Hiking in the Hills
Discovering Mono on foot is by far the best way to take in nature's splendour and her changing seasons. The Bruce Trail threads right through the town starting at the south eastern corner and heading up Airport Road (County Rd 18). A left turn in Hockley Valley and then the trail proceeds north to Mono Centre, Mono Cliffs Park and exits Mono at Hwy 89 near Violet Hill.
The Bruce Trail is Canada's longest footpath and travels along the Niagara Escarpment meandering through Ontario ending in Tobermory. The Bruce Trail Association which covers over 850 kilometres of trail was founded in the early 1960s. In 1990 the Niagara Escarpment was declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations. We have two clubs that maintain the trail in Mono. The Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club covers Cheltenham to Mono Centre and Dufferin Hi-Land Bruce Trail Club is responsible for Mono Centre to Lavender.
Island Lake Conservation Area, operated by Credit Valley Conservation, is in the south east corner of Mono with trails designed for hiking, cross-country skiing, bicycling and nature study. The trails are beautiful, diverse and some are multi use. Always respect nature, private property and others using the trail system. In 2013 CVC will enforce unsanctioned entrance to the Island Lake trails. Please enter the Vicki Barron trail from either the Highway 10 and 4th Avenue entrance or the Hockley Road entrance across from the Mono-Amaranth Public School. Extend your stay in the hills a few days at one of the many B & B's, most are within walking distances to the Bruce Trail.
Parking is available for 15 cars at the 7th Line parking lot east off Airport Road and north of Highway 9. Mono Cliffs Provincial Park has a large lot that takes cash or credit card for payment, it's on the 3rd Line north of Mono Centre Road (County Road 8). Parking at the trail heads is not recommended - there is limited to no parking and the roads can be busy. Hockley Valley Resort is also on the Bruce Trail as are many of our B & Bs.
Visit our parks page for a full listing of parks in Mono.