Hiking

Exploring Mono Ontario

I had driven by an area east of Highway 10 many times on my travels around Ontario, but never really stopped to check it out. Heading out on a day trip we went exploring Mono Ontario.

Exploring Mono Ontario

Located just north of Caledon and northeast of Orangeville, Ontario it is nestled in mostly rolling and  tree-covered hills. It’s a part of the Hills and Headwaters area of south-central Ontario. The headwaters of three rivers, the Humber River, Nottawasaga River and Credit River begin here. Some of the small communities that make up the Town of Mono are Mono Centre, Hockley Village and Camilla.

Exploring Mono Ontario

 

Exploring Mono Ontario

There are many areas to choose from to enjoy a hike, such as Mono Cliffs Provincial Park and the Bruce Trail.  A short drive north is the Boyne Valley Provincial Park and south is the Hockley Valley Provincial Nature Reserve.

Mono Cliffs Provincial Park is part of the Niagara Escarpment Parks System and the Escarpment Biosphere Reserve. We enjoyed hiking the great trail network that runs throughout the park. A six kilometer section of the Bruce Trail connects to this trail network. The 30-meter limestone cliffs are a highlight of this park along the two large outliers that have been separated from the main escarpment edge.

Exploring Mono Ontario

 

Exploring Mono Ontario

 

Exploring Mono Ontario

The Boyne Valley Provincial Park is a short drive north.  The area has fantastic topography and many hiking trails to explore. Along the way, stop at Ponton Mills. The remains of an old grist mill stands along the Boyne River. It was established in this location in 1869 by George H. Shepherd and operated until the early 1900s.

Exploring Mono Ontario

 

Exploring Mono Ontario

 

 

1 Comment

  1. August 9, 2016 at 8:11 am

    We’ve hiked The Bruce through Mono Cliffs a couple of times and always a good choice. Another sweet short hike of 2 or 3 kilometres and located just north of Mono Cliffs, is the Split Rock Narrows Side Trail of the The Bruce. Beautiful crevices to check out.

    Great area for hiking!

Previous post

Visiting Ireland House in Burlington

Next post

Visiting Inglis Falls Near Owen Sound

The Author

Frank Bourne

Frank Bourne

A Burlington boy with a love of the outdoors, camping and hitting the highways for road trips, Frank is a marketing and sales specialist who loves exploring and adventures on weekends with his wife Margaret.

His passion for outdoor living, survival skills, and good food means he’s always sharing tips on the best places to camp, roads to take in Ontario for breath-taking views, or interesting recipe ideas with locally grown foods.