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Mono Cliffs Provincial Park – Gorgeous Terrain and Views

Mono Cliffs Provincial Park – Gorgeous Terrain and Views

I’m an outdoor and adventure enthusiast, and can’t seem to get enough of finding new hidden gems to visit. Seeking more than the same old dog parks, I am exploring some of Ontario’s natural wonder with my puppy. When I think of provincial parks in Canada, I think of wide open spaces with lots of hiking trails and sites to see. But I have quickly learned that some locations are better than others. Some parks are worth the drive and others fine if you happen to be in the area. Today we’re at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park for some on leash hiking.

Located north of Orangeville, and part of the Bruce Trail, Mono Cliffs is definitely a hidden gem with a wide range of hiking trails. Mono Cliffs is one of the more popular provincial parks. A park reservation is required and can easily be booked (click here to book). Although we visited in April on a misty cool day, considered a low peak time, the parking lot was surprisingly full and I’m thankful we reserved our parking spot in advance.

Although this park does not offer any off leash dog areas, it is home to some breathtaking views and the well known Jacob’s ladder scenic rock cliffs.

We planned on spending about 2 hours at the park, and managed to hike about 5km of the stunning trails. Starting at the parking lot and headed West on the Carriage Trail, a fairly flat section of open field and some easy forest paths.

Mono Cliffs Carriage Trail

On a mission to see Jacob’s ladder, we continued up gorgeous mossy rocks and up the stairs to the cliff top side trail where we continued West and then North until almost the north limit of the trail where you find a metal staircase on the East side of the trail.

Mono cliffs rock stairs

Surprisingly, our puppy was new to metal grate platforms and stairs and was a bit weary about walking on them. But with a little encouragement, she managed to walk down to the wooden boardwalk. At the end of the boardwalk are the breathtaking scenic rock formations. After a few photos, we turned around and climb back up the metal grate stairs to the main trail. I’m sure this area could get quite busy in high peak times.

We continued North to the end of the Cliff top trail and then East on the Walter Tovell Trail. There, it met the Spillway Trail at the trail washrooms, which were unfortunately locked on our visit. This is a nice section of hilly paths through forest areas and great for beginner hikers. This led us back to the Carriage Trail, where we stopped at the small lake. Nala absolutely loves the water. She is always more than happy to go for a swim. Afterwards, we hiked back to the parking lot where the washrooms were open.

Mono Cliff Provincial Park Lake

Overall, an enjoyable hike with well marked trails and an easy to follow trail map. The entire Mono Cliffs Provincial Park is dog friendly with relatively wide on leash hiking trails. Unfortunately, there are no leash free areas or trails to explore.

If you are looking for another nearby Provincial Park to hike, check out our blog on Forks Of the Credit!

Karen Callery
Karen Callery

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