Distance hiked: 8.0km
Location: Bruce Trail, Ontario
Date: May 17, 2020
We initially planned to spend the Victoria Day long weekend at Acadia National Park in Maine, which has become a bit of a spring tradition for us. But because of the pandemic, our plane tickets and campsite reservation were cancelled a couple of months ago. Instead we planned to spend our long weekend hiking close to home in Ontario.
The weather forecast for the long weekend wasn’t looking ideal. We had fabulous weather on Saturday and went hiking at the Pretty River Valley Provincial Park, but the forecast was calling for lots of rain Sunday (30 – 40mm) and Monday (50 – 75mm). The rain wasn’t supposed to start until later on Sunday, so we decided to get our hiking in first thing in the morning at the Silver Creek Conservation Area.
We parked along the road by this lovely little waterfall and first hiked along the Bruce Trail through the southern portion of the conservation area. The path was a bit rocky, but was quite scenic with the trees starting to bud and trilliums in bloom.
The path leads through a forest, down (and then up) a valley and crosses a creek. The path then crosses the road into the main entrance of the Silver Creek Conservation Area.
We turned off at the Roberts Side Trail and followed it back to the main entrance of the conservation area. The side trail weaves through the forest and features a stretch of boardwalk along the edge of a shallow pond.
Once we made it back to the main entrance of the conservation area, we walked along the road back to the car to avoid hiking down and up the valley again.
While we didn’t get to spend our long weekend at Acadia National Park, we were still able to get some hiking here in Ontario.
My progress on the 52 Hike Challenge can be found here