As the leaves change colours and begin to fall, there’s no better time to hike. With over 150kms of trails in North Grenville, there are many different places to view the crisp foliage. Bonus: if you’re coming from Ottawa, the 416 drive is a beautiful green-yellow-orange-red gradient at this time of year!
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A perfect place for autumn views, Limerick Forest has several different trails to choose from. It even has a boardwalk and viewing platform over the wetlands where you can see water critters and fowl.
This well-groomed trail spans cuts through Kemptville, giving you forested and more urban views. The 7km round-trip trek also goes through Kemptville Campus, which has additional winding, fully-foliaged trails.
While it may be getting too cold to get into the Rideau River, trails along the water make for perfect viewing, with reflections of yellow, orange and red in the water. Anniversary Park is the perfect spot. Complete with a dock, picnic tables and gazebo for lunch, and Kinderwood Trail and Turtle Trail.
If you’re looking for even more picturesque hikes, be sure to visit Ferguson Forest. The trail system offers a variety of adventures for all skill levels. While there, stop by the tree nursery and bring you pooch along to visit the Ferguson Forest Dog park, a dog haven with open areas, water station, puppy area, and its own forest with changing colours!
Friends & Food
Keep your eyes peeled for friends above and below, leaf piles make the perfect place to hide. And be on the lookout for nature’s food offerings. A recent Mushroom Hunt in Ferguson Forest revealed many types of edibles! Check out Edible Wild Ontario to learn more about what you can harvest from forests.