Mix of terrain
Trail running offers inherently different challenges and motivations than a traditional road running route, and Albion Hills has just the right kind of terrain to see this in action.
The trails at Albion Hills include a few steep climbs, hard-packed forest floors and an overall moderate scope of technical spots (roots, brush, loose rocks and that kind of thing). With lots of variety, these hills are both a great training ground for seasoned trail runners and an excellent place for beginners to try it out.
Venture to adventure
Albion Hills Conservation Area is known for its growing profile as part of the adventure racing circuit. It plays host to some of Ontario’s most exciting races, like the Mud Hero obstacle course that sees eager racers tackle 18+ obstacles over 6km and then offers up a pretty sweet after party.
When to go
Although the trail networks are labelled as moderate in terms of visitor traffic, you’ll likely be sharing your run with fellow hikers, road cyclists, mountain bikers and families walking along the open portions of the park. It makes sense to time your running date with nature between the months of April until October for the best weather experience, but expect more traffic in these summer months.
Beyond the trails
When you visit Albion, don’t just stop at trail running — you might want to pack your bike and your tent too. The area boasts some of the best mountain biking in southern Ontario, with more than 50km of double- and single-track trail. The park also has 234 campsites available to crash overnight if you’ve left it all on the trail.
Bring your pet along
At most Toronto and region conservation areas, pets are permitted to enjoy the same beautiful rolling hills that you can. Before you go make sure to check the park’s admissions fees (ranging from $5.50–6.50 per person) and pet regulations.