Palgrave

Peace and quiet along with rest and relaxation can all be found in Palgrave, Ontario, a tiny village located near Toronto. This smallcommunity is part of the larger town of Caledon. Best known for its accessibility to Mother Nature and all her bounties, Palgrave is an outdoor recreationalist’s ideal getaway for all different types of activities.

Located in the Oak Ridges Moraine, the scenic backdrop of Palgrave features green expanses, serene river views and hilly terrain. Hiking the well-known Bruce Trail, known as one of the longest and most senior footpaths in the Province, is an excellent way to experience the natural beauty of the area. Local volunteers are dedicated to keeping the trail safe and maintain the walking path year-round. There’s also the Caledon Trailway which runs straight through the community. With 35 kilometres of treed-in and maintained trail to explore, the multi-use trail runs along the same path as an abandoned rail line. Whether you choose to hike walk, cycle or travel the pathway by horseback, the beautiful surroundings feature nature at its finest.

After working up an appetite on the trails check out The Church Pub great food and libations in a unique and historic building.

Palgrave also boasts thousands of acres of conservation land. The Palgrave Forest and Wildlife Area offers expansive trails for various recreational pursuits.

Albion Hills Conservation Area a 446-hectare park is a great choice for families and athletes offering an expansive hiking trail network  as well as some of the best mountain bike trails in the Province. The trails are open in winter and attract snowshoers and cross-country skiers from miles around. Don’t have any equipment? No problem, you can rent by the hour or day at the Park. Starting in 2016 Fat Bike’s for rent and groomed trails to ride them on (or bring your own).  In the warmer months, Lakeview Splash is a great place to cool down. The water-play facility features a lakeside pool (where parents can relax with a book) and an interactive splash pad where the kids can splash around in a fun and safe environment. Albion Hills also offers a fully equipped campground whether you have a tent or a large RV.

Horse lovers won’t want to miss a visit to Caledon Equestrian Park, where world-class competitions are held each year. Admission is free, bring a picnic or purchase lunch on site, sit back, relax and take in the beautiful surroundings.

Numerous B&B’s in the area allow you to extend your stay and maybe get a few tips on some of the hidden gems from a local.