’s mix of sugar maple and beech that provide the perfect environment for these fragile wildflowers. Keep your eyes down, particularly near the twin zip line and Lookout Point.
Rowe Provincial Park
This lesser known park near Alliston not only has great trillium viewing along the Rainbow Run Trail, but boasts a fish ladder that’s literally hopping with trout during the spring.
Trillium Woods Provincial Park
The name is an obvious giveaway as to one of the park’s main attractions. Found near Woodstock, the park has an easy, one-kilometre, accessible trail that winds through Carolinian forest which shelters the white blooms. The trilliums here feature an unusual green stripe in the petals.
Do you have a favourite spot to see trilliums?