Mono Cliffs Provincial Park, Orangeville, ON, Canada
Driving time from Toronto
Choose your trailhead
Located in the town of Mono on 3rd Line East, 1km north of Mono Centre Road (Dufferin County Road 8), the park’s main entrance consists of a large parking lot, self-serve pay station and a place for a bathroom break. This is also where you’ll also find the Mono Cliffs Provincial Park trail map outlining its six main trails, along with the Bruce Trail that conveniently runs through the park. It’s a short hike to the cliffs where you can take in the meadow views and get your legs warmed up.
If you’re looking to do just a single loop, take the Carriage Trail that turns into the Cliff-Top Side Trail. Head north and take the specified Link Trail back towards the Carriage Trail and eventually the parking lot.
Mono Cliffs operates as an unserviced park, meaning they provide only basic outhouses without running water. Don’t forget to fill up your water bottles beforehand to ensure you’ll be hydrated for the entire hike.
Spot turkey vultures
The park’s namesake cliffs create rising pockets of warm air, and these thermals attract huge turkey vultures to the area. Take a pause in your hike to watch them soar in front of the cliffs as they scope the ground for potential food, and bring your binoculars alongside your other day hiking essentials.
All year long
Thanks to a variety of cedars and ferns, Mono Cliffs becomes an impressive canvas for the reds and golds of fall. It’s open twelve months of the year, so you can come back every season to find something new.
Mother nature’s handiwork
Erosion has been hard at work in this park as evidenced by plentiful rock features; as part of your day hike, you can scope out a number of crevices and small caves that have been carved out of the escarpment. You can walk directly among these features and between cliffs, which are labelled on the trail map as “viewing platform.” Step carefully to be mindful of the rare species growing among the rocks and off the trails.